Young Professionals


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Better Housing Coalition Young Professionals (BHCyp) is a group of enthusiastic young professionals from the Greater-Richmond area who are interested in spreading the news about the work of the Better Housing Coalition (BHC). With a focus on diversity, they come from a variety of backgrounds, such as social work, urban planning, healthcare, law, finance and real estate.

BHCyp members meet monthly and engage in service projects and social events that help further BHC’s mission. They work closely with BHC staff and volunteer at BHC events. They’re active in social media, in their communities, and in their professions. This is a Board for the ‘doers’ in our community.

BHCyp aims to prepare members for Board service by providing opportunities for professional development, networking with BHC Board members, and influencing positive change in our community through advocacy and service.

BHCyp Mission Statement: The mission of BHCyp is to build community awareness of and provide support to the Better Housing Coalition, enhancing its ability to change lives and transform communities through high-quality, affordable housing in the Greater Richmond region.

BHCyp Member Expectations: BHCyp meets monthly, typically at 6PM during the third week of the month. Members are expected to attend a minimum of 6 meetings annually. BHCyp does not have membership dues, but each Board member is encouraged to provide monetary support to BHC according to their ability and circumstances. Please review the member responsibilities below.

BHCyp Member Responsibilities

“I know so much more about affordable housing and feel so much more connected to this work via my board membership… I am proud to be connected with this organization and the amazing mission it seeks to achieve.” – Chisholm Carruthers, BHCyp Member


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2021 BHCyp Board

Kayla Smith, Chair
A Village Youth & Family Services

Sarah Brooks, Vice Chair
Capital One

Trevor Buckley, Immediate Past Chair
Timmons Group

Molly Armus, Secretary
The Humane Society of the United States

Kaycee Ensign, Community Outreach Chair 
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Lee Jones, Member Enrichment Chair
Balzer and Associates 

John Le, Events Chair 
Richmond Association of REALTORS


Colleen Connolly
Henrico County Public Schools

Patrice Edwards
Weinstein Properties

Maja Gabrielson

Wyatt Gordon
Virginia Conservation Network

Victoria Haugen
South Carolina Community Loan Fund

Alex Hendee

Chelsea Jackson
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Katie Lynch
Dodson Property Management

Tyler Parham
Cetera Investors

Adarsh Ramakrishnan
Tailored Industry 

Tory Sprehe
Spider Management Company 

Betsy Stewart
SAARA of Virginia 

Adam Tiller 
Dodson Development Group

David Verdis 

Sarah Fernald, BHCyp Coordinator
Better Housing Coalition


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