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.

Interested in joining BHCyp? Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Board! Fill out the 2021 New Member Application HERE Applications should be completed by Monday, Dec. 14th 2020. If you have any questions email Sarah Fernald. Applicants will be notified by the end of the year. One year terms begin in January.

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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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2020 BHCyp Board

Trevor Buckley, Chair
Timmons Group

Kayla Smith, Vice Chair
A Village Youth & Family Services

Patricia Bradby, Immediate Past Chair
Leadership Metro Richmond

Lauren White, Secretary
Summit Design & Engineering

Colleen Connolly, Special Events Chair
Henrico County Public Schools

John Le, Special Projects Co-Chair
Richmond Association of REALTORS®

Tyler Parham, Special Projects Co-Chair
Cetera Investors

Wyatt Gordon, Bike Tour Chair
Virginia Conservation Network

Lee Jones, Gingerbread House Challenge Chair
Balzer and Associates


Sarah Brooks
Capital One

Chisolm Carruthers

Patrice Edwards
Weinstein Properties

Kaycee Ensign
Medical Society of Virginia

Chelsea Jackson
Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)

Peter Klemz
Virginia Community Capital 

Kate Lafayette

Katie Lynch
Dodson Property Management

Seth Opoku-Yeboah
National Land Lease Capital 

Tory Sprehe
Spider Management Company 

Ashley Staton

Stephanie Stephens
VCU Health

Todd Waldo, Board Liaison
Hugh Helen LLC 

Sarah Fernald, BHCyp Coordinator
Better Housing Coalition


If you’re interested in joining BHCyp or have a question about it, let us know.

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