Sean Cotter is the manager and Assistant Vice President at Eaton Federal Savings Bank. He has been servicing the Eaton Rapids area for over 12 years. Since graduating in 1988 from Adrian College with a BBA degree, Sean has worked in a leadership position with several companies ranging in size from the small community to worldwide powerhouses. Sean is active in the communities in which he serves. He is ccurrently a member of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club, Eaton Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Housing Services Mid Michigan, and the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation. He enjoys golf, and is an avid SCUBA diver.
Rick Ballard works as a consultant providing training and technical assistance in affordable housing and community development through his company, Richard G. Ballard, LLC. Since 2010 Rick has undertaken over 50 engagements with local governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies nationwide, assisting clients in the use of NSP, HOME, CDBG, and LIHTC resources and conducting numerous trainings on programs under the HUD consolidated planning process.
Rick’s prior experience includes 6 years as the Director of the Michigan Community Action Agency Association and 21 years of service to MSHDA’s Office of Community Development, where he served as Director of Community Development from 2003-2010. At the time of his retirement from MSHDA, Rick was President of the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Community Development Association, Housing Services Mid Michigan, and Capital Area Housing Partnership.
Jim is currently the longest serving board member, joining over 20 years ago when only Eaton County was served by the organization. Dexter brings a background of 40 years in banking in the Lansing area and has utilized those experiences to foster the growth of the organization into one that serves most of the surrounding counties. Jim has a long history of community involvement ranging from Junior Achievement in the early 70s to United Way, church positions of Ruling Elder and Deacon and most recently joining the board of The HOuse of Ruth, a sheltered living facility in Charlotte. For Jim, the opportunity to play a role in providing housing support to those needing help is one of the most gratifying parts of his board involvement.
Julie Hales-Smith earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University in Human Ecology with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Labor Industrial Relations. Simultaneously, on an occasional basis, she worked as a professional clown and wedding soloist.
For over 20 years, Julie worked for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), first as the Homeless Coordinator for the Authority, and then manager of several neighborhood and downtown revitalization programs.
Julie retired from MSHDA in 2010 and is now one of the principals of North Coast Community Consultants (NC3), a collaboration of veteran community development and affordable housing development experts. Her recent contracts include working as a grant writer for Wayne County Parks and Recreation; assisting the Council of Michigan Foundations with their Economic Development Cohort program; and serving as facilitator for the Michigan Rural Council’s Community Assessment Program.
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Robert Brown has a long history with both housing and volunteerism. He is the former Director of MSHDA's Office of Single Family Programs. He serves his community through various civic and social organizations including HSMM, the Grand Ledge Downtown Development Authority, Grand Ledge Art Selection Committee, the Knights of Columbus, various church committees, and Saint Vincent Catholic Charities. He has served on the HSMM Board since 2004.
A long time resident of Charlotte, Tom has been involved with Housing Services Mid Michigan for at least fifteen years. He has served the agency in multiple capacities, including as a volunteer and a board member. Tom loves hunting, storytelling, and woodworking projects of all kinds. Most afternoons, when the weather is nice, Tom can be found in the garage behind our Charlotte office, fixing or upgrading furniture for families on our programs.
Sandy started working for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in 1973, starting in the finance department and ending her career as a manager in the Compliance Division. In 2002, Sandy retired from MSHDA and immediately began working for First Housing Corporation as a Regional Manager. Sandy was responsible for compliance, operational and financial oversight for seven properties located in MI. In 2013 Sandy left First Housing Corporation to take over the bookkeeping for her son's business. Sandy is also a board member of the Perry, Morrice, Shaftsburg Emergency Relief Council. Sandy is married and has two adult children, three perfect grandchildren, and one foster dog.
Susan holds a BA in Communications and has her MSW from Western Michigan University. She has worked as a public relations specialist and trainer for the Michigan State Police and worked with a Maternal/Infant At Risk program, Home Health Care, and Hospice patients as a social worker. She is a former Eaton County Commissioner, the President of Michigan County Social Services Association, Chairman of Eaton County Social Services and Eaton County Medical Care Boards, Chair of CASA, and a member of the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program. Susan is married to Judge Harvey Hoffman and has five children, thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She serves on the board because through her experience as a social worker and involvement in the community she is well aware of housing issues. She recognizes both the need to address problems of homelessness and provide low income, affordable housing in our county.
Marissa Geyer is a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan in the Lansing Office. Her areas of practice include housing law, elder law, public benefits, and employability. Marissa graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in May 2017. She received her Bachelor's of Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University in May 2014. Marissa is a native of Bay City, Michigan, but she has lived in the Greater-Lansing region for the past 5 years. Marissa is proud to be joining the Board of a wonderful organization such as HSMM that provides much needed opportunities and services to people in the community. She hopes to be an asset to the Board's and organization's endeavors, and is also excited that her relationship with HSMM will bring the benefit of holistic representation to her Legal Services' clients.
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Levi Martin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Finance and has served as CFO in multiple industries across multiple states. He has a strong record of service- volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Prototypes, and United Way. He is committed to helping Housing Services live out its incredibly powerful mission and serving those whose voices are often unheard, whose lives are often untouched, and whose advocates are often too silent. He appreciates the selfless staff and organization who make ensure every dollar makes an impact in the community and the people it serves. Levi lives in Dewitt with his wife and two daughters.
Housing Services is always looking for passionate people to serve on our Board of Directors. If you think you'd be a good fit, please tell us a little about yourself and our Director will get in touch soon!