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Members: Housing Stability Council
About the Council Membership
The Housi​ng Stability Council consists of nine members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate under ORS 171.562 and 171.565. The term of office of each member is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor whose term begins on July 1 next following. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to be immediately effective for the unexpired term.

Claire Hall
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Chair, Claire Hall
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Claire Hall is in her fourteenth year as a Lincoln County Commissioner. She has made housing and homelessness the primary focus of her work at the local, state and national levels.

As just one example of her commitment, her local, state and national leadership on homeless issues was honored in 2008 with the "Home for Every American Award" presented by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at a conference in Washington. D.C. Ms. Hall was one of two county officials to receive the award.

The Commissioner has served as Chair of the Association of Oregon Counties and represents a rural coastal district that faces steep housing challenges. She also previously served as Co-chair of the Oregon Ending Homelessness Advisory Council.

Councilmember Hall's term will expire on June 30, 2022.
Sarah DeVries
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Sarah DeVries
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Sarah DeVries is an affordable housing professional with experience garnered at top national Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndicators and a national housing lender. While representing tax credit investors, Sarah has closed over $420 million of LIHTC equity in 61 real estate transactions lo​cated across 24 states.

After over a decade in affordable housing financing, Ms. DeVries joined the Ahe Group, a leader in Hawaii's affordable housing development industry. Ms. DeVries is recognized as a creative thinker and emerging leader in the affordable housing finance arena. 

Councilmember DeVries' term will expire on June 30, 2022.
Sami Jo Difuntorum
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Sami Jo Difuntorum
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Sami Jo Difuntorum is a member of the Kwekaeke band of Shasta from the Upper Klamath River canyon of Northern California. Ms. Difuntorum presently serves as the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) board member representing Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and previously served as the NAIHC Chairwoman for two terms.  Ms. Difuntorum has been employed as the Housing Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians since 2010 and previously worked for a Tribally Designated Housing Entity in California for 16 years.

Her experience in tribal housing spans 26 years and includes providing testimony to Congress during the reauthorization of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), representing the National American Indian Housing Council at the first tribal leader meeting with the White House, and membership on the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. 

Ms. Difuntorum has served on numerous boards and committees including co-chair of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Housing Committee, Chair of the NAIHC Legislative Committee, Vice-Chair of the Northwest Indian Housing Association, Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Housing Sub-Committee. 

Ms. Difuntorum currently resides in Oregon.

Sami Jo Difuntorum's term will expire on June 30, 2023.
Anna Geller
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Anna Geller

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​Ms. Geller is the founder and majority shareholder of Geller Silvis & Associates, Inc (GSA) and has led the firm as President for the past 24 yeras. 

From 1993 to 2017 GSA has assisted more than 50 non-profit organizations and government agencies in the planning and development of more than 3,100 affordable housing developments located all over the state of Oregon. From 1986 to 1990, she was Vice President and Manager of Income Property Lending at Vancouver Federal Savings Bank. There she developed products, policies and procedures for commercial construction lending in Oregon, Washington and California. In 2008, Ms. Geller was appointed by the Washington County Commissioners to serve a four year term on its Children & Families Commission. She also served for several years on the Board of Directors for Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. She presently serves on the Board of the Oregon Equity Alliance, the Oregon Progressive Alliance, and the Clackamas Service Center.

Within GSA's portfolio Ms. Geller founded, in partnership with the North Clackamas School District, the Summer Food and Fun Program, providing hundreds of summer meals to children, in the community in which GSA is headquartered.  She also helped establish, together with the Oregon Food Bank and other partners, the summer Harvest Share Program, ensuring access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those living in the North Clackamas Community.  Last year she initiated a new consulting program to assist other housing developers in meeting Inclusionary Zoning requirements in areas where jurisdictions have adopted those requirements.

Anna Geller received her Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College and followed with Masters studies at the University of Southern California.

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Councilmember Geller's term will expire on June 30, 2020.
Barb Higinbotham
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Barb Higinbotham
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Barb Higinbotham has served on the Community Action Partnership of Oregon (CAPO) board for the past 10 years. She has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair and has worked on multiple committees. The Community Action Network was established initially under the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and became the delivery system for federal antipoverty programs in Oregon. Working with this compassionate group of CAPO leaders who represent the statewide network in Oregon has been very rewarding.

Barb is currently the Executive Director for Community in Action (CinA), which is part of the Community Action Network representing Harney and Malheur Counties in rural and frontier areas in Oregon. Barb founded the CinA as a non-profit organization in 2009 and has expanded services to offer additional programs and funding to support low-income residents in the service area.

Prior to working with the CinA, Barb served as the Regional Operations Manager for the State of Oregon Employment Department representing 13 counties in Eastern Oregon. She is also the former Deputy Director for Student Loan Fund of Idaho, which was a non-profit corporation that covered the administration of the Title IV Aid programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 serving the state of Idaho.

Councilmember Higinbotham's term will expire June 30, 2023.


Mary Li
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Mary Li 
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Mary Li is the Director of the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL) at the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, which is charged with seeking policy and innovation within the human services and government sectors. The MIL aims to positively change community conditions resulting from poverty and racism by practicing human-centered design, seeking out critical thinking and research, and conducting applied research tests in the real world. 

Councilmember Li's term will expire on June 30, 2022.
Gerardo F. Sandoval, Ph.D.
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Gerardo F. Sandoval, PhD 
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Dr. Sandoval is an associate professor in the department of planning, public policy, and management at the University of Oregon. His research is situated within intersections of urban planning, immigration, and community change. This includes issues such as housing affordability in low-income neighborhoods.

Dr. Sandoval has published in journals focused on urban planning and community development such as the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, Community Development, and the Journal of Urbanism. He received his Ph.D. and MA in the city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and his BA in community development from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Sandoval served as an intelligence officer in the U.S Army National Guard.

Dr. Sandoval's term will expire on June 30, 2020.
Charles Wilhoite
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Charles Wilhoite is a managing director with Willamette Management Associates, based in Portland Oregon. In addition to his work on all types of valuation engagements for the firm, he is also the leader of the firm's tax-exempt entity and health care services practice.

Charles has performed the following types of financial analysis and valuation assignments: merger and acquisition valuations; post-acquisition purchase price allocations; business and stock valuations; ad valorem property tax, income tax, and gift and estate tax valuations; forensic analyses; employee stock ownership plan feasibility studies and valuations; and economic damages calculations.

Charles has testified throughout the country with regard to valuation, financial and economic issues across a wide variety of industries.

Charles is a certified public accountant (CPA), accredited in business valuation (ABV) and certified in financial forensics (CFF) by the AICPA; a certified management accountant (CMA) and certified in financial management by the Institute of Management Accountants; an accredited senior appraiser (ASA) in business valuation as designated by the American Society of Appraisers; a certified valuation analyst (CVA) as designated by the National Association of Valuators and Analysts; a certified business appraiser (CBA) as designated by the Institute of Business Appraisers; and a certified fraud examiner (CFE) as designated by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Charles currently serves on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco – Portland Branch; the Portland Business Alliance; Meyer Memorial Trust; Legacy Health; PacificSource Health Plans; Metal Toad Media; the U.S. Bank of Oregon; and the Nature Conservancy.

An Oregon resident for 24 years, Charles has resided in northwest Portland with his wife Tammy, for the past 20 years. Charles and Tammy have three children.

Councilmember​Wilhoite's term will expire on June 30, 2021

 

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