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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.

Chair, Adolph "Val" Valfre, Jr.
Photo: Adolph Val Valfre, Jr.  
Chair, Adolph "Val" Valfre. Jr.


Chair, "Val" Valfre has served on the Forest Grove City Council since 2017, and is the former Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Washington County and Director of the Washington County Department of Housing Services where he served for over 13 years.

Chair Valfre has nearly 20 years of executive experience in administering and collaborating with partner agencies and jurisdictions to promote and develop low-income affordable housing, with over 600 units created or in the pipeline. Mr. Valfre worked closely with community partners to create Washington County's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness while supporting strategies to enhance opportunities for persons earning less than 30% average median income through award of nearly 200 project-based vouchers to 15 local area non-profit developments. He has fostered housing initiatives to preserve HUD Section 8 contract properties and expanded the Housing Authority of Washington County's portfolio to include three Neighborhood Stabilization Program properties, transitional housing for homeless men and women, HUD/VA VASH vouchers for homeless veterans, and an 80-unit HUD Section 236 property. He was successful in gaining unanimous County Commissioner approval for a non-profit low-income housing property tax exemption.

Chair Valfre has an extensive record of public service. He currently serves as Chair on the Executive Board of the Community Housing Fund of Washington County, supporting qualifying affordable housing initiatives with predevelopment and short-term loans; as a member of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Advisory Committee; and on the Washington County Policy Advisory Board approving applications for HOME and CDBG funding.  He has also served on the Board of the Oregon Opportunity Network (now Housing Oregon); on the Multnomah/Washington Counties Workforce Development Board; Washington County Coalition of Housing Advocates group; past President of the Oregon Housing Authorities Association; and former Chair of a Professional Development Subcommittee of NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials). He retired from the Air Force with nearly 25 years of service and was awarded an Air Medal for in-theater missions as a pilot during the Vietnam conflict. 

Chair Valfre earned his bachelor's degree in Bacteriology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and master's degrees in Public Administration, Business Management, and Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, Salve Regina College, and Troy State University, respectively.

Councilmember Valfre's term will expire June 30, 2019.

Sarah DeVries
Photo: Sarah DeVries, Oregon Housing Stability Council Member  
Sarah DeVries

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.
Claire Hall
Photo: Claire Hall, Oregon Housing Stability Council Member  
Claire Hall
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.

Anna Geller
 Photo: Anna Geller, Housing Stability Council Member
Anna Geller


​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.

Councilmember Geller's term will expire on June 30, 2020

Mary Li
Photo: Mary Li, Oregon Housing Stability Council Member 
Mary Li 

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.
Photo: Zee Koza, Oregon Housing Stability Council Member 
Gerardo F. Sandoval, PhD 

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


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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