Virtual Annual Meeting 2022

Dear CHT Member,

This has been another extraordinary year. I wish we could gather in person for our Annual Meeting in January, but yet again, we find ourselves looking forward to an all-virtual celebration of the past year’s achievements.

We will recognize our collective accomplishment and learn about what’s ahead, participate in the election of the Board of Directors, celebrate our annual awards, and have an opportunity to get together, even if it is on screen instead of in person.

I very much hope you’ll join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 pm. This will be my last annual meeting as CHT Board President, and Michael Monte’s first as CHT CEO. In addition to regular business, we have a special item on the agenda: to amend the bylaws to create a new Rental Resident Advisory Committee.


The agenda for the meeting is below, along with supporting documents and links. Be sure to read bios of our new and renewing Board Members, as well as staff who are celebrating milestone anniversaries.

As a special enticement, and since we aren’t able to offer a dinner with the awards ceremony, we will be sending $18 VISA gift cards to all those who attend. We’ll give you details on how to sign up at the meeting.

For now, though: please register. If you need help with translation or technology, please contact Jack Commo either by email or phone at (802) 861-7399.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing your face on my screen for our Annual Meeting.


Bob Robbins, Board President

Quick Links

To sign up for our Virtual Annual Meeting, register here. (Deadline January 25)

To review the Meeting Agenda, click here.

To learn more about the Board Candidates, click here.

To read about Staff Anniversary Recognitions, click here.

NEW! To flip through the 2021 Annual Report, click here.

NEW! To download a pdf of the 2021 Annual Report, click here.

If you have technical questions, please contact:  Jack Commo at 802-861-7399 or [email protected]

Meeting Agenda

  • Annual Membership Meeting
    • Welcome, CEO Remarks
    • ACTION: Adoption of the minutes of the January 28, 2021 Annual Meeting
    • President’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Staff Anniversary Recognitions
    • Outgoing Board Member Recognition
    • ACTION: Board Elections
      • Resident Seat Elections by CHT Residents Only (renters, homeowners, co-op members)
        • Issouf Ouattara, First Term
        • Kate Cappleman Sinz, First Term
        • Rachyl Phillips, Second Term
      • General and Public Seat Elections by All CHT Members
          • Chip Sawyer, Public–First Term
          • Joan Lenes, General–Second Term
          • Kathy Luce, General–Third Term
          • Nicole Mace, Public–First Term
    • ACTION: Bylaws Change to Create Rental Resident Advisory Committee
    • Open Member Forum: Share Your Thoughts With Us!
  • Awards Ceremony
    • Hilton Wick “Give Until it Feels Good” Fundraising Award to New England Federal Credit Union
    • Carole Pack Volunteer Award to Renter Feedback Committee pilot members
    • Brenda Torpy Founders Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of perpetual affordability to Tony Pickett
    • Special Community Award to CHT Staff

Board Candidates

KATE CAPPLEMAN SINZ: First Term—Resident Member, Homeowner

Kate Cappleman Sinz was born and raised in North Carolina, until moving to the Green Mountain State in 2004 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  In 2011, Kate and her spouse Josh made Winooski their home through the CHT Shared Equity program.  Kate is a social worker at UVM Pediatric Primary Care, where she has developed a dedication to addressing housing and other needs that impact the well-being of our community.  She is active in the Winooski community, and is the parent of an amazing third grader at JFK Elementary School.  Kate enjoys adventures and travel, and simply spending time in the Vermont woods with her family.


JOAN LENES: Second Term—General Member

Joan Lenes served in the Vermont General Assembly, representing the Towns of Shelburne and St. George from 2007-2017. She was a member of the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions. Joan currently is the Chair of Emerge Vermont and an elected justice of the peace in Shelburne. Joan currently serves on the Age Well Board, Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation, the UVM Continuing and Distance Education Board, the UVM Nursing and Health Science advisory board, and Wake Robin Board of Directors. She is a member of Charlotte/Shelburne/Hinesburg Rotary Club and Shelburne Business & Professional Association. Joan is a former member of the UVM Board of Trustees, former longtime CVSD school board member; and she was a founding member of Robin’s Nest Children’s Center. Joan previously taught in the Center for Service-Learning at UVM, and owned and operated Climb High. She has two grown children and lives in Shelburne with her husband, Helmut.

KATHY T. LUCE: Third Term—General Member

Kathleen Tyrrell Luce is a Partner and Vice President at Maloney Properties, Inc. She oversees the management of a large, diverse portfolio of mixed income senior and family housing in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts that are either owned by the residents through a limited partnership or have strong resident participation in a nonprofit ownership structure. She has worked extensively as a consultant to nonprofit housing organizations and resident ownership groups.  Kathy is a current Board Member of the New England Resident Services Coordinators (NERSC).  She lives in Charlotte with her husband Dan.

NICOLE MACE: First Term—Public Member

Nicole Mace is the Finance Manager at the Winooski School District. She has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  Nicole is a parent of a 5th grader at JFK Elementary School in Winooski and has been a resident of Winooski since 2009.  Nicole served on the Winooski City Council from 2015-2019, including a one-month stint as mayor.  Nicole also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Winooski Housing Authority.

ISSOUF OUATTARA: First Term—Resident Member, Homeowner

Issouf Ouattara was born in Ivory Coast (West Africa). At the age of 12, fleeing a social crisis, he moved to Burkina Faso (West Africa) where he completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business law (in French) and worked as a Legal Advisor with the Debt Collection Department of a West African regional bank before his relocation to the United States in October 2010. He currently works as a maintenance unit supervisor at the University of Vermont. He also holds a Master’s degree in public administration from UVM. He believes in self-awareness, understanding of others, tolerance, communication, and teamwork to promote a healthy, diverse, and inclusive community.

RACHYL PHILLIPS: Second Term—Resident Member, Renter

Rachyl Phillips is a former professional ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. While Rachyl and her husband Steven have both traveled and worked extensively abroad, they fell in love with Vermont and are proud to call it their home. While they originally moved here to start a performing arts school, Rachyl was soon after diagnosed with a serious, rare genetic disorder – Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – that required the couple to put their lives on hold for the past several years for her treatment. Nevertheless, in spite of her medical limitations, Rachyl has remained active in the community – her own way of trying to “give back”. She enjoys writing and blogging, she manages a couple of websites, and she coordinates a unique, inclusive spiritual community online with her husband. She happily considers herself a “tech-geek’’, continues to raise awareness of the medical condition she fights, and advocates for others – especially those who can’t do so themselves.

CHIP SAWYER: First Term—Public Member

Chip Sawyer is the Director of Planning & Development for the City of St. Albans. There he oversees the City’s land use planning and permitting, community development, stormwater planning, property valuation, and special projects.  Chip has previously worked as a Program Manager at the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont and as a Senior Planner at Lamoille County Planning Commission.  He holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.  Chip grew up in the City of St. Albans and lives there with his family today.


Staff Anniversary Recognitions



With 40 years’ experience in the field, including rural community development work, directing the city of Burlington’s housing programs and leading the Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s program and policy development, Brenda Torpy has advanced the community land trust model at the local, national, and international levels. She established and has led CHT, now leading CHT’s Technical Assistance arm. She advanced the model nationally as an active founding member and board chair of the National CLT Network, board member of its successor, Grounded Solutions Network, and since 2005, has helped to export the model to England, Canada, Belgium, France, and across the United States through direct TA and training.



Skip joined Lake Champlain Housing Development Corp in January 2001. He is the Regional Maintenance Manager responsible for all maintenance activities in Franklin and Grand Isle County along with his small, but talented team. In addition to standard day to day activities, Skip is CHT’s one and only State of Vermont Class 2 Water Operator, a responsibility he has proudly held to meet a vital need for two of our properties. Skip’s dedication and work ethic were recognized in 2014 when he was awarded the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Site Manager of the Year. The northern portfolio, consisting of 338 apartments covering two counties, has been cared for with a vigilant eye throughout Skip’s tenure.



Rick joined CHT as a Maintenance Technician in 2006. Since then Rick has evolved with the organization, managing the Winchester Place site, where he earned the status of Senior Maintenance Technician II due to his outstanding skill, excellent customer service, dedication, and hard work. Rick now works with Skip Trahan covering the maintenance needs in the Franklin and Grand Isle region.




Bill joined CHT as a part-time Maintenance Technician in Grand Isle. The position later expanded to full time covering properties in Franklin County as well. Bill has been a kind, steady, skilled, and dedicated member of the northern team.






Peter joined CHT in October of 2005 as a Maintenance Technician and became an Assistant Project Manager in 2006. Pete provides essential support to the Project Management team, gathering documentation to qualify contractors, coordinating life safety inspections, helping to define work scopes, and monitoring progress on assigned projects. He works closely with his team, maintenance and property managers to ensure our properties remain in great shape.




Lynn joined CHT in December 2005. She has played a key administrative role in the St. Albans office ever since, providing excellent customer service and support to tenants, homeowners, applicants and staff, and processing all of the rental applications for the northern properties. Lynn makes it a point to get to know tenants, and makes those who visit feel welcome.





Bill joined Champlain Housing Trust in November of 2006. He has become an asset to the folks of Winooski. He takes great pride in the appearance of the properties he oversees. Whether it’s the cleanliness of dumpster areas to quick clean-up of the Allen House, the job makes no difference to him, he takes great pride in his approach to his craft.



Becca joined Burlington Community Land Trust initially as an AmeriCorps member, and was hired on as a Rehab Specialist in the loan program. She left for a few years to pursue other endeavors, and rejoined CHT in 2010 as its Loan Officer. Becca now serves as the Loan Fund Manager, leading the organization’s lending activities. She has played pivotal roles in the implementation of CHT’s Manufactured Housing Down Payment Loan Program, which was our first statewide initiative, as well as the creation and implementation of the Landlord Loan Program that was rolled out in 2020 as a means of increasing housing options for homeless households. Becca is a strong and steady leader, making her a key member of the Home Ownership Center’s management team.


Julie joined CHT in 2010 as an Administrative Assistant at the Winchester office.  During the next two years, she continued to be the admin for that property as well as many others.  She quickly learned the ropes and became a Property Manager in 2012 working from our main office. She then moved to O’Dell as a Property Manager in 2013 where she has been since.  From there she continued to increase her skills, take on more responsibilities including training others, and now serves as an Associate Director of Property Management.