Paso Robles Housing Authority Board
The Paso Robles Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners consists of seven commissioners, two are tenant commissioners that live on-site at Oak Park.
The Paso Robles City Council appoints PRHA’s Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners are business and community leaders who generously give their time. The Commissioners serve a four-year term and are eligible for re-appointment.
The Commissioners are responsible for policy, fiscal management, and the appointment of the President and Chief Executive Officer. Above all, the primary goal of the Commissioners is to insure the needs and concerns of our tenants are addressed.
The Paso Robles Housing Authority Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Park Community Room, located at 901 30th Street, Paso Robles, CA. Our current Board of Commissioners are listed below.
David (Dave) Anderson and his wife Carol moved to Paso Robles from Chicago Il., where they had been life-long residents, in May of 2015. Dave’s working career spanned 39 years in public service, including 25 years with the Chicago Board of Education, 12 years with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and 2 years with the Chicago Department of Housing. While at CHA, Dave worked in both the Finance and Operations Divisions, finishing his career as the Manager of Technical Services. Following his retirement from public service, Dave co-formed Enlightened Energy Consultants and serves as its President. His company’s focus is bringing energy and water efficiency to public housing clients throughout the US by utilizing efficiency incentives offered through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dave is a member of the Rotary in Paso Robles. Dave and Carol have three children, two of which live in the Los Angeles area. Dave has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University and an MBA from Kennedy-Western University.
Mr. Cross has over 20 years of experience working as an urban planner and economic development professional. His passion for housing started when his grandfather would take him on build days with Habitat for Humanity. This ultimately led to Mr. Cross’ role with Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County where he served over 10 years on the Community Development Committee and assisted in securing property to construct nearly two dozen homes in SLO County. Mr Cross was born and raised on the central coast and enjoys cooking, Scouting, and volunteering with his wife and three sons.
Ms. Espinoza is a Sales Associate for Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. Ms. Espinoza served on Paso Robles Board of Realtors Design Committee, and is the current secretary for the Hispanic Business Association. Ms. Espinoza has lived in Paso Robles for twenty six years and enjoys taking an active role in the community. Previously, Ms. Espinoza worked for the Paso Robles Unified School District, where she continues to volunteer her time helping students at Georgia Brown Elementary School with testing, and the Paso Robles High School athletic programs with transportation and fundraisers. Ms. Espinoza also volunteers her time participating in the PRHA YouthWorks program.
Mr. Ovitt was elected to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors from 1998-2009, additionally, he owned and operated the Tenth Street Cafe in San Miguel from 2001-2008. Mr. Ovitt served as a Paso Robles Councilmember from 1982-1998, and was appointed to the City Planning Commission from 1979-1982. Mr. Ovitt served our country in The United States Navy from 1966-1972. Mr Ovitt has an extensive background in budgeting, finance, capital improvements and employee relations. Mr. Ovitt is also involved in numerous community activities including; Paso Robles Rotary, Boy Scouts of America, SLO Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, Economic Vitality Committee, Children-At-Risk Task Force, and The Community Health Centers Foundation.
Ms. Jaurez is currently employed as an Office Manager with Access Publishing and a student at Cuesta College. She is in her third year at Cuesta College and will be receiving two accounting certifications by fall 2019. She currently lives in Oak Park 1, and has been a tenant there for over 4 years. She has been elected to serve on the Paso Robles Housing Board as a tenant commissioner for our community. She believes her experience and knowledge will be an asset to this board and looks forward to assisting others in need of affordable housing.
Mr. Willhoit is Sr. Vice President for project design, site development and vertical construction for Estrella Associates, Inc. Mr. Willhoit has over fifteen years of experience managing real estate development and construction projects, and holds two California Contractor’s Licenses; General Engineering and General Building. Mr. Willhoit is the Immediate Past President of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast, and sits on their Government Affairs and Political Action Committees. Mr. Willhoit served as Board member of SLO Green Build for four years, an organization that promotes sustainable building and education throughout the county.
Dr. Charles Routh, Ph.D. is a retired Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics, and English as a Second Language. He has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Argentina, South America, on indigenous Indian languages found there. He has also written a dictionary of an American Indian language, and his last published article was comparing Indo-European languages, of which English is one example, with American Indian languages, which exist in a world of their own.
He has spent his entire professional life teaching and working with students from almost any cultural and linguistic group found in the United States, and has taken great pleasure helping and empowering those people who are under-educated and under-privileged in the mainstream culture found here. His experience also extends to teaching and working with peoples from many countries around the world, and as an anthropologist he has a cross-cultural perspective about peoples who come here and attempt to integrate into mainstream American society.
In his spare time Dr. Routh enjoys sports cars, computers, and classical music.
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