Sarah is HAC’s Executive Director and is incredibly happy to be able to serve her native Hendersonville and its many residents. She comes from a background in banking and has been involved in assisting with multiple local non-profit organizations, including serving on HAC’s board for over 5 years. It was during this time that she became passionate about the mission at HAC and is now able to use that passion to assist the people of Henderson county with repairs, construction and finding affordable housing.
Stefanie moved to western North Carolina from Louisiana in the 1980s and is proud to call the area home. For her, the best part of working at Housing Assistance is working with those who have a passion for service, and finding opportunities to make change in the world, starting right here.
Kathaleen Rhoads McWilliams – Director of Resource Development
Kathaleen is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She attended Muskingum College in Ohio where she majored in Political Science and French. After graduation, she attended Wright State University to earn her teaching certificate, and received a teaching position at a large high school in Kettering Ohio where she taught Social Studies for ten years and completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education. Ten years ago, she and her husband, Denny, moved to Hendersonville from Chagrin Falls OH where Kathaleen was a Quality System Manager (ISO 9001) for eight years. For over 30 years, she has enjoyed working with various Non-Profit organizations. Kathaleen has been the Resource Development Director at Housing Assistance Corporation since March 2013. She loves working for this organization that is dedicated and committed to providing people on limited income with affordable, safe, and decent housing.
Don was born into and grew up in a family owned residential development company outside of Gary, IN. He put himself through college as a framing carpenter and went on to obtain his MBA and JD eventually becoming VP & Chief Legal Counsel of K. Hovnanian Companies, a $2B multi-family developer. Don and his wife, Teresa, moved to Western North Carolina in 2012 where Don joined The Housing Assistance Corporation in July 2014. Teresa was born in Bristol, TN and has always considered WNC her home. They are very happy to be a part of the team creating housing opportunities for families of workforce and lower income in and around Henderson County and Hendersonville. More detailed information about Don is on LinkedIn.
Gary has been with Housing Assistance since May of 2005. He has lived in Western North Carolina his entire life and enjoys being a part of this community. Gary graduated from West Henderson High School and attended Blue Ridge Community College, where he earned a degree in carpentry. Gary enjoys using his carpentry skills and passion for people as a Construction Superintendent for HAC’s New Homes and Self-Help programs. His favorite part about working for Housing Assistance is being able to work alongside his co-workers that he considers a part of his family.
Albaro is the newest member to the team, bringing his construction skills and desire to serve the people in this community. Albaro enjoys being a part of the Housing Assistance team and has contributed a great deal with his bilingual abilities to help us work with a more diverse group of clients.
Jairo Mercado – Housing Counselor
Jairo was born in Chile and moved to the U.S. in 1995. He became involved in the Self-Help Program in 1998 when his mother built a house through the project. Jairo has a long history of working with non-profit organizations. He began work with The Housing Assistance Corporation in 2010 and provides education and counseling to individuals participating in the Self-Help and New homes programs.
Marcesa was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC but tried out several other cities before deciding home was in Hendersonville, where she enjoys the small town life and the mountain air with her husband Joshua and daughter Harwin. Since graduating from Gardner-Webb University in 2011 she has worked for several non-profit organizations, with every position she held having serving others in mind. After moving back to Henderson County, she saw a need for safe and affordable housing in this community, and found that Housing Assistance was a great organization addressing this need. Marcesa has been the Home Repair & Volunteer Coordinator for Housing Assistance since August of 2016 and enjoys working with the homeowners and families that we serve.