Our Staff and Board

The Partnership is staffed by dedicated individuals working in the Lyceum. Their collective policy, outreach, and advocacy experience spans decades and disciplines. For general questions about the Partnership, email info@pschousing.org, or select the appropriate staff member to contact from the directory below.

Board of Directors

Calvin Price, Board Chair, Former Vice President, Liberty Bank

Kevin B. Sullivan, Board Treasurer, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of Connecticut

Randal Davis, Board Secretary, Deputy Director of Development Services, Hartford

Pamela A. Days-Luketich, Board Member VP, Community Development, Liberty Bank

Terence Floyd, Board Member, Vice President, Senior Social Impact Specialist, Wells Fargo

Steve Hernandez, Board Member, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity

Patrick E. McCabe, Board Member, Founder and Principal, Capitol Strategies Group

Mendi Blue Paca, Board Member, President & Chief Executive Officer, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Howard Rifkin, Board Member, Counsel, Office of the Mayor, City of Hartford

Susan Thomas, Board Member, President, Melville Charitable Trust

Chelsea Ross

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chelsea joined the Partnership in 2020. Her journey within the Partnership has seen her assume various roles, from Director of Special Projects to Deputy Director, and subsequently, as Interim Executive Director. In 2023, Chelsea was appointed as the Executive Director, where she now oversees all aspects of the Partnership’s work and operations. Her priority is to support collective approaches to shared visions for change, developed by amplifying diverse and underrepresented voices and perspectives across sectors and communities.

Chelsea brings 15+ years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector, previously as Associate Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). She oversaw and strengthened the management and operations of CSH New England, and directed responsive technical assistance and systems change implementation to housing and service providers, policy makers, and communities throughout the region. Chelsea has spent the bulk of her career working in housing, including serving as Manager of Planning and Development for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH). She has served in additional roles in policy, marketing, fund development, volunteer coordination and in direct service as a community case manager providing client centered case management to adults experiencing severe persistent mental illness. Chelsea has centered her career in organizations that seek to stabilize at-risk individuals and families through housing.

Chelsea serves on the boards of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Community Child Guidance Clinic, and Girls on the Run Greater Connecticut, where she also serves as a coach. Chelsea serves as an elected member of a municipal board in her town. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor of Social Work. Chelsea lives in Avon with her husband, her children, and their dogs.

Sean Ghio

Policy Director

Sean joined the Partnership as Policy Director in 2017. He leads the Partnership’s statewide advocacy efforts on affordable housing and plays a public, leadership role for the Partnership. He is responsible for overseeing the Partnership’s research, analysis and housing policy recommendations.

Sean’s career has given him experience in housing policy from several different perspectives. Early in his career he worked as a local town planner on Cape Cod learning local land use requirements of housing creation. Sean worked many years as Director of Information Services at 2-1-1, the statewide information and referral system for social and human services where he gained experience in how deeply housing insecurity impacts families.

As Program Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Hartford, Sean provided technical assistance and grant-making to community-based organizations developing affordable housing across Connecticut. He supported community partners in neighborhood housing planning, program development and implementation.

Sean graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Economics. He and his wife live in Cheshire with their son, daughter, and two dogs.

Jane Peters

 Administrative Director

Jane joined the Partnership in October 2016 as the Events & Building Manager and was promoted to Administrative Director in October 2018. She manages the Partnership’s financials and human resources and fosters and encourages community collaboration and involvement. She is also instrumental in day-to-day operations, event planning and development for the Partnership. Jane deeply supports the mission of the Partnership and its core values. She uses the Partnership’s guiding principles and values as her guiding star to lead internal human resources efforts and recruitment, staff engagement, and community and vendor outreach.

Jane’s 20+ years of experience in program, events and building management along with 10+ years of human resources experience have led to her strong leadership at the Partnership. Before joining the Partnership, Jane worked for the Town of Glastonbury as the rental agent for the town’s community center and acted as their Dial-A-Ride manager. She was instrumental in helping the center’s rental and Dial-A-Ride programs bloom into a thriving and successful facility and reliable transportation program. Jane enjoys working with the Partnership team, Board of Directors, partners, and community. She is dedicated to supporting the work to ensure everyone in Connecticut has a safe, stable home that is affordable to them in an equitable community of their choice.

Carline Charmelus

Collective Impact & Equity Manager

Carline Charmelus joined the Partnership for Strong Communities in February 2015 as a Policy Analyst working to support the Reaching Home Campaign. She is now the Collective Impact and Equity Director who directs coordination and provides leadership of HOMEConnecticut and guides and supports the organization’s equity effort.

As a graduate student, Carline interned as a Public Policy Planner for the Access Community Action Agency, where she completed a community needs and assets assessment and worked to mobilize community stakeholders. Before joining the Partnership, Carline worked as an Access to Care Specialist for the United Community and Family Services and assisted individuals and families in applying for health insurance through the Access Health CT exchange.

She is heavily involved in providing leadership and support in her local community. She served as the Chair of the Board of Sankofa Education and Leadership, Inc.- a non-profit agency that serves marginalized and underserved youth in the Greater Norwich Area, 2nd Vice President of her local chapter NAACP branch, and is an elected official of her city’s Board of Education.  Charmelus is also a deacon in her church where she works with both youth and children, and at times uses her voice in a capacity other than advocating for those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, marginalized and in need, when singing with the worship team.

Carline graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Political Science with High Distinction from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has a Master in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy.

Alysha Gardner

Senior Policy Analyst

Alysha joined PSC in May 2023 as a Senior Policy Analyst. Alysha comes to PSC with a wealth of experience and expertise in evidence-based policy analysis, particularly in housing. Alysha has held positions in both state governments and a prestigious think tank, allowing her to gain valuable insights into policy formation and implementation. Her roles within the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, the Utah State Office of Legislative and Fiscal Analysis, and the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., have equipped her with a well-rounded perspective on policy issues.

Throughout her career, Alysha has consistently centered her work around the needs of vulnerable populations. She possesses exceptional skills translating complex policy research into accessible formats for a wide range of audiences. Just some of her professional accomplishments include overseeing the rollout of federal ARPA funds for affordable housing and homeless services, conducting comprehensive evaluations of existing state homelessness programs, completing an econometrics analysis of rent control policies, and presenting policy recommendations that resulted in legislative bills and executive agency adjustments in Utah.

Alysha graduated in 2021 with a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University. She also hold’s a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

Danielle Hubley

Advocacy and Education Manager

Danielle joined the Partnership for Strong Communities in July 2018 as a Policy Analyst and has remained here since 2018. In 2021, she was promoted to the position of Advocacy and Education manager, responsible for supporting staff and community members in engaging in state level policy advocacy relating to Affordable Housing and oversees several different learning opportunities for community members and organizations interested in supporting reform in the housing sector. Danielle also serves as an active Coordinating Council member to the Keep The Promise Coalition.

Danielle graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she was recognized for her efforts in promoting and pursing Macro Social Work practices. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work after graduating in 2018 from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Policy Practice.

Samaila Adelaiye

Research and Policy Fellow

Samaila Adelaiye joined the Partnership for Strong Communities in February 2024 as a Research and Policy Fellow, bringing with him years of experience in research methodology, data analysis, and policy analysis.

With a profound passion for research and evidence-based policy, he has dedicated himself to various projects, including research on evictions, affordable housing, and housing security in Connecticut. His contributions to research extend beyond local housing issues, with publications in academic journals covering topics such as development, international economic relations, and international security.

Before joining the Partnership, Samaila served as a Research and Policy Fellow with Connecticut Voices for Children, focusing on family economic security and housing policy. Additionally, he has shared his expertise as a political science lecturer at several universities, teaching courses on international relations and the politics of development.

Samaila holds a PhD in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, as well as an MS degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen and a BS degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University.

Greater Mutsikwi Houle

Office Manager

Greater manages administrative functions for the Partnership for Strong Communities. Prior to joining Partnership for Strong Communities, Greater lived and worked in the Boston area. Greater was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she attended Marlborough High School and finished her O’Level at Terry Goss Secondary School. She graduated from University of Hartford with a Communication and an English degree. Greater has worked with Partnership for Strong Communities since March 2004.

Don Branson

IT MANAGER

Don is the Director of IT Services for Gallo & Robinson, LLC and he has also filled that role with the Partnership for Strong Communities since 2003. Don works with organizations to help them effectively utilize information technologies to meet their legislative and organizational goals. This includes running on-line legislative advocacy campaigns, managing grassroots contacts databases and on-line legislative action centers as well as being the systems administrator for a vairety of offices in Hartford and Boston, consulting on website design and development, and technology planning for organizations.

Don holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and spent seven years as a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Connecticut teaching courses on Social Problems, Deviant Behavior, and Political Sociology.