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.

We have no current openings.

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 Ross joined the Partnership as Director of Special Projects in January of 2020 and took on the role of Deputy Director in November 2020. Chelsea oversees the Partnership’s collective impact and advocacy initiatives as well as leading and supporting aspects of organization operations. Chelsea’s 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 13 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector, previously as Associate Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Chelsea 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 New England.

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). When she began at CCEH she worked alongside the Partnership and Reaching Home in the statewide movement to prevent and end homelessness in her role as coordinator for the Bridgeport community plan to end homelessness and Continuum of Care. Chelsea 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 holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Social Work from Western CT State University.

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. Sean provides overall management for the HOMEConnecticut Campaign which aims to increase the stock of affordable housing in Connecticut. 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 gained a depth of experience in how 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 dog.

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 these core values as her guiding star to lead internal human resources efforts and recruitment, staff engagement, and community and vendor outreach.

Jane’s 10 years of experience in program, events and building management along with 6+ 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 Manager who directs coordination and provides leadership of the Reaching Home Campaign 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 serves as the Vice-Chair and now 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, an executive member 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 Hubley joined the Partnership for Strong Communities in July 2018 as a Policy Analyst. She is responsible for analyzing and synthesizing data and information about local, state and federal housing policy issues. In this role, she focuses most of her time on the Reaching Home Campaign and provides support to various workgroups and committees organized by the Partnership.

As an advanced standing graduate student, Danielle interned with the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work where she collaborated with social work students, faculty and professionals to promote social work as a political profession and increase local voter engagement practices. Prior to joining the Partnership, Danielle engaged in several other internship and volunteer service roles including assisting Kidsafe Connecticut, Easterseals Vocational Services in Norwich CT, Camp Care and the Hartford Votes Coalition in achieving their varied missions.

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.

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.