SHA Board of Commissioners
Upcoming Board Committee Meetings and Board Meetings:
- Regular Board Meeting – Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm – Board Room – 1300 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
- Admin & Finance Committee – Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm – Board Room – 1300 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
On July 9, 2008, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development officially transferred the assets and governance of SHA to local control after a successful three year federal receivership.
SHA is now governed by a new, seven-member Board of Commissioners who were nominated by various Mayors and confirmed by the Sarasota City Commission. SHA Board Meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the SHA Boardroom located at 1300 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236.
SHA's Board of Commissioners are:
John A. Colon, Chairman
John A. Colon is a Senior Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in downtown Sarasota. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors; Mr. Colon spent more than a decade at Morgan Stanley in New York, attaining the rank of First Vice President.
While in New York, Mr. Colon took on active leadership roles in his community including: Director – Board of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, Vice Chair of Parkway Village Cooperative Development, member of the Locust Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America. After moving to Floridain 2000, Mr. Colon brought his affinity for community involvement to his new home, and has worked during the years with many local organizations including: the City of Sarasota Police Chief’s Advisory Board, Front Porch of Florida, the Lions Club of Laurel and presently the United Negro College Fund (UNCF co-chair), Sarasota Manatee Chapter and Tampa committee member.
In addition to his local involvement, Mr. Colon is very active at the state level. He is the recipient of a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Black Business Investment Board, a member of the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Florida and past Delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Mr. Colon was appointed a Commissioner of the Sarasota Housing Authority in 2005. He was elected Chairman in 2010, and was reappointed for an additional four year term in 2011.
David Morgan, Vice Chairman
(Bio Coming Soon)
Valerie Buchand, Resident Commissioner
Resident Commissioner Valerie Buchand is a native of Sarasota, Florida. In her 30 years as a public housing resident Resident Commissioner Buchand has assisted, on a local and national level, in the development of public housing resident policies. She is a proud and active member of the Sarasota Housing Authority Resident Council and an advocate for low-income residents in the Sarasota community. Resident Commissioner Buchand also serves on several of the City of Sarasota’s resident boards.
Veavie R. DeLaughter, Commissioner
Commissioner Veavie R. DeLaughter is a native of Sarasota, Florida, and a graduate of Booker High School. Her postsecondary education includes matriculating at Harlem Hospital of Nursing, New York, NY; The Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2006 Commissioner DeLaughter retired from the Sarasota County Health Department following a 30-year career as a public health nurse. Since then she continues to serve the Sarasota community as an active member of the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
G. Duane Finger, Commissioner
Gerald Duane Finger is retired from Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority where he served 31 years as Planning and Development Manager, Relocation Assistant, Director of Redevelopment and HOPE VI Coordinator.
Duane was first appointed to the SHA Board of Commissioners in November 2004, and reappointed in April 2005, and served as Chairman. Duane was reappointed to the new, post-HUD receivership Commission in July 2008 and served as Chairman from 2008-2010, and also served as Chairman of Development Committee from 2010-2011. Currently, Duane serves on the Resident's Interest Committee and Development Committee.
Inez Hunter, Commissioner
(Commissioner Hunter has just joined our board. Her bio is coming soon.)
Joseph B. Miller, Commissioner
After spending most of his life in Miami, FL, Joseph succomed to the power of Hurricane Adnrew and accepted his daughter's assistance in relocating to Sarasota. As a successful home builder, Joseph was one of the Miami area's first provider of afordable housing. After suffering the illness creating the need for Joseph's dependence on a wheelchair for mobility, he avowed his dedication to community service. This dedication is reflected in his many years of service and participation on numerous County, City, and community boards, including the County Public Transportation Board, the County Board of Building and Zoning Rules and Appeals, as well as the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, where Joseph also serves on the Development Committee. Joseph also pursued his educational goals, culminating in the earning of his MBA degree.
William Russell, Executive Director
William "Bill" Russell is the Executive Director of the Sarasota Housing Authority. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Bill received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with Honors from Millsaps College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. For the past 14 years Bill has dedicated himself to a career in affordable housing serving in various capacities with the City of New York, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary, and currently as the Executive Director of the Sarasota Housing Authority. He is married to his wife Kirsten of 16 years and they have a seven year-old daughter. Bill is a Leadership Sarasota alum, an elder in his church and past president of the Sarasota County Civic League and the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO).