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Michael. R. Fraley, Executive Director

Michael R. Fraley became Executive Director  of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie on June 6, 2017. He had served as Acting Executive Director since May, 2017. Mike has been with the Authority since September 1999, first serving as Resident Initiatives Coordinator and then becoming Deputy Director.  He was born in Erie, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and  moved back to Erie in 1966 where he graduated from Strong Vincent High School and Gannon University.








Dusti Dennis, Deputy Executive Director

Dusti Dennis becomes Deputy Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie on Oct. 2, 2017. She was was born and raised in Erie and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Human Relations. Dusti has been with the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authorities for the past 10 years, serving for the past 9 years as the Executive Director of the combined City of Bradford and McKean County Agency.








Cherie Kinem, Resident Initiatives Coordinator

A lifelong resident of Erie, Cherie is a graduate of McDowell High School. She became the  Resident Initiatives Coordinator in August 2016. Cherie worked for the Boys and Girls Club from 1988-1992, beginning her career working with youth. From 1990-1992, she managed the Club's HACE youth programs. From 1992-1996, Cherie managed youth clubs in public housing for the YWCA. From 1996-2000 she was a Family Health Council outreach worker, and from 2000-2016 she managed HACE youth programs for the YMCA of Greater Erie. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University in 2006.






Lynn Little, Executive Secretary

Lynn was born and raised in Erie. She graduated from Twin Tech with a major in Business. She worked at Telatron Marketing Group for ten years prior to working at the Housing Authority. Lynn began her career at the Erie Housing Authority in April of 2005 as a Clerk Typist at Lake City Dwellings. In 2007, she was promoted to Executive Secretary.









Linda Lewis, Acting Controller

Linda, a lifelong resident of Erie, iis a graduate of Gannon University, where she earned a degree in accounting. She started employment with the Housing Authority in 1995 as an Accounting Assistant. She was promoted to Accountant in 1997 and most recently to Assistant Controller.








Laurie Rocco

Laurie is a lifelong resident of Erie, where she graduated from Academy High School.  She began her career at the Erie Housing Authority as a receptionist at the Central Maintenance Building in 1998, she continued working there in the warehouse until becoming Acting Purchasing Agent in 2015.  She was promoted to Purchasing agent in 2016.







Section 8-Tenant Selection



Darrin Kinander, Section 8 Coordinator and Tenant Selection Supervisor

Born in Warren, Pa., Darrin graduated from Warren Area High School and graduated from Edinboro University as an English major. He started with HACE in 2001, and on January 1, 2014,  became  Section 8 and Tenant Selection Coordinator. He is responsible for the intake of applications for public housing and monitoring housing turnover and inventory, and operations for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which serves more than 1,000 families.







Stacie Sullivan, Assistant Section 8 and Tenant Selection Coordinator

Stacie began her career with the Erie Housing Authority in September 1999 as a Clerk-Typist. She worked in the Section 8 Program as a Housing Specialist untill December, 2003, when she was transferred to the Erie Heights Development. In May 2015 she assumed the duties of the Senior Housing Specialist at the Section 8 and Tenant Selection Office. She was promoted to Assistant Section 8 / Tenant Selection Coordinator in October 2017.







Jeff Williams, Section 8 Housing Inspector

Jeff was born in Pittsburgh and has been living in Erie for the past 19 years. He graduated from Venango Christian High School. Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1989. He served there 14 years, after which he worked in construction as a laborer, concrete finisher and operations manager. He started with the Erie Housing Authority in January of 2018 as the Section 8 Housing Inspector. He is responsible for the initial and annual inspections of all the Authority's public housing, which serves more than 1,000 families.







Elizabeth Twohig

Elizabeth attended Academy High School for three years and was in the first graduating class of Central High School in 1993. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Penn State Behrend in 2007. In April of 2009, she was hired as a clerk for The Housing Authority at the John Horan Garden Apartments, then shortly afterwards for the same position at Schmid Towers. She assumed the position of Manager at Schmid Towers in January of 2013.






Kim Preston

Kim started her employment with the Authority in 1980 as a clerk in the Section 8 office. She was promoted to the position of Section 8 Coordinator in 1986, and assumed additional responsibilities as Tenant Selection Supervisor in 1995. In 2009, she became manager of Lake City Dwellings.






Maggie Villa

Maggie worked at the Vital Statistics Bureau in New Jersey as a Clerk Typist before coming to Erie in 1992. She began her career with the Erie Times-News in 1999 as a Typist and was promoted to Classified Sales Executive in 2003. After 11 years with the Erie Times-News she attended the Erie Business Center where she earned her certificate in Medical Coding & Billing, made the dean's list and graduated with honors. In 2010, she became a part of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie as a Clerk Typist and in March, 2013, was promoted to Manager for the John E. Horan Garden Apartments.






Cynthia Grayson

Cynthia was a public housing resident for 18 years, during which time she was active in the Tenant Council and served as Tenant Council President. She graduated from the first clerical Step-Up Program offered by the Erie Housing Authority and was hired in 1996 as a clerk-typist at Harbor Homes. After living in public housing, Cynthia purchased her home through Habitat for Humanity in 1998. Her home is one of the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Homes. In 2000, Cynthia received her Public Housing Manager Certification. She was promoted to manager at Harbor Homes in December, 2007.






Kris Ropelewski

Kris was born and raised in Erie, and graduated from Academy High School in 1983. She attended Erie Business Center where she received her Associate Degree in Specialized Business in 1985. She began her career with the Erie Housing Authority as a Clerk-Typist I in 1989, and received her manager Certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in June, 1997. She was promoted to manager at Erie Heights in December, 2007.








Anna Kirk

Anna has an accounting degree from Mercyhurst College and a degree in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She began her career with the Erie Housing Authority 1995 as an accounting assistant. In 1997, she became a certified accountant. On February 1, 2010, she was promoted to manager of Friendship Apartments, East 11th and French streets.










Vince Palermo, Maintenance Superintendent

Vince graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1974 and worked in the construction business until he began his career with the Erie Housing Authority as a Laborer on November 14, 1983. He has worked in all aspects of the maintenance department from readying vacant apartments to contract negotiations and has worked throughout the authority in all areas, from family developments to high-rise buildings. He was appointed Maintenance Superintendent on October 20, 2006.








Illuminada Rivera
Illuminada began her career with the Erie Housing Authority while living at the Harbor Homes development. She graduated from the Authority’s Step-Up maintenance apprentice training program, and was hired as a laborer in the maintenance department in 1998. She was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in 2005, and in 2011, became Modernization Inspector.








Melvin Pasik

Melvin Pasik of Baltimore has resided in Erie for the past 38 years. A resident of public housing and father of five, he graduated from the Housing Authority Step-up Program. He has 14 years of maintenance experience and is a home owner. Melvin attained the position of Acting Supervisor and in 2009 was promoted to Full Time Maintenance Supervisor for the Erie Heights Development. He coordinates the maintenance and staff for 400 units at Erie Heights, Pineview, Agnes Priscaro along with Curry/Schell Apartments.







Mike Marsden
Mike is a lifelong resident of Erie. He graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1980 and began his career at the Erie Housing Authority on October 15, 1990, at the Franklin Terrace Apartments (now known as the John E. Horan garden Apartments). Mike prepared vacant units and ran work orders at all of the Authority developments during his 20 years of service. He was promoted to his current position as Maintenance Supervisor of the John E. Horan garden Apartments on February 5, 2010.





Dan Potalivo
Dan Potalivo graduated from Cathedral Prep in 1995 and continued his education at Penn State University. Dan started his career in 2000 at Erie Heights as a laborer and has spent the last 10 years working at all of the Authority developments, running work orders, readying vacant units, and performing annual repairs. He was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor of Harbor Homes in February 2011.









Keith Swart
Keith graduated from Corry High School in 1978, then entered the U.S. Air Force as a heavy equipment operator.  After doing a four-year tour of duty, he moved back to Corry and worked as a construction laborer. In 1990, Keith attended Triangle Tech in Erie, where he received an associate degree in maintenance electricity. A building firm in Edinboro then hired him as a carpenter and electrician. In 1996, Keith started his own construction business, building new homes, until his date of hire as a HACE maintenance supervisor in April of 2017.  He is now Maintenance Supervisor, Lake City Dwellings.