After serving as Executive Director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) since 2001, I have announced my retirement as of April 30, 2021, exactly 20 years after I started. As Carol and I ease into retirement, I will remain as a “senior consultant” to MCHT through the end of 2022.
The Board of Directors has selected Pat Matheson to succeed me as Executive Director. Pat has been with MCHT for four years and has headed up real estate development during that time. Steve Laurent will serve as Managing Director. Steve started with MCHT five years ago and has taken on numerous high-level tasks during his tenure. Both Pat and Steve have the complete confidence of the Board, as well as mine, that they will continue to provide a high level of service and product in meeting the affordable housing needs of our community.
Although developing and advocating for affordable housing can be challenging and frustrating, I will leave MCHT with only positive memories of what has been accomplished over the past 20 years. The support I have received from MCHT’s scores of Board members, staff and the community has been gratifying. Being associated with the talented affordable housing professionals in Utah and nationally has been rewarding. I look forward to continuing these relationships in the coming years. Being a part of the local nonprofit community and dealing with local elected officials to make our community the special place it is has meant the most to me.
Even with COVID, MCHT has more affordable housing development underway than at any time in its history. The organization is positioned, both financially and with staffing, to sustain its efforts to provide affordable housing to the local workforce and others for many years to come. It has been a meaningful and fulfilling 20 years and I thank everyone for their support and fond wishes.