Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director
Deb holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from
Gerard Holder, Legislative Director
Gerard is the former executive director of the congressionally mandated Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century, popularly known as the Seniors Commission. Prior to the Commission, Gerard served as executive director of the Senior Housing Council for the Assisted Living Federation of America, a membership organization of senior housing providers. He also spent 10 years at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, as the associate director for housing policy. Gerard has over 35 years of experience in policy and government, including congressional and intergovernmental relations at HUD and on a congressional staff in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College.
Rich Bindell, Communications Manager
Trena Mainor, Director of Operations
Trena has been at CLPHA since August, 2006. Before joining CLPHA, she was the Membership Operations Manager for AcademyHealth, managing all aspects of retention and recruitment for 4500 members. Her primary responsibilities at CLPHA include office administration, membership and meeting planning. She holds a BA from William Smith College, where she majored in Religious Studies and Psychology.
Abra joined CLPHA in 2014. She focuses on the Housing Is initiative, an effort aimed at better aligning housing with other systems like education and health to improve life outcomes for low-income children. Abra previously analyzed and advocated for housing, education, place-based, early childhood, and dual-generation initiatives with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie's office. She also worked as a practitioner with low-income and homeless individuals in Washington, DC and Chicago, focusing on workforce development. Abra holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy and a Master’s in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration, both at the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University.
Stephen Lucas, Health Research and Policy Manager
Steve joined CLPHA with multi-sector experience in health policy analysis and communication strategy. He manages the healthcare-related activities of CLPHA’s Housing Is initiative (formerly “systems alignment”), a comprehensive effort to better align housing with other systems by connecting stakeholders across service, discipline, and policy silos. Prior to joining CLPHA, Steve worked at The Lewin Group’s Center for Aging and Disability Policy implementing and evaluating service delivery reforms to Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, founded a business services startup supporting first-time entrepreneurs and investors, and helped shape public affairs and communications strategy for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs. Steve is actively engaged in the Washington DC community on the Board of Directors of The McClendon Center, a top-rated mental health services agency serving those in DC suffering from severe, persistent mental illnesses. Steve holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Penn State University, with minors in Health Policy & Administration and Gender Studies.
Nicole Barrett, Research and Policy Analyst
Nicole came to CLPHA in September 2015 from the National Housing Trust where she was a public policy and research associate but also managed NHT's social media accounts besides doing other communications work. Before NHT, she worked as a program assistant for Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc.; was a legislative intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and a management assistant in HUD's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Nicole earned a masters degree with a concentration in urban and social policy from George Washington University and her bachelors degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Amber-Lee Leslie, Research and Policy Analyst
Amber-Lee joined CLPHA in August 2016. Before joining CLPHA, Amber-Lee worked in the Atlanta metro area as a Research Assistant on a variety of social policy issues including affordable housing and public-private partnerships. She earned her master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in urban development from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University.
Kirsten MacKay, Administrative Assistant
Kirsten joined CLPHA in January 2016. She has an MA in art history from George Washington University and a BA in English and art history from the University of Alabama.