Board of Commissioners
The seven Commissioners of the VSHA are appointed by the Governor to serve five-year terms. VSHA is fortunate to have Commissioners with diverse backgrounds, including expertise in finance, community and economic development, federal housing programs, human services, and from the private sector.
- Caryn Feinberg
Board Member Since: 2001
Caryn is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who is in private practice in the Burlington area. She has been on the board of the Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association for more than 20 years, where she has held various committee chairmanships and an executive position since 1999.
- Cory B. Richardson
Board Member Since: 2007
Cory is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Northfield Savings Bank. He is a certified public accountant and member of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to serving on the Board of VSHA, Cory serves on Committees at Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation and Central Vermont Medical Center.
- Jo Ann Troiano
Board Member Since: 1982
Jo Ann is the Executive Director of the Montpelier Housing Authority, Chair of the Vermont Association for Public Housing Directors, a member of the Governor’s Housing Council and the Fair Housing Committee of that Council.
Jo Ann was the Board Chair from 1983-1992
- Alex Farrell (Chair)
Board Member Since: 2019
Alex serves as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. In 2019, Alex was appointed to VSHA’s Board of Commissioners; in 2021 he was chosen by his fellow board members to serve as Chair. In addition to the Board of VSHA, Alex is the Chair of the Real Estate Commission for the state of Vermont. In the city of Burlington, Alex sits on the Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Commission, and previously served on the city’s Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board and the Board for Registration of Voters.
- Aaron Jones
Board Member Since: 2021
Aaron is a dedicated social service professional working to provide solutions to Vermonters affected by housing instability. He is a Home Repair Coordinator with NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. As a volunteer, Aaron has served on the Neighborworks of Western Vermont Leadership Transition Committee, the Rutland Town Select Board, and a Restorative Panel volunteer for Rutland County Restorative Justice.
- Christopher Trombly
Board Member Since: 2021
As a Vice President for Loan Operations at People’s United Bank, Chris is an accomplished business professional with experience in loan operations, loss mitigation, and affordable housing advocacy. In addition to serving as a Board Commissioner for the VSHA, Chris serves as a volunteer for the So. Burlington Affordable Housing Committee, Board of Civil Authority, the Living Well Group, Vermont Kin as Parents, and the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont.
- Linda Joy Sullivan
Board Member Since: 2023
Linda Joy Sullivan is a former VT House Representative having served the Bennington-Rutland District for three terms. She was the lead sponsor on H. 603, a Bill on Human Trafficking, signed into law as Act 140. She worked for generations on housing issues for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and with legislators across the U.S. She was a member of the VT Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs, chaired their Judiciary Committee; was a VT Justice of the Peace, currently serves on the VT Professional Responsibility Board-Assistance Panel; was a former Guardian Ad Litem, former member of the Florida Bar Supreme Court Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. She is a licensed CPA, MBA and LL.M and is a partner in a CPA firm.