About Us

Our Mission

The San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving, creating, and managing permanently affordable homes in the San Geronimo Valley and beyond.

 Our vision is a culturally diverse and vibrant San Geronimo Valley community that retains its unique, rural and natural qualities while offering housing opportunities for people of all income levels and walks of life. 

Our Properties

Sage Lane in San Geronimo

 (No vacancy)

Forest Knolls Mobile Home Court

(No vacancy)

Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

Suzanne Sadowsky, Board Chair

Board member since February 2014

Suzanne has lived in the San Geronimo Valley since 1975. In March 2017, she retired from her second career as Associate Director of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Prior to working for the Community Center, she was the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor of Labor Statistics in San Francisco. She has served on the Boards of West Marin Senior Services and Coastal Health Alliance and is a founding member of Gan HaLev. She is the proud mother of Heather Richardson and grandmother of Sadie and Jacob Carter.

Kit Krauss, Co-Vice Chair

Board member since April 2014

Originally from Wisconsin, Kit Krauss has been a Valley resident since 1994. His work experience includes three years as a Vista Volunteer in rural Iowa, three years of town planning in Northern Australia, and 20 years with an international nonprofit community development organization, including 13 years in Brazil. Retired since 2013, Kit currently serves on the boards of the San Geronimo Presbyterian Church, the San Geronimo Childcare Center, and SGVAHA. He and his wife Margaret have four adult children and six grandchildren, four of whom live with them in the multigenerational Krauss family compound in San Geronimo. Kit has a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Maya Gladstern, Co-Vice Chair

Board member since April 2015

In March of 2015, Maya retired after 35 years of work as a systems analyst with the County of Marin in March of 2015. One month later, she attended her first SGVAHA Board meeting. Maya moved to Woodacre from San Anselmo in 1991 with her husband and three children. A tenacious advocate for the underserved, she was the first consumer appointed to the Marin Mental Health Board in 1977. Besides the SGVAHA Board and the Mental Health Board, she has long tenure on the Boards of the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association and the Marin Association of Public Employees. Retirement for Maya includes playing with her labradoodles, visiting with granddaughters, dabbling in international travel, learning to fuse glass and, of course, attending numerous community meetings.

Howie Cort, Secretary

Board member since September 2016

Howie arrived in the Valley as a 21-year-old with her boyfriend, Dave, in August of 1978. Over the last forty years, they have set down strong roots in this amazing community. They have two adult children, Daley and Sadie, who went to Lagunitas School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. In 2019, Howie retired from her work at Lagunitas School but she stays more than a little busy, working at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, coaching a girls’ CYO Basketball team, acting as the administrator for our Saint Cecilia’s CYO and, as a musician, playing with many talented Valley residents. As a SGVAHA Board and community member, Howie feels strongly about preserving a vibrant school community, increasing workforce housing, maintaining our economic diversity and educating our Valley residents about the innovative ways we can all work together to create more affordable housing for hardworking parents and individuals who want to live in the San Geronimo Valley.

Laura Sherman

Board member since September 2014

Laura Sherman is a Certified Manager of Care with the National Academy of Certified Care Managers since 2012 and has served as the West Marin Senior Services’ San Geronimo Valley/Nicasio Care Manager providing care management, care coordination services, patient advocacy and family planning since 2005. Born and raised in central Marin, Laura attended St. Raphael’s and Marin Catholic High schools. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a B.A. in Political, Legal & Economic Analysis. Prior to WMSS, Laura was Program Director for San Leandro-based Senior Services Foundation’s Friendly Visiting Program through Davis Street Family Resource Center, and the Public Relations Coordinator for home health agency Nightingale Nursing, also headquartered in San Leandro. Laura chairs SGVAHA’s Fundraising and Outreach Committee.

Joe Walsh

Board member since March 1977

Joe Walsh was one of the founders of the SGVAHA in 1978. He is an avid affordable housing advocate, serving on the boards of Ecumenical Association for Housing, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative and as a member of the League of Women Voters Transportation, Land Use and Housing Committee and as the first chairman of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee.

Staff

Laurie Chorna, Bookkeeper

Join SGVAHA Team March 2012

Laurie is an enthusiastic professional with extensive experience in administrative management, bookkeeping and customer service. She enjoyed a “career” of helping to develop a small local creative company in the gift, stationery, and craft industry. For 25 years, she was involved in all aspects of the operations of All Night Media Rubber Stamps, including traveling to gift shows throughout the country. All Night Media was sold in 2001 and Laurie became involved in local community/social action and non-profit organizations in various capacities, such as Administration, Bookkeeping, Grant Writing and Volunteer Coordination. She also worked as the Move-in Coordinator at Springfield Place, a Senior Retirement Community in Petaluma for 7 years. In addition to the work at SGVAHA as the Bookkeeper and Administrator, Laurie currently works for IN SPIRIT, and is on the Board of directors for Gan HaLev, the Jewish Congregation of the San Geronimo Valley.

Denise and John Bohman, Property Management

Join SGVAHA Team December 2015

John and Denise have managed the Forest Knolls Mobile Home Park for nearly 25 years. John handles maintenance and repair, and Denise handles everything else. They have recently taken over the same duties at Sage Lane.

Mark Switzer, Project Development

Join SGVAHA Team February 2019
Mark managed the Point Reyes Affordable Homes project for nine years. He lives in Point Reyes Station and houses a librarian and a nonprofit sector employee in a shared housing arrangement.

 

Mari Nakagawa, Outreach and Development

Joined SGVAHA Team April 2019

Mari grew up in the Valley and on the playgrounds of Lagunitas School. She received her BA from the University of Oregon where she majored in Spanish Language Literature and minored in Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies. Mari is co-lead organizer of West Marin Housing Action, a group of young adults working towards sustainable, equitable, and affordable housing solutions in the Valley and beyond. A graduate of KPFA Radio’s First Voice Media Apprenticeship, Mari has worked as a freelance audio editor and sound designer. She co-hosts the biweekly radio show Hollow in the Land on KWMR Radio.

 

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