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Board of Commissioners


HACR is governed by a Board of Commissioners with 7 members.
Members are appointed by the Mayor of Richmond for 4 years.

Yvonne Washington Headshot

C. Yvonne Washington - Chairman

Term Date: 12/29/2021 - 12/29/2025

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Occupation: Life Coach

Community Involvement: As a native of Richmond, Ms. Washington's passion for safe, affordable housing sprang from her childhood observations of family members collaborating with community members to build custom homes. In addition to serving as HACR Board Chair, Yvonne is committed to leadership development and facilitates life coaching groups that promote spiritual maturity, community activism and social justice. Yvonne currently serves as board secretary for Christian Connectors Richmond, member of the local NAACP and Purdue Extension Office Advisory Committee. Ms. Washington holds both a Bachelors and an Associates of Arts degrees, Indiana University East and an International Missions Diploma, Rhema Bible College.

Kathleen Khamis - Vice Chair

Term Start Date: 1/1/2022

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Occupation: Communities in School Site Coordatinor, Starr Elementary, Richmond

Community Involvement: Wayne County Food Council Board, H.E.L.P. The Animals Board, Richmond Shakespeare Festival Board, Columbian Properties Board, Ivy Tech School of Education Advisory Committee, Richmond Education Association Racial Equality Coalition

Roxie Deer Headshot

Roxie Deer - Immediate Past Chair

Term Date: UNKNOWN

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Occupation: Executive Director

Community Involvement: Roxie was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana. After graduating college, Roxie returned to Richmond and began working for the community that raised her. Throughout her career, Roxie has advocated for quality housing for all, which led to her appointment to the Board of Commissioners in 2019. In 2023, Roxie took on a new role as Executive Director at Richmond Neighborhood Restoration. In her free time, Roxie serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including: Whitewater Community Television, the Richmond Meltdown Festival, Tri Kappa Indiana, and Tri Kappa's local chapter. In 2022, Roxie received the Wayne County Athena Young Professional Award for her work advocating for women's health issues. Roxie has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the College of Wooster and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. In her free time, Roxie can be found spending time with her adopted puppies, Hudson Reign and Rosie Lynn!

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Ashley R. Stephen - Commissioner

Term: 12/27/2021 - 12/27/2025

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Occupation: Community Grants and Operations Manager, Community Foundation of Randolph County

Community Involvement: Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Wayne County Challenge, Amigos Club de Tennis, First Presbyterian Church

Kelley Cruse-Nicholson Headshot

Kelley Cruse-Nicholson - Commissioner

Term: 9/9/2023

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Occupation: Nonprofit Relationship Manager

Community Involvement: Committee member Board of Zoning and Appeals, Board Member Richmond Housing Authority

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