Jay's career with BHA began in 2001 as a Housing Inspector.
Thereafter he served as the Maintenance Superintendent, coordinating the maintenance program for both vacant and occupied units. Because of his background and administrative experience, he was appointed Deputy Director in October 2018.
Jay became the Acting Executive Director in February 2019, and Executive Director in July 2019.
Mirella joined BHA in 2002. Mirella is now responsible for the TSO and Voucher departments. Mirella also coordinated the Community Service program, Resident Initiatives and the Family Self-Sufficiency programs. FSS helps residents by enhancing skills, by providing training and education and more. Mirella, who started in September of 2002 looks forward to working with BHA residents and enjoys making a difference in their lives.
Curt Kichline, Planning & Construction Manager
Curt heads the department that is responsible for overseeing all construction projects at BHA. Responsibilities range from the preparation of drawings and specifications to the review of bids, selection of qualified bidders and final contract approval. Curt's staff manages all aspects of Comp Grant/ Capital Fund and submits all reports to HUD. Curt, who lives in Easton, has been employed by BHA since 1992.
Robert Robinson, Activities Supervision
Robbie organizes and supervises various programs for resident youth such as basketball, softball, dance and aerobics. He also plans and provides transportation to events. With help from the staff, Robbie has created an annual end of the Summer event known as "Field Day". Now that the First Tee learning Center is up and running, Robbie has responsibilities in this program as well. He also coordinates seasonal activities like the fall foliage tour of the Poconos, and the Christmas-related trips in and around Bethlehem.
Meet the staff. . .
The Bethlehem Housing Authority staff consists of dozens of professionals dedicated to providing quality, affordable housing for Bethlehem's low-income citizens. Here are just a few of our staff members.
Diana Moreno, Executive Secretary
Diana began her career at BHA in 2003. During this time, she has worked for the Family Self Sufficiency Program, Fraud Department and Deputy Executive Director departments. She was appointed to her current position April 2019. Diana will be handling administrative responsibilities under the supervision of the Executive Director.
Richard Snyder, Comptroller
Richard joined BHA in 2006 as an accountant. In his present role, he oversees a staff whose duties include the preparation of budgets, PHAS financial management, Section 8 financial management, payroll administration, utility tracking and much more. Richard resides in Kutztown with his family.
Zulma Rodriguez, High Rise Property Manager & Director of Rent Computation Quality Control
As of May 2021, Zulma manages the High Rise office and has been appointed as the Director of Rent Computation Quality Control. She supervises a staff whoseduties include rent collection, management of delinquent accounts, and re-examination. Zulma's career with BHA started in 1986 as a clerk in the Lynfield development.
John Ritter, Deputy Director
John joined BHA in 2012. John has been a plumber since 1987, and
has been a registered master plumber in the City of Bethlehem since
1995, working mostly in new construction. John started with the
Authority as the Assistant Maintenance Superintendent, then was
promoted to the Maintenance Superintendent, and as of June 2020 has been
promoted to the Deputy Director.
Patricia Donchez, HCVP Coordinator
Pat Joined BHA in 1981 as a temporary employee assisting our "Clerk of the Works" eventually working her way up to her present position handling the Section 8 / Voucher program. She is responsible for the financial aspects , along with the tenant portability. Her staff handles all the other aspects of the Voucher program. She is a people-person and enjoys the daily interactions with her residents and landlords.