The Bethlehem Housing Authority is served by men and women from all walks of life. Commissioners serve at the will of the Mayor and are appointed to staggered, five year terms. Commissioners serve without pay.
Over the years, scores of citizens have served the public in this important role. Here is the most up to date list of these dedicated public servants.
The Board of Commissioners meets publicly on the second Monday of each month, at 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon in the Fred B. Rooney community room at Monocacy Tower, 645 Main Street. The public is invited to attend any meeting.
David Sanders was appointed to complete the unfinished term of Eugene Learn in March 2004 by Mayor Callahan. He is a life-long resident of Bethlehem who once lived in public housing. “I grew up in the old Clearfield community”, he said recently. Mr. Sanders is the proud owner of “Lump’s Center Street Deli”, located at the corner of Center and Goepp Streets. He and his family have owned the business for many years...
Dave and wife Julie have a blended family consisting of his oldest son David, a Navy officer stationed in California, his daughter Candy and his son Rusty. Daughter Julianne is Dave’s “right arm” and helps him daily with the business. Julie’s son Larry completes the list of children. There are also five grandkids including Nicole, Dylan, Dakota, Kaitlyn and Kira.
In addition to spending time with his family, Mr. Sanders enjoys restoring and collecting old cars and toys, and is an active member of the Democratic Party. He also loves working in his garden, riding his bike and taking long walks through the streets of Bethlehem with his wife.
Joe Long has been a Commissioner since November 2002, when he was appointed by Mayor John Callahan. He is a lifelong resident of Bethlehem, graduating from Bethlehem Liberty High School in 1958. He spent his early years as a resident of public housing in Bethlehem, living with his family in the former Clearfield community. As a coach at Northeast Little League, he continues his connection to public housing, as many of the school aged children who participate happen to live in Marvine, Pembroke and Fairmount.
Joe retired from his job at Mack Trucks in Allentown in 2001, following a 37 year career which included a very active role as an official in the United Auto Workers union. He graduated from Northampton County Community College and attended Moravian College. He is currently kept busy by serving as the Chair of the Northampton County Democratic Party.
Among his blessings, Mr. Long counts his five children; Joseph, Kimberly Ann, Christopher, Kate and Jeffrey , four grandchildren; Jessica, Amanda, Connor, Angela and last but not least, his wife, Mary. He continues to reside in Bethlehem.
Valerie was named by Mayor Callahan to fill the unexpired term of the departed George Samuelson in January 2013.
Iris was Mayor Callahan’s choice to replace Regino Cora as a BHA commissioner as of January 8th 2007. She is a Bethlehem native and grew up in Marvine. She was educated in the city attending Donegan School and Nitschmann Junior High before graduating from Liberty High School in 1965. She met and married her husband Henry before beginning her professional career. She started at Durkee Famous Foods in 1967. She was actively involved as a member of the United Steelworkers Union and served as recording secretary and as a member of the negotiating committee. This led to a life-long interest in the political process. She eventually ran for delegate and served at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago the year Bill Clinton was the party’s choice. She continues to be active in local politics. She has worked with the United Way as a loan campaign specialist and with an organization called Teen Works. Following the plant closing at Durkee’s, she worked for a year at the Steelworkers Dislocation Center assisting coworkers in retraining and reeducation. She then resumed her own education at Northampton Community College studying Law Administration and Computer Science. She is employed by the Peter Angelos firm as a legal assistant. Iris and Henry are proud parents of two daughters and a son.
Rogelio Ortiz (Resident Commissioner)
Roy, his wife and five children have resided in Bethlehem since 2000. As a resident of public housing, Roy was nominated to complete the unfinished term of the late Dot Saby in 2015. Under Roy's leadership, the Lynfield Tenant Council has become an important component in the lives of 200 families in the Lynfield area. Roy's leadership qualities were recognized recently when he became a director on the BASD board. He looks forward to serving the needs of the residents and staff of the Bethlehem Housing Authority in his new position.