Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Board of Commissioners

The Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners.  The Commissioners are appointed by the Bristol Virginia Mayor for a four-year term.  Commissioners may serve four consecutive four-year terms.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that at least one Commissioner be a participant in one of the housing programs operated by the Authority.

Mr. Jerry Chorosevic, Sr. was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2002, initially filling the unexpired term of a previous commissioner, and is currently serving his fourth full term on the board. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and also served as the Chairman for 3 years from 2003 to 2006, during a critical period of transition in BRHA’s executive leadership and organizational restructuring. Mr. Chorosevic is retired from the manufacturing industry and, with his significant experience in the for-profit sector, brings an important private business perspective to the Board.

Josh Fleenor was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in July 2018, filling the expired term of a previous Commissioner. He has a background in Social Work and was previously employed by Highlands Community Services. He is a member of the Policy Committee for the Bristol Day Center project and an avid “Reading Buddy”.

Mr. Mark Cofer, a Bristol native, was appointed by the City of Bristol, Virginia on July 1, 2019 for a four-year term to the BRHA Board of Commissioners. Mr. Cofer, a graduate of both ETSU and Bristol College, is an Ambassador for the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce and active with United Way of Bristol TN/VA.

In October, 2017, Ms. Denise Franklin, a long-term resident of BRHA, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners, filing the unexpired term of a previous Commissioner. Ms. Franklin has served on the Resident Advisory Board and is an active member of the “Find-A-Way” Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Ms. Franklin is a nurse at a local hospital where she is devoted to caring for her elderly patients.

Dr. Gary Poulton is a retired History Professor from the former Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia; he was also a past president of the college. He is currently serving his third term as a BRHA Commissioner. During his tenure Dr. Poulton has served several terms as Vice-Chair and previously served as Chairman of BRHA twice, most recently for the term July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Gary’s life-long passion for learning translates into advocacy for self-sufficiency programs for BRHA’s residents.