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Key Staff

Jen Elder
: Director

Jen has worked extensively with local, state, and federal leaders for over 13 years to implement policies and evidence-based practices that support individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders gain income and housing stability. She is the Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Caucus on Homelessness and previously served as the National Policy and Partnerships Coordinator at the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center. She received her M.Sc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.

Amy Lamerson
: Project Associate II

Amy Lamerson, MSW has worked in the housing and homelessness arena for the past eleven years. They have experience working as a coordinator and director of the SOAR Ohio Project, as well as a funding administrator for the Ohio Governor’s TANF initiative with COHHIO’s program: Housing Now for Homeless Families. Amy attended the Ohio State University in Columbus for their Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Minor in Sociology with a Certification in HIV/AIDS Education. They then earned an Accelerated Masters in Social Work with a focus in macro systems administration, policy, and clinical diagnosis from OSU.

Alisha Fletcher
: Project Assistant

Alisha Fletcher has worked in housing and homelessness for two years. Prior to joining HHRC, she worked with Tulsa, Oklahoma’s lead agency in its homeless Continuum of Care, collaborating with community partners to advocate for those experiencing chronic homelessness and build equitable processes and systems to facilitate housing placement for those in the community. Additionally, she supported outreach teams in providing housing-focused case management with clients experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Alisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northeastern State University in 2018 and completed her Master’s in American Studies in December 2021.