Mountain Housing Opportunities is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and build hope and dignity in the people we serve.

MHO Board of Directors

Chair: Charlie Owen, Fletcher Warehousing Company

Vice Chair: Anthony Thomas, UpStaff Personnel & Mosaic Realty

Treasurer: Theresa Piwowar, Biltmore Estate

Secretary: Treva Williams, Appalachian Mountain Community Health Center

Greta Byrd, Mars Hill University

Lynn Cook, HomeTrust Bank

Jack Gilbert, Community Housing Capital, ret.

Annette McClure, Mission Hospital, ret.

Ruth Morrissey, Entrepreneur

Constance Proctor, Asheville Housing Authority, ret.

Ryan Rohwer, Eaton Corporation

Elizabeth Teague, Town of Waynesville

Dana Ward, Fundraising Consultant, ret.

MHO Staff

To contact a member of staff, please visit our Contact page or send an email to



Geoffrey Barton, President & CEO - Joined 2012

Maureen Gates, Office Manager - Joined 2015



Victor Anderson, Chief Financial Officer - Joined 2023

Selena Jimenez, Finance Manager - Joined 1997

Kelly Nossiter, Loan Program Manager - Joined 2012


Community Rental Investments

Rich Olejniczak, Interim Director of Community Rental Investments - Joined 2004

Adeline Wolfe, Real Estate Developer - Joined 2020


Asset Management

James Dennis, Vice President, Director of Asset Management - Joined 1995

Liz Booth, Asset Manager - Joined 2023



Joe Quinlan, Homeownership Program Manager - Joined 2001

Patrick Hunt, Construction Supervisor - Joined 2008

Megan Kirby, Homeownership Program Specialist - Joined 2015

Trevor Mayton, Self-Help Construction Supervisor - Joined 2022


Emergency Home Repair

Lee D., Repair & Rehabilitation Manager - Joined 2002

Eric Johnson, Home Repair Specialist - Joined 2022

*Not a complete list of staff. Please call 828-254-4030 to talk to a specific person, or email at



Allison Rollison, Director of Philanthropy - Joined 2022

Lisa K., Marketing & Communications Manager - Joined 2010


Cindy Weeks Community Investment Manager

The History of Mountain Housing Opportunities

Mountain Housing Opportunities was organized in 1988 by a group of volunteers concerned with the declining housing stock and lack of affordable and decent housing units for low-income people.

A group of nonprofit service agencies, local governments and businesses co-sponsored the February conference, non-profit Housing Development for Low Income People, organized by Pisgah Legal Services that was focused on Western North Carolina.

Keynote speaker Dave Lollis of the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises advises the 150 participants not to “spend too much time in needs assessment and networking” but instead to “go out and build a handrail on Aunt Mary’s front porch.”

Five volunteers who have met since the conference began the volunteer work. On a Saturday in August, they brought ladders, tools, and materials and repaired the roof of an elderly homeowner in Leicester. Later that month, the group incorporated as Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc.

Founding directors were:

  • Helen Cooper of the Council on Aging, craftsman/teacher
  • Norman Earle, architect.
  • Robbie Sweetser
  • Pat Thomson of the NC Division of Community Assistance
  • Gray Wilson and Scott Dedman of Pisgah Legal Services.

The corporation’s registered agent was Jim Barrett of Pisgah Legal Services. Before year end, seven volunteer home repairs are completed. In 1989, MHO hired its first Executive Director, Cindy Visnich Weeks. After serving as Board Chairman, Scott Dedman became Executive Director of MHO in 1993. Dedman was also one of the seven original founders of Mountain Housing Opportunities in 1988.

Our Mission

Mountain Housing Opportunities is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and build hope and dignity in the people we serve.


"We believe that if you work in this community, you should be able to live here in a safe, attractive, affordable home in a good neighborhood, and when you retire or if you become disabled, this should still be true."

- Scott Dedman- Mountain Housing Opportunities Executive Director-

For News and Events

Visit the Mountain Housing Opportunities blog for news, events, and project updates.

MHO Announces New President and CEO

Mountain Housing Opportunities is pleased to announce Geoffrey Barton as the affordable housing non-profit’s new President and CEO. Geoffrey replaces Scott Dedman, who retired in early August after 30 years in the role. Geoffrey brings... Read More