Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

  • Lisa Gaffney, President
  • Erin Smist, Vice President
  • Mark Levin, Esq., Treasurer
  • Frankie Baughn, Secretary
  • Nelson Acevedo
  • Michael Bannon
  • Jordan A. Casey, Esq.
  • Kristin A. Garcia
  • Stephen F. Gold, Esq.
  • William H. Hall, IV, Esq.
  • Joel A. Johnson, AICP, P.H.M
  • Jennifer Perry


  • Rachel Wentworth
  • Executive¬†Director
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  • Rachel Wentworth joined the Housing Equality Center staff in 2000. Before becoming the Executive Director, Rachel served as both the Assistant Director and as the Test Coordinator. Rachel has 17 years of experience fair housing including test coordination in the areas of rentals, sales, insurance, lending and accessibility, complaint resolution, fair housing education and technical assistance to local governments and housing providers, capacity building for other agencies, data analysis, and GIS mapping. Prior to joining Housing Equality Center, Rachel was a test coordinator at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. She holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from Temple University.

Carolyn Capistrano

Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Carolyn Capistrano joined the Housing Equality Center in September 2015. She is responsible for providing trainings, workshops, and webinars for housing providers, consumers, and social service agencies. Carolyn previously administered the Fair Housing Program for the Lancaster County Human Relations Commission and was a Test Coordinator and Enforcement Coordinator for the Fair Housing Council of Montgomery County. Carolyn holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University.

Quintin Lerch

Test Coordinator

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Quint joined the staff full-time in October of 2016. But he really started with our founding organization, the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia as a tester in 1995 where he received his first training in Fair Housing testing. He then went on to work for the Department of Justice and now comes to our organization with 22 years of experience as a consultant in Civil Rights and Fair Housing Advocacy, having worked for 9 agencies from Washington, DC, Delaware, the Philadelphia area and New Jersey. Prior to his work in Fair Housing, he was the Assistant Director for 10 years of a community-based affordable housing provider located in Southern New Jersey that built, rehabbed and managed over 200 units of low-and moderate-income housing for families and senior citizens in Burlington County, NJ. A trained musician having served several churches, Quint has been Director of Music for a church in Gloucester County, NJ since 2007.

Lynne Ellison joined the Housing Equality Center in 1998. She is responsible for all bookkeeping duties as well as indirect cost proposals necessary to meet grant management and compliance requirements for government and foundation contracts and grants. Lynne has been trained by HUD on financial management and completed nonprofit bookkeeping courses through Your Part Time Controller, LLC. She holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University.

PO BOX 558, Fort Washington, PA 19034
866-540-FAIR | 267-419-8918

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