Housing Authority Board of CommissionersThe Housing Authority or Joliet Board of Commissioners consists of seven (7) members, each appointed by the Mayor of the City of Joliet and approved by the City Council. There are currently two (2) vacancies on the Board. Appointments are for staggered terms.

Commissioners determine policies and approve operating budgets, programs and services consistent with its mission and subject to the mandates and limits imposed by State and Federal Law.

Commissioners receive no compensation but are entitled to receive expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of their official duties.

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Secretary/Treasurer

Roger Powell Sr.

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Roger William Powell was born and raise in Joliet, where he still resides today. He has always enjoyed working with and helping others, especially the younger generations. As a basketball player and coach, he learned the importance of encouraging and empowering young people.

Roger received his Master of Science in Political Science from Governors State University, his Special Education Teacher Certification from Chicago State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Illinois State University. He has served as an educator and coach in Illinois for over 30 years, and continues to serve the Joliet Community at the Illinois Youth Center to this day.

One of his core values is understanding the importance of today's role models, especially the athletes, coaches, and entertainers of today's society, to stress academic achievement. His goal is to provide a respectable and adaptable program for constructive change within the community.

Commissioner

Patrick Asher

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Began professional career in 1967 teaching English and philosophy at Joliet Junior College (JJC).

Besides tenure as a full-time faculty member, was also the Department Chairman from 1993 until 2001, overseeing fifteen (15) full-time faculty and eighty-five (85) adjunct faculty.  Co-advisor for the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, as well as sponsor of the Veteran’s Club.  Awarded the Teacher of the Year in 1988 and was the recipient of the Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award in 2015.  Served as President of the American Federation of Teachers, Council 525, as well as Vice-President of the Will County Federation of Teachers.

Co-authored two (2) writing texts for the Developmental Writing Program at JJC.  Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy from Holy Cross Seminary in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse with additional coursework in theology and educational theory.

Married for forty-five (45) years to Sharon Asher, a graduate of the University of St. Francis and a science teacher for twenty-four (24) years at Dirksen Junior High School, as well as the Coordinator for the science curriculum for District 86 for ten (10) years.

Two children, Jessica and Aaron.  Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  Aaron is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law and a corporate attorney in Pittsburgh.

Active member in the Meals-On-Wheels program delivering food to the elderly and less fortunate.  Board of Commissioner of the Housing Authority of Joliet since 2001.

Continues to teach as an adjunct professor of English in the English/World Languages Department at JJC, marking his forty-ninth (49th) year of teaching.

Commissioner

Maria Cottrell

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Maria Cottrell has worked in human resources coordination for over two (2) decades in the Joliet area. She is well known as a management professional who originates from a strong background in employee training and development, new hire orientations and employee relations.

Since 1990 she has served the Housing Authority of Joliet by advising managers on organizational policy matters and recommended much needed changes, while directing and welcoming new employees to the organization. While working with the Finance Department, she provided processing for employee salaries, ran the payroll process, and administered 401(k) programs. Early on she created organizational flow charts and conducted benefit administrations for over 75 eligible employees.

Commissioner Cottrell was appointed to the Housing Authority of Joliet Board of Commissioners May 19, 2015, where she now lends her expertise and experience to the current Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner

Robert Hernandez

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Appointed to Housing Authority of Joliet Board of Commissioners, May 19, 2015. Previously served on board from 1991 to 1995. Has served over the years on the Spanish Center Board, Forest Park Community Center, Warren Sharpe Center and past President of the Joliet/Will County Hispanic Task Force.