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Chesapeake Neighbors Announces New Executive Director and Board Member

SEVERN, MD, (September 28, 2021) – Chesapeake Neighbors, an Arc Central Chesapeake Region company committed to providing safe, accessible, and affordable housing in Maryland, and Board Chair Laura Carr, are pleased to welcome Judi Olinger as Executive Director, effective October 4, and Andrew Masters to its board of directors.

“We are excited to welcome Judi and Andy to our team,” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. “Judi and Andy possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be essential in furthering the mission of Chesapeake Neighbors to expand and strengthen the availability of affordable housing for people who would otherwise not have access or options in communities where they choose to live.”

Judi Olinger possesses over 30 years of experience in human services, housing development, property management, and operational oversight of a wide array of multi-million-dollar programs committed to supporting the needs of people with disabilities. She founded and served as president of iHomes, Inc., a development and management company for affordable housing.

Judi also served as the vice president of Humanim, Inc., overseeing various programs, including disability services and corporate compliance. She currently serves as the president of the board of directors for Columbia Housing Corporation and is also a member of the Maryland Housing Inclusive Howard County Advisory Board.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to lead Chesapeake Neighbors,” said Judi Olinger. “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve the same access to quality, affordable housing as anyone else, and we will continue to expand the care and mission of the organization.”

Judi earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Salisbury University. She also received an advanced certificate in the financing of affordable housing from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a graduate of Leadership Maryland.

Andy Masters possesses over a decade of experience in education, public health, and strategic planning in Baltimore City schools and nonprofits. Recently, he was named the Executive Director of Columbia Housing Center, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting racial and ethnic integration and diversity in Columbia, Maryland, through housing advisory services and educational programming.

Prior to that, Andy was the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that brings together cross-sector data, community engagement, partnership, and evaluation tools for communities across the country. He also led the launch and implementation of a bold cross-sector Youth Health and Wellness Strategy out of the Baltimore City Health Department.

“I am excited and thrilled to join the Chesapeake Neighbors board of directors,” said Andy. “Creating stronger communities is a passion of mine that aligns perfectly with Chesapeake Neighbors’ core mission of providing access to safe, affordable, accessible housing.”

Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies and a master’s degree in counselor education from The Pennsylvania State University. He lives in the Columbia, Maryland area and has two children.


About Chesapeake Neighbors
Chesapeake Neighbors was founded in 2007 by The Arc Central Chesapeake Region to provide, promote and support safe, affordable, and accessible housing for people and families in need. What started with one house in Anne Arundel County has grown to over 50 owned and managed, affordable, accessible single and multifamily units across Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Learn more at https://chesapeakeneighbors.org/.

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