Board of Commissioners

Laura S. Morris, Board Chairperson

Laura S. Morris
Board Chairperson

Commissioner Laura Morris grew up in Charleston, where her father taught at The Citadel, and graduated from Rivers High School. She moved to Washington, DC, in 1977 and served on the staff of Senator Ernest F. Hollings from 1977 to 1999.

Ms. Morris worked with all the public housing authorities in her capacity as Projects Director and continues the strong interest in all residents of SC having access to affordable, safe housing and health care. Upon retirement, she worked with a consortium of local providers to develop and write successful federal grant proposals to coordinate healthcare for uninsured citizens in a three-county area and a three-year grant to demonstrate the role of patient navigators in improving the status of uninsured and underinsured residents in a five-county area; she subsequently served as Project Director for the two grants.

She is currently serve on the boards of Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation and Johns Island Rural Housing and represents South Carolina Citizens for Housing on the State Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. Mrs. Morris is Chair of the CCHRA Board of Commissioners.

Jennet Robinson-Alterman Board Vice Chairperson

Jennet Robinson-Alterman
Board Vice Chairperson

Jennet Robinson Alterman is a native of Charleston and is the President and CEO of J. Robinson Alterman LLC., a consulting practice that assists organizations in developing leadership and entrepreneurial training programs for women.

Ms. Alterman has worked in television broadcasting, state and federal government and the non-profit sector. She has an extensive background in international development having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan, Peace Corps Country Director in Swaziland and the Interagency Coordinator for Peace Corps worldwide. During her tenure on Peace Corps staff she worked on projects in over 40 countries.

Ms. Alterman currently serves as the Vice Chair of Charleston County Housing Authority Board, the Vice Chair of the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation and on the boards of Pro Bono Legal Services, the Girl Scouts of Eastern S.C., and the New Morning Foundation. Previously she served on the boards of the Trident Urban League Board, the Tri-county Workforce Investment Board, the Footlight Players and many other community based organizations.

In 2012 Charlie magazine named Ms. Alterman as one of its 50 most progressive Charlestonians.

In December 2008 Ms. Alterman gave the College of Charleston commencement address and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

She is married to noted photographer Jack Alterman.

Theodore "Ted" Cozart Commissioner

Theodore “Ted” Cozart

I was born in 1947 in the beautify Hudson Valley of New York State. The legendary Sleepy Hollow was just across the river, and we were about 35 miles north of New York City. My parents were business people who owned a grocery store and several rooming houses. I was born in the back of one of their stores.

For the 1950s, my early life was very unusual. I integrated my elementary school, but there were very few problems. I’m one of a small group of people who has read the entire Bible and all of the World Book Encyclopedia. I graduated in the top third of my class. I earned an associate’s degree at Rockland Community College. I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history and political science at the University of the State of New York, Albany. I then won a fellowship to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While a student in Knoxville, my wife and I had two great children. After the birth of my children, I earned a master’s degree in education and urban planning. By the time I earned my final degree, I was in my forties.

After graduating, my family and I moved to South Carolina. I have been a realtor, a teacher, and a lay minister. In the last couple of years, I have worked on numerous community activities, including terms on the Charleston County Constituent School Board. I enjoy reading, cooking and trying new cuisines, remolding houses, and helping those less fortunate. Now, one of goals is to help hard-working people find affordable housing in the Lowcountry.

George Dawson, Commissioner

George Dawson

George Edward Dawson is a retiree who is familiar with the Charleston county Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Mr. Dawson retired the Medical University of South Carolina as a Facilities Design Engineer and Project Manager and has extensive knowledge with construction and maintenance. He has also served on the Board of Commissioners under the leadership of Hank Pharr. During his past service, he was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners. He has also served as the past President of the Charleston Jaycees and the Charleston Neighborhood Housing Service.

Mr. Dawson has the will to serve the citizens who are currently program participants of public housing programs and is concerned about safe, equal and fair housing for the residents of Charleston County.

Mr. Dawson’s professionalism, leadership, and concerns for the need for public housing are great contributions as he serves the residents and staff of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Elliotte Quinn, Commissioner

Elliotte Quinn

Elliotte Quinn is a Charleston native who graduated from the College of Charleston and the Emory University School of Law. Following law school, he clerked for a United States District Court judge in Huntsville, Alabama, and clerked for the Honorable Kaye Hearn of the South Carolina Supreme Court. He now practices law as an attorney in Parker Poe’s Charleston office. In addition to service as a Commissioner and involvement in business organizations, Elliotte serves on the board of the Palmetto Project and as a member of the Charleston County Procurement Appeals Board.

Althea Richardson, Commissioner

Althea Richardson

Ms. Althea Richardson has served on the CCHRA Board of Commissioners since 1996 and serves as a member who also represents the tenants.

Ms. Richardson is a member of her community association, as well as voter’s registration and social action committees.

As a tenant, Ms. Richardson is understandably concerned about housings needs for the elderly and disabled.

Julia Simmons, Commissioner

Julia Simmons

Julia M. Simmons is a native of Estill, SC and lived her childhood years in Charleston, SC. She is a graduate of the historic Burke High School in Charleston, SC. She has also resided in New York City, NY and Chicago, IL prior to relocating to Charleston, SC.

Commissioner Simmons has served in various public service career sectors. She was employed at Saint Bernard Hospital and Earl Collins BBQ House (Chicago, IL), the garment district (New York, NY), Best Western Hotel, Roper Hospital, The Medical University of South Carolina, and she retired from the Marriott Hotel in 1996.

Ms. Simmons currently serves as the President of the Joseph Floyd Manor Residents Association. She is the 2014 recipient of the Harold Koon Award as well as the Martin Luther King Outstanding Community Service Award. Both awards recognize her dedication and leadership within the community. She enjoys playing bingo and spending quality time with her grandchildren.

Ms. Simmons is the mother of two daughters, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

When asked “What do you enjoy most about serving others”, Ms. Simmons replied, “I’m just a people person, I love people”.


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