Kurt G. Wiest, Executive Director
Mr. Wiest is Executive Director of the Bremerton Housing Authority, where he leads all activities of the agency, including acquisition and management of multi-family affordable housing, and administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Bremerton and throughout Kitsap and Mason counties. Kurt also directs the activities of BHA’s Contract Management Services division, which administers performance-based contracts for HUD in the states of Nebraska, Utah, Washington, and Hawaii.
Prior to joining the Housing Authority in 2006, he held senior management positions with housing agencies California, Oregon and Utah. He received Bachelor and Master degrees from Brigham Young University in City & Regional Planning. He also earned Certificates from the University of Utah (Planning) and California State University - East Bay (Public Administration). Kurt resides in Port Orchard with his family and volunteers his time with a variety of religious and civic endeavors in the community.
Ms. Van Cleve is the Housing Director for Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA), joining the Executive team in 2010. Prior to her position with BHA, Ms. Van Cleve was a Senior Property Manager for the Seattle Housing Authority for their Low Income Public Housing portfolio.
Other positions held were Section 8 Manager, Occupancy Supervisor and Housing Inspector over the course of 16 years of employment. Ms. Van Cleve has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Business Administration.
Nancy R. Austin, JD - Asset & Real Estate Manager
Ms. Austin has been with Bremerton Housing Authority since 2001 and is currently the Director of Asset Management and Real Estate. Previous positions with BHA include Housing Director, Assistant Director of CMS and Affordable Housing Manger.
Ms. Mendez has been the Contract Management Services Director for Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA) since August 2012, and has been specializing in the affordable housing industry since 1998.
Ms. Mendez served in many roles during her tenure at BHA and Dallas Housing Authority in Dallas, TX. Ms. Mendez took part of business ramp-ups and transitions for BHA’s Performance-Based Contract Administration operations for Washington, Nebraska, Utah, Georgia, Illinois, Southern California, and Hawaii.
Lorraine Viers has been the Human Resources Manager at Bremerton Housing Authority for over seven years and manages all aspects of HR for the agency. Prior to joining Bremerton Housing Authority, Lorraine held HR leadership positions at Magellan Behavioral Health, Skookum Educational Programs, Bates Technical College, and Emerald Home Furnishings. Other experience includes a Program Specialist at the Boys and Girls Club, and an Employment Counselor at the Washington State Employment Security Department (for the Work Source/Work First program).
Lorraine earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration and Management at Tacoma Community College, her bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development at Southern Illinois University, and her master’s degree in Human Resources at Chapman University. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Ron Packer, Accounting Operations Manager
Ron Packer has been the Accounting Operations Manager for Bremerton Housing Authority since 2006. Prior to joining BHA, Mr. Packer worked in the solid waste and recycling industry in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Washington in various accounting management positions. He also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University.
Jerry Essenpreis, Informtion Technology Manager