Dr. Stephen Brown Joins CHR Board

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SANIBEL, Florida – November 3, 2014 – Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephen Brown to its Board of Directors. Dr. Brown is well-known on the island of Sanibel, actively serving the community through local government, business, and nonprofit volunteerism.

Richard Johnson (left) points out recent CHR rental property improvements to new board member Dr. Stephen Brown.

Richard Johnson (left) points out recent CHR rental property improvements to new board member Dr. Stephen Brown.

“I wanted to be on the board because I value diversity on the island,” said Dr. Brown. “CHR creates diversity by providing affordable housing for our full-time island workers—they can live right where they work. It’s a win-win for them and for Sanibel.”

Richard Johnson, CHR’s board president, especially appreciates Brown’s historical relationship with CHR. “As a member of city council,” Johnson said, “Dr. Brown voted in favor of establishing our current relationship with the City of Sanibel. He now returns to our organization not only as supporter but as a director.”

Dr. Brown and his wife, Lena, have been residents of Sanibel since 1994. He was elected to the Sanibel City Council in 1998 and served for almost 9 years, having been mayor for 1 year and a city liaison for CHR for 2 years. During his time on Sanibel, Brown has also been president of the Schoolhouse Theater and of CROW, a board member of the Sanibel Community House, the Charitable Foundation of the Islands, and of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, and a member of the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club. In 2008, Brown was elected to the Lee Memorial Hospital board of directors and was re-elected in 2012.

Brown’s membership on CHRs board comes at a time of increasing community interest as the island nonprofit becomes more public about its work. “The addition of Dr. Steve Brown to our Board of Directors sends a clear message to our community,” Johnson noted. “Community Housing and Resources is a valued organization with a clear mission. We welcome his support and the knowledge that he brings to our dedicated board of directors.”

Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing affordable housing for families and individuals who work full-time on Sanibel and for long-time or disabled residents of Sanibel. For more information, visit online at SanibelCHR.org, or call 239-472-1189. Donations and contributions to CHR are tax deductible.