Organization Leadership

Jill WebsiteJill Stanton, Executive Director


Jill Stanton joined the Bremerton Housing Authority as Executive Director in 2021. Ms. Stanton has an extensive background in housing authority leadership. Prior to coming to BHA, Ms. Stanton served for the past 16 and a half years at two housing authorities most currently as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer for the King County Housing Authority.

A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Stanton holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from City University of Seattle. She strongly subscribes to the philosophy of servant leadership and believes supporting people in reaching their highest potential ultimately strengthens an organization and a community.

Her focus for the housing authority is to build upon the solid programs already in place, look for opportunities to expand affordable housing in our community, partner with other organizations on shared goals, ensure financial stability for the housing authority, be a strong advocate for local and national affordable housing initiatives and legislation, ensure the residents and program participants are cared for and supported, and strive to make sure the Bremerton Housing Authority is a healthy and great place to work for staff.

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Sarah Van Cleve, Housing Director
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.

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Carlita Mendez, CMS Director
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.

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Brian Clayton, Finance Director
Brian Clayton is a Certified Public Accountant and has many years of experience in accounting, finance, regulatory compliance, revenue forecasting, and operations management.  Brian has also worked with federal procurement requirements as well as setting up cost accounting systems.  Brian is a native of Kitsap County, having graduated from Central Kitsap High School.  He is happy to be relocating from the east side of Seattle back to  what he considers home. 

Lorraine Viers websiteLorraine Viers, Human Resources Manager
Lorraine Viers has been the Head of Human Resources at Bremerton Housing Authority since 2010 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.


Bremerton Housing Authority
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Bremerton, WA  98337

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