DERON GLICKERT has joined Christopher Community, Inc. — a nonprofit that develops and operates affordable housing for low-income and moderate-income individuals and families — as strategic projects coordinator in its Syracuse corporate office. A graduate of Messiah University with a bachelor’s degree in human-resources management, Glickert’s primary role will be to build both strong internal relationships that enhances Christopher Community’s work environment/culture, and new or existing external relationships that will help foster the organization’s footprint in the communities it serves. Additionally, Glickert will also work closely with the corporate team on various projects and development initiatives. In addition to his position at Christopher Community, Glickert is presently the associate pastor at New Hope Church in Baldwinsville and has many years of previous sales and wealth-management experience in the financial sector.
KELLY SWEET has joined Christopher Community as strategic projects advisor in the Syracuse office. Sweet has more than 20 years of experience in affordable-housing development. “I have dedicated my career to increasing the availability of safe, quality, energy efficient, affordable housing options for our population’s most vulnerable. I learned early in my career while performing energy audits on various housing authority properties across the country, that the energy cost burden to low- and moderate-income persons severely impacts their quality of life,” Sweet said. “The ability to procure necessities like food, medicine, and education was directly impacted by both housing and utility cost burdens, leaving individuals and families to make hard choices. It was a startling and sobering revelation.”