Board of Directors Bios

President – Terry Nelson resides in the Rand Road Community located in Des Plaines for the past 40 years. Terry served on the MHOAI board first as Treasurer from 1995 to 2001, then as President from 2001 to the present. In 2000 Terry was instrumental in forming the national Manufactured Homeowners Association of America. She served on this board as a Vice-President and Chaired the Midwestern Region. In 2005, Terry was appointed by HUD to sit on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) representing homeowners for several years. Terry also served on several state committees over the years including the Manufactured Housing Quality Assurance Board and Task Forces authorized by Illinois legislation. As our main voice in Springfield, Terry has visited more than 300 manufactured home communities statewide. Terry was employed at the Central Telephone Co. of Illinois, based in Des Plaines, for 25 years and has a lovely daughter.

Vice President – Mary Meyer resides in the Gateway community located in Frankfort. Mary has lived in Gateway for 19 years and also served on the Gateway Homeowners Association as Secretary four years, then President. Mary retired from Sears after 35 years .She held various positions, accounting Supervisor for 25 years, as well as merchandise analyst for 10 years. Mary was married for 26 years and has six children.

Secretary – Norb Snow has served on the MHOAI Board since 2009, first as a Director and now as Secretary. Norb has lived in Golf Vista Estates, Monee for 16 years serving on the Golf Vista Estates Homeowners Association in various positions including Director, Vice-President and President. Norb has a MBA, Masters Degree in Business and Finance. Over the years he has worked in positions that include Accounting Manager, Cost Accounting Manger and Production Manager for several companies. Norb has volunteered to serve on the MHOAI Fundraiser Committee the last several years and is Treasurer of the City of Monee. Norb is very familiar with Resident Owned Communities because he resided in one for 5 years while living in Florida. Norb and his wife Nancy have been married over 50 years and they have four children.

Treasurer – Halina Myers resides in the Pheasant Lake Estates community located in Beecher.
Halina is the Mother of two daughters,a retired Nurse of 30 years and has lived in Pheasant Lake Estates for 3 years.She was involved in a California rent stabilization action that took effect last summer, organized by the MHAction organization.


Dave McKenzie joined the MHOAI board as director in 2009. Dave has served as President of the Wildwood Homeowners Association located in Sandwich. Dave volunteers his time serving on his church council and church committees. Dave and his wife Lee have lived in their community for 18 years. They have been married over 50 years and have three children.

Ralph Pierce has recently retired and lives in the Beach Park Community located in the Village of Beach Park for 4 years. Ralph was instrumental in forming the Beach Park Homeowners and serves as their President. While recently retired, Ralph continues working part time.

Chuck McCrary has lived in the Pheasant Lake Community located in Beecher for 10 years. Chuck worked at Ford Motors for 36 years and is now retired. Chuck has been married 44 years and has two children.

Sharon Snider has resided in the Beach Park Community for 4 years and is employed part time as a Home Health Care Provider. Sharon’s mother has lived in the same community for 23 years. Sharon is Vice-President of the local homeowners association and was instrumental in forming the Beach Park Homeowners Association.

 Jerry Thompson resides at the Gaslite community located in Springfield for the past 2 years. Jerry was employed  at the Illinois Department of Public Aid for 32 years as a social worker and medicaid consultant. Jerry also has a manufactured home in Arizona and worked in a leadership role with the Arizona State Homeowner’s Association, along with homeowner’s in the Phoenix area.

Don Buff resides in the Oak Ridge community located in Manteno for the past three years. Don is a retired school teacher, serving for 40 years. During those years, Don also held a position in two school districts as a District Negotiation Representative. Don is married and has two children.

Carmine DeStefano

recently retired from service with the State of Illinois in the field of Social Work.
Carmine has been living in a manufactured home community for five years.
Having served:
On the Boards of the Chrysler Corporation, as a Customer Service Advocate;
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Served as Board Chair of her former condominium association, living in Chicago. Carmine is interested in advocating for the rights of residents of manufactured home communities. Carmine is mobility impaired and fully understands the needs for access to affordable housing for people with disabilities.