To further strengthen the community and economic health of its 11-county region, SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has promoted three of its staff to champion its Weatherization and Housing departments.
Mandy Fox was promoted to chief of Weatherization; Leslie Osgood was promoted to chief of Rental Housing; and Teri Provost was promoted to director of Housing Rehabilitation and Flood Resiliency. All began their SEDA-COG careers as program assistants.
Fox’s Weatherization goals for the year include helping more residents weatherize their homes and building on her staff’s strong teamwork ethic.
SEDA-COG weatherizes income-qualifying residents’ homes for free in Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties. Services include energy education, diagnostics and solutions, emergency furnace repair or replacement, and Cold Weather Crisis intervention.
Through all her efforts, from assistant to chief, her driving motivation has been to make a difference in the lives she touches. “I love being able to help our community, knowing you made someone’s day by offering them our services,” Fox said.
Fox began as a program assistant in 2009, became program analyst in 2016, manager in 2017, and director in 2018.
Having grown up in Union County, this isn’t just a place to her – it’s home. “This region is my home, these communities are like my family, and I want them to benefit from everything SEDA-COG has to offer,” Fox said.
As chief of Rental Housing, Osgood said she looks forward to continuing to build on client and staff satisfaction and meeting the region’s needs with a strong collaborative team.
The Rental Housing program offers quality, affordable housing to seniors so they can safely downsize, while generating tax revenue.
“I appreciate the opportunity to provide and maintain safe and secure affordable housing for the elderly population,” Osgood said. “I love working for SEDA-COG because it’s given me the opportunity to turn a job into a career – and it feels like home.”
She was hired in 2001 as a program assistant, became program analyst in 2004, coordinator in 2007, and director in 2014.
A major milestone will be the completion of Susquehannock Heights, a 32-unit senior housing complex in Flemington, expected in spring 2020.
SEDA-COG’s other nine senior housing complexes are in Danville, Lewistown, Montoursville, lower Northumberland County, Selinsgrove, and Williamsport.
Osgood grew up in the Pittsburgh area and moved to central Pennsylvania in 1989. She resides in Snyder County.
As director of the Housing Rehabilitation and Flood Resiliency department, Provost aims to capitalize on the success of HOME grants awarded to communities, help streamline regulations, and increase community interaction.
SEDA-COG has rehabilitated over 1,000 homes with local contractors, empowering communities to have safe, quality homes and neighborhoods, while preserving the tax base.
Her promotion has combined the flood resiliency efforts she has led in the Community Development department with the Housing Rehabilitation department.
Provost leverages her experience in multiple SEDA-COG departments. She began as a Business Finance program assistant in 2006 and became program analyst in 2007. In 2010, she transitioned to the Community Development department and became senior program analyst in 2018.
She enjoys the intellectual challenges of working at the regional agency, saying, “There’s always something to learn here – there’s room for personal growth and development.” Originally from Willsboro, New York, Provost lived in Northumberland County briefly in high school, and decided to return in 2005. “This is a great place to raise a family and the schools are really good,” she said. “It’s a tranquil area that’s near major urban centers.”