Southampton Housing Authority

Ascend Homes

Michelle Cannon
Michelle Cannon offers leadership, vision, and conviction to carry forward the Southampton Housing Authority’s courageous mission. She is dedicated to the community as she sits on several community boards. She has twenty years of business management experience and was the first African American woman elected to the Southampton Village Board of Trustees. Michelle’s resume positions her well to take on the challenge of serving the families in our community. “I was born and raised right here in the Hamptons. My ties to the community are deep, and my interest in the welfare and well-being for our community is even deeper.”

Barbara Fair
Barbara M. Fair is a graduate of New York University School of Law and a member of the New York State Bar. Ms. Fair was First Deputy Counsel for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) for ten years and served as Acting General Counsel. Ms. Fair was also the agency’s Ethics Officer for many years.

Ms. Fair’s administrative and policy initiatives included initiating, in concert with the NYS Office of the Aging, a comprehensive program to assist elderly tenants in accessing community support services after retiring from state service. Ms. Fair worked for three years for the Greystone Corporation surveying the physical condition and building code compliance of multi-family projects state-wide. Ms. Fair is an on-call Disaster Assistance Employee for the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A permanent resident of Southampton since 1995, Ms. Fair has committed substantial time to community service. She is currently a board member of the Town of Southampton Housing Authority, the president of the North Sea Community Association, a member and past secretary of the North Sea Citizens Advisory Council, and participates in the Suffolk County Bar Association’s foreclosure program representing homeowners.

Bill Chaleef
A long-time advocate of “Green” architecture, affordable housing, and sustainable planning and design, Bill Chaleff has designed over 200 energy-efficient buildings since he began his practice on Long Island in 1974 and became the second LEED Certified person on Long Island in 2003.

Bill is the developer of air-floor construction, which has been integrated into over 150 buildings over a period of 35 years. His firm won a New York State engineering award for their Tuckahoe School addition. Bill has been a guest lecturer at U.C. Berkeley and R.I.S.D. and New York Tech Architectural Schools and was an adjunct professor at L.I.U. Southampton. He has been retained by the Structural Insulated Panel industry and the A.I.A. to run several workshops across the country on construction with Structural Insulated Panels.

Bill has also been active in working with his local Townships on affordable housing and planning issues so as to reduce our energy expenditures, strengthens communities by increasing economic and cultural diversity and the regenerative restoration of the undeveloped landscape. He served as co-chair of Mardythe DiPirro’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee from 1988 through her entire tenure. Bill has continued to work on Affordable Housing issues within the East End also as chair of the Governance and Planning Committee of the A.I.A. Peconic Chapter, as member of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, and as member of the Peconic Institute executive committee. Within his practice, he has developed many technologies and plans for Affordable Housing Units that deliver high-performance / low operating and maintenance cost homes at costs competitive with code-minimum homes that are usually selected for affordable housing projects. His homes have been built by the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and many private year-round local homeowners.

Bill is currently working on a “mother-daughter” home for someone on the Shinnecock Reservation and features several affordable Homes on the firm’s website, including some “micro-solar homes.

Dan Gasby
In February of 2013, Dan Gasby teamed up with his wife and business partner B. Smith for their first-time radio show with the world’s largest radio broadcaster. The B. Smith and ‘Thank You Dan’ Show is a daily, three-hour show on SiriusXM’s Urban View station, channel 128. More than 23 million subscribers can join in on their insightful conversations about healthy living, food, entertaining, succeeding in business, as well as sharing their secrets to a successful relationship. Gasby began his television career in 1977 at a startup UHF television station, WPTY-TV, in Tennessee. Over a seven-year period, he rose from Account Executive to his position as General Sales Manager of WAWS-TV in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1985, Gasby joined Camelot Advertising Sales, a division of KingWorld Entertainment, as an Account Executive in the National Barter Syndication division, where he sold Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, the three most successful shows in the history of TV syndication.

In 1989 Gasby successfully completed the transition from television sales to production as Creator and Co-Executive Producer of Big Break, a musical variety show hosted by Natalie Cole and the forerunner to American Idol. Gasby’s production feats continued with the first televised Essence Awards in 1992. He served as Executive Producer for the 25th Anniversary Essence Awards celebration in 1995. Concurrently, Gasby was named Senior Vice President of Television Marketing for KingWorld Media Sales. In 1995, Gasby also served as Creator and Co-Executive Producer for the Newsweek American Achievement Awards, shot on location at The Kennedy Center, featuring presenters that included Julio Iglesias, Meredith Baxter, Jimmy Smits, and Debbie Allen. Gasby teamed with his wife B. Smith in 1996 as Creator and Producer of B.Smith With Style, a weekly syndicated lifestyle program. The first broadcast appeared in the fall of 1997. Gasby helped to expand B.’s publishing ventures when he served as publisher for B. Smith Style magazine.

As Chairman of B. Smith Enterprises, Ltd., Gasby’s experiences and expertise in television, marketing and production are essential to the growth and expansion of B. Smith in the lifestyle arena. He has created, and co-executive produced four primetime lifestyle specials for TV One, a network devoted to bringing quality programming to African American families. The specials include a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Juneteenth show. He also launched B. Smith Group Licensing with an exclusive relationship with top retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond. Gasby is a member of the Board of Trustees at American University in Washington, D.C., and longtime member of the Board of Governors of the International Radio and Television Society Foundation.

Zach Epley
Zachary Epley is the corporate director of support services at Seafield Center in Westhampton, NY. He manages 20 sober homes with 283 clients and 16 employees, manages transportation and maintenance departments, and is in charge of the physical locations of seven offices, and heads up the growth and development plan for Seafield.

His committment to the youth of Southampton and the East End is apparent in the hours he spends coaching and time spent with the Southampton Youth Services (SYS) program and Scholarship committee. Zachary also donates his time and energy to the developmentally disabled through his service to AHRC Suffolk.

Zachary is a graduate of Southampton High Schools and holds a BA in Political Science from Union College. He volunteers as a fireman in Southampton.