Kees (pronounced Case) and his wife Kathi retired to Rappahannock County about four years ago. With twenty years’ experience as a real estate developer and residential general contractor in the Washington D.C. area, he quickly became interested in issues related to affordable housing. A former board member of Rebuilding Together—a national organization that assists low-income homeowners with critical home repairs–Kees saw firsthand the challenges people with modest incomes face in maintaining their homes. Soon after moving to Rappahannock, he was asked to start a similar program in the County. This ongoing program, initially sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and presently part of the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, has recently entered into an agreement with Habitat for Humanity to expand its activities in Rappahannock County. In addition to his work to make major home repairs and affordable housing more available, Kees has also served as a member of the board of the Rappahannock Historical Society and the Town of Washington’s Housing Task Force. In his spare time Kees studies local history and is tending his pollinator garden. He earned a MBA from The George Washington University.