RHSO Staff

Elizabeth Rust

Elizabeth Rust has 10+ experience with Massachusetts affordable housing programs and regulations from many aspects and a current focus on the municipal perspective.

Elizabeth directs the innovative Regional Housing Services Office, an inter-municipal collaborative between Acton, Bedford, Burlington, Concord, Lexington, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston.  The RHSO provides administrative housing services to these towns, assisting them with proactive monitoring, project technical support and affordable housing expertise.

Elizabeth is an approved lottery and monitoring agent, and administers lotteries, qualifies applicants for income eligibility, and performs resale agent services for the Sudbury Housing Trust. 

Additionally, Elizabeth assists other municipalities in affordable housing planning and monitoring efforts as an independent contractor.

Lara Plaskon 

Lara Plaskon worked in the field of affordable housing, with a specific focus on housing for homeless people, for thirteen years. Before joining the RHSO, Lara worked for the City of Cambridge. As a Planner/Contract Manager for the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, Lara oversaw a variety of federally and state funded grants that fund affordable housing and related services in Cambridge. She has experience working with staff from many agencies to ensure grant compliance. Lara is a resident of Acton and works with all of the towns covered by the RHSO concentrating on resident services.

Elizabeth Valenta

Liz has worked in the field of affordable housing since 2005. She worked for the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation managing projects from pre-development through construction and occupancy, and worked with a team of consultants and all stakeholders, including governmental agencies, lenders, investors, and residents. Liz was recently the Lead Administrator for the WestMetro HOME Consortium, managing the 13-community consortium to ensure compliance with policies and regulations. In addition, Liz is experienced in the array of affordable housing programs, has worked for municipalities, and is a former trustee on the Weston Municipal Affordable Housing Trust.  Liz is a resident of Weston and works with all of the towns covered by the RHSO.

Jody Kablack

Jody Kablack is the former Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Sudbury, where she worked for 25 years prior to her retirement in 2016. Jody was formative in the creation of the Regional Housing Services Office with Elizabeth Rust, identifying the need for affordable housing services in the MetroWest area and working with MAPC and the area towns to define the service model and pricing structure. Jody’s work in Sudbury included advocating for the adoption of the Community Preservation Act and the Sudbury Housing Trust, and staffing both of those boards once adopted. Jody’s experiences in Sudbury include municipal and private affordable housing development, 40B and housing planning. Prior to her work in Sudbury, Jody worked for the City of Newton in the Newton Housing Rehabilitation Fund office administering HUD CDBG grant funds to low and moderate income residents.