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James DiPaolo

Chair: The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver

14 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Currently, the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Denver Housing Authority and has worked for the organization since 1981
  • Member of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Colorado Safety Association, and National Fire Protection Association
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Denver Community Credit Union
  • Serves as a Director and Vice Chair on numerous Denver Housing Authority affiliate and instrumentality boards
  • Has provided financial consultant services/technical assistance with the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, South Metro Housing Options (Littleton), Housing Authority of the City of Spartanburg, and Boulder County Housing Authority
  • Performed risk management and other consulting work with the Chicago (1995-1997) and New Orleans (1998) Housing Authorities
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Colorado State University

Ed Hinojosa

Vice Chair: Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio

4 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Chief Financial Officer of the San Antonio Housing Authority since 2003
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Credit Human, a financial service company
  • Various positions with Cargill International from 1992 to 2003
  • Member of the Financial Executives International and the Institute of Management Accountants
  • Managerial and financial experience in multiple industries including multi-family housing, insurance, technology, financial services, food processing, agribusiness and government contracting
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas-Pan American and has completed graduate coursework in business and finance

Scott Bertrand

Enfield Housing Authority

1 Year Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the Town of Enfield since 2001
  • Director of Housing Management of the Housing Authority of the City of Meriden from 1995 to 2001
  • Currently a Captain for the North Thompsonville Fire Department. Has been employed at the North Thompsonville Fire Department since 1992 and was previously part of the Thompsonville Fire Department from 1981 - 1992
  • Member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA)
  • Bachelor of Science from Eastern Connecticut State University and Master of Business Administration from Western New England College
  • Public Housing Manager Designation and Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation Specialist Designation

Janaka Casper

HAI Group Outside Director

First Year Serving as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Partners Corporation
  • Over 40 years of experience in housing and community development
  • Numerous recognitions for environmentally-responsible development, including the 2016 Viridiant (EarthCraft Virginia) Visionary Award
  • Invited to participate in the inaugural program of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for Achieving Excellence in Community Development
  • Received the national NeighborWorks Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, selected by the Virginia Housing Coalition as an Architect of Change, and one of Virginia Housing Coalition’s top housing leaders in Virginia
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech

Douglas Dzema

Housing Authority of the City of Perth Amboy

23 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Perth Amboy since 1989
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the Borough of Keansburg, the Housing Authority of the Borough of Highlands, and Sayreville Housing Authority since 2008
  • Member of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) since 1989
  • Certified Public Housing Authority Executive Director since 1998
  • Certified Public Housing Manager since 1989
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business from Rutgers State University

John Foos

CPA, HAI Group Outside Director

3 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Chief Financial Officer of Independence Blue Cross from 1989-2008
  • Partner at KPMG, LLP from 1980-1989
  • Independent Director of Emerald Shelter Group since 1991
  • Independent Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina since 2010
  • Independent Director of Alleghany Corporation since 2011

Tyrone Garrett

Housing Authority of the District of Columbia

4 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the District of Columbia since 2017
  • Director of Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency from 2007 to 2014
  • Executive Director of Maestro Community Development Corp from 2003 to present
  • Executive Director of the Long Branch Housing Authority from 2002 to 2017
  • Member of the Board of Trustees Public Housing Director’s Association (PHADA)
  • Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School
  • Bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia

Christine Hart

Brattleboro Housing Authority

6 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Brattleboro Housing Authority since 1995
  • Previous employment experience includes Assistant Town Manager for Brattleboro, Vermont, and Amherst, Massachusetts, Downtown Development Director for Springfield, Vermont, and Purchasing and Property Manager for Holstein Associates in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • Board service: Governor appointed as Chair of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board for three years and nine years on their board
  • Governor appointment Member for six years, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Treasure and Board Member, The Bement School, Deerfield, Massachusetts since 2009
  • Service on many local community boards and Town Meeting member
  • A graduate of the Edwin O’Stene Graduate School for Public Management in Municipal Management.
  • Member of the Kansas University City Managers and Trainees Alumni Organization (KUCIMAT)

Tony Love

Housing Authority of St. Petersburg, Florida

1 Year Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of St. Petersburg, Florida since 2016
  • Executive Director of the Inkster Housing Commission from 2000 to 2015
  • Previous experience at the Detroit Housing Commission, the Galveston Housing Authority, the Harris County Housing Commission, and the Baytown Housing Commission
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University and completed an extension program from Western Michigan University in Public Administration
  • Member of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Completed the PHADA Executive Director’s Education Program

Edwin Lowndes

Housing Authority of Kansas City

14 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri since 2001
  • General Counsel for the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri from 1995-2001
  • Previously served as a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County, Nebraska working primarily on civil matters, concentrating on regulatory and governmental issues as well as counsel to the Board of Commissioners
  • Worked for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Companies as a renewal underwriter and subsequently as a budget analyst
  • Member of Missouri Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association (inactive) and American Bar Association
  • Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law 1988
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with major in Finance from Creighton University
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
  • Member of the Kansas City Workforce Investment Board
  • Member of Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Community Service Program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission

Jeffery Patterson

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

First Year Serving as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Chief Executive Officer of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority since 2012
  • Previously worked with the city of Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years, starting as an intern in labor relations, working up to the Director of Personnel and Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Art from Mount Union College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College
  • Member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
  • Serves on the Board of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Greater Cleveland Foodbank, American Heart Association, the Council for Economic Inclusion, Village Capital Corporation, Campus District, and the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Vince Pearson

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

First Year Serving as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Risk Manager of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency since 2003
  • Previously employed at Citizens/Frontier Communications as the Environmental Health and Safety Director of the Western Region
  • Previously employed at the California Association of Park and Recreation Insurance (CAPRI) as the Risk Manager
  • Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA)

Joseph Shuldiner

The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers

10 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers since 2007
  • Former Executive Director of the Chicago Housing Authority and Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles
  • Former Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Former General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority and a former Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Housing and Preservation Department
  • Member of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), and the Community Planning Council of Yonkers
  • Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School
  • Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University

Gary Wasson

Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority 10 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • CEO and Executive Director of the Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority since 2006
  • Previous experience includes Deputy Executive Director of the Rochester Housing Authority, Director of Operations for the Evansville Housing Authority, and Director of Finance for the Housing Authority for the City of Austin
  • Serves on the West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition
  • Serves as Treasurer of Danville Youth Grow and on the Board of Directors for the Community Improvement Council
  • Previously served on the Board of House of Hope and the Adult and Career Education Advisory Council for Danville Public Schools
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Central Washington University
  • Became Certified in Public Housing Management in 2005

J. Len Williams

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia

14 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia since 2001
  • Previous experience includes Deputy Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and Finance and Administrative Services Director of the Housing Authority of Savannah, Georgia
  • Member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and Trustee on the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA)
  • On the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board and Chair of the National Legislation Committee for the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies
  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of West Georgia and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis
  • Certified Property Manager Designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Serves as a Board Member of the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (past chair), Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (past chair), Home for Good (chair), Muscogee County Library Board, United Way, and serves ex officio at the Historic Columbus Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and MidTown Inc.

Russell Young

HAI Group Outside Director

10 Years Served as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Attorney with Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC since 2001
  • Represents and advises single parent and group captive insurance companies in planning, formation, operation, and dissolution. He is particularly familiar with state registration and regulation of risk retention groups and capital, ownership, and fronting structures for group captives generally, including reciprocal, mutual, stock, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Provides corporate and regulatory counsel for financial service companies, business corporations, and nonprofits outside the captive area
  • Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College
  • Named Chambers USA Leading Individual in Corporate/Commercial Law