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Ed Hinojosa

Chair: Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio

Serving since 2014 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

Tyrone Garrett

Vice Chair: Housing Authority of the District of Columbia

Serving since 2014 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

Fernando Aniban

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Serving since 2020 as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Serving on various HAI Group committees since 2007
  • Currently, Chief Financial Officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), supervising Finance, Procurement, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Strategic Business Initiative Departments. Has been with HACM for 10 years, actively involved in real estate portfolio redevelopment (RAD & Mixed Finance), and leading HACM's organizational strategies and transformation
  • Oversees the organizational and business set up of the newly created HACM's Real Estate Development Instrumentality
  • Member of the Pension Board of Trustees for Milwaukee County Employment Retirement System
  • Selected CFO of the year in 2014 by the Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Managing Partner of an independent accounting and consulting firm for seven years
  • More than 20 years of experience in private industries, ranging from manufacturing, supply chain, construction, and banking
  • Has served as an independent board member of various small business start-ups and non-profit entities
  • Member of Financial Executive International

Scott Bertrand

Enfield Housing Authority

Serving since 2016 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

Serving since 2017 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

James DiPaolo

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver

Serving since 2003 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

Douglas Dzema

Housing Authority of the City of Perth Amboy

Serving since 1994 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

Hurticene Hardaway

Detroit Housing Commission

Serving since 2019 as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • General Counsel of the Detroit Housing Commission since 2004
  • Former Executive Director of Risk Management for Detroit public schools
  • Former Supervising Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Wayne County of Michigan
  • Member of the Black Women Lawyers Foundation of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan, and the American Bar Association
  • Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School
  • Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University

Duane Hopkins

Housing Catalyst

Serving since 2020 as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Serving on various HAI Group committees since 2014
  • Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Executive Director of Housing Catalyst since 2010
  • Serves on the board of governors for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and has held national leadership positions in the areas of professional development, strategic planning, and budget & administration for the organization
  • Member of the board of directors of the NAHRO Mountain Plains Region and the NAHRO Colorado Chapter
  • Member of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC)
  • Planning Commissioner, and current Vice Chair, for the Town of Parker, Colorado
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Finance from Fort Hays State University
  • Graduate of the Program on Negotiations for Senior Executives at Harvard Law School
  • Graduate of the Program of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Certified Management Executive (NAHRO)

Kevin Loso

Rutland Housing Authority

Serving since 2020 as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Serving on various HAI Group committees since 2002
  • Executive Director of the Rutland Housing Authority since 2000 and Housing Initiatives, Inc. since 2004
  • Previous employment experience includes Associate Director for Development and Community Programs for the VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, Founding Director of the Rutland Health Foundation, Area Director for the American Cancer Society, and Community Development Secondary School Teacher for the U.S. Peace Corps – Thailand
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Heritage Family Credit Union
  • Member of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) , and the Vermont Association of Public Housing Directors
  • NAHRO Senior Professional Housing Manager certification and graduate of the PHADA/Rutgers State University Executive Director Education Program
  • Faculty, Project Board Development, United Way of Rutland County
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 2013
  • Board Service: Rutland County Court Diversion, James T. Bowse Community Health Trust, Rutland Free Library, Association of Vermont Credit Unions, Rutland Mental Health Services and Heritage Family Cares 4 You Foundation
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Saint Michael's College and extensive graduate coursework in administration

Edwin Lowndes

Housing Authority of Kansas City

Serving since 2003 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

Serving since 2018 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

Serving since 2016 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)

Jane Smith

Athens Housing Authority

Serving since 2020 as an HAI Group Board Member Qualifications/Expertise/Experience:
  • Serving on various HAI Group committees since 2014
  • Director of Finance of the Athens Housing Authority since 2002
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, University of Georgia
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Georgia
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Served on the board of Athens Area Child Abuse Prevention Council, Learning Ally, Georgia Options, and Athens Area Community Foundation

J. Len Williams

The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia

Serving since 2003 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

Serving since 2007 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