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PHADA and Rutgers Announce 2020 Class of Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) Graduates


PHADA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are pleased to announce the 2020 graduating class of the Executive Director Education Program (EDEP). The graduates were celebrated at a luncheon on Tuesday, January 7 at PHADA’s 2020 Commissioners’ Conference in Phoenix, AZ. PHADA and Rutgers congratulate the graduates on this extraordinary achievement and wish them continued success in their careers as housing professionals.

  • Joseph N. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Muncie, IN
  • Yvonda Bean, Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Housing South Carolina
  • Tyronnda Turner Bethune, Director of Operations, Daytona Beach Housing Authority
  • Robert Beyrer, Housing Choice Voucher Manager, Flagler County Housing Authority
  • Shauna Boom, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Owensboro
  • Cheron Corbett, President, EPI, L.L.C.
  • Angela Davis-Farrish, Executive Director, New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority
  • Paul A. Dellinger, Executive Director, Cleveland Housing Authority
  • Shana B. Demby, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Enterprise
  • Taura L. Denmon, Deputy Director, Housing Authority of the City of Alexandria, LA
  • Clamentine V. Elmore, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Florence, SC
  • Elisa Galvan, Housing Choice Voucher Program Director, Pinellas County Housing Authority
  • Carla Faye Godwin, Moving to Work (MTW) Coordinator, Housing Authority of Columbus, GA
  • Tiffany A. Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer, Housing Authority of Champaign County
  • Tena Hardy-Payne, Director of Housing Operations, Franklin Housing Authority
  • Julius D. Howard, Director of Public Housing, Housing Authority of the City of Bessemer, AL
  • Ralph Jordan, Executive Director, Aurora Housing Authority
  • Mary-Margaret Lemons, President, Fort Worth Housing Solutions
  • Kiya Patrick, Vice President of Development, Greater Dayton Premier Management
  • Joleen Reece, Executive Director, City of Kelso Housing Authority
  • Corey Reitz, Assistant Director, South Metro Housing Options
  • Steve Schauf, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of La Crosse
  • Demetria M. Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Tracey Snipes, Executive Director/CEO, Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Laura Snyder, Chief Executive Officer, Rockford Housing Authority
  • Kimberly Townsend, Executive Director, Anderson Housing Authority

The EDEP program provides a comprehensive approach to professional development for housing authority executive directors and has helped participants from around the country stay current with industry standards and gain new insight into the profession for more than a decade. Classes reinforce the technical, managerial, and strategic competencies required of a successful executive director, blending theoretical concepts with practical problem-solving techniques. The program examines critical functions that serve to define the executive director’s position and provides a structured environment in which mid-career professionals can hone their management skills and enhance their knowledge. Participants complete the rigorous 10-course curriculum over a period of 18 months.

Learn more about the EDEP Program here.



PHADA’s 1,900 member housing agencies represent over 1.9 million low-income housing units throughout the United States. Our members manage small, medium, large, rural, and urban housing authorities that run programs including public housing, housing choice vouchers, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and a variety of other innovative public-private partnerships. The Association provides its members with important information, professional development, and advocacy to help them administer adequate, safe housing for those in need across America. PHADA also works closely with members of Congress in efforts to develop sensible and effective public housing statutes and obtain adequate funding for low-income housing programs, in addition to advocating before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.


About Rutgers

The Center for Government Services (CGS), a unit of the Division of Continuing Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been providing timely and relevant training for state and local officials for more than 60 years. With a mission to improve the knowledge, competency, and professionalism of state and local government officials and employees, CGS (with its partner the Center for Executive Leadership in Government) trains more than 8,000 individuals each year through 22 programs that include more than 850 individual course, seminars, and conference.