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PHADA and Rutgers Announce 2021 Class of Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) Graduates


PHADA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are pleased to announce the 2021 graduating class of the Executive Director Education Program (EDEP). PHADA and Rutgers congratulate the graduates on this extraordinary achievement and wish them continued success in their careers as housing professionals.

While we were unable to gather in-person this year, the graduates will be celebrated at a luncheon at PHADA’s 2022 Commissioners’ Conference in San Diego, CA.

2021 EDEP Graduates:

  • Damaris Carbone, Executive Director, Amsterdam Housing Authority
  • John Chow, Chief of Staff, Housing Authority of Joliet
  • Britnee Dabb, Deputy Director, Housing Authority of Salt Lake
  • Donna Gibson, Chief Financial Officer, Decatur Housing Authority
  • Shirley Henderson, Deputy Executive Director and Social Services Director, Area Housing Commission
  • Patrick Howard, Executive Director/CEO, Housing Authority of Travis County
  • Pamela Kemp, Former Deputy Director, Muskegon Heights Housing Commission
  • Ashley Lane, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Frostburg
  • Katya Lindsey, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Queen Anne's County
  • Richard Marshall, Director of Housing Choice Voucher Programs, Oklahoma City Housing Authority
  • Bonita Morris, CFO, Maryville Housing Authority
  • Ofelia Navarro, Deputy Director, Lake County Housing Authority
  • Kimberly O'Neill, Executive Director, Blair Housing Authority
  • Rose Ott, Executive Director, East Providence Housing Authority
  • Donna Peirce, Director of Voucher Programs, BangorHousing
  • Africa Porter, Deputy Executive Director, Warner Robins Housing Authority
  • Julie Sharpe, Interim Executive Director, Maryville Housing Authority
  • Sharon N. Tolbert, CEO, Auburn Housing Authority
  • Patricia Tyus, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Fulton County
  • Lisa Walters, Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia
  • David Weber, Policy Analyst, PHADA
  • Jeremy White
  • Kim Wilford, Deputy Executive Director, Housing Authority of Salt Lake City
  • Chad Williams, Executive Director, Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority
  • James Williams, CEO, Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/li>

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.


Download a PDF copy of the EDEP 2021 Graduating Class Brochure

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