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PHADA and Rutgers Announce 2022 Class of Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) Graduates


PHADA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are pleased to announce the 2022 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.

The 2021 and 2022 graduates were celebrated at a luncheon at PHADA’s 2022 Commissioners’ Conference in San Diego, CA, in January. Graduate speakers included Shirley Henderson, Deputy Executive Director and Social Services Director, Area Housing Commission (Class of 2021) and Antonio McGinnis, Executive Director/CEO, Huntsville Housing Authority (Class of 2022).

2022 EDEP Graduates

  • Emel Alexander, Director of Community Development, Metropolitan Development. & Housing Agency
  • Tiffany Blackmon, Public Housing Property Manager, Ozark Housing Community
  • Toni Broyles, Executive Director, Stillwater Housing Authority
  • Samuel Crawford, Chief Executive Officer, Dothan Housing
  • Vanessa Dunn, Executive Director, Washington Housing Authority
  • Jennifer Genovesi, Secretary, White Plains Housing Authority
  • Lindsey Gorzalski Hocking, Executive Director, Innovative Housing Concepts
  • Anneliese Grytafey, Deputy Executive Director, King County Housing Authority
  • Jeffery Hall, Vice President of Development Services, Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa
  • Tiara Hardaway, Deputy Director, Winter Park Housing Authority
  • Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, Deputy Executive Director, Rochester Housing Authority
  • Lorraine Hocker, Executive Director/CEO, Lake County Housing Authority
  • Babette Jamison-Varner, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Freeport
  • Tim Kitts, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Danville
  • Antonio McGinnis, Executive Director/CEO, Huntsville Housing Authority
  • Teresa Pope, Executive Director, CPHM, The Housing Authority of the City of New Smyrna Beach & New Smyrna Beach Housing Development Corporation
  • Melanie Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Hinesville Housing Authority
  • Terese Walton, President & Managing Principal, The LouWalt Group
  • H. Anthony Watson, Director of Compliance and Contracting, Inkster Housing Commission

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.


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