Trainers

THA’S TRAINING TEAM

PEER TRAINERS (in alphabetical order)

DEANA BROUSSARD is currently the Homeownership and Family Self Sufficiency Manager for Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS), a position she has held since 2006. Deana has coordinated self-sufficiency activities that fostered successful partnerships with many community organizations. Under her management, she has assisted countless families to become self-sufficient through the FSS program. She has formed successful partnerships with agencies such as Country Wide Financial, Bank of America and Wells Fargo resulting in FWHS families having access to over $120,000.00 in grant funds for homeownership. She has served as an FSS trainer/presenter at Texas Housing Association conferences throughout Texas. Deana received a Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma State University and holds certifications from Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. in administering housing programs. She also holds licensure in the Real Estate industry.  Deana joined the THA training team in 2014.

NAOMI BYRNE has over 20 years of experience in the housing and non-profit industries, managing multiple types of public housing and multi-family housing programs. She has experience in all aspects of running a Housing Authority, including accounting, human resources, capital funds, development, and property management and maintenance. She also has experience rehabbing/ developing single family and multi-family using HOPE VI, LIHTC, RAD, and conventional funding sources. She has served as President of Fort Worth Housing Solutions, the Executive Director of Texarkana Housing Authority and Georgetown Housing Authority and Chief Operations Officer for the Pittsburgh, PA Housing Authority. In 2018, she formed her own consulting firm, Stinger Consulting LLC, to provide guidance and assistance to PHAs in operations and development, and she also consults on prpojects through national consulting firms such as Nan McKay and Associates and EJP Consulting Group (with whom she is a Senior Associate). Naomi has certifications in Public Housing Rent Calculation, Occupancy and Management, Housing Choice Voucher Specialist and Program Management, Certified Professional of Occupancy, Maintenance Management, Tax Credit Specialist, Public Housing Executive Management and Section 3. Naomi joined the THA training team in 2013.

CAL DAVIS is a former school teacher and business owner and has been Executive Director at New Boston Housing Authority/New Boston Property Management since 2000 and acquired management of Bowie County Housing Authority in 2013.  He manages both Public Housing and Section 8/515/New Construction programs.  He has written policies as well as published articles.  Over the past thirteen years, Cal has served on state boards and as various committee chairs for both Texas Housing Association and Rural Rental Housing Association (RRHA).  He is a Certified Public Housing Manager, a Certified Professional of Occupancy, Certified Income and Rent Specialist, Texas Certified Housing Administrator/Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher and Texas Certified Occupancy Professional/Public Housing. He also won the 2004 Manager of the Year award from RRHA.   Cal joined the THA training team in fall of 2009.

CRISTI LAJEUNESSE began working with the Public Housing and Section 8 housing programs in 1996.  She is currently Executive Director of the Kenedy/Karnes City, Three Rivers, Smiley, Hallettsville, Falls City and Nixon Housing Authorities.  She manages Low Rent Public Housing and Section 8 programs and is well versed in the rules and regulations governing both programs.  In 1999, with the online system and PIC system changes, Cristi began consulting for other housing authorities assisting them with the transition to the new reporting systems.  In addition to managing six housing authorities and training for THA, she continues to provide individual assistance when requested on Agency Plans, PIC submissions, Low Rent and Section 8 program policy and regulations.  Cristi is a Certified Public Housing Manager, Executive Section 8 Manager, Certified Senior Public Housing Manager and Texas Certified Occupancy Professional/Public Housing.  Cristi joined the THA training team in summer of 2009.

JOANN RODRIGUEZ is currently a Regional Supervisor for Allied Orion Group.  Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Mesquite Housing Authority.  Before that she was with the Dallas Housing Authority where she has served as VP for Housing Operations overseeing a portfolio of over 4000 market, tax credit, section 8 project based, and low rent units.  Prior to this, she was VP of Voucher Programs for DHA, where she managed over 16000 vouchers and Deputy Director for four years with Plano Housing Authority, where she oversaw daily operation of both Public Housing and Section 8.  In these positions she has been involved in the development of policies and procedures as well as staff training and coaching.  She is a Certified Public Housing Manager and is certified in Section 8 HCV Executive Management, HCV Financial Management and Reporting and HCV Regulatory Management, Eligibility and Rent Calculation, Blended Occupancy Specialist, certified Tax Credit Compliance Specialist and Texas Certified Occupancy Professional/Public Housing.  JoAnn joined the THA training team in summer of 2009.