Leadership

Damon E. Duncan

Chief Executive Officer

Damon E. Duncan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery Housing Authority. Mr. Duncan joined MHA in May 2020.

Prior to joining MHA, Mr. Duncan was the President and CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. During his tenure with RRHA he was instrumental in securing three highly competitive HUD grants: Mainstream Vouchers, VASH and ROSS while engineering a redevelopment approach for the family developments.

Prior to his role with RRHA, Mr. Duncan served as Chief Executive Officer for the Housing Authority of Elgin, Illinois, where he converted the agencies entire public housing portfolio using the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program while securing and maintaining a “high-performer” status in the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher program. Under the leadership of Mr. Duncan, HAE was one of the first significant RAD deals undertaken in the state.

Mr. Duncan is currently an adjunct professor at the Auburn University Master of Community Planning (MCP) program. He is a trustee for the Public Housing Authority Director’s Association (PHADA) and serves on the Housing Committee for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). He is the current President of the Auburn MRED Alumni Association and an advisory board member for the Auburn Master of Community Planning program.

Mr. Duncan holds a BS degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Real Estate Development from Auburn University.

Terese Walton

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Terese Walton serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Montgomery Housing Authority a role she has held since August 2020.

In this role, Ms. Walton manages MHA’s Operations portfolio which includes Low Income Public Housing, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Central Maintenance and Real Estate sections. Prior to coming to MHA. Walton served as the interim CEO for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) until her departure in July 2020. Under CEO Damon Duncan, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer at RRHA since 2019.

Walton possesses nearly 30 years of experience in affordable housing, housing policy and operation, and real estate and community development. Prior to joining RRHA, Walton held executive positions, provided technical support, high level consulting, and program management at housing and redevelopment agencies throughout New York, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana.  Walton’s vast amount of government housing program management experience includes direct management and implementation of affordable and public housing redevelopment programs using HOPE VI, Community Development Block Grant – CDBG; Housing Organizations Mobility Exchange (HOME) Services; Capital Fund Guidebook (CFG); Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC); Bonds and a cadre of other local and private funding sources.

Walton holds a BS in Organizational Development and Communications (Management) from Eastern Michigan University and has completed executive program studies at University of Maryland – School of Public Affairs, George Washington University – College of Professional Studies and Rutgers and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at Auburn University.

Brandie Townsend

Director of Resident Services

Brandie oversees the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of grant-funded programs, including the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) programs. She also administers the agency’s Section 3 Program, as defined by federal law and pursuant to MHA’s Policy and Procedures. Brandie encompasses over 18 years of combined experience in social services, case management, education, and employment training. She is committed to helping others discover their greatness within. This commitment has led to years of dedicated service in hopes of improving the quality of life for individuals and families.

Brandie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy University. She has also completed coursework in counseling/psychology at the University of West Alabama. She is the proud parent of one teenage son, Kaiden.

Christalyn M. Moore

Director of Human Resources

Christalyn Moore is the Director of Human Resources at the Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA). Christalyn’s journey at MHA started as a temporary worker from Elwood Staffing in January 2016. Her professionalism, initiative, and self-driven motivation afforded her a permanent position in May of the same year as a Real Estate Development Coordinator. Christalyn’s attention to detail, workflow management, strong leadership skills, and proven ability to manage tasks and deadlines, has given her the opportunity to spearhead multiple projects within the organization.

Christalyn has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. She also has a certification as a Capital Fund Program Specialist from Nan McKay.

Her vision at MHA is to continue to learn, grow, and to create innovative ways to complete tasks and deadlines. Her work philosophy is, “There is always room for growth and development, never stop learning .” One of her favorite bible verses is Psalm 51:10. She loves spending time with family, friends, and working out.

Dekeesha Norman

Assisted Housing Program Administrator

I serve as the Assisted Housing Program Administrator, managing day to day operations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program and working with program participants, landlords and community partners. Throughout my tenue with the agency, I previously held a position as the Lead Housing Specialist of the HCV Department and a Housing Specialist within the department.

I have acquired degrees in Business Administration from Faulkner University and a degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix. I am a native of Montgomery, AL who is married and a mother of two children.

Felecia D. Martin

Chief Officer of Communications, Public Relations, and Intergovernmental Affairs

Felecia D. Martin is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She currently serves as Chief Officer of Communications, Public Relations and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Felecia has extensive experience in government relations, community engagement, campaign management and event planning gained with over more than two decades of combined service in public, private and non-profit sectors.

Felecia began her professional career as a paralegal when joining the former law firm of Thomas, Means & Gillis, P.C., (currently Means & Gillis, P.C.) managing hundreds of personal injury cases, pre-trial procedures, and trial proceedings throughout a period of 10 years. She furthered her career in local politics as a campaign manager leading three successful mayoral races and ultimately devoting 10 years as a top advisor to former Montgomery (AL) Mayor Bobby Bright and 15 years to public service.

In late 2017, Felecia was recruited to the nation’s second-largest energy provider, Duke Energy Florida, an American electric power and natural gas holding company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina to provide subject matter expertise in community engagement and government relations support across seven counties in the South Coastal Region.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/American Politics from Troy University, Master of Public Administration/Human Resources from American Public University System, and certification in Paralegal Studies from Huntingdon College. Felecia is also a graduate of Yale’s Campaign School for Women, Leadership Montgomery Class XVII, and the City’s Montgomery (AL) Municipal Management Program. Over the years, she served on several boards in the community including the Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development, BONDS (neighborhood advocacy group), Girls Scouts, Westside Restoration Corporation, and others.

Felecia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Montgomery Alabama Capital Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training and Professional Development Committee. She has one daughter, Alexis Simone and two grandsons: Kayson and Kylan. Felecia is also a member of True Divine Baptist Church.

In her spare time, Felecia enjoys reading books on leadership, American History and civil rights, attending sporting events, listening to motivational messages and eating at restaurants with outdoor dining.

Felicia Grandison

Public Housing Asset Manager

Felecia is from Holly Springs, Mississippi. She has lived in Montgomery for 7 years and currently serves as the Public Housing Asset Manager for Montgomery Housing Authority. She has been with Montgomery Housing Authority for 6 years. Felecia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Management from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. She also has a Master’s degree in Business from American Intercontinental University, in Dunwoody, Georgia. Felecia is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The most rewarding part of her job is interacting with residents, helping them in any way that she can, from referring them to organizations to help them with their rent and utilities, job search, and or just lending a listening ear. When she is not at work, she enjoys watching movies, hanging with the hubby and her two grandchildren. Her parents have always said “Today is the opportunity to building the tomorrow you want”. She strives to live by that and encourage others to do the same.

Glynis Tanner

Chief Operating Officer

  In 1997, Glynis was afforded the opportunity to expand her career to public service. After spending 12 years of service with the federal government, she was offered a position with Newnan Housing Authority where she served in various positions; Family Connections Coordinator, FSS Coordinator, Public Housing Manager, and Resident Services Director. She later joined Fulton County Housing Authority as the Assisted Housing Programs Supervisor. She has managed and directed high performing programs throughout her tenure in public housing.

In 2018, Glynis joined the Montgomery Housing Authority family as Director of Assisted Housing Programs. Currently, she serves as Chief Operating Officer.

She is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. It has always been her desire to serve and uplift. She is the wife of Dennis and the mother of Megen and Trevor. She is also a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Luthersville, GA, where she serves as church secretary and youth coordinator. Some of Glynis’ hobbies include reading, baking, and gardening.

Jesse L. Day

Director of Public Safety

Jesse is the product of Miami Northwestern High School in Miami Florida. Looking for a commission in the military, he attended Saint Augustine College on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. While in the Army he received several degrees but most important to him were an Associate degree in Criminal Law (court Room Administration) from Kansas City Community College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Law from Troy State University. He served in the United States Army for a period of 21 years and then joined the Orlando Police Department where he retired in 2016 with 23 years of service. To complete his dream, he opened and served as the owner of the Legal Assistant (Paralegal Services Business) for 4 years. Currently he is the co-owner of Day 2 Day Mentoring.

Madeline Owens

Comptroller

My career started at the Montgomery Housing Authority 5 years ago as the Grants Accountant. I have since been promoted to Comptroller. Prior to working for the agency I was the Treasurer at Hyundai MOBIS for 9 years. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Auburn University of Montgomery in Finance and I obtained my master’s degree from Troy University of Montgomery in Human Resource Management. I am from the Historic Selma, Alabama. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, working out and reading.

Sheila R. Brown

Procurement/Contract Administrator

Sheila R. Brown is a professional Procurement/Contract Administrator who is the technical expert and consultant as it relates to areas of procurement, contracting, property/material acquisition/disposition, State of AL Bid Law and Public Works regulations, Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) Procurement policy as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Procurement Handbook.  She utilizes these skills at the City of Montgomery AL Housing Authority (MHA) in Montgomery, AL. Sheila’s focused driven and prioritizing skills gives her an advantage over most, as she takes initiative performing varying complex technical assignments and meeting demanding deadlines.

Sheila holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Auburn University in Montgomery, AL (AUM), and a Bachelor’s degree in Resources Management from Troy University.  She also holds a Non-Profit Management and Leadership Certification from AUM. 

Woodrow Hughes

Senior System Analyst

Woodrow Hughes, a native of Bronx, New York moved to Georgia in the early nineties where he graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain, GA. To further his education, Woodrow relocated to Tuskegee, Alabama and attended Tuskegee University to pursue his education in Computer Science. He later received an Associate degree in Computer Science from John Patterson Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Data Administration and Communication from Auburn University Montgomery.

Woodrow’s professional career started as a bank teller at First Tuskegee Bank in the mid-90s. He quickly advanced in the company, ultimately becoming the Assistant Vice-President of Technology/Operation/Security at the branch in Montgomery, Alabama. After providing 18 years of service to the banking industry, Woodrow decided to embark upon another rewarding opportunity at the Montgomery Housing Authority as an IT Support Specialist. He was later promoted to the position of Senior System Analysis. Over the years, he continued to excel in the areas of Data Administration, Communication and Network Administration. In this role, Woodrow strives to create an environment where all staff and tenants have easy access to technology resources and agency information, as well as provide an infrastructure that supports the goals of the Montgomery Housing Authority.

Woodrow is a proud father of three amazing children. Bianca Pogue, a graduate of Tuskegee University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Kevin Hughes, a senior at Alabama A&M University majoring in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) microelectronics and Aaliyah Hughes, a 4th grader at Tuskegee Public School in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Woodrow is an active member of the Sigma Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. As a big sports fan, he genuinely enjoys Sci-Fi, but also has a lifelong passion for technology. He is inspired by his favorite quote which states “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

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