Katie Provencher joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2018 as the Director of Operations. Katie works intently on the daily operations and strategic growth and direction of the organization. Katie has extensive experience in the affordable housing, resident services, and community development fields. Prior to HOU, Katie was the Deputy Director of Urban Edge – an affordable housing developer – where she directed multiple lines of business including: Community Engagement, Fundraising, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Office Management.
Katie’s passionate about engaging and advocating for residents of affordable housing. She was honored with the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation’s Ricanne Hadrian Award in 2015 and the Comcast NBC Universal National Leadership Award in 2012 for her work in community building and organizing. Katie received her Master’s in Community Organizing, Planning, Policy, and Administration at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Katie is also a graduate of the Neighborworks Achieving Excellence program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.
Katie resides in Dedham, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Christopher Jones has been with Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) since 2010. Chris has been involved in the successful implementation of numerous large-scale, temporary and permanent relocation efforts.
As Senior Project Director, Chris oversees a portfolio of projects in the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and East Coast. Chris currently provides quality control for HOU sites including site-based operating standards, staff orientation, capacity building and ensuring contract deliverables are met. Chris is also a certified Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspector.
Chris received HOU Employee of the Year in 2013 due to his excellent work on his 1st project as a Relocation Coordinator in Chicago, IL. Since then, Chris has overseen relocation efforts at over twenty-six sites.
Based in Richmond VA, Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Corporate Communications from Queens University of Charlotte.
Hannagh Jacobsen joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2017. Hannagh began as a Relocation Specialist for a project in East Boston and has worked on multiple relocation projects in New England. Hannagh led the relaunch the HOU website and was also an integral part of the development and implementation of HOU’s automated invoice and expense system by working closely with the Finance team and training staff around the country on this platform.
As the Strategic Project Manager, Hannagh directs relocation services at multiple sites and works closely with the Director of Operations to identify areas for growth through HOU’s infrastructure, systems, and operations. She also works with the Director to identify and secure new business opportunities. Hannagh is also responsible for all of HOU’s internal and external communications.
Prior to HOU, Hannagh was the Campaign Manager for a Cambridge City Council Campaign and worked at Boston City Hall’s Election Department to redesign the training manual for the City of Boston’s poll workers. She received her Bachelor of Science from Suffolk University.
Hannagh resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lanita McCormick joined HOU in 2019 and brings with her an extensive experience in management from both the private and non-profit arenas including a focus on affordable housing. Prior to HOU, Lanita held positions in Boston, MA including the Vice President of Engagement for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc. and the Director of the Roxbury Innovation Center. Lanita has over 10 years of experience in developing and managing teams, program design and implementation, marketing and sales, fundraising, and community engagement. She understands the importance of engaging residents in their neighborhoods and has sat on multiple Boston-based Board of Directors which achieve this goal.
Lanita has a Bachelors of Art in Communications from Temple University and is a licensed Real Estate agent in Massachusetts.
Lanita enjoys cooking, traveling, and has a burgeoning interest in designing spaces. She resides in Milton, MA with her husband and three daughters.
Kyrah Rodriguez started with Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2009 as a Relocation Coordinator at multiple sites in Boston. Today, Kyrah is a Project Director and leads various sites in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas. She has extensive experience with temporary relocation as well as a past of working and volunteering with diverse communities.
Prior to HOU, Kyrah had the honor of providing emergency assistance to military members and their families for the American Red Cross of the Greater Miami Chapter. She was honored with an Award for Excellent Service to the Community. Above all, Kyrah loves working with people. She received her education from Barry University and is also a graduate from Boston University with a Degree in Music.
Kyrah currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.
Cynthia McCleod joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2014 as Director of Resident Services in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently a Project Director, overseeing comprehensive resident service programs and relocation services in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut and Shreveport. Cynthia has over thirty years of experience in the human services field, with twenty years working in public and supportive housing.
Prior to HOU, Cynthia was a Senior Contract & Grant Administrator for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. There she received several awards for Team Leadership and Performance Excellence. Cynthia is a certified Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspector, certified in Property Management, and Self Sufficiency Services Coordination. Cynthia was awarded HOU Employee of the Year in 2017.
Cynthia completed a Master’s Series Program at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently studying Leadership Development at Northwestern University. She resides in the Blackridge Community in Pittsburgh with her husband Larry McCleod.
Jeray Wilson joined the Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) team in 2007 and has progressed through numerous positions with the company since this time. Jeray has extensive experience in relocation, case management, and resident services. Jeray began with HOU as a Resident Services Coordinator in Baltimore, MD, and was then promoted to a Case Manager and Job Developer in Washington, DC. Jeray chose to broaden her learning and experience and focused on HOU’s Relocation Services. She became a Relocation Coordinator who oversaw multiple temporary and permanent relocation projects in Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.
Jeray currently serves as an Assistant Project Manager and works closely with HOU’s Senior Project Director, on relocation projects throughout the country. Jeray oversees relocation projects in the Washington Metropolitan area as well as New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Washington state. Jeray is responsible for site set-up, staff supervision, relocation implementation, and client and resident relationships.
Jeray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services/Management and is also a certified Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspector. Jeray resides in Bowie, Maryland with her son.
Marisa Rodrigues joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2016 as Relocation Coordinator in Boston, MA. Since then, she has successfully completed a number of relocation projects with the Boston Housing Authority. She is currently an Assistant Project Director, overseeing relocation services in the Boston area. Marisa is a certified Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspector.
Prior to HOU, Marisa was a Housing Supervisor and Case Manager at the YMCA Homeless Shelter in Elizabeth, NJ and a Program Administrator at Metropolitan Housing Partnership in Boston. Marisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts.
Marisa is very passionate about advocating for the residents and communities that HOU serves. She was awarded HOU employee of the Year in 2017. Marisa lives in Attleboro, MA with her lovely daughter and husband.
Lisa Mangum began working with Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 1995 and is currently the Director of Training and Development. Lisa provides quality control and oversight to HOU relocation, case management, resident services, and elder services programs across New England. Lisa is well-versed in federal and state relocation regulations and a certified Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspector. She has written numerous HUD and state approved relocation plans and provided relocation training to staff and clients alike. She is also a NCHM-certified Senior Housing Specialist, providing consulting for all HOU contracts serving frail and elderly residents as well as training to HOU staff in addressing housekeeping compliance with residents. Lisa’s expertise includes assisting in community center program planning and coordination, implementing federal and local grants, and providing technical assistance to Resident Councils. Lisa has been integral to the growth and performance of HOU.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and earned her Master of Science degree from Simmons College. She resides in Milton, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Bonnie Lowe has been with Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) since 2004. Ms. Lowe has over twenty-five years of accounting experience. She undertakes bank account and general ledger account reconciliation, monitors site balances and budgets, conducts month-end close, and is responsible for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable activity for over fifty sites. Ms. Lowe provides Staff Accountant Services for all HOU contracts. Bonnie uses her skills and expertise to contribute to the overall mission of HOU and maintain our clients’ budget needs.
Bonnie received a Bachelor of Science from Bryant University. She resides in Rhode Island and loves to quilt in her spare time.
Gisel Pena joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2018 as the Senior Accountant. Gisel supports the day to day work of HOU’s Finance Department. This includes focusing on accounts payables, invoicing, financial statement production, and other Finance Department duties. Prior to HOU, Gisel was the Senior Account at Urban Edge Housing Corporation – an affordable housing developer in Boston, MA. Gisel also has experience with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Santander Bank.
Gisel has a degree in Information Systems, Audit, and Control from Bentley University. She is also a graduate of the STRENGTH Matters Boot Camp on Financial Reporting for Rental Housing Nonprofit Enterprises.
Gisel enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Cradles to Crayons. She resides in Dorchester, Massachusetts with her daughter and family.
Nikaury Villar, also known as Nikki, joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2009 as a Community Outreach Worker in Charlestown, MA. Shortly after working on another project in Dorchester Nikki moved to HOU’s central office. Nikaury is responsible for developing and processing of all HOU’s accounts payable, payroll, and employee benefits programs. In addition, she also monitors the business insurances for all its locations.
Nikaury was awarded HOU’s Employee of the Year Award in 2016 and resides in Needham with her two teenage daughters and husband. She’s also a licensed Cosmetologist.
Rose Billeci joined Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) in 2016. She works in Human Resources with a focus on compliance in regards to employment laws, handbook policies, candidate screening, on-boarding, and 401k. Prior to joining HOU, Rose worked as an attorney in Michigan before moving to Massachusetts.
Rose received her B.S. in Medical Technology from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Rose lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She enjoys volunteering in her community and at her children’s school.