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Executive Team

Gilbert M. Piette, Executive Director and CEO

Gilbert M. Piette, Executive Director of Prospera Housing Community Services (PHCS), CEO of Prospera Property Management (PPM), and Vice President of National Housing Management Corporation (NHMC), is a native of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Mr. Piette graduated from St. Mary’s University San Antonio in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology. In addition to other degrees, he earned a M.S. in Administration with concentration on Business Administration for not-for-profit organizations from Norte Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana in 1994, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Houston in 1998. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1998 as well as the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Texas and the Cameron County Bar Association.   Mr. Piette is a Certified Mediator for civil litigation. Prior to joining PHCS he practiced law in the Perez and Piette Law Firm in Brownsville, Texas and held the position of President of the Board of Directors for PHCS affiliate TG 105, Inc. (Cunningham Manor Apartments).

M. Steven Henderson, Chief Operating Officer

M. Steven Henderson, Chief Operations Officer for Prospera Housing Community Services (PHCS) and Prospera Property Management (PPM), has an extensive working knowledge of HUD and IRS rules and regulations governing affordable housing. Mr. Henderson serves as Vice President of National Housing Management Corporation (NHMC), and is a board member and current treasurer of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). He is also a past board member for the Southwestern Affordable Housing Management Association (SWAHMA). Mr. Henderson’s background includes earning a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Certified Public Accountant license. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Public Accountants, and the San Antonio Chapter. His previous experience was with the accounting firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, and as Controller for the Jaffe Group, a holding company involved in the aviation, real estate, and oil and gas industries.

Julie A. Farias, Chief Financial Officer

Julie A. Farias, Chief Financial Officer for Prospera Housing Community Services (PHCS) and Prospera Property Management (PPM), has an extensive working knowledge of financial & nonprofit accounting, ERP and systems implementation, as well as process improvement. Ms. Farias’s background includes earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honors from Cal State University Los Angeles, an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford, and a Certified Public Accountant license. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Her previous experience was with the accounting firm of Farias & Jett, and as Controller for The Schmidt Family Foundation, a Silicon Valley family foundation making grants in the areas of human rights, environmental and social justice issues.  In addition, she has worked with a variety of nonprofits and has an extensive community service background. Ms. Farias has joined the Prospera team to help serve those who don’t have a safe affordable place to live and assist in shifting people out of the paradigm of poverty.

José C. Mascorro, Director of Operations

José C. Mascorro, Director of Operations for Prospera Property Management (PPM), holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Texas A & M University, has completed graduate course work in Sociology at Sam Houston State University as well as the University of Texas San Antonio, and has earned Nonprofit Management and Leadership certification through the University of Texas San Antonio.  He has held increasingly responsible administrative and supervisory positions in juvenile services, including Superintendent for Children’s Comprehensive Services of Bexar County, and Director for Children’s Comprehensive Services at the Bristol Youth Academy in Bristol, Florida. Prior to his appointment in late 2012 as Director of Operations with PHCS and PPM, Mr. Mascorro held several positions with the organization, including Director of Corporate Administration (2007-2012), and Director for Resident Services (2002-2007). He currently holds certifications as a Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) through the National Affordable Housing Management Association, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He also serves as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) Candidate through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Roger Canales, Real Estate Development Director

Roger Canales, Director of Real Estate Development, previously held responsibility for the management of housing subsidy contracts for the organization’s affordable housing portfolio.  Mr. Canales has been involved in the conventional and affordable housing industry since 1987 as a leasing agent, bookkeeper, and an on-site manager for several apartment complexes in the Houston market.  He has worked as a software support technician and trainer with IPM-Software, specializing in the affordable apartment industry, and also assisted in the development of their web-based software and product testing to meet HUD standards. In addition, Mr. Canales served as HUD’s Section 8 Contract Administrator for Texas, Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation in the Compliance and IT departments overseeing the payment of subsidy, software implementation, and property relations for the State of Texas project based Section 8 assistance. Mr. Canales spent two years as a member of the AmeriCorps Foundation; assisting high school drop-outs receive their GED, adults to improve their literacy, and teaching English to immigrants seeking citizenship status.

Brenda Garza, Director of Communications and Fund Development

A. Brenda Garza is responsible for building relationships and overseeing the implementation of fund development which includes major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources. Mrs. Garza also identifies funding for social services focusing on strengthening through education, prosperous communities, and economic stability. Mrs. Garza holds a Master of Public Administration from the College of Public Policy at University of Texas in San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. She bilingual in English and Spanish, and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Her history with the UTSA Child Adolescent Policy Research Institute and the UTSA Texas Center for Housing Policy affords her extensive knowledge of the field and available resources.

Bradford McMurray, Director of Development

Bradford McMurray, Director of Development for Prospera Housing Community Services (PHCS), earned a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Finance, and a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning with concentration in Land Use and Development from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. McMurray brings more than 20 years of experience in government, nonprofit, and business leadership positions in the Texas housing industry to PHCS. His previous positions include Director of Development Services, San Antonio Housing Authority; Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit; Vice President of Real Estate Development, The Siegel Group; Manager of Real Estate Development, Merced Housing Texas, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit; Senior Planner, Housing Trust Fund and Planner, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs; Owner, Impact Properties; Operations Manager, Discovery Investments; and Development Manager, Diana McIver & Associates, Inc. Mr. McMurray has administered the development of more than 4,100 units of public, affordable and market housing with total developments costs in excess of $400,000,000 utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, HOPE VI, RHF Capital Funding, HOME, CDBG, 221 d4 FHA, FHLB, TIF/TIRZ, and Conventional funding sources.

Pam Climer, Director of Information Management

Pam Climer, Director of Information Management for Prospera Housing Community Services (PHCS), manages a records management program developing policies and procedures, and is responsible for oversight of the organization’s paper and electronic records and information systems. Mrs. Climer manages PHCS affiliate boards of directors (14), including board material preparation, and semi-annual meeting facilitation. Prior to her appointment as Director of Information Management for PHCS, she held the position of Executive Manager (2004-2014) managing the office of the Executive Director. Previous work experience includes Quality Control Department, Sony Semiconductor San Antonio as Office Manager and Site Records Coordinator; and Auditing / Accounting, Sears Roebuck and Co. Mrs. Climer earned status as a Certified Records Manager, CRM, in 2014.

Shemeka Woodson, Director of Resident Services

Shemeka Woodson, Director of Resident Services, is responsible for the development, oversight and guidance of resident services and community learning center programs for the residents of Prospera HCS affordable housing communities. A native of the metropolitan Houston area, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She helped to develop and oversee resident services and programs for over four years; first as a Services Manager, then Regional Services Manager and finally, Assistant Director of Resident Services for Prospera Housing Community Services. Ms. Woodson’s background in sociological perspectives and her innovative, analytic skills have made her a great addition to the Executive team. She is certified as a Professional Service Coordinator and in Social Media Communications. Ms. Woodson serves as a Representative on the City of San Antonio’s Community Action Advisory Board.

 

 

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