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2024-2025 Board of Directors Candidates

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Voting is open June 3rd – June 14th, 2024

Dan Allgeir

Dan Allgeier, Lakewood Property Management

Statement of Interest:

A prior board member, Dan has indicated interest and serving again many times. He desires to provide great service as a board member.

Biography:

For the last 22 years, Dan has been at every TAAHP event, has provided expert testimony in court regarding management of affordable housing and owns and manages multiple affordable housing communities.

 

 

Avis Chaisson

Avis Chaisson, AFC Real Estate Development Services

Statement of Interest:

TAAHP is the prominent organization in the State leading, educating, and guiding our industry forward to provide high quality housing that all residents of Texas can attain, afford, and sustain. It would be a privilege and honor to serve on the TAAHP Board.
With my experience in local government and with a private sector developer, I’ve substantially contributed and was responsible for the production of over 6,000 multifamily residential units. The knowledge gained in these roles held during my tenure including utilizing tools such as tax exemptions, fee waivers, gap financing, and public, private partnerships can contribute to furthering the goals plus continuing the advocacy and education of TAAHP.

Throughout my career, I’ve been a fierce proponent for the production of affordable housing for all Texans by educating communities, presenting to elected and appointed officials, and proposing policies that remove barriers and advance this goal. I’d be humbled to continue this passion and serve as a TAAHP Board Member.

Biography:

Avis has over 15 years of experience leading teams and managing high profile economic, community, and housing developments that utilized incentives such as Chapter 380 grants, tax abatements, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Neighborhood Empowerment Zones (NEZ), and federal funds including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program. Fostered partnerships to produce high, quality, attainable residential units by working with municipalities to create Public Facility Corporations (PFC) and manage Housing Finance Corporations (HFC) mostly by participating in developments that secured equity from the housing tax credit program. Greatest strengths are shepherding projects through the city’s development process and community outreach and engagement.

Gilbert Gerst

Gilbert Gerst, BOK Financial (incumbent)

Statement of Interest:

I want to continue my service as a TAAHP board member to complete the work I have become as chair of the Racial and Equity Committee. I also know the importance of quality affordable housing and have worked in this field for most of my banking career. Through my work on both the investor and debt side of the transactions from a bank’s perspective, I can continue to bring value from this perspective. The work that TAAHP does through its developer and other partner relationships in the industry helps build strong and vibrant communities. I believe it is important for the TAAHP board to have representation from individuals with various diverse backgrounds and life experiences to bring new and innovative ideas to the discussion. I believe my 38+ year banking experience, in addition to my life experiences growing up in rural West Texas and having now lived in the Dallas urban core for over 30 years allows me to bring valuable perspective to the table.

Biography:

Gilbert Gerst, Senior Vice President, Manager of Community Development Banking for BOK Financial (BOKF). BOKF is a more than $40 billion regional financial services company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more than $80 billion in assets under management and administration. BOKF, NA operates banking divisions and provides full service banking across eight states as: TX, OK, CO, AZ, NM, AR,KS, MS.

Gilbert has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years joining BOKF in June 2011 after 25+ years with JPMorgan Chase. He has corporate wide responsibility for the bank’s community development lending and investment activities and is a key partner in the bank’s CRA compliance and examination process.

Gilbert holds a Bachelors of Science from The University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently serves on multiple boards and committees including Board Chairman of the Dallas Black Dance Theater, Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, Board of Governors – The Affordable Housing Investors Council (AHIC), and the Dallas Development Fund, a NMTC Community Development Entity, Forest Forward; and the St. Philips School and Community Center.

Other board membership and participation includes the Executive Committee of the Dallas Economic Development Corporation; AT&T Performing Arts Center; The Texas Mezzanine Fund; The State Fair of Texas; DFW Regional Housing Consortium: The Real Estate Council; President, University of North Texas Foundation; All Stars of Dallas; University of North Texas Black Alumni Network.

Blair Henderson

Blair Henderson, Churchill Stateside Group

Statement of Interest:

I have a deep interest in serving on the TAAHP Board, as it aligns perfectly with my passion for affordable housing and my extensive experience as a lender of funds to develop affordable housing developments. I believe that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, and I am committed to making a positive impact in this crucial sector.

I currently serve as co-chair of the TAAHP Rural Development Advisory Committee and a member of the Non-Profit Advisory Committee. In these roles, I actively contribute to discussions and provide strategic insights on affordable housing initiatives. By collaborating with professionals from diverse backgrounds, I have developed a strong network and fostered productive partnerships, which I believe will greatly benefit TAAHP.

If given the opportunity to serve on the TAAHP Board, I would bring a proactive and innovative approach to addressing the pressing affordable housing issues in Texas. My expertise in financing affordable housing developments, combined with my experience in advisory groups, would enable me to contribute valuable insights to the board’s decision-making process. I would actively participate in developing sustainable solutions, policies, and promoting public-private partnerships to expand affordable housing options across Texas.

In conclusion, I am confident that my experience positions me well to contribute to the leadership and continued success of TAAHP. I am eager to work alongside fellow board members to advance the mission of TAAHP and make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and families in need of affordable housing.

Biography:

Blair Henderson is the Vice President Southwest Regional Production Officer for Churchill Stateside Group. He is responsible for originating debt and equity solutions for new construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, and refinancing of affordable housing properties within Texas and the Southwest region of the United States.

Blair is also a registered Certified Public Accountant, where he has over 10 years of Audit experience, He joined Churchill as a consultant and successfully developed and implemented the Internal Audit function across all departments. Blair has extensive professional experience and worked as the Lead Internal Audit Manager for Jabil (Fortune 500 company) and previously served as a Board Member of Hillsborough County Internal Auditors Office.

 

Brad McMurray

Brad McMurray, Prospera Housing Community Services

Statement of Interest:

I have served in many facets of the Texas affordable housing industry including project-based Section 8 Assistant Property Manager, selling and flipping single family homes in a for profit business, LIHTC Planner for TDHCA, Development Coordinator for a small nonprofit housing provider, VP of an affordable housing consulting firm, Director of Development for a Public Housing Authority, Executive Director of a small nonprofit housing provider, and now the VP of Property development for a large nonprofit housing provider. Prospera has been very successful in the 9% and 4% programs providing me a true understanding of what it takes to secure a site, receive an award, close a transaction, complete construction, lease-up and successfully operate affordable developments. This varied background and successful development experience combined with my sincere appreciation of the importance of the trusted working relationship TAAHP has worked so hard to create and now enjoys with TDHCA leadership and staff, along with the crucial importance of preserving this relationship and the LIHTC Programs themselves, uniquely qualifies me to serve on the TAAHP Board in both the Developer and Nonprofit/Government capacities and will be my primary focus as a Board member.

While I have worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, I understand that “nonprofit” is an IRS status and not a business plan, so I am acutely aware of the need to make a “profit” whomever it may enrich and am sensitive to the fiscal realities of our industry, as well as the needs of strictly profit motivated developers.

Biography:

Mr. McMurray serves as the Vice President of Property Development for Prospera Housing Community Services, a 501(c)3 affordable housing provider created in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Concentration in Land Use and Development from The University of Texas at Austin. He brings over 25 years of experience in government, non-profit, and business leadership positions with the Texas affordable housing industry and has administered the development or preservation of over 5,500 units of public, affordable, and market housing with total development costs of more than $825 Million utilizing 9% and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, HOPE VI, RHF Capital Funding, HOME, CDBG, NHTF, 221d4 FHA, FHLB, TIF/TIRZ, and Conventional funding sources. He is also a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker since 1992 and enjoys serving in Kairos Prison Ministry at the Torres unit in Hondo, TX. He has been married to his lovely wife LouAnn for 30 years and they have 3 adult children.

Camisha Simmons

Justin Meyer, ARX Advantage

Statement of Interest:

Justin understands that quality stable housing is more than just a roof over one’s head at night. Affordable housing means both security and opportunity for Texans with provable positive impacts on both education and combating food poverty by reducing the burden placed on families and seniors by skyrocketing market rents.

In his volunteerism with local youth, he sees firsthand the impact that household poverty can have on a child and their self-worth, and personal ambition. The ability for a family to retain stable and safe housing is lifechanging for the development for children.
As a TAAHP Board Member he would eagerly leverage his experience in leading and managing teams to find creative solutions to further the industry’s ability to efficiently place housing on the ground to quickly expand the housing opportunities for Texans. He will continue to advocate for positive rulemaking decisions with TDHCA. As a member of both TAAHP and the Rural Rental Housing Association of Texas he will help foster a partnership between TAAHP and RRHA and with other industry organizations to allow for more impactful interaction with, not only TDHCA, but with the legislators that help shape our affordable housing programs in Texas.

 

Biography:

In Justin’s role with Arx Advantage he facilitates site selection and mapping, prepares applications, and advocates for the affordable housing programs in Texas. Justin came to Arx Advantage with five years of experience in shopping center leasing and development with CBL & Associates. He holds the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders, the Specialty Leasing Designation (SLD) from the International Council of Shopping Centers, and holds a designation as a Project Management Specialist (PMS) from Colorado Technical University where he also obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. An avid volunteer with youth in his community, Justin has served as Scoutmaster of Scouts BSA Troop 977 since 2021 as well as a founding member of the Pack Committee with Scouts BSA Pack 977. He is a recipient of the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter award, a SkillsUSA Visual Media Production award winner, a former Board Member with the Brazos Valley Masonic Library Museum, a proud member of Ben Hur Shriners in Austin, TX, and member of the Brazos Valley Shrine Club.