Lou Anne White is a graduate of Indiana University and has over 35 years of experience in homeless related areas. She has worked in the supportive housing industry for over 15 years. She has provided technical assistance to private and public agencies, developers, community-based organizations and property management companies to build their capacity and successfully house homeless people. Ms. White is an expert in permanent supportive housing, an evidence-based model that combines affordable housing with flexible services. The model has been used to successfully house the most difficult to serve homeless individuals across the country. Ms. White is Chair of the organization and acting Executive Director and is receiving no compensation.
Gervis Reed has over 20 years of experience in homeless communities. As manager and director, she has led teams that successfully served and housed marginalized individuals, including homeless, substance abuse and mentally ill populations. Ms. Reed excels in program development and staff training. She is skilled in motivational interviewing, active listening, harm reduction and communication as well as case management, crisis intervention, and client engagement. Ms. Reed is Secretary of the organization and is receiving no compensation.
Danna Landry, a native New Orleanian, has worked with community-based organizations providing such services as HIV prevention and education and community-based services for mentally ill individuals. After Katrina, she worked in the cleanup and restoration efforts. An African – American lesbian activist, Ms. Landry is driven by a mission to see that all people have access to decent and affordable housing Post-Katrina. Motivated by the displacement and the effects of being homeless by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Landry considers her work on this project a “Perfect Fit.” Ms. Landry is a graduate of McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School and Southern University of New Orleans. She is Treasurer of the organization and receiving no compensation.
Deborah Y. Clark is a graduate of Purdue University and Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, as well as the bars of the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She retired from the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, in 2013, where her last position was Special Counsel to the Associate Chief Counsel. Among her areas of expertise during 35 years of practice were income tax and accounting, partnerships, corporate tax and tax litigation. Deborah has volunteered with and served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Since her retirement, she has accepted pro bono tax cases and continues her volunteer work.
Margo Maes received a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University Baton Rouge. She has worked with design-build as well as architecture and engineering firms. Margo has experience with a variety of building types and processes from concept through conception. Past experience includes work on New Orleans City Hall, Ochsner Clinic, and the Rosenwald Center. She and her husband are currently designing and building their wooden tiny home and a shipping container workshop.