Kevin has over 20 years of public housing authority experience. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and an Associates Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is a NAHRO certified Public Housing Manager, Certified Public Housing Specialist, and maintains his Housing Choice Voucher, Occupancy, and Rent Certifications. Kevin is property manager and broker with Forsley Real Estate and has over 20 years of experience managing private multi-unit properties. He is currently a member of the LHA’s Public Safety Committee.
Tha Chhan joined the agency in 1988 and briefly served as a Clerk/Interpreter before being appointed as a Housing Inspector in 1989. He was later promoted in 2002 to Assistant Director of Leased Housing programs before assuming the Directorship in 2008. Tha holds a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a Bachelors of Science degree from Franklin Pierce College. He is a certified Housing Specialist and Public Housing Manager. Tha is fluent in English and Cambodian. Tha received a citation from the City of Lowell in 2012 for his contributions to the Cambodian community of Lowell.
Po comes to the agency with both private and public property management, as well as LIHTC, and auditing experience. Po has received has received numerous certifications, including Certification of National Affordable Housing Professionals (NAHP), Certification of Tax Credit Specialists (TCS), Certification of Professional Occupancy (CPO), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) and Certification of Fair Housing and 504 Compliance (FHC).
Paula brings over 30 years of experience as a clinical nurse serving the Lowell community for most of those years in my primary specialty as an Operating Room nurse. Over the years, she has worked in long term care, floor hospital nursing, and wound care.
Naida will be joining our team as a Resident Service Coordinator at South Common Village. Naida possesses 15 years of experience in case management, substance abuse, shelter services and property management. Naida has an Associates Degree from Middlesex Community College, and is bi-lingual–fluent in Spanish, and speaking basic Portuguese.
Virak is our new addition to the Public Housing Office. Virak was previously employed as an Admissions Coordinator for the Umass Lowell Navitas Global Student Success Program. He has over 10 years of customer service, office coordination, and data entry system experience. Virak has a Bachelors Degree in English Language Teaching, and is bi-lingual in English and Khmer.
Karen Patenaude is a member of our Capital Planning Department. Karen joined the agency from her 12-year tenor at a sheet fabrication incorporation in Massachusetts. Within a few short years of her career as one of their administrative assistants, she was recognized by the President of the company for her hard work and value and earned the role of their Office Manager. She volunteered for various departments throughout the company where some of her roles included payroll, invoicing, accounts payable, inventory management as well as maintaining positive relationships with both vendors and customers. Her prior roles also included administrative support, with over 30+ years of diverse work experiences. Karen has her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Middlesex Community College.
Mr. Goldfield holds a Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School of Law, a Masters of Public Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelors in Mass Communications from University of Hartford. He is admitted as an Attorney to the Massachusetts Bar and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.
Laura Watts comes to the agency with extensive experience in project management and site supervision in both commercial and residential construction. Laura is also a strong innovator in architectural design, possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Boston Architectural College, and certifications in Renewable Energy Technologies from Cape Cod Community College.
Rita Brousseau has 25 years of experience in municipal accounting, and procurement and considerable knowledge of Massachusetts laws pertaining to municipal procurement. She holds an A.B.S., in Business Science and Management from Castle College, and is MCPPO Certified.
Sherry Giblin joined the agency as a staff accountant in 2014 with thirteen years of audit, tax and accounting experience from a Lowell based CPA firm. Her commitment, accuracy and attention to detail earned her a promotion to Chief Accountant in 2016.Sherry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Sherry currently directs and oversees all functions of the Finance and Procurement department to ensure the financial health and well-being of the Authority.
Rachel has been with the Housing Authority since 2017, as the Authority’s Research Analyst. Rachel has assumed a diverse role with the Authority, and works closely with our Finance and Capital Planning departments to address inefficiencies, coordinate projects, conduct financial analysis and grant research. Rachel comes to the organization from St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, where she was employed as a Development and Finance Assistant. Prior to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Rachel has held various roles in state and nonprofit administration, with experience in event planning, grant writing, financial analysis and compliance. She is passionate about social justice, legislative advocacy and public policy. Rachel possesses a BA in Public Policy and Business from Bentley University and an MPA from Northeastern University.
Liliane comes to the agency with over 5 years of public housing management and administrative experience in occupancy, compliance, rent calculation and resident services. Prior to joining the affordable housing industry, Liliane worked with an organization that addressed homelessness, incarceration, and recidivism as an advisor. Liliane is personable with excellent customer service skills. Liliane possesses a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Liliane is certified in Public Housing Occupancy and Fair Housing.
Kiss Quick is RENU’s resident member of the Board of Directors. She is employed with the Lowell Housing Authority as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the Lowell Housing Authority’s Learning Zone after-school program, and an Outreach Specialist for the Lowell Housing Authority’s JobsPLUS Program. Kiss is currently enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Lowell pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health.
Katie came to the agency with extensive experience in brand and project management for globally recognized brands. She possesses a master’s degree in Merchandising & Retail Management from LIM College and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University.