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Biographies
BHC Member Feature
W. Ajibola
Balogun

BHC Category:
Broward League
of Cities -
City Manager of a
City with Less
than 50,000
residents
​Occupation: City Manager, City of West Park
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Broward County City Manager's Association
  • Florida City and County Management Association
  • International City Management Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
To work with the Council in addressing the preservation of housing stock through rehabilitation of existing affordable housing inventory; to explore and assist with establishing/ strengthening foreclosure prevention through counseling workshops, banking assistance, home-buyer education courses, HUD assistance and other initiatives; to address homelessness; and to explore and establish incentives for the development of affordable homes and rental housing using resources such as Opportunity Zones. 
Heather
Brinkworth

BHC Category:
School Board of
Broward County
​Occupation: Chair, School Board of Broward County
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Board Member, United Way Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention
  • Board Member, Museum of Discovery and Science
  • Member, Broward Cultural Council

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
As a member of the School Board of Broward County I have the opportunity to serve as the School Board's appointee to the Broward Housing Council.  I am a lifelong resident of Broward County and I have great interest in ensuring our community addresses both the issue of homelessness and affordable housing. As an educator I have seen firsthand the effects of housing instability on children, and I want to ensure that I am part of the conversation.  My grandmother had a great passion for serving the homeless, as a tireless volunteer and charitable giver, and I like to think that in a small way I honor her legacy by serving.
Ann
Deibert


BHC Category:
Broward County
Housing Authority
​Occupation: CEO, Broward Count Housing Authority
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials - Board of Directors
  • Public Housing Authorities Directors Association
  • Housing and Development Law Institute
  • CareerSource One Stop Services Committee
  • Fort Lauderdale Alliance Partner Council

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
As the CEO of the Broward County Housing Authority, I have the opportunity to serve as the Board’s appointee to the Housing Council.  The Housing Authority serves as a principal provider of affordable housing to the Broward community. I have been involved in housing issues my whole career. Serving on the Housing Council is an opportunity to work with Housing Council members representing various interests in the community on the serious issues Broward County faces regarding the lack of affordable housing, homelessness, and the preservation of affordable housing.  Affordable housing is an integral link in maintaining vital communities.  Without housing options for a portion of the population, the health and economy of the entire community diminishes. 
Frances M. 
Esposito


BHC Category:
Chief Executive
of a recongized, 
not-for-profit 
homeless organization
​Occupation: CEO, Broward Partnership
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Florida Supportive Housing Coalition - Board of Directors
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Broward Workshop - Urban Core Committee
  • Non-Profit Executive Alliance of Broward County - Vice-Chair

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
The BHC fulfills a commitment to a mission and vision for the less fortunate of Broward County.  It is a privilege to be the voice filling a seat designated as a representative of a recognized non-profit agency serving a special needs population - the homeless.  As operator of Broward County's Central Homelessness Assistance Center (Ft. Lauderdale) and North Homeless Assistance Center (Pompano Beach), the Broward Partnership (BP) provides short term housing, health care, job training and education to over 500 men, women and children every day.  BP also operates multiple permanent supportive and rapid rehousing programs throughout Broward County and looks forward to breaking ground on its first 72-unit mixed-use residential housing community designed for those citizens at or below 60% of the area's median income.  
Housing alone does not end homelessness.  Housing combined with the community's array of support services (health care, education, transportation, job training) ends it.  Lack of affordable housing for the homeless and workforce populations is now a national topic of community crisis.  In service as an advisory group to the Broward County Commission, the Council deftly crafts its work, research and advocacy in support of the development of affordable housing.  I value the opportunity to work with a membership that reflects the municipalities, business owners, government officials, and non-profit organizations that are all mutually committed to the end goal of providing high quality affordable housing.  Hence, building a stronger community for all.
Caryl M. Hattan
Vice-Chair

BHC Category:
Community Representative
​Occupation: Councilmember, Town of Davie; retired educator
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care 
  • Board – Past Chair
  • Broward Cultural Council
  • Davie Women’s Club – Treasurer
  • James Junior Fund – Board Member

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
I was appointed to the Broward Housing Council and subsequently to the Broward Continuum of Care Board. I was very interested in the areas of affordable housing and homelessness. At the time, I was dealing with a homeless family with a student, who were living on the streets and in their car. 
Christopher Krzemien

BHC Category:
Owner of a business that employs at least 50 employees
​Occupation: Real Estate Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Experience
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Realtors - 2020 Corporate Director
  • Florida Realtors - Board of Directors
  • National Association of Realtors - Board of Directors

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
I have always had a passion for community service.  Attending Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee with Florida Realtors opened my eyes to how much influence we can have as a collective body.  We lobby the Hill each year to push for full funding of the Housing Trust Fund and I've seen the difference we can make when our voice is truly heard.  With Broward County topping national lists of those affected by a lack of affordable workforce housing, I wanted to ensure the residents of my County were heard just as loud.  I learned of the BHC at a Mayors Breakfast.  I immediately did my research and reached out to Mayor Dale Holness to inform him of my interest in serving the community.  It was one of the most fulfilling calls of my career.  Knowing I can truly make a difference in someone’s life fills my heart with joy.  We have a long road ahead of us in terms of affordable housing reform statewide and here in our local community.  I hope to take on as many miles of that road as I can to leave the journey for those who come after me as short as possible.
Gino Moro

BHC Category:
Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers
​Occupation: Managing Partner, Southland Mortgage, Inc.
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals - President
  • National Association of Mortgage Professionals - Delegate Council Member; Bylaws Committee Member

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
I believe in the financial empowerment and stability that results from homeownership. I also hope to see the possibility of it becoming more accessible to everyone.  Having spent much of my career advocating for Seniors and low-income families, I do have a unique point of view that I hoped to be able to share as a member the Broward Housing Council. Mortgages can be intimidating. Whether using a Conventional, VA, FHA, or a Reverse Mortgage loan as a tool to achieve homeownership is not as important as the knowledge that these programs exist. When topics such as affordability and low-income housing are discussed, all types of financing should be considered as solutions. I only represent a portion of the Mortgage industry, but it is my goal and hope that offering my experience in combination with the wealth of knowledge available in our other Council Members, we will find solutions to help more people become homeowners.
Barbara Mendez

BHC Category:
Builders Association of South Florida
​Occupation: Vice President, Dept. of Finance, Cornerstone Group
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Builders Association of South Florida, Member
  • Miami Association of Realtors, Licensed Realtor
  • Latin Builders Association, Director
  • National Apartment Association, National Apartment Leasing Professional Designation
  • Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, Member
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Women of the Latin Builders Association (LBA), Chair

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
I have always had a passion for community service.  Attending Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee with I am motivated by its objective which is "to serve in an advisory capacity to the County Commission and to facilitate coordination between the County, Municipalities, the business community and not-for-profit groups to address housing issues including, but not limited to, affordable housing, workforce housing and homelessness."
I strongly believe that every individual/family is entitled to affordable housing, a safe and secure place they can call home. There needs to be a fair balance between the rent they pay and the income they earn. This would help end (or at least greatly reduce) homelessness and help everyone that is currently struggling to make their payments. I believe I can help make this happen by serving on BHC.
I love to provide feedback from the builders in the industry. At the same time, I believe I will continually learn a great deal from the folks that are part of the BHC. I also enjoy having the opportunity to help individuals directly. 
It is an honor for me to represent the BASF and Cornerstone Group on the BHC.
Marcia Barry-Smith, Chair

BHC Category: Community Representative
​Occupation: Director of Government Relation, Policy and Advocacy, Habitat for Humanity of Broward County
Current involvement with other organizations:
  • Crisis Housing Solutions, Advisory Board Member
  • Women in Distress, Board Member Emeritus
  • Habitat for Humanity Policy & Advocacy Professionals Group, Member
  • Lauderhill Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Chair
  • CRA Advisory Board - Valley Bank, Member

Why I'm involved with the BHC:
Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Aging out of Foster Care have been prime areas of concern for me for several years. My appointment to the Broward Housing Council was the epitome of meaningful service opportunities to identify, advocate for and work with a cohort of other dedicated community stakeholders, to address the areas of greatest need in Broward County. To have been selected by my peers to serve as Chair, has been the best compliment of all. 
As we continue to fight against COVID-19 and its ravaging collateral damage to our residents, children and our economy, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain accessibility to safe and affordable housing. If we don't, our most vulnerable and under-resourced families are at risk from a collapse of the system, an increase in hunger, homelessness and disease. We, as Americans, cannot let this happen.