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Who We Are
The Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a community based board appointed to implement the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ten Year Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness.

Members are appointed by the Charlotte Mayor, City Council and the Mecklenburg County Commission.  The board is comprised of those who have experience in housing with specific sectors represented including community, affordable housing, philanthropy, finance, legal services, education, real estate development, human services and public safety.  Ex-officio members are the Neighborhood & Business Services Director (City), Community Support Services Director (County) and the Charlotte Housing Authority CEO.
The board appointments bring expertise and commitment to the Ten Year plan with authentic and influential experience in homelessness and housing services.   This is a working board who will recommend strategies for implementation of the Ten Year Plan to the City Council and County Commission.  The board will develop these strategies to meet the Ten Year Plan goals of housing, outreach and engagement and  prevention, and to provide advocacy and partnerships with service providers and funders.
The Housing Advisory Board  is asking for the support of the community as they take bold and necessary actions towards eliminating homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Board Members

Josef H. Penner, Chairman
​Since 1997, Mr. Penner has served the Executive Director for Medic, the paramedic service for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina area. Medic responded to 120,000 calls for help this year, and employs 540 people. He is a Fellow and Board Certified in Healthcare Management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Since living in Charlotte, Mr. Penner has served as Board member of the Family Center, the American Ambulance Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, the North Carolina EMS Administrators, and the Coalition for Advanced EMS Systems. Prior to joining Medic, Mr. Penner was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs for American Medical Response. Mr. Penner has worked in mergers & acquisitions as well as various operational capacities in the pre-hospital healthcare industry across the US. He earned his MBA from Marquette University. In addition to being actively involved in community and professional organizations, he is a very proud husband, father, and member of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte.


Dennis Boothe
Dennis Boothe is a member of Wells Fargo’s Community Lending and Tax Credit Investment group.  He previously served as General Counsel for a regional affordable housing developer, helping to acquire and develop housing for workforce families in Charlotte.  Dennis also previously worked at the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Dennis earned his law degree at University of Georgia, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.  In 2011, he was selected as a member of the charter class of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, a rigorous program that prepares young North Carolina lawyers for positions of leadership in the legal profession and the larger community.  He previously served as a board member for a nonprofit that provides supportive housing for disabled individuals, and he has helped to organize various green construction training programs for at-risk youth and former offenders across Charlotte.  He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the North Carolina Housing Coalition, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer and Minorities in the Profession committees, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and the Charlotte chapter of the Urban Land Institute.  Dennis and his wife Stephanie live near uptown Charlotte. 

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Laura Clark joined Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) as executive director in April 2013. RWCI is leading the comprehensive revitalization of a neighborhood in west Charlotte. The initiative includes mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-career education continuum, and wraparound services for families who live in the community. Previously, Laura served as Director of The Larry King Center at the Council for Children’s Rights, a non-profit child advocacy agency where she led research, planning, and public policy efforts to solve systemic problems that impact the community’s children. These efforts included the development of a comprehensive community plan to improve school readiness and the implementation of a wraparound services pilot at a local Title I school for children at risk of school failure.
Before that, Laura worked for United Way of Central Carolinas as the Director of Evaluation and Community Impact from 2004 through 2008. In that role, she led United Way’s community planning initiatives and oversaw program evaluation efforts of more than 90 non-profit agencies. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from UNC-Charlotte in 2002. She graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1999. Laura currently serves as the Chair of the Charlotte Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve and is Chair of the UNC-Charlotte Institute for Social Capital Board of Directors. In 2013, she was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times. In 2015, she received the 40 Under 40 award from the Charlotte Business Journal. She has been engaged with a variety of other civic committees and non-profit boards, including the YMCA Community Development Committee and the Charlotte Family Housing Board of Directors. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Queens University, where she taught courses in the Human & Community Services Department. A native of Charlotte, she is married and has two rescue dogs.
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Brian Collier​
Brian Collier currently serves as Executive Vice President for Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina—the 9th largest community foundation in the United States with over $1.7 billion in assets. Mr. Collier oversees the Foundation’s competitive grants programs, as well as affiliate board relationships in 13 counties throughout North and South Carolina. Mr. Collier also oversees the Foundation’s Robinson Center for Civic Leadership and its community initiatives including The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, The Carolina Thread Trail (500+ mile greenways and trails program), Project LIFT ($55 million initiative to close the educational achievement gap) and the multi-million dollar social capital initiative, Crossroads Charlotte. Prior to joining The Foundation, Mr. Collier served as VP for Marketing and Development at KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.  From 2001-2005, Mr. Collier served as the Founding President and Executive Director of The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a $30-million facility in Randleman, North Carolina for chronically ill children. The camp was the result of a unique partnership between the NASCAR motorsports industry, NASCAR drivers Richard and Kyle Petty, and actor Paul Newman. Brian began his career as a trial attorney with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Orlando, Florida. ​

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Carrie Cook

Carrie B. Cook is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Is this role, she works with elected officials at every level of government as a policy advocate. Influencing economic and social policy, as well as maintaining a high quality of life for Charlotte citizens, is an essential function of her work.  Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on Education Policy and Economic Development from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is also a graduate of the Business Management for Nonprofit Leaders program at Wake Forest University School of Business.  Carrie has a passion for community and youth development. In 2011, she founded EmpowHERment, a Charlotte-based non-profit that empowers girls to lead through mentoring, talent development and advocacy. In 2012 Carrie was selected as one of nine leaders under 30 in Charlotte for the World Economic Forum Community.  Carrie also serves as a Board of Directors member for the UNC Chapel Hill MPA Program at the School of Government.  A native of Charlotte, NC, Carrie is grateful for the opportunity to help shape the future of the community that helped to shape her. Her adventurous spirit and love of diverse experiences has led her to over 25 countries across 7 continents.

Brandon Lofton
Brandon is a partner with the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. As a member of the firm’s public finance practice, Brandon regularly represents counties, universities, hospitals and underwriters in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds.  Prior to joining Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Brandon was an attorney with the law firm then known as Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham & Sumter, P.A.  Brandon serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee for the National Association of Bond Lawyers and on the board of directors for the Council for Children’s Rights and the Levine Museum of the New South.  Brandon also serves on the Transit Finance Working Group of the Metropolitan Transit Commission.  Brandon received his BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from New York University School of Law.  Brandon and his wife, Kellie, are the proud parents of two boys.

Stacy Lowery

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Stacy earned her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  She obtained her clinical social work licensure (LCSW) in 2000 in North Carolina. She is the Director of the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Department. The department has responsibility for the working with the homeless population and homeless service providers as well as homemakers, military veterans and neighborhoods targeted because of safety concerns.. The department also works with the Domestic Violence Advisory Board and the Women’s Advisory Board.  Stacy’s responsibilities include financial management, monitoring and oversight of service delivery, monitoring of contractual agencies, community collaboration, advocacy and improving access to services, and building/maintaining community partnerships.  Stacy is also a part-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Social Work Department. Her background also includes experience in the mental health and substance abuse fields.

Justin Markel​

Justin Markel is a former commercial and residential real estate appraiser. He received his education from the University of Colorado. Originally from Denver, CO, Justin relocated to Charlotte in 2007.  Due to the economic downturn in 2008, he found himself homeless.  After achieving housing through the "Housing First" model, Justin quickly became a strong advocate for the homeless.  As a lead member of Helping Homeless to Housing (HHH), Justin has been an outspoken advocate for affordable housing, he has been a public speaker, educating the community regarding homelessness issues, he has been a community volunteer, and has worked to shape public policy for the homeless community.  Justin also serves on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care, the Homeless Services Network advocacy committee, and the review committee for the dispersement of HOPWA funds in a ten county area in both North and South Carolina.  Additionally, Justin has served the last three years on both the city and state Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) review committee.  Recently, Justin obtained his North Carolina state certification as a Peer Support Specialist, and he is active in his local neighborhood, serving as the Vice President for the Druid Hills Neighborhood Association.

​Nicole Martin
Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.   Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching.  During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa.  She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis in African American Redemptive Leadership.  Dr. Martin serves as the Executive Minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr.  She is a published writer for The African American Lectionary, a monthly columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer.  She is also the founder and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ. Dr. Martin is married to Minister Mark Martin and they have one daughter, Addison Michelle. 
Fulton Meachem, Jr.*
Fulton Meachem is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Housing Authority.  He has worked in the affordable housing industry at high performing MTW agencies with over 400 employees and budgets exceeding $150 million dollars for over 18 years. He has extensive experience in developing and executing work force housing, resident services, and housing operations.  Over the 18 years, he has garnered extensive experience in developing community partnerships as well as strong relationships with Boards, staff, and residents.  Mr. Meachem is committed to building quality environments for the families and providing services that promote self-sufficiency.  Mr. Meachem participates on a variety of public boards including the Centralina Council of Government Connect for our Future 2050 Committee, Charlotte Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee, ULI Steering Committee, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing.  He is also a member of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association, Institute of Real Estate Management, and National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  A graduate of North Carolina Central University, with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Business Administration,  Mr. Meachem was  born and raised in Greensboro, NC and resides with his wife, Jeanette, and two sons, Brannen and Bryce in Charlotte.
Patrick Mumford

Patrick Mumford*
As Key Business Executive for the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services unit, Patrick T. Mumford is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of housing, neighborhood, economic development and code enforcement policies and programs, overseeing a staff of approximately 150. Senior Vice President/Environmental Affairs Manager for Wachovia, he led the development of corporate environmental principles, policies, and commitments and created a comprehensive corporate environment strategy. He also has extensive public service experience, including serving as an At-Large member of Charlotte City Council from 2001 to 2007, and has worked extensively with the Urban Land Institute, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. He received bachelor’s degrees in Architectural Design and Building Science & Management from Clemson University. A recipient of the Mayor’s Award from the City of Charlotte in 2007, Mumford was also named one of “40 under 40” by Charlotte Business Journal.

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Amy Hawn Nelson is the Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Director of the Institute for Social Capital, Inc., an integrated data system charged with supporting university research and enhancing data-informed decision-making in the Charlotte region. Hawn Nelson is a community engaged researcher generally focusing on education and housing related issues. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of educational equity and is a co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte (Feb. 2015, Harvard Education Press). She is a Charlotte native and proud graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Prior to joining the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2012, Hawn Nelson served as a teacher and school leader for 11 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and Masters’ degrees in Teaching and in School Administration. Her research interests include long-term schooling outcomes, community-based school improvement efforts, data-informed decision making, and integrated data systems. She is an active member of the community, serving several civic-based organizations in Charlotte.

Melanie Sizemore

Melanie Sizemore
Melanie Sizemore spent 18 years working in the commercial real estate market in Washington, DC before moving to Charlotte in 2002. She continued working in the industry after moving to Charlotte with a focus on commercial real estate information systems and products, operating her own company providing commercial real estate information.  She is past president and current board member of the Elizabeth Neighborhood Community Association, and has been active on zoning and development activities. She is a board member of the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood Foundation, an active volunteer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and a community activist in various causes​.

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Kimberly Stephens
Kimberly Stephens, LCSW is a Housing and Urban Development/ Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) Case Manager with the Salisbury VA Medical Center. Kimberly has been employed with the Salisbury VA Medical Center since 2011.  Kimberly recently co-lead Charlotte’s campaign, “Acceleration to Housing 100 in 100 Days,” which was aimed at accelerating the current housing rate of chronic homeless individuals and veterans, and eradicating homelessness with this population by December 2016.  Members of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's homeless service providers community joined the national campaign with 100,000 Homes, Community Solutions and the Rapid Results Institute in May 2013. The group successfully and collaboratively housed over 420 households through July 2014.
Kimberly received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh, where she also competed as an All-American Track & Field athlete. Kimberly is also a graduate of a 10-month leadership development program offered through the VA. Kimberly has over nine years of experience working in various aspects of social work, including community healthcare, mental health, emergency room care, program development, process improvement and currently homeless Veterans. Kimberly was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Charlotte with her husband, Joe, and daughter.

John Stokes
John Stokes, BB&T Vice President, is the Community Development Specialist for North Carolina and South Carolina.  John serves as a liaison between the community and the bank to facilitate community development loans, services, and investment opportunities.  The Goldsboro, NC native joined BB&T in 1997.  After completing BB&T's Leadership Development Program, he served as a Regional Analyst and a Business Banker in the Charlotte Metro Region. Most recently, he worked as the CRA Technical Compliance Manager in the CRA/ Community Development Department. In this role, John helped ensure BB&T's compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by interpreting the regulation, assessing the bank's performance and communicating with regulatory agencies. John earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He has completed his Housing Development Finance Professional Certification and his Economic Development Finance Professional certification from the National Development Council. ​John serves on the following Boards: the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, Charlotte Community Capital Fund, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development Advisory Board and the South Carolina Community Capital Alliance.