Mr. Jackson serves as the President of Reliance Housing Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is also responsible, as Reliance's senior staff person, for planning and administering all programs and activities. Mr. Jackson has over 24 years of experience in the real estate industry. His experience includes real estate brokerage, investment property acquisition, finance and disposition, development, construction and renovation, as well as condominium conversion.
Mr. Jackson’s primary area of focus has been in the multifamily segment of the industry. He has developed particular expertise in affordable housing for low and moderate income people. Prior to founding Reliance, Mr. Jackson was a partner in a number of real estate ventures in the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Jackson has also developed expertise in the formation, operation and management of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. He has been involved with nonprofit entities as a member, director and officer. Mr. Jackson has served as a director and an officer of the AIDS Library of Philadelphia and the AIDS Information Network.
Mr. Jackson has been able to successfully draw from his real estate investment background and his non-profit management experience to guide Reliance in fulfilling of its mission to provide fit, safe and affordable housing to low and moderate income people.
In his dual role as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, Mr. Bluth provides Reliance Housing Foundation with up-to-date legal and financial expertise. Tom was issued both his CPA and Attorney licenses in 1982. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washington University and graduated from the Washington University School of Law with both a J.D. and LL.M. Tom has experience in domestic and international acquisitions, business, finance and tax issues having worked for companies ranging from small start-ups to NYSE companies. Prior to joining Reliance, he was the CFO and General Counsel for over 12 years with a residential housing development company concentrating in single family homes and mixed-use condominium projects.
As Vice President of Asset Management, Ms. Librizzi is responsible for setting and implementing financial, business and management strategies and tactics for Reliance's investment portfolio and maintaining the value of the firm's assets. She brings comprehensive real estate and facilities management knowledge along with distinct leadership skills to her role at Reliance. Lucille came to Reliance after a long tenure at CB Richard Ellis as the Alliance Director for CBRE's Siemens account for the company's Global Corporate Services line of business. Lucille oversaw $87.7 million in operating budgets, representing 180 sites totaling more than 18.5 million sq. ft. She graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Professional Studies, Business Administration. A former Reliance Housing Foundation Board of Directors member, Lucille is currently active in the AJC Children's Foundation where she serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as past Board Treasurer and Vice President. Lucille is also a member of the Professional Council of the Ann Stork Center, providing shelter and services to the disabled and challenged community in Broward County. She is also a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, South Florida Chapter.
J’Laine Knee serves as the Reliance Housing Foundation Controller. She has strong property management experience, as well as a background in manufacturing, franchise and international accounting management. In her capacity as Controller she manages the job cost, corporate and property management accounting operations and continues to ensure that accounting and industry standards are met and held high within our organization.
Mary Tucker joined Reliance's professional team as a staff trainer and quickly advanced to property manager, and regional property manager. Mary’s world travels and cultural experiences throughout her life have been a 'key' element in perfecting her communication and professional skills and she continues to prove herself a valuable asset to Reliance and its complex compliance requirements. Mary is HCCP certified, maintains current with LIHTC law through annual workshops, and is the 2006 recipient of the Southeast Florida Apartment Association Rainbow Awards for Excellence for Special Service to the Rental Industry. Her team responsibilities focus on compliance documentation systems and compliance reporting.
Before joining Reliance’s professional team, Julie Wegenka most recently served as the Fixed Asset Manager of a local resort. She brings to the table more than 15 years of office and management experience. Julie manages operations for Reliance, working from the Asheville, North Carolina office. Her multiple roles include management of human resources and benefits; coordination of litigation; administration of the document management system; IT systems and overall office management. Julie received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Michigan State University, and a teaching certificate in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Stephanie Rivillas serves as the Reliance Housing Foundation Office Manager supporting both asset management and operations based out of the Fort Lauderdale, FL office. Prior to joining Reliance’s professional team, Stephanie was a Senior Real Estate Analyst for CBRE’s Global Corporate Service Transaction Management division. Born and raised near Chicago, Illinois, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in Psychology. Mrs. Rivillas worked as the Controller and Human Resource Manager for a mid-size telecommunications consulting firm in Chicago, IL before relocating to South Florida. Stephanie is now a licensed Real Estate salesperson in the State of Florida and brings a broad background of experience including real estate analytics, office administration, accounting and bookkeeping, human resources, and database management skills.
Mr. Lutz is employed by Constantia Hueck Foils. Constantia Hueck Folien group concentrates on the development and production of high-performance flexible and innovative packaging for the pharmaceutical and food industries. They have a total of five production sites in Europe, the USA and South America as well as several marketing companies. Mr. Lutz has an M.B.A from Drexel Univ. and a B.S. in accounting. Mr. Lutz is also active in the St. Edmonds School Alumni Association.
Mr. Janton is a co-founder of Reliance and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors. He is also a past Reliance staff member, having acted as VP Development / Construction from 1999-2004. He has extensive experience in the development, acquisition, financing and renovation of single family homes and multi-family properties.
Ms. DiPrinzio is an R.N. and also holds an M.B.A. in health care administration. She is employed by MEDecision, a leading provider of collaborative healthcare management solutions.
Mr. Jackson is the CEO and a co-founder of Reliance. He serves as President on the Board of Directors. As Reliance’s senior staff member, he is responsible for planning and administering all programs and activities. Mr. Jackson has over 20 years experience in acquisition, development and rehabilitation of multifamily housing.
Ms. Greene has a BS from Nova University and an MBA from Barry University. Ms. Greene has been a successful real estate professional in South Florida for the past 14 years, is a manager with Prudential Florida 1st Realty, the President-Elect, President and Past President of the Realtor Assoc. of Greater Fort Lauderdale, and District VP of Florida Assoc of Realtors. Ms. Greene was awarded 2004 Realtor of the Year from Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Lauren Anderson has served as the CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans since 1993. In this capacity, she oversees a staff of associates who work to increase home ownership, improve the availability of affordable housing, and enhance the neighborhoods of the city.
She is a graduate of Barnard College and Rutgers School of Law. She has served as associate director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and as adjunct professor at Rutgers, and the American Civil Liberties Union, where, for four years, she served as a staff attorney focusing on foster care issues. Following her burgeoning interest in housing, she held the position of project manager for the Department of Housing and Economic Development of Jersey City, New Jersey. Here she managed commercial and residential development projects through all phases, and worked closely with nonprofit organizations. She also provided the mayor, city council and other agencies with policy and legal analysis. Anderson moved to New Orleans and nonprofit management as the director of NHS.
Throughout her career, Anderson served on countless nonprofit and for-profit boards and advisory boards including the Federal Home Loan of Dallas and Chair of the Federal Reserve Consumer Advisory Council. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, included the NAACP's Jersey City Chapter Appreciation award, New Orleans YWCA Role Model award, and New Orleans City Business Woman of the Year award, and the Young Leadership Council Role Model Award. Anderson has also earned a professional certificate through Achieving Excellence, a highly selective executive leadership program jointly operated by NeighborWorks® America and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mary O'Donnell is a CPA with an MBA and a BSBA in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. She has held senior financial management positions with responsibility for Treasury, Financial Operations and Reporting in the public and private sectors. Her private sector experience includes being a corporate officer for publicly and privately-held multinational high-tech manufacturing and publishing corporations. She recently retired from Broward County where she was Director of Accounting.
Jack Gilbert currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Capital (CHC), a national financial intermediary and community development entity that provides direct loans to non-profit organizations for the development of both single and multifamily affordable housing. Through his leadership over the past ten years, CHC has originated more than 300 loans to nearly 120 non-profit organizations totaling more than $300 million and financing more than $10,000 units of affordable housing.
He served as a Senior Vice President, Investor Relations for Neighborhood Housing Services of America (NHSA), a national non-profit organization that served as a secondary mortgage market for the NeighborWorks® network. During his 26 year career with NHSA, Mr. Gilbert was successful in raising nearly $1 billion in social investments and grants in support of the secondary market. A 35-year veteran of the community development field, he has served as founding Executive Director of Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, State Coordinator of Florida Neighborhood Housing Services, and founding Chairman of the Board of Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation.
Mr Gilbert has also served as a member of the President Bush's White House Task Force on Minority Homeownership and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Whitney National Bank New Markets Fund, LLC.
Mr. Gilbert holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida. He resides in Safety Harbor, Florida.
Chrystal Kornegay's passion for creating projects and programs that foster increased opportunities for low and modest income working families in urban areas is evidenced throughout her 20+ years experience in community development. Urban Edge Housing Corporation appointed Chrystal as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011, following eleven years of roles with ever increasing responsibilities. Since that time she has combined a laser focus on excellence with keen business management skills to result in a 20% growth in revenue, a 10% growth in the affordable housing portfolio, and a 5% growth in the number of households served.
Not surprisingly, Chrystal lends her passion and knowledge to many other organizations as well. She serves as a board member of the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association, Historic Boston Incorporated and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. She is a 2012 graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, holds a Master's Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College.
Chyrstal is known for her directness, loyalty and good humor. She enjoys cities, traveling to discover our world and spending time with family and friends.