A & H Development
A partner in A&H Development. A&H Development specializes if providing development assistance to small nonprofits and public housing authorities. A&H has helped in new constructing projects, acquisition, and acquisition/rehab, projects. Don Alexander served as Executive Director of the Crossville Housing Authority, from 1990 to 2017. Under his leadership the CHA grew from providing housing to 300 clients to more than 1200. This growth was realized using LIHTC, HOME, FHLB AHP, HUD 202, CITC, HUD 811, RD 515 programs and other development tools. While at Crossville Don developed a homeownership program using RD 523 and HCV as well as originating RD direct loans.
While at Crossville he started a childcare center that serves 180 children., and a nonprofit that administers homeless programs over an 18-county area. Don served as President of Tennessee Association of Housing & Redevelopment Authorities. Don served on the Advisory Committee of the Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Don helped found the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition and was elected to the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. He serves on numerous non-profit boards in East’Tennessee. He graduated from the Kansas State University and has many years of supervisory experience.
Brooxie Carlton serves as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Rural and Community Development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In this position, Carlton oversees federal grant funding from the Delta Regional Authority, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Community Development Block Grant program. She works with the Tennessee Main Street, ThreeStar, and SelectTN programs. Previously, Carlton served as director of community programs and as program manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG).
Carlton has been involved in the administration of more than 2,000 grants totaling more than $550MM including more than $450MM in federal funding. She assists with project development, application review and award, and grant administration and compliance for hundreds of projects each year. She serves as Governor Bill Lee’s alternate to the boards of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority.
Born and raised in Dyersburg, Tenn., Carlton attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., majoring in psychology and sociology. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Carlton received her master’s degree in human, organizational and community development from Vanderbilt University.
Carlton resides in Nashville.
Manager, Affordable Housing
Brian Coffee currently serves as a manager with the Regions Affordable Housing Department. Regions is active in the affordable housing industry as a lender, investor and syndicator. Mr. Coffee has been employed with Regions Bank, and its predecessor bank, AmSouth, since 1994. He previously worked with Dexia Bank in Seattle, Barnett Banks in Florida and the predecessor bank to BofA in Texas. In total, Mr. Coffee has over 30 years of banking experience. Mr. Coffee has an undergraduate degree from Boston University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA from the University of Texas. He is currently Vice-President with the Affordable Housing Investors Council. He previously has written several articles for the Journal of Risk Management on real estate topics.
President & Chief Executive Officer
The Housing Fund
CRA Officer and Senior Vice President
Bank of Tennessee
Employment and Career Specialist Coach
Fresh Start Foundation Financial Opportunity Center
Christy McMakin is the Employment and Career Specialist Coach for the Fresh Start Foundation Financial Opportunity Center located in Kingsport Tennessee. In August 2018, Christy joined the Life BRIDGE Program of Kingsport as their Life Coach. Life BRIDGE is a comprehensive coaching program that assists individuals to develop the needed life skills to become self-sufficient through training, education, supportive service, and providing appropriate resources. She has over 20 years’ experience in working with communities, providing services to individuals and families struggling with homelessness, hunger, unemployment and underemployment. Her passion is to inspire every individual to discover their potential, connect them to available resources and services as they set goals to overcome their barriers, move into a career path, become financially stable and support them along their journey as they work to achieve their goals.
Christy earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Milligan College and an Associate’s of Science degree in Social Work from Northeast State Community College. She is the proud mother of 4 children and ‘Momsy’ to two precious grandchildren. She is an avid outdoorsmen, hiker, rock climber, adventurer, and breast cancer survivor.
Director of Single Family Special Programs
TN Housing Development Agency
Cynthia Peraza is the Director of Single Family Special Programs. She has been with Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) since 2011. Cynthia has played an instrumental role in the creation and development of programs that help prevent foreclosures, stabilize communities, and preserve homeownership. Some of the programs she has developed include THDA’s Blight Elimination Program, Appalachian Renovation Loan Program, Tennessee Renovation Loan Program, Attorney General’s Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program, and numerous mortgage assistance programs administered under the Hardest Hit Fund’s Keep My Tennessee Home Program. Cynthia is active in the Tennessee Government Leadership programs offered through the state. She graduated from LEAD Tennessee in 2014, Tennessee Government Management Institute in June 2017, and the Tennessee Government Executive Institute in 2018. Most recently, Cynthia completed NCSHA’s Leading in an Era of Complexity Executive Management Program at the University of Notre Dame in 2019.
Cynthia has more than 20 years of mortgage related experience, marketing with an emphasis on customer experience, and relationship management. She holds an active Mortgage Loan Originator license and is NCHEC Certified under Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. Cynthia is originally from San Diego, California but is happy to call Tennessee home today. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her daughter, son, and two dogs.
President and CEO
President and CEO
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Dwayne Spencer has worked in nonprofit management for 25 years and led Memphis Habitat since 2001. He has guided the agency through a period of significant growth and change, while maintaining and improving organizational practices, policies and strategies, which have effectively contributed to ongoing organizational effectiveness and client impact. Spencer has extensive experience working with a wide range of community constituencies to create strategic partnerships and impactful collaborations.
Since joining Memphis Habitat in 2001, he has grown the organization from a 9-member staff to more than 45 employees and from a $1 million budget to more than $12 million. In the last several years, Memphis Habitat’s programs have expanded from serving 15-20 families a year to approximately 250-plus annually through the launch of Aging in Place, a program that serves seniors via mobility modifications and critical repairs. Today, Memphis Habitat ranks in the “top 10” out of more than 1,200 Habitat affiliates in North America—based on families served.
Spencer holds a master’s in public administration from The University of Memphis.