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Board of Directors  

Andy Meador

President

Email: taapresident@triangleaptassn.org

Andy Meador, CAMT, is the Vice President-Director of Capital Projects with McDowell Properties, a real estate investment firm based in Plano, Texas. McDowell is a leading multifamily operating company in the United States that acquires and repositions multifamily investments across the country. Joining their team in 2008, Andy coordinates the activity of McDowell's Construction Management Team that is responsible for evaluating potential acquisitions and renovating its 21,000 unit investment portfolio. Andy has been affiliated with the apartment industry for 30 years. He is a faculty member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI); a Certified Pool Operator Instructor for the National Swimming Pool Foundation, a proctor for the CFC certification exam, and also instructs portions of the NAAEI CAPS and CAM designation programs. Over the years, Andy has served on the Membership, Education, and Special Events Committees; and served as a Board Member on the Triangle Apartment Association Education Foundation (TAAEF). Andy earned his Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) designation 21 years ago, as part of TAA's first graduating CAMT class!

 

Claire Michael

Vice President

Claire Michael, CAM, is a Regional Supervisor with Fairfield Residential, overseeing communities throughout North Carolina. She has worked in the apartment industry for 13 years, and earned her NAAEI Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation in 2008. Claire has been active in the TAA for many years, serving on the Public Relations & Community Outreach, Government Affairs Committee, PAC Sub-committee, and Finance Committee. In 2015 Claire was the recipient of the Property Management Executive of the Year award at TAA's annual TOPS awards. In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exercising, going to the beach and anything outdoors!

 

Craig Cadwallader

Treasurer

Craig Cadwallader, CAPS, CAM, has most recently been a Regional Property Manager with TriBridge Residential, LLC overseeing assets in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Charlotte, and Mooresville markets. With 15+ years of property management experience he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and success on a variety of asset types including Student Housing Lease-Ups, Repositions/Renovations, Tax Credit, and traditional Market Rate apartments.While at TriBridge, Craig has overseen assets in various stages of redevelopment and value-add working on both owned and 3rd party assets. Other markets he has worked with include, Atlanta, GA, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Orlando, FL markets as well as Austin, TX. He has earned the NAAEI Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations and has been active in Triangle Apartment Association (TAA) for a number of years serving on the Board of Directors since 2015 while acting as Board Secretary in 2016. He has previously worked with the Special Events Committee, Finance Committee, and Government Affairs Committees for the TAA. During 2016 he also served on both the Operations Committee and NextGen Committee for the NAA. Lastly, he continues to serve on the Annual Fund Committee for Habitat for Humanity (Wake) for the last 6 years.When not working, Craig enjoys spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys spending time at the beach and anything outdoors, particularly golfing, fishing, or any sports activity.

 

Kelli Lea

Secretary

Kelli Lea is a Community Manager with Greystar and has worked in the apartment industry for 12 years. Active with TAA for the past 10 years, Kelli completed a 2 year term as Education Committee co-chair. During her tenure on Education she helped finalize the Leadership of Excellence Program that begin in 2013; and has facilitated multiple courses and assisted with trainings. Kelli is serving her 2nd year on the Board of Directors.

 

Julie Chu

Immediate Past President

Julie Chu, CAPS, CAM, is a Regional Property Manager with Ginkgo Residential overseeing multiple assets in the Triangle and Triad markets. She specializes in repositions and renovations for owned and third party assets. She has been affiliated with property management and the association for over 13 years. She has earned the NAAEI Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations. In addition, Julie also completed the TAA Leadership of Excellence Program in 2013. Julie is a member of the TAA XCEL: Young Professionals Network Committee and of the Education Committee. Nationally, Julie serves on NAA committees including Next Gen, Education Conference, Apartment Careers, and Global Outreach. Additionally, she is a graduate of NAA’s 2016 Leadership Lyceum class. In 2012 she won the NAA Get Reel Video Challenge, showing a “day in the life” of a property manager on the local and national levels, winning an all-expenses paid trip to the 2012 NAA Education Conference in Boston. Julie is a graduate of NC State University with a major in Business Management, concentrating in finance – and is a proud wolfpack fan!

 
Officers  

Sheronda Dennis
Director

Sheronda Dennis, CAPS, CAM, recently moved to the vendor side and is the Chief Executive Officer of A-Plus Capital Resources LLC. Prior to A-Plus, she worked as a Property Manager with Robbins Property Associates and Fairfield Residential. Sheronda began her career in the apartment industry over 15 years ago and has earned her NAAEI CAPS and CAM designations, NC Real Estate Brokers License, and is a Notary Public. In addition, Sheronda completed the TAA Leadership of Excellence Program in 2015. An active TAA member for a number of years, she has served on the Public Relations & Community Outreach Committee and currently serves as co-chair of the Education Committee, along with being a member of the 2016 Nominating Committee. Sheronda has a BSBA in Management with a concentration in Finance. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter, going to the movies, spa day, and shopping.

 

Tonya Dunn

Director

Tonya Dunn recently joined Milhaus Management in September 2016 as a Regional Director with properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from NC State University and was previously with Grubb Properties, United Dominion, Sentinel, Altman Management, Sherman Residential, Equity Residential, and Greystar in Property Management. She has 16 years of property manager experience, and has worked in several markets including Chicago, Atlanta and Maryland/DC.

 

Chris Fortune

Director

Chris Fortune, CAS, is an Owner-Managing Partner of Red Rhino Group. He has worked in the apartment industry and been affiliated with TAA for over 13 years. Through the NAAEI, Chris has earned the Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) designation. Chris is very active within the association and has served on numerous Committees throughout TAA over his 13 years. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Graphic Design from East Carolina University and is a proud Pirate!  A little known factoid about Chris: He worked for a radio station after college and wanted to be a disc jockey!

 

Beth Kirkpatrick

Director


Beth Kirkpatrick, CAS, is the Commercial Sales Manager for Fitness Concepts based in Raleigh since 1986 and covers most of the Southeast. She has worked in the apartment industry and been affiliated with TAA for 14 years. Beth attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a proud TarHeel. In 2013 she earned the NAAEI Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) designation and is active on the Special Events Committee. Beth is currently a member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, her local garden club, loves the outdoors, traveling and ALL Tarheel Athletics. She has been married for 16 years with 3 furry children.

 

Craig Nardi

Director

Craig Nardi, CPM, is a Regional Manager with Palms Associates and has been working in the Triangle since 2006. Craig has worked in Property Management for the past 20 years in several large markets including Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Within the industry, Craig has a background that is well rounded and has experienced Class "A” Lease Up, Single Family Management, Mid Rise Buildings, Property Rehab and Renovations along with some commercial management experience. In 2009 Craig earned his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through IREM. Craig currently serves on the TAA Government Affairs Committee.

 

Jessica Patterson

Director

Jessica Patterson is a Community Manager with Greystar Real Estate Partners, and has been a property management professional since 2001 in the Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond, Virginia markets along with the Northeast Ohio market and now the Triangle. Jessica joined the Triangle Apartment Association in 2011 as a member of the Independent Rental Owners Committee, and is currently a member of the Public Relations and Community Outreach Committee. Jessica previously served on the Board of Directors for a family life center in Richmond, Virginia and also co-founded a non-profit career development organization and served on the Executive Board of Directors prior to relocating to North Carolina. Jessica is a member of The Summit Church and enjoys traveling, fitness, attending sporting and live music events and making memories with friends and family in her spare time.

 

Latoya Patterson

Director


Latoya Patterson, CAPS, CAM, HCCP, TAA Past President, is a Regional Property Manager with Ginkgo Residential. She oversees properties in the Triangle & Triad, totaling 1,057 apartment homes. She has been affiliated with property management for 18 years and holds a NCReal Estate Brokers License, the NAAEI Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS), and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations, and the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) designation.She is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. In the past, Latoya has co-chaired the Past President’s Council, Nominating Committee, and has served on the Public Relations and Community Outreach, and Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. Additionally, Latoya successfully graduated from AANC’s Leadership Lyceum program in 2014 and completed NAAEI’s Leadership Experience: Powered by Dale Carnegie in 2015.

 

April Vasta

Director

April Vasta, CAM, is a Regional Property Manager with Blue Ridge Companies. She has worked in the apartment industry for over 14 years. April has been active with TAA for over 13 years serving as co-chair of events such as the Trade Show and Triangle Achievement Awards. Currently, April is Vice President on the Board of Directors for the New Lease on Life Program which assists families with affordable housing in the Triangle area. April loves to spend her free time outside and can most often be found in her “happy place” at Umstead Park with her husband and 2 dogs.

 

Judy Wade

Director


Judy Wade, CAPS, CAM, is a Vice President with TradeMark Residential in Raleigh and has worked in the apartment industry for 23 years. Judy has earned the NAAEI Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) credentials. She has volunteered with TAA in numerous capacities throughout her 22 years of service. Most recently Judy has worked as an active member of the Special Events Committee and serves as co-chair of the After Work Network events. Judy has been married for 25 years, and her hobbies include visiting Pensacola Beach, Florida, gardening, Florida State Football and socializing with people.

 

Todd Whitlow

Director


Todd Whitlow is a partner with Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File, PLLC, a multi-family industry law firm with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC. Serving the apartment industry for almost a decade, Todd is active in the Association having served 3 terms as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and as the 2017 President of the New Lease on Life Board, TAA’s transitional housing program. Todd attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies before attending Campbell University for law school where he graduated with honors. Todd is a native North Carolinian who grew up in Oxford, North Carolina. Todd’s practice areas include all aspects of landlord representation from Fair Housing issues to contract negotiations and drafting in addition to representing community associations throughout North Carolina. Todd is also licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina. Todd is an active member and Deacon at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. When not working or serving the Apartment Association, Todd enjoys traveling, running, tennis and spending time with his wife, Kristie and daughters, Bellamy and Hadley.

 

Rita Zepeda

Director


Rita Zepeda, CAPS, CAM, is a Regional Director with PRG Real Estate in Durham and has worked in the apartment industry since 2008. Rita earned the NAAEI Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations, and is a CPM Candidate through IREM. Rita is an Honor Graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a 2014 graduate of TAA’s Leadership of Excellence Program. She serves as a member of the Government Affairs Committee. Rita is happily married and has a son.Rita enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Norm Praet

General Counsel


Norm Praet (General Counsel) is a partner with Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File,PLLC in in Raleigh and has been affiliated with the apartment industry for 12 years. With TAA, Norm has been an active member of the Government Affairs Committee and the Independent Rental Owners (IRO) Planning Committee. Norm has served on several boards including the Real Estate Investors Association; and prior to coming to the Triangle, was active in the New Jersey Apartment Association and the Metropolitan Real Estate Investors. In his spare time Norm is an enthusiastic cook and once was partial owner of a restaurant.

 

Past Presidents:

2016 - Julie Chu

2015 - Barb O’Steen

2014 - Bob Metzger

2013 - Cliff Webster, Jr.

2012 - Latoya T. Patterson

2011 - Ken Sherman

2010 - Frederick F. Dean, Jr.

2009 - Lori Sharp

2008 - Tamara Hayes

2007 - Terry Ragland

2006 - Brenda Measamer

2005 - Becky Hurley

2004 - Meg Pisczek

2003 - Crystal Crosby

2002 - Larry Berry

2001 - Sherry Yarborough

2000 - Kim Caldwell

1999 - Matt Smith

1998 - Jere Buch

1997 - Gordon Grubb

1996 - John Kitchens

1995 - Suzanne Lovelace

1994 - Suzanne Lovelace

1993 - Kathy Ratchford

1992 - Joe Winkie

1991 - Meg Pisczek

1990 - Rene Drew

1989 - Myra Tedder

1988 - Cecelia Thompson

1987 - Ann Henderson

1986 - John Kitchens

1985 - Marie Knight

1984 - Mary Lewis

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