Executive Board – Our Founders

Deborrah A. Willard, President
FFAH – Family
Deborrah has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 6,500 units of affordable family housing during her 22-year tenure with the Foundation. She is responsible for business development, contract negotiations, and community and partnership relations. She is also the published author of the book How to Write a Strategic Plan and is an award winning, nationally recognized professional speaker. She received a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Deborrah is the president of Embrace, the resident services arm of the Foundation. Embrace serves family and senior communities in California and North Carolina.

Thomas E. Willard, President
FFAH – Senior
Tom has accumulated over 40 years of experience in real estate development and consulting. Tom oversees real estate transactions and joint venture negotiations including planning, processing, management and development of real estate projects for nonprofit organizations, public entities, and private sector investments throughout the United States. During his tenure at the Foundation, Tom has supervised the acquisition and development of almost 5,000 units of affordable senior housing, using commercial lenders, tax credits, and tax exempt bonds. Tom holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana, with a focus in Business Management, Economics, and Marketing.

Scott Awbrey
Scott is the founding minister of One Light Faith Community in Loveland, Colorado, where he serves his local congregation and volunteers for a local food bank and shelter for the homeless. He has served in ministry for more than 25 years as a pastor and as a hospital/hospice chaplain. Scott currently serves on the board of the Progressive Christian Alliance of Colorado. He was an instructor for the Holmes Institute Seminary, served on the board of the Mile Hi Church Foundation, and was a member of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable. He also worked as a community educator in Denver in the field of palliative care and end-of-life needs. Scott, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Texas, served as the Director of Communications for both the United Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles, and for Re/Max of America in Denver, where he was the Editor of North American Real Estate Magazine.

Erica L. Teel
Erica is a licensed spiritual counselor who helps individuals resolve personal issues and provides bereavement support. She has served on the boards of Judi’s House, a Colorado non-profit company established by NFL Quarterback Brian Griese to comfort grieving children and adults, the Children’s Hospital, the Jefferson County Public Schools Truancy Reduction Program, and works with Bridgeway, an organization providing residential support and education for homeless, pregnant teens. Erica is also a member of an award winning improv troupe that performs in major metropolitan comedy clubs. She now teaches day-long and weekend workshops designed for those who are new to improv.

Roger W. Teel, D.D.
Roger is a life-transforming speaker and a global spiritual leader.  Backed by exceptional academics, including a degree in psychology and religion from the University of Denver and a Doctor of Divinity from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry, Roger has served pulpits in Oregon, California, and Colorado, where he serves as Senior Minister and Spiritual Director to over 10,000 Mile Hi Church members and friends. As a global leader, Roger has served as Chairman of the International Board of Trustees for Centers for Spiritual Living, and is Co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought. He assisted in facilitating the Synthesis Dialogues with acclaimed global leaders including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and he has served on the boards of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and the Community First Foundation.

Ray M. Waters
Ray is President of Shorebank Enterprise Detroit, a company that provides growth capital to minority owned businesses. Ray is also Managing Director of Detroit Community Loan Fund, which creates financing packages for developers working on affordable housing projects and neighborhood commercial developments in the city. Ray has over 25 years experience as Founder and CEO of profitable growth companies. He has served on the National Advertising and Franchise Committee of the Hertz Corporation and the National Distributor Board of the Adolph Coors Company. Ray also worked as a member of the External Advisory Board School of Business Management of Eastern Michigan University, the MEDC Governor’s Innovation Council, the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and president of the New Enterprise Forum.

Shige Iton
Shige is a partner with the law firm of Rutan & Tucker, LLP where he represents clients in all aspects of corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, public and private placements of securities, securities regulation, joint venture transactions, licensing, and general representation. Shige also represents lenders and borrowers in a broad range of finance transactions. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). He received his B.S. in Management Science (Quantitative Economics) and B.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. Shige was the recipient of the Joel Dean Award recipient in Management Science.

Tim Hose
Since 2002, Tim has been President/CEO of First LandMark USA, Inc. (FLM) and its affiliates, including its property management subsidiary Guardian Management. FLM is a real estate investment and services firm based in Charlotte NC. Tim is responsible for property development, acquisition, rehabilitation, financing, asset management, and disposition. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in German with a minor in economics from Davidson College and an MBA degree with a specialization in real estate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Business Foundation of North Carolina Fellow. Tim is a former Board member and past President (2007) of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association (GCAA). He is currently President of the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC).

Gail Powell
Gail joined the Foundation in 2010. She began her affiliation with affordable housing as tenant at Casa De Angeles. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as Community Director and helped turn a once challenging complex into a thriving community. Working collaboratively with the onsite resident services provider, Gail has implemented programs that encourage and engage her community. In an effort to provide the best management to her diverse community, Gail has taught herself Spanish. Gail is a survivor of domestic violence and is an involved supporter of The Jenesse Center Inc., the oldest domestic violence program in South Los Angeles.

R.J. Miller
R.J. is co-founder of SureHarbor, LLC. and has been instrumental in the issuance of over $750 million in bond or other public financing transactions. As managing principal, R.J. oversees business development for SureHarbor and assists its large residential and mixed-use developer clients fund and reposition their assets. Prior to founding SureHarbor, R.J. was a principal at Development Planning and Financing Group (DPFG), a national real estate development consulting firm. Before joining DPFG, he worked at Affordable Residential Communities (ARC), a national Real Estate Investment Trust. R.J., where he served as the lead analyst for the reorganization and recapitalization of ARC in preparation for its billion dollar Initial Public Offering. R.J. is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has a Bachelor Degree with a dual major in Business and Urban Planning from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Allison Fletcher, J.D.
Allison Fletcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah. She later graduated from the University of Utah College of Law with honors, and has been admitted to practice in Utah State and Federal Courts. Prior to attending law school, Allison worked as a licensed financial advisor. Allison focuses her legal practice in general insurance defense and personal injury defense. She is also president of her homeowner’s association.

Stanford Smith, J.D.
A member of the Utah State Bar for 36 years, Stan practices in the areas of corporate and nonprofit law. During his legal career, he has served in the Utah House of Representatives, lectured internationally in Strategic Planning for two consulting firms, worked as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law for the University of Utah, and co-founded companies in the fields of marine tourism, skiing, hydroelectric power, mutual funds, theater, and oil and gas. He also serves as the vice president of FFAH I, II, III, VIII, and in-house counsel for the Foundation affiliates. A former missionary to Africa, Stan sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for more than a decade.

Carmen Jackson
Carmen began her career in the Property Management field in 1999. Carmen has more than thirteen years of experience in multifamily affordable and senior housing. The properties that she has overseen have received government assistance such as section 8 subsidies, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and equity and tax exempt bond financing. Carmen holds a certification with Quadel Consulting Corporation and the National Leasing Housing Association and is a Certified Assistant Housing Manager. She has focused her career to Senior Communities in order to provide higher living conditions and an active lifestyle. Carmen is fluent in Spanish and English, and she joined the Foundation board of trustees in 2010.

Evan Slavik

Evan is an Asset Manager with Mark IV Capital, a privately held commercial real estate development and investment firm based in Newport Beach.  He oversees the development, acquisition, disposition and asset management of the firm’s office, medical office, and industrial assets in the Orange County and Denver Markets.  While with Mark IV Capital, Evan has also underwritten multifamily projects for joint venture investments as well as evaluated venture capital opportunities.  Evan has a background in commercial construction with project management experience in ground up construction in the office, hospitality, and institutional sectors.  Evan is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a bachelor degree in Policy, Planning & Development, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Real Estate Development degree from the University of Southern California.

Mike Brown

Mike is currently a Senior Project Manager for Redhawk Builders, Inc., a commercial General Contractor specializing in medical, commercial, industrial, and tenant improvements, located in Irvine, CA.  He is responsible for business development, project estimating, and project management throughout Southern California.  Since Mike’s arrival to Redhawk Builders in 2011, he has been instrumental in the development and growth of Redhawk Builders by doubling the company’s volume within his first year.  Mike has an extensive background in project management and construction oversight, managing well over $100 million in construction projects throughout his career, including several years working for the Irvine Company.  Mike holds a bachelor degree in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California.