Summary: I currently run the Tennessee Fair Housing Council, but I am available for out-of-state fair housing training and for consulting with fair housing organizations on content management web sites.
Executive Director, Tennessee Fair Housing Council
As executive director, I am responsible for the management of the Council’s personnel and budget as well as its responsibilities under its grants and agreements with outside organizations. I am chiefly responsible for the enforcement and outreach activities of the Council. Among my accomplishments at the Tennessee Fair Housing Council is the successful application for and completion of several large grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling almost $3 million.
As part of my duties at the Council, I train all personnel, including our test coordinator. I assist with training of testers and coordinate some of the Council’s testing. Since joining the Council, I have coordinated, or supervised the coordination of, more than 400 tests of all kinds, including rental, real estate sales, lending and insurance.
Enforcement Specialist, Central Alabama Fair Housing Center
September 1995-February 1998
As Enforcement Specialist, I was primarily responsible for coordinating testing and carrying out informal enforcement activities with housing providers. My law degree allowed me to take part in some of the litigation activities of the center, such as drafting complaints, motions and briefs. In addition, I was responsible for the computerized recordkeeping of cases and audit results and the upkeep of the Center’s Internet presence. As part of my duties, I coordinated 200-250 rental, sales, insurance and lending tests.
Senior Clerk, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
May 1993 August 1995
As a law clerk and advocate, I researched issues, wrote memos, drafted briefs, supervised student clerks and represented clients with disabilities seeking services to which they are entitled under state and federal law.
Editorial Page Editor, The Crimson White
September 1992 – August 1993
As Editorial Page Editor, I researched and wrote the editorial column and laid out the editorial page for the University of Alabama’s student run newspaper. I have also been a staff columnist writing biweekly on issues of computerized communication.
Staff reporter, The Montgomery Advertiser
March 1989 August 1992
I covered state education and politics, writing about a variety of complex and important issues, including a major education funding lawsuit, education reform and a rural hospital crisis.
Correspondent, The Birmingham News
Sept. 1988 March 1989
I covered southeast Alabama, including Auburn University and Tuskegee University. Duties included general assignment, education and political reporting and photography.
Summer of 2009
As consultant to the Louisville, Ky., chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, I installed and customized a Drupal-based content management web site and a module called CiviCRM that enabled the organization to receive donations and registrations for its annual walkathon online. My duties included mimicking the look and feel of their previous web site and making sure that all content from the previous site was available on the new one.
Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia
Summer of 2008
As a consultant to the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, I was responsible for coordinating a series of three Continuing Legal Education programs for the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, a subcontractor of FHCSP under a HUD fair housing grant. The training was on fair housing and predatory lending. My work included identifying topics and speakers, coordinating training dates, arranging travel, gathering training materials and even attending to on-site needs such as food.
Legal Services of Southern Missouri
Summer of 2008
I provided fair housing training to attorneys, paralegals and others attending the organization’s annual conference. I taught two sessions, both of which were evaluated highly by the attendees.
University of Alabama School of Law
Juris Doctor, May 1995
Honors and activities:
Acting Editor-in-Chief/Lead Articles Editor, Law and Psychology Review
Recipient, 1995 Civil Liberties Union of Alabama Award
Best Oral Advocate, First Year Moot Court
Editor, The Column, 1993-94
Member, Alabama Public Interest Law Association
Lecturer, Street Law program
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, minor in English
Honors and activities:
Section editor, reporter and columnist, The Auburn Plainsman
Auburn University Marching Band
Worked almost full time to support self through college
Member in good standing, Tennessee State Bar
Member in good standing, Alabama State Bar (inactive)
Certified Instructor, Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation, Inc.
Board member, Residential Resources, Inc.
Housing co-chair, NAACP Nashville Branch
Housing/Consumer Task Force Co-Chair, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
A Place to Call Home: Addressing Opposition to Homes for People with Disabilities in Tennessee Neighborhoods (with Nancy Blomgren), available at
The Fair Housing Act: 35 Years of Evolution (with Sara Pratt), available at http://fairhousing.com/include/media/pdf/35years.pdf
Highly computer literate
Confident public speaker and trainer
Effective and highly competent writer