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Senior Staff

Jennifer Adams
Director of Development and Modernization
Phone: (504)670-3267
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Jennifer Adams joined the Housing Authority of New Orleans in 2012 and serves as the Director of the Development and Modernization Department. Adams currently manages HANO’s in-progress development and modernization projects with an estimated value of $300 million, and provides direction for capital improvement grants budgeting for agency and strategic plans. She also oversees the Section 3 / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. As the Director, Adams also works with the Finance and Legal departments to negotiate business terms on development loans. She brings over 16 years of construction management experience to HANO, previously serving as the Architectural Services Manager for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Affordable Housing, and as a Project Engineer at Catamount Constructors and Gay Construction Company. Adams currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Architectural History from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Robert (Bobby) E. Anderson
Director of Public Safety
Phone: (504)670-3265
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Robert (Bobby) Anderson is the Director of Public Safety at the Housing Authority of New Orleans. Anderson provides an independent assessment of the agency’s financial, operational, and procedural activities to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, and maintains the oversight responsibility of the HANO Police Department. Anderson launched his law enforcement career over 40 years ago with the New Orleans Police Department serving as the Detective Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division. Prior to joining HANO in September 2013, he worked for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG) as a Special Agent and was influential in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure with HUD-OIG, Anderson served in a number of supervisory roles, including Supervisory Assistant Special Agent (ASAC), Special Agent in Charge (SAC), and Deputy SAC until his retirement in July 2013. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

Kevin Oufnac
General Counsel
Phone: (504)670-3393
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Kevin Oufnac is the General Counsel for the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and manages the agency’s Legal Department. In conjunction with the Legal staff, Oufnac oversees, identifies, and responds to legal issues on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and various agency departments; represents the agency in court and administrative proceedings; and handles public record requests. Oufnac joined HANO in April 2012 as an Attorney for the agency, and was eventually promoted to Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining HANO, Oufnac spent more than 20 years litigating cases in more than thirty states, and is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the South Carolina State Bar Association. Oufnac received his Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University, and is a graduate of Loyola University’s School of Law.

Stacy Jackson
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (504)670-3261
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Stacy Jackson is the Chief Financial Officer for the Housing Authority of New Orleans. In this role, Stacy provides financial leadership for the Agency’s operating and capital budgets, accounting and internal controls processes. Stacy joined HANO in 2012 as a Staff Accountant and was promoted to Finance Director in 2018.
Prior to joining HANO, Stacy held several finance and accounting roles in banking and manufacturing at Provident Bank,Kroger and Pepsi. She has deep domain expertise in financial planning and analysis, accounting, internal controls, enterprise risk management, auditing and compliance.
A native of New Orleans, LA, Stacy attended the University of Notre Dame on an academic scholarship where she received her undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Economics in 1990.

Dawn Domengeaux Lapeyrolerie
Director of HCVP
Phone: (504)670-3427
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Dawn Domengeaux Lapeyrolerie serves as Director of HANO’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, overseeing the management for over 18,000 participating families. She is also responsible for directing the administrative, contract fulfillment and compliance, staff development, customer service, and the community and government relations aspects of the program’s operations. Lapeyrolerie joined HANO in September 2013 as the Director of Client Services, and was responsible for managing a number of community supportive service programs, such as the HANO Homeownership program, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, and Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program. Prior to her position at HANO, Lapeyrolerie worked for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), and served in several roles including Disposition Manager, Program Administrator of the Lot Next Door Program, and Community Outreach Manager. Lapeyrolerie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) and received a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron (OH).

Angela Harper
Acting Director of Client Services
Phone: (504)670-3322

Angela Harper is the Director of Client Services at the Housing Authority of New Orleans. In her role as Director, Harper oversees the Department of Client Services, and manages various community supportive service programs, such as the HANO Homeownership program, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, and Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program. Additionally, Harper coordinates the agency’s youth programs, summer employment program, and college tours for HANO residents. Harper began her career with HANO in 2003 as the Hope VI Community and Supportive Service Program Manager, and also previously served as Community and Supportive Service Program Coordinator and Client Services Manager at HANO. Before joining HANO in 2003, Harper worked as a Homeless Outreach Case Manager at the Evansville Coalition for the Homeless (ECHO), and was responsible for providing outreach, case management, and advocacy to homeless and near-homeless individuals. Harper is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. In addition, Harper is a certified and active member of the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers (NOFSW).

April Kennedy
Special Programs Administrator
Phone: (504)670-3474

April Kennedy joined the Housing Authority of New Orleans in 2012 to oversee the implementation of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Grant awarded to HANO and the City of New Orleans. As part of the grant implementation, Kennedy is responsible for the coordination and management of all three core areas of the grant which focuses on housing, people, and neighborhoods. Working closely with the Iberville Resident Working Team (IRWT), HANO departments, the City, project developers, and other partners, Kennedy leads one of the most important initiatives in the City of New Orleans. She also serves as the key point of contact with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff in Washington, D.C. Prior to her current position at HANO, Kennedy worked with the Louisiana Quadel Housing Services under the Statewide Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH). Her professional background includes over 15 years of experience in affordable housing, community development, not-for-profit management, and federal, state, and local grants administration. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.

Magdalena (Maggie) Merrill
Director of Asset Management
Phone: (504)670-3389
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Maggie Merrill is the Director of Asset Management at the Housing Authority of New Orleans, managing the agency’s mixed finance and public housing scattered site properties throughout the city of New Orleans. Merrill oversees public housing property and resident data, and establishes guidelines for the management and maintenance of HANO-owned and third party-owned communities with public housing. Prior to transitioning into her current position in HANO’s Asset Management Department, Merrill was the Senior Advisor to the HANO Administrative Receiver, and was tasked to re-establish relationships between HANO and its partners within the city, in addition to creating opportunities for interagency collaboration and the leveraging of respective resources on major projects and initiatives. She was also directly involved in HANO’s development programs and led the implementation of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Grant for HANO. Merrill received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bates College and holds a Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communication from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in addition to completed course work for the Doctorate of Urban Studies Program at the University of New Orleans.

Allan Rivera
Director of Information Technology
Phone: (504)670-3415
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Allan Rivera is the Director of HANO’s Information Technology Department and has more than 14 years of Information Technology experience. He joined HANO in 2010, and presently oversees the Information Technology Department. Prior to joining HANO, Rivera was a Senior Network Consultant and Engineer for Carrollton Technology Partners and the Manager of Information System for The Blood Center. With over 14 years of professional experience, Rivera has an extensive knowledge of the Information Technology field and has a number of certifications, including Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified System Administrator Messaging (MCSA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and CompTIA IT Project Management (Project+). Rivera holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Technology, and Computer Networking from Delgado Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computing Systems and Technology at Tulane University.

Shelley Smith
Director of Strategic Planning
Phone: (504)670-3456
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Serving as the Director of Strategic Planning for the past 16 years, Shelley Smith works closely with the senior leadership team to provide planning and technical support for HANO’s operational, programmatic, and capital development initiatives. Smith also coordinates the Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan’s annual preparation process and facilitates various grants and special applications, policy analysis, needs assessments, performance monitoring, and organizational improvement efforts for the Housing Authority. Formerly, Smith was Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Planning and Community Services where she, in conjunction with nine planners, formulated strategic plans for housing, human services, and neighborhood revitalization in partnership with the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from Tulane University.

Lesley E. Thomas
Director, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations
Phone: (504)670-3281
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Lesley E. Thomas is the Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations and manages the day-to-day implementation of the agency’s public and media relations strategy. Thomas is responsible for maintaining organizational goals and objectives by developing external and internal informational programs, including the dissemination of newsletters, briefing documents, pamphlets and brochures, and other marketing and public relations tools, and provides intergovernmental support to the Executive Director on legislative activities at the state and federal level. Prior to her current position, Thomas served as HANO’s Public Information Officer and was responsible for managing media and community relations. Before joining HANO in 2011, Thomas worked as a Senior Publicist and Press Writer for the City of New Orleans. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Southern University and A&M College.

Kelly Walker
Director of Human Resources
Phone: (504)670-3368
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Kelly Walker is the Director of Human Resources at HANO and supervises various functions of the Human Resources Department. In her current position, Walker manages the day-to-day processes of the HR Department, consisting of recruitment, orientation, compensation, staff management, employee relations, organizational change, employee development, and employee training. Before her appointment as Manager of Human Resources this year, Walker previously served as the HR Generalist and Senior HR Generalist at HANO. Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management (MBA/HRM). In addition, Walker is an active member and Conference Ambassador for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the local Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) of New Orleans.