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Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative

Staff: Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative

Staff listing for the Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative.

Michael Davis

Implementation Specialist

Michael Davis

Michael Davis joins the RPFI team with experience in accounting and project delivery. While working in the project delivery program for transportation projects, Michael assisted in appraising and acquiring interest in commercial, industrial, and residential properties. Prior to this, Mr. Davis worked within the accounting department, managing contracts and purchase orders, submitting claims and conducting account reconciliations and adjustments to financial records.

Mr. Davis earned his bachelor's of science in business administration with a concentration in finance from California State University, Fresno. 

(413) 545-0001

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Linh Garza

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Linh Garza

Linh Garza joins the RPFI team with over 12 years of experience working with Head Start grants and grantees. She has extensive experience in providing technical assistance to grantees in the areas of financial management system and real property activities. Prior to joining RPFI, Linh worked in the Region VI Training and Technical Assistance Network as a Grantee Specialist Manager. Additionally, she has conducted monitoring reviews and provided support to grantees as an independent consultant.

Ms. Garza holds a master's in accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas, a bachelor's in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a certified public accountant license.

(214) 287-6715

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Damien Hudson

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Damien Hudson

Damien Hudson is responsible for providing technical support to federal staff in regional offices with facility issues such as acquisitions, dispositions and management of facilities. Mr. Hudson joins RPFI with more than 15 years of experience in real estate and facilities management. As a management consultant, he is well-versed in a variety of real estate consulting areas including, federal property management, acquisitions & dispositions, infrastructure & capital projects, transactional due diligence and project management.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science/pre-law and master’s degree in public policy from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in real estate from Johns Hopkins University.

(814) 215-6363

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Michelle Hulbert

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Michelle Hulbert

Michelle Hulbert has over twelve years of experience in Head Start administration. She served as the director of operations with a $16 million budget that included three state-of-the-art early childhood facilities and administrative oversight. She was responsible for extensive remodel projects, facility contracts, procurement & purchasing, technology oversight, building & playground maintenance, and safety. Michelle oversaw the design and construction of a fourth facility, which opened in August of 2020. Most recently, Michelle was a center director at a for-profit child care center chain where she supervised 18-20 employees. 

She has an associate's degree in early child development from Conner’s State College, a bachelor's of business administration from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a master's of science in management from St. Gregory's University. 

(720) 354-6397

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Natasha Jones

Real Property Facilities Manager

Natasha Jones

Natasha Jones joins the Real Property Facilities Initiative as a vigorous contract and fiscal management professional with twenty years of contract, grant and fiscal management experience in higher education, federal, state, and local government. For the past four years, Ms. Jones has served as a senior grants management specialist/fiscal specialist for the Office of Head Start in Region IV. She also has over five years of experience in real estate. As a senior grant management specialist/fiscal specialist, she is experienced in facility acquisition, disposition and federal property management.

Natasha holds a bachelor's of arts in business administration with a concentration in finance from Xavier University of Louisiana.

(470) 346-7330

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Julie Sullivan Jones

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Julie Sullivan Jones

Julie Sullivan Jones is a building design and construction professional with thirty years of capital project experience. She has served urban redevelopment, multifamily, transit, urgent care, childcare, and corporate clients based in Boston, New York City, Miami Beach, Denver and abroad in Kingston, Jamaica. For the past four years, Ms. Jones has been responsible for planning, risk management, financial reporting, and construction as an owner’s representative on behalf of real estate developers and business entities throughout Colorado’s front range region.

Ms. Jones holds a master's in architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a bachelor's in art history from Smith College, a certificate in construction management from the Columbia University School of Engineering. She is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

(413) 658-4968

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Irwin (Carl) Leiter

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Carl (Irwin) Leiter

Carl Leiter was most recently a senior real estate analyst with the US Army Corps of Engineers and prior to that with British Petroleum Oil.  His further background includes title examination attorney,  site selection specialist for telecomm companies such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, co-founder of a title agency and a partner in a Chicago law firm. 

Mr. Leiter bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He also attended Northwestern University and has a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

(224) 435-1336

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James McKenna

Real Property Facilities Analyst

James McKenna

Jim McKenna served 18 years as a professional city manager for three municipalities in Massachusetts: Winthrop, Gloucester, and Dover. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is a practicing attorney with a focus on land use, real estate development and conveyancing, environmental and municipal zoning, and permitting law. Jim has represented clients in the permitting of significant commercial developments and led the renovation of many public facilities. Jim is a licensed real estate broker and notary.

Jim earned his juris doctor from Suffolk University. He earned a master’s in public administration from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor's in economics & English from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

(781) 531-5728

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Adam Parmenter

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Adam Parmenter

Adam Parmenter has nearly a decade of experience analyzing and directing over 80 Head Start programs across the country during critical transition phases, including changing of grantee, implementing budget reductions, creating effective management systems, designing integrated services and overseeing facility operations. Prior to this, Adam did extensive research and development with the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) and was part of a team that developed processes and tools to improve clients’ operational efficiency related to CACFP, work which was implemented nationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Long interested in property development, Adam also held an Arizona real estate license for several years.

Adam earned a bachelor's in business administration from Arizona State University.

(816) 894-4036

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Candis Pressley

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Candis Pressley

Candis J. Pressley has spent her professional career in the real estate industry. She has expertise in site selection, contract negotiations, financial analysis, coordination of tenant fit-out and lease development as well as property and construction management. She has worked with buyers, sellers and investors in both commercial and residential real estate. Ms. Pressley is a member of several real estate organizations including the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

She has a bachelor’s in business administration from Temple University and a master’s in commercial real estate from the University of Florida.

(215) 388-2862

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Elizabeth Skaza

Project Manager

Elizabeth Skaza

Elizabeth Skaza has previous experience with management and finance in retail as well as front-line customer service.

She has a bachelor’s in mathematics from Worcester State University.

(413) 577-2002

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Cameron Spiller

Region II Analyst

Cameron Spiller

Cameron Spiller most recently served two years in Costa Rica as a community economic development volunteer. Mr. Spiller has capitalized on his expertise in community development and now applies the successful practices learned to his role as Real Property Facilities Analyst. Cameron’s desired outcome is to accumulate and distribute wealth and add value to communities. 

Cameron is currently pursuing a master's in real estate development at New York University's Schack Institute. Mr. Spiller has a bachelor's in economics from Pennsylvania State University with a focus in Quantitative Analysis and Game Theory.

(413) 545-0001

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Ezell Stubbs

Real Property Facilities Analyst

Ezell Stubbs

Ezell Stubbs joins RPFI with more than 16 years of experience in the direct oversight and management of federal, state, and local contracts and property programs across the continental United States and abroad. Having previously served as a primary consultant and external spokesperson, he is experienced in a variety of consulting areas including, contract management, federal property management, training/education, and earned value management. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and master's in business adminstration, both from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

(413) 800-6370

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Sly Yushchyshyn

Data Management Analyst

Sly Yushchyshyn

Sly Yushchyshyn has been working in data analysis for the past few years. Before joining the Donahue Institute, Sly lived in Beijing, China and worked both as an educational consultant and data analyst at an education consulting company. He has extensive experience working on complex qualitative and quantitative spreadsheets; he has also managed comprehensive data analysis projects that synthesized data to produce valuable insights and create data-driven recommendations.

Sly earned his honors bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago.

(617) 835-9499

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