Zsa Zsa Heard - CEO Zsa Zsa Heard – CEO, ABD, MS, LPC

Zsa Zsa Heard is a native of LaGrange, Ga her desires are to innovate, transform, add value, exemplify resilience and empower people to reach their full potential in life. I believe all of us should play the role of a public servant because without serving we can’t truly reach our full potential in life. Serving is cardinal value of Zsa Zsa.  She attended Tuskegee University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She attended Troy State University and obtained a master’s in counseling and Psychology. She has completed all coursework toward her PhD. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. Zsa Zsa recently graduated from the John F. Kennedy Executive Education Program from Harvard University and Rutgers State University, Executive Directors Education Program.

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Rena Boykin - Director of Housing Rena Boykin – Housing Director,

Lashata Rena Boykin is the Director of Housing for the LaGrange Housing Authority. She works with the executive director to pace and drive organization development, including analysis and implementation of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs. She also monitors lease violations and delinquent rent roll; oversees issuance of delinquent notices and late payment charges and initiates eviction process. Additionally, she counsel’s residents who are not complying with policies and procedures, have economic, health, or social problems, and have delinquent rent problems amongst many other job duties

Debra Black - Director of Finance Debra Black – Director of Finance,

Debra Black has been employed with the LaGrange Housing Authority for 10 years as the Director of Finance. She is from LaGrange and graduated from West GA Technical College with an Associate’s in Accounting. She plays a vital role in helping manage the finances for the LaGrange Housing Authority.

Earnest Pickett - Facilities Director Earnest Pickett – Facilities Director,

Earnest S. Pickett serves as the Facilities Director. He is responsible for the overall specific maintenance and up keep of all the residential units. He has been in the maintenance and repair field for over 26 years. He has served in the United States Navy. Following active duty, he enrolled  in West Ga. Voc. Tech, where he obtained a Drafting and IMT diploma. Earnest has also earned a diploma in Conditioned Air Technology and holds a universal EPA certification. He is currently working on clean green energy projects for the community. (Solar panels, Sunflower, and Clear View solar windows) with the Solutions Group partnering with Southface on healthy homes for GA

Chad Cooper - Director of Development & Marketing Chad Cooper – Director of Development & Marketing,

Chad Cooper is the Director of Development and Marketing at the LaGrange Housing Authority.  He is a two-time graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Education. With more than 10 years of experience in community development, cross-functional team leadership, diversity, and inclusion, Chad is an innovative leader. He has established partnerships with nonprofit organizations and businesses from Main Street to Wall Street, to effectively deliver complex programs that empower and educate youth and adults. Driven and creatively adept professionally at leading strategic planning initiatives to achieve organizational goals. Chad also serves on various boards and committees, including the business development board for LaGrange College which develops and enacts initiatives to increase enrollment and retention.

Daniela Bailey - Director of Administration Daniela Bailey – Director of Administration,

Daniela Lashawn Bailey is the Director of Administration at The City of LaGrange Housing Authority. Where she assists in coordinating in training and organizational development, she has been in the housing authority field for a total of six years. Daniela Bailey has a bachelor’s degree in human service management. She is certified in public housing management, rent calculation, she is a 2018 graduate of GAHRA leadership academy. She is also a 2019 graduate of Georgia Economic Development.  Outside of work, Daniela Bailey was nominated. As a 1991 Christian Debutante Society of the Peter Chapel AME Church of Columbus, Ga. She was recognized in 2005 by the Orchettes Civic & Social Club for her outstanding accomplishment in the area of religion.  Daniela’s greatest achievement is being married to the Reverend Dr. Kenneth Bailey. Having two daughters Jasmine and Desiree Bailey, and a grandson Carson Copeland. Daniela prides herself on being committed to the mission. Values professional development and cultivating a collaborative workplace.

Sabrina Allen - Director of Residential Services Sabrina Allen – Director of Residential Services,

Sabrina Allen is the Residential Services Director at The City of LaGrange Housing Authority, where she leads a team of service professionals in West Georgia Star. Under the leadership of Sabrina, WGS now has the prestigious title of an EnVision Center from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Which handles all services for not only each property that LHA manages but the community as a hold. Sabrina holds a unique talent for bringing the best out of people. This skill gives people the passion for finding something extra inside of them that they didn’t know they had, which will take them to the next level in their evolution. She enjoys working with a diverse community to help people to grow in every phase of their lives.

Sabrina is a graduate of LaGrange High School. She attended West Georgia Technical College, where she received her Information and Office Technology degree. Sabrina also gained her CBA, Credit Business Associate from the Atlanta Business Institute. Before joining the City of LaGrange Housing Authority, she worked at Interface Americas for over 20 years. That gave her extensive experience in corporate credit management, office administration, social services, and event logistics. Mastering the science of preparation, directing the transfer of materials, and intangible services make her the perfect fit for our staff.

Harriett Hayes - Director of Maintenace Harriett Hayes – Director of Maintenace,

Harriett Hayes is the Director of Maintenance and has worked with the LaGrange Housing Authority for ten years. During her time, she has worked in several different positions. She started out as an administrative assistance, and within a year, she was promoted to occupancy specialist, and later became a maintenance clerk. She has certifications in Fair Housing, Procurement, Section 3, and has completed the Gahra Future Leadership program.

Jocies Edmondson Jocies Edmondson – Transportation/Safety Coordinator

Jocies Edmondson is a LaGrange native and the director of the West Georgia Star Transportation department. Mr. Edmondson has been a part of West Georgia Star since 2015. Mr. Edmondson enjoys raising his family in LaGrange and believes in giving back to the community he grew up in. Under the direction of Mr. Edmondson, the transportation department is responsible for providing transportation for the residents of the housing authority, the Troup county court system, and after school programs. In addition to growing the transportation department through contracts, Mr. Edmondson has also ensured countless hours of community service through projects such as Troup County Warming Center Project, LEAP tutoring program, Junior Deputy Summer Program, and many more. Mr. Edmondson believes that growing our transportation department helps improve opportunities for everyone in the community.

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