Raised in the Rosewood Public Housing Development in Wichita Falls, Texas, Carl S. Richie Jr. has a four-decade career in public service and policy development. He has been a leader in improving public and affordable housing as well as strengthening housing ties to education, job skills and better healthcare. His firsthand knowledge of public housing fuels his passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for public housing residents.
Mr. Richie currently serves as chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Board of Commissioners and senior vice president of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). He was appointed to the Board in 1997. Within two years of his appointment, he helped turn HACA from a troubled agency to a high-performing agency. HACA has been named as a high-performing agency for the past 15 years.
Under his leadership, HACA has reduced the dropout rates among students who live in public housing and created a scholarship program. Since its inception in 2002, HACA has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships.
Additionally, HACA has created a business incubator to assist residents who want to start their own business. The agency has also successfully created a nonprofit, Blueprint Housing Solutions, to provide housing-related services to troubled housing agencies.
Mr. Richie has been active with NAHRO at the state, regional and national levels. He has chaired the NAHRO Commissioner’s Committee and during his …
Charles C. “Chuck” Bailey has been involved in government law for over 30 years. After receiving his law degree in 1974 from the University of Houston, he served as an assistant criminal district attorney in Lubbock where he tried close to 100 jury trials in three years, and was appointed felony chief. In 1978 he moved to Austin to serve as assistant general counsel, then as general counsel at the Texas Department of Public Safety. In 1981 he joined Gov. Bill Clements’ legal office as assistant general counsel where he helped pass portions of the governor’s legislative package.
After a tour as special assistant for Elections for the Texas Secretary of State, he was hired by the State Comptroller’s Office where he served in a number of capacities including chief administrative law judge and deputy comptroller for Legal Affairs and Tax Policy.
In 1993 Lt. Governor Bob Bullock asked Mr. Bailey to leave private practice to become general counsel and chief of staff. While working for the Lt. Governor, Mr. Bailey worked closely with the senators and the state leadership on a great number of issues.
Since late 1995, Mr. Bailey has maintained his own law office. He has served on a number of boards, both corporate and nonprofit and serves as a HACA commissioner. His first book, Texas Political Memorabilia was published by U.T. Press in 2007. He currently serves as the vice chair for the HACA Board of Commissioners and the Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation.
Tyra L. Duncan-Hall, Ph.D., retired in 2007 from her position as provost at Austin Community College (ACC). In this capacity, she directly supervised all ACC Campus managers, the ACC Police Department, and the ACC campus learning labs and testing centers. She also administered several ACC community outreach programs including the ACC Student Recruitment Program, the Office of Community Outreach, the ACC Summer Youth/Parent Academy Program, and the ACC Mentor Program. She was involved in the planning, design, construction and opening of several ACC campus projects: the Riverside Campus Frank Squires Building (1996), the Eastview Campus (1999), the Eastview Campus Health Sciences Building (2003), the South Austin Campus (Fall 2006), and the Cypress Creek Campus expansion (2007). Her previous administrative positions with ACC include serving as vice president of the ACC Riverside Campus, and provost of the ACC Riverside, Rio Grande and Eastview campuses.
Duncan-Hall received her bachelor’s master’s degrees in English from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Higher Education Policy and Management Research.
Prior to joining ACC in 1994, Dr. Duncan-Hall held positions as an English instructor at Delta Community College in Michigan, the University of Hawaii, and City College of San Francisco. At City College of San Francisco, she held various teaching and administrative positions including English professor, department …
Edwina Carrington chairs SHCC, is vice chair for Blueprint Housing Solutions, and is second vice chair for AAHC. Ms. Carrington has more than 28 years of progressively responsible experience in leadership and executive level positions in the public and private sectors, including housing finance agencies, state and local governments, asset management companies, foundations, equity providers, and most recently as the office managing partner of the Austin office of Reznick Group (now CohnReznick), a national accounting and tax advisory firm. Ms. Carrington opened the Austin office in April 2006 as the office managing partner and was responsible for growing the office to profitability in four years of full operations. Ms. Carrington is currently the president of CHK Enterprises, LLC.
Prior to joining Reznick Group, Ms. Carrington served as executive director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) where she oversaw the operations of a state agency administering more than $700 million in federal and state funds with a tax exempt bond portfolio of $1.5 billion. She is credited with turning around the operations of TDHCA and securing an eight-year extension from the Texas Legislature for the agency by creating an atmosphere of accountability, fairness and transparency. She held the position as the chief executive officer of the Texas Housing Finance Corporation, an affordable housing syndicator, and as the director of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation for the City of …
Mary Apostolou grew up on Rainey Street in Austin, and worked in childcare for most of her adult life.
In 2013, Ms. Apostolou moved into Chalmers Courts. Always looking to improve lives, Ms. Apostolou began attending Resident Council meetings. Within four months, she was elected president.
As Chalmers Courts Resident Council President, Ms. Apostolou has devoted herself to helping residents learn about the resources and opportunities available to them, like Jobs Plus ATX, through which Chalmers Courts and Booker T. Washington Terraces residents can take courses and apply for jobs.
Ms. Apostolou also ensures that everyone knows about upcoming events, such as the always popular bingo night.
As a Spanish speaker herself, Ms. Apostolou makes sure that Spanish-speaking residents do not let language barriers keep them from becoming involved. Residents who cannot attend meetings – often because of work or school – know they can count on Ms. Apostolou to keep them informed.