Thank you to our volunteer Board of Directors for donating your time and talents to supporting housing efforts in Oklahoma.
2021 Board of Directors Officers
Lisa Albers, President
Kirby Crowe, President-Elect
Lance Windel, Immediate Past President
Crystal Craig, Treasurer
Chip Ard, Secretary
2021 Board of Directors
Lisa Albers, Bank of Oklahoma
Lisa Edwards Albers is the Senior Vice President for BOK Financial (BOKF), Community Development Banking. BOKF is a $31 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has primary corporate wide responsibility for community development lending, which provides financial products that support the development and revitalization of quality affordable housing throughout the BOKF footprint communities. Areas of expertise include construction and permanent financing for both single family and multifamily affordable housing projects, New Markets Tax Credit financing and commercial lending to non-profits and other businesses that promote economic development to the communities in which we serve. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Tulsa. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Network Board and the Tulsa Children’s Museum.
Kelly Berger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Human Services from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Berger holds certifications in SafeCare Education, Motivational Interviewing, and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Since 2010, Mr. Berger has served court-involved youth as the volunteer coordinator for the S.E.E.D.S Program. In 2014, Mr. Berger entered the field of community-based social work as a Family Preservation Specialist at NorthCare, before accepting a position as an Oklahoma Children’s Services Treatment Supervisor for the same Community Behavioral Health Center. Mr. Berger is currently the Director of Family Support for Positive Tomorrows, specializing in strengths-based interventions to assist families experiencing homelessness.
Chip Ard, JLL Valuation
Owen S. “Chip” Ard serves as an Executive Vice President of JLL’s Valuation & Advisory Services (VAS) in the South Central Region of The United States. Actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting assignments since 1984, he has performed appraisal services consisting of narrative and summary real estate appraisals, ad valorem tax protests, consulting, litigation support services, market and feasibility studies, reviews, market study analyses and appraisals in connection with allocation of state and federal tax credits. Chip also has extensive experience in estate and partial interest valuation as well as condemnation purposes for public agencies. Clients served include corporations, law firms, financial institutions, investment firms and public/private agencies. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute and is a certified general Real Estate Appraiser in OK, KS, MO, TX and AR.
Crystal Craig serves as the Mortgage Lending Supervisor for Arvest Bank. She has been a Mortgage Banker for 16 years, specializing in CRA lending to LMI homebuyers and helping to raise the Bank’s CRA lending numbers to LMI buyers and in LMICTs. She previously worked for Bank of Oklahoma for 7 years and MidFirst Bank for 8 years. She is very active in the community serving on numerous boards and committees. Some of the boards she serves on includes serving as the Coalition’s Board Treasurer; has served on the board for Neighborhood Housing Services, Oklahoma, since 2015 and is currently serving as the Treasurer; and has been a board member of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association since 2019.
Kirby Crowe, Program Management Group
Kirby Crowe is Owner and Managing Director of Program Management Group, established in 1999. Based in Tulsa, PMg oversees capital improvement projects in multiple states across the U.S. Kirby has 38 years of governmental construction contract administration, program management, and providing construction fraud protection services. Projects include private, public, tribal and affordable housing programs.
Aaron Darden, Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa
Aaron Darden is President/CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa. He began his career in the public sector at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. For nearly a decade he served in leadership roles throughout the agency. He left the agency serving as director of recapitalization and was previously the chief operating officer of affordable housing. Aaron was selected as President/CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority in May of 2017. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the agency. His vast experience in public housing operations, finance and development is a great asset to the Tulsa Housing Authority (THA). Under his direction, THA has been awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $30 million, and THA is currently undergoing a portfolio conversion of its public housing properties under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in social work and an MBA from Tennessee State University.
Cheryl Denney, McAfee & Taft
Cheryl Vinall Denney’s practice concerns advising and representing public and private companies in all phases of their business existence, including the formation and structuring of new companies and joint ventures, negotiation of credit agreements and other business contracts, asset acquisitions, private equity
investments, mergers, acquisitions and other forms of business combinations and reorganizations, divestitures and dissolutions. She has particular expertise assisting private companies in raising capital, whether it be through angel investors, private equity funds, traditional lenders, or tax credits and other forms of government incentives. Clients value her approachable style, understanding of legal and business issues from all perspectives, ability to make legal and financial concepts understandable to non-experts, and her capacity to “think outside the box” in developing solutions to both day-to-day and complex business challenges. Cheryl’s practice in the area of government incentives has led to a specialty in general economic development law, community development finance, and structuring private equity transactions to qualify for tax incentives, including New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), Opportunity Zone incentives, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, tax increment finance (TIF) districts, Oklahoma Quality Jobs rebates, and the Oklahoma Pooled Finance Program. She currently serves as co-leader of the firm’s Economic Development, Tax Credits and Business Incentives Group. Cheryl earned her B.S. from Oklahoma Baptist University and her J.D. from Georgetown University.
Andrea Frymire, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc
Andrea Frymire is Vice President Southern Region for Midwest Housing Equity Group. She is a founding organizer, inaugural President and current Board Member of the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing. She serves as the Oklahoma liaison to the Coalition of Independent State Housing Associations. She currently represents the affordable housing industry on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® and has served on their Fair Opportunity in Housing Committee. At the national level she has represented the affordable housing industry for the National Association of REALTORS® Federal Financing & Housing Policy Committee, the Public Policy Coordinating Committee and the Federal Taxation Committee. Andrea is chair of the Regional Housing Forums – a consortium of organizations that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – OKC Branch and the FDIC – that promotes awareness, advocacy and training on housing issues for attorneys, housing providers, social workers, lending institutions and real estate professionals affecting low to moderate income households. In 2018 she is serving as education liaison for the 2018 Oklahoma Fair Housing & Health Equity Seminars which will provide regional training on fair housing, accessibility and health equity issues. She has also served on the Section 42 Housing Work Group for the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma.
Scott Nixon, Sugar Creek Capital
Scott Nixon currently serves as the Acquisitions Director for Sugar Creek Capital. Scott establishes relationships with developers, investors, and other deal partners, and oversees the underwriting and partnership closing process. He has been working in market rate and affordable real estate development for over 15 years. His past experience includes LIHTC development and consulting, construction management, and commercial property management.
Greg Shinn, Mental Health Association Oklahoma
Greg Shinn received his MSW from New York University in 1993 and for 8 years he was the Director of a homeless shelter for people with mental illnesses on Wall Street. In 2001, Greg relocated to Oklahoma. As Associate Director and Chief Housing Officer for the Mental Health Association, he oversees planning and development of an affordable and supportive housing portfolio that encompasses 1,500 units in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He also provides technical assistance to communities and units of government through his firm Creative Housing Solutions. Greg is the current Vice Chair for the Oklahoma Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and President of the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing.
Lance Windel, LW Development
Lance Windel is the Owner/Manager of LW Development, LLC (LWD), a full-service residential developer specializing in affordable housing across the state of Oklahoma. LWD has in-house development, construction, architecture, and property management. Lance is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and is also a Certified Professional Builder with the Oklahoma Home Builders Association. He is a 1994 Graduate of the University of Chicago (BS Economics, Honors). He served 4 years as an active duty combat engineer in the United States Marine Corp (1994-98). Lance is currently a Marine Reservist and recently served as the Battalion Commander for 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division.