Donate

Hit enter to search or ESC to close

RHA is governed by a Board of Directors responsible for the fiduciary oversight and operation of the organization as well as
the development of priorities, policies and positions of the organization. The Board of Directors is made up of seven
individuals including the Executive Director of the GCAA, as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board.
  • Chair
  • Jay Rawls

    Chair

    Jay serves as Director of My Niche, the multifamily division of Charlotte-based Lat Purser & Associates (LPA). LPA focuses on multifamily development, acquisitions, and management. In his role, Jay oversees property operations for communities throughout the Southeast and also assists with operational underwriting, due diligence, and asset management on ground-up development and value add deals. He also manages relationships with third-party owners/management clients.

  • Vice Chair
  • Lisa Taylor

    Vice Chair

    Lisa Taylor is senior managing director for client services, with responsibility for the Greystar’s North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee portfolios consisting of 59,000 units totally 11.44B real estate. Lisa has extensive experience in property management, business development, portfolio management, property operations, and strategic positioning of conventional assets.  She has served on the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association board of directors in many roles, including president. She currently serves on the executive board of directors of the Apartment Association of North Carolina as Treasurer, serves on several committees at the National Apartment Association.

  • Board Member
  • Chad Hagler

    Board Member

    Chad Hagler is responsible for development activities in the metro Charlotte market. Prior to joining Woodfield, he was a Director of Real Estate Investments for Camden Property Trust and its predecessor Summit Properties and managed development activities in North Carolina. He also previously worked in the development of multifamily properties under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs. Chad earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he majored in Finance and graduated Cum Laude. An active member of the Board of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association from 2009-2014, Chad served as President (2013) and Vice President (2012). A native Charlottean, he and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Charlotte with their four sons.

  • Ex Officio
  • Kim Graham

    Ex Officio

    Kim Graham joined the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association on December 1, 2018. Prior to joining the GCAA, Kim was the Senior Vice President of Outreach and Fund Development for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and previously served the Partnership as Vice President for Community Engagement. Earlier, Kim was a Regional Program Manager for the North Carolina Parent Teachers Association. Her other professional roles include serving as Public Policy Manager for the United Way of Central Carolina and a Project Manager for Greer & Walker. Kim began her career at Arthur Andersen as a Project Manager and Audit Staffing Coordinator. She went on to establish her own training firm, as well as a tax solutions firm prior to joining Greer & Walker.

    A Philadelphia native, Kim holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a B.A. from Johnson C. Smith University.

  • Board Member
  • Jonathan Tee

    Board Member

    Jonathan grew up in Eastern North Carolina and after graduating for the North Carolina State university began his career in the real estate and construction industry.  His work would eventually land him in Charlotte, where his primary business focus is providing contract services for various multi-family industry needs.  He enjoys spending time outdoors and giving back through community volunteer and outreach programs.

  • Secretary
  • Michelle Manns

    Secretary

    Michelle joined GCAA in January 2019. In her role as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, she serves as the chief development liaison for the GCAA and GCAAEF with current and prospective donors and as the primary resource for legislative issues; strengthening partnerships and assisting in the creation of an annual legislative agenda, garnering support for legislative priorities and instituting best practices and leading special legislative and/or fundraising projects.

    Michelle’s experience includes urban planning, fund development and twenty years of community development, affordable housing and real estate development (primarily in the multi-family sector). Michelle holds her B.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University.

  • Treasurer
  • Lonnie Harris

    Treasurer

    Lonnie joined the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association in March of 2019. Before joining the GCAA staff, Lonnie worked as the Accounting Manager for StoneLaurel Consulting, Inc. Prior to that, he worked in the Comptroller’s Office and Accounts Payable Department, at North Carolina Central University. He brings over 10 years of accounting experience to this current role. In his spare time, Lonnie enjoys mentoring youth, reading, traveling, playing golf and watching sports. A native of Durham, NC he currently lives in Concord with his beautiful wife Robyn and dog Sundae. Lonnie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Board Member
  • Patrick Johnson

    Board Member

    Patrick is a partner with the law firm of Brownlee Whitlow & Praet, PLLC, a law firm that provides a full range of legal services to the multifamily industry throughout North and South Carolina.   Patrick is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Georgia and maintains a practice focused on the representation of residential property owners and management companies, as well as on real estate litigation, business litigation, commercial collections, contract review and drafting, and fair housing defense.  Patrick is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Mississippi College School of Law and is a faculty member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

  • Board Member
  • Betsy Kirkpatrick

    Board Member

    Betsy Kirkpatrick almost 10 years’ experience as a multifamily professional. She has risen through the ranks of the apartment industry, beginning her multifamily career as a property manager and then regional trainer with well-known property management companies. Prior to becoming the Strategic Account Executive for BG MULTIFAMILY, Betsy served as a Director of Sales in the Charlotte area and Regional Sales Manager for multiple markets nationwide with BG.

  • Board Member
  • Lisa Foley

    Board Member

    Lisa is a Regional Director for Westdale Real Estate Investment & Management. She began her career in the apartment industry in 1986 and now oversees a portfolio of communities in the NC region. Lisa holds a NC RE license, and has earned both the CAM and CAPS designations. She has been an active member and contributor to the GCAA since 1988 and has previously served on its Board of Directors and served on the Executive Committee. She was GCAA President in 2002 and PSC President in 2017. She is a certified instructor and has taught NALP, CAM and CAPS courses since 1990. Lisa was honored to win the prestigious “Lex Marsh” award in 2004. She will chair the Outreach Committee in 2020. She has been married to her husband Phillip for 30 years and they have two daughters Taylor and Scotty.