On November 13, 2018, Robert Kley, Chair of Monarch Housing’s Board of Trustees announced that Richard W. Brown, the current CEO, will step down at the end of this year and that the Board had selected Taiisa Kelly to assume this position as of January 1, 2019.
“This change was a crucial part of our 2016 strategic plan,” said Mr. Kley. “During the planning process Richard announced his plans to move on and give us ample time to make this transition to work smoothly and effectively not only for Monarch Housing but also for our partners and allies. We are deeply indebted to Mr. Brown not only for his 28 years as CEO but also for working with the board and staff over the last two years to make this transition a success.”
In addition, he announced that on March 21, 2019, Monarch Housing will hold an event from 5 pm to 9 pm at Forsgate Country Club to celebrate Monarch’s successes under Mr. Brown’s leadership and to introduce the new leadership team. Please save the date. More information will be available in the next few weeks.
“It is an honor to be appointed the new CEO of Monarch Housing,” said Taiisa Kelly. She is currently a Senior Associate and the team leader for Monarch’s Ending Homelessness Team. “I look forward to working together with the board, staff and our partners to build on Monarch’s success as a mission driven non-profit and to expand our efforts to end housing poverty and homelessness in NJ.”
Mr. Kley also announced that Asish Patel has been appointed as of January 1st to be Monarch’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Patel, a senior associate at Monarch Housing, currently serves as the team leader for the Housing Production team.
Mr. Kley stressed that both Ms. Kelly and Mr. Patel will continue in their current positions and the new positions in 2019.
“I am grateful to the Board for its confidence in me over the last twenty-eight years,” said Mr. Brown. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the Board, staff and our partners as we worked to help everyone in NJ have a place to call home.”
Mr. Brown stated that he will continue to be involved in working as an advocate on issues such as housing poverty and homelessness.
If you have questions about the transition you can reach out to Taiisa Kelly at 908-272-5363 ext. 228 or via email.