Monarch Housing’s Staff

Monarch’s Staff are the Key to Our Success


Taiisa Telesford Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2006. She has experience in housing development working with federal, state and local funding sources to secure financing for special needs housing projects. In October of 2007, Taiisa joined the Ending Homelessness Team where she works with local governments, non profits and community stakeholders to develop coordinated strategies to end homelessness. On January 1, 2019, she was appointed as CEO.

Taissa Kelly
Taissa Kelly, CEO

Mrs. Kelly has extensive experience in working with community stakeholders on homeless planning activities. As a member of the Ending Homelessness Team Mrs. Kelly guides communities through the process of developing 10 year plans to end homelessness and has completed 3 community plans in the past 2 years.

Working collaboratively with counties and service providers, Mrs. Kelly helps to bring best practices and program models such as housing first, rapid re-housing, and single point of entry systems to communities as they work to restructure systems and bring an end to homelessness. 

Mrs. Kelly received her B.A. in psychology and anthropology from Rutgers University.

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Asish Patel was appointed as COO on January 1, 2019. He also works with the housing production team. During the past 24 years Mr. Patel has worked on numerous acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction projects; consisting of condo units, single family homes, multi-family apartment buildings, scattered site projects, as well as commercial spaces.

Asish Patel
Asish Patel, COO

Primary responsibilities include site selection, coordination with the development team, funding applications, municipal reviews, construction monitoring, and general project coordination.  Mr. Patel also currently serves as Project Manager for all projects under development at Monarch Housing Associates.

Mr. Patel graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, with a History minor, and a Masters’ degree in Management. Mr. Patel attended Pratt Institute’s Community and Economic Development Internship Program. Mr. Patel was a housing scholar in 1994, and has continued to work for Monarch from that point forward.

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Jay Everett joined Monarch Housing Associates in 2013. His specialization in research surrounding impact assessment of social projects in housing, infrastructure, and health complements the work of the Ending Homelessness Team.

Jay Everett
Jay Everett, Associate

Jay has international public sector experience as Community Development Intern at AySA, Argentina’s largest public water utility, and he has also consulted with Colombian and American community development organizations. Most recently, Jay worked providing educational services to families with special needs students in New Jersey.

Jay is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey and holds a Master of International Affairs and Development degree from The New School University.

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Deena Foster joined Monarch Housing Associates in June of 2018. It is her goal to strive to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and the elderly by working with organizations that implement policies and programs impacting health, fair access to housing and advocate for equitable services. Deena believes addressing social determinants of health, such as housing barriers in the communities, can lead to improved health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Deena Foster, Associate

Prior to joining Monarch, Deena has worked as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in communities around New Jersey with children and adults.

She graduated with a B.A in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University and a M.A. from Howard University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Most recently Deena earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in Health Systems and Policy from Rutgers University.

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Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts.

Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly, Associate

Prior to joining Monarch, she worked for seven years at the Partnership for Strong Communities in Hartford, Connecticut as the Reaching Home Campaign Manager. Managing the statewide effort to end long-term homelessness, Kate effectively implemented statewide advocacy campaigns to fund over 700 new supportive housing units for individuals and families.

At the Partnership, she educated state and federal legislators and staff about supportive housing homelessness issues and advocated for new funding sources. She has also developed public forums that led to formal policy recommendations and educated local constituencies such as policymakers, legislators and funders.

Ms. Kelly received her B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S.W from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

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