Richard W. Brown, has over forty-five years experience in both housing development and community organizing. Since 1991 Mr. Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Housing Associates, the 1995 Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award winner in the organization category. He has been happily married to Jan, the woman he loves since 1975, and has two grown children – Jon and Mike. On July 19, 2010, he became the proud grandfather of his first granddaughter – Lilah-Rae. Call Mr. Brown at 908-272-5363 ext. 225.
Taiisa TelesfordKelly 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.
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. Call Mrs. Kelly at 908-272-5363 ext. 228.
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 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. Call Mr. Everett at 908-272-5363 ext. 232.
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.
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. Call Mrs. Foster at 908-272-5363 ext. 227.
Patrice Crocevera joined Monarch Housing Associates in February 2018. Prior to joining Monarch, Patrice worked at a nonprofit serving caregivers to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Her role included using research methodology to evaluate programs within the organization, as well as using best practices found in literature to serve the population with proven techniques. Patrice supported grant management using the findings from the program evaluations, and interacted directly with funders to provide monthly and quarterly updates in program metrics.
She specializes in Assessment and Evaluation Research, applying research methodology to evaluate effectiveness and efficacy of programs. Findings of this process are used to direct future planning. Patrice believes using data can help to shine a light on where to focus efforts for change. “Tying data into practice can help us implement practical steps to make progress.” She is an advocate for social justice and believes the best investments we can make, are in people and helping them reach their potential. She earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology as well as a certificate in Assessment and Evaluation Research from William Paterson University. She also earned a Bachelors in Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources from Rutgers University. Call Ms. Cocevera at 908-272-5363 ext. 229.
Asish Patel, Monarch’s senior associate, works with the housing production team. During the past 16 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. Primary responsibilities include site selection, coordination with the development team, funding applications, municipal reviews, construction monitoring, and general project coordination. Mr. Patel 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. Call Mr. Patel at 908-272-5363 ext. 223.
Sharon Levy has been involved in the affordable housing industry for over 25 years working for nonprofit organizations, for-profit housing developers, and state government. Since joining Monarch in 2005, Sharon has helped clients develop multifamily rental housing in New Jersey for households with special needs, seniors, and families.
Sharon is experienced in creating affordable housing through multi-layered financing structures including federal low-income housing tax credits; mortgage financing through the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency, FHA programs, and private lenders; HOME; CDBG; Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program; HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions; municipal Affordable Housing Trust funds; and state and federal special needs programs.
Sharon received a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. Call Ms. Levy at 908-272-5363 ext. 221.
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. 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. Call Ms. Kelly at 908-272-5363 ext. 224.