Arthur KingBoard Chair, Arthur King

Arthur T. King, Ph. D has been owner and managing member of King Analytics, LLC since 2005. Dr. King retired from his role as Dean of WSSU's School of Business and Economics in June 2005. After over 10 years in administration, he remained as a Tenured Professor of Economics until 2006. He has served as an American Council of Education Fellow at Duke University, Associate Professor for AFIT, Tenured Professor at Baylor University, and retired from the U.S. Air Force. Dr. King has contributed his economics expertise and leadership talents to numberous Boards, Commissions, and organizations nationwide. His experience and knowledge is a great asset to HAWS.


Evelyn SandersBoard Vice Chair, Evelyn W. Sanders

Dr. Evelyn W. Sanders is a retired former high school teacher and a former instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Norfolk State University, a master’s of science degree from UNC-G and a doctoral degree from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, USA. She is also a retired real estate broker. Ms. Sanders joined the Board of Commissioners in December of 2010. Sanders’ career has been in primarily in the area of Education, working as Assistant Registrar at Saint Augustine’s College, in Raleigh, North Carolina, Data Entry Supervisor and COBOL Computer Programmer in Human Resources for the State of North Carolina, (Raleigh) North Carolina, a part-time Instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College, a Notary, and a High School Business Education Teacher in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System until her retirement. During her teaching career, she served on the School Improvement Committee, as an Advisor to Future Business Leaders of America, an Advisor to the Vocational Honor Society, and the school Technology Team. Evelyn has received the Lifetime Service Award from President Obama, NAACP Rev. Joseph T. McMillan Ward, Outstanding Co-op Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the North Carolina Business Education Hall of Fame in 1999. She is an avid community server, serving as a volunteer for Census 2000, Vision 2000, Keep Winston Beautiful, Zoning Board of WS, and Millennium Commission of Winston-Salem. She has received many awards for leadership and service to her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; and, she is also the current President of her local chapter. She has served as president of the WS Forsyth County Council of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., president of Winston-Salem Chapter of Norfolk State University Alumni Association, area coordinator (State of NC) for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; additionally, she is a member of the National Women of Achievement, Top Ladies of Distinction, and Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. (an educational sorority). She is the author of “Poetry of Remembrance: To Comfort My Soul.”


Alfred AdamsAlfred G. Adams

Alfred G. Adams is a retired partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. He is a former high school teacher and coach and a former adjunct professor at Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Law. He holds a bachelor of arts and a Juris Doctor degree from WFU. Adams' legal career has focused on all aspects of real estate transactions and he has practiced law from 1973 until retirement. In 2004, Alfred was named the Leading Real Estate Attorney in N.C. by "North Carolina Business" magazine and he is now a member of the N.C. Business Hall of Fame. He has been active in the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem (W-S) and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; as Immediate Past Chair of W-S Business, Inc., the economic development entity for W-S and Forsyth County; as a member of the Executive Committee of the Downtown W-S Partnership; and as Chair of the Downtown W-S Foundation. In 2011, he was named a “Citizen Lawyer” by the N.C. Bar Association in recognition of his years of community service.

Thomas AdamsThomas Adams

Mr. Thomas R. Adams brings with him over 30 years of experience in the finance field. He joined Reynolds American in 1999, after 14 years as a partner at Deloitte & Touché LLP. He is a CPA with memberships with the Board of Directors for technology Concepts & Design, Inc; NC Association of CPA’s; the American Institute of CPA's; the Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  His financial expertise and voluntary dedication are welcomed qualities to our board.


Betsy AnneseBetsy Annese

Betsy Annese is a retired public relations and marketing executive with more than 40 years of domestic and international experience in major industries and a variety of non-profit organizations that include social service agencies and churches. Annese has held several executive positions during her career. Her 16-year career with R.J. Reynolds included all aspects of corporate communications advisory for the parent company and five of its subsidiaries. She served on the executive committee of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc. in Geneva, Switzerland as Sr. Vice President, External Relations, managing public relations, public affairs and government relations. She was Vice President, Corporate Communications for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer, where she started the first corporate communications department for the company. She was Manager of Public Relations for Bigelow-Sanford, Inc., a major carpet company now part of Shaw Industries, shortly after spending three years with two South Carolina newspapers as a news reporter. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree in Journalism, Betsy is a frequent lecturer on business management and public relations topics.


Jemmise BowenJemmise Bowen

Ms. Bowen is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical state University and holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology. She has continued to be a local community advocate for homeless families. Ms. Bowen brings a first-hand perspective on the needs of the homeless community and those in need of housing. She is fortunate to be able to use her passions for service and advocacy for the community to the Housing Authority Board.


Andrew PerkinsAndrew Perkins

Andrew M. Perkins, Jr. is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Engineering at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, N. C. Prior to that appointment, he served as the University Engineer. Before coming to NCA & T, Perkins retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 29 years of distinguished service. He served as commander and district engineer for both the Norfolk and San Francisco Districts, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; he was the facilities construction program manager, Office of the Assistant Chief of Engineers; an Area Engineer in Saudi Arabia; and was a battalion commander and Assistant Corps Engineer with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. During his career with the Corps of Engineers, he had the opportunity to work with the Departments of Transportation in California and Virginia to enhance transportation and environmental needs in those states. The Governor appointed him as a member of the N. C. Board of Transportation in 2003, where he still serves. Perkins received his B. S. degree in architecture from Hampton University, his M. S. degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of The National War College in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Dr. Mary T. Perkins, make their home in Winston Salem, NC and have two adult children.


William RoseWilliam C. Rose, MBA, CPA

Mr. Rose has a diverse background with 35 plus years of experience. He attended Virginia Military Institute and UNC – Chapel Hill for his undergraduate schooling and received his MBA from UNC -Chapel Hill. He joined Cannon & Company CPAs in Winston-Salem in 1986 and was named the firm's managing partner in 1988. William contributed to his profession by serving as an officer and committee member at the local and state level with the NC Association of CPA's. William retired from Cannon in 2008 after thirty-three years in public practice. In retirement, he has been an adjunct accounting professor for Winston-Salem State University and teaches for the NC Association of CPA's and other training firms. William also serves as a Board member/ treasurer/volunteer with several area organizations.

William and his wife, Julee have lived in Winston-Salem since 1986.  They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.


Clinton Thomas

Director of Procurement

It is the policy and practice of HAWS Procurement Department to afford quality vendors and contractors, regardless of social or economic classification, the maximum opportunity to participate in contracting opportunities.  The result of our efforts is the procurement of quality goods and services in a fair, open, competitive and respectful process for everyone involved.

To accomplish our mission of providing affordable housing, it is imperative that HAWS works with vendors and contractors that can deliver the highest quality of goods and services at the best value.  In order to maximize its contracting dollars, HAWS looks for much competition as the open market will provide.  We are always looking for new qualified vendors.  We obtain these by:

  • Placing notices of upcoming contracting opportunities in the Winston-Salem Journal, various minority newspapers and journals, and on our website.
  • Through recommendations and references from our technical and program experts
  • Applications to be placed on the Vendors/Contractors Mailing List

Kevin CheshireKevin D. Cheshire

Executive Director

On January 14, 2020 it was announced that The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem (HAWS) voted to appoint Kevin D. Cheshire as the next Executive Director. Cheshire was selected out of 35 applicants nationwide for the position.

Kelly ChurchKelly Church

Vice President / Chief Operations Officer

Kelly Church has been in real estate investment and property management in both the private market and affordable housing for the past 18 years. Since 2009, she has dedicated her time and effort to the Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem and currently holds the position of Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

In her current position, Church serves as a member of the authority’s executive staff in developing the long term goals for the agency and assists with future real estate development planning. She oversees the operations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Property Management Department and the Commercial Division. Operations include over 5000 housing choice vouchers, approximately 1100 public housing units and 200 market rate affordable units managed by Imperial Property Management Services.

Church is a graduate of Greensboro College, holds Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations with the National Apartment Association (NAA). She is an IREM Certified Property Manager (CPM®), a licensed NC Real Estate Broker since 2001 and currently serves as the Real Estate Broker-in- Charge and the Executive CPM® for the agency holding the IREM AMO (Accredited Management Organization) certification for HAWS. The AMO certification gives HAWS an exclusive accreditation that gives an edge to top-class firms in gaining new business and developing top talent. The difference between a firm with an AMO and a firm without one is a difference of trust, credibility, and performance.

Nancy ThomasNancy Thomas, CPA, Esq.

Vice President of Administration / Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Thomas has ten years experience in the public and affordable housing industry and 35 years experience in corporate finance and administration. She joined the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem in 2017 as the Vice President of Administration / Chief Financial Officer. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a certified public accountant and a licensed attorney in the state of North Carolina.

The Administration division, consisting of the Human Resources, Finance, Procurement and Information Technology departments is committed to providing excellent responsive service and support to the Authority, its stakeholders and the community. The staff excels at hiring qualified individuals who have a commitment to excellence, complying with all applicable financial reporting and operational requirements, procuring services and materials under compliant policies and procedures while providing the greatest value to the Authority, and operating throughout the Authority with state of the art technology.



The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is committed to the utilization of capital improvement funds to provide essential non-routine maintenance, revitalization, and redevelopment of existing public housing communities.  Expenditures generated from this fund will be used to improve and increase the supply of existing housing stock and to transform HAWS developments into viable mixed income communities.

The Capital Improvements Department strives to provide excellent service in delivering quality housing for low-income families and communities.  Examples of current site improvements include lobby and office renovations; roof and floor replacements; electrical and plumbing upgrades; and the installation of site lighting and security cameras.