Martha DorseyMartha Dorsey

Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

In my twenty plus years of working in the affordable housing industry, I have never worked with a group of more talented, visionary, dedicated and professional individuals. The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is committed to be the best real estate and development organization in service of our community. To that end, Administration Department is here to support and service the operational units within the Authority.

Our Human Resources Department is responsible for bringing in the most qualified personnel that share our commitment to excellence. Once employed at the Authority, our Human Resources group takes great pride in ensuring that all employees have growth within their jobs, through promotional and educational opportunities.

Communication is important in fulfilling the mission of the Authority. Our Management Information Systems Professionals keep the Authority on the cutting edge of technology. Our department professionals enable our staff and clients to be responsive to the needs of an ever changing industry.

The Finance and Procurement departments of the Authority are the heart and blood of the Housing Authority community. The accurate reporting and the crucial procurement of goods and services, assures the Authority will be able to keep the bricks and mortar in place. In addition, assuring that all reporting requirements are met, keeps the Authority on a sure footing and guarantees that we are compliant with our funding sources.

Together we, the Administration Department along with the Operational Departments of the Authority, we will be a great service to the Winston Salem community.

Karen DurellKaren Durell

Vice President / Chief Operations Officer

Karen Durell has been working in real estate investment and property management for the past 25 years.  Since 1993, she has dedicated her time and effort to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem and currently holds the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In her current position, Durell serves as a member of the authority’s executive staff in developing the long term goals and plans for the organization.  She develops, directs, administers and manages the operations of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Department and the Property Management Department.  Operations include over 4300 housing choice vouchers, approximately 1100 public housing units, and 400 subsidized and market-rate affordable units.
Durell is a graduate of East Carolina University, holds the Public Housing Manager, Assisted Housing Manager, Section 8 Manager and Tax Credit Management certifications. She is an IREM Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and a licensed NC Real Estate Broker.

Charles HarveyCharles Harvey

Vice President of Construction / Chief Construction Officer

 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 kitchen and bathroom renovations, lobby/common space and office renovations; roof and floor replacements; electrical and plumbing upgrades; and the installation of site lighting and security cameras.  Many of these services are provided through the Central Construction Unit (CCU): a specialized contractor team of professional carpenters, plumbers and other tradesmen. The Housing Authority is a licensed general contractor with the state of North Carolina.

For more information about the CCU and general property maintenance services, click here: Licensed General Contractor T/A Central Construction Unit (CCU)

Kevin CheshireKevin Cheshire, Esq.

General Counsel and Vice President of Real Estate Development

The General Counsel and his team are responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. The general counsel provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. The general counsel is directly involved in business transactions in negotiating critical contracts on behalf of the Housing Authority and its affiliates.

Real estate development for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem encompasses So Much More than building housing. The Authority's approach to real estate development is to create neighborhoods where mixes of individuals and families with various incomes, ages, races, ethnicities, and abilities, including the elderly and disabled choose to live. Neighborhoods will be creatively designed to provide a mix of housing types, sizes and styles, including options for affordable and market-rate rental and homeownership opportunities in pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly environments.  These neighborhoods include green space, community activity areas, retail and commercial opportunities.

One of the most recent and significant efforts of the Real Estate Development team includes the Cleveland Avenue Master Redevelopment Plan. The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem has partnered with numerous community agencies, businesses, community leaders and residents to help make a positive impact by improving the economic and  educational viability of the area while enhancing the quality of life of its residents.  For more information about the plan and progress in transformation of the Cleveland Avenue corridor, as well as the Choice Neighborhoods Grant program (granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), visit the link listed below:

The Cleveland Avenue Transformation Plan: A Transformation Plan for People, Housing and Neighborhoods.