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.

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.