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1/28/21 RISE Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the RISE Development Corporation January 28, 2020

Director James Dates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:22 a.m. At roll call, the following were in attendance:

Present at Roll:       

  • Director James Dates, Chair
  • Director Stephanie Owens
  • Director Jerrilyn Evans
  • Director Angel Charlton
  • Director Terri Lipsey Scott

Staff Present:           

  • Michael Lundy, Chief Executive Officer
  • Danielle Thomas, Chief of Staff
  • Carolyn Avington Chief Financial Officer
  • Robin Adams, Asset Management Officer
  • Larry Butler, Social Services Officer
  • Audria Davis, Compliance Officer
  • Larry Gonzalez, Housing Choice Voucher Officer
  • Pamela Hobbs, Procurement Officer
  • Andrea Joyal, Acting Finance Officer
  • Jackie Roberson, Human Resources Officer
  • Mikayla Gleason, Communications Specialist
  • Kaela Bell, Executive Office Manager

Others Present:       

  • Ric Gilmore, Attorney, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.
  • Luis Garcia, Housing and Community Development Specialist, City of St. Petersburg
  • Kimberly Brown-Williams, RISE Director (not yet appointed)

SUBJECT: Approval of the Agenda

BOARD ACTION: Director Evans made a motion to approve the agenda. Director Owens seconded the motion. A vote was called:

  • Director James Dates  YES
  • Director Stephanie Owens  YES
  • Director Jerrilyn Evans  YES
  • Director Terri Lipsey Scott  PRESENT (TECH ERRORS)
  • Director Angel Charlton  YES               

SUBJECT: Public Forum

There was no Public Forum. Attorney Ric Gilmore noted that Kimberly Brown-Williams, who was appointed to the Board of Directors but not yet sworn in, was also present.


SUBJECT: Approval of Minutes of the December 10, 2020

BOARD ACTION: Director Owens made a motion to approve the minutes for December 10, 2020. Director Evans seconded the motion. A vote was called:

  • Director James Dates  YES
  • Director Stephanie Owens  YES
  • Director Jerrilyn Evans YES
  • Director Terri Lipsey Scott  PRESENT (TECH ERRORS)
  • Director Angel Charlton  YES

SUBJECT: Financial Report

Carolyn Avington, Chief Financial Officer, gave a brief overview of the financial report that was previously discussed in the workshop on January 27, 2021.

BOARD ACTION: Director Evans made a motion to approve the November Financial Report for audit. Director Owens seconded the motion. A vote was called:

  • Director James Dates  YES
  • Director Stephanie Owens  YES
  • Director Jerrilyn Evans  YES
  • Director Terri Lipsey Scott  PRESENT (TECH ERRORS)
  • Director Angel Charlton  YES

SUBJECT: Jordan Park Redevelopment

Mr. Lundy shared with the Board of Directors that the Authority is ready to move forward with the redevelopment of Jordan Park, including the submission of a demolition disposition in the following month. He also discussed how the Authority is working with and providing aid for residents impacted by the redevelopment. Funding options were also discussed.      


SUBJECT: Old Business

Mr. Lundy informed the Board that SPHA has followed up with HUD regarding errors in the 2017 HUD Demolition/Disposition submission. In December, the Authority received approval from HUD on the application modification. In the December 21, 2020 approval letter, HUD acknowledged the errors recently identified by SPHA in its 2017 HUD demolition Disposition submission.


SUBJECT: New Business

The Board discussed the upcoming elections to committees and Board roles.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:44 a.m.

Approved and adopted on this 25th day of February 2021.