TAHRA Board of Directors




Paul Dellinger

Paul Dellinger has served as the executive director of the Cleveland Housing Authority since 2005, having previously served as the deputy director of the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority (Lima, Ohio) for more than 12 years.  He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University in 1983 and later earned his master’s in business administration from Tiffin University in 2003.  Paul and his wife Sheri have two sons: U.S. Army Captain Aaron P. Dellinger currently stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Cody Dellinger, a surveyor with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Louisville, KY).  Paul and Sheri have two grandsons, Gentry (2yrs) and Landry (6mos) also currently stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  Paul enjoys family, travel, playing guitar, and endurance mountain bike racing. 


Senior Vice President

Herschel Thrasher

Herschel Thrasher

Hershel Thrasher has been with the Shelbyville Housing Authority (SHA) for twenty three (23) years and was named executive director in 1993.   Hershel has served Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities as board member at large and is currently serving as vice-president of housing.  Locally, Hershel is past president of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, served as chairman of the Bedford County Housing Committee for the Governor’s 3 Star Community Program, has served as vice-chair of the Shelbyville Regional Planning Commission, and currently serves as deacon at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Hershel and his wife, Karen, have two grown children (Lee & Leslie) and nine grandchildren.



Thomas Rowe

Thomas Rowe graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Atlantic Christian College. Thomas started his housing career with the Rocky Mount Housing Authority in 1980 as the assistant to the Comptroller. He held various posi- tions in Rocky Mount before becoming the Executive Director. In 1996, Thomas became the Executive Director of the Fort Mill Housing Authority until December 2013, when he joined the Murfreesboro Housing Authority. He was also the Director of three other non-pro t entities that were involved in land development for affordable housing. He is immediate Past President of SERC-NAHRO, and past president of the Carolina Council of Housing and Redevelopment Offcials. Thomas has twin sons, Bryan and Henderson who are 29 years old.


Vice President - Commissioners

Jo Alred

Jo Alred is currently serving as the board chairperson for the Jackson Housing Authority in Jackson, Tennes- see. Appointed to the housing board in 1998, she has served for the past 15 years. During this time she has served as co-chairperson for the commissioners committee for TAHRA and as secretary to the commissioners committee for SERC-NAHRO. She is a trainer for the commissioner certi cation offered through NAHRO. Before retiring in 1997, Jo had 31 years of service to the state of Tennessee as a teacher and administrator for Dyersburg City Schools, Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson.


Vice President - Housing


Marcia Lewis

Marcia Lewis is the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority (MHA). Marcia came to MHA from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, where she was the director of public housing for the Memphis hub. She is a vice-president for public housing for SAHMA and was just appointed to serve a three year term on the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.


Vice President - Professional Development

Maria Caltron

Maria Caltron joined Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) in 2004 and is currently serving as KHRA’s deputy director. During her tenure with KHRA, she has worked on various endeavors from HOPE VI Community Supportive Services and Choice Neighborhoods to Family Self Suf ciency/Homeownership which has given her the opportunity to gain experience in grant writing, redevelopment, asset manage- ment, and facilitating community partnerships. Maria serves on several local, regional, and state committees and boards such as the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition (TNAHC) and Fahe. Maria resides in Kingsport with her husband Darryl and four of their six children.


Vice President - Members Services

Ben Bentley

Ben Bentley is the executive director/CEO for KCDC, where he develops and implements strategic initiatives to improve affordable housing and foster development in Knoxville and Knox County. Prior to his current role, Ben served as COO of the MDHA in Nashville. He holds a master of public policy from the University of Denver and is working toward a master of real estate at Georgetown University. An Alabama native, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College. Ben and his wife Kate have two children.


First Past President

Lori Everett: Vice President - Housing

Jim Payne

Jim Payne has served as executive director of Sparta Housing Authority since 2002. His is also the past pres- ident of the Sparta Jaycees, past member of the Sparta Rotary Club, served as City of Sparta alderman for  fteen years, served as vice president at large for TAHRA under the leadership of two past presidents, and has been vice president of housing for the past two years. Jim was president of TAHRA from 2015-2017. He serves on the board of trustees for Motlow State Community College He is married to Judy Parker Payne.


Second Past President

Joyce Floyd

Joyce Floyd is the vice president of strategic planning and development for KCDC, the housing and rede- velopment agency for Knoxville, TN. Her responsibilities include the development of KCDC’s long range and annual organizational strategies, executive oversight of their implementation with focus on nancial impact, and over sees KCDC’s development and acquisition activities. She has over 30 years of experience in the affordable housing market. She also serves as chairperson for the Sparta Housing Authority board of commissioners. She has a strategic planning certi cation from the Performance Institute as a certi ed gov- ernment performance manager and oversees the strategic planning activities for both SERC/NAHRO and TAHRA. She currently serves on NAHRO’s Community Revitalization and Development Committee. Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. 


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