TAHRA Board of Directors




Lori Everett: Vice President - Housing

Jim Payne

Executive Director
Sparta Housing Authority
PO Box 419
300 Cragrock Drive
Sparta, TN  38523


Jim has served as Executive Director of Sparta Housing Authority since 2002.  His is also the past President of the Sparta Jaycees, past member of the Sparta Rotary Club, served as City of Sparta Alderman for fifteen (15) years, served as Vice President at Large for TAHRA under the leadership of two (2) past Presidents, and has been Vice President of Housing for the past two years.  Jim is also on the Board of Trustees for Motlow State Community College. He is married to Judy Parker Payne.



Senior Vice President

Paul Dellinger

Executive Director
Cleveland Housing Authority
450 Walker Street, NE
Cleveland, TN 37311

Paul has served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Housing Authority since 2005, after having previously served as the Deputy Director of the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority (Lima, Ohio) for more than 12 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1983 and later earned his MBA 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, 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.



Vice President - Commissioners

Jo Alred

Jackson Housing Authority
PO Box 3188
Jackson, TN  38303

Jo is currently serving as the board chair for the Jackson Housing Authority in Jackson, Tennessee.  Appointed to the housing board in 1998, she has served for the past 15 years.  During this time she has served as co-chair for the commissioners committee for TAHRA and as secretary to the commissioners committee for SERC-NAHRO.  She is a trainer for the commissioner certification 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 - Member Services

Nancy Burnette


Nancy Burnette has moved up the ladder and worked in many different capacities in her 29 years at Maryville Housing Authority. Bill Judkins who was the Executive Director at the time, hired Nancy in 1988 as the Section 8 Housing Inspector. Nancy became the Section 8 Manager in 1991 and Leasing Manager in 1992.  In 1998 she was promoted to Deputy Director and then in April of 2014 she was appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors following the retirement of Joyce Baker.  Nancy, a native of Blount County is married to David Burnette, Bwho is a Telecom Consultant with Schooley Mitchell.  Together they have four daughters and three granddaughters and reside in Friendsville, TN.  



Vice President - Housing

Herschel Thrasher

Herschel Thrasher

Executive Director
Shelbyville Housing Authority
343 Courtland Dr.
Shelbyville, TN 37106
931.684. 9306

Hershel has been with the Shelbyville Housing Authority (SHA) for twenty-five (25) years and was made Executive Director in 1993. SHA consists of 422 units of public housing with a staff of 17, including force-account labor. Hershel has served Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities as Board Member at Large, Vice-President of Housing and is currently nominated for Sr. Vice-President. He has been a Trustee for PHADA (Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association) for twelve years and was recently re-appointed for the 2017- 1018 term. Hershel is the Past President of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, has served as Chairman of the Bedford County Housing Committee for the Governor’s Three-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 (2) grown children (Lee & Leslie) and nine grandchildren.



Vice President - Professional Development

Ben Bentley

Chief Operation Officer
Nashville-Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency
701 S. 6th Street
Nashville, TN 37206

In 2010, Ben joined HUD’s Nashville Office of Public Housing as a Presidential Management Fellow, later transitioning to the position of Portfolio Management Specialist in that same office. In 2014, he accepted the position of Division Director in HUD’s Denver Regional Office of Public Housing, responsible for financial and regulatory oversight of Public Housing Agencies across a six state region. Ben moved back to Nashville in April of 2015 to serve as Chief Operating Officer at Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), where he lives with his wife Kate and one year old Charlie (who he is pretty sure, is the cutest and smartest child in the world).



1st Past President

Joyce Floyd

PO Box 3550
Knoxville, TN  37927-3550 

Joyce is the strategic planning and special projects director for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation; the housing and redevelopment agency for Knoxville, Tennessee.  Joyce has over 30 years of experience in the affordable housing market with a financial background focus.  She has a strategic planning certification from the Performance Institute as a certified government performance manager and has served as chairman of the strategic planning committee for both the Southeastern Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (SERC-NAHRO) and the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA) for over six years.  She also presently serves as chairman of the Sparta Housing Authority’s board of directors.  Joyce received her BS from Tennessee Technological University.



2nd Past President

John Snodderly: President

John Snodderly

Executive Director 
LaFollette Housing Authority
PO Box 392
LaFollette, TN  377667

John is the executive director of LaFollette Housing Authority located in LaFollette, Tennessee.  He is a member of The LaFollette United Methodist Church where he is chairman of the leadership council and a member of the finance committee.  He also serves as a member of the board and is treasurer for Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation. He is married to Raewyn Snodderly and they have two children, Zeke and Nora.


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