Michael Leithead at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Michael Leithead,

In his role as President, Michael provides strategic leadership and operational oversight to both the Edgewood and Vantage companies, ensuring a culture of collaboration, empowerment, and operational excellence among his executive team and our more than 600 employees. During his tenure, Michael has overseen overall improvement in the delivery of services to our clients and residents, with a particular focus on consistently improving efficiency and productivity through the use of technology. Michael joined Edgewood and Vantage in 2016, with more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and property management. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Edgewood and Vantage, and serves as a Trustee for both the Edgewood Management Retirement Fund and the Edgewood Management Health Trust. Michael has an MBA in Finance from Villanova University.

Donna Valencia-Walker, HCCP
Executive Vice President

With more than 22 years of experience in multifamily real estate management and a diverse background in managing a broad range of assets, Donna serves as Executive Vice President for Edgewood and Vantage, directly overseeing operations for approximately half of the Company’s portfolio. Her expertise in asset management includes class-A market-rate, mixed-use and mixed income, HUD subsidized senior housing and LIHTC communities. By thoroughly appreciating the uniqueness of each community, understanding client goals and partnering with them to maximize the potential of each asset, Donna is able to continually improve upon the resident experience and maximize client satisfaction. In addition to overseeing a large portion of Operations, Donna also has direct oversight of the Compliance, Administration and Budgeting / Section 8 Contracts departments. Much of Donna’s success is directly related to her belief in building strong teams and forming solid client and vendor relationships. Donna is currently a member of the Edgewood and Vantage Policies and Procedures Committee and she also serves as a Trustee on the Edgewood Management Health Trust. She holds a degree in Business Management from Dickinson Business College.

Donna at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland


Jason Salamon, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Vice President of Human Resources and Training at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Jason Salamon, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Jason joined the Edgewood and Vantage leadership team in 2017 and heads up all facets of human resources and training including talent, learning & development, engagement & retention, employee relations, compensation & benefits and payroll. He has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for more than 25 years, serving stakeholders across several industries and with such organizations as Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Vornado Realty Trust. Jason obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Human Resources Management from American University and earned his Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from George Washington University.

Wendy Simpson
Senior Vice President, Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Wendy overseas corporate marketing, technology partnerships and programs, and portfolio marketing operations for market-rate, mixed income and affordable properties at Edgewood and Vantage. Prior to joining Edgewood and Vantage in 2015, Wendy served in multiple marketing leadership roles for AIMCO, Morgan Properties and other privately-owned multifamily organizations where she spent much of her time building go-to-market campaigns, generating branding and creative, and leading cross-functional teams. She is an expert at positioning properties in new development lease ups and redevelopment, and has a strong drive to provide a distinguishable customer journey and a solid, long-lasting experience with our clients. Over her 20 year marketing career, she has been recognized numerous times by PMA and AOBA for her digital and branding body of work and has served as Marketing Council Chair and Board Member for PMA. She is also an active member of NMHC’s Marketing Leaders Roundtable and NAA’s Marketing & Communications Forum. Wendy holds an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University.

Wendy Simpson  Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Robert (Boo) Nickle Vice President, Construction and Maintenance at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Robert (Boo) Nickle
Vice President, Construction and Maintenance

Robert has been with Edgewood for more than 40 years. He began his Edgewood career as a Porter and was promoted to Community Manager through several positions including Groundskeeper, Maintenance Technician and Maintenance Engineer. Robert is responsible for overseeing engineering and construction projects for Edgewood-managed properties. He also assists in the bid preparation and solicitation process.

Frank Winston
Vice President, Facilities Management and Procurement

A member of the Edgewood team since 1974, Frank is responsible for negotiating, procuring and overseeing the company’s national contracts and pricing. He works closely with Edgewood's Risk Management and Legal Departments to ensure the property's liability is minimized, advises clients on major building systems and provides training and guidance to the portfolio onsite maintenance teams. Frank is the company’s Asbestos Coordinator and manages the relationships with all of Edgewood's preferred vendors.

Frank Winston Vice President, Facilities Management and Procurement at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Jack Jones, Vice President, Training and Development

Jack Jones
Vice President, Training & Development

Jack Jones serves as Vice President of Training & Development for Edgewood/Vantage. Prior to joining our team, he worked simultaneously as Vice President of Housing Quality and Training Services for Volunteers of America, a national nonprofit operating a portfolio of 19,000+ units of affordable housing, and as a consultant for Quadel Consulting, an affordable housing management firm. Jack possesses a deep wealth of training and learning development experience which includes the facilitation of HUD, tax credit compliance and other affordable housing training courses as well as training certification programs. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary and has earned a Nonprofit Executive Program Certificate from the University of Notre Dame. Jack is also certified in Project Management, Tax Credit Compliance, Multifamily Assisted Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Fred D. Mifflin, RPA
Vice President, Budgets and Energy, Section 8 Contract Manager

Fred joined the Edgewood team in 1984. Today he oversees all facets of the Edgewood budget process for over 200 sites for both internal staff and external clients. In addition, he handles all regulatory aspects of the Section 8 contract renewal process for federal subsidy contracts, rent increases, comparability studies and HUD 2530-related matters. Fred also negotiates all third-party utility purchasing in the deregulated gas and electric markets and handles Edgewood’s utility management program. He holds an MA from The American University and a BA from The University of Pittsburgh.

Fred Mifflin at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Tracy Lutz at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Traci Lutz, CPO, HCCP, SHCM, BOS
Vice President, Compliance

Traci oversees compliance monitoring for all of the Company’s mixed-income communities. She trains associates on income certifications and recertifications, facilitates the company’s industry designation program and continuing education courses, and issues income and rent limits based upon current HUD rules and regulations. Traci also issues Owner’s Certificates of Compliance for tax credit and bond properties and works closely with owners, investors, and syndicators on all tax credit, new construction, lease-up, and acquisition rehabilitation projects. She is the corporate EIV and HUD Secure Systems Coordinator. Traci began her career with Edgewood Management in 1999 as a Legal Specialist, and has a BS from Towson State University.

Michael Chang
Vice President, Information Technology

Mike is responsible for all aspects of the company’s IT infrastructure, software applications, communications technology, and staffing. Equally comfortable providing hands-on customer support and strategic guidance to executive staff, Mike especially enjoys the challenges of tailoring and simplifying IT solutions to meet business goals. He has 17 years of experience in IT, most recently as the Server Team Lead at the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences. He served as the Manager of IT Infrastructure at Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and as a Lead IT Consultant for ProFund Advisors and US News & World Report. Mike has a BS in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michael Chang  Director, Information Technology at Vantage Management in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Sheila Alkire Director, Training

Revée M. Simpson, Esq.
General Counsel

Revée joined Edgewood and Vantage in 2020 and is General Counsel for the companies overseeing all aspects of legal and corporate compliance, transactional activities, contract administration, risk management, and general litigation supervision.

Prior to joining Edgewood and Vantage, Revée was a partner at Offit Kurman where her practice primarily consisted of commercial and real estate litigation; she also served as practice group manager for the firm’s landlord-representation practice group.

Revée received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a law degree from University of Maryland School of Law. She is barred in Maryland and the District of Columbia.