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The success of Vantage Management would not be possible without the broad range of experience, talent and genuine commitment found within the leaders of our organization. Each one brings with them unique abilities and perspectives that support the whole and guide us in our mission to provide visionary performance.
Michael LeitheadPresident ﹀
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, HCCPExecutive Vice President, Operations ﹀
With more than 20 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 of Operations for Edgewood, overseeing a portfolio of both affordable and mixed-market properties. Her knowledge in asset management extends from class-A market-rate properties to HUD subsidized senior housing and LIHTC communities. By thoroughly understanding the uniqueness and intricacies of each property, partnering with clients to maximize asset potential and continually striving to improve upon each resident's experience, Donna brings added value to the Edgewood team. Much of her success is directly related to her belief in building strong teams and forming solid client relationships. Keeping up-to-date with industry regulations and best practices has enabled Donna to effectively train her teams in preparing for and achieving high scores on REAC inspections. Donna currently serves on Edgewood's Policies and Procedures Committee. She holds a degree in Business Management from Dickinson Business College.
Terrence J. Kelley, SHCM, HCCP, CPOExecutive Vice President ﹀
As Executive Vice President of Edgewood and Vantage, Terrence directly supervises property operations for half of the Company’s portfolio. Having more than two decades of property management experience, Terrence has a diverse background in affordable, market rate, senior living and new construction, as well as the lease-up and management of LIHTC communities. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of property operations including new acquisitions, rehabs, regulatory compliance, refinances, budgeting and more. He is a firm believer in establishing and maintaining clear lines of communications in order to create successful teams, enriched communities and thriving assets.
Terrence also directly oversees the Company’s IT, Contracts & Purchasing, Construction Management and Systems & Software departments. For the past several years, he has led a portfolio of multifamily properties with a focus on affordable and mixed market communities and has played a large role in developing the Company's policies and procedures. Terrence has been honored for his outstanding work in environmentally sustainable practices, is a member of the Community Services Foundation Board of Directors, serves as a Trustee on the Edgewood Management Retirement Fund, and is the newest Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County Board Member.
Michael StephensChief Financial Officer ﹀
Mike joined Edgewood and Vantage in 2022 as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of accounting and finance for both the companies and its more than 200 managed properties. This includes oversight of accounting department staff, monthly and annual internal and external financial reporting, audit preparation and management, transaction analysis, and regulatory reporting and tax compliance.
Prior to joining Edgewood and Vantage, Mike was a partner with several CPA firms where his practice primarily consisted of serving affordable housing clients including public housing authorities, non-profits, property management organizations, developers, and investors. Mike also has experience with quasi-governmental organizations and worked with clients that have regulatory oversight and reporting requirements.
Mike is a Maryland licensed CPA and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola College.
Wendy SimpsonSenior Vice President, Marketing ﹀
Wendy oversees the Marketing Department for Edgewood and Vantage and all related initiatives including online and multi-channel media, promotional campaigns, branding, reputation management, social media and leasing strategies. She joined Edgewood and Vantage with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, training and sales in property management, investment, new construction and redevelopment. Wendy’s past experience includes serving as Marketing Director for AIMCO’s East Coast redevelopment division. She has served as Marketing Council Chair and a board member for PMA (Property Management Association), and has been awarded over twenty AOBA ACE and PMA MAE awards. Wendy has an MBA from Strayer University.
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.
Jason Salamon, SHRM-SCP, SPHRSenior 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.
Jack JonesVice President, Training & Development ﹀
Jack Jones serves as Vice President of Training & Development for Edgewood Management. Prior to joining out 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 and 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.
Traci Lutz, CPO, HCCP, SHCM, BOSVice President, Compliance ﹀
Traci oversees compliance monitoring for all of the company’s subsidized and tax-credit properties. 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 ChangVice 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.
Fred D. Mifflin, RPAVice 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.
Robert (Boo) NickleVice 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.
Cindy Maldonado, ARM, CAHM, Sr RAM, SCHMVice President, Systems Training and Support ﹀
As a 45-year veteran in the multi-family industry, Cindy has dedicated 35 years of her multi-family career to Edgewood and Vantage Management. Holding numerous operations positions within development and management environments, that include Property Manager, Regional Property Manager, and VP Operations, she has accumulated vast experience and knowledge with many operating systems used in the affordable property management world today. She sets up new databases, spearheads many of our RealPage processes and is a director and mentor for cementing company-wide operational policies. Cindy also provides webinars and instructor led training, and general technology-related and operations support for all levels of company employees.
Cindy is a long-standing member on the RealPage Affordable User Group, and since its inception, has provided Edgewood and Vantage a preliminary voice on numerous product line enhancements and upgrades through trial testing many products. As a member of the company’s Policy and Procedure Committee she assists in creating and updating policies for Edgewood and Vantage which affords her the ability to share her knowledge with employee at all levels of the management team. Cindy’s passion is to see the success gained by others from her training and sharing of her knowledge. She has been recognized by Edgewood for the Un-Sung Hero Award in 2016, as well as noted in Software Client Spotlight - RealPage Screening Newsletter and participated in Stump the Expert panelist at the 2019 RealPage Affordable Conference.
Frank WinstonVice 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.
Tiffany Kensey, CPO, FHCSenior Manager of Business Administration ﹀
As Senior Manager of Business Administration, Tiffany is the primary point of contact for new business acquisitions and property dispositions. Serving as the head of the company’s Property Transition team, she is closely involved with the life-cycle of a property. From responding to RFP’s for Property Management Services, to drafting and securing the execution of management contracts, Tiffany works closely with Owners to obtain the necessary lender, investor and/or agency approvals for management transitions, including HUD and CDA. For the past 11 years, Tiffany has directly overseen the Administration Department, which provides support for both the corporate office as well as the on-site property operations teams. Tiffany is currently a member of the Business Development team and serves as a Secure Systems Coordinator in HUD’s 2530 system for both Edgewood and Vantage.
Michael HodgesDirector of Risk Management ﹀
As Director of Risk Management & Safety, Michael oversees all risk assessment, risk control, claims management, insurance management, contractual risk transfer, emergency preparedness, emergency response, safety standards, safety training, risk oversight and risk training at Edgewood and Vantage. Michael brings 15 years of experience in Risk Management and Safety holding roles in underwriting, risk control & risk management with large insurance companies and government entities. He is a firm believer in fostering effective communication with his partners, thinking outside of the box, and taking a holistic approach to risk management that includes risk assessment, risk control & risk transfer strategies. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds an ARM designation from The Institutes.
Vantage’s leadership team has earned numerous corporate designations. These positions represent the extensive reach of our collective roles and responsibilities. It is an ever-expanding list as we continuously strive to master new skills and expand upon the breadth of our services.