Mark E. English, NAHPA President / Vice President

Colleen Fisher, NAHPA Treasurer

Dr. Gary Edwards, NAHPA Secretary

Mark E. English

Mark English, the President and a founding member of NAHPA, has vast experience in multifamily housing, particularly the areas of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and other federal housing programs.  Over his twenty-five plus years in the affordable housing industry, he has been responsible for the packaging and funding of thousands of USDA 515 units as well as the development of thousands of units using programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, HOME, and Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program over a fifteen state area.

Mr. English is also President and Chief Operating Officer of the E&A Team, Inc. which performs Accessibility Site Reviews, Capital Needs Assessments (CNA), Physical Needs Assessments (PNA), and blue print review on multifamily housing complexes in order to assess compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Federal Fair Housing requirements.  Since 1992, E&A has performed reviews in all 50 states and has inspected more than 400,000 multifamily units.

Mr. English is also Managing General Partner of Fair Housing Solutions, LLC which provides training on Fair Housing, Accessibility, and Harassment as it relates to Fair Housing, USDA RD 3560 Regulations, and the LITHC Compliance.  Fair Housing Solutions has taught more than 500 educational seminars in addition to offering online training.  He has participated with organizations such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Council for Affordable & Rural Housing (CARH), Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA), USDA Rural Development (RD), and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)>

Mr. English is also responsible for publishing the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) Pocket Edition Manual in addition to being the editor of SourceAbility Flash Drive.   SourceAbility is the most comprehensive collection of accessibility resources available for Fair Housing Amendment Act, the ADA, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Section 504/Uniform Federal Accessibility Guidelines plus much more.

He resides in Tuscaloosa, AL, has been married for 32 years to Judy and has two children (Emily & Garrison).  Mr. English also serves on the Elder Board of North River Church, Tuscaloosa, AL

Colleen Fisher

Colleen M. Fisher became Executive Director of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) in August, 1996. CARH represents the interests of over 300 companies that are involved in the building, development, financing, management and ownership of housing in rural areas across the country.

Ms. Fisher is a member of the Advisory Board for the Housing and Development Reporter (HDR). HDR is a bi-weekly national publication that provides comprehensive analyses and information on all aspects of the affordable housing and community development industries. Ms. Fisher just recently completed a two-year board term on Fannie Mae’s National Housing Advisory Council. The Council includes leaders from all segments of the housing industry, and meets three times per year in order to advise Fannie Mae and address housing issues on a national scope.

Prior to becoming CARH’s Executive Director, Ms. Fisher was Industry Relations Manager in the Resolution Trust Corporation’s (RTC) National Marketing Department in Washington, DC for four years. The RTC was the quasi government agency established in 1989 to sell the assets from the failed savings and loans across the country. The RTC, by statute, ended operations on December 31, 1995. As the RTC’s Industry Relations Manager, Ms. Fisher was the principal liaison between the RTC and the various national real estate and financial services trade association groups and their members. Ms. Fisher also played a major role in the development of complex marketing campaigns which resulted in the sale of over $395 billion in real estate and loans throughout the country.

From 1983 to 1991, Ms. Fisher was Vice President for Government Relations for the National Apartment Association (NAA). In this capacity, Ms. Fisher worked on several major pieces of legislation that impacted the multi-family housing industry in the tax, environmental, and financial arenas. Ms. Fisher began her career in Washington DC by working in the U.S. Senate. She was a Legislative Assistant for now former Senator Richard S. Schwelker (R, PA). Ms. Fisher also was a Majority Professional Staff member on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, where she worked for now Former Senator Jake Garn (R, UT) on the HUD, VA, and Independent Agencies Subcommittee.

Dr. Gary Edwards

Dr. Gary Edwards has been Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham for over 25 years. UCP provides a wide range of services including preschool for children with and without disabilities, early intervention services, adult day rehabilitation, supported employment, case management, and Social Security Benefits management. UCP has recently constructed a state of the art early learning center called Hand in Hand and an adult services facility called LINCPoint to meet the employment and medical needs of individuals with severe disabilities. Other areas of expansion include Special Needs Trust and Safe, Accessible and Affordable Housing. The organization has received local, state, and national recognition for its children and adult programs. Dr. Edwards received the 2008 Children’s Advocate Award from Child Care Resources.