Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chief Officers

Karen Romaine Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

Karen Romaine Thomas

MBA, Chief Executive Officer

In her role as Chief Executive Officer of National Housing Compliance (NHC), Karen Romaine Thomas is responsible for the oversight & annual disbursement of approximately $350 million in Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) to Section 8 Project-Based properties located throughout Georgia and Illinois.  Additional responsibilities include the day-to-day management of NHC’s information technology, financial and accounting operations and oversight of NHC’s multi-million dollar operating budget.  

Prior to joining NHC's staff, Karen worked eleven years for The Schwan Food Company, one of the largest manufacturers of frozen foods in the United States.  After a series of rapid promotions, she concluded her assignment there as Vice President, Divisional CFO for Schwan’s European division, during which time she lived abroad for two years.  She has a vast amount of knowledge of financial standards and administrative operations. 

Karen holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and an MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She currently sits on the board for The Prodigy Group, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster educational achievements in minority males ages 5 – 12. 

You may reach Karen at (770) 939-3939 ext. 2015, or by e-mail at karen.thomas@nhcinc.org

Jeffery K. Wirrick, Chief Operating Officer

Jeffery K. Wirrick, CPM

MPA, SHCM, AHM, Chief Operating Officer

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wirrick oversees the Asset Management Division, which is responsible for Management and Occupancy Reviews, Rent Adjustments, Contract Renewals, Physical Inspections, as well as oversees corporate program compliance and business development. 

Prior to joining NHC's staff, Jeff worked for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) in the Office of Asset Management.  During his eleven years with MSHDA he held several asset management positions; the most recent was his leadership role as the Manager of the Performance-Based Contract Administration program for the state of Michigan.

Jeff completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting at Michigan State University and received his Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University.  Jeff has a professional interest in project and quality management.  In 2006, he earned a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.  Jeff has earned the professional designations of Certified Property Manager (CPM), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) and Assisted Housing Manager (AHM).  Jeff has been working in the affordable housing industry for over 20 years.

You may reach Jeff at (770) 939-3939 ext. 2012, or by e-mail at jeff.wirrick@nhcinc.org.

Jignesh S. Patel, Chief Financial Officer

Jingesh S. Patel

MBA, Chief Financial Officer

In his role as Chief Executive Officer of National Housing Compliance (NHC), Jingesh S. Patel is responsible for the oversight & annual disbursement of approximately $350 million in Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) to Section 8 Project-Based properties located throughout Georgia and Illinois.  Additional responsibilities include the day-to-day management of NHC’s information technology, financial and accounting operations and oversight of NHC’s multi-million dollar operating budget.  

Prior to joining NHC, Jignesh was an accomplished financial leader with CPG experience and extensive knowledge in P&L development, financial planning and analysis, forecasting techniques, trade funds management and pricing.  Jignesh comes to NHC from the food industry where he most recently served as Sales/Commercial Finance Director.

He has his Masters’ in Finance and more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. 

Board of Directors

Douglas S. Faust, Chair

Executive Director, Decatur Housing Authority


Ken Sadeckas, Vice Chair

VP Financial Planning and Analytics, Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta


Michael T. Austin, Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of Macon-Bibb County


Melanie C. Thompson, Secretary

Executive Chief Officer, Hinesville Housing Authority


Mark Wright, Past Chair

Chief Operating Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Marietta


George Edge

Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Americus


J. Richard Parker II

Executive Director, Athens Housing Authority


William Baker

Interim Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Brunswick


Tonya Cureton Curry

Deputy Commissioner of Housing, Georgia Department of Community Affairs


Len Williams   

President, Columbus Affordable Housing Services


Jacob L. Oglesby

Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Augusta


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