Our Team

Laurel Street Team | Best Mixed Income Housing Developers
Dionne Nelson, President and CEO - Laurel Street
Dionne Nelson
President and CEO
Dionne Nelson, President and CEO - Laurel Street
Dionne Nelson
President and CEO

As President and CEO, Dionne establishes and manages the overall strategic direction, operations, and growth of the company and has more than 25 years of experience in real estate development, finance, and operations.

Prior to founding Laurel Street, Dionne served as Senior Vice President at Crosland with responsibility for the company’s affordable housing development and operations. Previously, she managed investments at NewSchools Venture Fund and Earnest Partners and built her skills in strategy, organization, and operations as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Dionne began her career in the world of financial services working as an Investment Banking Analyst at Salomon Brothers in New York City.

Dionne is a Trustee for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and ULI’s Affordable and Workforce Housing Council. Dionne also serves on the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) Board of Directors, Knight Foundation’s Charlotte Community Advisory Committee, Fifth Third Bank’s North Carolina Community Advisory Forum, and UNCC’s Childress Klein Center for Real Estate Advisory Board. She previously served as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and as a board member for Renaissance West Community Initiative, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Levine Museum of the New South, and the North Carolina Housing Coalition. She is a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 29.

Dionne earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College.

 

Lee Cochran
Senior Vice President
Development
Lee Cochran
Senior Vice President
Development

Lee co-leads development activities for Laurel Street. His development oversight starts at project conception and runs through project completion and stabilization. His prior experiences, both with mixed-income developments and public/private partnerships, are leveraged throughout the organization. He has more than 20 years of experience in affordable and market-rate housing development, including elderly and family housing. Lee is well-versed in utilizing a variety of funding structures and sources for projects.

Previously, Lee was Chief Operating Officer at Levine Properties. He was responsible for working with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County on public/private partnerships for the redevelopment of First Ward, a 30-acre, $700 million mixed-use project in Charlotte’s city center. Prior to joining Levine Properties, Lee worked for The Housing Partnership. During his nine years there, he helped develop projects that included single-family rehabilitation, multi-family new construction, and master-planned development of neighborhoods. Lee served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer during his last three years. He began his real estate experience with the Housing Authority and Housing Department of the City of Baltimore.

Lee is a board member for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and is a board member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charlotte Capital Markets Council.

He earned a master of public policy degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University.

Ronn Stewart
Senior Vice President
Development
Ronn Stewart
Senior Vice President
Development

Ronn co-leads development activities for Laurel Street. His development oversight starts at project conception and runs through project stabilization. Ronn has more than 25 years of experience in architecture, finance, development, and construction. His expertise in complex construction projects and mixed-use development are leveraged throughout the organization.

Previously, Ronn was Senior Vice President - Construction at The Pizzuti Companies. In this role, Ronn was responsible for managing all aspects of the companies’ pre-development and construction activities, including establishing policies, procedures, and department goals. Prior to joining Pizzuti, Ronn managed high-rise development projects at Flaherty & Collins Properties, Renaissance Realty Group, and Crosland. He began his career in architecture as a designer and in commercial banking as a Real Estate Analyst at National City Bank.

Ronn is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio. He is a Director for the Advancement Board for Real Estate Development at Clemson University and a Board Member for Community of Caring Development Foundation and Masters Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio.  Ronn also serves as a committee member for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and Regional Housing Committee.

Ronn earned a master of real estate development degree from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Franklin University. He also studied architecture at Ohio State University.

Sylvia Sullivan
Vice President
Finance and Operations
Sylvia Sullivan
Vice President
Finance and Operations

Sylvia leads financial management and business operations for Laurel Street. She is responsible for the oversight and management of daily business operations as well as corporate and project financial management. Her corporate responsibilities include coordination with the CEO on financial planning, cash management, preparation of financial statements, coordination of third-party reviews, and management of payroll and benefits. She provides oversight to project-level financial requirements. Sylvia has over 23 years of experience in real estate accounting.

Previously, Sylvia held the Controllers position at Northwood Ravin. She was responsible for general accounting as well as the development, construction, and management of market-rate multifamily projects. Prior to joining Northwood Ravin, Sylvia worked as the Finance Manager for the residential division of Crosland.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York and passed the New York CPA exam.

Noel Henderson-James
Development Director
Noel Henderson-James
Development Director

Noel manages development activities for Laurel Street’s pipeline in the Research Triangle Park region and is based in the Durham office. His development oversight starts at project conception and runs through project stabilization. Noel has more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and finance, including the past 10 years in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) syndication.

Previously, Noel was Director of Acquisitions at Raymond James Tax Credit Funds (RJTCF) in New York City. In this role, Noel was responsible for originating LIHTC investments in the Northeast region, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. Prior to joining RJTCF, Noel was a Vice President at Richman Housing Resources specializing in LIHTC syndication in New York City for a range of affordable housing projects, including supportive housing, mixed-income, public housing redevelopment, acquisition/rehab, and resyndication. He worked in development with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in New Orleans and The Michaels Organization in Chicago. Noel began his career in affordable housing with the National Equity Fund in Chicago.

Noel earned a master of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College (Northfield, MN).

Rosa Newman
Development Manager
Rosa Newman
Development Manager

Rosa oversees day-to-day project management of several Laurel Street developments from initial conception through project stabilization. Her responsibilities range from project planning and finance structuring through design, construction, and lease-up.

Previously, Rosa worked for a South Florida based affordable housing developer where she was responsible for tax-credit developments throughout Florida and Texas. Prior to working in the housing development industry, she interned for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the General Counsel. She also gained hands-on community organizing experience through her previous volunteer endeavors in South Florida.

Rosa is a member of both the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.

She earned a juris doctor and master of science degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago, where she was a Bill and Melinda Gates fellow.

Kerrace Pressley
Development Associate
Kerrace Pressley
Development Associate

Kerrace provides support for the development team on a range of projects from pre-development through construction. Some of his responsibilities include conducting financial analyses, collecting due diligence during the closing process, and tracking and documenting projects during construction.

Previously, Kerrace interned as a Development Manager for District Development, where he coordinated the development of four 10,000-square-foot retail locations across the Greenville, South Carolina metro area. Prior to joining District Development, he held a position as a New Homes Sales Specialist, where he was responsible for more than $2 million in home sales in Anderson, South Carolina.

Kerrace earned a master of real estate development degree from Clemson University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson University.

Jon Thompson
Development Associate
Jon Thompson
Development Associate

Jon provides support for the development team on a range of projects from pre-development through construction. Some of his responsibilities include conducting financial analyses, collecting due diligence during the closing process, and tracking and documenting projects during construction.

Previously, Jon worked as a Development Associate at the Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., a Boston-based non-profit developer. In that role, he gained experience in affordable housing by working on funding applications for tax credit projects and construction loan closings for a wide variety of projects in New England. Prior to working in development, Jon worked as a Legal Assistant for the New York Business Development Corporation, where he gained finance and legal experience in the commercial lending sector.

Jon earned a master of urban planning degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Clemson University.

Sue Moody
Senior Development Coordinator
Sue Moody
Senior Development Coordinator

Sue provides overall support and coordination for the development team. She is responsible for coordinating with partners, attorneys, financial providers, contractors, architects, local municipality staff, finance agencies, and property managers to ensure that developments progress smoothly from conception to stabilization. Additionally, Sue is responsible for maintaining the legal entity structure and reporting for the organization. She also manages development marketing collateral. Sue has over 25 years of experience working with the pursuit, closing, construction, lease-up, and stabilization requirements of mixed-income housing developments.

Previously, Sue was a Development Coordinator with Crosland. There she provided coordination and support for senior members of the residential development and contracting teams. Prior to joining Crosland, Sue was a paralegal.

She earned an associate of applied science in office administration with a legal concentration degree from Central Piedmont Community College. She is also a commissioned notary public in the State of North Carolina.

Tracey Nash-Powell
Project Accounting Manager
Tracey Nash-Powell
Project Accounting Manager

Tracey manages project-level financial transactions through development and construction. She is responsible for tracking the financial progress for all projects, which includes management of project cash flows and draws, financial analysis, and collaboration with the development team. She also assists the Vice President of Finance and Operations with various aspects of corporate accounting and reporting. Tracey has over 25 years of experience working in the field of accounting.

Previously, Tracey held a Senior Project Accounting role with Lat Purser and Associates, where she was responsible for construction draws, all commercial bank reconciliations, and other accounting-related functions for commercial and residential properties.  Prior to joining Lat Purser and Associates, Tracey worked as a Senior Accountant for Highmark Inc. in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Tracey received the 2013 Women of Excellence from the New Pittsburgh Courier and the 2012 Jefferson Award from the Jefferson Awards Foundation for her service to the community.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Robert Morris University.

Monique Mendes
Human Resources and Operations Manager
Monique Mendes
Human Resources and Operations Manager

Monique manages and executes office and staff functions necessary for successful and efficient company operations. Her responsibilities include formalizing and enforcing company policies, overseeing, and managing human resource compliance, leading annual benefits assessment and renewals, helping ensure company financial controls by supporting accounting/finance with cash verifications and reconciliations as well as day-to-day office management. Monique has over 15 years of experience in providing project and office management.

Previously, Monique worked for Renaissance West Community Initiative. Her primary responsibilities were office management, marketing, and board support. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Monique worked for The Berry Companies, a property management, commercial brokerage, and development firm. Her responsibilities included accounting, office management, and providing support to the brokerage and development teams.

Monique earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College and is a commissioned notary public in North Carolina.

 

Melissa Valley
Senior Asset Manager
Melissa Valley
Senior Asset Manager

Melissa oversees the operations and management of our stabilized properties and communities during lease-up. She has more than 20 years of experience in property management, working with tax credit communities and oversight of various property types, including senior housing, public housing, and conventional communities as well as single-family homes.

Previously, Melissa worked as a Regional Property Manager for Gateway Property Management. She oversaw a portfolio of mixed properties within North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Prior to joining Gateway Property Management, Melissa worked as the Director of Operations for David Drye Company, where she increased revenue by more than $2 million, leading to the sale of the company’s portfolio.

Melissa has served on several boards, including the Salisbury Board of Realtors, and held positions as the president and vice president of various parent-teacher association boards.

Melissa earned a master of business administration degree from Western Governors University and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Western Governors University. Additionally, she earned a broker’s license with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

Marquise Redfern
Asset Management Analyst
Marquise Redfern
Asset Management Analyst

Marquise provides support for the asset management team. He helps with the management of our stabilized properties and communities during lease-up. He has more than 10 years of experience in the property management sector.

Previously, Marquise worked as a Property Manager for American Campus Communities. In this role, Marquise was responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the asset. He managed four communities within North Carolina and Maryland, where he analyzed and prepared financial budgets for assets with an annual income of more than $4 million.

Marquise earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

 

Tyrone Harmon
Construction Management
Harmon Construction
Tyrone Harmon
Construction Management
Harmon Construction

Tyrone Harmon is the CEO of Harmon Construction Services, LLC (HCS), a fully integrated construction services firm specializing in commercial and multifamily development. HCS provides a wide range of construction-related services, including full pre-construction services and estimating, general contracting, construction management, and design-build. Licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, Tyrone brings over 18 years of construction experience to the table.

The Harmon Construction Services team presently provides construction management services for Laurel Street Residential, among other clients, where they are responsible for overseeing construction for 344 units of LIHTC and 326 units of mixed-income housing. Harmon Construction staff are familiar with North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s field requirements and take the lead on facilitating the approval process for unit occupancy with NCHFA staff members. Other present clientele include Piedmont Community Charter School and Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation.

Tyrone attended college in North Carolina, graduating from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also received executive management training from Dartmouth College and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to his multiple licensures throughout the region, Tyrone is a LEED accredited professional and is certified with EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting program.

Lee McLin
Construction Management
Harmon Construction
Lee McLin
Construction Management
Harmon Construction

Lee McLin is the Field Engineer of Harmon Construction Services, LLC (HCS), a fully integrated construction services firm specializing in commercial and multifamily development. HCS provides a wide range of construction-related services, including full pre-construction services and estimating, general contracting, construction management, and design-build. Lee brings over 10 years of construction project management experience to the organization.

The Harmon Construction Services team presently provides construction management services for Laurel Street Residential, among other clients, where they are responsible for overseeing construction for 344 units of LIHTC and 326 units of mixed-income housing. Harmon Construction staff are familiar with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s field requirements and take the lead on facilitating the approval process for unit occupancy with NCHFA staff members. Other present clientele includes Piedmont Community Charter School and Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation.

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans. He is a certified instructor in Carpentry and Building Trades from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). He has completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training as well as Scaffolder training from the Scaffold Institute of America.

Marques Moore
Construction Management
Harmon Construction
Marques Moore
Construction Management
Harmon Construction

Lee McLin is the Field Engineer of Harmon Construction Services, LLC (HCS), a fully integrated construction services firm specializing in commercial and multifamily development. HCS provides a wide range of construction-related services, including full pre-construction services and estimating, general contracting, construction management, and design-build. Lee brings over 10 years of construction project management experience to the organization.

The Harmon Construction Services team presently provides construction management services for Laurel Street Residential, among other clients, where they are responsible for overseeing construction for 344 units of LIHTC and 326 units of mixed-income housing. Harmon Construction staff are familiar with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s field requirements and take the lead on facilitating the approval process for unit occupancy with NCHFA staff members. Other present clientele includes Piedmont Community Charter School and Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation.

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans. He is a certified instructor in Carpentry and Building Trades from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). He has completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training as well as Scaffolder training from the Scaffold Institute of America.