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Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative

Staff: Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative

Staff listing for the Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative.

Donna Veatch

Program Manager, Head Start Real Property Facilities Initiative

Donna Veatch

Donna Veatch is experienced in the field of early childhood education, specifically as a Head Start teacher, family advocate, and education and operations manager. Ms. Veatch has 20 plus years of extensive experience in planning and implementing professional training for Head Start and the early care and education community. Donna is regionally and nationally known, having served on the National Head Start Association Board of Directors for eight years. Most recently, Ms. Veatch served as executive director for the Region VII and Missouri Head Start Associations. She is a past Head Start federal reviewer, logistical training contractor for Danya International and mentor coach.

Ms. Veatch received her bachelor's of arts, magna cum laude in early childhood and family development from Ottawa University and is currently completing her graduate credential in executive leadership development from Avila University. Ms. Veatch is also a Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles.

(816) 401-0469

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Melissa Adams

Real Property Facilities Expert

Melissa Adams

Melissa Adams has extensive experience in nonprofit management with a focus in the areas of finance, grant administration and program development.  She has dedicated much of her career working in the fields of maternal / child health and early education. In addition to her work as an Executive Director, Melissa previously served as a Head Start Director for a program in New Hampshire and most recently worked with the New England Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Network as a grantee specialist specializing in fiscal management and strategic planning.   

Ms. Adams holds a bachelor's of science in business administration and a master's in nonprofit management and leadership, both from Capella University.

(978) 350-3395

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Jessica Cawthorn

Real Property Facilities Expert

Jessica Cawthorn

Jessica Cawthorn joins the RFPI as a dynamic program and fiscal management professional with ten years of grant and fiscal management experience. She has experience in working with and providing technical assistance to non-profit, federal, state, and local government entities. Most recently she served as a program specialist and as a grants management specialist for the Office of Head Start Region office in Dallas, TX. With her combined grants and program experience, she has experience in acquisition, disposition, federal property management, review and analysis of facility applications, transition of federal property and extensive experience in managing facility transfers through the Designation Renewal System including onsite facility assessments.

She earned a bachelor's of science in university studies from The University of Texas at Arlington.

(682) 220-8498

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John A. Dahl

Real Property Facilities Expert

John A. Dahl

John Dahl has over 30 years of real estate experience throughout the US. John has been involved in the acquisition, lease, sales and development of over 700 real estate projects. John’s experience includes the acquisition and construction of one of the largest satellite facilities in the world, acquisition and development of a 500,000 square foot furniture warehouse in addition to the building of 25 new McDonald's restaurants. 

John has a bachelor's in real estate from the University of Colorado and a master’s from the University of Denver.

(720) 661-9548

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Ja'Net Defell

Real Property Facilities Expert

Ja’Net Defell

Ja’Net Defell joins the RPFI team with more than 10 years of real estate analysis, management and development experience. Prior to joining UMass, Ms. Defell worked for a community development financial institution where she managed a portfolio of real estate projects valuing more than $60 million. Specific to early childhood education, Ja’Net has supported facility projects including facility assessments, renovations and new construction projects for more than 40 early childhood education facilities in the City of Detroit including facilities for Head Start grantees and delegates.

Ms. Defell holds a master’s of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Michigan. She is a recent Fulcrum Fellow with the Center for Community Investment, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a certified Project Management Professional and LEED Green Associate.

(312) 914-5862

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Shariá Hall

Real Property Facilities Expert

Shariá Hall

Shariá Hall has over fifteen years of real estate, non-profit administration & organization, and leadership training & development experience. She has extensive experience in fiscal planning, program management and organizational behavior. Prior to joining RPFI, Shariá worked in the NYC and Long Island commercial real estate market as an operations manager and property manager. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant to non-profit organizations and construction firms. She currently teaches college-level adjunct business management and English. 

Ms. Hall holds a master's in business administration from Hofstra University, a bachelor's degree in English from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and a paralegal certificate from Hofstra University.

(646) 753-1258

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Damien Hudson

Real Property Facilities Expert

Damien Hudson

Damien Hudson is responsible for providing technical support to federal staff in regional offices with facility issues such as acquisitions, dispositions and management of facilities. Mr. Hudson joins PMFO with more than 15 years of experience in real estate and facilities management. As a management consultant, he is well-versed in a variety of real estate consulting areas including, federal property management, acquisitions & dispositions, infrastructure & capital projects, transactional due diligence and project management.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science/pre-law and master’s degree in public policy from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in real estate from Johns Hopkins University.

(814) 215-6363

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Natasha Jones

Real Property Facilities Expert

Natasha Jones

Natasha Jones joins the Real Property Facilities Initiative as a vigorous contract and fiscal management professional with twenty years of contract, grant and fiscal management experience in higher education, federal, state, and local government. For the past four years, Ms. Jones has served as a senior grants management specialist/fiscal specialist for the Office of Head Start in Region IV. She also has over five years of experience in real estate. As a senior grant management specialist/fiscal specialist, she is experienced in facility acquisition, disposition and federal property management.

Natasha holds a bachelor's of arts in business administration with a concentration in finance from Xavier University of Louisiana.

(470) 346-7330

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Nekeya O’Connor

RPFI Content Lead

Nekeya O’Connor - RPFI

Nekeya O’Connor has over 10 years of extensive experience in accounting and finance, ranging from corporate audits, budgeting, grant management, and nonprofit accounting. Prior to joining PMFO, Nekeya served as the chief financial officer for a Head Start & Early Head Start program, specializing in staff management, budgeting, financial analysis, strategic planning and implementation, management training, and grant management.

Ms. O’Connor holds a bachelor's of business administration with a concentration in accounting from Howard University, a master's of public administration and an advanced graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Long Island University-Brooklyn. She is also a 2017 UCLA Head Start Management Fellow.

(240) 277-7547

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Adam Parmenter

Real Property Facilities Expert

Adam Parmenter

Adam Parmenter has nearly a decade of experience analyzing and directing over 80 Head Start programs across the country during critical transition phases, including changing of grantee, implementing budget reductions, creating effective management systems, designing integrated services and overseeing facility operations. Prior to this, Adam did extensive research and development with the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) and was part of a team that developed processes and tools to improve clients’ operational efficiency related to CACFP, work which was implemented nationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Long interested in property development, Adam also held an Arizona real estate license for several years.

Adam earned a bachelor's in business administration from Arizona State University.

(816) 894-4036

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Candis Pressley

Real Property Facilities Expert

Candis Pressley

Candis J. Pressley has spent her professional career in the real estate industry. She has expertise in site selection, contract negotiations, financial analysis, coordination of tenant fit-out and lease development as well as property and construction management. She has worked with buyers, sellers and investors in both commercial and residential real estate. Ms. Pressley is a member of several real estate organizations including the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

She has a bachelor’s in business administration from Temple University and a master’s in commercial real estate from the University of Florida.

(215) 388-2862

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Elizabeth Skaza

Project Manager

Elizabeth Skaza

Elizabeth Skaza has previous experience with management and finance in retail as well as front-line customer service.

She has a bachelor’s in mathematics from Worcester State University.

(413) 577-2002

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