GCHP President Kathy Laborde leads a professional staff of 25 employees, who collectively bring to the organization extensive and diverse experience in real estate development and finance, construction management, public policy and advocacy, and asset management.
President & CEO
Ms. Laborde has developed more than three thousand affordable and market-rate homes and commercial and community facilities both directly and in partnership with local non-profits, city and state government, and the private sector. Prior to joining Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Ms. Laborde operated Kaliope, LLC, a real estate development and consulting company which she established in 1999. Previously, she was founder and executive director of the first bank-owned community development corporation in Louisiana. Before settling in Louisiana, Ms. Laborde held a variety of management positions with private sector real estate developers in Missouri and North Carolina.
Ms. Laborde holds a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MBA from Tulane University. She was appointed to the board of directors of the Louisiana Land Trust in 2012. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Housing Partnership Network as well as both the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers and the Mississippi Association of Affordable Housing Providers. And she is a member of both the First NBC and Richman NMTC LLC Advisory Boards.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Donaldson was hired by Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in November of 2008. Prior to joining GCHP, Ms. Donaldson operated, for 18 years, her own small business consulting practice where she provided accounting, technology and management consulting services to businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. During this time, she also served five years as the CFO of a mechanical contracting firm in which she was a shareholder. Prior to running her own businesses, Ms. Donaldson was a Manager in the IT Audit Department of First Commerce Corporation and spent several years in the Audit Department of Deloitte & Touché. She is a Certified Quick Books Professional Advisor and a past President of the IT Auditors Association. She holds a bachelor degree in Accounting and is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she was a member of the Baton Rouge chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.
Tom ChampionSenior Vice President, Real Estate Development
Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development
Mr. Champion joined the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership "GCHP" as the Director of Real Estate Development in April 2012. Prior to joining GCHP, Mr. Champion worked with Alabama based Summit Housing Partners, LLC as the Senior Development Officer and Colonial Commercial Development, LLC as the Director of Development. Mr. Champion's expertise includes all facets of market rate and affordable multi-family development, finance and management. In addition to directly developing over 2,500 housing units, his professional background includes employment with Credit Suisse where he was responsible for structuring and closing over $125 million in tax credit equity investments for the development of affordable housing.
Mr. Champion holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications from Auburn University and a Management Certificate from Auburn University Montgomery. He serves on the Montgomery YMCA Board of Directors and was the 2011 Partners with Youth Campaign Chairmen. In addition, he serves on the Project Nehemiah Community Programs Board and First Baptist Church of Montgomery Finance Committee.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Krejci joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in November 2015. Prior to working with GCHP, Kevin served as the Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director for 9 years with Project Homecoming, Inc., a non-profit rebuilding agency born out of post-Katrina rebuilding efforts. Kevin created and oversaw programs that expanded Project Homecoming’s impact into homeownership creation, workforce development, historic renovation, youth vocational training and affordable rental development. In his tenure, Project Homecoming rebuilt over 250 homes for low-income families throughout the New Orleans area.
Prior to working with Project Homecoming, Kevin was a member of a construction contract administration team with Studio Meng Strazzara, a Seattle-based architecture firm specializing in construction of educational facilities.
Previously, Kevin also worked with the Wagner Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on reducing recidivism rates in Belize. He managed Belize's prison computer networks and implemented computer education programs for inmates as a part of their rehabilitation program.
Mr. Krejci is a licensed general contractor in the State of Louisiana. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Marquette University, a Graduate Certificate in Construction Management from University of Washington, and an MBA and MS in Finance from Tulane University.
Gretchen EdinburghVice President, Asset Management & Corporate Secretary
Vice President, Asset Management & Corporate Secretary
Gretchen Edinburgh is the Vice President of Asset Management and the Corporate Secretary for the New-Orleans based Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. Before joining the GCHP staff in March 2007, Ms. Edinburgh worked for Freddie Mac as Expanding Markets Manager for the southeast region, responsible for developing new public-private opportunities for Freddie Mac customers in the Gulf Opportunity Zone. Prior to her work with Freddie Mac, Ms. Edinburgh served as the director of operations and compliance for The Finance Authority of New Orleans where she served in various capacities over her ten-year tenure. She previously worked in the banking industry in California and Louisiana.
Ms. Edinburgh has a degree in business management from Northwood University. She is also a graduate of the Residential Underwriting University and the School of Mortgage Banking - professional coursework operated by the Mortgage Bankers Association - and has real estate professional designations.
Vice President, Risk Management
Matt Wilson joined GCHP in April 2016 as vice president of risk management, bringing over 22 years of diverse construction and real estate development experience. Prior to joining GCHP, Mr. Wilson was self-employed where he performed legal and consulting services to commercial and residential real estate developers, as well as general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. Prior to that, Mr. Wilson was managing director for the New Orleans office of Faithful + Gould, an international construction consultancy. Before and during law school, Mr. Wilson worked in the commercial construction industry in the New Orleans, LA area and the Memphis, TN area. He held various positions from entry level to project manager.
Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University with a major in Economics and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.
Shirley Hall joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in May, 2014 after working for over 20 years as Controller/Financial Administrator for Worthmore Capital, LLC. During her tenure at Worthmore, Ms. Hall was responsible for all aspects of fiscal oversight including residential and commercial real estate portfolios with assets in excess of $200 million. She is licensed in the state of Louisiana as a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA in Accounting from Loyola University, New Orleans.
Business Development, NMTC Team Leader
Mr. Crumley joined GCHP in April 2014, bringing 28 years of large-scale real estate development, finance, and brokerage experience. Mr. Crumley has successfully led over $640 million of hard-to-develop Gulf Coast projects, ranging from mixed-use, public/affordable/market-rate multifamily housing and limited-to-full-service hotels. Several notable projects include the Cotton Mill Apartments & Condominiums, St Thomas (River Garden) Hope VI redevelopment, 521 Tchoupitoulas Hotel, Bastrop Historic HS Apartments and most recently $26 Million NMTC/QZAB bond historic renovation of the NOCCA Forum school set to open in September 2014 which includes the largest high school culinary program in the state of Louisiana. Mr. Crumley is a real estate broker in both Louisiana and Mississippi.
Mr. Crumley holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton (Ohio) and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University (NYC). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Providence Community Housing.
Anna Labadie joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership as a project analyst in June 2015, immediately upon earning an MBA in finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. After being with GCHP for 2 years she holds the role as a Project Manager. Her real estate development experience grew from an internship with the New Orleans Redevelopment Fund, where she contributed to projects from pre-development and financial modeling through property management. Prior to attending graduate school, Ms. Labadie worked in business development and project management for an internationally recognized interior design firm in New Orleans. She also has professional experience in implementing database and organizational systems for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Labadie graduated cum laude with a BA in Sociology and Social Policy & Practice from Tulane University (Newcomb College). She serves as Secretary of the Board for the Partnership for Youth Development and is a group cycling fitness instructor. Originally from Portland Oregon, she has lived in New Orleans for over a decade.
Vann Joines joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership as project manager in December of 2016. Prior to joining GCHP, Mr. Joines ran his own company which partnered and consulted with other commercial and multifamily real estate developers in North Carolina, and specialized in historic and affordable housing development. Prior to that, Mr. Joines served as construction manager then development director for Project Homecoming a faith based community development organization in New Orleans. Mr. Joines holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Haverford College with majors in Physics and Astronomy, and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University.
David Harms joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership as a Project Manager in August 2015. Mr. Harms began his career as an investment banking analyst with a small firm in Houston focused on the oilfield service sector. After two years as an analyst, he came to New Orleans as a volunteer, leading out-of-town volunteer groups in assisting with cleanup and rebuilding efforts after the levee failures of Hurricane Katrina. This volunteer experience grew into a staff role with Catholic Charities’ rebuilding program, in which he coordinated the volunteer work schedules for the rebuilding program that ultimately rebuilt over 200 homes and provided no cost exterior painting on an additional 200.
Later Mr. Harms oversaw the process of remediating a number of these homes that had been renovated with contaminated Chinese drywall. Remediation involved relocation of the homeowners, assignment of their legal rights and the remediation of their home using an outside contractor. After the expense of this remediation process hastened the end of Catholic Charities’ rebuilding program, he and a colleague co-founded a not-for-profit general contractor serving other rebuilding organizations in the city of New Orleans.
Mr. Harms holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Rice University and is presently pursuing a Master of Science in finance from Louisiana State University, where he also gained accreditation as a LEED Green Associate.
Michael Hellier joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership as a project analyst in February 2015. Before joining the GCHP team, Mr. Hellier held the position of project manager and resource development associate at Harmony Neighborhood Development, a New Orleans-based community development organization. At this non-profit, he was part of the real estate development team which developed single-family and multi-family housing in Central City, utilizing NSP2, HOME, and HOPE VI funds. He was also responsible for maintaining the financial projections for residential and commercial projects in the pre-development stages. In addition to his involvement with the real estate development department, his duties included searching, applying for, and complying with various funding streams for operational and project related expenses. Aside from this position, Mr. Hellier has worked in the commercial real estate appraisal field throughout the southeast since 2010.
Mr. Hellier holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Finance from the Florida State University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also volunteers with the Young Leadership Council’s “YLC Kicks” program as a soccer coach at A.L. Davis Park in Central City New Orleans.
Community Asset Manager
Mr. Wilson joined the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership staff in August 2012. Mr. Wilson has over twenty years direct care experience in providing continuity of care for individuals with disabilities by helping them lead safer, healthier, and more independent lives. Prior to taking on his present role, Mr. Wilson worked as an SRO property manager for Latter & Blum which management transitioned from his leasing role at Volunteers of America (VOA) as a Housing Support Specialist. Preceding his tenure at VOA, Mr. Wilson was employed with the Department of Health and Hospitals where he served in the capacity of Tenant Support Liaison approving Permanent Supportive Housing Program applications and assigning clients to housing support teams. Mr. Wilson received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Grambling State University in Criminal Justice.
Kalin Creighton joined Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in July 2015 as Administrative Assistant.
Area Asset Manager
Jarana joined the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership Team in May 2017. Jarana has over 10 years of Property Management experience where she has managed over 800 units. Prior to joining GCHP, she was an Area Manager with Latter & Blum Property Management Company where she managed seven properties from the GCHP portfolio. Jarana is currently enrolled in Burk Baker school of Real Estate to obtain her designation as a licensed agent.
Property Management Team
Property Management Team
Property Management Team
Property Management Team
David Harms, Project Manager