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About Us

Our Board

Jose Villanueva , Chair
Brook Oaks Neighborhood Representative
Chris Gutierrez, Vice Chair
Business Representative
Jean Hoover, Treasurer
Lender Representative
Delfina Velasquez, Secretary
Sanger Heights Neighborhood Representative
Rev. Elton Hall
Business Representative
Bob Good
Business Representative
George Springer
Business Representative
Scott Williams
Sanger Heights Neighborhood Representative
Willie Stanley
Carver Neighborhood Representative
Linda Weaver
Northeast Riverside Neighborhood Representative
Pat Nowotny
Bear Ridge Neighborhood Representative
Barry Abel
North Waco Neighborhood Representative
Joey Dingrando
Brazos Downtown Neighborhood Representative
James Nelson
Lender Representative
Cynthia Garcia
City of Waco Representative

Our Staff

  • Allison Abel – Program Specialist

    254.752.1647 x215
    aabel@www.nw-waco.org

    Allison serves as Program Specialist at NeighborWorks® Waco. She is responsible for assisting in various aspects of programming, including funding, planning, and implementation. Allison focuses especially on NeighborWorks® Waco’s financial literacy program for youth, Project ASPIRE. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.S.F.C.S. in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life and a minor in Business Administration.

    A Waco native, Allison loves all things Baylor, especially cheering the Bears onto victory! Allison also enjoys spending time with family, reading any novel she can find, and enjoying downtown Waco.

  • Delisa Burnell-Smith – Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

    254.752.1647 x204
    dsmith@www.nw-waco.org
    NMLS #296823

    Delisa Burnell-Smith serves as Vice President & COO of NeighborWorks® Waco. She is certified by NeighborWorks® Full-Cycle Lending in three categories: homebuyer education, mortgage lending and loan portfolio management. Since joining the organization in 1994, Burnell-Smith has counselled thousands of families. Burnell-Smith has served on non-profit organization boards of the East Waco Development Corporation, Waco Family Abuse Center, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Centex African American Chamber of Commerce, City of Waco Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. She currently serves on the boards and commissions of the City of Waco Building and Standards Commission and Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society, Inc.

    Delisa, a native Wacoan, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. In her spare time, Delisa enjoys traveling and considers herself a food connoisseur.

  • Calvin Hodde – Construction Manager

    254.752.1647 x203
    chodde@www.nw-waco.org

    As Construction Manager of NeighborWorks® Waco, Calvin oversees all aspects of the construction process at each new home site that the organization builds and homes under rehabilitation. His duties include inspecting potential home sites for lot acquisitions, obtaining building permits, overseeing NeighborWorks® Waco’s independent contractors, working with new homebuyers on details of their new home, maintaining NeighborWorks® rental property, showing rental property to prospective tenant’s and identifying homes to add to the Organization’s rental portfolio. Calvin joined NeighborWorks® Waco in December of 1997.

    In addition to his day job with NeighborWorks® Waco, Calvin also serves as the Mayor of Lacy Lakeview, Texas. Calvin also enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

  • Kym Lincoln – Office Manager

    254.752.1647 x201
    klincoln@www.nw-waco.org

    As Office Manager of NeighborWorks® Waco, Kym is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the office to ensure it is running smoothly. In addition, Kym performs various other tasks such as servicing loans, numerous accounting tasks, processing foreclosure proceedings and other legal documents and assisting families in the rental and homeownership processes. Kym joined NeighborWorks® Waco in March 2013.

  • Codie Robinson – Customer Service Representative

    254.598.2266 (Temple)
    254.752.1647 x215 (Waco)
    crobinson@nw-waco.org

    Codie was born and raised a Texan and calls Temple home. She graduated from Belton High School and attended Abilene Christian Unviersity, graduating in 2016 with a degree in Biology. She brings with her shining enthusiasm and a great work ethic. Her favorite part of her job is visiting and building friendships with clients while helping them achieve their goals in home ownership.

    Codie is an active member at Vista Community Church in Temple, TX. She has two sisters and too many cats to count. She enjoys baking goodies for her co-workers and spending time with her family!

  • Roy Nash – President & Chief Executive Officer

    254.752.1647 x208
    roynash@www.nw-waco.org

    Roy Nash serves as the President and CEO of NeighborWorks® Waco and has over 38 years of experience in the housing and building industry. He serves on the Visibility and Resource Development Committee for NeighborWorks® America as well as the NeighborWorks America HomeOwnership Steering Committee and the National NeighborWorks® Association. He is the founding and current chair of the NeighborWorks® Alliance of Texas, a collaboration of Texas NeighborWorks® organizations. Nash is the current vice-chair of the Waco Housing Coalition, and he also serves on the boards of the Heart of Texas Builders Association, the Texas Association of Builders and the Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions.

    Nash graduated from Baylor University where he received a BBA degree in Business Management. In his spare time, he enjoys family activities with his wife, Jane, and their two daughters’ families.

  • Karen Saucedo – Chief Financial Officer

    254.752.1647 x205
    ksaucedo@www.nw-waco.org

    As Chief Financial Officer, Karen is responsible for managing the organizations grants and assets, and working with our accountants to keep the organization on budget. She works closely with local and national lending sources to generate the funds needed to continue serving Central Texas families. Karen has also been designing homes for NeighborWorks® families since 2001. Whether it is speculative or custom, Karen can create beautiful affordable homes for our families. When Karen is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and quilting with her mom.

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