Established by the Texas Apartment Industry in November 2001, the Texas Apartment Association Education Foundation (TAAEF) was created to ensure that Texas’ growing multifamily housing industry has the pipeline of skilled professionals and trained talent it needs for continued growth and success.

TAAEF raises awareness about careers and opportunities in the apartment industry and supports formalized training programs at all levels.

2018 – 2019 TAAEF Board of Directors

The Foundation is led by a 15-person Board of Directors composed of current TAA officers, past TAA presidents, members at large, TAA’s Executive Vice President and donor representatives.

  • President
  • Kelley Liserio, NCP
    HomeSpring Residential
  • TAA Officers
  • Traci Hall
    AMLI
  • Mark Hurley
    Highland Commercial Properties
  • Hugh Cobb
    Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services
  • Clay Hicks, CPM
    The Dinerstein Companies
  • TAA Past Presidents
  • Jackie Rhone, CPM, CAPS
    Greystar
  • Gary Blumberg, CPA
    Brite Real Estate Services



  • TAAEF Past Presidents
  • Tami Martin, CAM, CAMT, CAPS, NALP
    Berkshire Property Advisors
  • Jeff Lowry, CAPS
    Madera Residential
  • At-Large
  • Josh Allen, CAM, CAPS, CAMTII, NAHP-E
    Allen Management Co.
  • Billy Griffin
    Camp Construction
  • Beth Van Winkle, CAM, CAPS, CMP
    Milestone Management
  • Gus Villegas
    Oden Hughes Management
  • Tony Whitaker
    FSI Construction
  • Celine Williams
    Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services


  • Apartment Professionals Program Liaison
  • Colleen Grahn
    Cypress Real Estate Advisors
  • Military Careers Initiative Liaison
  • Kristin Sizemore, CPO, CAM, CAP, CAS, CAMT
    Bohannon Development Corporation
  • Room to Grow Liaison
  • Amy Funk
    Camden
  • UNT Liaison
  • Ian Mattingly, CPM
    LumaCorp Inc.
  • TAA Executive Vice President
  • Chris Newton
    Texas Apartment Association
  • Staff
  • Becca Ramati
    TAAEF Vice President
  • Sara Pence
    TAAEF Communications & Events Coordinator