Bruce Allison

Bruce E. Allison

Chief of Security

Bruce Allison is a native of Canton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Canton McKinley High School and holds an associate’s degree from Kent State University. He joined the Canton Police Department on September 10, 1979. In 1981 he was assigned to Highland Park, a low-income, high-crime neighborhood of Canton, and patrolled there for six years. For his very successful community policing efforts that helped bring positive change to that community, he was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 1984.

On May 20th, 2002, he became the first African-American in the over 100-year history of the Canton Police Department promoted to the rank of lieutenant. On November 19th, 2004, he became the first African-American in the history of the Canton Police Department promoted to the rank of captain.

Following his retirement, Allison was asked to serve as Project Director for CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), a strategy to help reduce gang and gun violence in the City of Canton. During the time he led the CIRV initiative, the City of Canton experienced a dramatic decrease in both homicides and gang shootings.

As Chief of Security for SMHA, Allison has developed proactive police partnerships and has implemented security and policing strategies that have made a positive impact toward the health, safety, and welfare of SMHA residents and all Stark County residents.

He has received numerous awards in his career as a police officer and in service to the community. In addition to being named Police Officer of the Year, he has also received two Outstanding Community Service Awards from the NAACP, the Guy Mack Award and Outstanding Citizenship Award from the Canton Negro Old-Timers, the Pathfinders Award bestowed by the students of McKinley High School, the Golden Dove Award given by Multi-Development Services of Stark County, the Paul Robeson Award of Excellence given by WATOES Outreach Programs, the Humanitarian Award given by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and the Longevity of Service Award by ABCD, Inc. Captain Allison has been honored by Canton City Council, the Stark County Prosecutor, the Ohio Attorney General, and was recognized in the ninth edition of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland/Akron/Canton.

Captain Allison is married to Ravene E. Allison, and they have three children. Rawlyn is a cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and a CPA. Adrian, a magna cum laude graduate from Baldwin Wallace College, holds a jurist doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve Law School. Tiffany is a graduate of Kent State University in business administration.

Captain Allison has also been blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, Jada Nicole, Averi Victoria Lynn, Anastasia Olivia Lynn, and Anissa Jenae.

Marty Chumney

Marty Chumney

Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program

Marty Chumney joined the staff of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in 2012. While employed at SMHA, he has held the positions of Director of Housing Management and Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Prior to joining SMHA, Mr. Chumney was previously employed at Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority in New Philadelphia for 17 years where he had held the positions of FSS Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Executive Director. Marty is a graduate of Dover High School and The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has four children and resides in New Philadelphia.

Director of Asset Management

James L. Hicks, Director of Asset Management joined the SMHA team in January 2017. As Director of Asset Management, Mr. Hicks provides executive leadership to the Asset Management Department and oversees all programs related to public and affordable housing management, and facilities maintenance. Mr. Hicks is responsible for strategic engagement and meeting the Agency’s performance goals while ensuring regulatory compliance and improving managerial and cost efficiency.

Mr. Hicks has held a number of progressively responsible positions throughout his career, including diverse experience in the Resident Supportive Services and Compliance departments. Most recently, he was the Director of Asset Management for large public housing authority that converted most of its portfolio to affordable housing utilizing the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs. Mr. Hicks is a native of northeast Ohio and a proud graduate of Kent State University. Mr. Hicks has earned numerous certifications including Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Public Housing Manager (PHM), Tax Credit Compliance, Risk Management, Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS Certified), and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS).

Veda Davis

Veda Davis

Assistant Director of Asset Management

Veda has worked for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority since 1990. She holds an Associate of Applied Sciences with High Distinction in Human & Social Services. A graduate of the 28th Class of Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program and Leadership Stark County’s Government Leadership Academy, Veda is trained in the principals of Six Sigma through the Lean Ohio Boot Camp through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. She holds various certifications in housing-related programs including two as a Certified Manager of Maintenance, Certified Public Housing Manager, Certified Occupancy Specialist, and a Certified Housing Specialist. Veda has received specialized training in management and supervision, uniform physical conditions standards, fair housing and reasonable accommodations, public housing and housing choice voucher eligibility, income and rent calculations, and as a trained union steward.
Robin Mingo-Miles

Robin Mingo-Miles

Director of Resident and Community Affairs

Robin Mingo-Miles has been with Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) for 27 years. She has dedicated her time and efforts in providing families the opportunity to become self-sufficient. Connecting with the resources available in the community, she has been able to provide educational and employment opportunities to families throughout Stark County. She has served as a conduit between community stakeholders and the housing authority.

Robin encouraged young single mothers through the SMHA Young Moms Program to become self-sufficient by encouraging them to develop personal, employment, and educational goals. This program provided direct support to young single mothers who were struggling with low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and guidance. Through this program, many women achieved personal, employment, and educational milestones.

Robin also mentored youth residents that were dealing with adverse circumstances with the hope that it would influence their ability to overcome adversity and live a productive life. She introduced them to positive activities that inspired them to look beyond their immediate environment. Over the years, she has initiated and coordinated many youth programs that demonstrated the importance of education and the consequences of “good and bad behavior.”

Robin has developed and continues to develop many partnerships in the community in an effort to better serve the residents of SMHA. She continues to advocate for residents while addressing barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. She serves and is active on various committees and boards in the community to ensure that SMHA is well represented.

After graduating from Slippery Rock University, Robin became employed at SMHA, and her hard work and dedication has brought her up the ranks from Section 8 Review Clerk to Director of Resident and Community Affairs.

Jeff Patterson

Jeff Patterson

Director of Finance

Jeff Patterson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-inactive status), licensed in the State of Ohio. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.

He began his career in the for profit business sector. During this time, he excelled and held positions such as Operations Manager and Vice President for The Sports Cage, Director of Administration for Vertex Development Corporation and Controller and Secretary / Treasurer for Truck World Incorporated with sales in excess of 60 million. From there, he moved over to the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP), a 501( c )3 nonprofit, as the Fiscal Director. MYCAP received federal and state dollars totaling 16 million to assist income eligible residents of Mahoning County, Ohio with a variety of programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, Community Services Block Grant, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Home Weatherization Assistance Program etc.). He then joined Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, LLC (AST2), a startup for profit entity, as the Finance Manager. AST2 is a small business designated HUBZone Contractor by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), providing professional services to both government and commercial clients.   At the same time he was employed by AST2, he also worked as an independent contracted financial consultant for Danya International. In this capacity, he worked as part of a team reviewing Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country, responsible for the reviewing financial compliance with Health and Human Services – Office of Head Start regulations.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Consultant for Danya International on review engagements for Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Families and Children, Office of Head Start as a Fiscal Reviewer
  • Presented “The Role of the CFO” at the 2006 – 7th Annual Grant Funded Programs Management Conference in Las Vegas sponsored by Madison, WI. CPA firm, Wipfli, LLP
  • Speaker at the Ohio Association of Community Action trainings on cost allocation and Indirect
  • Completed the certification process with the national organization, Community Action Partnership, and was licensed as a Certified Community Action Professional

Kevin Schaack

Director of Human Resources and Risk Management

Kevin Schaack joined the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) staff in May of 2017. Kevin has over 20 years of Human Resources experience in the private and public sector. Kevin holds certifications as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from SHRM and a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI and is involved in Stark County SHRM. Kevin has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Lake YMCA in Hartville and currently sits on the board at the YMCA in Hartville in Stark County. Kevin and his family live in the Uniontown, Ohio area. Kevin has his Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources from Minot State University in North Dakota. Kevin is responsible for all Human Resources and Risk Management with SMHA. Kevin is tasked with establishing culture and takes great pride in a servant mentality when it comes to employee relations.

Corey Minor Smith

Corey Minor Smith

Director of Legal Services

Corey Minor Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Bowling Green State University. While earning her juris doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, she served as President of the Black Law Student Association and competed in the 15th Annual University of Minnesota Law School National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition entitled “Breaking Up the Ghetto: The Barriers to Integrating Low-Cost Housing and People of Color Into the Broader Community,” winning first place in the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers’ Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition.

She is a member of the Ohio and Georgia bars and licensed to practice before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. She began her legal career as an assistant prosecutor. As a judicial attorney, she authored decisions that were upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals before establishing the Law Office of Corey Minor Smith, LLC. Soon after, Mayor William J. Healy, II handpicked Corey to serve as the Director of Compliance for the City of Canton. Trained by HUD’s National Fair Housing Training Academy to process and investigate cases, Corey led the program in building its capacity to be one of five FHAPs in the state of Ohio and consistently met performance standards and requirements. As the current Director of Legal Services for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA), Corey represents SMHA in civil and administrative proceedings in federal, state, and local courts as needed. Corey also presents monthly reports to the Board of Directors and guides the Executive Director and SMHA staff on an array of complex legal, labor relation, and contract matters.

Among her accomplishments, the Canton Oldtimers Ladies Auxiliary Club honored Corey with the Phenomenal Woman Award, she was named one of Stark County’s Twenty Under 40, and an ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Finalist. The Boy Scouts of America also honored Corey with the Buckeye Counsel Spirit of Scouting Award. Her current community activities include being a motivational speaker, the Vice Chair for Stark Community Action Agency, member of the Stark County Red Cross Board and City of Canton Income Tax Review Board, graduate of Leadership Stark County Government Academy (Class of 2008), and the Honorable Judge Ira Turpin Scholars Recognition Committee. In addition to being a proud member of the Stark County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Corey is a graduate of Leadership Stark County’s 26th Class and the Akron/Canton Barristers. Corey lives with her family in Canton, Ohio.