Jeffrey Patterson

Deputy Director/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.


  • 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

Willie Beverly, Jr.

Director of Maintenance

Willie “Will” J. Beverly, Jr. began his career with Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in August of 2014 as an HVAC Technician.  Since then, he’s held positions as the Construction Coordinator and the Senior Facilities Manager.  Currently Will is the Director of Maintenance and Skilled Trades with years of experience working alongside the executive team of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority. Will has over 20 years of experience and specializes in maintenance, construction, HVAC, inspections, and conducting scopes of work. He is responsible for educating employees on using progressive systems.  Will is keen on details while maintaining realistic timelines.  He provides direction and assistance in developing measurable plans of action for accomplishing productivity and goals.  Will earned an Associate’s Degree in 2005 in Business and Specialized Technology. He also holds many certifications and licensures pertaining to Public Housing and the construction field.

Tiffani Chavers

Interim Director of Property Management

I have been an employee of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority since 2014. As Interim Director of Property Management. I oversee our Recertification Department, Intake Department, Quality Assurance Department, Property Management Staff and upwards of 2300 public housing units in Stark County.  I also ensure that our staff is in compliance with HUD policies and procedures to ensure due diligence to the residents we serve in conjunction with our mission statement. I have received training and certifications in Public Housing Management and attended Kent State University.

Anthony DeTota

Interim Director of Procurement

Anthony De Tota joined Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in June, 2020, following a long career in the private sector. During his career, spanning more than 45 years, he undertook roles with ever increasing responsibility in the areas of Procurement, Inventory and Materials Management, first at Allen Telecom, then at Diebold, Incorporated and finally Securitas Electronic Security.  His first role at SMHA was as a Low Rent Purchasing Agent, but he quickly advanced through a series of new roles and responsibilities, first as Procurement and Contracting Specialist, then as Purchasing and Inventory Manager. Finally, in March of 2023, he was asked to take on the role of Interim Director of Procurement and Purchasing, combining the roles of Purchasing and Inventory Manager with Director of Procurement. Anthony is proud to serve the people of Stark County and comes to work every day with the goal of bettering the lives and living conditions of the Residents of SMHA.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Terrie Lewis

Strategic Advisor

Regina Mills

Director of Human Resources and Risk Management

Regina L. Mills, SHRM-CP, is the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management for the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA).  With over 130 employees, she is responsible for recruitment, compensation, benefits, labor, employee relations, risk management and training and development.

Regina’s professional career spans over 25 years in retail banking, mortgage lending, foreclosure prevention and public housing.  She holds several certifications through the NeighborWorks Training Institute.  She is a member of SHRM the Society for Human Resource Management, which is the largest Human Resources professional association in the world and is also a local member of the Stark County Human Resource Association.

Regina holds a BA Degree from the University of Akron and has an MBA from Kent State University.

Milistine Tatum

Director of Resident and Community Services

Milistine Tatum is a native of New Orleans and a proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana.  Milistine received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Work.  She was recruited to attend graduate school at the University of Akron earning two masters:  Master of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Planning and a Master of Public Administration.

Milistine has over twenty plus years of Public Housing experience having served in several roles at the senior management level.  She led a team with a $1.9 Million Dollar Program Budget for the Community Supportive Services Program. Her expertise in building relationships with community stakeholders has provided valuable services to residents.  She has experience in all facets of grants management and implementation which includes program monitoring and compliance, budgets, reporting, and program evaluation.

As the Director of Resident Services and Community Affairs at the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, Milistine’s leadership style is inclusive and flexible.

She has served on several boards in a neighboring county and volunteers with many community and civic organizations.  Milistine is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the 36th Leadership Stark Signature Class.

Becky Valykeo

Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program

Becky came to Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in August of 2016 as an Asset Manager overseeing one of the Public Housing Properties. Since then, she has moved on to become a Senior Asset Manager, Supervisor of Property Management and most recently, Director of Housing Choice Voucher Programs. Becky earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration in 2008 and achieved numerous certifications that are job specific which include certifications for Public Housing Management, Public Housing Eligibility Income & Rent Calculation and Multifamily Housing Specialist. Becky serves on the Board of Directors for Homeless Continuum of Care Stark County (HCCSC). She resides In North Canton, Ohio with her two children and three dogs.