Jeffrey Patterson

Interim Executive Director

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

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.

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 years of Public Housing experience working exclusively in the Resident Support Services (RSS) Department. In RSS, Milistine held several positions, including Community Support Services (CSS) Program Manager at a HOPE VI property, with direct oversight of a $1.9 Million Dollar Program Budget.

Milistine’s experiences include all facets of grant management and implementation, program monitoring and compliance, budgets and reporting, program evaluation, and building relationships with community stakeholders.

She has served on several boards in Summit County and volunteered with many community and civic organizations. Milistine is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Pamela Gowen

Director of Security

Pamela Gowen joined the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) staff in February of 2020. Pam has over 30 years of Law Enforcement experience.  She retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2018.  She held the titles of State Trooper, Assistant Post Commander, and Criminal Investigations Supervisor.

Pam also served ten years with the Ohio Army National Guard. Her educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration of Emergency Management.

She is a certified Police Instructor and currently teaches at the Law Enforcement Academy in North Canton.  She also serves as a physical fitness instructor for the Law Enforcement Academy.  Pam resides with her family in Plain Township.

Willie Beverly, Jr.

Director of Maintenance

Kathy Keim

Director of Procurement

Kathy joined the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) staff in June of 2021 as a Contract Administrator. Since then she has taken on the role of Director of Procurement and is dedicated to furthering the goals of SMHA.

She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio.

Kathy has years of public service experience including public administration with the Stow Municipal Court formerly the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court which serves the sixteen communities of Northern Summit County. Her experience also includes practice management in a private healthcare setting.

She lives in Jackson Township with her family.