Becky Valykeo

Director of Housing Choice Voucher Program

Jeff Patterson

Jeff 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

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.

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.

Meghan Vetrone

Director of Property Management

Meghan Vetrone joined the staff of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) in September of 2008 as a Management Clerk.  From there, she has worked her way up, holding positions which include Assistant Property Manager, Property Manager, AMP Leader, Senior AMP Leader, and now Director of Property Management.  During her time with SMHA she has also earned several certifications which include Public Housing Management, Maintenance Management, Multifamily Housing Specialist, and Fair Housing Specialist.  A graduate of Fairless High School, she also attended Stark State and Kent State, earning an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.  Meghan and her family reside in Navarre, Ohio.

Jim Winston

Director of Maintenance

Jim Winston joined the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) staff in January 2021.  Jim has 20 years’ experience in public housing and over 20 years in the private sector as it relates to property management and maintenance.  While serving with the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA), Jim held the following positions:  Project Manager for Development/Construction; Superintendent of Maintenance; Internal Auditor, Security and during his last 5 years with the agency he served as the Director of Operations.

Jim served the Youngstown community by serving on the Executive Board of the Continuum of Care for the homeless and was the Chairman of the Board for the Tri-County Crime Stoppers.  Jim has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Youngstown State University.

Jim’s expectations for himself and his staff are:  “To perform our functions daily with open and honest communications, pride, commitment, leadership and ownership.  To not only uphold the integrity of the Authority, but to also move forward collectively as a team in a respectful manner.  To better serve our community and therefore become a ‘Premiere Housing Authority.’”