Our Team

Board of Commissioners

Shelby Watson, Chairman0016 Shelby Watson - 100 x 125

 

 

Lawson Calhoun, Vice-Chairman

 

 

James Murphy

James Murphy, Treasurer

 

 

Regina D. Fowler, Commissioner

 

 

Constantino (Tino) Ochoa, Jr., Commissioner

 

 

regina-stewart-100-x-125-croppedRegina Stewart, Commissioner

 

 

 

Key Leadership

Robert-Batts - 100 x 125Robert G. Batts, Acting Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, p 314.286.4373, f 314.289.7373, rbatts@slha.org

Mr. Batts began his employment with the St. Louis Housing Authority in September 1998 and currently is the Deputy Executive Director. He is responsible for the supervision of the Section 8, Public Housing, Information Technology and Facilities departments. The Section 8 and Public Housing departments are responsible for the administration of over 6,000 Housing Choice Vouchers and over 2,900 Public Housing units. Since Mr. Batts’ tenure at the St. Louis Housing Authority, the Section 8 and Public Housing departments have received the status of “High Performer” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Facilities Department is responsible for making physical improvements to public housing developments within the agency’s portfolio. The department identifies developments that need capital improvements and contracts with a variety of architectural/engineering firms and construction contractors to perform the work. Prior to coming to the St. Louis Housing Authority, Mr. Batts worked for the City of St. Louis’ Community Development Agency and Nations Bank. Mr. Batts is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has over 36 years of experience in housing development.

0005 Brenda Gillis - 100 x 125Brenda Jackson, Chief Financial Officer, p 314.286.4232, f 314.289.7232, bgillis@slha.org

Ms. Jackson began her employment with the St. Louis Housing Authority in January 2007 as the Director of Finance and is currently the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for overseeing and directing the Finance, Administration and Human Resources departments. During Ms. Jackson’ tenure at the Housing Authority, she has overseen an annual budget of over $65 million in federal funds, the successful implementation of HUD’s new Project-Based Asset Management budgeting and accounting system and managed the conversion of the division to new financial and payroll software. Prior to coming to the St. Louis Housing Authority, Ms. Jackson was the Chief Financial Officer for the City of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration for over 19 years, where she was awarded the John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Practices in Community Development Award for being the first large city to successfully implement and go live on HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS). She has a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, both from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

Krista Peyton, General Counsel, p 314.286.4231, f 314.289.7231, kpeyton@slha.org

Ms. Peyton serves as general counsel. She is responsible for ensuring that the Authority functions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, assisting in the formulation of policy for the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs and furnishing legal advice to the Authority on a wide range of issues. She also oversees the selection, retention, and management of all outside counsel, assists the Human Resources department in personnel matters, negotiates, drafts and reviews contracts, and handles a variety of real estate transactions. Ms. Peyton is a former St. Louis Assistant City Counselor, St. Louis City Parking Commission Hearing Officer, Missouri Department of Social Services Hearing Officer and Oakland County Assistant Corporation Counsel. Ms. Peyton has also worked as a public interest attorney representing indigent clients in housing matters. Prior to joining the Authority, Ms. Peyton represented the St. Louis County Juvenile Officer in all phases of juvenile delinquency and child protection matters. She has a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.

6315 Christopher White - 100 x 125W. Christopher White, Chief Development Officer, p 314.286.4269, f 314.289.7269, cwhite@slha.org

Mr. White began his employment with the St. Louis Housing Authority in April 2005. He is currently the Chief Development Officer responsible for overseeing and directing the Business Development, Development and Resident Initiatives departments. The Business Development Department is responsible for developing new businesses, strategic partnerships and cultivating additional streams of revenue. The Development Department is responsible for the creation of new affordable housing through grants from HUD and private partnerships. The Resident Initiatives Department provides support services designed to assist eligible families with children, older adults and disabled residents in the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. He has led the HOPE VI Department and served five years as the Director of Compliance and Communication. Mr. White previously served as an arts administrator directing community programs and the nationally acclaimed IN UNISON Program for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.