Deona Thomas is the President/CEO of 5T Management where she brings her extensive management, marketing, financial and community relations experience. She is a licensed Managing Real Estate Broker with an emphasis on property management with over 25 years of experience. The properties she owns/manages provide quality, affordable housing to Chicago’s low-mid income families. Prior to working at 5T, she was the owner of several fast food restaurants in the Chicagoland area (Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken). She and her husband started buying real estate when they began to provide housing to her employees who could not find decent, safe, affordable housing. Those initial real estate investments morphed into a thriving, full service property management business – 5T Management in which she manages her own portfolio of properties as well as the portfolios of other owners, local banks and national banks. 5T Management allows her to share her own property ownership experience with other property owners to assist them in the achievement of their property management goals. Deona has a passion for developing high performance teams and making an impact in the communities that 5T serves. She also enjoys mentoring other female entrepreneurs on how to navigate the entrepreneurial lifestyle successfully. As Director of Community Affairs for Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center she was responsible for board governance, was the liaison between the hospital and community organizations and the link between the President’s Office and hospital’s management team. She also oversaw the administration of 13 federally qualified health centres affiliated with the hospital. She holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Hampton University and a MPH from the University of Michigan.
Tiffany Johnson has worked in the property management industry for over 16 years. She has Managed several communities including Market Rate, Section 8 and Section 42 properties. She began her career as a recertification specialist in a 258 low income section 8 based property. During that time Tiffany worked closely with the compliance team to learn best methods in successfully understanding and achieving in affordable housing, by building a positive working environment and maintaining strong client relations Tiffany holds industry certifications for Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Nan McKay Public Housing Specialist, Illinois License Leasing Agent and she is currently pursuing her Illinois Broker’s License. She ensures that excellent customer service and support is provided to everyone she encounters and is eager to continue to learn and trailblaze through the affordable housing industry.
Bianca’s career in property management began 26 years ago. In 1995, she started as an Administrative Assistant for a General Manager in a family housing community. In a short period of time Bianca was promoted to Assistant Property Manager. In 1998, the management firm relocated her to St. Louis, MO where she worked the next seven years and acquired a role as General Manager during her tenure. Thereafter, in 2005 Bianca relocated to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a Senior Property Manager. Throughout her career Bianca has worked with several housing programs, which included, LIHTC, HOME, PHA, Market, RAD and Housing Choice Vouchers in family and senior housing communities. Bianca is a Licensed Leasing Agent in Illinois. She also holds certifications as a Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Certified Housing Manager, and Certified Manager of Maintenance received from the National Center for Housing Management
Tiffany Moore serves as Operations Director for 5T Management. Moore has over 20 years' experience in support services, training and development; and over 17 years in mixed-income housing with a focus on resident engagement. Previously she was a with a Non-Profit Management firm and served as their Chicago Portfolio Operations Manager and prior to she was the senior property manager for a mixed-use, seven-phase property supported by multiple housing funding programs and resident service partnerships. Prior to a career in property management, she was a consultant in Deloitte’s federal solutions, strategy and operations service area, serving on client facing project management projects, and acting as a liaison among integration teams. Moore holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Western Illinois University. In addition, she has earned Certified Occupancy Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist, Certified Financial Specialist ®, Housing Choice Voucher Specialist ® and Certified Manager of Maintenance ® certifications from the National Center for Housing Management.
Steve Thomas is a licensed General Contractor and real estate developer with over 25 years of experience. He is the President of 5T Construction. 5T Construction offers a full range of services specifically tailored to meet the unique requirements of each client. 5T Construction has completed well over $8,000,000 in construction projects. The projects range from new construction, gut rehabs, renovations of single family and multi-unit dwellings to building out commercial office space. Prior to becoming a real estate developer, he was a restaurant owner and operator. Steve has planned, designed and built in excess of 20 restaurants in Chicago, Indiana and Michigan. He has well over 17 years of experience in the restaurant industry as well as in the construction management and real estate industries. Based on Steve’s unique business acumen and experiences, he can relate to the needs of his clients and is committed to their success. His experience enables him to treat every project as if it were his own. Steve holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Howard University.
James Perkins is a 30-year human resources professional. He has worked with and for major global corporations including Merck and Co., Aetna, Pepsico, Citigroup and Marriott in a range of capacities, most recently working as an independent consultant and overseeing human resources for a District of Columbia agency. James began his career as an HR Associate at Merck working in compensation and as an HR Generalist. His experience is these areas has led him to lead teams across HR functions such as the generalist/business partner space, talent acquisition, talent development, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. James is passionate about all things people and committed to ensuring organizations are best positioned to support and empower their employees. As Chief Human Resources Officer for 5TM, James will oversee every aspect of Human Resources and set the strategic direction for the company. He will be responsible for all human resource systems, policies and goals for 5TM and its related divisions. He will also be responsible for designing and implementing the human resource systems and infrastructure that will allow 5TM to scale. James is a graduate of the University of Southern California, B.S. and earned his M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. An active member of his community, James is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and serves on various boards within the organization.
Christel Perrin has over 10 years of accounting experience in the real estate industry. She prides herself on being an educator, mentor and accountant with the ability to transform lives and businesses. She enjoys discovering new technological advances and has a proven ability to increase efficiencies by 30-50%. She is known for her ability to cultivate healthy business relationships with vendors. She strives to provide quality internal and external service. Her passion for the field and industry exudes through her work. She received her Associates in Applied Science with a concentration in Accounting from Robert Morris University in 1996. She later decided education was essential to her journey to becoming a better individual and professional. She went back to Robert Morris University and received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She has taken several graduate courses to keep informed with the latest technical and legal changes in the accounting field. She is currently on track to take the fraud examination certification in August 2018.
Mary Williams is an Accounting Professional with more than 30 years of accounting experience, predominantly within the Real Estate and Property Management industries. Mary began her career as a Data Entry Clerk, quickly moving up the ranks to Assistant Accounting Supervisor, within 4 years. This was accomplished because of Mary’s high work ethics, ability to learn quickly, collaborative spirit, and proficiency in establishing processes and procedures. Mary’s desire to learn more about the Real Estate industry led her to positions as an Assistant Underwriter and an Asset Manager with one of the major syndicators of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. However, her absolute love for numbers and attention to details brought her back to traditional accounting roles, such as Accounting Manager and Controller. Mary led the accounting departments by developing and implementing the financial closing and reporting processes for more than 20 properties (2,000+ units) in Chicago, Illinois and Gary, Indiana, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity. In 2016, Mary received her Bachelors of Science in Business degree from Trinity Christian College. Mary considers herself to be blessed, because she not only has the opportunity to do what she has wanted to do (Accounting) since her sophomore year in high school, but she does it in an industry that provides safe and affordable housing to less serviced communities
Nancy Banks joined 5T Management in June 2019 and is currently the MCO Accountant for New City Supportive Living. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington and has 35+ years of Financial Management, Analysis and Accounting experience in both the corporate & non-profit sectors. Her career includes employment with General Mills, Citicorp, Aramark, and Lakeside Community Committee. As President of Banks & Co., a tax and accounting consultant firm, some of her clients have included: Housing Authority of Joliet, Balton Corporation, Dunigan Construction, and Project Hope, Inc.
Terrie is an innovator, who enjoys working with numbers. Focusing on her love of mathematics she earned an Associates’ degree in Accounting from North Western Business College. Her professional career in accounting began 3 years ago as an Accounts Receivable Clerk. By applying her high-quality business practices in our rapidly growing environment, Terrie has proven to be a great asset to 5T. Terrie will be furthering her education at Morris University in 2019, to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
Tomeika is a Mississippi native with over 5 years of experience working in the property management industry. She is a graduate of “THEE” Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is also a graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management in which she earned her master’s degrees in Business Administration in Accounting and Financial Management in Accounting. She began her career as an Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Intern in 2010 for a property management firm where she transitioned to Accounts Receivable Manager, and later Property Accountant. Tomeika enjoys working in Accounting and loves solving complex issues dealing with the intricacies of accountancy. She strives to be a great asset to the 5T team by utilizing her educational and professional background to provide outstanding support to senior management, the property managers and to the company's client base. When she’s not crunching numbers, Tomeika loves spending time with her family, traveling home to Mississippi, and sewing African-inspired clothing.
Jermelda has over 21 years of experience in the affordable housing (12 years) and market rate (9 years) industries. She began her career in housing as a luxury housing leasing agent and grew to become the Director of Operations. She was introduced to the affordable housing market in 2006 where she held many positions including Community Manager, Training and Development Specialist and she also, conducted Management Occupancy Reviews for IHDA. She started as the Asset Manager in June 2016 with Five T Management. She has an eye for detail and her desire to make systems, processes and people work as effectively and efficiently as possible make her a natural fit for compliance. She prides herself on her strong knowledge of the HUD and Illinois compliance Laws, and providing the 5T Team members with the support, tools, resources and information they need to be successful. She is very passionate about providing decent, safe and sanitary housing and following the local and HUD regulations. Jermelda has earned Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), C3P, Management Occupancy Specialist (MOR), Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), and Fair Housing Specialist (FHS) certifications and an Illinois Leasing Agent License.
Linda Williams, has joined the 5T team with over 18 years of experience in housing with varying roles from Desk Monitor, to Development Clerk, followed by Administrative Assistant and Recertification Clerk. Each of the aforementioned roles afforded Linda the opportunity to grow her skillset and become more proficient in reviewing files and reports which lead to her passion for auditing. Her current role as Compliance Specialist is where Linda’s appetite is quenched; with a keen eye for detail she reviews resident files to ensure all eyes are dotted and “t’s” are crossed. Linda recently received a certification in Medical Administrative Assistant from the Stratford Career Institute. Linda, looks forward to earning her (COS) Certify Occupancy Specialist and a Tax Credit License. She is a very friendly person, who enjoys to meeting new people and loves to learn. When she is not working, Linda enjoys attending and watching sports, reading and doing puzzles as well as all genres of music.
She has over 5 years of experience and has held a number of positions in the property management industry. Before joining 5T management in February 2017 she was located in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. She has overseen communities as large as 460 units, scattered sites including tax credit, independent senior living, ownership/management property sales, conventional developments, redevelopments, and section 8. She is passionate about customer service and is happy to be part of a great team. She also plays a role as the 5T management Special Projects Coordinator where she takes the lead on many special projects within the company. Tasia has received a Certificate in Baking and Pastries, Associates degrees in Culinary Arts, Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and is currently pursuing her Masters Of Business Administration in Marketing with Entertainment Management.
Saundra was born to serve and is eager to lend her property management, non-for-profit and creative expertise to 5T Management. She has been in a leadership roll in the property management and non-for-profit arenas for 12 plus years; in addition to being an active member of the United States Air Force Reserve for 18 years. Saundra has managed a variety of apartments, ranging from public The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), HUD, Tax Credit and Market rate units within the City of Chicago over the past 6 years. Her experience in the housing industry began in 2003, by assisting public housing residents find new homes through CHA’s Plan for Transformation housing choice voucher program. Prior to entering the real estate industry Saundra worked to obtain permanent housing placements for children and youth who were wards of the state. She brought those skills to public housing residents she served as a Family Works Lead Case manager then Supervisor. One of Saundra’s greatest gifts is her willingness to serve others in every aspect of her professional life but more importantly in her personal life as she regularly volunteers throughout the City of Chicago. Providing excellent customer service is one of her best skill sets. She lives by the Air Force’s core values: Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all you do. Saundra holds an Associates degree in Non-Destructive Testing, a Bachelors degree in Psychology and will resume her pursuit of her MBA in Organizational Management and Project Management in January 2019. She holds certifications in Rent Calculations and Uniform Physical Conditions Standards.
Dianthe has over twelve progressive years of Real Estate experience. Dianthe started her career in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. Since 2012 she has held a variety of positions, such as Administrative Assistant, Building Administrator and recently Property Manager. She has experience with a variety of portfolios from Market, CHA’s Public Housing and Voucher Program, Tax Credit, and PBV Section 8. She also has extensive leasing experience in the above-mentioned programs. She enjoys leasing/ marketing and finding innovative ways to attract new residents. Dianthe has an Illinois State Leasing License and will be obtaining her CAM certification in the Fall, 2021. Dianthe strongly believes that great customer service is the catalyst for an organization to thrive and be successful. In her spare time, Dianthe enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids and grandchildren.
Shetera Busch is a Certified Property Manager and Illinois Licensed Leasing Agent with 6 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry. She received her Associates in Communications from Parkland College and her leasing license from the Chicago Real Estate Institute. With over 10 years in customer service and sales, Shetera utilizes her skills to forge new and long-lasting resident relationships. She prides herself on delivering quality service to each resident through her exceptional problem-solving skills. Shetera is dedicated to making the tenants feel comfortable with choosing their “new home”. Currently, she is the Property and Leasing Manager for over 24 properties and serves as the “go to” for all of 5T Management’s leasing activities and assists in setting and obtaining leasing goals.
Lexus is new to the property management industry and is eager to learn and perform at the highest level in every area. Positions in management in the fields of hospitality and retail have equipped Lexus with the aptitude and communication skill set necessary to produce great problem-solving techniques for her team, clientele, and 5t Management Company. With aspirations of holding a career in the Healthcare Administration field, Lexus is currently pursuing her degree in Business and Healthcare Administration. She has an eye for working in 5T’s newest endeavor of supportive living communities! In her spare time she enjoys traveling and going to concerts.
Darius is the maintenance supervisor at 5T management, where he supervises the maintenance staff as well as implements preventative care measures for 5T management. He develops schedules and strategic maintenance plans with administration. He received a bachelors in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University. He has worked with reputable management companies including Lake Meadows, Lincoln Wood Pine tree and Genesis Wealth, among others. He acts as a liaison to tenants while troubleshooting equipment with maintenance staff. He enjoys problem solving and art