Our Management Team

Deona Thomas
President\CEO

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.

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Steve Thomas
Development and Acquisitions

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.

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Tiffany Moore
Director Of Operations

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.

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Christel Perrin
Senior Accountant

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.

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Mary Williams
Senior Accountant

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

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Tomeika Newton
Property Accountant

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.

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Bianca Wiliams
Senior Property Manager

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

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Amy Scott
Affordable Property Manager

Amy’s career in property management started 21 years ago. In 2001 she started as an Administrative Assistant for a Property Manager. In a short period of time Amy was promoted to Assistant Property Manager. In 2015, Amy received another promotion to a Community Manager for a Senior Property with 116 units. Thereafter, in 2017 Amy relocated to another larger Senior Property with 482 units under PHA. Amy is the Property Manager of 5T Managements Affordable properties. Amy is a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Illinois. She also holds a RIM certificate

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Hakim Eggleston
Market Property Manager

Hakim Eggleston is 5T Managements Market Property Manager. With over 14 years of market portfolio management experience, Mr. Eggleston has been successful in stabilizing Chicago neighborhoods such as: Hyde Park, Bronzeville, Greater Grand Crossing, South Shore, Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Morgan Park, Beverly, Avalon and many more. Mr. Eggleston has spent many years advising owners on property acquisitions, property improvements, neighborhood stabilization and active community engagement. Hakim is an advisor, creator, and innovator within the field of property management and his goal is to ensure that all communities under his leadership stabilizes and thrives under his tutelage.

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Tamela Franklin
Englewood Property Manager

Tamela started her career in property management in 2020 as a Recertification Specialist. In 2021she was promoted to Assistant Property Manager, and then Property Manager. After a long wait Tamela started her career with ST Management May 10, 2022 and is looking forward to all the opportunities and knowledge that will be afforded to her at ST Management. Tamela has a certification as Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), and is looking forward to receiving certifications as a Tax Credit Specialist and Certified Housing Manager.

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Lexus Perry
Assistant Property Manager

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.

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Linda Williams
Assistant Affordable Property Manager

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.

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Lynnetta Hall
Assistant Property Manager

Lynnetta started her career in Customer Service in 1995 . She went on to manage many different departments over the years. In April of 2021, Lynnetta was offered an opportunity to use those customer service skills along with her attention to detail and her compassion for Englewood Residents to become the Recertification specialist at East Lake Management. Three months in she quickly became the Assistant Property Manager. She still has a lot to learn and is thankful to be working with 5T Management and their core value of providing affordable housing in low income neighborhood. She is has her Certified Occupancy specialist (COS) certification.

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Malarie Williams
Assistant Property Manager

Malarie’s career in property management started 6 years ago as a front desk concierge at one of the newest high-rises in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. She was then promoted to a Senior Resident Services Associate position with the same company. After working in that position for 4 years and obtaining her Illinois Leasing Agent License, Malarie worked as a leasing agent for a new company near Merrionette Park, IL for a short period of time. Malarie is now an Assistant Property Manager with 5T Management. Malarie’s goals are to excel in property management in hopes to purchase her own properties to continue community development in the future.

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Brittani Brooks
Compliance Officer

Brittnai experience in affordable housing management, and community development spans over 10 years. She is adept in diverse financed housing programs, interpreting and analyzing policy. Moreover, her experiences have afforded a well-rounded skill set, including managing a portfolio of 3000+ units with different layers of funding sources. Developing best practices and strategies for meeting program requirements. Implementing and monitoring policies. Preparing and monitoring budgets and building partnerships. Brittnai holds an MBA, a Masters in Nonprofit Management, and a bachelor’s in political science with a focus in Public Administration, and a minor in Human Resources Development. She has earned her Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS) and Housing Choice Voucher Specialist certification.

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Darius Hampton
Maintenance Supervisor

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

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Marche' Emmons
Administrative Assistant

Marche’ started her career in property management just one year ago in 2021, and she has already made long lasting impression on those she has come in contact with. Marche’ started off as a Administrative Assisstant, where she was then promoted to Resident Occupancy Specialist in under five months of her being the office administrative assistant. Once promoted Marche’ received her certifications from CHA as well as Nan Mckay. This is her second job in property management and she is very eager to learn. She is also knowledgeable in Tax Credit, PHA/CHA, and Market recertification. Marche’ is also seeking her Master’s degree in criminal justice, where she plans to become a detective in sex crimes or speical victims unit.

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Tasia Shine
Project Manager

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.

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