Board of Directors
Cynthia Leon, Board Chair
Chair, Public Safety Commission
Department of Public Safety
Victor Elmore, Vice Chair
Texas Mezzanine Fund
Brazos Valley AHC
Senior Director, Development Finance
Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
Senior Vice President, CRA Officer
National Educator & Trainer
Assistant Director of Community Services Administration
City of Longview
Over the past 25 years, Executive Director Tom Wilkinson has transformed the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) from a relatively modest operation into the multifaceted engine for regionalism that it is today. During his time at the helm of the BVCOG, assets have increased fourfold. BVCOG administers a wide range of programs including the regional 911 administrative support and Text to 911, solid waste planning, criminal justice training, homeland security planning, bioterrorism preparedness planning, regional radio interoperability coordination, transportation planning, workforce development, child care management services, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), Economic and Community Development, and the Area Agency on Aging. The Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corporation (BVAHC), HIV administrative services, the County Indigent Health Care program, the Purchasing Solutions Alliance (PSA), and a revolving loan fund for business development, were specifically created as a result of Tom’s foresight and leadership.
Outside of work, Tom currently serves or has served on the boards of the Brazos Valley Arts Council as chairman and as a board member of the United Way of the Brazos Valley. He has also retired, due to term limits, after 9 years on the board of the Texas Methodist Home for Children in Waco, Texas. But after sitting out a term, the board asked him back on to serve on their financial advisory committee. He also serves as a member of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Executive Committee and the National Association of Regional Council’s (NARC) Executive Directors Council. Most recently he was awarded the Walter Scheiber Award, the highest honor bestowed on a NARC executive director.
A. Cynthia Leon
Cynthia "Cindy" Leon of Mission is a retired senior executive for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During her 37 years at HUD, she served in many roles including Regional Administrator, Director of Public Housing, Director of Assisted Housing Management, and Director of Native American Programs. Ms. Leon is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Texas, and past chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio Federal Executive Boards. She served for 28 years in the United States Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of Captain in 2006. Ms. Leon earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College, and a master's degree in public administration for the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute of Charlottesville, VA. Ms. Leon served as a board member for Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation from 2009 to 2011. She currently serves as a commissioner of the Public Safety Commission which oversees the the Texas Department of Public Safety. Her term as a member expires in January 2020.
Victor J. Elmore
Victor has over forty years of experience in accounting, finance, and business management. He has worked as a public accounting auditor; an accounting practitioner and business consultant; and chief financial officer for several non-profit and for-profit firms.
Elmore has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of TMF’s Board of Directors since July 1, 2005. Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, he had served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer since inception (May, 1999).
TMF is a statewide, economic development loan fund based in Dallas, Texas, and since 2002, the organization has held Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and Community Development Entity (“CDE”) designations given by the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. From inception through May, 2017, TMF has provided over $92 million in financing to 269 businesses, 30 affordable housing developments, and 23 non-profit organizations in 89 Texas Communities. In addition, the company has leveraged an additional $311 million from banks and other lenders, providing a total of $403 million in new capital.
TMF also operates a New Markets Tax Credit Program. Under this program, TMF has received $288 million in NMTC allocations which it has deployed into various business and community development transactions throughout the State of Texas.
Elmore is a 1977, summa cum laude graduate of SCSU, earning a B.S. Degree in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. He also holds a MBA Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Elmore is a member of numerous civic and business related boards located in Texas and around the country.
Dave is a community development professional with more than 20 years of experience in public finance, historic preservation and nonprofit management. Dave is the Senior Director of Development Finance for the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, a statewide nonprofit housing finance corporation. He manages operations for multifamily bond finance, the Texas Housing Impact Fund and Affordable Communities of Texas Land Bank.
Dave is committed to advancing community development, affordable housing and nonprofit capacity nationally and internationally. He is a member of the IRS’ Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt and Government Entities, volunteers regularly through the United Nations Online Volunteers program and contributes his time to several local nonprofits in Austin, Texas.
Dave received his Bachelors of Science in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an avid fly fisher, Ultimate Frisbee player and seasoned Ice Curler.
Roy serves as the President and CEO of NeighborWorks® Waco and has over 38 years of experience in the housing and building industry. He serves on the Visibility and Resource Development Committee for NeighborWorks® America as well as the NeighborWorks America HomeOwnership Steering Committee and the National NeighborWorks® Association. He is the founding and current chair of the NeighborWorks® Alliance of Texas, a collaboration of Texas NeighborWorks® organizations. Nash is the current vice-chair of the Waco Housing Coalition, and he also serves on the boards of the Heart of Texas Builders Association, the Texas Association of Builders and the Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions.
Nash graduated from Baylor University where he received a BBA degree in Business Management.
Dietrich is currently the Assistant Director of Community Services Administration with the City of Longview.
The department includes the community development and housing authority. His 25 years of service with the City has included an array of roles and professional advancement. He has led and implemented many new program ideas and concepts for the City.
His undergraduate and graduate studies are in public administration. He is actively involved in the community though various service organizations from President of local nonprofit coalition to the liaison for the cultural arts community and the distribution of Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds.
Over the years Dietrich has been a successful grant writer for the City; securing foundation, state and federal dollars to fund a range of programs and demonstration projects. Currently, Dietrich is working closely with the Mayor's office to address the issue of homelessness in the community of Longview.
JoAnn has been a member of the NeighborWorks Training Institute faculty since 2004 and has had the pleasure of training for the Texas Homeless Network, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, and the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition and others. JoAnn is a 2016 recipient of the Kenneth Jones/Tony Austin Excellence in Training Award recognized as a educator, leader and partner of NeighborWorks® America and the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC). JoAnn is a trainer of trainers, and has had the pleasure of designing and facilitating education for and with nonprofit professionals who in turn work at the local level developing and implementing effective programs to support sustained affordable homeownership and/or affordable rental. Her teachings highlight the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling, and support the national HUD housing counseling certification.
For Texas, JoAnn was a key organizer and implementer of the Texas Foreclosure Prevention Task Force (TFPTF), a NWA supported initiative. The TFPTF was assembled in 2007 and became a dynamic and effective collaborative comprised of Texas’ numerous local housing task force groups joined by more than 90 federal, state, local, non-profit, lenders and servicers, and other housing and consumer stakeholder organizations. The result, more than 6,000 Texas individuals and families were served and saved with FREE foreclosure intervention and prevention services and Texas housing service providers were served with timely and relevant training and capacity building support. While the TPFTF is not active today, an example of their relevant and impactful work does live on at Texas PBS. A program titled Mortgage Crisis: Stopping Scams is the 30-minute special on Loan Scam Awareness that has aired extensively throughout Texas and the US.
Gloria Sanderson is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX and began her career in the S&L industry. She then worked for the Resolution Trust Corporation managing and liquidating bank assets. Her next opportunity introduced her to the field of community development – where she developed a niche in Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-exempt Bond lending, leading to production of affordable multi-family housing.
Ms. Sanderson then served as Executive Director of Houston LISC, providing operating support, mezzanine financing and technical assistance to Houston community development nonprofits which created thousands of affordable housing units and critical economic development projects in low income neighborhoods.
In 2009 Ms. Sanderson began her consulting business Sanderson Solutions, providing community development support to nonprofits and banks. She was then recruited to bring her expertise to the banking crisis – contracting to the FDIC to assist in the resolution of failed community banks. As the financial crisis waned, Ms. Sanderson found an opportunity to assist First Community Bank (FCB) with its CRA goals. In 2013 she agreed to join the bank as an employee, heading up their statewide CRA program. When FCB became Pioneer Bank she also became the Fair Lending Officer. Ms. Sanderson has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Houston, HGAC Workforce Solutions, Houston Hope, Covenant Community Capital, The Credit Coalition, Texas Interfaith Housing and Portfolio Resident Services.
David Diaz is a native Midlander, and a product of LHS and Texas Tech University. David has been working in the non-profit sector for the last twenty years. He was the Executive Director for the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 6 years where he established an unprecedented relationship with the City of Midland to redevelop and reinvest in Community Development projects intended to revitalize Midland’s downtown district that included new businesses and new residential development.
As a result of the successful relationship with the City of Midland, David was asked to start a new non-profit to again partner with the City of Midland to develop affordable housing. David was responsible for jumpstarting the Midland Community Development Corporation of Midland and has been with the organization for 14 years and over the course of that time has developed over 150 affordable single- family homes plus two multifamily rental properties with over 200 units.
David has always been involved within the community having served on the boards of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Midland Downtown Inc., Midland College Business Advisory Board and the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations. He is currently serving on a State Board for Texas Rural Communities.