Experienced Professionals Working Together to Serve Communities

The Servium Group, Inc.

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Our Team

Lisa A. Blair, President/CEO

Ms. Blair has worked for more than 22 years assisting governmental entities and private firms with the implementation of more than $2 billion of federal grant programs in the areas of disaster recovery, housing, infrastructure, and economic development.

One significant area of Ms. Blair’s focus has been in designing and implementing large-scale Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Rehabilitation Disaster Recovery programs and is considered a leading expert in that field. The disaster recovery programs she has managed are among the best performing projects funded through CDBG Disaster Recovery Program.

Her experience range from policies and procedures, action plan development, technical assistance, compliance and comprehensive management, and administration of programs; this includes all aspects of implementation at both the State and local level.

Ms. Blair has represented several counties and other governmental entities with the implementation of CDBG (DR) and a wide variety of other federal and state funding programs. She understands the unique challenges counties face in implementing these programs as well as how to work within the local government framework to ensure successful implementation of grant-funded projects by local governments.

She coordinates projects with elected officials, agency staff, nonprofit organizations, and other community stakeholders. Ms. Blair’s’ skills and experience are enhanced by her in-depth knowledge of government structure; she understands the issues facing communities trying to implement projects through a variety of state and federal funding program.

Ms. Blair is currently consulting on Louisiana’s CDBG DR Homeowner’s Assistant Program for recovery from 2016’s devastating floods. She also oversees all aspects of business development, program design, project management, client relations, and staff development.

Esrone McDaniels, MPA, Vice President

Mr. McDaniels has more than 18 years of professional experience in the areas of housing finance, community and economic development, disaster recovery, and other housing-related programs.

In his professional career, Mr. McDaniels has managed a voluminous number of federal and state programs such as:

  • CDBG-Disaster Recovery
  • Mortgage Revenue Bonds
  • Mortgage Credit Certificate
  • Home Investments Partnerships Program (HOME)

  • Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Programs
  • State Housing Initiatives Partnerships (SHIP)
  • Homeowner Down-payment Assistance Programs

As former disaster recovery administrator for the Florida Department of Community Affairs (now Florida Department of Economic Opportunity), Mr. McDaniels was tasked with working directly with local governments and other community stakeholders. They designed a disaster recovery framework that was agile enough to accommodate the priorities of each community impacted.

Mr. McDaniels has also worked on disaster recovery projects in the states of Texas, New York, and Louisiana. He provided them with his technical expertise in the areas of policy development and overall project management.

Currently, Mr. McDaniels works as Servium’s lead consultant with the Project Management Office for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. He is responsible for policies and procedures, training, anti-fraud waste and abuse, compliance/internal controls, and appeals. Esrone holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Multinational Business Operations and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Florida State University.

Robert C. Sanford, CPA, Director of Financial Management

Rob Sanford provides financial management and oversight for all CDBG and other federally and state-funded grant projects for our clients. In addition, he assists in budgeting, accounting, process improvement, strategic planning, and other assignments related to his experience. He is a CPA licensed in Florida with more than 25 years of experience in:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Improving Business Processes and Systems
  • Performing Audits (Financial Statement, Regulatory Compliance, and Fraud Detection)
  • Developing and Monitoring Internal Controls (Including Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance)
  • Budgeting Forecasting and Analytical Analysis of Operating Results

He has served on the board of directors of companies in a variety of industries.

Calvin Knowles, Director of Program Management

Calvin Knowles has extensive experience administering federal and state housing and community development programs through the lens of local government, both as staff and as a consultant. He designs and administers projects in consultation with elected officials, local staff, nonprofit organizations, and other community stakeholders. Mr. Knowles ensures compliance with federal regulations such as:

  • Labor Standards
  • Financial Compliance
  • Procurement Regulations
  • Fair Housing
  • Environmental Activities

  • Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS)
  • National Objective Eligibility
  • Other Regulatory Issues Connected With Federal and State-Funded Projects

His skills and experience are enhanced by his in-depth knowledge of local government structure and the issues facing communities implementing projects through federal and state programs. He has worked extensively with the (CDBG) programs including Competitive Disaster programs, Small Cities allocations, and entitlement programs. He also developed consolidated plans, action plans, and annual performance reports.

Mr. Knowles has also managed Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), HOME, Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP), multi-family bond program competitions, and economic development activities.

Leith ter Meulen, Senior Project Consultant

Leith is a development consultant to nonprofit institutional, government, and commercial owners with a focus on socially responsible public-private initiatives. Her 35 years of experience in community and economic development sets a high bar for placemaking that protects and celebrates history, arts, and cultural resources in the communities she preserves and develops.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Communities Recovering From Natural and Manmade Disaster With a Focus on Revitalization of Community Assets That Foster Economic and Quality of Life Benefits
  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Resiliency
  • Adaptive Reuse

Her Disaster Recovery experience includes restoration and repositioning of properties in post-Katrina New Orleans, Haiti, and in economically devastated Detroit. She also did multiple projects contributing to the renewal of post-9/11 Lower Manhattan.

Ms. ter Meulen currently oversees a team of professionals engaged in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG-DR funded Post Super Storm Sandy Recovery for the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR). This important assignment involves grants management and liaison with individual owners of more than 600 single and two family properties on Long Island.

In addition, she brings project delivery services to GOSR for Living by the Bay; a multifaceted $125 million flood protection program, designed to protect Nassau Bay in Long Island from future storm-related and climate change flooding.

She serves as a Compliance Monitor for the NYS Empire State Development Corporation Monitoring Columbia University’s delivery of community benefits on its $6B Manhattanville Campus. Ms. ter Meulen also provides Integrity Monitoring for local authorities on their compliance with federal FTA and other regulatory requirements as well as serving as a support team member on the General Services Administration’s ‘Freeze the Footprint’ program for the disposition of excess federal property across the United States.

Don Gormly, Senior Construction Manager

Mr. Gormly has worked with the Servium Team members for more than seven years. Here he provides construction management and inspection services to local government clients with programs such as CDBG Small Cities program, State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP), and HUD’s Section 8 program.

He has been responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations governing the construction process for housing rehabilitation. As a subject matter expert in construction management for CDBG and other state and federal programs, his primary projects included CDBG, SHIP and Section 8 in Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor Counties.

He provided construction management, managed all aspects the construction contracts between homeowners and contractors, landlords, and tenants, as well as ensured timely completion of projects.

Mr. Gormly responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • All Aspects of CDBG DR Construction Management
  • Reviewing and Approving All Construction Contractor Applications
  • Development of the Procurement Packages for Construction Contractors
  • Development of Notice to Bidders
  • Development of Bid Packages
  • Oversight of the Construction Contractors and Construction Schedules
  • Preparation of All Work Write-Ups
  • Conducting Bid Walkthroughs
  • Preparation of Bid Tabulations
  • Ensuring All Required Permits Are in Place
  • Conducting Weekly Construction Progress Inspections
  • Reviewing and Approving All Contractor Pay Packages
  • Review and Approval of Change Orders
  • Working With Homeowners During the Construction Process
  • Coordination of Final Inspections by County Officials to Obtain Certificate of Occupancy
  • Preparation of All Construction Close-Out Documents
  • Assisting With Project Administration and All Other Duties Necessary for the Management of Construction in Compliance With Small Cities CDBG Rules and Regulations