The experienced Servium team offers every service necessary to successfully administer state and federal grant programs. Below is additional information about our key personnel.
For more than 22 years, Lisa Blair has assisted local governments and private firms with the implementation of billions of dollars in federal grant programs, such as HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program, FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Economic Development Administration Public Works Grant, and the Rural Development Grant/Loan program in the areas of disaster recovery, housing, infrastructure and economic development.
Lisa has focused on designing and implementing large scale CDBG Disaster Recovery programs and is considered a leading expert in that field. Her experience includes developing policies and procedures, Action Plan development, technical assistance, compliance and comprehensive management and administration of disaster recovery programs.
Lisa has represented local governments with the implementation of a wide variety of other federal and state funding programs and understands the unique challenges communities face in implementing these programs. She coordinates projects with elected officials, agency staff, non-profit organizations and other community stakeholders.
Senior Project Manager
Hannah is a business professional with experience in program management, marketing, internal controls and communications. In her role as Senior Project Manager at The Servium Group, she supports a wide range of program management services for the firm and its CDBG-DR clients. She works with a program's Project Management Office team of professionals to develop and manage compliance with program policies; provides oversight functions related to policies and procedures development; and coordinates with programmatic functional areas to train and develop standard operating procedures to support overall program structure.
Hannah has years of experience with grant-funded projects during her time as Deputy Program Manager with Task Force Louisiana Rebuilders, where she handled program management for the Light Property Maintenance contract for the Road Home Corporation d.b.a. Louisiana Land Trust, which was put in place to manage the housing stock damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Esrone McDaniels has more than 22 years of professional experience in housing finance, community and economic development, disaster recovery and other housing programs. In his professional career, Esrone has managed a variety of state and federal programs, inlcluding 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) and Homeowner Down-payment Assistance Programs. He is the lead for Servium's Puerto Rico recovery projects after Hurricane Maria.
As former disaster recovery administrator for the Florida Department of Community Affairs (now Florida Department of Economic Opportunity), Esrone led the development of a CDBG-DR Action Plan covering four named storms in 2005 totaling $182 million. This effort required comprehensive coordination of other state agencies, public officials, community stakeholders and local governments to design a plan that encompassed recovery activities to address housing, infrastructure, mitigation and economic development issues as a result of the storms.
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, non-profit organizations and other community stakeholders.
Calvin ensures compliance with federal regulations, including labor standards, financial compliance, procurement regulations, Fair Housing, environmental activities, IDIS, national objective eligibility, and other regulatory issues connected with federal and state-funded projects. He has worked extensively with CDBG programs, Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), HOME, Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP), multi-family bond program competitions, and other economic development activities.
Leith ter Meulen
Leith ter Meulen is a development consultant to non-profit 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 community placemaking that protects and celebrates history, arts and cultural resources in the communities she preserves and develops.
Leith's areas of expertise include communities recovering from disasters, with a focus on revitalization of community assets that foster economic and quality of life benefits, cultural resources, historic preservation, housing, resiliency and adaptive reuse.
Her Disaster Recovery experience includes restoration and repositioning of property in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, Detroit, and multiple projects contributing to the renewal in Lower Manhattan after 9/11. Leith currently serves as Compliance Monitor for the NYS Empire State Development Corporation Monitoring Columbia University’s delivery of community benefits on its $6 billion Manhattanville Campus; provides Integrity Monitoring for local authorities on their compliance with federal FTA and other regulatory requirements; and is 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.
Senior Construction Manager
Don Gormly has worked with the Servium Team for more than seven years, providing 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, he has provided construction management and managed all aspects the construction contracts between homeowners and contractors, landlords and tenants and ensured timely completion of housing construction projects.
Communications & Community Engagement Director
Erin Gillespie, formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is the Communications and Community Engagement Director for the Servium Group. She has almost two decades of experience in media and public relations, crisis management, communications and government affairs. During her tenure at Florida’s DEO, she worked with businesses and communities across the state to invest in a high-tech workforce, develop strong growth strategies and promote Florida's economic success.
Erin’s public service also includes senior level positions in communications at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to implement new policies, procedures and legislation. She is a skilled communicator, specifically in crisis communications, and understands how to engage the public and gather input from a variety of sectors.
Erin has extensive disaster recovery experience, leading statewide private sector response and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael. She provided guidance on the development of the Hurricane Irma Action Plan that was approved by HUD for the implementation of $616 million in recovery programs, including housing, infrastructure and economic development. In her role with the state of Florida, she led the state team tasked with the selection of 427 Opportunity Zones and worked with communities to develop strategies to attract Opportunity Fund investment.
Finance and Government Affairs Director
Jim DeBeaugrine has a lengthy career in state government and public affairs in Florida, specializing in the areas of public finance, policy and fiscal analysis, governmental relations, and public administration. The bulk of his career was spent in various positions with the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. In this capacity, he became a recognized expert on public finance, administrative law and processes, intergovernmental relations, and policy analysis.
In 2007, he became the Deputy Director of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which was under tremendous scrutiny due to concerning financial management practices. He stabilized the situation, reestablished credibility with the Legislature and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director for the agency. As Executive Director, Jim enacted major, comprehensive improvements in agency management. He was unanimously confirmed by the Florida Senate and is widely credited with helping the agency reestablish credibility across the board.
Since leaving state government in 2011, Mr. DeBeaugrine has operated a successful governmental affairs consulting business, RFJ Governmental Consultants. Notably, he has assisted several non-profit organizations who have developed affordable housing by identifying and accessing public and private funding. This included working with Legislative leadership to create a state grant program, funded through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, that provides affordable housing funding for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Robert C. Sanford
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 more for Servium Group and our clients.
Rob 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); and budgeting forecasting and analytical analysis of operating results.