County housing authority gets a new director
In need of a new leader with the planned departure of longtime executive director Elise Hui, the Housing Authority of Yamhill County (HAYC) has tabbed Rhode Island administrator Massey Casper to be her successor.
Hui has served at HAYC for 18 years, but is moving to Florida and the board of directors of the organization conducted a national search to find her replacement.
That process, which included applications, a questionnaire and interviews with candidates, identified Casper, who served as associate director of facilities management for the Providence Housing Authority in Rhode Island.
In that position, he implemented and oversaw a comprehensive program of corrective and preventative maintenance for the third largest housing authority in New England, which features 2,600 public housing apartments.
Massey previously worked in Massachusetts as director of finance and administration for the Marlborough Community Development Authority in Massachusetts and as senior asset manager for the Madison Park Development Corporation.
Casper earned a master's degree in business administration from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island before working as a financial analyst for property management company WinnResidential. He also holds certifications from the Project Management Institute, the Massachusetts NAHRO, the National Apartment Association and NeighborWorks America.
"The fact that he is very knowledgeable in the specific programs that we have to administer in working with HUD, those are very specialized," HAYC board chairwoman Joyce Morrow said. "The job requires someone that is very analytical and detail oriented, and we could tell that he had strengths in those areas."
After becoming the primary candidate, Casper was invited to visit Yamhill County to meet with Hui and the board, visits HAYC sites and become more familiar with its operation. During that time, Morrow said the board became more convinced that Casper was the right choice.
"He has a great sense of humor," Morrow said. "He really interacts well with staff and with people and you can't tell that from a piece of paper."
More than anything, the visit confirmed that Casper has a passion for developing and preserving affordable housing.
"One of the things that we really liked about him is that he has a real passion for helping people and that's really important to us," Morrow said. "It is the heart of our mission and we felt he portrayed that same heart that we have, which really made him stand out."
Morrow, who has served on the HAYC board for more than 27 years, is serving as interim executive director until Casper begins work July 9.