Board of Directors

NHSSF is governed by a 14-member volunteer Board of Directors composed of residents of served communities, businesspeople, and local government. Each board member makes a firm commitment to maintain the agency’s focus of meeting housing needs in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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Patricia Algaze, Chair - Citi, NA

Rev. Willie Duckworth, Vice Chair- Emmanuel Church of God-in-christ (COGIC) of Florida

Mary MacNamara, Secretary – Total Bank

Dennis Rodrigues, Treasurer - Coral Gables Congregational Church

Eric Johnson Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust

Leo Toca Wells Fargo

Mildred Reynolds - Broward County Housing Finance and Community Dev. Division

Tony Prado - Collective Empowerment Group

Daisy Valdes - Resident

Maedell Brown - Resident

Nina Packer - Blueprint Group LLC/Bryant Management

Tonya Thomas- Daughters to Mothers/Program Director MDC

Manuel Cardenas - Chase


Marie Brea Hyppolite was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to the United States at a very young age. She Graduated from Miami Northwestern High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor Degree from Barry University in Business with an area of concentration in Telecommunication. Later, she attended Nova Law School and eventually acquired a Master Degree in Business Administration, with concentration in Finance and Marketing from Barry University in Miami.






Currently, she’s the President/CEO Director of First Business Consulting, which focuses in assisting and facilitating minority businesses in translating their business ideas into reality, hence providing them with necessary assistance and resources, namely: Planning, Managing, Alternative Financing, Marketing, Loan Packaging and Business Plans. Because or her multi-cultural background, she has client all over the world and travels extensively to Europe, South and Latin America. She has been a guest speaker numerous times on business symposiums, television and radio programs at home and abroad. Presently, she is also the financial underwriter for different financial institutions.

Her clients include: technology companies, radio stations, training institutions, manufacturing companies, transportations, daycares, restaurants, beauty salons and many other businesses.

Prior to this endeavor, she worked as a Business Development Consultant for the Minority Business Development Center (MBDC), where she provided management and technical assistance to businesses in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Since 1998, Mrs. Hyppolite has taught micro-business classes at Florida Atlantic University and developed business seminars for Florida Memorial College.

She’s an active member of several Chambers of Commerce and served on the executive boards of the Metro Miami Action Plan Trust and the City of Pembroke Pines. She has written and published several business articles. Mrs. Hyppolite has obtained numerous certifications from national and international organizations. She is fluent in French, Creole and Spanish.