Board of Directors
NHSSF is governed by a 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.
Daryl Jones is the President of the Law Offices of Daryl L. Jones, P.A., a real estate law firm specializing in keeping clients in homes, and helping clients find homes. After graduating with honors from the United States Air Force Academy with his Bachelor of Science in Math in 1977, Lt. Jones served seven years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force flying the F-4 Phantom II. Mr. Jones obtained his juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987. After serving one year as a federal judicial clerk for Judge Peter Fay on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, he began practicing law with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, and later other firms. Captain Jones then began flying the A-7D Corsair II in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, and one year later the F-16 Falcon in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1990, Mr. Jones was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and in 1992 to the Florida Senate where he served until 2002. Colonel Jones retired in 2007 from the Air Force Reserve, and opened his own law firm in 2008.
Senator Jones is currently a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, and the AvMed Miami-Dade Community Advisory Board. He was a Presidential appointee to the United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors (1995-2002), was President Clinton’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force (1998), and the 2006 Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Florida. He also served on the boards of two publicly traded companies including the Great Florida Bank Board of Directors (2004-2014), and the American Bankers Insurance Group Board of Directors (1995-1999). He also served on the Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (1995-1997), and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence Advisory Board (1994-2000).
The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Daryl lives in south Florida and has offices in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn is a real estate and commercial transactions attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm with over 450 attorneys across the United States and London. His practice focuses on corporate matters, secured lending transactions, and the acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing of real property. Mr. Goodwyn regularly represents closely held companies, national and regional lenders, and a diverse range of borrowers and developers in a variety of commercial matters. Mr. Goodwyn, who is a native of the Bronx, New York, is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2005) and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 2002). Mr. Goodwyn lives in Miramar, Florida with his wife, Sharu Goodwyn, and their two young daughters.
Dennis serves as a contract CFO for not-for-profit organizations, including as the part-time Business Manager at Coral Gables Congregational Church and as an Executive Coach for senior leaders in the Medical Equipment, Software, Financial Services and Consulting fields.
Prior to that, as a Partner at KPMG LLP, Dennis founded and managed the Risk Advisory Services practice in South Florida and Puerto Rico. In this capacity, Dennis provided IT audit co-sourcing services to Fortune 500 and private companies and performed project risk management projects for Oracle and SAP ERP system implementations, monitored project management risks and designed internal controls; performed needs assessments and tested system configurations and data conversions; advised several banking clients in their business process and IT controls documentation and testing efforts to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404. Dennis also led the documentation and standardization of policies and procedures for all IT, operational and administrative processes for a Fortune 200 public company and managed security reviews and security policy and procedure development assignments for industrial and financial services clients.
Prior to his role at KPMG in Florida, Dennis served with KPMG in São Paulo, Brazil for 15 years, the last seven as a Partner in the Audit and Risk Advisory practices. Born and raised in São Paulo, Dennis speaks native English and Portuguese and is fully fluent in Spanish. Dennis has a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of the Sunrise School of Miami and on the Audit and Finance and NSP2 Committees of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Patricia Algaze is a management consultant with Lewis James Professional, LLC. In this capacity, her core focus is strategic planning and program performance for community development investment and commercial finance in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to joining LJP, Ms. Algaze was Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development in Florida. She has more than 25 years of financial services experience and has worked for large institutions such as BankUnited and HSBC. Her areas of expertise include governance and risk management for regulatory compliance, strategic planning, market research, commercial and consumer loan portfolio review, performance improvement and relationship management.
Maedell Brown, was born June 10, 1959 in Overtown. Growing up in Overtown, Liberty City, and Brownsville formerly “Brownsub,” she attended Douglas Elementary School through 5th grade, Highland Park Middle School, Ada Merritt, Citrus Grove and Booker T Washington Junior High Schools. Ms. Brown graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High in 1977. She continued her education at Miami-Dade Community College obtaining as Associates Degree in 1997 and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida International University in 2000. She worked for a brief period as a cashier at Winn Dixie from 1978 through March of 1979. On June 1, 1979 she began her employment with the City of Miami as a worker trainee on an 18 month assignment. That temporary assignment resulted in a 35 year career with the City of Miami where she supervises Accounts Payable and holds the title of Finance Accounting Supervisor. In overseeing the Accounts Payable Section of the Finance Department for the City of Miami, Ms. Brown is responsible for managing the staff and ensuring the timely and accurate disbursement of millions of dollars to suppliers providing goods and services to the various City Departments and their component units. Financial reporting and analysis is also an integral part of her duties. Generating financial reports and performing in debt analysis that aid management in their decision making and identifying problems and potential areas of concern vital to the City’s operations and continued services to its citizens are other major responsibilities of Ms. Brown in her capacity of Accounts Payable Supervisor. In addition to working full time, she is the chair-person for the Outreach Ministry with her church, Valley Grove MBC located in the heart of Liberty City.
As a return board member, her dedication, commitment and involvement with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida is very personal. She purchased her home with the agency when it was called Neighborhood Housing Services back in 1985 in what was called Little River, where she still resides. She is not just a board member but a product of the vital services provided NHSSF. As a member of the board she has chaired the Neighbors Night Out event that raised money to sponsor homeownership programs and recruited sponsorship from vendors to provide food for volunteers during NeighborWorks week. She retired from the City of Miami after 35 years of service in June of 2014.
Willie L. Duckworth currently serves full time in the ministry. As such, he is the pastor of the Emanuel Church of God in Christ (COGIC) of Florida where he recently celebrated his 5th year in that capacity. The Emanuel COGIC of Florida is part of the South Miami District COGIC, an organization of eight churches who are also part of the Eastern Florida Jurisdiction COGIC that consist of approximately 129 churches.
Mr. Duckworth serves as President of the South Miami District Evangelist Department. He also serves the Eastern Florida Jurisdiction as Corresponding Secretary of the Pastors and Elders Council of the Jurisdiction.
Mr. Duckworth is retired from the United States Air Force where he served our country for nearly 21 years.
Mr. Duckworth is married to the former Harriett Beaufort for the past six years. She brings two children to the marriage. These two children coupled with Mr. Duckworth’s six children from his previous marriage are Mr. Duckworth’s pride and joy.
Mr. Duckworth recently begin pursuing a master’s degree with the hopes of graduating in 18 months.
Mr. Duckworth envisions changing the landscape of the Brownsville Community by providing jobs and social services as starters.
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Beverly Kovach, Retired, having worked in the banking industry for more than 40 years. Her experience ranged from operations, to Internal Audtor, to the last twenty years in the area of regulatory compliance, where she was the bank's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer.
Although, she is not as active in the community as she once was, this is her home, and her love for people and the surrounding communities, continues to motivate her to make a difference. Working through NHSSF does that.
Ms Kovach has served on many boards over the years of banking and regulatory work which has garnered expertise is several areas that she continues to bring to the NHSSF board.
For the last six years, Beverly has served as Lay Director of the Christian organization known as Sonshine Via de Cristo. She has lived in Miami Dade for 50 years.
Benji is an urban planning and real estate development professional, leading McKenzie Construction's business development and operations. He has worked on a series of real estate development related projects in Miami, including working with the Goldman Properties Company on a historic preservation redevelopment toolkit for the Miami Downtown Development Authority and serving as a project manager with a retail developer. He has experience in real estate development, urban planning, and community development, with extensive knowledge of South Florida’s communities and their history.
Benji was born in Santiago, Chile and has been a resident of Miami for 30 years. His undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania explored the intersection of urban design and community organizing issues and he is a dual degree alum from MIT’s Masters in City Planning and Master of Science in Real Estate Development programs. Outside of work he is a member of the Miami Fellows program's Class 6 cohort, is one of the founders of the Miami chapter of the New Leaders Council, and is an active member in the ULI Southeast Florida District's Young Leaders group.