STAFF

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Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett, MA 
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett joined the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) as the Chief Executive Officer and chairperson of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care (CoC) in August 2014.

The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Florida as the lead entity on the issue of homelessness in Hillsborough County. The CoC, led by THHI, is a collaboration of federal, state and local government agencies, faith-based organizations, housing providers, non-profit agencies and businesses working together to develop strategies to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in Hillsborough County.

During Antoinette’s tenure at THHI, the community has experienced:

6% reduction in the total homelessness.
42% reduction in homelessness among veterans.
19% reduction among persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

Antoinette developed Operation: REVEILLE as a housing initiative with the goal of ending homelessness among military veterans by rapidly re-housing and developing a system of care to ensure that a veteran never sleeps on the streets. Operation: REVEILLE has been replicated in seven states across the country.

Previously, Antoinette served as a City Planning Executive in the City of St. Louis for 13 years. Under her leadership, the City of St. Louis received over $130 million in competitive funds and implemented over 30 new programs focusing on removing barriers, developing collaborations and providing exceptional housing and services for those experiencing homelessness.

 

Antoinette is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She has bachelors’ degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Park University and a master’s degree from Webster University.

Antonio S. Byrd, MA
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Antonio joined the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative as the Chief Operating Officer in August 2014.  With over 15 years as an abolitionist for eradicating homelessness and generational poverty;  he is instrumental in developing and implementing innovative strategies and initiatives; and oversees the governance, development, and coordination of the local Continuum of Care network.

 

Previously, he served the City of St. Louis (Missouri) for 8 years, as a Contract Compliance Officer and Program Manager of the Homeless Services Division.  While working closely with Antoinette Hayes-Triplett, he was responsible for implementing and co-developing innovative strategies towards decreasing and ending homelessness locally and regionally, such as Project Homeless Connect; the St. Louis What’s Right in The Region award-winning initiative - The B.E.A.C.H. Project; and Operation: REVEILLE STL, just to name a few.  Antonio was also instrumental in securing over $80 million in local, state, and federal grant funding for the City of St. Louis Continuum of Care.

As a St. Louis native, he served as a volunteer for several local organizations and initiatives, was nominated and accepted into the 2013/14 FOCUS St. Louis – Leadership St. Louis program, and prior to his departure in August 2014, was awarded a Proclamation by the City of St. Louis for his work, leadership, and community services efforts.  

Since arriving in Tampa, Antonio has co-managed the planning and successful launch of the National Operation: REVEILLE – a rapid rehousing initiative for homeless Veterans, for which he was invited to the White House in November 2016 and provided vision to the County’s first Community Housing Solutions Center which houses chronically homeless individuals.

Antonio received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Harris-Stowe State University and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University in St. Louis.   

Antonio enjoys spending time with his wife Sierra and two daughters, fitness training, photography, and occasionally golfing.  Antonio is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE:

Cathy James - Finance Manager

Kalen Johnson - Executive Assistant

 

CONTRACTS:

Lesa Weikel - Senior Contract Manager

Erin Donovan - Contract Manager

Carrie Ramos - Contract Manager

COORDINATED ENTRY (HOUSING ACCESS):

Andrea Ramirez - Senior Housing Access Manager

Taryn Mahabir-Best - Housing Access Manager

 

HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (UNITY):

Sergio Santiago - Senior HMIS Manager 

Jessica Pierre - HMIS Manager