Carrie Pleasants was appointed as the Executive Director The Housing Research & Advocacy Center on March 1, 2016 after serving as the Interim Director since July of 2015. Carrie served as the Associate Director at The Housing Center since 2008, overseeing the management of The Housing Center’s enforcement, education and outreach, and research programs and assisting in the management of the organization. Originally from the Akron area, Carrie moved to Cleveland in 2000 and joined The Housing Center (then called the Metropolitan Strategy Group) as the research and mapping specialist. In 2001, Carrie became the Director of Research & Investigations, overseeing and conducting research projects and testing until becoming the Associate Director in January 2008. She has served as the testing coordinator or supervisor for all testing projects performed by The Housing Center since February of 2000 and has supervised more than 4,000 rental, lending, sales, insurance, and accessibility tests. In addition, she has conducted a number of research projects at The Housing Center related to housing and lending discrimination, payday lending, and impediments to fair housing. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography with a minor in Cartography from Kent State University in 1997, and her Master of Arts in Geography with a specialization in urban geography from Kent State University in 2001.
Kris Keniray supervises The Housing Center’s program work including enforcement, education & outreach, research, and testing. She represents The Housing Center in bringing administrative complaints at the federal, state, and local levels and works with the Executive Director and outside counsel on agency litigation. She serves as the agency liaison to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Attorney General’s Office. Kris joined the staff of The Housing Center in April 2013 as Enforcement Coordinator and was appointed as the agency’s first Director of Enforcement in January 2014. She joined The Housing Center following seven years of service to Fair Housing Contact Service in Akron where she last served as Assistant Director. Before her work in the field of fair housing, Kris worked for Family Planning Services of Lorain County and volunteered for the Lorain County HIV/AIDS Task Force and the Lorain County Rape Crisis Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Oberlin College. Kris serves on the Ohio Consolidated Plan Fair Housing Advisory Committee and co-chairs The Housing Committee for the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry’s Greater Cleveland Reentry Strategy Coalition.
Darlene Norwood English
Director of Education & Outreach
Darlene Norwood English joined the Housing Center in January 2008 as Education & Outreach Coordinator. Darlene is responsible for developing the curricula for all educational trainings and coordinating outreach events, including conferences, speaker’s series, tabling opportunities and other events. She recruits speakers, and manages logistics, such as arranging continuing education credits for event attendees so they may uphold their professional licenses. In addition, she is responsible for the design and advertising of all marketing materials for the agency and its events. She writes the quarterly newsletter, agency brochures, and annual reports and assists with distribution of press releases and reports. Darlene completed the National Fair Housing Alliances’ Fair Housing School©, a comprehensive training, focusing on the fundamentals of fair housing law. In January 2014, she was named Director of Education & Outreach. She supervises the education and outreach department. Prior to joining The Housing Center, Darlene served as Marketing Generalist for team member relations at Lake Hospital System, and spent several years promoting Cleveland’s neighborhoods as a Communication Specialist with LiveCLEVELAND! (formerly the Living in Cleveland Center.) She is a former board member of Greater Cleveland Community Shares. Darlene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Cleveland State University.
Senior Research Associate
Michael Lepley conducts research, writes reports and press releases, and coordinates fair housing testing. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and minoring in Political Science and Spanish, from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He earned his Master of Public Administration, concentrating in Public and Nonprofit Management and Urban and Regional Affairs, from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2012. During graduate school, Michael interned at Northwest Dane Senior Services where he performed research to support the agency’s strategic planning efforts. Prior to joining The Housing Center, Michael provided mental health services to children with behavioral disorders and autism in Western Pennsylvania.
Delanté Spencer Thomas
Senior Investigations Coordinator
Delanté Spencer Thomas joined The Housing Center in 2016 as the Senior Investigations Coordinator. He supervises and works with the enforcement team in investigating housing discrimination complaints as well as developing strategies to address client fair housing needs. Delanté is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he concurrently earned a J.D. and Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resources. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. Prior to joining The Housing Center, Delanté worked as a mediator at the Cleveland Municipal Court, Dispute Resolution Intern at the Better Business Bureau, and Development and Communications Intern at The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland. Delanté is a native of East Cleveland, Ohio and serves in several organizations including but not limited to the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, East Cleveland Associate Board, and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Fair Housing Community Educator
Doris Honsa joined The Housing Center as a part-time Special Project Assistant in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining The Housing Center, Doris worked on fair housing, fair lending, residential real estate, community education, and advocacy issues with a number of organizations including the Living in Cleveland Center, the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust, and the Cleveland Fair Housing Review Board. While there, Doris worked against predatory lending practices by developing and teaching classes on financial fitness and advocating for consumers. Doris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of the Maxine Goodman Levin College.
Lenore Healy’s responsibilities include conducting and assisting in research related to fair housing and fair lending patterns and coordinating fair housing testing. Lenore earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, minoring in Philosophy, from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She earned a Master of International Development, concentrating on Human Security and Latin American Social and Public Policy, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Prior to joining The Housing Center, Lenore provided fundraising and marketing support as Development Assistant at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. She has also held a number of internship positions with diverse nonprofits, including working with marginalized families in Ecuador from 2011-2012 with Heart’s Home International, youth education and advocacy at World Youth Alliance, political fundraising at Cold Spark Media and as Research Assistant Intern at the Acton Institute.
Peter Saudek joined The Housing Center in 2016. Peter works with the Enforcement Team and assists with fair housing investigations, enforcement, and advocacy activities. Peter is responsible for complaint intake, counseling individuals on fair housing remedies, and assisting with education and outreach initiatives. A recent graduate of Oberlin College, Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Politics. As a President’s Public Service Fellow at Oberlin, Peter served as a community organizer focused on increasing youth access to technology. As a LIFT intern in Washington, D.C., he worked with Latino immigrants to secure affordable housing and employment. Peter is fluent in Spanish after having lived in Ecuador.