Terri is an accomplished community development professional with over 35 years of nonprofit management and affordable housing experience. Under her leadership, the capacity of Neighborhood Renaissance expanded from a community driven start-up to become a proven nonprofit developer of affordable homes. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 1999, she was Executive Director of Twin Cities Community Development Corp., a regional housing and economic organization serving low and moderate-income residents in central Massachusetts. She has worked effectively in the nonprofit, for profit and government arena. Ms. Murray holds a Masters in Urban Affairs in Housing and Community Development from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Missouri.
Ontario Johnson has over 12 years of resident training, leadership development and community engagement experience. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 2019 as a Community Organizer, he was Director of Community Engagement and Programming for Community Partners at San Castle Community Center and Coordinator for Circles Palm Beach County. Ontario’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to developing resident and community leadership, mental health, mentoring, and financial coaching. He is a volunteer and mentor with multiple local nonprofits and community-driven initiatives. Ontario is a graduate of Lake Worth Community High School and attended college at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
Finance Operations Manager
Jenny joined Neighborhood Renaissance in 2011 and has 20 yrs of increasing experience and responsibility in general accounting, primarily working within the construction and property management field. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Federico Villarreal University is originally from Lima, Peru. Mrs. Bretz is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Her responsibilities include all internal bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable and the general office operations.
Ms. Knowles has over 12 years experience in both conventional and tax credit property management. She is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) through the National Apartment Association Education Institute and brings a wealth of knowledge of Landlord/Tenant laws along with Fair Housing guidelines. She’s worked with several large property management firms managing multi-family apartment communities throughout Palm Beach County ranging from 130-486 units. She has expertise in property lease-ups, rehabs, acquisitions and takeovers. Ms. Knowles joined Neighborhood Renaissance in March 2016.
Affordable Housing Development Director
Johnice Woods is an 18-year veteran of the housing and community development industry. Having served on the leadership team of Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, a 501(C)(3) organization, Johnice helped developed or constructed almost 1,000 residential units, 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, which yielded $200 million in assets developed and a consolidated net worth of $30 million. Her expertise includes working with municipal community stakeholders, identifying and securing future sites for permanent affordable housing, the preparation and completion of affordable housing project applications, and civic engagement strategies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1992 to 1999.