Our Management Team

Berkeley C. Burbank

Berkeley was named CEO of ALCO in 2020. He guides ALCO’s efforts to build community by providing quality affordable housing for residents of every ALCO property and meaningful jobs for every ALCO employee. He provides leadership to ensure the company’s continued growth and sustainability as an owner, developer, and manager of affordable housing communities. Berkeley has been active in the development of affordable housing communities since 1995. He joined ALCO’s acquisitions and development team in 2006 to manage the financing and redevelopment of many of our communities. He has deep experience working with a broad range of debt and equity sources to make these projects possible, including conventional and FHA mortgage programs, tax exempt bonds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and other federal and local housing programs. Berkeley is actively engaged within the affordable housing industry and in his community. He has served on the board of directors of the Frayser Community Development Corporation and the New Ballet Ensemble. He holds a degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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Sarah Jemison

Sarah Jemison joined Alco at the start of 2018, working both on the Acquisitions and Development Team on the financing of Low Income Housing Tax Credit redevelopments, and across the company on organizational development and growth. In her current role, she focuses on corporate strategy, culture, long term growth, and directly leads Alco’s Human Resources, Community Engagement and Communications work. Sarah is actively engaged in advocating for community development and neighborhood improvements; she came to Alco from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, where she worked to advocate for expanded federal housing resources, and currently serves on the board of directors for Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. and The Works, Inc., as well as Longleaf Partners Fund. She holds a degree in History and African American Studies from Princeton University.

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Robert D. Hyde

After serving as ALCO’s outside counsel as a partner in the Memphis law firm Farris Bobango PLC, Robert joined ALCO in 2002 to oversee legal matters, financial structuring of transactions, and recruitment of equity partners. In 2011, Robert became the President of ALCO and is responsible for all aspects of development, acquisition, construction, management and repositioning of ALCO’s portfolio of communities. With an accounting degree from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Robert is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Mississippi and Tennessee Bar Associations.

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Nancy Russell

Nancy joined ALCO as the Chief Financial Officer in 2023. She leads the Accounting and Information Technology teams in their work to support the greater Alco organization and its vision and mission. Nancy brings extensive experience as the Chief Financial Officer of family owned and privately held businesses. She is community focused, having served on the board of directors of Iris Orchestra and Leadership Preparatory Academy. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Dana Patterson

As Senior Vice President, Dana provides guidance and coordination for ALCO’s property operations including Property Management, Compliance, and Learning and Development. Dana joined ALCO in 2007 as a property accountant after working onsite in multifamily property management since 1999. While at Alco, she has held leadership positions in both the Accounting and Asset Management Departments. Dana holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Christian Brothers University. Dana is a Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) and a Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) and has served on the Board of Directors with the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis.

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Stewart Carlin

Since joining ALCO as a financial analyst in 1999, Stewart has successfully executed complex recapitalization plans and reduced utility costs through specific programs, as well as leading “green project” initiatives. As Vice President of Asset Management, Stewart develops and executes long-term, performance-enhancing strategies while monitoring budgets, capital requirements and the overall performance of properties across the ALCO portfolio. Stewart holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Memphis.

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Thomas Robinson

Since joining Alco in 2014, Thomas has helped the company grow through the acquisition and preservation of affordable apartment communities across the Southeast. He leads the company’s property acquisition efforts from deal sourcing to closing and manages redevelopment projects with a focus on project planning, financing, and regulatory approvals. He has an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and worked in nonprofit social services in Memphis prior to joining the Alco team.

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Mica Dickey

Mica started her career at Alco in 2004 as Administrative Secretary/Receptionist. From 2006 to 2018, she held various HR positions (HR Assistant, HR Coordinator, and HR Generalist) while also serving as the Assistant to the Executive Vice President. With over fifteen years of experience in the Human Resources field and driven by her passion for people and service, Mica now leads the Administrative Services and Human Resources/Payroll departments as Director. As Director of Human Resources, Mica is responsible for developing and enforcing the company’s HR goals, policies, and strategies. Mica holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Memphis and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Mica earned her SHRM-CP (Certified Professional in Human Resources) certification in 2019.

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Ebonye Edwards

As the Director of Learning and Development, Ebonye is responsible for fully supporting the current and growing training and development needs of ALCO’s employees. With 22 years of experience in the learning and development industry, she has an extensive background in assessing skills needs and building professional development programs. During her tenure at ALCO, she has organized and standardized the internal processes of the Learning and Development and Marketing Departments, reviewed and revamped ALCO’s current training catalog to ensure effectiveness and accessibility to all employees, and has led the training component for various company initiatives. Ebonye holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Memphis with graduate specialization hours in Instructional Curriculum and Leadership.

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Leanne Poletti-Murray

Beginning her career with ALCO in 1984 as an accounts payable clerk, Leanne has advanced within the company serving as property bookkeeper, network administrator and training manager. As Director of Compliance, Leanne is responsible for setting corporate policies and procedures and overseeing the regulatory compliance and reporting for the affordable housing programs. She is a National Affordable Housing Professional Executive (NAHPe), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), and Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) and holds certifications in Public Housing Management (PHM), Fair Housing Compliance (FHC), and Advanced Issues in HUD Occupancy (ACPO).

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Misti Baarsch

Misti joined Alco in 2022 as the Accounting Manager and now serves as the Director of Accounting. In her current capacity, she is responsible for the overall operations of the accounting department, including the oversight of the property accounting team and the AP department. Misti is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Memphis.

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Tanner Swafford

Tanner Joined Alco in 2019 as a Helpdesk Analyst, was promoted two years later to Network Administrator, and now serves as the Director of IT. With 12 years of experience in the IT space, Tanner specializes in End-user Experience, Business Systems Resilience, and being proactive in providing for the IT needs of the company. Tanner has an Applied Science degree in Information Systems and holds multiple industry-recognized IT certifications.

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Frank Z. Jemison, Jr.

Beginning his career in real estate in 1970, Frank established ALCO in 1974, and after 50 years, Frank retired as CEO of ALCO in 2020. His decades of service built the company into a leader in managing apartment communities. His expertise in apartment finance and affordable housing programs resulted in ALCO’s portfolio of affordable housing communities. He graduated with honors in engineering from Princeton University and completed Harvard University’s Smaller Company Management Program. Frank served on the Boards of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation and the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and numerous Memphis business, religious and charitable boards. Frank continues to contribute to the growth and sustainability of ALCO’s portfolio.

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