Housing & Economic Development Staff
Marcus Davilla, Rehabilitation Inspector
Marcus has been serving as the Compliance Reviewer for Housing & Community Development since 2008, but has been an employee of the City of Waco for 8 years. Among his many responsibilities, he conducts site inspections for the Rehab/Reconstruct and Homebuyer Acquisition programs. Marcus is the proud father of two sons, and helps coach his son’s little league baseball team.
Jennifer Mercer, Loan Program Analyst
Jennifer joined the City of Waco in June of 2012, with over 21 years of experience in the Mortgage and Banking industry in Waco. Jennifer currently serves as the Loan Program Analyst for the City of Waco’s Housing and Community Development Department, where she is responsible for assisting customers with down payment assistance loans and reconstruction loans. Jennifer also serves as the liaison for the Heart of Texas Housing Finance Corporation. Jennifer and her husband Billy currently reside in Waco with their two dogs, Tiffy and Harley.
Mark Heitman, Financial Supervisor
Mark joined the City of Waco in April of 2013, with over 20 years of experience in Financial and Operations Management in large Manufacturing and Healthcare organizations. Mark serves as the Financial Supervisor for the City of Waco’s Housing and Community Development Department, where he is responsible for the management, administration and compliance of HUD grants for the department. Mark is a lifelong Central Texas native and resides with his wife Dawn and two children in Temple.
April Hull, Program Coordinator for Economic Development
April has been with the City of Waco for several years, and her primary responsibility is to work with management to facilitate nearly all of Waco’s Economic Development (ED) initiatives. She helps administer programs related to Tax Increment Financing, Tax Abatements, Enterprise Projects, Business Grants, and any other ED incentive that is available through the City. April also serves as the primary point of contact for the Neighborhood Associations and she has an extensive background and training in both Community and Economic Development.
Teri HoltKamp, Homelessness Administrator
Teri joined the City of Waco Housing team as Homelessness Administrator in April 2005 after retiring from 23 years working in early childhood education. Teri worked extensively with Robinson ISD and the Texas Association of School Boards, and was also a trainer for Dr. Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Through her volunteer work in the inner city, Teri discovered her love for working with Waco’s homeless population, and now plays a key role in the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness for the City of Waco, which includes networking with community service providers as well as advocating for those affected by homelessness and poverty.
She received the City of Waco Customer Service Award in 2008, and was presented with the Kathy Reid Award from the Texas Homeless Network the same year. Along with her eldest daughter Brittney, Teri currently co-chairs Once Upon a Prom, a scholarship fundraiser held each year in memory of her youngest daughter McKenzi who was killed in a car accident in 2001. Teri and her husband currently reside in Robinson, Texas.
Johna Walker, Program Coordinator
Johna has over 28 years of mortgage and banking experience, including her 10 years in Housing & Community Development at the City of Waco. She administers several loan programs for the department, including the Rehab/Reconstruct, Special New Construction, Interim Construction, Employee Loan, Tax Abatement, Infill Development, Demolition Grant, and New/Acquisition Loan programs. She is actively involved in the Waco Housing Coalition and has also implemented a new loan servicing system to improve efficiency. Johna and her husband have one son, and also share their home with one cat and a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels, deer, and raccoons.
Patricia Deleon - Community Development Representative
Patricia Deleon is the newest member to the Housing and Community Development family. Patricia has worked for the Convention Center since October 2012. She recently joined our team as the Community Development Representative. Patricia performs several duties such as administrative work, assisting other team members with codes, loan servicing, payments, travel and customer service. Patricia’s love of helping others and job experience in accounting makes her a great fit for the position. Patricia plans to continue her accounting education at McLennan Community College. In her free time, Patricia enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Welcome to the family!
Vinh Dang – Community Development Representative
Vinh joined the City of Waco in March of 2008, with over 7 years of experience in management in retail and healthcare. Vinh graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Business Management in 96. He started in the Graphics Department as Inventory Tech. Vinh recently joined the Housing and Development team as Community Development Representative in August 2013. He assists with loan processing, contractor draws and staff support. Vinh and his wife Chi live in Lorena and enjoy spending time with church activities.