HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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.

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.

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