Jerry Lumpkins, Housing Commissioner, was raised in Rockford and is an Auburn High School graduate (Class of 89). He received his Bachelor of Science degrees of Political Science and History from Rockford University (93) and his MBA from the University of Phoenix-San Diego (97). After serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps for over five years, Lumpkins began his commercial banking career in Southern California. Lumpkins has been in commercial banking for 20 years and specializes in commercial real estate and affordable housing. He currently works with BMO Harris Bank within the commercial real estate group and focuses on multifamily, retail, office, and industrial properties throughout the Midwest, Arizona, and Florida. Jerry is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Real Estate Investment Association (REIA), Rogers Park Builders Group, Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA), Chicagoland Apartment Association, Vice President and Board member of the Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC), a member of Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and has served as a Board member, former Vice Chairman, and currently, Chairman of the Rockford Housing Authority. Lumpkins also serves as President of Bridge Rockford Alliance, Inc. Lumpkins was recently appointed to the Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation Board, which provides affordable housing to residents in the northwest side of Chicago. Lumpkins is a founding member of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church (located in the Ellis Heights neighborhood) where his father, Rev. Gerald L. Lumpkins, has pastored for over 35 years. Jerry is a gospel musician on the music ministry staff with Trinity Baptist Community Church International. Lumpkins has homes on the Northwest Sides of Rockford & Chicago and is now married to Flor De Maria Lumpkins. Jerry and Flor share a blended family with 7 children. Statement: I am honored to serve on the Board of the Rockford Housing Authority. My professional training in commercial real estate and my personal history with the Rockford community allow me to effectively provide guidance and counsel to the Board, the community, and the residents of Rockford. It is truly an honor to serve.
Phyllis Ginestra-Originally raised in Rockford, Phyllis spent nearly 20 years living and working in cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, San Jose, New York and Washington DC. She earned her degree in Accounting at Marquette University and set off to places both near and far to continue to learn and grow. Phyllis chose to rejoin the community in 1996 to raise her family in the city that provided her with the opportunities to succeed in the hopes of giving back some of the gifts she had been fortunate enough to receive.Phyllis’ roots in the community are deep since she’s a third generation Rockford resident and has watched her father (and his siblings) and her grandfather as well as her sisters and their extended families work hard to improve Rockford. If you ask Phyllis, she will tell you that they were raised to serve all four quadrants of the Rockford community and they continue to work hard in that endeavor by showing up both literally and figuratively and sharing their time and talent where they can.Phyllis’ travels over her career have afforded her a front row seat watching cities that faced many of the challenges that Rockford currently is addressing. She has seen first-hand how cities like Milwaukee, Omaha, New York City, Philadelphia – to name a few – can revitalize, gentrify and truly change neglected and impoverished neighborhoods as a result of proven (and coordinated) economic and mixed income housing efforts. She is dedicated to helping to bring those same proven results to the Rockford region.Phyllis spent the majority of her career in New York City working in Advertising for two of the largest global marketing companies – WPP (Ogilvy) and Interpublic Group (R/GA and FCB). She has held CFO, Controller and Treasury roles where she honed her financial skills with increasing responsibility. She currently works for Ticomix as its CFO.Phyllis has a special passion for technology and volunteering. In 2003, she was one of the founding three members of the Holy Family Scrip program that still runs today. During her 7 year tenure the program provided tuition relief to the enrolled families of approximately $30K/year and $10K/year to Holy Family’s PTA.Phyllis is honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Rockford Housing Authority since August, 2005 where she held the role of Chairman from 2005 and Vice Chairman from Sep/2014-current. She also sits on the Boards of Bridge Rockford and the Rockford Housing Development Corporation.
Alice Jenkins served her first term as the Resident Housing Commissioner on the RHA Board of Commissioners. Alice is also the vice-president of the Housing Occupants Mobilization Effort (HOME) Board, which serves as the umbrella over all of the RHA developments. Alice lives in Olesen Plaza, a RHA high rise. There, she serves as the president of the Residents Leadership Council. Alice participates in the Sunshine Club, bingo and serves on various activity committees. She is a very concerned, active and involved resident in her community.
Commissioner Karen Hoffman has resided in Rockford, Illinois since 1957. She graduated from East High School in 1965. She then attended Rock Valley College where she earned two degrees, an A.A.S in Human Services and the second an A.S degree with an emphasis on business. During her working career, she pursued a Bachelor Degree at Western University through the Regional Academic Center in Rockford.Mrs. Hoffman’s early business experience was in banking and managing a large affordable housing development on the east side as well as other rental properties. In 1979, she began working for the Winnebago Department of Human Services (formerly known as Public Aid) as a caseworker for family cases as well as all related refugee programs. In 1990, she was appointed as Administrator of the Boone County Department of Public Aid. During her tenure, she increased the number of minority employees from 10% to almost 30% in that office. In her pursuit to diversify the Department, she hired the first African-American in the history of that office, who eventually not only became the Administrator of Boone County but went on to become the Administrator of two large downstate facilities.In 1997, Mrs. Hoffman returned to Winnebago County after also serving in the Elgin office. She became responsible for moving 4,000 local families from receiving Aid to Dependent Children to Self-Sufficiency.Mrs. Hoffman’s responsibilities not only included moving people off of assistance but preparing them for independence. She was therefore held accountable for developing programs and services to help clients become self-sufficient.Because of her interactions with both her clients and community organizations, Mrs. Hoffman became a community activist. In 2005, she was elected to the Winnebago County Board where she served until 2010.In January 2008, after two tragic floods in her neighborhood, Mrs. Hoffman cofounded the Rolling Green Association. The Association was instrumental in getting the City of Rockford to implement a flood mitigation plan within six months. The Association continues to educate and unify its residents and has doubled in territory.In order to fulfill her duties, Mrs. Hoffman worked with other community programs. She consequently served on the Rockford Community Action Council for 14 years, eventually becoming the secretary for the board. During that time, she also became the council’s representative on the Head Start Family Council Board and served for three years in that capacity.In 2012, Mrs. Hoffman became a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) a group which actively works and lobbies for increased civil rights for women.In July of 2014, Mrs. Hoffman was appointed to serve on a committee named CLI (Community Leadership Institute). The CLI group has focused on establishing good neighborly relationships and developed a program and video. The video is currently being shown in various community meetings.Mrs. Hoffman also serves on the Rockford Neighborhood Network Board.“Although I am now retired from State employment, it is my belief, that since the people of my community invested, over the years in training me and preparing me to serve, I have an obligation to use the knowledge and resources that I have received for the betterment of the area in which I live.”