To develop, operate, and provide quality housing in sustainable communities of choice for residents of diverse incomes.
We at INLIVIAN are proactively redefining our role in the Charlotte. community and aspire to be the preferred provider of housing that is affordable for our growing population. By partnering with quality service providers for supportive services and becoming stronger financially, our hope is to become a collaborative leader who can present effective, affordable solutions to housing issues in Charlotte.
We are a non-profit real estate holding company with a public purpose. Our purpose is to provide decent, safe, housing that is affordable to low and moderate-income families while supporting their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. INLIVIAN works hand-in-hand with quality service providers for supportive services and as a result, we continue to evolve as a collaborative leader, helping to provide solutions to housing issues in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
We do this through developing real estate, managing those assets, and providing caring case management and self-sufficiency programs.
The INLIVIAN Board of Commissioners is a seven-member board appointed by the Charlotte City Council. This board consists of two members appointed directly by the Mayor and five appointed by other members of Council. At least one member must be a resident of assisted housing.
Commissioners serve staggered three-year terms and, as the governing body, set policies that govern the operations of INLIVIAN and chart the direction of current and future programs. This board ensures that we operate within the law and according to HUD regulations. New policies or acts of business requested by the CEO must first be approved or authorized through the Board of Commissioners before they are put into practice.
Shirley Fulton is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Mecklenburg County, having spent over 20 years in the court as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Resident Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge, and Assistant District Attorney. In 2006, Judge Fulton was recognized by “Super Lawyers” magazine, as a Charlotte Super Lawyer, a distinction earned by only 5% of the practicing lawyers in a given state or region.
A community leader widely admired for her ability to build bridges between hostile groups, Judge Fulton lead the revitalization of Wesley Heights community, an inner city neighborhood. She is the owner of The Wadsworth Estate in Wesley Heights where she continues to serve the community as the operator of a site for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special events. She currently chairs Charlotte School Board of Visitors and Board of Directors and is a Commissioner for Charlotte Housing Authority and a member of North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.
In 2010, Judge Fulton was honored with N C Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine and is currently featured in AT&T’s 2014 Heritage Calendar Celebrating the N.C. African American Experience. She was selected to receive the North Carolina Supreme Court Justice’s 2015 Professionalism Award.
Sheila was previously employed by the Royal Bank of Canada’s Tax Credit Equity Group as a Regional Vice President-Asset Risk Manager responsible for a team of asset managers responsible for nearly 300 rehabilitated and newly constructed multifamily properties located in the Northeast, Mid- Atlantic, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. Prior to that she was employed as the Chief Administrative Officer for Inlivian. In that role she worked with internal departments on asset management strategies, asset repositioning strategies and operational policy development.
Sheila has Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University, a Master of Business degree from Wake Forest University and is a certified Public Housing Asset Management Executive. She also holds a graduate certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas – Dallas.
Leigh Ann joined Bank of America in Charlotte in 1999 after two years with a community bank in New Orleans. Prior to moving to the equity side of the business, she worked as an underwriter in the bank’s Community Development and Commercial Real Estate Lending groups.
Leigh Ann has a BBA with high honors from Emory University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She serves on the Board of Directors for Crisis Assistance Ministries as well as CAHEC (a nonprofit regional tax credit equity syndicator), and she is a Guardian Ad Litem for children in foster care.
Boards and Involvement:
Co-Vice Chair, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Justice and Reconciliation Team
Member, WNCCUMC Dismantling Racism Task Force
Peace with Justice Coordinator, WNCCUMC
Member, Committee on the Status and Role of Women, WNCCUMC
Founder and Vice-President, New South Progressives
Member, Black Political Caucus
Member, Mecklenburg County Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents
Past-President, Oakdale Elementary School PTA
Member, Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice
Past Board Member, Exodus Homes
DNC Committeeperson, The Democratic Party
Delegate, Democratic National Committee Convention, 2016
Member, NCDP Executive Council
Member, NCDP State Executive Committee
Past President, Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County
Member, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (MCDP) Executive Committee
Past Third Vice Chair, MCDP
Precinct Chair (PCT 222), MCDP
Mr. Kennerly started his career in commercial real estate finance with First Union National Bank, the predecessor bank to Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. During his 17 year tenure at Wells Fargo and its predecessors, Mr. Kennerly was responsible for the origination, pricing and structuring of various principal products including commercial mortgage backed securities, credit tenant lease financing, bridge debt, mezzanine debt and joint venture equity capital. Prior to joining PNC Bank, Mr. Kennerly spent 5 years at SunTrust Bank as a Senior Vice President in the National Real Estate group.
Mr. Kennerly is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in addition to participating on a Regional Council for the ULI Carolinas Chapter. He is also a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 39.
Mr. Kennerly and his wife, both native Charlotteans, have two teenage boys. In his spare time, Mr. Kennerly enjoys fishing, water sports and exercise.
Due to an entrepreneurial nature, Fulton started two 501(c)(3) organizations to garner private dollars for public causes such as funds for post secondary education and the construction of high quality affordable housing. He has successfully led development efforts which resulted in the creation of over 1600 mixed-income apartments using a myriad of sources such as HOPE VI funding, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bond Financing.
With a passion for helping people, Fulton believes that CHA is “more than bricks & sticks” and that able-bodied people should work. During his career, he has developed comprehensive supportive services programs incorporating case management, education and job placement. He believes the key to upward mobility is housing + supportive services + education + employment.
Fulton serves on a number of boards and committees including the Centralina Council of Governments’ Connect Our Future Consortium, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Steering Committee, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition on Housing. He is a member of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.
He is married to Jeanette Meachem and serves as the part-time bus driver for his 11-year old baseball star, Bryce. His oldest son, Brannon, is a junior at his alma mater, North Carolina Central University.
Ms. Staudinger is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. She has earned an MBA and has completed all coursework for a doctoral degree in International Business with a Finance Specialty. She holds a Class A General Contractor’s license and has been certified as a Housing Finance Development Professional.