NAA Leadership Lyceum
NAA's Leadership Lyceum Powered by the Education Institute

NAA’s Leadership Lyceum provides up to 34 individuals an opportunity to develop as inspired, empowered and informed emerging volunteer leaders in the rental housing industry for all active NAA members. With appointed graduates representing NAA’s 10 regions, this immersive and collaborative program equips active NAA volunteer leaders with the skills, confidence and occasion to network and share experiences on a state, local and national level. Participants will gain a diverse and well-rounded perspective from their 2023 classmates that helps create more inclusive working environments throughout the industry. In addition to earning 8 CECs and participating on a local or national committee, you’ll get the chance to show off your new knowledge and skills at three concurrent sessions held during NAA’s Advocate, Apartmentalize and Assembly of Delegates.

Note: All selected applicants are responsible for their meeting registrations and all travel expenses. Some employers or NAA Affiliates may also sponsor all or part of a regional appointed participant’s registration. NAA is also offering a limited number of exclusive fellowships, including complimentary program participation, so read your application carefully for that prompt.

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Program Information

  • Active NAA Membership
  • Employed a minimum of one year in the rental housing industry
  • Military Service Documentation (if applicable)
  • Updated Resume
  • Recent Bio
  • Personal Statement


If you would like to nominate an individual that is committed to serving as a volunteer leader in the rental housing industry, please submit a nomination formAll nominees will be contacted to complete and submit an online application once the call opens on September 19. 


NAA’s Leadership Lyceum is tuition-based. The cost to participate is $1,000. This non-refundable fee covers the program and administrative expenses.  All selected candidates are responsible for their meeting registrations and travel expenses to attend the three in-person sessions held during NAA's Advocate, Apartmentalize, and the Assembly of Delegates Meetings.  

  • March 28, 2023: Session 1 - Advocate (Washington, DC) 
  • June 7, 2023: Session 2 - Apartmentalize (Atlanta, GA)
  • November 13, 2023: Session 3 - Assembly of Delegates (San Diego, CA) 

Some employers of NAA Affiliates may also sponsor all or part of a regional appointed participant's registration. NAA is also offering a limited number of exclusive fellowships, including complimentary program participation, so read your application carefully for that prompt.

Fellowships Available

  • Culturally Diverse Leaders (2): Reflects the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religeous beliefs, political beliefs and other ideologies.
  • Emerging Leaders (4): Active member at the national-level for a minimum of one-year; targeting candidates in their 30s or early 40s but not age restricted. 
  • Military Veteran Leader (1): Candidates must have honorably served in a branch of the U.S. military (proof required), be currently employed full-time as an apartment industry professional (non-supplier) and be active in a local or state apartment association.
  • Senior Corporate Leader (1): Corporate member, CEO or COO

Candidate Selection

NAA will select 1 candidate per 450,000 units. Regional breakdown is as follows:

  • Region 1 (PA, DE, MD, DC, WV, VA): 2 Candidates
  • Region 2 (NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME): 1 Candidate
  • Region 3 (MN, WI, MI, IL, IN, OH): 3 Candidates
  • Region 4 (KY, TN, NC, SC, GA): 3 Candidates
  • Region 5 (IA, MO, AR, OK, NE, KS): 1 Candidate
  • Region 6 (TX, NM): 5 Candidates
  • Region 7 (AK, WA, OR, ID, NV, AZ): 2 Candidates
  • Region 8 (MT, ND, SD, WY, UT, CO): 1 Candidate
  • Region 9 (FL, AL, MS, LA): 2 Candidates
  • Region 10 (CA, HI): 1 Candidate

Once the Call for Applications closes, all submitted applications will be shared with their region's Regional Vice President (RVP). The RVP will determine their region's candidate(s) for the Leadership Lyceum program. Fellowship candidates (8) will be determined by NAA and NAAEI officers. 


  • September 19, 2022: Applications Open
  • November 18, 2022: Applications Due
  • December 23, 2022: Selected Applicants Notified
  • January 27, 2023: Application Payments Due
  • March 28, 2023: Session 1 - Advocate (Washington, DC) 
  • June 7, 2023: Session 2 - Apartmentalize (Atlanta, GA)
  • November 13, 2023: Session 3 - Assembly of Delegates (San Diego, CA) 

Meet the Class of 2022

Members of Leadership Lyceum, Class of 2022 are the next generation of volunteer leaders for NAA and beyond.


Ricardo Alicea headshot

Ricardo Alicea 
Managing Director, Asset Management
Wendover Housing Partners
Member of the Florida Apartment Association


Kimberly Athridge headshot

Kimberly Athridge
Community Manager
Kettler Management
Member of Apartment Association of Greater Orlando


Cynthia Blanco headshot

Cynthia Blanco
Senior Marketing Manager
RKW Residential
Member of the South East Florida Apartment Association


Aiesha Blevins headshot

Aiesha Blevins
Regional Property Manager
Member of the Southern California Rental Housing Association


Cecelia Bolognia headshot

Cecelia Bolognia
Regional Vice President
Bozzuto Management Company
Member of the Massachusetts Apartment Association


Ashley Bowman headshot

Ashley Bowman
Regional Property Manager
Landmark Property Services, Inc.
Member of the Virginia Apartment Management Association


Jessica Buonopane headshot

Jessica Buonopane
Vice President of Residential Properties
National Development
Member of the Massachusetts Apartment Association


Leah Christian headshot

Leah Christian
Sr. Manager - National Accounts
Lowe’s Pro Supply 
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas


Kim Coates headshot

Kim Coates
Regional Property Manager
Cushman & Wakefield
Member of the Apartment Association of Kansas City


Linda Coburn headshot

Linda Coburn
Vice President of Asset Management
NEXmetro Communities
Member of the Arizona Multihousing Association


Martha Dryden headshot

Martha Dryden
Director of Property Management
AU Management, LLC
Member of the Greater Lexington Apartment Association


Julie Elkins headshot

Julie Elkins
National Sales Manager
Fetch Package
Member of the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association


Shar Eller headshot

Shar Eller
Sr Technical Trainer
ConAm Management
Member of the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association


Patricia Erickson headshot

Patricia Erickson
Regional Marketing Director
Lincoln Property Company
Member of the Apartment Association of Kansas City


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Patty Evans
Industry Principal
Yardi Aspire
Member of the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association, Inc.



Valerie Fertitta headshot

Valerie Fertitta
Managing Director
Member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association


Macey Garkovich headshot

Macey Garkovich
Vice President
Nickel Plate Properties & Management
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville


April Hudson headshot

April Hudson
Senior Regional Manager
Highmark Residential
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando


Melissa Joy headshot

Melissa Joy
Senior Vice President
Village Green
Member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association 


Betsy Kirkpatrick headshot

Betsy Kirkpatrick
National Account Executive
BG Multifamily
Member of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association


Stephanie Linton headshot

Stephanie Linton
Director of Marketing
Princeton Management


Melissa Mariotti headshot

Melissa Mariotti
Director of Property Management
Member of the Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA)


Lindsey McClain headshot

Lindsey McClain
Executive Vice President
First Coast Apartment Association


Kristin McLaughlin headshot

Kristin McLaughlin
Director of National Accounts
Dixie Carpet Installations
Member of the Houston Apartment Association 


Crystal Moya headshot

Crystal Moya
Regional Vice President
The NRP Group
Member of the Rio Grande Valley Apartment Association


Craig Nardi headshot

Craig Nardi
Regional Property Manager
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Member of the Triangle Apartment Association 


Tali Reiner headshot

Tali Reiner
Vice President
Security Properties Residential
Member of the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association


Angela Thurow headshot

Angela Thurow
Chief Operating Officer
Orange Property Management
Member of the Greater Red River Apartment Association


Patty Utley headshot

Patty Utley
Area Vice President
BH Management
Member of the Apartment Association of Tarrant County


Quang Vu headshot

Quang Vu
Marketing Director
The Associated Management Company
Member of the Detroit Metropolitan Apartment Association


Katya Watson headshot

Katya Watson
President, Multifamily Operations
The Guild
Member of the Austin Apartment Association


Antoinette Williams headshot

Antoinette Williams
Regional Property Manager
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas


Bert Wray headshot

Bert Wray
Member of the Bay Area Apartment Association