NAA Leadership Lyceum
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NAA's Leadership Lyceum

NAA’s Leadership Lyceum Program provides up to 34 individuals with an opportunity to develop as a volunteer leader. It is designed to identify, inform, inspire and empower new and emerging volunteer leaders of the National Apartment Association.

Active NAA members and volunteers with NAA Affiliates at the state, local, or national level will experience an immersive and collaborative year-long program, bringing together professionals from various organizations across the country to build knowledge and share experiences with each other.

Since its pilot class in 2005, NAA’s Leadership Lyceum has prepared NAA volunteers for leadership roles with NAA and beyond. Our graduates represent NAA’s 10 regions, and this program equips active NAA volunteers with the skills and confidence to grow as volunteer leaders in the apartment industry.

Nominations are accepted from NAA’s Regional Vice Presidents, National Suppliers Council, Association Executive Council and active NAA Members. Interested individuals may apply below.

NAA's Ideal Leadership Lyceum Candidate

Selected candidates for this year-long program are chosen based on criteria relating to:

  • active member at the national level for a minimum of one year,
  • currently employed full-time as an apartment industry professional,
  • leadership potential,
  • ability to contribute,
  • desire to be involved in volunteer leadership roles.

NAA’s goal is to select candidates that represent different backgrounds in rental housing to enrich and balance our class.

Program Information

Leadership Lyceum members are required to attend three concurrent sessions held during NAA’s Advocate, Apartmentalize, and Assembly of Delegates Conferences.

  • March 8, 2022: Session 1 - Advocate (Washington, DC) 
  • June 22, 2022: Session 2 - Apartmentalize (San Diego, CA)
  • November 14, 2022: Session 3 - Assembly of Delegates (Norfolk, VA) 

If accepted, Leadership Lyceum participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to an exclusive year-long leadership development program  
  • Opportunity to participate on a committee at the national or local level.

Note: All selected candidates are responsible for their meeting registrations and all travel expenses. 

  • ​Candidate selection is 1 candidate per NAA Region per 425,000 units. 
  • Fellowship applications will be reviewed based on resume, personal statement, and program commitment during the review period in mid-December.

  • Military Service Documentation (if applicable)
  • Registration
  • Resume 
  • Personal Statement 
  • Employed a Minimum of One Year in the Rental Housing Industry
  • NAA Membership

  • October 4, 2021: Applications Open
  • December 3, 2021: Applications Due
  • December 23, 2021: Selected Applicants Notified
  • January 30, 2022: Application Payments Due
  • March 8, 2022: Session 1 - Advocate (Washington, DC) 
  • June 22, 2022: Session 2 - Apartmentalize (San Diego, CA)
  • November 14, 2022: Session 3 - Assembly of Delegates (Norfolk, VA) 

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.  

Employers or NAA Affiliates will often sponsor all or part of a candidate’s registration. A limited number of need-based fellowships are available where the registration fee is waived. 

Fellowships Available

For a program overview and application information, please email Sara Keene.

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


patty evans headshot

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
Marketing Director
Detroit Metropolitan Apartment Association (DMAA)


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