Recent Byron Hanke Fellowship Recipients

The Foundation is proud to support these graduate students through the Byron Hanke Fellowship. Thanks to their hard work, the overall body of research and scholarship in the community association industry is continuing to grow in sophistication and importance.

Stephanie Serra, 2018-2019 Hanke Fellow at the University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management

Stephanie Serra is a real estate entrepreneur with a concentration on investment, development, and technology.  She earned her M.S. Real Estate and the Built Environment from the University of Denver in 2019 and is additionally completing an M.S. Applied Quantitative Finance.  She is a licensed Nevada real estate agent since 2003 and has previously served on multiple Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® committees including Risk Reduction, Forms, and Faculty where she was a junior continuing education instructor. 
Stephanie received her B.S. Electrical Engineering with a second B.S. major in Environmental Science from the University of Denver in 1995.  From 1995 to 2002 she worked for GE Medical Systems and Agfa Corporation providing sales and technical support in radiology imaging and heath care enterprise information systems.  Her diverse interests include the application of sustainable and financially viable development, how the built environment and health intersect, and investment in women-led or women-owned businesses.
For her Byron Hanke Fellowship, Stephanie analyzed the relationship between community associations and certain state and local government activities that impact associations, specifically how Special Districts in Colorado are used in development planning, funding, and ongoing management of existing and new association developments. Read her report titled, Colorado Special Districts and Community Associations.
Leslie Valencia, 2015-2016 Hanke Fellow at University of California Berkeley

Valencia’s research paper, Sharing Equity Project: Bringing Community Associations and Affordable Housing Organizations Together, addresses the availability of affordable housing in suburban settings. She compiled a database of organizations that provide and promote affordable housing that could benefit from collaboration with established community associations. The goal is to increase awareness about residential community associations and identify community association professionals as a resource for residents and managers in affordable housing communities throughout the United States.

Katie Kerstetter, 2010-2012 Hanke Fellow at George Mason University

Kerstetter’s report, Engaging Apartment Residents in Community Associations, focuses on Reston Association, one of the largest community associations in the U.S. Reston Association considers renters full members of the association, encouraging them to participate in the association’s advisory committees, social and recreational activities, and Board of Directors. Through interviews with Reston Association staff, interviews with apartment staff members, and a community survey of a random sample of apartment residents, this report explores the opportunities available to members, the exent to which apartment residents are involved in community activities, and what challenges these residents face to greater participation.

Courtney L. Feldscher, 2009-2010 Hanke Fellow at Boston University

Feldscher investigated the scope and scale of conflicts in 80 residential community associations. Her paper, Intra-Organizational Conflict in Boston Area Community Associations, provides useful models for association leaders and managers seeking effective methods for conflict resolution and increased community collaboration.

Daniel Scheller, 2009-2010 Hanke Fellow at Florida State University and currently Assistant Professor at University of Texas El Paso

At a time when many Americans choose to live in communities governed by associations, Scheller analyzed the effects of Homeowner Associations (HOAs) and Neighborhood Associations (NAs) on residential community property values in Leon County, Florida. His findings, published as Neighborhood Governments and Their Role in Property Values, show that HOAs tend to increase property values, while NAs exert no measurable influence on property values.

Sheryl-Ann Simpson, 2007-2008 Hanke Fellow at Clark University

In Recovering Communities: Resident Led Alternatives to Contemporary Trends in Public Housing Redevelopment, Sheryl-Ann Simpson examines emerging community associations, in the form of the conversion of a large scale public housing project, Atkinson Coop in Toronto, Canada, from low-income public housing project into a resident run cooperative. In researching Atkinson, Simpson highlights the positive effects of community associations on the lives of residents and, on a larger scale, the ways that the formation of a community association has changed their interactions with the city at large from social, civic, and economic standpoints.

Anthony M. Bennett, 2007-2008 Hanke Fellow at the University of Phoenix

In Homeowner Association Boards of Directors’ Leadership Competencies in Fairfax, Virginia, Anthony Bennett uses a modified Delphi technique to create a profile of leadership competencies required for effective homeowner association board leadership. The study examines the top 10 factors that might contribute to a model of homeowner association board of director effectiveness.

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