by Amanda Smith
Warner Robins Housing Authority Executive Director Sheryl Frazier has accomplished much in the five years since accepting her position as Director, from creating a new Board of Directors to upgrades of air conditioning in all units.
A Virginia native, Frazier holds a dual Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Psychology from Coker College in South Carolina. She obtained her Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in South Carolina and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from North Central University in Arizona.
After serving active duty in the US Army for 8 years, Frazier accepted the position of Director of Armed Services in Hawaii where she worked with families to provide life skills training and directed two centers for single enlisted military personnel from all 5 branches of the military (Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard). Following this, Frazier served in preventive case management in a private practice in Minnesota and then, moved to South Carolina where she worked to prevent child abuse and served as Director of a shelter for abused women. Subsequently, Frazier served as Director of the Columbia (South Carolina) Housing Authority, transferring to Franklin, Virginia in 2005 when her father became ill. She served as Director of the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority until 2009 when she was offered the position of Director of the Warner Robins Housing Authority.
"We had a lot of work to do when I arrived in Warner Robins," said Frazier. "We needed to create a new board and repair relationships with our outside partners and with our tenants," she continued. "We also had a tremendous amount of work to do in repairing units for our residents."
The WRHA consists of a total of 426 units; as Director, Frazier is responsible for these as well as the 40 units held by the Houston County Housing Authority and both authorities share the 7-member board.
The Warner Robins Housing Authority consists of 8 communities that include Cam Campbell Homes; Herman Watson Homes; Jimmy Rosenberg Homes; Kathleen Bynum Homes; Kemp Harrison Homes; Mary B. Terry Homes; Oscar Thomie Homes and T.J. Calhoun Homes.
"We began by renovating the 33 vacant units in Kemp Harrison Homes (off Tabor Drive) and by insuring that all units had air conditioning," said Frazier. "Then, it was a matter of upgrading all units where maintenance had not been done --lighting, painting, etc.; so we were taking on several projects at once," she continued. "We were also looking at how we could expand, so we purchased the 34 units that constitute the senior community Rosemont and we also have a nonprofit that owns 5 houses."
Future plans for the Authority include tearing down the 70 units of Oscar Thomie Homes and building 200 new units. Built in 1964, this community has had no upgrades and is currently boarded up. With HUD funding, the 23 acres will boast 2-story units, a green space/recreational area and walking trails. Groundbreaking on the new project should begin in the fall of 2015 or early 2016.
But Frazier's real passion is for the youth of her communities. "The most important thing that we brought to the community is the Back to School Bash each year," she said. "Our first year, we purchased 500 book bags and filled them with school supplies and then had to go back and purchase 500 more. This year, we gave out 2,000 book bags and still didn't have enough --people were in line by 7am. Central Ga. Technical College sent us 27 barbers from Macon and Warner Robins who gave over 150 haircuts to boys and girls," she continued. "There is a very real need out there and we want to continue to address the needs of our community."
Sheryl Frazier is married to Leroy Frazier and the couple has two daughters, Sharla and Shorna. The family attends Union Grove Baptist Church in Warner Robins, where the Reverend David Clark is Pastor.
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