Meet our Leadership and Support Team
DMA’s many successes as a consultant, developer, owner and manager are attributable to a highly talented and diverse staff. With a combined 80 years of experience in the development and operation of affordable multifamily housing, DMA’s officers and staff provide a knowledge and experience base that benefits both the clients we serve, as well as the residents of the facilities we own and manage.
Diana McIver, President
Founded DMA Companies in 1980
Diana McIver is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the DMA Companies. She has more than 30 years of experience in the area of affordable housing and has assisted DMA clients in the production of 15,000 units of affordable housing through various state, local and federal programs, as well as serving as a developer and owner of affordable housing properties. She is active in numerous associations and industry trade groups and is past President of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP), a state-wide industry trade association, and in 2010 was elected to the Board of the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (TALHFA). In 2001, Diana received a federal appointment to the Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Care Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century, and her early career involved work with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the National Center for Housing Management. She received a BA from the College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho.
JoEllen Smith, Executive Vice President
Joined DMA team in 1998
JoEllen Smith has more than fourteen years of experience in senior and special needs housing. She joined DMA in March 1998 as a Development Assistant, and her career path included serving as a Development Manager and Program Director for DMA’s Section 202 and 811 nonprofit clients. JoEllen was promoted to Vice President in July 2002, Senior Vice President in November 2005, and Executive Vice President in 2008. In this role she is responsible for client relations, business development activities, oversight of all DMA’s 202/811 consulting services, housing tax credit consulting, and providing leadership for DMA’s staff. JoEllen is a member of both the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP) and the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (TALHFA). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, California, in May 1997 and a Certificate in Gerontology in 1996.
Janine Sisak, Senior Vice President/ General Counsel
Joined DMA team in 2001
Janine Sisak joined DMA in December 2001 as a Development Manager and was promoted to Vice President in November 2005 and Senior Vice President in 2009. She has more than ten years of experience in affordable housing in addition to fourteen years of legal practice. She serves as a Development Manager for projects developed by DMA Development Company using the Housing Tax Credit Program, as well as those developed by nonprofit clients using the Housing Tax Credit program or HUD Section 202 or 811 financing. This involves working with development team members, cities, lenders, and investors; identifying sites; preparing financial proformas; submitting loan and grant applications: and managing the construction process. Additionally, Janine serves as DMA’s General Counsel and works closely with DMA Properties in asset management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude in May 1993. In May 1998, she received her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York. Ms. Sisak is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Sergio Amaya, HCCP, SHCM, Executive Vice President
Joined DMA team in 2005
Sergio Amaya has more than thirty years of experience in property and asset management and was promoted to Executive Vice President of DMA Properties, LLC in February 2005. In this role, Sergio oversees tax credit properties managed by DMA Properties, LLC, and develops policies and procedures for the firm’s management activities. This includes activities related to budgeting, operations, personnel, maintenance, compliance, and investor relations. His property management career started as part-time employment while a student at the University of Texas and evolved from onsite management responsibilities to the oversight of a national portfolio of multifamily and commercial properties. Immediately, prior to joining DMA Properties, Sergio served in key positions in several property management firms and most recently was the Managing Director for Kennedy Wilson, Austin.
Karen Sparks, Vice President
Joined DMA team in 2007
Karen Sparks joined DMA as the company controller in July 2007 and was promoted to Vice President in June 2012. Karen previously worked for Wyndham Hotel Company for ten years and Trammell Crow Company for fifteen years. Karen has an extensive background in corporate accounting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable and partnership accounting. Karen is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business and Public Administration with a concentration in accounting.
Nasrin Jozani, HCCP, Staff Accountant
Joined DMA team in 2007
Nasrin Jozani joined DMA in August 2007. She comes to us with years of accounting experience from working with CPA firms and in the Entertainment Industry. Nasrin recieved her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She provides accounting duties for DMA Properties and supports the Controller in DMA financial operations.
Amanda Burrier, Systems Administrator
Joined DMA team in 2009
Amanda Burrier has seven years of administrative and customer service experience and joined the team in May 2009. She provides support for DMA Properties and has an Associates degree in Communications from Austin Community College.
Dawn Delaney, Staff Accountant
Joined DMA team in 2009
Dawn Delaney joined DMA in July 2009 in a part-time position to provide support for the accounting staff, but has since become a full-time employee. Ms. Delaney graduated from University of Texas in May 2006 with a BBA in Management.
Teresa Bowyer, Project Coordinator
Joined DMA team in 2010
Teresa joined DMA in September 2010 after graduating from Trinity University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies. As Project Coordinator, Teresa assists the Project Managers on projects developed for DMA Development Company under the Housing Tax Credit program, as well as those developed for our nonprofit clients under the Housing Tax Credit or HUD Section 202 or 811 programs.
Katherine Graves, Operation Support Assistant
Joined DMA team in 2011
Katherine joined DMA in April of 2011. She is responsible for ordering and organizing items, filing, and supporting the day to day operations of DMA Companies. In August 2009 Katherine graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
Qiao Hu, Staff Accountant, CPA
Joined DMA team in 2012
Qiao joined DMA in January 2012 as a Staff Accountant. Prior to joining DMA she was a staff accountant for four years for Timothy P Deegan CPAs and Company in Gainesville, Florida. Qiao received her Masters in Accounting from Georgia Southern University in December 2007 and a degree in Business Administration from Bethel College in August 2004. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.
Wayne Gerami, Project Coordinator
Joined DMA team in 2012
Wayne joined DMA in January 2012 and serves as Project Coordinator on affordable housing development projects. Wayne graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in May 2011 where his primary focus was on Nonprofit Management. Wayne received a BA in Psychology from Framingham State University in May 2007. Most recently Wayne was a Policy Research for the Austin Chamber of Commerce and he has an extensive background of volunteer activities, including Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorp.
Audrey Martin, Director, Real Estate Development
Joined DMA team in 2012
Audrey Martin joined DMA in July 2012 in the newly-created position of Director of Real Estate Development. In this position she directs the firm’s development activities with responsibilities ranging from planning to production to construction to cost certification. Audrey has nine years of experience in the development of affordable housing, including four years in the private sector working for real estate development companies, serving most recently as Director of Affordable Housing Development for a private development firm. Additionally, she has five years of experience with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Her career at TDHCA was split between the Multifamily Financing Division, where she served as Housing Tax Credit Program Administrator, and the Real Estate Analysis Division, where she served initially as a Senior Cost Certification specialist and later as Manager of the Division. Audrey received her BBA in Finance from The University of Texas in 2003 and her MBA from Texas State University in 2009.