Omni Development Corporation is proud to announce the selection of Sharon Morris as its new Executive Director. The Board of Directors of Omni Development Corporation, under the leadership of its board Chairman and President, Laurence K. Flynn, conducted a vigorous selection process which fielded over 85 applicants. The board is grateful for the tireless work of its search committee during the selection and interview process.
The board extends its sincere appreciation for the hard work and dedication of Lawrence Brown, CPA, outgoing executive director, for sustaining the organization for the past two years after the passing of Omni’s Longtime executive director, Joseph Caffey whose name and dedication were synonymous with Omni‘s excellent work and existence. Ms. Denise Ruffin, Director of Asset Management for the organization, has been appointed by the Board in the interim and will have full operational control until Ms. Morris assumes her position.
With Ms. Morris’ extensive background in affordable housing, and her long-standing commitment and national experience, the board looks forward to her leadership, strong advocacy and perseverance to achieve the goals the board has set for the future of Omni Development Corporation and its service to those in need of affordable housing in the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Sharon Morris grew up in South Providence, and is a graduate of Central High School. She received her B.A. Degree from Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) and M.A. Degree from the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI).
Ms. Morris has worked in the Affordable Housing Industry for 19 years. Most recently she was the Director of Compliance at the National Equity Fund, Inc (NEF). She joined NEF in 2007 as an Asset Manager. NEF is the largest non-profit syndicator of low income housing tax credits in the United States with a portfolio of over 2,584 properties, totaling 166,632 units. She previously held positions at Rhode Island Housing and WinnResidental.
Ms. Morris resides in Providence with her family. She is actively involved in a number of community organizations in the Greater Providence Area.
It is with mixed sentiments that we announce the retirement of Lawrence E. Brown from Omni Development Corporation. He has served as Omni's President for the past 3 years, previously serving as its Vice President of Finance/ Chief Financial Officer. Larry is a graduate of Bryant College (RI) with a degree in business administration, and of Bentley College (MA) with a Master of Science degree in taxation.
Prior to joining Omni, Larry practiced public as well as private accounting for more than 35 years in both the government and private sectors, including the auditing of commercial and non-profit agencies. He is a member of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Larry has dedicated his time to serving on numerous boards and commissions over the years, including time as an elected official on the Providence City Council. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Home Loan and Investment Bank.
Although we are sad to see him retire from Omni, we are sure he will enjoy the new adventures and travel that retirement brings. Larry has been a great asset to the corporation and he will be remembered as hardworking, dedicated, and a true inspiration to us all.
Board of Directors and Omni Staff