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National Church Residencies in Atlanta, Georgia

National Church Residences is an innovative leader in integrating housing, health care and other supportive services for seniors, families and others who need us. Thousands of people nationwide come home to the comfortable, affordable housing that National Church Residences offers.

Our Atlanta corporate team oversees 1,231 units in eight communities. These communities include:

Leadership Team

Meet the leadership team for National Church Residencies in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michelle H. Norris

Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Strategic Growth

Michelle H. Norris was named Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Strategic Growth in early March 2016 after serving for four years as Senior Vice President of Development and Public Policy.

Ms. Norris is responsible for guiding National Church Residences’ mission toward greater focus, impact and investment. Her primary responsibilities include directing the implementation of the National Church Residences’ five-year strategic plan initiatives. Those responsibilities include overseeing the expansion and impact of the National Church Residences’ mission, public policy, community affairs, communications and public relations.

Ms. Norris currently serves on the boards of the Leading Age Ohio, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). She has served on the board of the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) and has served as past president of the Ohio Housing Council and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). Ms. Norris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Director of External Affairs, Atlanta Region

Sojourner Marable Grimmett is compassionate and committed public affairs professional with a unique focus on grassroots community initiatives. Sojourner joined National Church Residences in April 2017, as the Director of External Affairs, Atlanta Region. Her job includes work in external affairs, communications, marketing, media relations, public policy and fundraising. Before working for National Church Residences, Sojourner held positions at Fulton County Government, Morehouse College, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Sojourner has volunteered with numerous community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority. Sojourner is an active member of the Georgia Council on Aging, Georgia Supportive Housing Association, Georgia ACT, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her most recent accolades include being named Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” and Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2018.

Sojourner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dennis Richards

Director of Finance, Growth Strategies

Dennis Richards has served in several capacities with National Church Residences over the course of his 10 year tenure with the organization. He has held leadership roles in Accounting, Asset Management, and Housing Development. Most recently, Dennis was tapped to lead all financial structuring and business planning efforts for the Metro Atlanta Region. In addition, he is responsible for bringing to scale the middle-market, market-rate independent living housing development business in core markets.

Dennis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a long-time servant of the community. He has served in various capacities with the Columbus Urban League, and volunteers on, local not-for-profit boards, such as the 10th House Education Foundation and The Gold Medallion Foundation. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University in Columbus, OH.

Derrick Jordan

Atlanta Project Leader

Derrick Jordan is an experienced housing and community development professional with a demonstrated passion for affordable housing and social service spanning a professional career of 14 years. Derrick currently is Senior Project Leader for National Church Residences and is responsible for origination of real estate projects for the Atlanta area.

Prior to joining National Church Residences Derrick held the position of Director of Housing for the City of Atlanta where he developed the following framework and concepts for the Mechanicsville Single Family Scattered Site Project, the 1st scattered site LIHTC credit project in Atlanta developed by Summech and Columbia Residential, Push Pittsburg Initiative, the City’s SCI Plan: Strategic Community Investment Plan completed by APD and the City’s Cost of Blight study, completed by Dan Immergluck. He also contributed to the development of the City’s Inclusionary Zoning policy, championed by Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens.

Amil Marchena

Regional Portfolio Leader

Amil Marchena was born in Colombia, South America and immigrated to the United States in 1998 in pursuit of the English language and a degree in Computer Programming. While completing his internship with Atlanta-based developer, NuRock Management, he was offered permanent employment.

Amil began his career in 2002 working primarily with LIHTC, managing multifamily housing communities and leading successful teams. He quickly saw how the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits were changing communities and people’s lives for the better and fell further in love with this field. In 2011, Amil joined National Church Residences in Atlanta as the manager for our 300-unit senior community, Baptist Towers. In 2012, Amil was awarded the Core Value Award of Professionalism and subsequently was promoted to Regional Portfolio Leader.

Amil became an American citizen in 2014 and currently serves as the leader of a highly successful team of housing professionals in the operations of housing communities in Atlanta, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Amil enjoys spending time with his family, teaching Sunday school, and exercising. His passion and dedication to serve the most vulnerable has turned his job into a calling. Amil is very grateful for all the opportunities that America has offered him!

Jacque Thornton

Director of Population Health

Jacque Thornton has been a change agent for 18 years in association management with a focus in the field of aging services, as well as 13 years in the public health arena as an analyst. In her last position, Thornton was the Senior Vice President of LeadingAge Georgia and the Georgia Institute on Aging.

Ms. Thornton currently serves as the Director of Population Health for National Church Residences. Her focus is on helping National Church Residences develop and promote partnerships and programs to fulfill our mission of keeping seniors Home for Life in the communities we serve in metro Atlanta.

In addition, her career and volunteer activities have been devoted primarily to working with governmental and nonprofit organizations such as LeadingAge National’s Professional Development Network, Co-founder and Board Chair of SageNavigtor, Board Member of Two Sparrows Village, Center for Positive Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission’s Advisory Committee on Aging, Clark Atlanta University Guild Member & Officer, BridgeBuilders of DeKalb & East Point, Atlanta Healthy Start Initiative, Children 1st, NCNW Life Member, Hands-On-Atlanta, and others.

Ms. Thornton has a BS in Community Health Education from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College) and Master’s degree in Science and Administration from Central Michigan University.

Learn More About Senior Living in Atlanta, Georgia

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