The Guardian team has extensive experience in the grant research, writing and application and Grant Administration of Federal and State funded grant and loan-funded programs. The Guardian Team has the most extensive grant experience and expertise in our field, especially when it comes to representing your community. When you engage the Guardian team, we commit to being on site with you as often as is required. We understand the importance of face to face time. Key industry professionals own and manage the business as well as serve your projects directly.
Christine Alday, President and CEO
Ms. Alday is the owner and President of Guardian Community Resource Management, Inc. She has been working with grants and loan-funded programs since 2005. Her prior experience was working for a private Fortune 500 company as an Accountant and Auditor. Christine has “hands on” financial management experience with federal, state, local and private funding sources. Ms. Alday has extensive experience with funding-agency contracts and managing and tracking all manner of grants and loan-funded project dollars and is responsible for the overall financial management of each project.
Corbett Alday III, Vice President/COO
Mr. Alday’s career in public funded projects began over twenty-five (25) years ago with the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. He is the lead Project Administrator for all our projects. During his career, he has continued his work with Small Cities CDBG, adding work experience in a vast array of public funding sources. These include: Special Appropriation Disaster Recovery CDBG, Entitlement, HMGP, SHIP, USDA, SRF, FDEP, FDOT, OTTED, EDA, EPA, SWFMD, SRWMD, STAG, Historic Preservation, Section 108 CDBG, FRDAP, FEMA, HUD, SBA, HHRP, FHFC, NSP, and many others.
Donald M. Ridley, Construction Manager
Mr. Ridley brings over thirty-eight (38) years of construction and construction oversight experience to our team including seven (7) major disaster events. Mr. Ridley is experienced in FEMA disaster recovery programs, including all forms, policies and procedures related to disaster events i.e. Public Assistance worksheets and HMGP.
He is a recognized licensed construction professional in Florida with a wide range of relevant experience: site development, housing, utilities, water and sewer plants, power plants, earthwork, foundations, concrete, masonry, steel, welding, painting and roadway construction. Don provides technical assistance to all construction development projects.
Antonio Jenkins, Director of Construction
Mr. Jenkins has over eleven (11) years of extensive operations and project coordination experience and is well versed and certified in the latest building standards and codes.
Antonio manages the construction administration and resident project representation for our housing and land development programs, including CDBG, NSP, SHIP, HOME, and others. Mr. Jenkins has an extensive background in social and operations management which enables him to provide excellent client customer service and serves as an invaluable asset in the-field and when face-to-face time is required with clients.
Jean Rags, Project Coordinator
Ms. Rags has over twenty-five (25) years of experience in public service. Ms. Rags successfully implemented and managed in excess of $15 million dollars through local government’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects for seven (7) Housing Rehabilitation and Economic Development projects and the application and implementation of County Neighborhood Stabilization (NSP1 and NSP3) Grant Programs from 1999-2012.
Jean conducts grant research and funding resource analysis, drafts local policies and procedures for our clients to meet funder requirements, and reviews / edits contracts and grant related advertisements, memos and documents. Jean also provides marketing and proposal responses on behalf of Guardian.
Gayle Brett, Program Specialist
Ms. Brett has twenty-five ( 25+) years of experience with buying, selling and managing real estate both in the private sector and also for the State of Florida in various state and federal programs. Previously, she worked for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) in the Housing and Community Development Section with the NSP & CDBG programs and also in Florida Communities Trust (FCT), a land buying program that received $66 million per year to assist cities and counties in purchasing property, negotiating, contracting and closing as needed.
Ms. Brett has six (6) years of employment in private sector real estate, and previously held both a Real Estate Sales Associate and Broker license. Ms. Brett is responsible for providing program administration for NSP1, NSP3, CDBG & SHIP programs in various counties including Osceola, Martin, Flagler, Putnam, Hernando and others.
Velvet Burris, Grant Administrator
Ms. Burris is responsible for reviewing and managing the files of individual and household applicants: homeowners, homebuyers, renters, and anyone else applying for County or City sponsored grant or loan funded financial assistance programs. Additionally, she is responsible for electronic file maintenance of all grant documents and client records and files. Vel reviews requests from vendors for reimbursement and compliance with applicable grant rules and regulations, agency reporting, contract drafting and assists with the environmental review process. She has worked with a variety of programs and their varied requirements for qualifying individuals and households, including CDBG, NSP, SHIP, HOME, and others.