Housing with a Heart

Our experience in senior affordable housing for over 40 years.

Meet The EHDOC Team

Melanie Ribeiro President & CEO

Ms. Ribeiro joined EHDOC in 2014 as an Administrator at EHDOC’s headquarters. As of September 1, 2020, Mr. Steve Protulis named Ms. Ribeiro as his successor as President and CEO. Her vision for the organization’s future will be directed from the foundation of her expertise in commercial development and small business financing gained over 18 years in management, operations, team leadership and consulting roles.

Prior to joining EHDOC, Ms. Ribeiro served as Consultant to Leland Capital Advisors, LLC where she initiated business growth through new business development, led marketing initiatives and managed client funding portfolios while implementing operational improvements. Other employment included Managing Consultant for Melanie Mayo Consulting where she served as Project Manager for construction projects including all aspects of permitting, budgeting, contractor assignments, scheduling, and team production. Ms. Ribeiro previously spent over 10 years as a Senior Operations Manager for Navigant Consulting, Inc. where she managed multiple branch offices and worked in practice areas of finance, construction and healthcare with a primary focus in construction projects including renovations and relocations.

Ms. Ribeiro’s ability to quickly gain perspective on business processes and design solutions to meet business objectives will see EHDOC well into the future, as she upholds the company’s commitment to increasing the availability of safe and secure housing for the low-income seniors.

Steve Protulis President & CEO Emeritus

A national activist for elderly concerns, Steve heads the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC) organization. He was formerly Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, and Executive Director of the National Council of Senior Citizens, one of the nation’s strongest voices for older Americans and families.

In 2001-2002, Steve served on the prestigious 14-member U.S. Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century, a committee appointed by the U.S. Congress. Steve also serves on the NISH Committee of the National Council on the Aging and the Center for Policy Alternatives, is Past Chair of the American Association of Service Coordinators and is a member of the board of directors for the National Home Modifications Action Coalition. In addition, Steve is a member of the Low Income Housing Coalition, National Leading Age Policy Board and a Trustee with Florida Leading Age.

Steve came to the United States from Uruguay in 1961 to attend Wayne State University, but received his real education on the shop floor of a General Motors plant in Detroit, as a UAW Local 174 member. He was honored to serve in the United States Army from 1966-1968. By 1970, Steve was chairman of the largest GM cut-and-sew plant in the nation, with 6,000 members.

Other positions included: Deputy Field Director for Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaign; Administrative Assistant to UAW President Douglas Fraser; and Special Assistant to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney in Washington, DC; and former member of the editorial advisory board of Caring Magazine.

Steve presently resides in Coral Springs, Florida and is the proud father of three with six beautiful grandchildren.

Mauricio Bayon Vice President of Information Technology

More than 12 years of professional experience designing, implementing, and managing information technology systems for firms in a variety of industries. Prior to joining EHDOC, Mauricio managed the technology infrastructure for a local CPA firm, where he also established and ran their IT consulting division. In this capacity he assisted many local and regional businesses with their corporate IT strategies, including system management, system security, network design, and internal controls. One of the reasons I hired Mauricio was to take on the task of organizing all of the 53 locations and headquarters so we can have a very efficient computer system. Mauricio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University.

Melissa Tarrant Vice President of Field Operations

Melissa a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree. Prior to her position at EHDOC, she worked in various positions and acquired managerial skills. Melissa joined EHDOC in 2002 as a Community Manager for two properties in Pittsburgh, PA. She is certified as an Occupancy and Tax Credit Specialist.

Irene Phillips Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Experienced and goal-oriented with over 40 years of combined experience within non-profit, distribution, and technology operations.  Previously held CFO position for a non-profit mental health agency for over 8 years.

Proven expertise in driving efficiency and productivity through evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements. Previously successful in reducing costs and increasing billing to funding agencies resulting in increased revenue to put back into the company.  Experienced in creating efficiencies in the accounting functions resulting in audited financial statements with no finding.  Experienced in working with DCF, Miami-Dade County, The Children’s Trust, United Way, and South Florida Behavioral Health Network concerning contracts, budgets and regulatory requirements.





Christine Harris Accounting Manager

Christine has 30 years of experience in the Property Management/Accounting industry.  Her career began 30 years ago as a Community Manager and then as a Regional Director of more than 2000 units.  For the past 20 years she has been doing both general and property accounting with over 8 years of experience in non-profit. As the Assistant Director of Accounting, Christine oversees the department as well as assists in long-term planning and financial audits.



Larry McNickle Special Assistant

With more than 25 years of valuable experience with affordable senior housing. Larry was the Director of Housing Policy for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), Director for Aging Programs for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and a Congressional Legislative Assistant. Larry is a nationally recognized leader for the reform of the Section 202 program. Larry has extensive experiences with HUD, local governments, community services, service coordinators, and health care, including PACE.

Roland Broussard Vice President of Development

Roland joined the EHDOC team in January 2017 as a Senior Analyst in the Development Department.  He was promoted to Special Projects Director in the fall of 2018, then advanced to his current position, Director of Development in the summer 2019.  His primary responsibilities are to facilitate all facets of acquisition opportunities, development and refinance/ recapitalization of EHDOC’s portfolio.  His duties include oversight of due diligence, refinance and stabilization of multifamily assets utilizing a myriad of resources including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, various HUD Affordable Housing Loan Programs including Section 202, CDBG and HOME funds.  Roland also assists Operations and Accounting in asset management and compliance.  Prior to joining EHDOC, Roland served for nine years as Chief Operating Officer for Realtex Development Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Austin Texas.  In his capacity he was responsible for asset management and corporate office operations of 42 residential Class A affordable and market-rate multifamily and commercial properties consisting of 5,000 units in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.  Roland has over 27 years’ experience in real estate, finance, and asset and property management as a licensed Real Estate professional.  Previously, Roland served for seven years as Vice President of Reliance Housing Foundation, Inc., a Florida‐based non-profit affordable housing developer where he was responsible for 4,500 units in Florida, Tennessee and US Virgin Islands targeting very-low income individuals and families.  He directly supervised 85 employees and acted as the primary liaison for community relations, syndicators and lender relations.  Roland also worked as Director of Property Management for Housing & Services, Inc. a non-profit developer in Manhattan where he developed quality housing for the homeless, special needs populations and low-income persons.  During his 6-years in Manhattan he completed a number of projects in the five boroughs developing 3,400 units totaling $250M.  He assisted in the preservation of rent stabilized housing, most notably the acquisition and recapitalization of the Kenmore Hotel, a 652-Room SRO in the heart of Manhattan after the property was seized by the US Marshals under a Drug Forfeiture Act.  In his earlier career, he worked as a licensed Realtor for Acker‐Blum & Associates and Duddlesten Management Corporation, both Houston-based real estate firms responsible for over 4,600 units in Texas, California, and Nevada.

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