TOPEKA - Kansas Development Finance Authority (KDFA) President Tim Shallenburger named Garden City native Dennis L. Mesa as Executive Director of Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). KHRC, a subsidiary corporation of KDFA, is a self-supporting, public corporation which serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs on behalf of the State of Kansas.
"As a former mayor and city commissioner, Dennis is a proven community leader who truly loves his Western Kansas roots," said Shallenburger. "His leadership skills, management experience and passion for helping fellow Kansans will help the corporation identify new opportunities to meet the demand for affordable housing."
In his new position, Mesa will oversee KHRC's day-to-day operations; provide leadership for the corporation's rental housing, homeownership, supportive services and asset management programs; and work to strengthen agency partnerships with developers, investors, lenders, community-based organizations, housing advocates and service providers.
"I'm honored to join an organization dedicated to serving families, senior citizens and individuals with special needs," said Mesa. "My goal is to ensure KHRC programs operate more efficiently and better serve all communities across the state."
Prior to joining KHRC, Dennis served twice as Mayor of Garden City and eight years as City Commissioner. During this time, Dennis partnered with the National Hispanic Council on Aging to bring low and moderate income housing to Garden City. Mira Vista Apartments offers 39 affordable, one-bedroom, cottage-style apartments to area seniors.
In addition to managing a municipality, Dennis has served in leadership positions for numerous local, state and national civic organizations, including the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, Finney County United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Kansas State Historical Society, Leadership Kansas, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Western Kansas Community Foundation, St. Catherine Hospital and others.
Recognizing his dedication to civic leadership, Dennis has received many public service awards, including the League of United Latin American Citizens' Community Leadership and Vision Awards, and the Kansas Jaycees' Outstanding Kansan Award. The Kansas Advisory Committee for Hispanic Affairs honored Dennis as City Government Elected Official of the Year, and he was inducted into the Garden City High School's Hall of Fame.
Son of the late Albert Mesa, Sr. and Ann Mesa, Dennis is a graduate of Garden City High School and Garden City Community College. Dennis and his wife Lanette, an employee of St. Catherine Hospital, have three daughters, Krista Cannon, Andrea Sundahl and Brittany Mesa.