Executive Staff

William Vincent Smart – Executive Director

William V. Smart is the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Monroe, Louisiana.  William provides leadership and oversight of all of Monroe Housing Authority’s program operations including: property management, grant management, and community development.  William is also responsible for oversight of the agency’s finances, policies, procedures, and personnel management.

William brings with him over 28 years of exceptional service in the fields of logistic operations, process improvement, human resources, team management, regulatory compliance, distribution, forecasting, reporting, quality control, and supply chain management.

Prior to joining Monroe Housing Authority in 2019, William served as the Logistics Operation Manager for Brookshire’s Distribution, a Tyler, Texas-based supermarket chain with more than 177 stores operating in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, under four banners: Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire’s, and Spring Market.

William earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.   William is passionate about his community and is actively engaged in many Civic endeavors.  William is a Member of the Monroe Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a Member of New Light Missionary Baptist Church.  At New Light MBC, William also serves as Sunday School Superintendent, Church Deacon, and is a member of the Church Choir Ministry.

William hold numerous professional and community memberships, serving on several boards, including:  the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers (LAAHP) Board; Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board; and, Bancorp South Corporate Community Advisory Council.

William’s prior board service includes: Chairman of the Board, Monroe Chamber of Commerce; Board of Commissioner, Monroe Housing Authority; President, Properties for Retired and Family Living Board; and board membership for the St. Francis Hospital Foundation; Ouachita Council on Aging; NOVA Workforce Institute; and the United Way.

Dedication, commitment, and loyalty are William’s trademarks.  He has demonstrated them successfully through his commitment to his career, community, and family.  William’s dedication and commitment to giving unselfishly of his time, effort, and support to help those in need has caused him to be known as a local treasure.  William has been happily married to his beautiful wife and best friend, Mishelle, for over 25 years.





Hal Hinchliffe – Chairman
Hal Hinchliffe – Chairman

Hal H. Hinchliffe has served as Executive Vice President/Head of Real Estate Lending of Progressive Bank since June 2006 and as Senior Vice President/Head of Real Estate Lending from June 1998 to June 2006.

Mr. Hinchliffe was Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager at Central Bank from 1986 to 1998, Senior Vice President at American Bank from 1983 to 1985, Assistant Vice President at Bank of New Orleans from 1981 to 1982 and Assistant Vice President at First National Bank of Commerce from 1978 to 1981.

Mr. Hinchliffe currently serves as a Commissioner of the Monroe Housing Authority Board; as a Board member of the Monroe Housing Authority Properties for Retired Living; as a member of both the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Foundation; as former President and Board member of Monroe Home Ownership, Inc.; and is a former member of the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana State University System.

Mr. Hinchliffe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University.

He has served on the MHA Board since 2013.





Rick Miller – Vice-Chairman
Rick Miller – Vice-Chairman

Vice Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Business – Miller Funeral Homes

Volunteer and member of many community and civic organizations.

He has served on the MHA Board since 2016.










Joseph Farr – Commissioner
Joseph Farr – Commissioner

Joseph Farr, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, was educated in the Monroe City School System and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) in 1975 with a degree in business.

He began his career in insurance with his father at Rodriguez-Farr Insurance Agency, which he later purchased in 1981.  He acquired another agency in April of 1983 and merged with Jerry Thomas in July 1983 to form the Thomas & Farr Agency.

Joseph has served on several insurance company advisory boards including CNA, Commercial Union, St Paul, Americas, LWCC, Hanover, and served as Chairman of the United Fire Group panel.

He is past chairman of the ULM Foundation Board, former member of the ULM Athletic Scholarship Board, former member of Monroe Rotary, life member of the Monroe Youth Baseball Board, Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board, present member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and past board member, past chairman of United Way, and past President of The Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts.  In 2013, Joseph received the highest honor awarded by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the prestigious Rambin-Silverstein Memorial Civic Award.  This award is given each year to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership service through unselfish dedication for the betterment of the greater community.

A devoted advocate of education, Joseph is a current Board of Regents’ member for the State of Louisiana.   Regents are appointed by the Governor to represent the State’s public higher education community through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research, and accountability.

An avid outdoorsman, Joseph is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

He has served on the MHA Board since 2010.





Patricia Gix – Commissioner
Patricia Gix – Commissioner

Volunteer and member of many community and civic organizations.

She has served on the MHA Board since 2016.











Beverly V. Lewis – Commissioner
Beverly V. Lewis – Commissioner

Ms. Lewis was born and reared in Jonesboro Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Jonesboro Hodge High School and the Jonesboro Hodge Licensed Practical Nursing program.

In 1984, Ms. Lewis graduated from Northeast Louisiana University, currently known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing and has been an active Registered Nurse since 1985 to present.

She obtained a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialty in Health Services Administration from Grambling State University, Grambling Louisiana in 1995 and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2002, also from Grambling State University.

In 1985 Ms. Lewis joined the United States Air Force Reserve, Barksdale, Louisiana. During this time, she held numerous positions, to include the Chief Nurse for the 917th Medial Squadron. Other positions held include: Nursing Staff Development for the 917thMedical Squadron and the Infection Control Officer for the 917th Wing.  In preparation for the 917th Wing Operation Readiness Inspection, which was held in November 2007, she served as the 917th Medical Squadron Commander for the Deployable Medical Facility-(DMF-field hospital) during the Operation Readiness Exercises from April-November 2007. The DMF received an Excellent rating for overall Ability To Survive and Operate (ATSO) in field and disaster conditions during peace and wartime. After twenty-seven (27) years of service, she retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on September 22nd, 2012.

In September 2003, she was hired as an employee with the Department of Health and Hospitals, working with the Office of Public Health in Region 3, as the Regional Nurse Consultant. While serving in this capacity, she was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Operations Chief during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

In January 2009, she was promoted to the position of Program Manager 3, Assistant Center Director for the Center for Community Preparedness, located in Baton Rouge, LA.  She embraced the challenge and opportunity in helping our citizens and communities become more aware of how to prepare and survive during a manmade or natural disaster.

In 2011, Ms. Lewis returned to Monroe, Louisiana and continued her nursing career at E.A.Conway Medical Center, now known as University Health Conway. Since then, she has served in many capacities, including Medical-Surgical Nurse Coordinator, Manager of ICU, Telemetry, and Medical-Surgical Patients, Quality Assurance Manager, Congregational Health and Community Outreach Coordinator and currently Director of Process Improvement and Community Affairs.