Our Team Members

Decades of professional experience to help you along your journey.

Lawrence Childress

Executive Director

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Lawrence is originally from New York and was stationed in Colorado by way of the US Army back in 1987. Upon arriving, Lawrence fell in love with the beauty of the state and has since lived in Colorado for over 34 years. Lawrence’s extended stay was however primarily due to his four beautiful children. He graduated from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with a B.A. in Industrial Design in 1994. He is the Executive Director of Have A Heart Through The Arts and Colorado Collective Home Ownership Initiative, as well as an accomplished Artist.

Lawrence decided to go into the Real Estate profession in 2004. He now has 18 years of experience as a realtor, specializing in Residential Real Estate Sales, REO’s, Foreclosures, HUD Homes, Short Sales, Investment and Commercial Property. Lawrence is also committed to helping Veterans and First Time Home Buyers regardless of where they may be in the home buying process. He currently hangs his real estate license with EXP Realty.

Lawrence’s personal experiences, as a First Time Home Buyer led him to create CCHOI.org

He wanted to establish a platform where low to moderate income families could get assistance with the homebuying process regardless of their financial situation and or credit history.

 

Lawrence also understands that purchasing and selling a home is an important step in life and feels that it is an honor and a privilege to help individuals and families through this process. Whether he is working with buyers or sellers, he always has his client’s best interest at heart. Keeping this in mind, Lawrence is dedicated to helping his clients reach their goals and to help do this, he firmly believes in continuing education and stays abreast of the climate of the market thereby enabling him to provide accurate information to his clients. Which in turn, helps them make informed decisions since they have realistic expectations when making their decisions in the home buying and selling process.

Lawrence primarily works on a referral basis and understands that “when it comes to buying and selling a home it’s not just about buying or selling Real Estate, it’s about helping people. It’s about helping families.”

“I look forward to being of service to you.”

Claudette Stewart

Housing Counseling Program Director

Claudette M Stewart currently serves as Mortgage Banker Market Specialist at First Citizens Bank in Charlotte, NC. With more than 20 years in the financial services industry, her experience includes real estate development, asset management, property management, residential and loan services. Ms Stewart has a strong background in the affordable housing space. Prior to her current role, she served as Regional Director for a non-profit.

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During the seven years with the non-profit, Ms Stewart held different positions and responsibilities that included homeownership education and opportunities that connect low and moderate income borrowers to home loans. She is passionate in her objectives for increasing homeownership and economic growth for the underserved segment of our communities.

 

Ms Stewart is HUD certified, a North Carolina Real Estate Broker and a Mortgage Loan Originator serving multiple states.

Lavade Lanier

Director of Operations

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Lavade is a proud graduate of the University of Denver, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She is a Denver native who believes that when human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. As a United States Marine Corps Veteran, she has a passionate knack for bringing healing to families who have endured traumatic and life altering experiences, such as losing a loved due to a violent crime.

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As the Co-Founder of Colorado Collective Homeownership Initiative (CCHOI), the primary objectives Lavade has a passion for, include the economic development of all Colorado Veterans, disenfranchised communities and marginalized groups, to ensure that their quality of life is improved by affording them a pathway to the opportunity of homeownership. 

 

Throughout her career, she has become known for her tenacity in working with diverse communities and handling multiple levels of responsibility, ranging from supervising staff to serving populations with significant barriers. With over 15 years of experience with working at the Local, State and Federal levels, she is equipped with strong organizational and communication skills. Lavade is a natural born leader who dedicates her time and expertise to mentoring, developing and encouraging entrepreneurship opportunities.

 

In her spare time, Lavade enjoys listening to smooth jazz, reading, traveling, serving within Epsilon Nu Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and spending quality time with family and friends. It is her ultimate goal to be of service to you!

Lamar Edwards, Jr.

Apprenticeship Coordinator

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Lamar is a Denver native, but also spent some of is childhood on the East Coast in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. He has always had the desire to support his surrounding community and communities at large, in some capacity.

Lamar currently works at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver Colorado. He also serves as the Employee Relations Liaison and an Executive Board Member for Athletics and Beyond & CCHOI.  He earned a BA from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and an MA in Professional Studies and Human Services at the University of Denver. 

Lamar is a Veteran, and has extensive experience in, Construction, Paralegal, and Human Resources Administration. He has proven supervisory, personnel management skills and experience. He also demonstrates strong interpersonal communication skills as well as problem resolution and human relations skills. Lamar is an excellent fit for CCHOI’s Apprenticeship program and diligently in reaching out to veterans, at risk youth and low to moderate individuals that desire opportunities in the workforce that could help improve their economic status.