Key Staff

Sylvia Alvarez

Founder and Executive Director

Sylvia Alvarez is the founder and Executive Director of the Housing & Education Alliance a HUD certified housing counseling agency serving over 35,000 Tampa Bay area residents since 2002. Read More

Philip Tagliarini

Director of Development

Philip is experienced in management, sales, operations, underwriting and procedures all related to real estate and mortgage lending. For over 12 years he held managerial positions in the title insurance industry. Read More

Linda Van Doren

Director of Administration

Linda Van Doren currently serves as the Director of Administration for Housing and Education Alliance. She oversees the Human Resource and Accounting activities. Read More

Walter Walker, Jr.

Director of Education and Counseling

Walter Walker, Jr. is HEA’s Director of Education and Counseling and has 40 years as a professional public speaker, trainer, seminar leader and counselor with a focus on community development. He has over 20 years’ experience with First Time Home Buyer Programs, preparing and educating first time homeowners. Read More

Rhonda Baxter

Housing Counselor

Rhonda Baxter is HEA’s most recent addition as a Housing Counselor. Rhonda assists clients with applications and gathering of documents needed for eligibility in different programs. Rhonda has earned numerous certificates in the homebuying process. Read More

Marta Labiosa

Programs Manager and Bilingual Housing Counselor

Marta currently manages the different programs HEA offers to the community. She also provides counseling and assistance to homeowners through mitigation process with lenders/servicers. Read More