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

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

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

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

Bilingual Housing Counselor

Maria moved to the Tampa Bay area in the early 80’s after she emigrated from Venezuela. Before moving from her home country Maria studied Pre-Med; since then she has studied ABA classes while working in the banking industry. 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