Tampa Housing Authority's Employee of the Month

Photo: Legna Ortiz

Legna Ortiz

January , 2021
Main Office
Program and Property Services
January’s Employee of the Month nomination from Program and Property Services (PPS) is Jobs Plus Community Coach, Legna Ortiz. Ms. Ortiz relocated to Tampa from Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma. Speaking no English and losing everything back in Puerto Rico, she was displaced for some time before getting accepted for housing at Robles Park. Ms. Ortiz was accepted in the Jobs Plus Initiative Tech Support Volunteer program and during her 6-week Internship, was instrumental in carrying out various duties including the installation of software, performing routine maintenance on computers in the Internet Café, assisting with the Facebook updates and creating marketing material. Ms. Ortiz was hired for the Community Coach position, which she has held for the past 3 years. During her tenure here at THA, Ms. Ortiz has worked continuously, sometimes after hours to recruit residents into the Jobs Plus program, ultimately contributing to the success of 300+ enrollments. She is a dedicated Community Coach who works extremely hard both independently and in the team environment. Often providing creative insight on service delivery activities. Ms. Ortiz connects with the residents on their level, to ensure that goals are met, families are provided with necessary supports and that individuals are successful. Ms. Ortiz is the go-to person for language translations for our Spanish families, Ms. Ortiz has worked very diligently to increase her knowledge and skills to advance her career.
Photo: Anna Edwards

Anna Edwards

December , 2020
Main Office
Program and Property Services
December’s Employee of the Month from Program and Property Services (PPS) is Administrative Assistant, Anna Edwards. This young lady embodies all that the Tampa Housing Authority (THA) represents. In 2014 Anna began as a student at YouthBuild. Within a year she completed and graduated from that program and began working as a front desk receptionist. She held that position for a year before being promoted to Administrative Clerk in the Program and Property Services Department. She performed in that position for 2 ½ years before being promoted to Administrative Assistant for the PPS Director Stephanie Brown-Gilmore, a position of which she currently holds. Anna has been an integral part of PPS. Along with her everyday duties and responsibilities, she has spearheaded multiple food distribution drives, fundraising efforts, Christmas adopt-a-family efforts, as well as most of all PPS Special events. She has been an extremely hard worker who is a prime example of perseverance and determination. It is an everyday honor to serve and work with her.


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