From left to right: Lee’s Summit Mayor Bill Baird, Kathy Kelsey and Emmet Pierson, Chairman Board of Commissioners

Mallory Herrmann

Kathy Kelsey, resident commissioner for Lee’s Summit Housing Authority (LSHA), has received a certificate from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The recognition shows that Kelsey has completed their accreditation course and has received the status of certified commissioner.

Kelsey is the second certified commissioner on the five-member board, joining Syrtiller Kabat. She’s been with the housing authority for three years and previously managed apartment and HUD (Housing and Urban Development) properties for more than 20 years.

“It’s in me to be part of it,” Kelsey says. “I strongly believe in NAHRO because it takes care of and looks out for the people that are unable to live in high-end apartments or even own a house.”

She hopes that Lee’s Summit prioritizes affordable housing to allow all, including seniors, teachers, first responders and young professionals, to live within the city, especially when they grew up or work here.

Kelsey has been taking accreditation classes for about three years. She says continuing education is important and that at age 73, she’s just a young pup with no plans to stop learning.

She thanked Darrin Taylor, executive director at LSHA, for his support, saying that she wouldn’t have made it through all the classes without him.

“We are especially proud of her accomplishment,” Taylor said.

Kelsey was presented with a framed certificate and a letter from NAHRO at LSHA’s Jan. 2 meeting. Mayor Bill Baird attended to congratulate her on the recognition.