William O'Dell
William O'Dell, Director

Bill O'Dell is the Director of the Shimberg Center. Mr. O'Dell has spent several years at the Shimberg Center collaborating on the development of a number of data products, among them the Affordable Housing Needs Assessment. Before coming to the Shimberg Center, Mr. O'Dell was a policy analyst at the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research where he was involved in several research projects concerning Florida's Growth Management Act. He has been involved in local and state government issues in Florida for several years. His local government experience includes capital improvement planning, housing and impact fees. In 1996, Mr. O'Dell earned his Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, with a Certificate in Public Administration.

Linda Stanley
Linda J. Stanley, Office Manager

Linda Stanley has been with the Shimberg Center for over 20 years and currently serves as the Center's Office Manager. She is responsible for all administrative processes that allow the Center to function within the University of Florida environment: personnel, purchasing, payroll, property inventory, and job cost accounting.

Sherry Ahrentzen
Sherry Ahrentzen, Research Professor

Dr. Sherry Ahrentzen joined the Shimberg Center in 2011 as a Research Professor. Prior to coming to the Center, she served as Associate Director for Research of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University for six years. Her research focuses on new forms of housing and healthy, sustainable communities to better accommodate the social and economic diversity of U.S. households and families. With a doctorate in the multidisciplinary program of Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine, Dr. Ahrentzen thrives on collaborating with experts and colleagues across the spectrum of residential studies and practices, from building construction and technology, to interior and architectural design, to neighborhood development and community design.

Abdulnaser Arafat
Abdulnaser Arafat

Dr. Abdulnaser Arafat is an assistant scientist with the Shimberg Center. Dr. Arafat received his Ph.D. in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida in the summer of 2011. His research focuses on the coordination of land use and transportation, with special emphasis on the allocation of suitable land for affordable housing. His research and modeling work is based on performing disaggregated and fine spatial resolution analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer programming. Dr. Arafat has authored and coauthored a number of research papers that have been presented in local and international conferences or published in conference proceedings and journals.

Desiree (Daisy) Heartberg
Desiree (Daisy) Heartberg, Research Assistant

Daisy joined the Shimberg Center in 2013. Her responsibilities include supporting the data collection and research operations of the Center. Prior to joining the Center, she worked with low-to-moderate income communities in South Florida as a community organizer. Daisy is currently pursuing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with an expected graduation date of Summer 2015.

Jim Martinez
Jim Martinez, Senior Systems Architect

Jim Martinez is a senior systems architect for the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. His technical duties include software engineering, developing web applications, system administration, database administration and maintenance, and on occasion vacuuming. In his free time Mr. Martinez, who has earned both a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, playing guitar, reading, and salads. He is blessed with one wife, two sons and one original ACL.

Ammar Naji
Ammar Naji, Research Assistant

Ammar Naji joined the Shimberg Center at the University of Florida as a GIS assistant in February 2014. He is currently Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His research focuses on integrated evaluation methods of sustainability that utilize measures of compactness, quality of life, and accessibility derived from comprehensive geo-referenced socioeconomic data. His responsibilities at the Shimberg Center include modeling land-use accessibility and transportation patterns in close proximity to affordable housing. His education includes a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and a B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Diep Nguyen
Diep Nguyen, Database Manager

Ms. Diep Nguyen is the Database Manager for the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. Her duties include design and management of the center's database, developing the center's website and its applications. She also takes part in researching and developing housing data.

Ms. Nguyen earned her Master degree in Translation and Interpretation and an ABD in Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistics University and a Master degree in Computer Science from University of Florida.

Anne Ray 
Anne Ray, Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse Manager

Anne Ray is the manager of the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse. While at the Shimberg Center, she also has performed research on preservation of assisted rental housing, public housing, the housing needs of persons with disabilities, farmworker housing, and states' implementation of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Previously, she served as a research and business planning consultant to Hart-Shegos and Associates of St. Paul, Minnesota, a private consulting firm that assists family supportive housing providers with housing development and preservation, asset management, and service planning. Ms. Ray received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marc Smith, Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Marc Smith has rejoined the Shimberg Center as an affiliated researcher. Dr. Smith served as Associate Director of the Center from 2002 to 2004 and as Co-Director from 2004 to 2005. He also served as Associate Professor in the School of Human Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison and as Director of the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies. Dr. Smith received a B.A. in Economics and Urban Studies from Denison University, a Masters in City Planning from University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Real Estate from the Ohio State University.

Caleb Stewart 
Caleb Stewart, Research Analyst

Caleb Stewart joined the Shimberg Center in the summer of 2009. His research currently focuses on the preservation of affordable rental housing. He is a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Development Corporation; a non-profit affordable housing development corporation. He also serves on the City of s SHIP Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Caleb volunteers his time to organize projects for his neighborhood association in the city of Gainesville. Caleb earned his Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida in 2010.

Elizabeth Thompson, GIS Analyst

Liz joined the Shimberg Center as a GIS analyst in April 2010. The focus of her work involves the integration of geographic information systems (GIS) into the Center's ongoing research on affordable housing. Her planning background spans local and state government experience in rural and major metropolitan areas, in both the USA and Australia. Liz has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and history from the University of Western Australia and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

Ruoniu Wang 
Ruoniu (Vince) Wang, Research Assistant

Vince joined the Shimberg Center as a GIS assistant in the summer of 2010. His previous assistantship in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning helped him to develop skills in GIS and data management. Among other things, his work at the Center involves updating geographic locations for Assisted Housing Inventory and developing models for the Affordable Housing Suitability project. Vince was awarded his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in Fall 2010 and will receive his Ph.D. in Summer 2015.

Doug White 
Doug White, Affiliated Researcher

Douglas White is a data analyst and researcher affiliated with the Shimberg Center. He contributes to the development of the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse and co-authors the annual publication of The State of Florida's Housing. His education includes degrees from The University of Michigan (BS, Chemical Engineering), The University of Louisville (MBA), and Florida State University (MS, Economics), where he has also completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Economics.