Towner Management

  Jay T. French  CEO Emeritus, Board Treasurer  Until recently, founder and CEO, Jay T. French has been responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of the Towner Management Company.  Jay founded Towner’s affiliate, the French Company, in 1982 when he began renovating homes in Federal Hill and Ridgely’s Delight. Jay formed Towner Management Company in 1992 primarily to manage properties that the French Company had renovated itself. Beginning in 1994, Towner started managing housing for other clients including the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and various non-profit housing organizations.Prior to coming to Baltimore, Jay was a practicing attorney in Washington D.C.He graduated from Yale University and the George Washington University School of Law.

Jay T. French
CEO Emeritus, Board Treasurer

Until recently, founder and CEO, Jay T. French has been responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of the Towner Management Company.  Jay founded Towner’s affiliate, the French Company, in 1982 when he began renovating homes in Federal Hill and Ridgely’s Delight. Jay formed Towner Management Company in 1992 primarily to manage properties that the French Company had renovated itself. Beginning in 1994, Towner started managing housing for other clients including the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and various non-profit housing organizations.Prior to coming to Baltimore, Jay was a practicing attorney in Washington D.C.He graduated from Yale University and the George Washington University School of Law.

  gardiner fraker  Principal - president  Gardy Fraker has served as the President of the Towner Management Company since 2008. He is responsible for directing the management operations of all residential and commercial properties in the company’s portfolio. He oversees all field operations and on-site staff including managers and maintenance personnel. Gardy began working with the French Companies in 1982 as a Construction Supervisor and then went on to manage the day-to-day operations of the French Company, a residential building contractor that renovated several hundred buildings during his tenure. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont and various certificates in construction management and the building trades.

gardiner fraker
Principal - president

Gardy Fraker has served as the President of the Towner Management Company since 2008. He is responsible for directing the management operations of all residential and commercial properties in the company’s portfolio. He oversees all field operations and on-site staff including managers and maintenance personnel. Gardy began working with the French Companies in 1982 as a Construction Supervisor and then went on to manage the day-to-day operations of the French Company, a residential building contractor that renovated several hundred buildings during his tenure. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont and various certificates in construction management and the building trades.

  WHITNEY F. SEEBURG  General counsel  Whitney Seeburg joined Towner in June of 2010. She is responsible for all corporate, contract, employment and compliance matters. Prior to joining Towner, Whitney worked as counsel for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, Ma. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University. She is a member of the Maryland and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

WHITNEY F. SEEBURG
General counsel

Whitney Seeburg joined Towner in June of 2010. She is responsible for all corporate, contract, employment and compliance matters. Prior to joining Towner, Whitney worked as counsel for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, Ma. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University. She is a member of the Maryland and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

  w. barker french  Vice President/Chief Financial Officer  W. Barker French came to Towner Management Company in 2005 where he worked as a property manager. Barker became a Vice-President in 2008 and works to establish and improve fiscal management and compliance reporting systems. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the accuracy and reliability of YARDI property management software, oversight of Performance Measures Tracking, preparation and monitoring of property budgets.Prior to coming to Towner, Barker was a Development Associate with Ruppert Properties and worked with Southern Management Company on residential credit management and leasing.He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Mathematics and Finance.  He is also a NCHM Certified Tax Credit Specialist; NCHM Certified Occupancy Specialist; Graduate of Southern Management Company’s Supervisory Training, Leasing Professional Training, Marketing for Managers, and Total Quality Management Programs.

w. barker french
Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

W. Barker French came to Towner Management Company in 2005 where he worked as a property manager. Barker became a Vice-President in 2008 and works to establish and improve fiscal management and compliance reporting systems. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the accuracy and reliability of YARDI property management software, oversight of Performance Measures Tracking, preparation and monitoring of property budgets.Prior to coming to Towner, Barker was a Development Associate with Ruppert Properties and worked with Southern Management Company on residential credit management and leasing.He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Mathematics and Finance.  He is also a NCHM Certified Tax Credit Specialist; NCHM Certified Occupancy Specialist; Graduate of Southern Management Company’s Supervisory Training, Leasing Professional Training, Marketing for Managers, and Total Quality Management Programs.

  Michelle DEvastey                                                                                  Regional Vice President of Operations  Michelle DeVastey started Property Management in 1998. In her 20 years of property management she has worked in Virginia, Maryland, D.C, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey; New York, and Georgia. Over the past 20 years in property management she has experience with the following types of properties: Hope VI; 202/8; Section 8 Family; 202/PRAC; Section 236; RAP; Tax Credit; Assisted Living and Conventional. She has overseen new construction and renovation. She has also been involved in lease up of properties.  Michelle has been a mentor and a trainer while holding her position as a Regional Property Manager.  She holds the following designations:                                          Certified Assisted Housing Manager 12/1998                                         HCCP  11/2004                                                                                                    SHCM 5/2006                                                                                            Universal CFC Certification 11/2005                                                          Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS) 5/2012                                             Lead Based Paint Renovator 9/20210                                                           DC Property Managers License 10/2016

Michelle DEvastey                                                                                 Regional Vice President of Operations

Michelle DeVastey started Property Management in 1998. In her 20 years of property management she has worked in Virginia, Maryland, D.C, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey; New York, and Georgia. Over the past 20 years in property management she has experience with the following types of properties: Hope VI; 202/8; Section 8 Family; 202/PRAC; Section 236; RAP; Tax Credit; Assisted Living and Conventional. She has overseen new construction and renovation. She has also been involved in lease up of properties.  Michelle has been a mentor and a trainer while holding her position as a Regional Property Manager.

She holds the following designations:                                         Certified Assisted Housing Manager 12/1998                                       HCCP  11/2004                                                                                                    SHCM 5/2006                                                                                            Universal CFC Certification 11/2005                                                        Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS) 5/2012                                           Lead Based Paint Renovator 9/20210                                                           DC Property Managers License 10/2016

  JOYCE L. WEBER  VP, Finance and Accounting  Joyce began working as the principal bookkeeper for Towner Management in 1997. She is responsible for supervising company bookkeeping, clerical operations, and audit control. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Strayer Business College. She is also a certified tax preparer through H&R Block.

JOYCE L. WEBER
VP, Finance and Accounting

Joyce began working as the principal bookkeeper for Towner Management in 1997. She is responsible for supervising company bookkeeping, clerical operations, and audit control. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Strayer Business College. She is also a certified tax preparer through H&R Block.

  Tracy Thompson                                                                                       Regional Property Manager                     Tracy Thompson is a native Baltimorean.  She has been in Property Management for over 25 years, 8 of them with Towner Management Company.  Tracy has received several Certifications at Catonsville Community College which allowed her to grow and pursue her dream in Property Management.  In addition, Tracy has been a recipient of several  awards from Towner Management Company. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys family vacations.  One of her favorites is cruising the Caribbean.                                                            

Tracy Thompson                                                                                      Regional Property Manager                   

Tracy Thompson is a native Baltimorean.  She has been in Property Management for over 25 years, 8 of them with Towner Management Company.  Tracy has received several Certifications at Catonsville Community College which allowed her to grow and pursue her dream in Property Management.  In addition, Tracy has been a recipient of several  awards from Towner Management Company. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys family vacations.  One of her favorites is cruising the Caribbean.                                                            

  Roger devastey                                                                                                         Regional Maintenance Supervisor  Roger started his career in Property Management in 1992. Roger quickly worked his way up from Porter, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Supervisor and Area Maintenance Supervisor. Roger even worked as a Property Manager.  He travelled with his knowledge throughout many states that include Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida overseeing, training, and teaching fundamentals of property facilities to maintenance technicians and field staff at various type of properties, Senior living, Tax credit, Section 8, Hope VI, Section 236 and Conventional.  Roger is HVAC Certified, NEC Certified, CFC Certified, Lead Base Paint Renovator and Gas Line Certified.

Roger devastey                                                                                                        Regional Maintenance Supervisor

Roger started his career in Property Management in 1992. Roger quickly worked his way up from Porter, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Supervisor and Area Maintenance Supervisor. Roger even worked as a Property Manager.

He travelled with his knowledge throughout many states that include Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida overseeing, training, and teaching fundamentals of property facilities to maintenance technicians and field staff at various type of properties, Senior living, Tax credit, Section 8, Hope VI, Section 236 and Conventional.

Roger is HVAC Certified, NEC Certified, CFC Certified, Lead Base Paint Renovator and Gas Line Certified.

  Henry Waldron                                                                   Compliance Specialist                                        Henry joined The French Companies full time as the Compliance Specialist in 2014. Previously he served as a Development Intern for two summers. He has an Urban Studies degree from The College of Wooster.

Henry Waldron                                                                  Compliance Specialist                                      

Henry joined The French Companies full time as the Compliance Specialist in 2014. Previously he served as a Development Intern for two summers. He has an Urban Studies degree from The College of Wooster.