Debbie has an extensive professional background with certifications in both the legal assistant and real estate professions. She has served as in-house corporate paralegal for the largest commercial real estate developer in the country, based in Florida at the time, and has served as senior commercial real estate paralegal for a Top 50/Fortune 500 home improvement company based in North Carolina, including being handpicked by its General Counsel to help oversee the company’s international entry into Mexico. Her arrival in Texas led to her position as Director of Operations for a privately held entrepreneurial real estate investment and development company in The Woodlands, and she has served as a title analyst, lease administrator, legal compliance manager, and/or transaction coordinator for retail shopping centers, hotels, and commercial landlords for over 300 transactions totaling more than $250 million. Debbie now utilizes that wealth of experience to assist with the Firm’s developer and special district clients’ real estate matters as well as her work in meeting administration, district operations, open government compliance, and public finance (bond) work now exceeding $25 million.
Legal Assistant/Office Coordinator
Sharla has spent decades involved in the special purpose district industry both as the spouse of a career industry consultant and a regular attendee of the semi-annual Association of Water Board Directors. She now serves the Firm in the dual role of legal assistant and office coordinator, helping coordinate the Firm’s homeowners association legal matters and assessment payments/collections as well as assisting the special district clients and Firm with the full range of administrative tasks from agenda postings to TCEQ filings. She is quite simply one of the most pleasant people with whom you will ever interact.
Chelby was recruited from a successful automotive industry start-up with a background in office management, marketing, and client retention and has a passion for building strong connections and relationships with clients and consultants alike. Chelby’s experience with office management and marketing makes her a great problem-solver, and she’s always driven to find an efficient and creative solution. Her transition to legal assistant in the special purpose district industry has been quick and comprehensive (and impressive) to say the least. Fairly new to the industry though, Chelby is eager to grow and learn all there is to know about special purpose districts and the firm’s related community-oriented client base.
File Coordinator/ Legal Assistant
Jessica joined the firm in January 2022 after graduating with a Business Administration Business Management Specialization from Lone Star College along with a Certificate in Business Operations and Business Administration in Marketing. Her role with Roach & Associates originated as file manager in charge of processing client and firm electronic/historical records, and she has now transitioned to one of the firm’s legal assistants, aiding with special purpose district clients. Her management, organizational, and client services skills make her a great asset to the firm and those served by it, and she is very quickly learning the industry and growing successfully along with the firm’s expanding client base.
Client Services Coordinator
Ray joined the Roach & Associates team with nearly 10 years of experience working for special purpose districts. He has a comprehensive background in property tax administration, annexations, developer finance, and general industry standards & practices. He works closely with developers, Boards of Directors/clients, and consultants alike to facilitate and streamline working relationships while expanding and interweaving his vast network of industry professionals. Prior to achieving his Registered Texas Collectors (RTC) license through the TDLR under the tutelage of a prominent industry tax assessor/collector, he spent 7 years as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico working on sub-sea construction, demolition, welding, explosives, and sub-sea inspections. He loyally commits his time to the firm and its extended family of clients.
Shaun proudly served six years in the United States Army as a M1 Abrams Tank Mechanic and another 10+ years working as a Diesel Repair Technician for several companies including Union Pacific and Caterpillar. Right before COVID-19 hit Shaun decided to go back to school to pursue an education in the IT field. It was at this point he came to work for the firm where he used his growing knowledge and skills to assist the firm in transitioning to a remote/digital office environment.
In May of 2022 Shaun Graduated from Purdue University Global with his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a focus in Computer Networking. He also holds and Associates Degree in business Management.
IT Project Coordinator
Hayden joined the firm after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Liberty University’s School of Divinity in May of 2022. Predominantly his role is centered around Information & Technology Support. Internally he aids in the resolution of technical difficulties & obstacles inclusive, but not exclusive, of hardware and software concerns, audio recording, and video broadcasting. His extensive exposure to software development is of particular importance to the firm by way of streamlining internal processes through proprietary R&D. Roach & Associates PLLC prides itself on being at the forefront of technological advancements including access to electronic documents, records, and procedures. It is worth noting that remote access to information and meetings for staff & clients is of particular importance to the firm. Hayden provides the technical support externally that bridges the gap and shortens the learning curve for the firm’s team and clients.