Our Team

Lisa Ward, Executive Director, graduated from Loyola University with a BBA in Finance, and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from the University of Baltimore.  Ms. Ward received certification through the NDC Housing Development Finance Professional Series in the fall of 2018. While she is a life-long native of Baltimore, her knowledge and expertise in real estate finance, and  development of housing programs expands geographically to include national projects, allowing a wider view of innovative and creative potentials in the housing marketplace.  Lisa is also a licensed General Appraiser, with over 30+ years experience within the private sector development industry, as well as working within the top levels of State government.  This gives her a unique understanding of the necessary private/public elements to bring together like-minded partnerships in creative ways to expand affordable housing in the greater Baltimore area.  Lisa is passionate about homelessness, and active in her community.   

Morgan Rouse, Program Manager, joined IHI in the spring of 2018 as the Program Manager for the Bailey Consent Decree (ELAP).  She comes to IHI from Catholic Charities where she managed a staff of five full time case managers at My Sister’s Place.  Ms. Rouse has worked with hundreds of underprivileged clients, while also participating in policy and program development. Ms. Rouse has also worked at Penrose Properties in Philadelphia as a supportive services coordinator, in addition to the City of Baltimore in the Community Relations office.  She has extensive background in program management and human services in the fields of homelessness, corrections, and property management. 

Michelle Kelly,  Operations Manager, joined IHI in mid 2018 and is IHI’s Operations Manager.  Ms. Kelly is the former Executive Director of Alternative Directions, Inc. (ADI) is a statewide non-profit organization that helps men and women both in prison and leaving prison to become independent responsible citizens. Michelle has over a decade of experience serving the needs of the ex-offender community.  Michelle maintains strong relationships throughout the reentry community including the Department of Corrections, foundations, social service agencies, faith based groups and the nonprofit community in Baltimore City.  

Anita Hutchins, is our part-time administrative assistant during IHI walk in hours.  Ms. Hutchins came to IHI through the job readiness and training program at Benevolent Baskets.   Ms. Hutchins is an integral part of IHI, greeting our walk-ins and clients with smiles, and enthusiasm.