THHI: Staff

Ms. Hayes-Triplett

Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett, MA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett joined the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) as the Chief Executive Officer and chairperson of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care (CoC) in August 2014.

The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Florida as the lead entity on the issue of homelessness in Hillsborough County. The CoC, led by THHI, is a collaboration of federal, state and local government agencies, faith-based organizations, housing providers, non-profit agencies and businesses working together to develop strategies to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in Hillsborough County.

During Antoinette’s tenure at THHI, the community has experienced:

6% reduction in the total homelessness.
42% reduction in homelessness among veterans.
19% reduction among persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

Antoinette developed Operation: REVEILLE as a housing initiative with the goal of ending homelessness among military veterans by rapidly re-housing and developing a system of care to ensure that a veteran never sleeps on the streets. Operation: REVEILLE has been replicated in seven states across the country.

Previously, Antoinette served as a City Planning Executive in the City of St. Louis for 13 years. Under her leadership, the City of St. Louis received over $130 million in competitive funds and implemented over 30 new programs focusing on removing barriers, developing collaborations and providing exceptional housing and services for those experiencing homelessness.

Antoinette is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She has bachelors’ degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Park University and a master’s degree from Webster University.

Mr. Byrd

Antonio S. Byrd, MA
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Antonio has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative since August 2014. At THHI, he has co-managed the planning and successful launch of Operation: REVEILLE—a rapid re-housing initiative for homeless veterans—as well as provided vision to the county’s first Community Housing Solutions Center, which houses chronically homeless individuals.

Previously, he served the City of St. Louis for eight years, first as the contract compliance officer and most recently as a program manager of the Homeless Services Division. While working under the leadership of Antoinette Hayes-Triplett, he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies towards decreasing and ending homelessness locally and regionally. Antonio was instrumental in securing over $80 million in local, state and federal grant funding for the City of St. Louis Continuum of Care.

As a St. Louis native, Antonio served as a volunteer for several local organizations and initiatives, was nominated and accepted into the 2013/14 FOCUS St. Louis–Leadership St. Louis program and was awarded a proclamation by the City of St. Louis for his work, leadership and community services efforts.

Antonio is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Harris-Stowe State College and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University in St. Louis.

Antonio enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, fitness training and occasionally golfing.


Taryn Mahabir-Best – Housing Access Manager
Erin Donovan – Contract Manager
Cathy James, CPA – Finance Manager
Kalen Johnson – Executive Assistant
Jessica Pierre – HMIS Manager
Andrea Ramirez – Senior Housing Access Manager
Carrie Ramos – Contract Manager
Sergio Santiago – Senior HMIS Manager

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