LUMBERTON — Two new faces are joining the leadership staff at the Housing Authority of the city of Lumberton.
Adrian E. Lowery has been named as the new deputy executive director, according to information from Lemark Harris, the authority’s interim executive director. Steven Harrell comes on board Sept. 1 as chief operations officer.
“Two outstanding young men, to say the least,” Harris said.
Lowery brings 16 years of housing experience on the local, state and federal level from the Lumber River Council of Governments, according to Harris. Lowery was instrumental in helping a five-county region secure more than $10 million in state and federal funds. Lowery served on local and state boards focused on community development, workforce development and affordable housing.
Lowery has a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he was a letterman in varsity baseball. Lowery is a member of Godwin Heights Baptist Church in Lumberton, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher.
Lowery lives with his wife of 18 years, Valissa Lowery, who is employed by Robeson Community College as an instructor. They have three children together, Logan, 14, McKinley, 12, and Parker, 9.
Harrell brings more than 15 years of private, public, military and government leadership experience to the Housing Authority, according to Harris. He has a bachelor of science degree from Elon University, a master of science degree from the United States Sports Academy, and numerous certificates from professional and leadership institutions.
A native of Zuni, Va., Harrell previously served as the chief of supply and contracting for the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Bragg and has served as a project manager for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, North Carolina State University and High Point University. He is a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving as a Supply Corps officer with Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va.
He lives in Pembroke with his wife, SunSarae, and 8-year-old daughter, Pyper. SunSarae is a social worker for the Public Schools of Robeson County.
“I am truly excited to be a part of this team and to help our community as a whole continue to be stronger,” Harrell said.