Bernie Grablowsky, PhD, PCAM, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Bernie’s interests include hiking, wilderness horseback riding and mountain biking in Colorado each summer as well as travelling throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. He is still adding to his “bucket list.” Bernie is an avid reader of fiction on vacations, but sticks to business publications at home. His newest passion is swimming and he continues to add laps, and distance, in his quest “mile” each week.
As a builder, developer, real estate investor and consultant, Bernie brings many years of experience to UPA clients.
Prior to starting UPA in 1978, Bernie was Chairman of the Department of Finance at Old Dominion University. He holds degrees in civil engineering and management from Georgia Tech and a doctorate in finance from Ohio State, with post-doctoral study at The Wharton School.
After many years as President of UPA, Bernie’s desire is to help nurture the company’s growth and development as the region’s premier management company for the next generation of his family.
Debra Grablowsky Young, CMCA, President
Debra began her career by graduating from an intensive management development program and continued her career at MBNA, SunTrust and GE in marketing, management and business development roles. She joined UPA in 2009. She was brought on board to maintain the operational integrity of UPA through the
creation of policies and procedures, employee retention programs, and business development efforts.
An enthusiastic traveler, Debra recently visited South Africa, Hawaii and Belize. She enjoys baking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family, most of all her two sons. She holds a degree in Business Management from University of Delaware and a brokers license in Virginia. She is actively pursuing her AMS certification.
Georgenne S. Cox, Senior Vice President
Georgenne, originally from the Washington, D.C. area began her work experience for a non-profit organization working towards bettering the lives of senior citizens. After transferring to San Antonio, she became interested in property management. She joined UPA in 1985 and has been instrumental in helping the organization grow.
A military spouse from a military family, Georgenne enjoys gardening, exercising and spending time at the “rivah” with family and friends. She can also knowledgably discuss why it’s a bad idea to rescue a dog with housebreaking issues. Her take: Life is good, just too short!
Craig L. Ward, Comptroller
A decade as a U.S. Navy Supply Corp Officer along with operating his own business made Craig a “teacher at heart” and he enjoys helping board members further their understanding of association financial statements. Most recently, Craig was instrumental in implementing a new association accounting system at UPA.
An avid sports fan, Craig is partial to the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and bikes and walks for health and fitness. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration. Craig and his wife, Wendy, have twin sons and a daughter.
Dana D. Jenkins, RAM, Director – Rentals Division
“Doing what you like is freedom and liking what you do is happiness.” That’s been Dana Jenkins’s belief for many years. She began her career helping people as a childcare provider and made the transition to property leasing specialist when she moved from Hawaii to Washington State. Over twenty years later, providing exceptional customer service and team building are still her passions.
Dana loves to travel and fishing is her favorite sport. She has been a Big Sister, recently became a child life volunteer specialist at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters and is the active godmother of four boys and five girls. “My life is great!” she says.
OSHA certified, Dana has also completed Fair Housing Training and holds RAM (Registered in Apartment Management) certification for her knowledge in all the essential aspects of property operations, including administrative and financial management, marketing, resident services, maintenance, fair housing and security.
Kelli C. Allen, RAM, Regional Property Manager – Single Family Division
As long as the Dallas Cowboys and the WVU Mountaineers are doing well, Kelli is a happy fan. She combines her love of football with gardening, enjoying the area beaches and being a mother to son Damien.
Having risen up through the ranks at UPA, she has the experience to ensure that properties are properly maintained. To prove her point, she received the award for the Most Improved Property for three years in a row and more recently has helped UPA’s single family rental business grow significantly.
Kelli’s role now is to assure owners that their rental properties are being professionally managed under the Fair Housing Laws and the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act. Part of her job is regular on-site interior and exterior inspections of properties for any issues.
She also holds RAM (Registered in Apartment Management) certification for her knowledge in all the essential aspects of property operations, including administrative and financial management, marketing, resident services, maintenance, fair housing, and security.
MBA: The Master of Business Administration core courses in the MBA program are designed to introduce students to the various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations management, etc.
PCAM: Professional Community Association Manager prerequisites include:
- Five years of direct community association management experience
- Successful completion of the PMDP M-200 level programs (with the last finished course having concluded within the past five years)
- Successfully passed the CMCA exam administered by NBC-CAM
PhD: a doctorate usually based on at least three years graduate study and a dissertation; the highest degree awarded for graduate study.