Impact Summit Speakers

Meet the brilliant minds shaping the narrative in Student Housing and Student Quarters! Our speakers are a powerhouse of inspiration, expertise, and game-changing ideas. Get ready to be captivated by thought-provoking talks, engaging discussions, and a diverse lineup of visionaries who are paving the way for positive change. 

Keynote Speaker


Debbie Phillips is an internationally recognized real estate professional with over 32 years of experience with diverse property types. As an entrepreneur, Debbie has a multi-faceted career including developing world class leadership programs and talent management strategies. She was recognized in 2019 as a Woman of Influence in Real Estate and was awarded the first Real Estate Award of Excellence in 2015. In addition to her private consulting, Debbie serves as President of the Real Estate Career Academy, a non-profit that focuses on career awareness for those exploring careers in real estate. Debbie completed her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, where she developed an Employee Engagement Model for the Multi-Housing Industry. In addition to teaching and consulting, Debbie is an author and nationally acclaimed speaker.

Meet The Speakers

Andy Feinour

Andy founded Student Quarters in 2013 and has led the firm as President and CEO since its inception. Under Andy’s leadership, the company is now recognized as one of the leaders in the student housing sector.

Stephanie Lynch

As Chief Financial Officer, Stephanie is responsible for the firm's investments and capital raising strategies and activities. She is a member of the executive team and serves on the Investment Committee.

Andrew Layton

Recognized as a leader in the industry for over a decade, Andrew is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He leads SQ's origination and underwriting efforts.

Keith Jernigan

As Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Keith is responsible for all legal matters and general operations of the company.

Angela Abraham

As Executive Vice President of Operations & Asset Management, Angela leads Student Quarters’ asset management group, which focuses on maximizing the value of Student Quarters’ assets across the nation.

Carolyn Barkley

As Corporate Controller, Carolyn oversees Student Quarters’ consolidated financial reporting and analysis, investment management, and budgeting and forecasting.

Lenny Wright

As the Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Lenny provides day-to-day leadership for Regionals and Managers. He is focused on the operational success of every property, by improving the value for each asset.

Carly Shepherd

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Carly oversees all aspects of the leasing and marketing process. Her role encompasses strategic planning, budget analysis, and in-house creative services. 

Melanie Phelps

As a Vice President on the Acquisitions Team, Melanie focuses on growing Student Quarters’ portfolio, with high potential assets that will maximize risk-adjusted returns.

Morgan Grigsby

As Senior Director of Training & Operations, Morgan is responsible for day-to-day operational support for the onsite teams. Morgan overseas incoming transitions, data audits, payroll processing, recruiting, and HR-related initiatives.

Walker Todd

As a Director of the Asset Management group, Walker’s primary focus is maximizing value of the assets within the Student Quarters’ portfolio. Walker is responsible for the execution of business plans to achieve targeted returns, and the monitoring of financial reports for each individualized asset.

Kyle Newsom

As the National Facilities Director, Kyle leads the maintenance division, which focuses on preventative maintenance, property innovation, and training programs for all maintenance team members across the nation.

Ashley DuParc

Ashley is the Director of Business Systems for Student Quarters. In her role, she is responsible for spearheading the implementation and development of systems and networks within the company, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflows and processes.

Kyle Newsom

Kristin Fodrie is a Regional at Student Quarters since June 2021. Her goal is to use her analytical skills to continue improving operations and leasing. She also enjoys coaching her team to prepare them for their future career goals. 

Kyle Wampler

As National Operations Manager, Kyle is responsible for providing day-to-day operational support for the onsite teams, as well as assisting the Director of Operations Support with the oversight of the National Operations Specialists Team.

Elizabeth Clayton

As part of the Asset Management group, Elizabeth’s primary focus is maximizing value of the assets within the Student Quarters’ portfolio. Elizabeth is responsible for the preparation and monitoring of financial reports for each individualized asset and execution of business plans to achieve expected returns.

Impact Summit Committee

Shannon Failla
VP of Culture & Support

Carly Shepherd
VP of Sales & Marketing

Lenny Wright
Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Morgan Grigsby
Senior Director of Training & Operations

Kyle Newsom
National Facilities Director

Melody Miles
Senior Talent & Experience Advisor

Micah Beachy
Creative Brand Manager

Misty Williams
Digital Marketing Manager

Kyrstin Ashcraft
Operations Support Specialist