NAHMA Virtual Winter Meeting, March 2021Speakers Biographies(as of March 1, 2021)Althea ArnoldAlthea Arnold is the senior vice president of policy at the Stewards ofAffordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Arnold leads the policy effortsfor SAHF, working with Congress, HUD, and other federal and stateagencies to build support and remove barriers to the preservation andproduction of high-quality affordable rental housing. Arnold has over adecade of experience in policy advocacy focused on affordable housingand community development, and joined SAHF as senior vice president,policy in 2020. Prior to joining SAHF, Arnold served as a senior legislative & policy associate atthe National Council of State Housing Agencies, focusing on federal appropriations, HUDmultifamily programs, and supportive housing issues. Previously she worked at the NationalLow Income Housing Coalition where she conducted research and wrote policyrecommendations on housing affordability and stability for extremely low-income householdsand veteran populations. Arnold holds a master’s degree in public policy from GeorgetownUniversity, with a concentration in nonprofit leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts fromConnecticut College.Nancie-Ann BodellNancie-Ann Bodell is the deputy administrator for Multi-Family Housing in USDA Rural HousingService (RHS). Prior to undertaking this role, Bodell had almost 30 years of service in the Officeof Multifamily Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includingleading the Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight (OAMPO) and serving as asenior policy advisor, associate deputy assistant secretary, the founding director of the ProgramAdministration Office, and as acting director of OAMPO.
Sonya Brown, SHCMSonya Brown is vice president of property management for NationalChurch Residences in Columbus, Ohio. In her role, Brown leads a team offour regional vice presidents, covering about 310 affordable housingcommunities in 25 states. Brown joined the organization in 2004 and hasserved as a property manager and in three regional leadership positions.From 2010 until April 2020, Brown was a regional vice president, a role that included leading ateam of six executives who reported to her plus a field staff of more than 220 employees across11 states. Before joining National Church Residences, Brown was vice president of operationswith C.D. Adams Financial Group in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, Brown processed andclosed more than 4.9 million a month in residential home loans. Brown is a graduate of St.Louis University, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance.Alexandra Nassau-BrownstoneAlexandra Nassau-Brownstone is director of resident outcomes & CORES atStewards of Affordable Housing for the Future. In this role, Nassau-Brownstoneworks with SAHF member organizations and industry stakeholders to identifyopportunities for collaboration, improve the consistency and integrity ofcommunity level data, demonstrate the impact of service-enriched rentalhousing, and build support for this work at the practitioner, policymaker, andinvestor level. In addition, Nassau-Brownstone manages the CertifiedOrganization for Resident Engagement & Services (CORES) Certification. Nassau-Brownstoneholds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland and a Bachelorof Arts from American University in a self-designed interdisciplinary major, “Power and Povertyin the Media.”Nathan BurnettNathan Burnett has worked as a principal of Watchtower Security Inc. for 16years serving the security needs of the multifamily housing industry. Prior tomoving to St. Louis, Missouri, he completed his undergrad in political science atthe University of Missouri-Columbia as well as a master’s degree in business.His company, Watchtower Security Inc. provides a completely managed videosurveillance service working exclusively with multifamily housing properties,law enforcement and municipalities around the country to better our communities.Watchtower Security has been awarded multiple industry awards for its value, unique managedvideo surveillance services, association board participation, and charitable outreach within theapartment industry. Burnett and his business partner co-founded their charitable foundation(Towers of Excellence) five years ago, which not only teaches at-risk kids valuable life skills, butequally importantly entrepreneurial lessons to start their own future businesses. Their charitydirectly gives back to the communities they work within around the country.
Alicia Stoermer ClarkAlicia Stoermer Clark, president & CEO has been with Seldin Company since2004. Her previous positions held at Seldin Company include: chief operatingofficer, executive vice president of implementation and business intelligence,and senior vice president of systems and staff development. Prior to SeldinCompany, she served as the director of compliance for Midwest regionalmanagement company. Clark has held direct responsibilities for propertyinspections and compliance reviews for Tax Credit, HUD (Section 8, 236, 811,202, and HOME), Bond, CDBG, AHP among other programs. In addition tocompliance responsibilities in the role of president & CEO, she oversees the organization’sproperty management operations, software systems including conversions andimplementation, compliance monitoring, and communication functions both internally andexternally. This includes oversight of all corporate departments. Dr. Clark holds a Ph.D. inhuman capital management and an MBA from Bellevue University and a Bachelor of Science inhousing and the near environment from Iowa State University. Clark has many professionalcertifications, and holds a real estate sales license in the state of Iowa.Mike CocoSince 2001, Coco has worked for Choice Property Resources Inc., serving aspresident since 2013. Choice is a leading advisor to owners, developers andmanagers in negotiation and management of ancillary service contracts.During his two decades in the multifamily industry, Coco’s eyes have beenopened to the power broadband access has on individuals, families andcommunities. Coco has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami(Ohio) University and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with his family.Kris Cook, CAEKris Cook joined the National Affordable Housing Management Association(NAHMA) as its executive director in November 2002. NAHMA is the leading voicefor affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily propertymanagers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing.NAHMA's mission is to support legislative and regulatory policy that promotes thedevelopment and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing. NAHMAserves as a vital resource for technical education and information, fosters strategic relationsbetween government and industry, and recognizes those who exemplify the best in affordablehousing. NAHMA is the voice in Washington, D.C., for some 18 regional, state and localaffordable housing management associations (AHMAs) nationwide. NAHMA's membershiprepresents 75% of the affordable housing management industry, and includes its mostdistinguished multifamily management companies and owners.
Anita Darnall, FHC, CPO, NAHP-e, SHCM, COSAnita began her career with Wesley Living in 2008 and has been providinghousing to elderly and multifamily low-income clients since 1998. She hasdegrees from Dyersburg State Community College and the University ofTennessee at Martin, along with many professional certifications, includingCertified Occupancy Specialist, Certified Professional of Occupancy, andSpecialist in Housing Credit Management, Fair Housing Certification and NationalAffordable Housing Professional Executive. She is also a licensed home for the aged/assistedcare living facility administrator. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Volunteer Award fromthe Southern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA). In 2016, she received theOutstanding Volunteer Award and in 2019 received the Sisson/Ownby Rising Star Award fromSAHMA. Currently, Darnall serves on the SAHMA Tennessee State Meeting planning committeeand on the SAHMA Board of Directors.Megan Davidson, ARM, CRISMegan Davidson is a vice president at Alliant Insurance Services, specializing inmultifamily risks, both affordable and market rate. Alliant places over 15.6billion in premiums annually, covers over 2 million multifamily units, and has aunique approach combining loss control as well as unique coverage, programsand pricing for our clients. Alliant has the single largest property placement inthe world, is the largest construction broker in the U.S., and has the resourcesand horsepower to protect our clients in an increasingly challenging market—particularly for multifamily.Tom DavisTom Davis is the director of the Office of Recapitalization, within HUD’s Office of MultifamilyHousing Programs. Davis joined HUD in June, 2015. Immediately prior to joining HUD, Davis wassenior vice president of Recap Real Estate Advisors, a Boston-based affordable housingconsulting firm, where he led the firm’s affordable housing consulting practice, focused on therecapitalization and preservation of existing affordable housing through transactional, strategyand policy engagements. Davis received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, hismaster’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University andhis Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law.
Karin McGrath Dunn, CPOKarin McGrath Dunn, president, is responsible for the day-to-dayoperations and employees of PRD Management and its subsidiarieswith a focus on communications, service delivery, and results.McGrath Dunn has a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio StateUniversity, a master’s degree from Temple University inPhiladelphia, and is a licensed real estate salesperson and aCertified Professional of Occupancy (CPO). McGrath Dunn alsodemonstrates her commitment to creating, preserving, and sustaining quality affordablehousing communities through industry groups such as the National Affordable HousingManagement Association (NAHMA) and the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA).McGrath Dunn currently serves as vice chair of the NAHMA Educational Foundation inWashington, D.C.Lauryn EnricoLauryn Enrico is director of the preservation and direct loan division. Enrico has extensive andvaried experience in the affordable multifamily housing field. This experience includescommunity-based neighborhood revitalization at Community Development Corporations inCincinnati, Ohio; troubled asset resolution, preservation and congressional engagement atHUD; affordable multifamily lending at Berkeley Point Capital; and policy development at theFederal Housing Finance Agency to increase access to liquidity for underserved multifamilymarkets. Enrico received her bachelor’s degree in urban and environment planning from theUniversity of Virginia, and her master’s degree in community planning from the University ofCincinnati.Melissa Fish-Crane, CPM, NAHP-eMelissa Fish-Crane, CPM, NAHP-e, is principal and chief operating officer ofPeabody Properties, headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts. Fish-Cranehas dedicated more than 25 years to superior achievement in themanagement of client-owned multifamily residential and mixed-use realestate developments. Fish-Crane focuses on business operations and isresponsible for coordinating systems and resources throughout theorganization to position the company to attain its established strategicobjectives for stability and future growth. Working in collaboration with members of theExecutive Leadership Team, Fish-Crane retains oversight of all field management operations atclient properties, increasing their financial stability through the application of provenmanagement practices and value-added services. Resolute in her commitment to inclusivity,diversity, exceptional service and to cultivating long term relationships of trust with clients,Fish-Crane is consistently relied upon for her business acumen, her expertise and her resultsoriented approach to complex issues.
Eric C. Fulmer, NAHP-eEric C. Fulmer currently serves as the senior vice president of propertymanagement at Beacon Communities, a national development firmspecializing in affordable housing and revitalizing under-servedcommunities. At Beacon, he oversees all property management operationsof 5,000 units, with 200 support staff covering seven states. Before joiningBeacon, Fulmer was the vice president of property management at ArborsManagement, a regional based firm in Pittsburgh that managed andoversaw market rate and affordable housing for private owners totaling 3,000 units, with adiverse portfolio of assets including multifamily, singly-family, and condominium/HOAmanagement. Fulmer is passionate about supporting under-privileged youth and during hispersonal time, assists in developing inner-city wrestling programs and coaches at Shaler AreaHigh School. He graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he obtainedhis Bachelor of Arts in both business management and finance, with a secondary focus inaccounting, earning Academic All-American status throughout his wrestling career. Fulmercurrently serves on the Advisory Board to the Pennsylvania Apartment Association and serveson Pass the Class's Board as the director of expansion and development; a nonprofit focused onproviding tutoring services for under-privileged youth.Janel GanimJanel Ganim serves as vice president of business development at ResMan. Ganimhas over 20 years of progressive experience in multifamily propertymanagement software with an emphasis in affordable housing. She hasextensive experience with various types of local, state and federal programsincluding HUD Multifamily, LIHTC, Public Housing, HOME, Bond, RAD and RuralHousing. During her career, she has been actively involved in multiple industryorganizations, including participating in and co-chairing HUD working groups tocreate TRACS industry specifications, update the Management and Occupancy Review processand review HOTMA requirements. Most recently, Ganim co-authored a proposal for HUD toallow electronic signatures and electronic storage for their multifamily housing properties.Ganim currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAHMA and is chair of the AffiliatesCommittee. Ganim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from theUniversity of Louisiana at Monroe.
Eddie GarrettEddie Garrett vice president and risk and insurance advisor at McGriff, basedin the Atlanta area. Garrett is an experienced insurance broker and riskmanagement consultant who is committed to offering innovative andcreative approaches to controlling risk and mitigating losses for his clients.Garrett has experience in working with middle market and largeorganizations in a variety of industries, and due diligence experience withmergers and acquisition activity. His specialties include: Commercial RealEstate & Construction, Property Management, Affordable Housing, Multi-Family, OfficeBuildings, Shopping Centers, Condominium, Resorts, Hotels, Mixed Use Projects, & REITs. Linesof insurance include but not limited to: Property, Liability, Worker's Compensation, Cyber(Network Security & Privacy), Executive Risk (D&O, EPL, Fiduciary, & Crime), International,Surety, Environmental, Builder's Risk, Project Specific Programs and Automobile.Noel Gill, SHCM, CPO, NAHP-eNoel Gill is an officer of Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp., and serves on thecompany’s Executive Management Team, which monitors and controls thecorporate personnel, cash flow, office policies and management. Gill has over 20years of experience in HUD, RD and Tax Credits, and a strong background in humanresources. Gill is currently responsible for the corporate strategic goals andobjectives, operations including compliance and human resources. This extends tothe supervision of all personnel and activities related to the projects including online systems,software, policies and procedures, regulatory changes, ongoing training, asset management,annual budgets, project expenses, HAP renewals, rent increases, compliance related to HAPsubsidy billings, resident filings, review of project expenses, unit turn management, vacancies,agency inspections, agency correspondence, and monthly financial review of the projects. Gill’sextensive training, experience and knowledge has earned him numerous certifications andrecognition for affordable housing and tax credit programs at the same time advancing hiscareer and professional standing.Samir GoelSamir Goel is the co-founder and co-CEO of Esusu, the leading financialtechnology company helping individuals save money and build credit. Esusu'sgroundbreaking rent reporting platform captures rental payment data andreports it to credit bureaus to boost credit scores. The company's mission isto dismantle barriers to housing for working families. Prior to Esusu, Goel cofounded Transfernation, a nationally recognized non-profit that usestechnology to ensure that excess food goes toward underserved communities across New YorkCity. Transfernation has rescued over 2 million pounds of food and impacted 1.8 million lives.Goel’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Quartz,Fortune, Vice, Black Enterprise, and he was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Jamal HabibiJamal Habibi is the new chief of staff for the Rural Housing Service. Prior to his appointment,Habibi was a senior associate at the Opportunity Finance Network. During the Obamaadministration, he served as outreach director at the Department of Treasury, and as a specialassistant at USDA. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Toby HallidayToby Halliday serves as director, Office of Asset Management and PortfolioOversight, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,where he leads rental assistance partnerships with private landlords for 1.1million homes affordable to America's most vulnerable households andoversees multifamily mortgage insurance agreements for over 11,500properties with nearly 1.5 million homes. Prior to joining HUD, Halliday servedas executive vice president for policy and operations for the Stewards of Affordable Housing forthe Future (SAHF). Halliday previously served as vice president for federal policy at the NationalHousing Trust (NHT) for over three years. In this role he worked with congressional and HUDleadership to promote the preservation and improvement of affordable rental housing,including testifying before Congress on these issues. Halliday coordinated and chaired thePreservation Working Group, a coalition of 48 nonprofit organizations advocating for affordablerental housing preservation. He also supported NHT’s engagement with state and localgovernments to promote preservation and coordinated with NHT’s development and lendingactivities. Prior to joining NHT, Halliday was program director for affordable housingpreservation at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).Ethan HandelmanEthan Handelman was recently appointed to be deputy assistant secretaryfor HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing. Handelman is widely consideredan expert on affordable housing policy, multifamily rental housing,homeownership, subsidy programs, public-private partnerships, programdesign and housing finance. Prior to joining HUD in February, Handelmanspent three years as senior policy analyst at the Federal Housing FinanceAgency (FHFA), leading FHFA’s Federal Home Loan Banks Housing GoalsTeam. Prior to joining FHFA, he spent seven years as vice president forpolicy and advocacy at the National Housing Conference (NHC), finishinghis time as acting CEO during a transition. Prior to NHC, he spent 10 yearsat Recap Real Estate Advisors. As lead of the advisory practice, he a
Speakers Biographies (as of March 1, 2021) Althea Arnold. Althea Arnold is the senior vice president of policy at the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Arnold leads the policy efforts for SAHF, working with Congress, HUD, and other federal and state agencies to build support and remove barriers to the preservation and