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Welcome to the 2015 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

For 20 years, the Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development has connected you with the the state's most influential industry professionals and this year's conference proves to be just as dynamic. As always, we will be filled to the brim with over 100 housing luminaries and economic development experts from every corner of the state who will provide the process insight and fresh perspective to your ongoing or upcoming project.

2016 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Richman, Charles A.
Commissioner
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Charles A. Richman has worked at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for 29 years and has more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey state government.  Prior to joining the DCA in 1986, Commissioner Richman served as Executive Director of the NJ State Energy Office, Assistant Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Energy.  He was named Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs in 1986 and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2005. He has held the title of Acting Commissioner at DCA three times, most recently from July 2009 to February 2010.  Throughout his DCA career, Mr. Richman has spearheaded effective policy development in areas ranging from affordable housing, fire safety, community planning and economic revitalization to budget development. He has been responsible for regulatory reform in a variety of building and housing codes, evaluations of municipal operations; formulation of legislative strategies; preparation of department budgets and priorities; contract management; and supervision of operating divisions.  Over the years he has also represented the Department on a number of prominent boards and commissions, including the Council on Affordable Housing; Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; the State Planning Commission, the NJ Historic Trust; and the Asbury Park Housing Authority among others. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he helped lead efforts in providing Sandy-displaced families with housing options and in administering federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to assist homeowners, renters and local governments in their Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Marchetta, Anthony L.
Executive Director
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Anthony L. Marchetta became the Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in 2010 and has over 35 years of professional planning and development experience in the public and private sector.  Under his tenure, the Agency created new revenue generating programs, updated and reprioritized the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan, and implemented cost control measures and distressed asset management that are evident in improved Agency financial ratings and outlooks.  Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Marchetta was vice president of LCOR Inc., where he developed multi-family and mixed-use projects within the Mid-Atlantic region. Most notably, he managed the development of Gaslight Commons, a 200-unit luxury rental project in the Transit Village of South Orange, NJ.  This project won the first New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award in 2002.  He also led the effort that resulted in LCOR’s designation as the Master Redeveloper of the New Jersey Transit Hoboken Terminal and Yard project.  Mr. Marchetta has also worked with other major developers such as Matrix Development Group and Baker Residential Inc.  In 2012, the Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University named him the Alum of the Year.  Governor Whitman appointed Mr. Marchetta to serve on the New Jersey State Planning Commission in 1998.  Some of his many affiliations include the Regional Plan Association (RPA), The Urban Land Institute, and The National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, and two master’s degrees, one in City and Regional Planning and the other in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Orsen, Melissa J.
Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Melissa Orsen was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in February 2015. The EDA is an independent State agency responsible for providing financing to small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs.   Prior to becoming CEO of the EDA, Ms. Orsen served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she oversaw a budget of more than $3.8 billion and a workforce of approximately 400 employees. Before becoming Deputy Commissioner, she served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lieutenant Governor's office and the New Jersey Department of State. Her work was focused on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies.  Ms. Orsen joined the Lieutenant Governor's staff in March 2012 from DCA, where she served in several key roles, including Chief of Staff to the Department and Chief Counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. Earlier in her professional career, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.  Ms. Orsen earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.


Arena, Michael CPA, MSTFP       
Financial Analyst Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Michael Arena is a new addition to New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and is currently serving in the role of a Financial Analyst Coordinator. Mr. Arena is a licensed CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a master’s in Taxation and Financial Planning from Widener University. He previously worked for BNY Mellon, PHH Corporation, and JP Morgan in various roles in the financial sector.



Bartlett, Lynn, M.A.S.
Executive Director
Housing Authority of Bergen County

Lynn Bartlett is the Executive Director for the Housing Authority of Bergen County, the fifth largest public housing authority in New Jersey.  In this capacity she provides direction to a workforce of 80 employees and is responsible for the day to day operation, budgeting, planning, reporting, procurement, contracting and compliance for all rental and supportive housing programs. These programs include 3,586 Housing Choice vouchers, 195 additional rental subsidies, 503 public housing units and 300 multi-family units with a total budget of $48 million. Additionally, Ms. Bartlett directs $1.186 million for the management of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, the county’s state of the art homeless shelter.  She has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and managing long term affordability controls for low to moderate income housing.  In addition she has been an adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the New College of General and Continuing Education’s Community Development Certificate program. Ms. Bartlett earned her Certified Housing Development Finance Professional designation from The National Development Council and holds certification as a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance Professional.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.



Beczo, Kimberly
Occupancy Specialist Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Kimberly Beczo is the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator for the Property Management Division and has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for over 20 years.  Her background includes experience in Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing.  She is an Accredited Residential Manager with IREM and holds a Tax Credit Certification.  Ms. Beczo is well-versed in the HUD 4350.3 Occupancy Handbook and the application of the regulations governing the processing and transmission of tenant certifications. As the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, she oversees and approves all tenant selection policies for Agency-financed developments and works directly with the Assistant Director of Property Management in the day to day operation of the Occupancy Department.  



Burbridge, Joseph
Technical Services Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Joseph Burbridge is the Technical Services Coordinator for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. He oversees all construction-related activities for the Agency’s multifamily housing complexes throughout the State of New Jersey. Mr. Burbridge brings 30 years of private sector experience and knowledge in the field of Construction Management to the Agency.



Ceppi, Paul
Director of Business Banking & Community Development
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Paul Ceppi is the Director of Business Banking and Community Development at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In this role, he oversees the Community Development team whose primary focus is working on the incentive programs created as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.  These programs encourage private investment and job growth in some of the most distressed areas of New Jersey.  Mr. Ceppi also manages the Business Banking team, which works closely with commercial lenders in forming partnerships to assist New Jersey businesses in obtaining the capital needed to expand their businesses.  Prior to joining the EDA in 2007, Mr. Ceppi was employed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where he assisted developers and sponsors in obtaining financing to construct more than 4,000 units of affordable housing.  He is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Housing Committee.


Cipollone, Sandra E.
Senior Vice President
Interstate Realty Management

Sandra E. Cipollone is Senior Vice President of Interstate Realty Management, with lead responsibility for more than 5,400 units across 60 communities. Additionally, she oversees four Regional Property Managers. Her portfolio includes major HOPE VI developments, including the award-winning Belmont Estates in Tampa, Florida, as well as tax credit and Section 8 project based housing.  Ms. Cipollone has over 35 years of experience in real estate accounting and property management. Prior to joining Interstate Realty Management in 1983, Ms. Cipollone was a Senior Accountant with Shore, Avrach & Company, Certified Public Accountants, specializing in real estate accounting.  She has conducted Fair Housing training on a national level for a major trade organization. Ms. Cipollone is very active in the local New Jersey IREM chapter, and is a two-time past president.  Ms. Cipollone currently holds the office of President for the New Jersey Affordable Housing Managers Association (JAHMA).  She holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University. Ms. Cipollone is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Property Manager, and holds a Specialist in Housing Credit Management Certification.


DeLosSantos, Pam
Staff Architect and Green Technical Advisor
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Pam DeLosSantos, AIA, LEED AP BD+C oversees the architectural review of Supportive Housing projects and is responsible for the review of sustainability and energy efficiency measures for multifamily housing projects at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. She helped create the Special Needs Design Checklist for Special Needs Trust Fund-financed projects.  She works in collaboration with Multifamily and Special Needs professionals to improve the design and sustainability of the state’s affordable housing stock.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the architecture and housing fields.  Ms. DeLosSantos is a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick and Pratt Institute, New York.  She is a licensed New Jersey architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with a concentration in Building Design and Construction. Ms. DeLosSantos is dedicated to promoting accessibility features in affordable housing projects, and strives to make those projects as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.



De Santis, Deborah
President and Chief Executive Officer
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

Deborah De Santis is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). She is responsible for the overall leadership of CSH, including oversight of fund development, public policy and advocacy work, financial and administrative systems, program planning and implementation, and strategic planning. Under her leadership, CSH advances solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. Appointed to the position in 2007, Ms. De Santis has led CSH in realizing a 10-year goal of creating 150,000 supportive housing units nationally. She also led the reorganization of CSH to deepen its focus on innovation and expansion into new high-need communities across the nation that align with CSH’s strategic priorities. Prior to this appointment, Ms. De Santis served CSH for nearly four years as the director of the New Jersey program, where she tripled CSH’s lending portfolio and successfully advocated for the creation of New Jersey’s $200 million Special Needs Housing Trust Fund. Previously, Ms. De Santis was the Executive Director and COO of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where she oversaw the execution of its first strategic plan which included developing new special needs housing programs, increasing investments in New Jersey's urban areas, streamlining loan servicing, and growing the agency's multi-family portfolio. Ms. De Santis also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor of New Jersey, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Governor's office, and served as liaison to the Cabinet. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College where she is on the Board of Trustees.



Hamlin, Anne H.
Director of Tax Credit Services
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Anne Hamlin has been with the Tax Credit Services Division at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency since 2008.  As Director of Tax Credit Allocations, she is responsible for the day-to-day responsibilities associated with administering the 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program for the State of New Jersey on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.  Ms. Hamlin has over 12 years of experience in the affordable multifamily housing industry and has a B.A. in Political Science. 



Jackson, Rosie
Assistant Director of Property Management
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Rosie Jackson is the Assistant Director of Property Management and has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for 32 years.  She is responsible for supervising the Occupancy Specialists working in the Property Management division.  Ms. Jackson oversees the Agency’s portfolio of developments in relationship to TRACS and occupancy requirements.  She has extensive experience in the housing industry, including assisted housing and property management, and currently holds the designations of Certified Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), C6P and NCP-Executive.  In 2010, Ms. Jackson was inducted into the HFA Hall of Fame in recognition of 20 or more years of service in the housing credit industry.



Lawrence, Wendy
TRACS Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Wendy Lawrence has worked in the field of subsidized housing for the past 29 years, both in the property management department of a Section 8 development and as an Occupancy Specialist in the Property Management Division of the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency.  She is a Certified Assisted Housing Manager through Quadel Consulting Corp. since 1988 and has earned numerous credits through the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  Ms. Lawrence has been overseeing the Agency’s database and monitoring the implementation and coordination of TRACS tenant and voucher transmissions to NJHMFA and HUD since 1995. She was designated TRACS Coordinator in August 1997. Ms. Lawrence has served as one of the Agency’s coordinators on HUD’s Secure Connection and EIV since inception.  She attends all HUD TRACS industry meetings as well as other related trainings and meetings and is the liaison between HUD Washington, NJHMFA, software technicians, and property managers.



Lefler, Lesley
TRACS Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Lesley Lefler is a TRACS Coordinator for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Property Management Division and has been with the Agency for over 11 years.  Prior to her NJHMFA career, she worked as an on-site manager for 10 years. Her background includes Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing. Ms. Lefler holds certifications in Tax Credit Compliance, Fair Housing, CPO through NAHMA and Assistant Housing Manager through Quadel.



Lizura, Timothy
President and Chief Operating Officer
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Timothy Lizura serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).  Mr. Lizura joined the EDA in 1996 as part of the Authority’s real estate development team. He held various leadership roles, eventually assuming the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Development, managing the Authority’s business practices and financing activities.  Mr. Lizura became President and COO in 2012.  For the EDA, Mr. Lizura has served as a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority and as a designee to the South Jersey Transportation Authority.  In addition, he served as the interim Executive Director for the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority during its formation in 2010.   He is currently a board member of NJ NAIOP and sits on the Advisory Board for Rutgers Business School.  In 2006, Mr. Lizura took a two-year stint at the Port Authority of NY & NJ, where he served as Director of the World Trade Center Redevelopment Department, overseeing all redevelopment activities for the commercial interests of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.  Mr. Lizura also previously spent four years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during one of the most turbulent periods in banking history.  His responsibilities ranged from leading bank seizure teams to overseeing loan portfolio sales.   Mr. Lizura has served as chairman of the New Jersey Biotechnology & Life Sciences Coalition, and in 2006 was named one of NJBIZ Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” an award that honors men and women who have made headlines in their field and share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community.  Mr. Lizura obtained a B.A. from Rutgers University, with a major in Economics and minor in Accounting. He also earned his M.B.A from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.



Moore, Lauren H.
Executive Director, New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC)
New Jersey Department of State

Lauren H. Moore is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC).  Housed within the New Jersey Department of State and reporting to the Lieutenant Governor, the BAC’s core mission is to help create and retain jobs while encouraging private capital investment in the Garden State. In his role at the BAC, Mr. Moore oversees the Office of Business Advocacy, the Office of Planning Advocacy, and the Office of International Business Development and Protocol. The wide-ranging responsibilities of these units include:  coordinating state, local, and federal business assistance and incentive programs; providing commercial real estate site selection services; guiding companies on regulatory and permitting matters; developing land use strategies to promote sustainability and economic growth; and encouraging foreign-based firms to invest in New Jersey. Mr. Moore has more than 25 years of professional experience in numerous management positions in government.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College and is a licensed New Jersey professional planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).



Narayan, Shoba
Manager of Subsidy Accountant
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Shoba Narayan is Manager of Subsidy Accountant for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. With over two decades of banking experience, Ms. Narayan worked for Sovereign Bank as a Financial Consultant prior to joining NJHMFA. Ms. Narayan possesses outstanding attention to detail and a deep knowledge of the entire process of reviewing and approving a rent increase request (Budget-based, OCAF, Pre-MAHRA). She works tirelessly on behalf of property owners to ensure that requests are correctly evaluated. She has made significant contributions to improve internal processes that facilitate the work of the department and result in better customer service. 



Rendeiro, Donna
Chief of Administration and Chief of Staff
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Donna Rendeiro is currently the Chief of Administration and Chief of Staff at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. She is responsible for the overall operations of Information Technology, Human Resources, Building Operations and Procurement and Insurance divisions of the Agency.  Additionally, Ms. Rendeiro also manages direction of New Jersey’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which coordinates the state’s collaborative effort to inventory and identify services of over 250 agencies that serve the homeless population.  Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Community Planning at the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, where she provided technical redevelopment assistance to New Jersey municipalities interested in or actively involved in the redevelopment process under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.  Her previous positions at the state level include Acting Executive Director and Brownfields Policy Director at the Office of Smart Growth, the predecessor of the Office for Planning Advocacy.  Additionally, she has worked with the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth on urban policy. Previous experience includes redevelopment and shared services at the municipal and county levels.  Prior to Ms. Rendeiro’s work in the public sector, she was Vice President at Citibank and Chief of Staff to the Senior Credit Officer in the credit card division. She was also a Branch Manager responsible for a $300 million asset portfolio.  She has a B.S. in Marketing from Pace University.



Sasso, Robert
Director of Property Management
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Robert Sasso has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for more than 20 years. As a college intern, he served as NJHMFA’s Asset Manager and is now Director of Property Management, At the Agency, Mr. Sasso has also held the positions of Financial Analyst, Housing Management Officer and Financial Services Coordinator. He serves as co-chairman of the NJHMFA Property Management Task Force.  He is a member of the NJ Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Mr. Sasso holds a Bachelor of Science and an M.B.A. from Rider University.



Stewart, Jonelle N.
Manager of TRACS
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Jonelle Stewart has been employed at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for the past 10 years. During her tenure, Ms. Stewart has held positions as Project Assistant, TRACS Specialist, and currently serves as Manager of TRACS. She has developed and conducted various workshops associated with special claims at NJ Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) Spring Management Events. In her capacity as TRACS Coordinator, Ms. Stewart is responsible for troubleshooting TRACS-related issues with owners and agents and conducts all staff training.



Thomas, Francis
Director of Contract Administration
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Francis Thomas has been employed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for over 30 years and is currently the Director of the Contract Administration Division. Prior to leading the staff of Contract Administration, Mr. Thomas worked in the Property Management Division for 14 years in various positions including Housing Management Officer, Manager of Asset Management, and Assistant Director. Currently, the Contract Administration Division manages a portfolio of 328 contracts representing 3,009 units and is responsible for the renewal of Housing Assistance Payment Contracts, Rental Adjustments, TRACS, Management and Occupancy Reviews. The division also oversees resolution of resident and management-related concerns. The Contract Administration Division at full capacity comprises a staff of 30 dedicated individuals.



Watkins, Adonica
Manager of Asset Management, Contract Administration
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Adonica Watkins has been with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for more than 15 years, beginning as a Contract Administrator. For the past nine years, she has served as the Agency’s Asset Manager. Ms. Watkins is a Certified Professional of Occupancy and a Fair Housing Coordinator. Her 24 years of public housing industry experience includes previously held positions of Accountant and Budget Examiner at another public housing agency. Ms. Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science from Glassboro State College.


Winter, Janel
Director, Division of Housing and Community Resources

Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Janel Winter is the Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources at the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to joining DCA, she served as Director of the Office of Housing at the Department of Human Services, as well as Director of Housing at the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Winter also held the position of Associate Director of the New Jersey office of CSH, a national non-profit focusing on housing and services for people with special needs. Ms. Winter worked for several years in homeless service and housing agencies in Chicago.


Wolde, Yirgu
Director, Supported Housing and Special Needs  
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Yirgu Wolde was appointed Director of the Supported Housing and Special Needs Division of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in May 2013. Since Mr. Wolde joined the Agency in 1989, he has served in several capacities, including Assistant Director, Manager, and Senior Development Officer. In his present position, he oversees the production of supportive housing, provides management and support for program staff and program activities, and provides technical assistance to program staff and developers of special needs housing projects. At the Agency, Mr. Wolde also served as Development Officer and Senior Development Officer in the Research and Development Division -- now Multifamily Programs and Lending -- as well as in the Policy Development Division. Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Wolde served as Program Planner at Middlesex County Department of Human Services and the Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corporation in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Mr. Wolde has served as a member of the State Mental Health Planning Council, the NJ Developmental Disability Council, and the Zoning Board of the City of New Brunswick. He presently serves as Commissioner on the New Brunswick Redevelopment and Housing Authority and serves as Treasurer of Alumni Association –Edward J. Bloustein School-Rutgers University. Mr. Wolde is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master of City and Regional Planning as well as an MBA from Rutgers University.

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