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Brown, Michele
Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Michele Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in October 2012 following a distinguished legal career as a federal prosecutor and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney, District of New Jersey.  During her tenure as a prosecutor, she specialized in white collar crimes and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney she was responsible for the management and operation of a 300-employee office. As a result, she brings two decades of experience unraveling complicated bank, corporate and tax fraud cases and a deep knowledge of the working of financial institutions and processes to her EDA role. 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. Under her leadership, the EDA was called upon to administer $460 million of federal funds provided to help impacted businesses and communities recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Cornerstones of the EDA program are the Stronger NJ Business Grant and Loan Programs and the Stronger New Jersey Neighborhood and Community Revitalization program – whose goals are to support businesses and communities resume operations and rebuild post Sandy.  Prior to becoming the CEO of the EDA, Ms. Brown served as Appointments Counsel for Governor Christie.  Ms. Brown, a native of Trenton, NJ, earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.  She received a B.A. degree, also magna cum laude, from Drew University. Her outstanding contributions in the legal arena were recognized by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Constable, III, Richard, E.
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

In November of 2011, Governor Chris Christie nominated Richard E. Constable, III, Esq. to his cabinet to lead the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The Department plays a key role in supporting local and county governments reduce property taxes, improve their operations through best practices, and advance sensible affordable housing development. It also offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of building and fire safety, community planning and development, and financial assistance for individuals in need. In addition to overseeing the Department of Community Affairs, Commissioner Constable serves as Chair of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. On Monday, October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to New Jersey's housing, business, infrastructure, health, social service and environmental sectors. Immediately following the Storm, Governor Christie tapped Commissioner Constable and DCA as the lead in providing Sandy-displaced families with temporary and permanent housing options. As the State continues to rebuild and recover, the DCA has been entrusted to administer billions in federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and FEMA funds to support New Jersey's efforts to rebuild homes, businesses, and infrastructure impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Prior to leading the Department of Community Affairs, Commissioner Constable managed the day-to-day operations for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as its Deputy Commissioner. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark. There he regularly investigated and prosecuted high-profile elected and appointed officials, including members of the legislature and mayors, who were charged with bribery and extortion. Before his post with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Commissioner Constable worked as a litigation associate with Sullivan and Cromwell LLP in New York City. Raised in East Orange and currently residing in Orange, Commissioner Constable holds a Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Government Administration, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He also graduated from the University of Michigan, magna cum laude with a degree in political science, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Alan C. Page.

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 multifamily 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 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.

Abrahams, Janet
Chief of Operations
Newark Housing Authority

Janet Abrahams is the Chief of Operations at the Newark Housing Authority (NHA) in the City of Newark, New Jersey.  Ms. Abrahams began her career as a property manager in Chicago, Illinois, where she excelled in positions from Assistant Property Manager to Assistant Director of Operations at the Chicago Housing Authority. She also served for seven years as Vice President of Real Estate Management at the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation in Chicago.  In October 2006, she accepted the position of Chief of Operations at the NHA, an agency listed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as "troubled."  Over the span of just one year, Ms. Abrahams spearheaded the implementation of systems and procedures, professionalized the property management staff and managed an inspection and repair crew to rectify chronic maintenance issues in all occupied units at the NHA. These changes moved the NHA from its rating of "troubled" with a failing Performance Management Assessment Score to a higher, passing score. In her current role at the NHA, Ms. Abrahams plans, executes and manages all operations of the agency including, but not limited to, admissions/occupancy, portfolio management, security, maintenance, resident services, boiler operations and modernization.  She oversees eight departments encompassing a staff of 300 employees, directors, mangers, supervisors, front-line staff, resource staff and the day-to-day management of over 8,000 housing units.  Ms. Abrahams is certified in Public Housing Management, Project Management, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and is an Accredited Residential Manager and a licensed Real Estate Broker.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Norfolk and is currently working towards a Master's degree in Urban Planning and Policies. 

Apgar, Dawn
Deputy Commissioner
NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)

Dr. Dawn Apgar, Ph.D., LSW, ASW was appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services in September 2010. This department has more than one-third of the state workforce with 15,000 employees and a budget of more than $11 billion. In this role, she oversees the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH). Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Apgar was an Assistant Professor at Marywood University and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience providing and overseeing supports of individuals with mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including institutional and community settings. She has worked as both a Behavioral Specialist and Group Home Manager and has been involved in the closure of three institutions in New Jersey either as a direct support professional or as an evaluator of the impacts of deinstitutionalization on former residents. Dr. Apgar is a Licensed Social Worker within the State of New Jersey. Dr. Dawn Apgar received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University, as well as a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Social Work from Rutgers University.

Aprigliano, Paul
NY Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC)
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Paul Aprigliano is the Director of the New York Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC). He has held this position since 1998, and has been a HUD employee since 1977. During the past thirty-plus years, aside from his role at the DEC, Mr. Aprigliano was the Director of Housing Management for Public and Assisted Housing in Newark and the Director of Accounting in New York. Mr. Aprigliano is a graduate of CUNY - Baruch College.

Bagger, Richard H.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Market Access
Celgene Corporation

Rich Bagger is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Market Access for Celgene Corporation, a multinational biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of treatments for cancer and severe, immune-inflammatory conditions. A member of Celgene's Management Committee, Mr. Bagger is responsible for advancing patient access to Celgene therapies and driving recognition of the value of Celgene innovation through government relations, communications, patient advocacy and market access policy activities around the world. Mr. Bagger most recently served for two years as Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, responsible for managing implementation of the governor's policy agenda and priorities. After leaving state government, he was appointed by Governor Christie to be a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Previously, he was employed by Pfizer, Inc. for more than 16 years in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within the company's U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Corporate Affairs and Worldwide Pharmaceuticals divisions. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Pfizer's Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy. Prior to joining Pfizer in 1993, Mr. Bagger was Assistant General Counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, and before that practiced law with McCarter & English. His record of public service includes ten years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues to be Majority Conference Leader. In 2001, he was elected to the New Jersey Senate and served there until 2003. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a Councilman and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey. Mr. Bagger received an A.B. degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.

Bailey, Morris
JEMB Realty Corporation (JEMB)

Morris Bailey is a well-known and respected businessman in New York and founder of Morris Bailey Enterprises and its affiliate, JEMB Realty Corporation (JEMB), a real estate development, investment and management organization based in New York City. Through his leadership and strong strategic vision, Mr. Bailey has established a long track record of successful business ventures. Over the last 40 years, Mr. Bailey has made a significant mark as an entrepreneur across a number of enterprises creating a portfolio of balanced investments that include food service, commodities, technology and commercial real estate. Through Morris Bailey Enterprises, JEMB, and BUSAC, the Bailey family of companies have emerged as major players in the commercial real estate sector in both the US and Canada. Together with BUSAC, JEMB's Montreal-based affiliate, the platform owns and operates a high quality portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily properties totaling more than 8 million square feet throughout North America. Mr. Bailey, along with his partner Joseph Jerome have built a solid reputation as "hands on" sponsors that understand value creation through the development and repositioning of real estate assets. Mr. Bailey's holdings in commercial real estate is comprised of a variety of high profile assets that bear witness to the organization's stability and determination to distinguish itself in the marketplace. Over the years, Mr. Bailey has built successful partnerships in Canadian and American real estate assets with many major institutional investors and pension funds.

Battaglia, Jessica
Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.

Jessica Battaglia is a Partner with Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. located in the firm's Florham Park office. Ms. Battaglia serves as counsel to several New Jersey businesses and corporations, providing advice in the areas of real estate and corporate governance. Ms. Battaglia's areas of specialization are in commercial and residential real estate, leasing and common interest community representation. She has represented parties to a wide variety of transactions and projects including the acquisition, disposition and development of real estate, including condominium/townhouse developments.  She has represented developers in the preparation and registration of Public Offering Statements with the Department of Community Affairs as well as Condominium Association and Homeowners Associations in the transition and management of its restricted covenants. 

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 NJHMFA for 19 years.  Her background includes Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing.  She is an Accredited Residential Manager with IREM and holds her Tax Credit Certification.  Ms. Beczo is well-versed with the HUD 4350.3 Occupancy Handbook and the application of the regulations as they pertain to the processing of tenant certifications as well as their transmissions.  As the Coordinator of the Occupancy Department she oversees and approves all tenant selection policies for agency-financed developments.  

Best, William E.
Senior Vice President, NE Market Manager
PNC Bank

William Best joined PNC Bank in September 2003 as Senior Vice President, Northeast Market Manager, Community Development Banking in its East Brunswick, New Jersey regional office.  In this role, he is responsible for the bank’s commitment towards the growth and prosperity of the low-moderate income segments and its communities, including community and economic development corporations, small businesses and women and minority-owned enterprises in Northern and Central New Jersey, Northeast Pennsylvania and New York City.  He returns to PNC from his position as the first Executive Director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, a state financing agency, where he served for six years in three administrations.  Under his leadership, the agency leveraged over $1.3 billion in economic development.  He is Past Chair of the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest professional association for economic developers with nearly 5,000 members across the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University, New Jersey Future, New Jersey Regional Plan Association, and the Newark Regional Business Partnership.

Blaze, Donna M.
Founder and CEO
Affordable Housing Alliance

Donna M. Blaze, M.A., founded the Affordable Housing Alliance in 1991 with a vision to create affordable housing that is accessible, safe, comfortable and desirably located. In 23 years with the alliance, Ms. Blaze has successfully secured and renovated more than 400 affordable housing units and secured over $50,000,000 in state and federal funding. Because of its instrumental administration of Superstorm Sandy recovery programs, the alliance was recently awarded one of the largest tri-state Sandy relief grants. The establishment of a Housing Recovery Resource Center, the use of manufactured housing as interim and replacement housing and the new Bayshore Bungalow™ program as an affordable permanent replacement modular option for those affected by Sandy has positioned the alliance as a major relief responder in Monmouth County. With more than 40 years’ experience in affordable housing for low income and special needs populations, Ms. Blaze oversees the management, development, construction, and financing of all internal and consultant projects.  Ms. Blaze is a Board Member for the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group, Chairperson of the Affordable Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, Human Service Advisory Council, and Wells Fargo Community Investment Committee.  She is a certified housing counselor, certified public housing manager, certified homeowner education counselor, certified real estate manager, and has acted as a HUD consultant.  Ms. Blaze earned her Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University and her Master of Arts from the University of South Florida.

Bonomo, David
Chief Financial Officer
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

David Bonomo was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December of 2010. Mr. Bonomo has more than twenty years of investment banking, advisory and operations experience. Most recently, he was the Managing Member of Shore Road Capital, LLC, a middle market financial advisory firm. At Shore Road Capital, Mr. Bonomo structured debt and equity placements for real estate development projects and provided capital markets and valuation advisory services to middle market companies in the healthcare and transportation sectors. He has held senior investment banking positions at NW Financial Group, Gruntal & Co./Ryan Beck, and B.C. Ziegler & Company. He has executed more than $1 billion of capital markets transactions, including tax-exempt bond financings, public and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, loan placements, fairness opinions and securities portfolio restructurings. Mr. Bonomo received a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  He has a law degree from New York Law School, and is a member of the Bar in the State of New York. He is a Series 7 licensed FINRA Registered Representative.

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

As Technical Services Coordinator at NJHMFA, Joseph Burbridge oversees all construction-related activities at the agency's multifamily housing complexes throughout the State of New Jersey. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Construction Management, bringing 30 years of private sector experience to the agency.

Cirillo, Frank A.
Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS)

Frank Cirillo has over 40 years' experience at MCBOSS in administering a variety of social service programs. Under his direction, MCBOSS has continued and expanded upon its tradition of developing strong and effective governmental and community partnerships in implementing program reforms, and advocating for new and creative efforts in addressing the challenges confronting poor and working poor individuals and families. These efforts include pilot initiatives to combat homelessness, facilitate re-entry from correctional institutions, improve access to nutrition, enhanced workforce development, and improved access to child support. MCBOSS has received numerous commendations and awards for program excellence in recognition of its efforts. In August 2012, Frank was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change in the fight against child and youth homelessness. He was one of thirteen individuals nationwide chosen for this award. He serves as a member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness where he chairs the Housing Models/Practice Committee. Mr. Cirillo also serves as a member of the Mercer County Alliance to End Homelessness, the New Jersey Child Support Council, and the New Jersey Hunger Coalition. He is a graduate of Rider University.

Closkey, Sean
TRF Development Partners

Sean Closkey joined TRF in 2004 and is responsible for assisting private developers and public sector clients in their efforts to revitalize neighborhood real estate markets. Mr. Closkey previously served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). His accomplishments include creating and implementing New Jersey's $2.5 billion Smart Growth Housing Policy. Prior to leading the NJHMFA, Mr. Closkey was Executive Director of St. Joseph's Carpenters Society in Camden. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Collum, Sheena
Trustee, Township of South Orange Village
Executive Director, American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter

Elected in May 2013, Sheena Collum, MPA, is a member of the South Orange Village Board of Trustees, where she serves on the Planning and Zoning Committee and is a liaison to several citizen advisory groups focused on revitalization and economic development.  One of New Jersey's inaugural transit villages and a leading smart growth community, South Orange has achieved considerable success within its central business district and has now focused its redevelopment efforts on a challenging arterial business corridor.  Professionally, Ms. Collum serves as the Executive Director of the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter, a statewide planning organization whose mission is to build stronger communities, provide more choices for how people work and live, and meet the challenges of growth and change. She is a proud alumna of Seton Hall University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy.

Connolly, Beth
Chief of Staff
NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)

Beth Connolly has worked at the NJ Department of Human Services for 25 years and currently serves as Chief of Staff. Her most recent work has focused on examining homelessness in Atlantic City and in specialized populations; advancing reform initiatives in the areas of Medicaid, developmental disabilities, mental health, and public assistance; and coordinating Superstorm Sandy planning and recovery efforts. Ms. Connolly began her career with the department's Division of Family Development in the Office of Planning and Operations Review and continued her work in child welfare reform serving as Director of Data Analysis and Reporting at the Office of Children's Services, which was then within the department. Ms. Connolly also served as the department's Director of Research and Evaluation and as Special Assistant to the Commissioner before becoming Chief of Staff. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University.

Cunningham, Timothy J.
Assistant Commissioner
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Timothy J. Cunningham, Esq. serves as the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. Mr. Cunningham previously served as Senior Policy Liaison to the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding where he advised on the state's response to the significant challenges brought on by Superstorm Sandy.  A former Policy Advisor within the Office of the Governor, Mr. Cunningham advised the Governor, Lt. Governor, and cabinet officials on policy matters for key executive branch departments and agencies.  Most notably, Mr. Cunningham aided in the development and implementation of reforms to the state’s personal injury protection insurance regulations and its unemployment insurance fund.  Prior to joining the Christie Administration in May 2011, Mr. Cunningham served as Deputy County Administrator in Passaic County for three years.  As Deputy Administrator, he worked with the County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of a 16-town county with nearly 2,000 employees and an annual budget of over $385 million.   He also managed a purchasing department responsible for more than $100 million in annual spending.  Mr. Cunningham initiated improvements to county governance, including drafting revised bylaws and streamlined purchasing documents, and was part of a team responsible for more than $128 million in taxpayer savings through the shared service of a juvenile detention center.  As an attorney with the firm of GluckWalrath, LLP, Cunningham assisted the firm’s senior counsel in the representation of municipal, county, and authority clients as bond counsel.  His practice also included representing public and private clients with procurement and public contracting matters, including a focus on New Jersey’s “pay-to-play” laws.  Mr. Cunningham earned his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and MBA from Rider University.  He is a member of the New Jersey bar.

Czermak, Daniel
AcuteCare Health System

Since its inception in 2002, AcuteCare Health System's President Daniel Czermak, Esq., has been responsible for all aspects of AcuteCare's establishment and management of long-term acute care hospitals. Mr. Czermak has overseen the company's growth into a $20 million, 200-employee business, whose flagship operation is Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey. Mr. Czermak has been intimately involved in starting several successful businesses in the health care and high-technology sectors. His prior business experience includes a tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Rein & Co. a Lakewood, NJ-based management consulting firm serving the high-tech industry. In this role, Mr. Czermak was responsible for bringing together key executive leadership from both Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed start-ups. He also served as a venture partner in Rein Capital, a $50 million venture capital practice in Lakewood focused on early-stage investment in the technology sector. Before joining Rein Capital, he was an associate at Yankowitz, Goldsmith & Sayers, focusing on corporate and real estate law. He holds a law degree from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Touro College, New York, NY.

Delisle, Benjamin J.
Director of Development
Jersey City Redevelopment

Benjamin J. Delisle is currently the Director of Development for the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) where he is responsible for managing the agency's portfolio of approved redevelopment projects and daily staff activities.  During his tenure with JCRA, Mr. Delisle has led the efforts to develop Berry Lane Park from pre-development, design and now to construction. Leveraging over $35 million from multiple funding sources, the project has served as a catalyst to spearhead redevelopment activities in the Morris Canal neighborhood of Jersey City.  Through unique public-private partnerships, Mr. Delisle has initiated and completed long-standing, challenging urban redevelopment projects that are often contaminated.  Most notably, Mr. Delisle managed the $2.8M Canal Crossing Redevelopment Area Infrastructure Study, funded jointly by DOT TIGER II Infrastructure Planning and HUD Sustainable Communities Challenge grants, one of the largest awarded under the federal Partnership for Sustainability.  Prior to joining the JCRA, he served as the Assistant Director of Operations and Management Planning for the New York City Parks Department.   In this capacity, he directed the Parks Inspection Program for over 2,000 parks.  Before working in the public sector, Mr. Delisle worked at Tyco Telecommunications where he was responsible for overseeing the environmental compliance, permits, land acquisition, and rights-of-way for multi-billion dollar fiber optic cable construction projects around the world.  With over sixteen years' experience in redevelopment, environmental, property and construction management, Mr. Delisle holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in Public Administration and Finance from Columbia University. 

Evans, Todd J.
Director of Capital Markets
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

As Director of Capital Markets, Todd Evans directs all of the agency's tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond pooled financings including cash flow projections, bond structuring, interest rate swaps/caps, bank liquidity facility negotiations, investment of bond proceeds, and legal documentation review. During his tenure he has directed the issuance of over $5.5 billion in both fixed and variable rate municipal bond debt, and transacted $1 billion in interest rate swaps/caps. Mr. Evans also serves as the agency's primary relationship manager with derivative counterparties, credit/liquidity providers, commercial and investment bankers, institutional investors, and Rating Agencies. Mr. Evans joined NJHMFA in 1999 as the Assistant Director of Financial Accounting and served as Director of Finance from 2000-2007. Prior to joining the agency, he held various analytical and management positions in asset-backed structured finance, portfolio management, interest rate risk/balance sheet management, and treasury accounting functions within the banking and financial services industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bloomsburg University and an MBA degree from Lehigh University.

Fichtner, Aaron R.
Deputy Commissioner
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD)

As Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D.,  directly oversees the Department of Labor and Workforce Development's program areas including: Workforce Development, Research and Information, Income Security, Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement, and Information Technology. He has worked to focus the department’s workforce programs on the state’s key industries and to increase partnerships with community colleges and other higher education institutions. He led the development of industry-focused Talent Networks, which connect job seekers, educational institutions and employers within the state’s six key industries and oversaw the implementation of the Jobs4Jersey.com website and its innovative “OnRamp” resume and job matching tools. He has also worked to strengthen the use of data throughout the department, including the development of new performance metrics, the implementation of a workforce longitudinal data system and through industry-focused labor market information.  Prior to assuming this position in January 2012, Dr. Fichtner served as the department’s Assistant Commissioner for Labor Planning and Analysis (LPA).  He currently serves as Chairman of the Labor Market Information Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.  Prior to joining the department in 2010, Dr. Fichtner was the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.  Dr. Fichtner earned his Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, his Master’s degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.  

Fleming, Jr., William H.
Council President
City of Woodbury

William Fleming, Jr. P.E., P.P., has over 40 years of experience in southern New Jersey with leadership positions in both the public and private sector that involve the planning, financing, design, construction, and operation of projects and facilities ranging in cost to over $100 million. Mr. Fleming has worked with many New Jersey authorities, local and county governing bodies and state agencies. He has served as Senior Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of a $90 million engineering corporation and was responsible for engineering departments involving client management and delivery of engineering services exceeding $300 million in sales, as well as quality assurance and control, and health and safety. Elected by peers, he served as President of two New Jersey statewide engineering organizations involving over 3,000 civil engineers and 200 consulting engineering firms. Mr. Fleming is currently Treasurer of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust as well as President of Woodbury City Council. He previously served as President of the Woodbury School Board where he provided leadership and participation in many local, county, and state public meetings. He has extensive experience with New Jersey public finance, personnel relations, bargaining unit negotiations, transportation and infrastructure, public safety, ethics, parks and recreation, green acres, community relations, environmental compliance and economic development/redevelopment.

Floyd, Michael
Chief of Property Management and Technical Services
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Michael Floyd was appointed Chief of Program Services in August 2002, and in 2012 his title was changed to Chief of Property Management and Technical Services. The Division of Property Management, Division of Technical Services and the Division of (Section 8) Contract Administration have reported to Mr. Floyd since 2002.  After joining the agency in 1986, Mr. Floyd has served in several capacities, including Development (Loan) Officer, Senior Development (Loan) Officer, Internal Operations Coordinator, Director of Strategic Planning and Director of Portfolio Dispositions.  Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Floyd was Coordinator of the Neighborhood Preservation Program in Princeton, New Jersey and Assistant Supervisor of Licensing and Evaluations with the Bureau of Rooming and Boarding House Standards, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  Mr. Floyd has a bachelor's degree from Rutgers College.

Gallo, Joseph
Community Investment Officer
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

Joseph Gallo is the Community Investment Officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.  Mr. Gallo is involved in managing the bank’s housing and community development programs including the Affordable Housing Program, the First Home Club and the bank’s Community Lending Programs (the Community Investment Program, the Urban Development Advance and the Rural Development Advance).  Through these programs, the Home Loan Bank has provided over $474 million of subsidy to assist in the financing of over 60,000 units of affordable housing; helped more than 7,200 first-time homebuyers with down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase their first home; and provided our member institutions with nearly $5.5 billion of discounted rate advances to finance both residential and economic development lending.  Mr. Gallo has been with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York since 1987 and has 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry.  Mr. Gallo’s education includes an M.B.A. from Baruch College and a B.A. from Stony Brook University.  

Gershen, Deborah "Dodi"
Vice President & Director of Property Management
Moderate Income Management Company, Inc.

Deborah Gershen is the Vice President and Director of Property Management for Moderate Income Management Company, Inc., an Accredited Management Organization located in Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Gershen has become widely recognized for turning troubled properties around and restoring tax credits lost due to compliance issues. "Dodi," as she likes to be called, is a third-generation affordable housing professional. Dodi's maternal grandfather, Arthur Blaine, worked for the Federal Housing Administration at the time of its creation in 1934. Dodi's father, Alvin E. Gershen, wrote the legislation which helped to create what is now the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in 1967. Dodi herself holds numerous housing certifications including the prestigious Registered Housing Manager (RHM) designation from NCHM, and the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and the NAHP-e from JAHMA. She is a member of NCHM's National Certification Review Board and holds a broker's license in both New Jersey and Delaware.

Gershen, M.A., Ilene J. 
Regional Manager
Moderate Income Management Company, Inc.

Ilene Gershen is responsible for the overall operations of several communities throughout New Jersey. Over her 20 years working in the Assisted Housing industry, Ms. Gershen has successfully managed properties under nearly every subsidy program. Ms. Gershen holds certifications from the National Center for Housing Management including Certified Occupancy Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist and Certified Manager of Maintenance.  She also holds a certification as a Specialist in Housing Credit Management from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. She has attended the Fair Housing Roundtable, EPA Renovator Course, SORA and other one-day certifications. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology.  From Rider University, she earned an M.A. with distinction in Human Service Administration as well as a Certificate in Advanced Governmental Administration.

Giannone, Paul
Executive Vice President/Leasing Services
Cushman & Wakefield

Paul Giannone, CCIM joined Cushman & Wakefield in September 2011. As an Executive Vice President in the firm's Edison office, he leads a seven-person team and is responsible for expanding C&W's services to clients throughout Central New Jersey. Mr. Giannone is a 25-year veteran of the corporate real estate industry and has extensive experience planning and implementing marketing and transaction strategies for a wide range of institutional, development, and corporate clients. Currently, Mr. Giannone is the exclusive agent representing more than two million square feet of Class A office space. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Giannone served as Managing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle's New Jersey region. He was the broker of record and was responsible for the firm's day-to-day operations and the supervision of over 30 transaction professionals and 25 staff personnel. Mr. Giannone holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Monmouth University and has completed the course curriculum of Monmouth University's Real Estate Institute. He holds a New Jersey Real Estate Broker's license and maintains the CCIM designation. The CCIM designation is awarded to professionals who complete 240 hours of graduate-level courses in financial analysis, commercial brokerage, market analysis, tax planning, managing and marketing troubled assets, decision analysis and negotiation. Mr. Giannone is also a member of CoreNet and NAIOP, and is on the Advisory Board of Monmouth University's Real Estate Institute.

Goldsmith, Robert S.
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Robert S. Goldsmith serves as Co-Chair of the Redevelopment and Land Use Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. His practice focuses on redevelopment, transit-oriented development, downtown revitalization, green building and public-private partnerships. He also has broad experience in complex commercial and construction litigation and appellate work. He has counseled and consulted with developers and municipalities on numerous redevelopment projects throughout the state and in over 30 Special Improvement Districts. Mr. Goldsmith  teaches a redevelopment law course of his own design at Rutgers Law School-Newark. He is president of Downtown New Jersey, a member of the Board of Directors of New Jersey Future and a member of the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Real Estate Law Category and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Real Estate in the Zoning/Land Use category.

Guaracino, Jeff
Chief Strategy Officer
Atlantic City Alliance (ACA)

Jeff Guaracino is Chief Strategy Officer for the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), a private, non-profit destination marketing organization for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Created in 2011 as part of transformative S-11 legislation to reposition Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Alliance is charged with promoting the destination as a year-round seaside and marina resort offering visitors a wide array of gaming and non-gaming amenities. New Jersey is the third largest revenue producing gaming state in the U.S., and Atlantic City's seaside resort destination brings in $3 billion in annual gaming revenue; second only to the city of Las Vegas. The ACA plays a role in convention, meeting, and group planning, economic development, and the tourism district. Mr. Guaracino works under the president of the ACA and takes leadership roles in budget, destination marketing and organizational strategy, legislative and public affairs, brand management (including advertising, communications, social media and brand activations), crisis marketing, measurement/research, and development/execution of citywide events. Prior to his appointment to the ACA, Mr. Guaracino spent ten years at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, now known as VISIT PHILADELPHIA™, where he held several leadership roles - most recently as Vice President of Communications. He was also instrumental in the launch of that organization's award-winning "Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay" campaign, the nation's first tourism campaign directed to the LGBT market. Mr. Guaracino, a New Jersey native, is active in community affairs, sitting on several boards including Atlantic City's Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association and the Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund.

Guardian, Donald A.
Atlantic City

Donald A. Guardian was sworn in as mayor of Atlantic City on January 1, 2014.  Prior to that, he was the Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement Division (formerly known as the Atlantic City Special Improvement District or ACSID).  As ACSID Director, Mr. Guardian was instrumental in developing program concepts and standards for environmental services, landscaping, and ambassador programs for Atlantic City. During his tenure at ACSID, Mr. Guardian was able to add information services, streetscaping and site improvements, staff development, business support services, economic development, over 120 façades for businesses, and support for special events.  Mr. Guardian previously served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Claridge Casino Hotel, where he was responsible for corporate development as well as civic involvement of the company’s president and board chairman.  Prior to his position at the Claridge, Mr. Guardian served with the Boy Scouts of America in executive positions for sixteen years. Mr. Guardian is an active member in numerous local civic, business and community organizations. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Atlantic City and Past District Governor of Rotary District 7640, Past President of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, and Vice President/Secretary of the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association. In addition, Mr. Guardian is a Past President of the Gardner’s Basin Board of Directors and a Board Member of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.  Donald A. Guardian is a graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ and an alumnus of Upsala College in East Orange, NJ.

Guzzo, Dorothy P.
Executive Director of NJ Historic Trust
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Dorothy P. Guzzo is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust, an agency affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs.  Ms. Guzzo oversees the administration of the historic preservation matching grant and loan programs. The Historic Trust was created in 1967 to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.  Formerly, Ms. Guzzo served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer having oversight of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places program, implementation of the state’s cultural resource regulations, and certifying projects to qualify for the Investment Tax Credit. Ms. Guzzo served on the Governor’s Heritage Tourism Task Force advancing the development of the state’s Heritage Tourism Master Plan.

Hamlin, Anne
Manager - Tax Credit Allocations
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Anne Hamlin has been with the Tax Credit Services Division at NJHMFA since 2008.  As Manager 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 11 years of experience in the affordable multifamily housing industry and has a B.A. in Political Science. 

Hawes, Eileen A.
Assistant Vice President – Analyst
Moody's Investors Service

Eileen Hawes is an Assistant Vice President – Analyst in Moody's Public Finance Housing and State Revolving Funds team. She serves as the lead analyst for state housing finance agency single and multifamily bond programs. Prior to joining Moody's in 2011, Eileen served as the Chief Financial Officer for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and as Vice President of Finance for The Michaels Organization. Ms. Hawes attended Rider University majoring in Finance.

Hendricks, Rochelle Robinson
Higher Education

Rochelle R. Hendricks was named the first Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey in May 2011.  As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and program development to enhance the capacity and competitiveness of New Jersey's higher education institutions.  In this role, Secretary Hendricks has engaged the agency in the national higher education reform agenda, focusing on advancing the blueprint for higher education reform as recommended by Governor Kean's Higher Education Task Force, as well as the report issued by the UMDNJ Task Force chaired by Dr. Sol Barer.  In March 2013, Lt. Governor Guadagno named Secretary Hendricks as the newest member of the New Jersey Partnership for Action as well as Chair of the Council on Innovation - a council intended to enhance the collaboration among academia, business and industry and the state.  In 2014, Secretary Hendricks was appointed to the State Ethics Commission by Governor Christie and elected Vice Chair of the Educational Facilities Authority Board.  Prior to her position as Secretary of Higher Education, she was the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education, where she was instrumental in the creation and appointment of the Educator Effectiveness Task Force. Since 1987, Secretary Hendricks has served the Department of Education in a number of roles including Acting Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Director of the Professional Development Office, Manager of the Office of Policy and Planning, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner.  Secretary Hendricks is a founding member of the Policy Steering Council for the Center for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance at Stockton College, a member of the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey Board and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  She serves on the national boards for Operation College Promise, REL Mid-Atlantic and PARCC Higher Education.  Prior to joining the Department of Education, she worked for over 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities, including Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and Interim Director of the Women's Program.  In addition to her wealth of experience in higher education, Secretary Hendricks is the recipient of numerous academic, leadership and service recognitions and has been privileged to participate in several White House initiatives and U.S. Department of State supported international education events.

Henkel, Tim
Senior Vice President and Principal
Pennrose Properties, LLC

Tim Henkel began his career at Pennrose in 1999. Today, he is Senior Vice President and Principal of Pennrose Properties, LLC.  His many responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of the development process, including property acquisition, development financing, and land development approvals.  Mr. Henkel is an expert in all forms of public and private real estate financing and has executed the full array of Pennrose's diverse portfolio of transactions including affordable housing via Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (HTC), mixed-income multifamily housing via tax-exempt bonds, and public housing replacement leveraging federal HOPE VI grants. In addition, he has executed market rate and mixed income development using various combinations of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and various state tax credit financing tools.  Mr. Henkel's current activities are focused on the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut regions.  Mr. Henkel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is a professional engineer licensed in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Henkel is President of the recently formed New Jersey Affordable Housing Developers Council.  He also serves on the board of Triple C Housing and Preservation New Jersey and is a frequent panelist and speaker at regional real estate development events.

Hillson, Abram L.
Director of HMIS
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Abram Hillson has over 30 years of extensive experience in the Information Technology field. Mr. Hillson joined NJHMFA in April 2004 as Project Manager for the NJ HMIS Collaborative. His primary responsibility is the total project management of the Homeless Management System, including development and implementation across 20 Continuums of Care in the State of New Jersey. In 2012, Mr. Hillson was selected to the board of Directors for the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC); an organization focused on developing effective leadership for the best use of information technology to manage human services. NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer-to-peer education and lifelong learning to its conference participants, website members and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze and present information regarding the provision of human services.

Huether, Robert A.
Assistant Director for Supported Housing and Special Needs
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Currently the NJHMFA's Assistant Director for Supported Housing and Special Needs, Robert A. Huether, has over 30 years' experience in banking, community development and housing finance. At NJHMFA, Mr. Huether has previously served as the Assistant Director for Program Development, Outreach and Foreclosure Prevention as well as the Assistant Director of Single Family Programs, with responsibilities including managing the agency's CHOICE residential construction loan efforts as well as the single family in-house loan originations. Additionally Mr. Huether has served as a Councilman, Vice Chair of the Zoning Board, Vice-Chair of the Redevelopment Agency, Housing Authority Board Member and Planning Board Member in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey. Mr. Huether was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University College of Rutgers University.

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 NJHMFA for 30 years. She is responsible for supervising the Occupancy Specialists working in Property Management. 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.

Johnson, Diane
Former Director, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Former Chief of Staff, City of Newark

Diane Johnson was the State of New Jersey’s highest-ranking federal housing and community development official for over 30 years. As HUD’s spokesperson to New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation, Ms. Johnson was the go-to person regarding all federal housing and community development activities in the state.  As Director of HUD, Ms. Johnson managed New Jersey’s annual $1.7 billion HUD allocations and ensured that more than 100,000 households received rental assistance through the Section 8 and public housing programs. Because of her expertise, Ms. Johnson was called upon to assist outside New Jersey, working with the local government of Detroit to establish low- and moderate-income housing as well as provide leadership during the rebuilding of 5,000 housing units in New Orleans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Johnson was the top housing official during the 1995 government shutdown where she successfully managed all federal funds and programs in New Jersey and New York, and was also the lead federal official in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy. To help plan long-term recovery efforts after Sandy, Ms. Johnson met regularly with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Cabinet, FEMA, and representatives of the state’s most-impacted communities.  On December 31, 2013, Ms. Johnson retired from HUD.  On January 1, 2014, Ms. Johnson was appointed by the acting Newark Mayor Luis A. Quintana to serve as his Chief of Staff.  She served in this position until July 1, 2014 when Newark transitioned to a new mayor.  Ms. Johnson was born and educated in New Jersey and is well-known throughout the 565 municipalities and 21 counties in the State of New Jersey for her leadership and expertise.

Kavanaugh, Kevin
Vice President of Development

Kevin Kavanaugh is Vice President of Development at RPM. Kevin brings over 15 years of professional real estate experience to RPM. He began his real estate career financing commercial real estate at Lehman Brothers and GMAC. He has been working in affordable housing finance for the past 10 years. At RPM, Kevin is responsible for all phases of home ownership and rental developments; from finding the land to making sure lease-up or sale of the units is done in accordance with RPM's agreements. In addition to arranging the financing for developments, Kevin is responsible for oversight of operations in RPM's Woodbury office. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University.

Keramas, Debra A.
Asset Manager
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Debra Keramas has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for 16 years and is currently an Asset Manager, supervising Housing Management Officers in the Property Management Division. Ms. Keramas also held the position of Multifamily Coordinator for several years, acting as a liaison between the Multifamily and Property Management Divisions. Ms. Keramas has extensive experience in the housing industry working with family, senior and assisted living communities. Prior to joining the agency, Ms. Keramas spent many years working in the private sector within the field of Property Management.

Kiely, John M.
J.F. Kiely Group

John M. Kiely is President of J.F. Kiely Group, a New Jersey-based, family-owned company that manages businesses focused on infrastructure including utility construction, engineering and equipment distribution. Mr. Kiely joined the company in 1990 and was named to his current position in 2006.  He is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Monmouth County and was named 2012 Man of the Year by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore. Also in 2012, Mr. Kiely received the NJ Chamber Business Achievement Award and NJBIZ included the J.F. Kiely Group in its list of 50 Fastest Growing Companies. Mr. Kiely earned his B.S./B.A. from Boston University in 1990.

Kinard, Keith D.
Executive Director
Newark Housing Authority (NHA)

In 1995 Keith Kinard transitioned to affordable housing at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the second largest affordable housing agency in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Mr. Kinard's roles included Senior Associate Counsel, Director of Operations, Chief of Staff, Deputy Executive Director and then his final role as Executive Director. Since June 2006, Mr. Kinard has served as Executive Director of the Newark Housing Authority (NHA). He also serves as Secretary of the Board of Commissioners. Mr. Kinard has led the authority off the U.S. Department of Urban Development's "troubled" list for both the Low-Income Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs, resolved all financial audit findings, received an A+ rating from Standard & Poor's, and opened nine new affordable housing developments. With his leadership and top management team the authority has reached a consistent rent collection rate of 97%, significantly increased the percent of units leased through the Section 8 Voucher program, received a High Performer Designation from HUD for the Section 8 Voucher program, and opened multiple state of the art enrichment centers in Newark, offering fitness, education, and entertainment for the community. Mr. Kinard currently serves as a Board Member of the Council for Large Public Authorities and the Newark Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Kinard received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maine and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He began his career as an Attorney in Pittsburgh.

Kirkos, Jim
President & Chief Executive Officer
Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce

Since June of 2002, Jim Kirkos has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRC), a widely respected membership-based, business service organization whose mission is to accelerate economic, community and business development by providing its membership with networking and relationship building opportunities; destination and tourism marketing services; business education and leadership training; legislative and public affairs advocacy, and workforce development initiatives to businesses of all sizes across all industry sectors throughout the Meadowlands region. In 2004 Mr. Kirkos led the way for the establishment of the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau (MLCVB) within the MRC to address the economic impact that tourism and destination marketing could have on the Meadowlands' economy. The chamber played an integral part in bringing the Super Bowl 2012 to the new Meadowlands stadium. The MRC and MLCVB have utilized technology to advance destination marketing through the creation of websites called StayInTheMeadowlands.com, StayOnTheWaterfront.com and MLCVB.com. Mr. Kirkos attended Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University majoring in Business Administration and Accounting.

Kolluri, Lopa
Vice President of Operations
Pennrose Properties

Lopa Kolluri joined Pennrose Properties as Vice President of Operations in 2013. She is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the operations of Pennrose Properties. Prior to joining Pennrose, Ms. Kolluri was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Strategy to Secretary Shaun Donovan at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she was responsible for managing and coordinating HUD's program and policies in conjunction with the agency's budgeting, legislative and external affairs divisions. She also worked closely with the White House and executives of other agencies to help advance HUD's mission and the Obama Administration's goals. While at HUD, Ms. Kolluri also served on the Federal Taskforce for Hurricane Sandy as liaison to New Jersey. Ms. Kolluri has also held positions in state government, which have included Assistant Treasurer for Economic Development for the State Treasurer, Director of Housing and the Department of Community Affairs and Policy Director at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Ms. Kolluri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and French from Kenyon College as well as a Master's Degree in Development Economics from American University.

Kovich, Lynn A.
Assistant Commissioner
New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Department of Human Services (DHS)

Lynn A. Kovich, M.Ed. is the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in the Department of Human Services and is the single state authority for mental health and substance abuse disorders. The division is responsible for the coordination, administration, management and supervision of the institutional and community public mental health system, and is also responsible for regulating, monitoring, planning and funding substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Prior to her appointment, she was the Director of Human Services in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kovich holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Lehigh University.

Leonard, James F.
Senior Vice President Community Investment
New Jersey Devils/Devils Arena Entertainment

James Leonard directs multi-faceted community investment and philanthropic initiatives for New Jersey's NHL organization. He is responsible for strengthening relationships with local communities and expanding visibility among government and elected officials through a government relations program that raises awareness of the public policy objectives of the New Jersey Devils. Prior to joining the New Jersey Devils organization he served as Chief of Staff for the New Jersey State Department of Treasury and was a Senior Policy Advisor in the office of Governor Chris Christie. His professional experience includes government interaction activities with extensive and diverse experience in legislative, political, and organizational strategic management, grassroots development and implementation, and leadership.

Lewis, Charles M.
Senior Vice President
Conifer Realty, LLC

Charles Lewis is the Vice President of Conifer Realty and oversees its development activities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include all phases of the development process, including acquisition, land development, financing and construction. The Superior Court of New Jersey has accepted Mr. Lewis as an expert on low-income housing tax credits. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Law degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in Taxation, all from Temple University.

Liebling, Charles B.
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Charles Liebling concentrates on redevelopment and redevelopment financing, land use law, and general real estate transactions. He represents both for-profit and non-profit developers as well as government entities. In redevelopment, he is involved in the establishment of public-private partnerships and the utilization of government incentive programs. He focuses on the negotiation of complex redevelopment agreements and development of financing structures, including the use of tax abatements, tax increment financing, and tax credits. In land use, he represents applicants in connection with a wide variety of multifamily residential, commercial, and institutional projects before boards and commissions at the local, county, and state level. He served as a consulting attorney to the authors of The Redevelopment Handbook: A Guide to Rebuilding New Jersey's Communities (NJDCA/NJAPA, 2003 and 2011).

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). In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Authority.  Mr. Lizura ensures production efficiency, quality and service and implements practices, policies and procedures that allow for maximum utilization of the Authority's assets.  For the EDA, he previously served as a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority (FMERA) and as a non-voting designee to the South Jersey Transportation Authority.  In addition, he served as FMERA's interim Executive Director for the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority during its formation in 2010.  Prior to re-joining the EDA in 2008, Mr. Lizura served as Director of World Trade Center Redevelopment/Deputy Director of Redevelopment at the Port Authority of NY & NJ. Mr. Lizura previously worked for over a decade in the EDA's Real Estate Department where he served as Director until his departure in 2006. Mr. Lizura's real estate accomplishments include the management of the EDA's flagship facility, The Technology Centre of New Jersey in North Brunswick, as well as leading the EDA's activities to advance the Camden Economic Recovery initiative, where he created innovative lease incentives and managed the development of the award-winning Waterfront Technology Center at Camden.  Mr. Lizura has previously served as the Chair of the New Jersey Biotechnology & Life Sciences Coalition, and was named in 2006 as one of NJBIZ Magazine's "40 Under 40," an award which 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. degree from Rutgers University in 1990, with a major in Economics and minor in Accounting. He also obtained his M.B.A in 1996 from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Maraziti, Jr., Joseph J.
Maraziti, Falcon & Healey, LLP

Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr. has advised public and private sector clients regarding environmental and infrastructure-related issues for more than 40 years and has successfully litigated matters involving a wide variety of redevelopment and environmental laws and regulations. He is active in professional and civic organizations regarding the environment, and lectures regularly on environmental and redevelopment topics. Governor Whitman appointed Mr. Maraziti as Chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission and he led the effort to adopt the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan of 2001. A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School, he has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Environmental Litigation, was the Founding Chair of the Morris County Bar Association Environmental Law Committee, and is an associate of the Environmental Law Institute.  Mr. Maraziti has served on the Environment of the 21st Century Task Force of the New Jersey General Assembly, as Chairman of both Morris 2000 and New Jersey Future, and was a Master in the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court. He serves as a member of the Boards of New Jersey Future and Regional Plan Associates, has been listed as one of the Best Environmental Lawyers in New Jersey in Best Lawyers in America, and has been included annually in New Jersey Monthly’s Super Lawyers in Environmental Law since 2007. Most recently, Mr. Maraziti was the recipient of the 2014 New Jersey Future Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

Martoglio, Edward

Edward Martoglio is one of three founders of the RPM Development Group and is now the sole principal of the Company.  RPM is a diversified real estate company with development, construction and management divisions. The company has been a leading developer of affordable housing since 1987 and takes great pride in creating high quality rental and home ownership communities throughout New Jersey. Mr. Martoglio has been privileged to work on a number of communities formed by both the NJHMFA and DCA whose goals have been to improve the delivery of affordable housing.

Matheus, Lori
Managing Director, Finance and Development
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Lori Matheus is Managing Director, Finance and Development, for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).  In this position, she oversees both the Urban & Community Development/Business Banking and Technology and Life Sciences teams, and is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for business development and managing key statewide initiatives.  The EDA is a self-supporting, independent state agency whose mission is to stimulate business development, job creation and community revitalization throughout the state.  The EDA promotes economic growth through financing assistance, technical support and real estate development activities. Prior to joining the EDA in 2006, Ms. Matheus served as Chief Operating Officer for New Jersey Community Capital, a nonprofit corporation and certified community development financial institution that provides capital and consulting services supporting community and economic development.   She began her financial career in 1990 as a Financial Analyst with Chemical Bank New Jersey and through a merger, joined PNC Bank as a Vice President in 1996.  While at PNC, she held various positions including government banking, community development, finance and administration and retail responsibilities during her seven-year tenure. She is a graduate of Rider University, where she earned a B.S. degree in Finance.

McDaniel, Tracye
President and Chief Executive Officer
Choose New Jersey, Inc.

Tracye McDaniel is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Created in 2010, Choose New Jersey leads global promotion, lead generation and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Garden State and is part of the state's award-winning economic development initiative: The New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA). Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the Partnership serves as the starting point for all initiatives, policies and efforts related to growing New Jersey's economy and creating quality, sustainable jobs.  Ms. McDaniel has more than 29 years of state and regional level experience as a widely recognized strategist in all facets of economic development. She has led successful economic development organizations in Texas. Governor Christie has appointed her to the Council on Innovation and the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. She sits on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP.  NJBIZ recently names her among New Jersey's 2014 Best 50 Women in Business, and the 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business. Ms. McDaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow.

Miceli, D. Nicholas
President, Central New Jersey Market
TD Bank

D. Nicholas Miceli has worked at TD Bank for 16 years. He is currently President of the bank's Central New Jersey market consisting of Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties. He is responsible for Regional Banking and Small Business Banking.  During his 26-year banking career, he has been featured in numerous financial articles and has also appeared on PBS/13WNET spotlight "Inside Trenton," “One on One” and “NJ Capitol Report” discussing the state of banking in New Jersey. He hosts the TD Bank/Star Ledger Road to Personal Wealth Conference, which focuses on financial literacy, and for the last three years has featured Suze Orman. Active in the community, Mr. Miceli is Board Chairman of Family Intervention Services, a Board Member of Rutgers Business School Advisory Board, WBGO Radio, Boys and Girls Club of NJ, St. Joe’s School for the Blind, NJ Performing Arts Center Business Partners Committee, the NJ Ballet and is a Trustee of The Newark Museum. He is also a Board Member of the NJ Bankers Association where he serves on their Executive Committee. He is a resident of River Edge, NJ and a graduate of Rutgers University.

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

Lauren H. Moore currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC), a division within the New Jersey Department of State, led by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. The Business Action Center is the state's "one-stop" shop and is responsible for efforts in attracting, retaining and growing businesses in New Jersey. As a member of the department's senior leadership team, Moore cultivates relationships and partnerships with the business community and uses his expertise to further enhance the mission of the New Jersey Business Action Center in spurring economic growth through business retention and job creation. As BAC Executive Director, Moore oversees each department within the Business Action Center. These units have a wide range of responsibilities which 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. A proven executive with more than 25 years of economic development expertise, Mr. Moore has served as the BAC's Deputy Executive Director, and most recently as the organization's Interim Executive Director. Mr. Moore has held numerous management positions in government. He has 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).

Murray, John
Chief of Credit and Business Development
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

As Chief of Credit and Business Development, John Murray is responsible for all multifamily credit decisions. He also develops workout plans for distressed properties and works closely on the agency's Sandy Recovery programs. Prior to his current position he was the Senior Director of Credit and Business Development. Under Mr. Murray's leadership since 2004, NJHMFA has preserved 7,462 units, extending the affordability of 45 projects an average of 20 years for a total of $356,420,317 in financing.  Prior to joining the agency, he was Vice President of Housing and Development for Volunteers of America/Delaware Valley, Inc. and was responsible for developing affordable and special needs housing.  He also spent 16 years in the private banking industry focusing on commercial real estate and community development lending.  Mr. Murray received his B.S. in Finance from San Jose State University in 1985.

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

Shoba Narayan is a Senior Subsidy Accountant and has been with NJHMFA since September 2004. Prior to joining NJHMFA, Ms. Narayan worked for Sovereign Bank as a Financial Consultant. In all, she has over two decades of banking experience. Ms. Narayan’s outstanding qualities are her attention to detail and her 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 make sure that their requests are correctly evaluated. She has made significant contributions to improve internal processes that will facilitate the work of the department and provide better customer service. 

Newman, Don
Director of Small Business Advocacy
New Jersey Business Action Center

Don Newman is the Director of Small Business Advocacy within the New Jersey Business Action Center. In this position he provides services to business of all sizes and at all stages of development, from startups through maturity. The Business Action Center's Business Advocacy Unit serves as a one-stop shop for business. The team plays a vital role in working to retain and attract business to the State, providing professional and coordinated assistance to businesses.

Orsen, Melissa J.
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Melissa Orsen serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.  Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner she served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.  As a senior member of the Christie-Guadagno Administration, 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 across cabinet and executive branch departments and agencies, outside business partners and the higher education community.  Prior to her Chief of Staff role she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lt. Governor, managing policy, legislative and legal matters.  Ms. Orsen joined the lieutenant governor's staff in March 2012 from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she served in several key roles.  While Chief of Staff she handled a broad range of responsibilities including liaison on intergovernmental and legislative affairs for the commissioner, serving as the key contact for elected officials and legislators throughout the state, and overseeing several divisions throughout the department.  Prior to becoming DCA Chief of Staff, Ms. Orsen served as Chief Counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) within DCA.  As Chief Counsel, she oversaw the motion practice at COAH and acted as liaison with the legal, municipal and developer communities on policy and land use matters. Earlier in Ms. Orsen's professional career, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey where she represented numerous government departments and agencies on federal, appellate and administrative matters.  Ms. Orsen earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware.

Paladino, Christopher J.
New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO)

Christopher Paladino has served as President of New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) since 1994. Under his leadership, DEVCO has initiated, developed and managed nearly 5.4 million square feet of residential, commercial, academic and institutional development valued at over $1.45 billion. As a result of this tremendous success, New Brunswick, and specifically DEVCO, is often referred to as a model for successful urban redevelopment. Through the establishment of unique public-private partnerships, Mr. Paladino has been able to initiate and complete projects that not only achieve key development objectives, but often address important public policy goals as well. Successful projects developed under the leadership of Mr. Paladino include the College Avenue Redevelopment Project (being developed in partnership with Rutgers University), the Gateway Transit Village, Wellness Plaza, the Heldrich Hotel, and a myriad of other major redevelopment efforts. Under Paladino's leadership, DEVCO is currently embarking on the redevelopment of the former Ferren Mall area in downtown New Brunswick into a major mixed use development including commercial office, residential and retail uses. Mr. Paladino received his B.A. and law degree from Rutgers University, where he was also an Eagleton Fellow. He serves as a Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the New Jersey Gaming, Sports & Entertainment Advisory Commission, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, the Somerset County Parks Commission, and the Regional Plan Association – New Jersey Committee.

Pense, Susan
Site Manager, Luftman Towers
Coughlin Management Company

Susan Pense has been employed at the project since 1995. She is currently the Site Manager at Luftman Towers, a 189 unit, project-based Section 8 property. Prior to this position, she managed Luftman Pavilion, a tax credit property. Her housing training includes AHM, HCCP, NCP, CPO, FHC and SHCM.

Perno III, Anthony J.
Cooper's Ferry Partnership (CFP)

Anthony Perno III, is the CEO of Cooper's Ferry Partnership (CFP), a non-profit real estate development corporation responsible for the redevelopment of Camden City. In that role, he developed and administered several major initiatives including the Interior Gateway Initiative, a $50 million planning and infrastructure rehabilitation project; the Camden Greenway, a regional trail network; and CHIP, an award winning home improvement program for residents. Mr. Perno serves as a board member for the St. Joseph's Carpenter Society and the Battleship New Jersey. In 2011, Governor Chris Christie appointed him to serve on the UMDNJ Advisory Committee to evaluate the medical education system in New Jersey. He is the Assistant Director for the YMCA Model United Nations and NJ Youth & Government Programs. Mr. Perno participated in both programs as a high school student and views his continued involvement as an opportunity to give back to the next generation of leaders. Admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Mr. Perno is a Truman Scholar who received a Law Degree from Rutgers University in 2005. He studied Economics and Political Science in the Honors program at The College of New Jersey and received a B.A. with Honors from the Political Science Department in 1998.

Piliere, Margaret
Director of Business Banking and Community Development
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Margaret Piliere currently serves as the Director of Business Banking and Community Development for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) with the primary responsibility of managing the sales team for all loan and incentive resources; creating relationships with businesses, banks, municipalities and other business service providers; and managing the intake of applications for financial assistance. Ms. Piliere is the EDA's representative on the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors and serves on several New Jersey state inter-agency teams. Prior to serving as Director of Business Banking and Community Development, Ms. Piliere served as the Regional Director of Business Banking and Community Development for the North Jersey region and as the Assistant Director of Lending Services for the EDA where her primary responsibility was managing business attraction and retention programs for companies expanding in and/or relocating to New Jersey, in addition to closing loans and grants for all EDA resources.

Rader, Brian
Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.

Brian Rader, a Partner at Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. in Florham Park, New Jersey, routinely provides legal advice and services to both individuals and businesses in the real estate community. Mr. Rader works extensively with property owners, managers, and community associations, providing a full range of general counsel services, and is well-versed in those pieces of legislation which impact the real estate community. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Rader served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Mary K. Costello in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County. Mr. Rader is a member of the New Jersey chapter of the Community Association Institute and serves as a member of the Board of Adjustment in the Township of Springfield. Mr. Rader earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies from the College of New Jersey and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.  Mr. Rader is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the State of New York.

Regan, Ken
Vice President
Regan Development Corporation

Ken Regan is Vice President of Regan Development Corporation and has been developing housing in the Northeast for over 20 years. Within his firm, Mr. Regan specializes in the areas of financial structuring, marketing and resident qualification, and the legal aspects of the firm's business. He learned the business from the ground up, working as a construction laborer, a trade apprentice, a real estate sales person and legal clerk. His firm concentrates on the improvement of communities through the development of affordable and special needs housing, as well as mixed use commercial projects. In the last 20+ years, Regan Development has developed over 2,500 units of such housing. Regan Development has been a leader in the development of service-enriched supportive housing for people living with disabilities. The firm has also partnered with a number of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut non-profit service providers to create over 200 service-enriched supportive apartments for people with special needs. Mr. Regan speaks about issues surrounding affordable and special needs housing and recently wrote a handbook entitled Developing Housing for the MS Community for National MS Society chapters as they explore the possibilities of creating affordable, accessible housing opportunities for people with disabilities. He is a member and former Chairman of the Housing Committee of Community Capital New York, a non-profit tasked with improving economic opportunity and housing affordability in New York's Hudson Valley. He is also a member of the I Choose Home Partnership Group, created to provide improvement of New Jersey's Money Follows the Person efforts. Mr. Regan is an active volunteer for the National MS Society and lives in Chappaqua, New York.

Reilly, Matthew A.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND)

Matthew Reilly is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND), and has been with the organization since November of 2001. MEND is a nonprofit organization that develops, owns and manages affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the Burlington County region of southern New Jersey. Prior to joining MEND, Mr. Reilly worked for thirteen years (1988-2011) for First Fidelity/First Union/Wachovia - now Wells Fargo Bank. He also served as the Senior Real Estate Credit Officer for Community Development Lending for the entire bank franchise. He was the Commercial Real Estate Underwriting Head for Pennsylvania and Delaware and the Commercial Real Estate Portfolio Management Head for the bank's $3 billion loan portfolio in the Northeast. He was also the Regional Manager for the bank's Commercial Real Estate group in southern New Jersey. Mr. Reilly currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (HCDN-NJ); and as a public member of the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness. Mr. Reilly received a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Peter's College.

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 NJHMFA. She is responsible for the information technology, human resources, building operations and procurement and insurance divisions of the Agency. Additionally, Ms. Rendeiro's responsibilities include 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 who 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's municipalities interested in or actively involved in the redevelopment process under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. Her previous positions at the state 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.

Rhuda, III, Charles A.
Novogradac & Company LLP

Charles A. Rhuda, III is a partner in the Boston, Massachusetts office of Novogradac & Company, LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, predominately in affordable housing and historic rehabilitation. Mr. Rhuda works with tax credit developers, managers, syndicators and investors on structuring, financing and syndicating low-income and historic rehabilitation tax credits, in addition to providing traditional audit and tax services. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national seminars on topics in the affordable housing and historic rehabilitation industries, as well as a contributor to industry trade publications. Mr. Rhuda graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting. He is licensed in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland as a certified public accountant.

Roberts, David G.
Senior Associate
Maser Consulting, PA

David G. Roberts, AICP/PP, LLA, RLA, LEED AP ND is a licensed planner in New Jersey and a registered landscape architect in Maryland, New Jersey, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Connecticut and New York, with 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Roberts is s a Land Use Planning Department Manager with the firm of Maser Consulting, PA, where specializes in redevelopment, sustainable design and growth management. In 1997 he created the Principles of Redevelopment course that is part of NJDCA's mandatory training program for redevelopment agency commissioners and executive directors. Additionally he served as the principal instructor of the course until 2010. He co-authored The Redevelopment Handbook, A Guide for Rebuilding New Jersey's Communities, published and released by NJDCA in the spring of 2003. He and his co-author recently completed the Second Edition of The Redevelopment Handbook, released on CD in December of 2011 and later in hard copy form in March of 2012. Mr. Roberts has served as President of the New Jersey Chapters of the American Planning Association (1993-97), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (2003-04). He currently is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the New Jersey Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), as well as its LEED-ND Committee. Mr Roberts is a LEED Accredited Professional, with specialties in Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and Building Design and Construction (BD&C). He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Design from Cook College in 1978, completed the Landscape Architecture Program in 1979 and graduated with a Master Of City and Regional Planning degree from the graduate school (now Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy) in 1981.

Rodrigues, Carlos
Design Solutions for a Crowded Planet

Carlos Rodrigues, PP, AICP is a Princeton, NJ based urban designer, licensed professional planner, author and educator. He represents public, private, and non-profit clients pursuing real estate development and preservation projects of merit. He also teaches a Graduate Planning Studio at the Bloustein School at Rutgers. He has worked in senior management positions in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is a charter member of the Congress for a New Urbanism, Past President of APA-NJ, and a board member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. He received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning at Rutgers University.

Samouhos, Evan
EVCO Mechanical Corporation

Evan Samouhos and the EVCO team have been providing mechanical, electrical and control services to the buildings industry for over 34 years. Across the tri-state area, EVCO Mechanical has installed nearly 1 billion BTUs worth of heating equipment, much of that within JAHMA and other HUD properties. Over the course of his work, Evan has advised numerous JAHMA owners and management agencies on how to prepare for emergencies, better manage energy and maintenance costs, and improve the performance of their buildings.

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

Robert Sasso has been with NJHMFA for more than 20 years. Beginning as a college intern, serving as the Asset Manager and now as Director of Property Management, Mr. Sasso has also held the positions of Financial Analyst, Housing Management Officer and Financial Services Coordinator. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the NJHMFA Property Management Task Force.  He is a member of NJ Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Mr. Sasso holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.B.A. from Rider University.

John Schreiber
President and CEO
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Termed "a visionary producer" and "impresario of brand names" by The New York Times, John Schreiber's career has encompassed award-winning theater, television, concerts, festivals, documentary film, branded entertainment, and a host of other cultural and cause-related events. Prior to joining NJPAC, he served as Executive Vice President, Social Action & Advocacy for Participant Media, a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company specializing in socially-relevant documentary and non-documentary feature films, television, publishing and digital media, where he was responsible for managing the creation, development and execution of unique social action and advocacy campaigns for each of the company's films. Additionally, Mr. Schreiber was formerly President of George Wein's Festival Productions, Inc., the world's largest producer of music festivals, and The John Schreiber Group, an entertainment marketing firm he operated for ten years. Mr. Schreiber's other credits include producing The President's Summit for America's Future, a multi-day event that inaugurated Colin Powell's America's Promise volunteer effort, the companion Fox network special Keeping America's Promise, as well as producing gala events at the White House for five presidents. Mr. Schreiber has consulted, developed and produced cause-related entertainment marketing initiatives for the American Museum of Natural History, National Public Radio, Partnership for A Drug Free America, Children's Television Workshop, Comedy Central, Bravo, the Juilliard School, the New York Pops, the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, General Mills, Loew's Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, Altria, Pilot Pen, Mellon Bank, and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Locally, he is a member of the Board of the Newark Alliance, the Newark Trust For Education, and the Rutgers University-Newark Advisory Board. He was recently asked by Ras Baraka to serve as Co-Chair on the Newark Mayor-Elect's Transition Committee for Arts, Cultural Development & Tourism. A resident of Montclair since 2001, Schreiber has three children in the New Jersey public school system.

Schurman, Susan J.
Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations
Rutgers – The State University

Susan J. Schurman is Distinguished Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and  Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. From 1997-2007 she served as the founding president of the National Labor College.  She received BA and MA degrees from Michigan State University and a Ph.d.  from the University of Michigan where she served as Director of the Labor Studies Center and Research Investigator in the School of Public Health.  She is a past president of the United Association for Labor Education and was recently reelected to a second term as president of the International Federation of Workers' Education Associations.  She is also a board member of the Labor and Employment Research Association.  Her research and teaching focus on occupational safety and health; organizational effectiveness; union and organizational leadership; and access to postsecondary education for adult workers.  She currently serves as the Principal Investigator and Faculty Director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network. 

Sheridan, Jr., John P.
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Cooper Health System

John P. Sheridan, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health System. The Cooper Health System includes Cooper University Hospital in Camden, and more than 100 satellite offices and other healthcare facilities throughout Southern New Jersey. He also is a member of The Cooper Health System Board of Trustees and The Cooper Foundation. Mr. Sheridan joined Cooper as Senior Executive Vice President in July 2005, became Chief Administrative Officer in March of 2007, President of Cooper University Hospital in September 2007, and in February 2008, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health System. Mr. Sheridan's career spans 40 years in government service, the practice of law, and healthcare. Before joining Cooper, he was a senior partner and Co-Chairman of the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP, which he joined in May 1985. Early in his career, Mr. Sheridan served as Deputy Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, Assistant Counsel to Governor William T. Cahill, Counsel to the New Jersey Senate Republicans, and as Counsel to the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission. Mr. Sheridan served in the Cabinet of Governor Thomas H. Kean as Commissioner of Transportation, and as Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Transit Corporation from 1982 to 1985. He also served as General Counsel to Governor Kean's re-election campaign in 1985, and General Counsel to Christie Whitman's election campaign in 1993. He then served as Co-Chairman of Governor-elect Whitman's Transition Team. Mr. Sheridan also served on the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Committee in 1991 and 2001. Mr. Sheridan currently serves as Co-Chair of the Cooper's Ferry Partnership, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Camden County Police Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. He also served on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Healthcare Transition Team in 2010. He is a graduate of St. Peter's College, received his law degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark, and clerked for the Honorable Theodore Botter, J.S.C., in 1967.

Shine, John M.
Shine Engineering, P.A.

John Shine, P.E., is Owner and President of Shine Engineering, a full-service consulting engineering company founded in 2000 providing HVAC, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler design services. John has extensive experience in the design of apartment buildings, troubleshooting services in existing apartment building systems and providing energy upgrades in heating, air conditioning, domestic water, electrical and lighting systems. Mr. Shine has designed numerous generator replacements and upgrades. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a board member of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Mechanical/Energy Sub-Code Committee, member of the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineer and a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

Simmons, Michael B.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Realty Management, AMO®

Michael B. Simmons, CPM®, NAHP–e® is President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Realty Management, AMO®. Located in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Community Realty Management, AMO® has an apartment portfolio located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Midwest and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Simmons currently serves on the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) Board of Directors, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Federal Housing Advisory Board and is a past National IREM President. He is a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey and Oklahoma and is a member emeritus of the IREM National Faculty.

Slachetka, Stan
Planning Group Manager
T&M Associates

Stan Slachetka, AICP, P.P., is Planning Group Manager of the Middletown-based firm of T&M Associates, where he specializes in redevelopment, affordable housing, and local and regional land use planning issues. A licensed professional planner in New Jersey, he provides professional planning consulting services to a variety of public- and private-sector clients. Mr. Slachetka is co-author of The Redevelopment Handbook: A Guide to Rebuilding New Jersey's Communities, which is published jointly by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association. In addition to The Redevelopment Handbook, he has authored published reports and articles on redevelopment and a variety of other planning issues. He previously served as Chief of Housing Services for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, was chief staff person for the Committee on State Planning and participated in the drafting of the New Jersey State Planning Act and the Fair Housing Act. Mr. Slachetka received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick (now the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy), and was a Graduate Fellow of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University College-New Brunswick.

Steadman, Bruce
Executive Director
Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA)

Bruce Steadman has been the Executive Director of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) since December 1, 2010. He works closely with the FMERA Board of Directors Chairperson James V. Gorman to manage FMERA's affairs. The FMERA team's main focus of responsibility is to implement the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment and Reuse plan and achieve FMERA's mission: "Create an atmosphere in which employers will employ and investors will invest, to maximize the jobs created and the value of the property." The team is currently planning the transition of ownership and management of Fort Monmouth's 1,126 acres from the United States Army to FMERA, beginning in 2012.  Mr. Steadman has a long history of working with closed military bases; as he was the CEO of the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp, (PARC) where he was responsible for the Air Force base closure and redevelopment of 3,500 acres. The project included 75-employees and a $100 million budget. Mr. Steadman has held positions in the corporate sector at General Electric, and was also a successful private business owner. He is a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and received his education from Plattsburgh State University, New York.

Stewart, Jonelle
TRACS Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Jonelle Stewart has been employed at NJHMFA for the past eight years. During her tenure, Ms. Stewart has held positions as Project Assistant, TRACS Specialist, and currently serves as TRACS Coordinator. She has developed and conducted various workshops associated with special claims at JAHMA Spring Management Events. In her capacity as TRACS Coordinator, she is responsible for troubleshooting TRACS-related issues with owners and agents, training of newly-hired staff, as well as current staff.

Sullivan, Donna T.
Director, Real Estate Development Division
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Donna Sullivan manages EDA's real estate development activities, which range from site assemblage, building design and construction to leasing and property management. Prior to her appointment as Director in 2012, Ms. Sullivan served as the Real Estate Development Manager and was responsible for feasibility studies, property acquisition and sales, procurement, compliance, contracts, litigation and insurance. Ms. Sullivan has worked in the EDA's Real Estate Division since 1988. During her tenure, the Real Estate Division has developed 20 major real estate projects resulting in 5 million square feet of office, lab, academic, healthcare, and entertainment projects for the public and private sectors totaling investments of over $1.5 billion. The division's current portfolio of 2.8 million square feet includes 500,000 square feet of actively managed space with more than 60 tenants.

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

Francis Thomas has been employed by the NJHMFA for over 28 years and is currently the Director of the Contract Administration Division. Prior to Contract Administration, Mr. Francis worked in the Property Management Division for a period of 14 years, in various positions including Housing Management Officer, Manager of Asset Management, and Assistant Director. Currently, the Contract Administration Division is responsible for 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, as well as resolution of resident and management-related concerns. The Contract Administration Division at full capacity is managed though a staff of 30 dedicated individuals.

Thompson, Susan Ney
Deputy Executive Director
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

Since October 2011, Deputy Executive Director Susan Ney Thompson has been overseeing investment strategies, projects and administrative functions for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Ms. Thompson has been with the CRDA since 1989, and throughout her distinguished career, she has conceptualized new investment opportunities, structured project teams, implemented investment programs and construction projects and negotiated investment agreements. Prior to being named Deputy Executive Director, she was Interim Executive Director from February through October 2011 and concurrently held the Chief Operating Officer and Public Information Officer positions during this time. Ms. Thompson's responsibilities included executing the launch of the Atlantic City Tourism District. As CRDA's Chief Operating Officer since 2006, she initiated the $30 million Christopher Columbus Mixed Use Center project from pre-development through design and construction. She negotiated the financing plan, managed traffic impact analysis and assisted with the construction bidding process for the now completed $48 million South Inlet Transportation Project. Other successful initiatives included the development of the Downtown Investment Plan, the establishment of the $20 million CRDA Workforce Housing Fund and approval for Atlantic Cape Community College's $10 million Workforce Training Center. Ms. Thompson honed her skills and expertise from 1989 to 1994, serving as Project Officer, Supervising Program Officer and Director of Housing Development for CRDA. She was promoted to Assistant Deputy Director of Project Development and directed a number of community investment projects in Atlantic City totaling more than $100 million. From 1985-1989, Ms. Thompson was a staff member of the Ocean County Planning Department in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Tinen, Maureen

Maureen Tinen is a senior leader in the economic development community and is President of UCEDC, a statewide, non-profit economic development corporation. UCEDC has served the small business community for nearly 40 years and provides gap financing for growing businesses, entrepreneurial financing, training, and mentoring, government procurement training and other business assistance programs and services. UCEDC is designated as a CDFI, an SBA 504 Certified Development Company, a SBA7a Community Advantage Lender, and a SBA Microlender (2013 New Jersey Microlender of the Year). The corporation is also a federal Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Ms. Tinen has worked in the economic development field for 40 years, in both the public and private sectors in the New York/ New Jersey region. She has served as President of UCEDC for 26 years. She currently chairs and serves on many boards and committees throughout the state.

Tomkiewicz, Edwin S.
Chief of Bureau of Housing Inspection, Division of Codes and Standards
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Edwin "Ed" Tomkiewicz has been in the governmental housing inspection industry for 33 years. Starting in 1981 as a Housing Inspector with the City of Elizabeth, he moved on to become a Multiple Dwelling Inspector with the Department of Community Affairs Bureau of Housing Inspection in 1988. Working his way through supervising various sections of the bureau, Mr. Tomkiewicz currently serves as Bureau Chief.

Touhey, Timothy J.
Senior Vice President/Team Leader for Commercial Real Estate Lending
Investors Bank

Timothy J. Touhey is a Team Leader for Commercial Real Estate Lending at Investors Bank. He began in April 2013 and is responsible for expanding the new unit of the bank’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group, located in Robbinsville, NJ.  He leads a team of lending officers who provide financing to real estate organizations, developers and businesses in Southern and Central New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Mr. Touhey brings to Investors broad expertise in financial services, construction, housing and urban development, government affairs, and relationship building across many industry sectors. During his career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Mr. Touhey has advised and served several of New Jersey’s governors, including Chris Christie, Jon Corzine, Richard Codey, and Christine Todd Whitman. From November 2007 to March 2013, Mr. Touhey developed a comprehensive strategy to assist New Jersey’s home building industry during a prolonged downturn in construction activity, which, thanks to his high profile assignments and achievements as CEO of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA), earned him a place on NJBIZ’s “Power 100” annual ranking of the state’s 100 most powerful people in business, as well as its “Power 50” people in real estate. Prior to heading to NJBA, he served eight years as the Lead Director of the Fannie Mae Northeast Community Business Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Mr. Touhey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and earned his Master’s degree in Social Work Policy/Administration from Rutgers University.

Troy, Thomas F.
Senior Vice President
Sharbell Development Corporation

For the past 27 years, Thomas Troy has been the senior executive responsible for day-to-day management activities of Sharbell Development Corporation and its subsidiaries. Mr. Troy is principally responsible for land acquisition, financing, approvals, project implementation, sales/marketing oversight and overall financial performance of the company. Mr. Troy directed the company’s development efforts from conventional large-lot, single family communities toward multi-generational, mixed-use/infill, “Smart Growth” and re-development projects. Mr. Troy has also recently transitioned three of the company’s age-restricted projects through conversion to non age-restricted status.  Mr. Troy has previously served on the Board of University Medical Center at Princeton and is presently serving as a member of the Foundation Board of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton.  He has received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is a Licensed Architect in the State of Florida. 

Turning, Gerald Michael
Tinton Falls

In January 2014, Gerald M. Turning began serving as Mayor of Tinton Falls. Prior to being elected mayor, Mr. Turning served four years as the Tinton Falls Borough Administrator and was retired from the Tinton Falls Police Department after 30 years of service. He retired with the rank of Chief of Police, a position he held from 2004 through 2011. During his career in law enforcement, Mr. Turning simultaneously served as Director of Emergency Management from 1998–2007 and served as a member of the Tinton Falls Planning Board from 2001–2005.  Mr. Turning is a lifetime member of the Tinton Falls Police Benevolent Association Local 251 and the Tinton Falls Superior Officers Association Local 251. He is a retired member of the National Chiefs of Police Association, the FBI LEEDS Association and the United States Police Canine Association. Mr. Turning currently serves as Commissioner of the Monmouth County Regional Health Department #1 as well as Commissioner of the Monmouth County Joint Insurance Fund. He is a Board Member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the Vice President of the Tinton Falls Seniors Association, and is a member of the Two Rivers Council of Mayors, an organization of 14 Eastern Monmouth County Mayors.  Mr. Turning earned his Associate in Arts with honors at Brookdale Community College, his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with honors from Kean University and his Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Urban, Debra
Director of Tax Credits
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Debra Urban has served as the Director of Tax Credit Services for NJHMFA since December 2002. She is responsible for the administration of over $20,000,000 in annual federal low income housing tax credits to New Jersey affordable housing developments. She also oversees the monitoring of over 40,000 existing tax credit units for compliance with Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. Ms. Urban joined NJHMFA in 1993 as a member of the Research and Development Division, and has been a member of the Tax Credit Division since its inception in 1995. Ms. Urban holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law. She is also a member of the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms. Urban currently holds the designations of Housing Credit Certified Professional and Certified Tax Credit Compliance Site Manager.

Vallone, George T.
The Hoboken Brownstone Company

As President of The Hoboken Brownstone Company (HBCo) -- a multi-faceted real estate development firm active along New Jersey's Hudson River "Gold Coast" -- George Vallone, along with his friend and Partner for over 34 years - Chief Operating Officer Daniel Gans, has compiled extensive experience in urban housing through a socially conscious approach to development.  His firm has been responsible for renovating brownstones, brick row houses and has built mid-rise and hi-rise condominiums in Hoboken and Jersey City. His development companies specialize in large mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment projects.  The successful redevelopment of 1.8 MSF of mixed-uses at the Maxwell House Coffee property on the Hoboken waterfront, "Maxwell Place on the Hudson" was voted Best Urban Large Scale Mixed Use Development in 2010 by NJ Future and was awarded a Phoenix Award for being the best brownfield redevelopment in Region 2 by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  His general contracting company, Inner City Construction, Inc., (ICCI), has built over 1,000 units of affordable housing for non-profit church-affiliated community-based groups and for-profit housing corporations in Paterson, Newark and Trenton. HBCo is now embarking on its most innovative project yet, the redevelopment of a fifteen-acre Brownfield site in the Jersey Avenue Park Redevelopment Zone into a new mixed-use transit oriented neighborhood. This 2,000+ residence mixed-use project will transform a contaminated post-industrial wasteland into a vibrant new neighborhood with shopping, dining, entertainment venues and a new Light Rail Station for mass transit access into New York City and all along New Jersey's "Gold Coast".  Mr. Vallone is Vice President of the NJ Builder's Association (NJBA) and Chairmen of NJBA's Mixed-Use Developers Affiliate ("MXD"). Mr. Vallone possesses a BA in Accounting from Gettysburg College, an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University. He has been a licensed NJ Real Estate Broker since 1986 and has been admitted as a Counselor of Real Estate. He has taught Real Estate Finance and Risk Management at the Rutgers Graduate School of Business, the NJ Redevelopment Agency's Edison Institute, the Rutgers Cook College Continuing Education Series, and at the NJ Bar Association's Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Velez, Jennifer
NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)

Jennifer Velez was confirmed as Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services in 2007, and was reconfirmed in March 2010. She served as one of the department's deputy commissioners from January 2006 until her nomination. DHS has the largest operating budget in state government, with over 15,000 employees – approximately 75 percent of whom serve as direct care workers in the state run developmental centers and psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner Velez works in partnership with the administration on initiatives including: Medicaid services and reform; increasing home and community-based options for seniors and individuals with disabilities, and maintaining the safety net of programs and services made available for the state's lowest income residents. About one in six New Jersey residents accesses services from the department.

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

Adonica Watkins has served in the public housing industry for over 20 years. She has been with NJHMFA for more than 13 years, beginning as a Contract Administrator and currently serving as the Asset Manager for seven years. She is a Certified Professional of Occupancy and a Fair Housing Coordinator. Ms. Watkins has also held the positions of Accountant and Budget Examiner for a previous public housing agency. Adonica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Glassboro State College.

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

Yirgu Wolde was appointed as Director of Supported Housing and Special Needs Division in May 2013. Mr. Wolde joined the agency in 1989 and has served in several capacities, including Assistant Director, Manager, and Senior Development Officer. In his present capacity, he oversees the production of supportive housing, the management and support of program staff and program activities, and provides technical assistance to program staff and developers of special needs housing projects. Mr. Wolde also served as Development Officer and Senior Development Officer in the Research and Development (presently Multifamily Programs and Lending) as well as in the Policy Development Divisions. 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. Mr. Wolde is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Yentel, Diane
Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs
Enterprise Community Partners

Diane Yentel joined Enterprise in November 2011. As Vice President of Public Policy, she leads the execution of Enterprise’s policy and advocacy agenda. Ms. Yentel has over 15 years of housing and community development experience at federal, state and local levels. Prior to coming to Enterprise, she was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. Ms. Yentel also worked for a decade developing and advocating for low-income housing policies and appropriations. At the National Low Income Housing Coalition, she led the Katrina Housing Group (KHG), a coalition of over 150 national and Gulf Coast organizations working to ensure an appropriate federal response to the 2005 hurricanes. In this role, she successfully influenced content for two major pieces of disaster recovery-related legislation and saw key provisions through to enactment, including the creation of a National Disaster Housing Strategy, as well as led advocacy efforts to secure over $4 billion in housing recovery funds for the Gulf Coast. At Oxfam America, she led a coalition of over 120 state and local organizations from the Gulf Coast to ensure that housing recovery from the hurricanes of 2005 were addressed by presidential candidates, culminating in the inclusion of a coalition-drafted recovery commitment in both the Republican and Democratic platforms. A former Peace Corps community development volunteer in Zambia, Ms. Yentel holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York-Stony Brook.

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