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The executive/legal team oversees all aspects of MHP.
Email | 857-317-8585
Clark Ziegler is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a quasi-public state agency that finances affordable rental housing, provides mortgage financing for first-time home buyers, provides technical assistance for housing and neighborhood development, and is a major contributor to state housing policy. He has been with MHP since its inception in 1985 and has been chief executive since 1990. During his tenure MHP has delivered financing or technical assistance in nearly every city and town in the Commonwealth, including financing for more than 26,000 units of affordable rental housing and more than 22,000 affordable homes for low-income first-time buyers. In total MHP has delivered $5.1 billion in below-market financing either directly or through participating banks.
Between 1976 and 1981, Mr. Ziegler was in Washington, DC as an LBJ Intern, legislative assistant and then administrative assistant (chief of staff) to Massachusetts Congressman Robert Drinan, where he specialized in energy, environmental, budget and tax policy and staffed the House Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources. From 1983 to 1985 he was Deputy Director of Development and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Ziegler serves as a governor's appointee on the board of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, which provides financing and technical assistance to community-based nonprofits across Massachusetts. He chairs the board of the Housing Partnership Fund, a federally-certified community development financial institution and a lending affiliate of the Housing Partnership Network, an organization that brings together the nation's leading housing and community development nonprofits. For 11 years, he was a director and officer of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders before stepping down in 2020. He currently serves on the board of Housing Navigator Massachusetts, a nonprofit that was established in 2019 to provide searchable web listings and a common online application for all subsidized housing units in the Commonwealth.
As an Ipswich resident, Ziegler served as chairman and as a 15-year member of the town’s Finance Committee, overseeing local spending on municipal government and public education and making recommendations on zoning and all other matters before town meeting. In 2006 he received the Community Service Award from Citizens Housing and Planning Association and in 2011 the Boston Globe named him one of the top 10 innovators in Massachusetts.
He has a bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Email | 857-317-8530
Danielle Kinkel is MHP's general counsel and a member of MHP's executive team. She is responsible for guiding MHP's legal affairs in all internal and external matters as well as participating in strategic planning and goal-setting for MHP, a self-supporting, non-profit quasi-public agency that creates and preserves affordable housing.
Prior to MHP, she was a real estate attorney at Nolan Sheehan Patten (NSP) in Boston from 2009 to 2018. She began as associate and was named partner in 2016.
At NSP, Danielle was responsible for managing and supervising legal teams through the structuring and closing of complex affordable housing finance transactions. She also advised governmental, quasi-governmental, non-profit and institutional lenders on a variety of housing and real estate development subjects, including zoning and permitting matters, housing subsidy statutes and regulations, tax credit structures and compliance, leasing and condominium regimes, real estate conveyancing issues, corporate entity formation and 501 (c)(3) applications.
She is past co-chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee of Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston (CREW Boston) and is an active member of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, the Young Professionals Group of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.
Her community service activities include pro bono representation of 3L Place, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing lifelong educational opportunities and ongoing support for adults with autism. She also provides ongoing pro bono representation of clients through Lawyers Clearinghouse and has provided pro bono legal representation to victims of Hurricane Katrina on matters such as clearing title to “heirs’ property” and filing grant applications for funding to rehabilitate and reconstruct damaged homes
She has a bachelor of arts degree in history and philosophy from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in education policy from Boston College and a law degree from Northeastern University.
Email | 857-317-8534
Vanessa Okonkwo joined MHP as a paralegal and loan closing coordinator and was promoted to counsel in 2018. She is responsible for assisting MHP's general counsel in in the guidance of all MHP legal affairs.
Prior to MHP, she worked as a credit officer at Diamond Bank and as an attorney the law firm of Paul Usoro & Company. She has law degrees from Abia State University and Nigerian Law School and a masters of laws from Suffolk University.
She is involved in several organizations, including the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Boston Bar Association, CREW Boston, Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, U.K (ICSA). She also volunteers at her local church.
First and foremost, she has a passion for affordable housing. "As someone originally from a third world country, eradication of poverty and homelessness is a cause dear to my heart," she says. "This is why I am very committed to helping MHP achieve its goal of increasing affordable housing in Massachusetts."
Loan Closing Specialist
Email | 857-317-8535
Dolly Abberton rejoined MHP in 2020. She has over 20 years over paralegal experience. She worked at MHP from 2005 to 2014 and had ensuing stints at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP (2014-17) and MassHousing (2017-2020).
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northeastern and master's degree in education from University of Massachusetts Boston.
Email | 857-317-8527
Since 2019, Mahtowin Munro has provided administrative support to the legal and executive teams.. Prior to MHP, Munro worked in law firms as a legal assistant/paralegal and as a nonprofit executive assistant.
Director of Public Affairs
Email | 857-317-8523
Ruston Lodi joined MHP in 2001. He is responsible for producing and delivering housing information, resource materials and annual reports to local and state officials, for-profit and non-profit developers, lending partners, the general public and the media. He manages, writes, edits and schedules the majority of content for MHP's web site, email newsletters and social platforms.
Prior to joining MHP, he worked for Community Newspaper Company as editor-in-chief of four daily and 22 weekly newspapers that he helped integrate into single news operation under the flagship MetroWest Daily News. He joined the MetroWest Daily News (then the Middlesex News) as a news reporter in 1979. In 22 years at the paper, he worked as a news writer, sports writer, sports editor, news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief.
A native of Franklin, Ma. and graduate of Colby College, he began his newspaper career at the Milford Daily News, working days in its press room and nights as a part-time news correspondent.
Email | 857-317-8539
Lisa Braxton joined MHP in 2021. She is responsible for supporting MHP's efforts to communicate why affordable housing is needed, and what MHP is doing to create more housing through its financing, policy work, and partnerships with state, local, nonprofit and business groups across the state.
A magna cum laude graduate of Hampton University, with a master's degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist with experience in print and radio as well. She began her career at the Richmond (VA) News Leader and then spent three years as a staff editor at the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, DC.
In 1994, she returned to journalism and did stints as a reporter and anchor at television stations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. In 2001, while an anchor and reporter at News 12 in Norwalk, CT, she was nominated for a New England Emmy for "Magnificent Moms," a two-part series on unconventional mothers.
In 2003, she joined the Quincy-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as a media spokesperson and manager of public education projects. Over the next 17 years, she was responsible for writing and editing much of the organization's marketing materials, news releases, social media content and technical documents. She traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa to spearhead a project to produce fire safety educational materials for families living in shanty towns. Visiting the haphazardly built shacks made of mud, wood, and scraps of metal impressed upon her the importance of safe and affordable housing.
She was drawn to MHP due to her lifelong interest in affordable housing which is expressed in her debut novel, The Talking Drum, which focuses on the impact of urban gentrification.
"Much of the story was inspired by what I witnessed in the city where I grew up, Bridgeport, Connecticut," she said. Her novel has won or been nominated for several awards. It was the winner of a 2020 Outstanding Literary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and overall winner of Shelf Unbound magazine’s 2020 competition for Best Independently Published Book. The Talking Drum is a finalist for a Forward Indies Book Award in the general fiction category. Most recently, it received a 2021 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Award gold medal in the urban fiction category.
The policy and research team - which comprises MHP's Center for Housing Data - works with the executive director to inform all aspects of MHP's work, as well as working with the Governor, Legislature and statewide partners to promote effective affordable housing policies.
Director of Policy
Email | 857-317-8524
Calandra (Callie) Clark joined MHP’s public affairs staff in 2008 and worked in policy analysis, research, messaging and communication strategy. In early 2017 she became Co-Director of MHP’s newly created Center for Housing Data and in 2019 became the Director of Policy.
Clark has extensive experience in policy analysis and web strategy and in crafting presentations for legislators, local public officials and other public audiences. She has a bachelor’s degree in international development from Clark University and a master’s degree in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.
Director of Research & Analytics
Email | 857-317-8561
Tom Hopper joined MHP in 2006 and worked in risk management, operations and analytical development over the next decade. In early 2017 he became Co-Director of MHP’s newly created Center for Housing Data and in 2019 became Director of Research & Analytics.
Hopper has developed database systems, designed metrics, and created data tools and analytical reports that provide insight into project financial performance, credit quality, and risk management. He has led public policy research efforts on topics such as transit-oriented development, housing production, land use, gentrification and housing costs. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in city planning from Boston University, and a master’s degree in urban informatics from Northeastern University.
Senior Research Analyst
Email | 857-317-8528
Matija Janković joined MHP in 2021. His responsibilities include providing research and analytical support for the Center for Housing Data. Janković has extensive experience in housing policy, housing case management and data analytics. Most recently he was a rent relief case manager for Boston’s Rental Relief Fund and a housing case manager for Housing Families Inc., of Malden, which provides temporary shelter and affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families.
As a data analysis intern for the state, he developed a portfolio management dataset to assist in the Commonwealth’s long-term capital planning efforts. As a research intern, he worked to improve data quality for the state’s portfolio of community colleges.
Janković earned his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
A first-generation immigrant from Belgrade, Serbia, who grew up in Massachusetts, Janković Is committed to the preservation and development of quality, affordable housing in Massachusetts.
This team supports communities, local housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to create affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families.
Director of Community Assistance
Email | 857-317-8582
Laura Shufelt joined in MHP in 2011 as a community assistance manager. She was promoted to assistant director of MHP's community assistance team in 2017 and was named director in 2020. She is one of the most experienced housing professionals in Massachusetts, knowledgeable on a wide range of issues and practices, including proper and effective use of public funds and land, housing lotteries, fair housing, housing authority development and the state comprehensive land use permit law (Ch. 40B).
Specifically, Shufelt's responsibilities include providing pre-development, development, and strategic planning technical assistance to municipalities, housing authorities and other appropriate organizations; building relationships and providing training on affordable housing to town officials, volunteer boards, non-profits, and housing professionals; managing MHP's 40B technical assistance program; and representing MHP and its policy agenda on relevant state and regional affordable housing committees.
A native and resident of Cape Cod, Shufelt is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She began her career as a science teacher. Her path toward affordable housing began when she became a commercial lender and then in affordable housing finance for a consortium of banks. This led to a career as an affordable housing development consultant for housing authorities, towns, and for–and non-profit organizations. "My experience in finance, strategic planning and housing development prepared me for the work I do at MHP," Shufelt said.
Email | 857-317-8514
Senior Planner Katy Lacy has worked at MHP since April 2017. She works closely with municipal officials and local housing advocates seeking to support the development of affordable housing in their community through local initiatives, regulatory and policy changes. She also works closely with the Lending Team to fulfill MHP’s role as a Ch. 40B subsidizing agency, reviewing project applications for eligibility and final approval to ensure compliance with Ch. 40B comprehensive land use permit regulations.
Lacy has extensive knowledge of Massachusetts land use regulations and housing policy. She has been qualified as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2002, and she serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Planners and the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC).
Prior to coming to MHP Katy worked in the 40B department at MassHousing, and, served as community planning director for the Town of Hingham. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and a Masters degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she studied landscape architecture and planning. She is a board member and trustee of the Boston-based Clippership Foundation, where she serves on the housing and homelessness committee. She is an active volunteer at the Wellspring Multi-Service Center in Hull.
Senior Development Manager
Email | 857-317-8538
Christine Madore joined MHP in 2021. She has extensive experience in all facets of community development, including relationship building, technical planning and project management.
At MHP, Madore’s work focuses on helping communities build mobility-friendly neighborhoods and works closely with municipal officials and housing advocates to support the development of affordable housing.
Prior to MHP, she was vice president of real estate services at MassDevelopment, and was responsible for overseeing the real estate technical assistance program to support communities across Massachusetts.
In addition, she served as MassDevelopment's real estate services liaison for over 50 communities north of Boston, developed workshop programs to engage communities on economic development issues, and represented MassDevelopment in statewide working groups focused on coordinating programs and policies to promote economic and housing development.
A certified planner, Madore received a bachelor's degree in environmental, earth and ocean sciences from UMass Boston and a master's in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University. She began her planning career at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and oversaw planning projects ranging from downtown to community-wide master plans.
A resident of Salem, Madore is active in her region. She has been a city councilor in Salem since 2018 and is also a board member of Harborlight Community Partners, a North Shore-based housing non-profit.
Senior Program Manager
Email | 857-317-8525
Shelly Goehring joined MHP in 2016 as program manager and was promoted to senior program manager in 2019. She is responsible for working with communities and nonprofits to support affordable housing initiatives and development.
She does this primarily by helping communities establish and operate municipal affordable housing trusts. She is one of the state's foremost experts in how to set up and use housing trusts, and how to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for affordable housing, either directly or through a housing trust. She conducts local and regional trainings throughout the year and regularly appears at local meetings to explain how trusts and CPA funds can help communities address their housing needs.
Prior to MHP, she worked at the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance as a program manager working with communities inside Route 495 on how to use CPA funds for affordable housing. Before that, she was the founder and executive director of Four Corners Main Street, a Dorchester-based nonprofit focused on commercial revitalization and business development.
She has bachelor's degrees in political science and sociology from the University of California Davis, a master's in urban and economic development from Eastern University and a master's in business administration from Babson. A California native, she said she first became interested in affordable housing through the personal experience of moving to Boston and experiencing sticker shock at how much housing cost and the effort involved in finding a stable, affordable place to live.
Email | 857-317-8517
Emma McGurren joined MHP in 2021. She is responsible for leading organizational efforts for workshops and trainings, providing support for MHP’s 40B technical assistance program, providing general support for senior staff presentations, and acting as the team point person for MHP’s Housing Toolbox.
McGurren has years of experience in housing administrative work. Most recently she was assistant to the property manager at the Main South Community Development Corporation in Worcester, meeting with residents to gather recertification documents and performing income calculations to verify lease renewal qualifications for the organization’s apartments.
She served on the steering committee of the All Kinds of Girls mentoring program, which helps girls recognize their strengths by providing them with a safe space to express and be themselves.
A graduate of Clark University in Worcester with a bachelor’s degree in global environmental studies and a master’s degree in community development and planning, she spent a semester abroad in Yungaburra, Australia, researching riparian transitions in the savanna vegetation of North Queensland and making recommendations to community partners.
This team uses lines of credit from banks and other sources to make long-term, fixed-rate loans for affordable rental housing. Since 1990, MHP has provided over $1.4 billion in loans and commitments for the financing of more than 27,000 units of rental housing.
Email | 857-317-8570
Mark Curtiss is managing director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a public non-profit agency that finances affordable rental housing, provides mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers through dozens of Massachusetts banks, offers technical assistance for housing and neighborhood development, and is deeply involved in state housing policy. He joined MHP in 1991 and was named managing director in 2003.
In this role, Curtiss is responsible for managing MHP’s $1.5 billion multifamily loan fund, including oversight of program development, loan underwriting, loan origination, portfolio management, and capital sources, which include Massachusetts banks, Fannie Mae, and FHA MAP and risk-sharing products. Curtiss is the architect of MHP’s rental housing loan programs including permanent financing, green and healthy financing, lines of credit, and credit enhancement for tax-exempt bonds, and he is directly responsible for the growth of the loan fund from its inception to over 26,000 units financed with no loan losses in the history of the portfolio. He also serves as a director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, which represents leading banks and nonprofit loan funds across the U.S. engaged in community development lending.
Before starting at MHP, Curtiss worked at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, where he researched national housing trends for the "State of the Nation's Housing" report and analyzed innovative mortgage products for Nobel laureate Franco Modigliani and Denise DiPasquale. Prior to that, he worked on the staff for Secretary Amy Anthony at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development. He received his master's degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and his bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Director of Lending & Chief Credit Officer
Email | 857-317-8557
Megan Mulcahy joined MHP's lending team in June of 2000. She was named chief credit officer in 2015 and was promoted to director of lending and chief credit officer in 2020. She is responsible for ensuring the credit quality of all MHP loans, managing MHP's capital sources, and maintaining MHP's loan policies and procedures.
She has extensive experience working with non-profit community based housing developers and large for-profit national housing developers. She has worked with various projects and housing types including 40B-permitted housing, taxable debt, tax-exempt bond financing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, working capital credit lines, mixed-use developments and sustainable housing. She is experienced at underwriting affordable developments with all MHP's capital sources - bank funds, FHA, and Fannie Mae.
Mulcahy came to MHP after graduate studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she was the project manager for Buchanan & Associates, an environmental and land use law firm located in Boston. She earned her undergraduate degree in politics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston (CREW Boston), where she participates in the working group for housing and community development.
Director of Business Development
Email | 857-317-8556
Nancy McCafferty joined MHP in 2003 as a loan officer, was promoted to senior loan officer in 2008 and senior relationship manager in 2015. She has significant experience underwriting and closing permanent financing utilizing taxable debt, tax-exempt bonds, working capital credit lines within MHP’s lending programs and capital sources; including, private bank funds, Fannie Mae, FHA MAP and Risk Share. Among these transactions were some of MHP’s largest and most complicated loans in the organization’s history.
In 2020, McCafferty was named director of business development, to provide strategic oversight of new multifamily financing opportunities that meet client business objectives and to deliver thought leadership for marketing MHP’s lending programs.
In 2018, McCafferty was recognized by BisNow, as one of forty Boston Power Women in Commercial Real Estate who made have had an impact in their career, the industry, and have empowered women along the way. In 2015, she was named as one of fifteen Woman of FIRE by Banker & Tradesman, which annually recognizes women who have had success in the field of finance and have demonstrated a commitment to professional and personal growth.
Prior to joining MHP, she specialized in the underwriting, acquisition and management of affordable multifamily properties financed with federal and state low-income housing tax credits. Her career began in the late 1980’s in commercial real estate where she held both property management and development positions at Trammell Crow Company, Spaulding & Slye Colliers (now Jones Lang LaSalle) and Winthrop Financial Company.
She started her career in finance at age 12 when, as paper girl for the Lowell Sun and Boston Sunday Globe, she provided interest free loans to customers that were behind on weekly subscription payments.
McCafferty earned a bachelor's degree in business finance at UMass-Lowell and received certification as a real property administrator at Bentley College. She currently serves on the boards of Fidelity House Career Resource Center and Local Initiative Support Corporation Boston. In the past, she has served on the board of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development as Treasurer well as CREW Boston (previously known as New England Women in Real Estate) which recognized her with an Esprit de Coeur award in 2010 and networking awards in 2011 and 2017. She has also chaired several committees within each organization.
Director of Capital and Program Development
Email | 857-317-8554
Anne Lewis directs the development of new programs and capital sources and as well as support for the underwriting work of the lenders. Formerly a senior lending analyst, she developed and refined many of MHP’s financing models and data tools, as well as analyses of MHP’s lending activities and polices related to affordable housing finance, and provides support in the implementation of MHP’s strategic plan and capital sources.
She holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in physics and political science from Williams College. Locally, she is a member of Housing Medford. Right after graduating from Williams, she was a college rowing coach at Bates and competed as an amateur speed skater. https://www.linkedin.com/in/an...
Senior Relationship Manager
Email | 857-317-8578
Alma Balonon-Rosen is responsible for helping to direct MHP's marketing and origination of new loan business. Previously, she worked for 20 years in a variety of senior roles at Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing and community development non-profit. Her final role at Enterprise before joining MHP was director of relationship management for health and housing.
Balonon-Rosen began her career at Fleet Bank and worked at MHP as a senior loan officer from 1993 to 1998 before moving to Rochester, New York with her husband Mitch, who began a new job at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She rejoined Fleet Bank before moving to Enterprise.
She has a strong background in relationship management, business development, underwriting, and financial products and programs. She sits on PNC Bank’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Committee and is a member of CREW Boston. She is a graduate of Tufts University and has a master’s degree from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.
Senior Loan Officer
Email | 857-317-8559
Amanda Roe came to MHP in 2005 and is responsible for marketing MHP's lending programs to prospective borrowers, and underwriting and closing permanent affordable housing loans throughout Massachusetts. Prior to joining MHP she worked for 15 years at the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development on a range of affordable housing programs including homeowner and rental rehabilitation initiatives, supportive service housing development and contract management, neighborhood planning for city-owned vacant land, and financial analysis and project management of approximately 1,000 units of rental and homeownership units developed across the neighborhoods of Boston.
She also managed several important grant programs such as the Housing Counseling Program, Tenants At Risk Program, and the HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Program. Prior to that, she worked at the Bromley Heath Public Housing Development conducting a land use survey, and writing and administering grants. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McDaniel College, and earned her Master's Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in 1989.
Senior Loan Officer
Email | 857-317-8552
David Hanifin has been a senior loan officer at MHP since 2012. He specializes in providing permanent financing for the development and preservation of affordable and mixed income rental housing. Prior to joining MHP, he served as a development officer with Rhode Island Housing (RIH), which is Rhode Island’s housing finance agency as well as its allocating agency for low income housing tax credits. He worked as a construction and permanent lender at RIH for eight years, specializing in the debt financing of tax credit projects.
Prior to his work in RI, Hanifin lived and worked in the Boston area for 18 years, working most recently as a senior project manager for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He is also an attorney who worked as assistant corporation counsel for the Boston Public Schools and as senior staff counsel at the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission before he became involved in planning and affordable housing finance.
Hanifin has a law degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial economics from Union College. He has also been very involved as a board member and volunteer in a number of non-profit organizations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He currently serves as a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Housing and Economic Development District Council.
Senior Loan Officer
Email | 857-317-8575
Alice Wong re-joined MHP's Lending Team in February 2016 and is responsible for the origination, underwriting, and closing of multi-family affordable housing loans. In her earlier position at MHP, she was Deputy Director of Lending as well as Senior Project Manager, Community Housing Initiatives.
Wong has more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and development in Massachusetts and New York. Prior to joining MHP, she worked for Urban Edge Housing Corporation, a Boston community development corporation, closing their first New Market deal combined with Low Income Housing tax credits and public and private debt, as well as helping oversee a portfolio of over 1,300 units. For the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD, she was the project manager of the roll-out of HomeBASE, a program to serve formerly homeless and at-risk families. Alice earned a BA in Sociology at Yale and a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Email | 857-317-8551
Steve Gandt joined MHP in 2018. Prior to MHP, he was a vice president at Berkeley Point Capital, one of the largest multifamily lenders in the US, where he managed a $10 billion real estate loan portfolio with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA financing. Over his 20 years at Berkeley Point (and its predecessors Deutsche Bank Mortgage and Berkshire Mortgage), he was involved in the management of a complex $500 million Fannie Mae credit facility, helped manage the growth of the asset management business from $5 billion to $58 billion, and was involved in the underwriting of multifamily loans.
Before Berkeley, he worked at Winthrop Financial Associates as a real estate financial analyst and at State Street Corporation as an information analyst and fund accountant. He has a master’s in economics from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross. He joined MHP because "I wanted to work with an organization whose primary mission is to assist in providing affordable housing for families and individuals."
Assistant Loan Officer
Email | 857-317-8543
Shawna O'Neil joined MHP in 2018 as a lending assistant. She was promoted to lending analyst in 2019 and assistant loan officer in 2021. She is responsible for processing loan applications for MHP's multifamily rental financing products and providing underwriting and loan closing support. She also tracks team goals, ensures data integrity and performs portfolio-wide analyses on MHP's 275 permanent loans to help the lending team understand trends and inform its lending decisions.
She has a bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of New Hampshire and a master's in public policy from Northeastern, where she graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average. At UNH, she received the Allen Linden Prize for best senior history thesis. In 2018, Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston honored her with one of its three annual scholarship awards. She was inspired to pursue a career in affordable housing because "as the daughter of a single teenage mother, affordable housing was always at the forefront of our struggles. As I grew into my academic career, I knew that I wanted to do something that ensured other little girls did not grow up that way."
Email | 857-317-8553
Tesfalem Chatot joined MHP in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in business administration. During his college years, he did a term of service in San Antonio with Americorps City Year. He also took courses in real state finance and did an internship at Enterprise Bank.
Email | 857-317-8532
Deepti Kamma joined MHP in 2019. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental science. She wrote her senior thesis on the environmental and economic impacts of globalization on agriculture in India.
At UMass, she was named a Women in Leadership Fellow and founded the UMass chapter of the Delta Kappa Delta sorority, where she continues to be involved as the chapter's national vice president of marketing. She has extensive volunteer experience, with stints at Habitat for Humanity, the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG).
This team provides support for the life of our permanent mortgages.
Director of Portfolio Management
Email | 857-317-8563
Cynthia Mohammed joined MHP's staff in 1998. She had previously been an associate in the audit group at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, where she worked for a variety of public, private and nonprofit clients. She earned a bachelor's degree in public policy at Brown University and has also done graduate work in accounting at USC. She was named deputy director of portfolio management in 2016 and director in August, 2018.
Deputy Director of Portfolio Management
Email | 857-317-8581
Kathryn Riley joined MHP in 2017 as a senior portfolio manager and was named deputy director of the Portfolio Management team in 2018. She is responsible for managing a complex portfolio of loans. Prior to MHP, she has 25 years of experience in tax credit equity syndication working for several Boston based real estate firms specializing in the federal low income housing tax credit. She has held positions in asset management, portfolio management and acquisitions.
Riley has served on the Investment Committee of the Life Initiative, a $100 million fund that makes community investments and on the Board of the Affordable Housing Investors Council, whose members invest in affordable housing by purchasing federal and state tax credits. She is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston and in on the housing and community development committee.
She received her bachelor' degree from Boston College and a master's in business administration with a concentration in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is involved in Boston College’s Alumni-Student career mentoring program.
Senior Advisor/Senior Portfolio Mgr.
Email | 857-317-8560
Geoff MacAdie has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and affordable housing. He joined MHP's staff in 1998 and was Director of Portfolio Management from 2004 to 2018. He had previously managed a large affordable housing portfolio in Maine for the Insignia Residential Group and worked as an asset manager for residential properties at Fleet/Recoll. He has also managed his own real estate management consulting firm. He has an MS in Urban Affairs/City Planning from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in urban affairs from the University of Connecticut.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Email | 857-317-8566
As a senior portfolio manager, Scott Goldstone manages a portfolio of MHP permanent loans that encompass a variety of MHP loan programs and capital sources, including bank funds, Fannie Mae and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. He also manages insurance compliance throughout MHP's portfolio, which totals over 275 loans for multifamily developments.
Goldstone joined MHP in 2009 as an assistant portfolio manager. He began his career as a residential mortgage broker, real estate agent, and private residential developer in his home state of Florida. After moving to Massachusetts in 2006, he worked for Just-A-Start in Cambridge on a contract basis as a project manager on an affordable condominium development. This served as his introduction to affordable housing and his eventual pursuit of employment at MHP. "Having experience working on both sides of the for-profit and nonprofit real estate industry has made me a big believer in affordable housing," he says.
He has a bachelor of science in business from Boston University.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Email | 857-317-8565
Sandra Cooke joined MHP in 2021. Her responsibilities include managing MHP’s relationships with borrowers, conducting credit reviews and site inspections, and addressing project operating performance issues. In addition, she mentors junior staff members in the administration of assigned loans.
She has a history of successfully monitoring $1 billion to $23.5 billion loan servicing portfolios for financial analysis and physical inspection. Most recently, as assistant vice president in asset management at Northeast Bank, she managed oversight for a $1 billion purchased and originated loan portfolio for commercial real estate, which included written financial, loan performance, collateral, and sponsor assessment of each asset acquired to maximize income and diminish risk loss.
Previously, as a vice president at Berkeley Point Capital LLC in Boston, she monitored a $23.5 billion loan servicing portfolio for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and CMBS master servicers and drove risk mitigation initiatives with a focus on maximizing performance and value.
She was drawn to MHP because of her desire to bring her experience managing large portfolios to a mission-based organization.
Portfolio & Compliance Manager
Email | 857-317-8568
Carla Cabral joined MHP in Feb. 2013 as an interim portfolio manager. She was promoted to portfolio specialist & compliance manager in October 2013 and portfolio & compliance manager in 2019. She provides support for MHP’s portfolio management and is responsible for processing of borrower requests and requisitions, as well as analytical support for portfolio managers. She is also responsible for all affordability and fair housing compliance monitoring activities across MHP’s multifamily loan portfolio, including monitoring initial lease up of projects financed by MHP and permitted with Ch. 40B comprehensive land use permits.
Cabral has over 19 years of experience in multifamily real estate. A native of Portugal, she settled in Boston and used her fluency in Portuguese, Cape Verdean creole and Spanish to do temporary work for the Boston Housing Authority. The BHA hired her to work in its Section 8 Leased Housing department and Cabral says it was here where she used her language skills to connect with residents and embrace the mission and value of providing affordable housing.
Cabral holds a bachelor's degree in social communication, public relations and marketing from Technical University of Lisbon. She earned a management certificate and a master's of science with a focus on project management from Northeastern University. She is currently pursuing her commercial real estate certificate at Boston University. She is a member of National Center for Housing Management (NCHM), and Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston (CREW Boston). Carla has volunteered as a translator at the BHA, and as needed at her prior jobs and now at MHP.
Loan Servicing Coordinator
Email | 857-317-8529
Jayne Touchet is responsible for providing technical and analytical support to the portfolio management team through a variety of tasks including the processing new loans, preparation of monthly invoices, timely collection and processing of payments, and maintenance and distribution of data on the loan servicing system.
After beginning her career in banking, Touchet worked for Berkely Point Capital for 16 years, first as a client relations specialist and then as a servicing associate. During her career at Berkeley, her responsibilities included servicing a portfolio of over 300 multi-family Fannie Mae loans, managing a $50 billion multi-family and commercial portfolio of 3,800 loans, and the review, processing of new loans as well as the creation of policies to accurately book new loans into the servicing system.
Touchet joined MHP in 2019, attracted in part by the chance to put her portfolio management skills to work in a mission-driven organization. "Given my experience managing diverse multi-family loans, I'm excited to be working in an organization whose goal is to help and support the needs of the community through the creation and preservation of affordable housing," she says.
Portfolio Operations Associate
Email | 857-317-8567
Caitlin Fortin started her career at MHP in 2011 as an administrative assistant with the portfolio management team. She has since been promoted to the role of portfolio operations associate. In this role, she assists portfolio managers with the day-to-day aspects of maintaining the large rental portfolio through processing escrow payments, completing financial spread analyses, intake of reporting documents, and other operational tasks.
Fortin is a graduate of Clark University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. During her time at Clark, she held a work-study job at the Main South Community Development Corp. in Worcester. She was also intern during and after college at the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National LGBTQ Task Force in n Washington, D.C.
In the summer of 2018, Fortin joined the board of East Somerville Main Streets, a nonprofit that works to improve the life of the community by building investment, connection and pride in the neighborhood. She is an active volunteer and helps organize a number of community events.
Email | 857-317-8583
Merida Kepnes joined MHP in 2019. She is a 2019 graduate of Simmons College where she earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in sustainability. As part of her course work, Kepnes completed a research paper on Boston’s affordable housing crisis and how multifamily real estate capital can contribute to the solution. Prior to MHP, she did an internship at KeyBank in their commercial real estate capital group. In 2018, the Commercial Real Estate Women of Boston (CREW Boston) awarded her one of their annual scholarships.
This team manages the ONE Mortgage Program which, combined with our previous SoftSecond Mortgage Program, has helped over 23,000 low- and moderate-income families purchase their first home.
Director of Homeownership
Email | 857-317-8516
Elliot Schmiedl re-joined MHP in March 2016 as the program manager for the Homeownership team and was promoted to director of homeownership in August 2016. He is responsible for advancing homeownership priorities and goals, including our efforts to close the racial homeownership and wealth gaps.
Day-to-day he is focused on strengthening strategic partnerships, marketing the ONE Mortgage and ONE+Boston programs, and managing the homeownership team. In his earlier position at MHP, he was a senior program associate, working with lenders and non-profit community partners to administer the SoftSecond and ONE Mortgage Programs.
Before his return to MHP in 2016, Schmiedl was family services division director at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a community-based social service non-profit organization. In this role he oversaw all facets of the emergency assistance shelter program, HomeBASE, and the Housing Consumer Education Center, including its homelessness prevention, first-time homebuyer, and foreclosure prevention programs.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern and a master’s in public administration from Suffolk University.
Associate Director of Homeownership
Email | 857-317-8519
David Worsham is associate director for MHP's ONE Mortgage, the state's most affordable mortgage program. In this role, he plays a key role in program development, helps manage the team in day-to-day origination operations, and oversees a variety of key administrative duties, including the development and maintenance of the loan origination and servicing system, the authorization of funding for ONE and ONE+ loans, and the recapture of public funds from paid-in-full loans.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a bachelor's degree in ethics, social and political philosophy, Worsham began working as temporary employee for the homeownership team in 2014 and was hired full time as an administrative assistant in 2015. He was named operations manager in 2017 and associate director in 2021.
A native of Arlington, Worsham traces his appreciation for housing back to his parents, who worked hard and rented four different houses so that their children could grow up in the same school system. "I am privileged to have had as stable a childhood as I did, and I understand how essential stable housing and homeownership opportunities are to attending to the problems of inequity," he says. "My parents are now homeowners, so they’re finally getting to reap the rewards of their efforts."
Email | 857-317-8526
Isabel Cruz joined MHP in 2018 as a program analyst and was promoted to program manager in 2020. She is responsible for overseeing MHP's post-purchase counseling and education program (HomeSafe), a key part of MHP's successful ONE Mortgage Program. Since 1990, ONE Mortgage and its predecessor (SoftSecond) have helped 22,000 low- and moderate-income buyers purchase their first home.
In her two years at MHP, Cruz has contributed to all aspects of administering the ONE Mortgage, which is supported by the state, non-profit organizations and over 40 lenders across the Commonwealth. She has guided hundreds of prospective buyers through the home-buying process, organized lender recognition events, created marketing materials and improved web site functionality to help homebuyers find information such as homebuyer classes, down-payment assistance and post-purchase counseling. She has also provided marketing support and data analyses on loan performance to advance initiatives aimed at closing the racial homeownership gap. These initiatives include MHP's decision to change credit scores and the ONE+Boston program.
Cruz came to MHP after completing a dual degree master’s program at Clark University, earning master's degrees in business administration and community development. Prior to that, she received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked on education and youth development initiatives as part of a City Year program in San José/Silicon Valley.
Relationship Manager/Legal Analyst
Email | 857-317-8545
As relationship manager for MHP's ONE Mortgage Program, Moriah Cummings is responsible for managing relationships with 25 of participating lenders, primarily through the review of loan applications, and the facilitation of lender trainings. She is the initial point of contact for all programmatic inquiries from other lenders, municipalities and non-profit partners, and is responsible for maintaining existing partnerships and forming new ones. She also assists in maintaining formal agreements with ONE Mortgage partners and manages new marketing efforts.
Cummings also works as an analyst on the legal team.
Prior to MHP, she worked with organizations that offer direct services to homeless populations in the Greater Boston area, such as the YWCA and Heading Home. It was this work that helped inspire her to pursue a career in affordable housing and pursue her goal of helping to create housing policies that impact those in need.
Cummings began her career at MHP in 2016 as a program administrator. She has bachelor's degree in sociology and public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is currently pursuing a law degree at New England Law Boston.
Community Engagement Officer
Email | 857-317-8515
LaQuisa Burke joined MHP in July 2017 and is responsible for supporting both the developmental and operational aspects for ONE Mortgage, the state's most affordable mortgage program. These responsibilities include maintaining and expanding upon our network of agencies committed to helping homebuyers, working with partner lenders on loan origination and funding, facilitating motivated Section 8-eligible homebuyers to use their vouchers towards a home purchase, and working with first-time owners when they refinance their ONE Mortgage loans. Burke also helps organize and is an charismatic, effective representative at ONE Mortgage marketing events because she is passionate about increasing opportunities for first-time buyers, especially in the City of Boston, her hometown. In 2020, she served as the voice behind some radio ads promoting ONE Mortgage.
She earned an associate degree in business management from Bunker Hill Community College and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). She also has a graduate certificate in gender, leadership and public policy from UMB. Prior to MHP, her experience in housing included a public policy housing internship at the City of Boston and a City Awake Delegate Fellowship, where she supported programming related to housing issues.
She is a longtime member and current president of the West of Washington Coalition (WOW), a community group which advocates for sustainable change in the neighborhood west of Washington Street in Dorchester. In 2020, thanks to Burke's leadership, the coalition was awarded an $800,000 Community Preservation Act grant from the City of Boston to create a neighborhood park at the corner of Norwell and Park streets.
Homeowner Services Coordinator
Email | 857-317-8537
Nieves Gómez joined MHP in 2021. She is responsible for overseeing ONE Mortgage's post-purchase counseling program (HomeSafe) and for helping to coordinate communication between ONE's lenders and non-profit counseling agencies.
Prior to MHP, Gómez worked at Lawrence Community Works (LCW). From 2016 to 2019, she was a financial coach who provided a wide range of money management counseling to teenagers, college students, parents, couples and seniors. In 2019, she was promoted to homeownership counselor, where supported all facets of LCW's homeownership services, including helping first-time buyers qualify for financing and providing owner-occupied landlord counseling to buyers purchasing small multifamily homes. While at LCW, she also participated in the employee training process.
Before LCW, she worked for four years as a senior personal banker at Santander Bank. She was also involved in the hiring and training of new personnel.
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration and has been involved in volunteer activities at her church and schools in the Lawrence area, including being vice president of the Lawrence High School PTA and a parent volunteer at both the Soule School and the high school in Salem, NH.
Regarding her career helping people buy homes at both Santander and LCW, Gómez said, "It's a privilege to be able to take an active part in the mortgage process, from working with originators to analyzing documentation to pre-qualifying applicants so they can realize their dreams of owning a home."
Email | 857-317-8542
Abigail White began work at MHP as an intern in 2020 for the homeownership team and was hired full-time as program administrator in 2021. Her responsibilities include processing homeowner requests for mortgage discharges, calculating borrower repayment invoices, and documenting recapture of subsidy and loan loss reserve funds. She also responds to lender and homebuyer inquiries for information and referrals.
While at Cairn University studying for her bachelor’s degree in Business and Bible, her concentration was urban studies and Spanish. She studied the social and economic structure of North Philadelphia and how it affected residents living in low-income areas of the city. Her study abroad included travel to the Middle East, Central America, the Caribbean and South Africa where she conducted studies on city systems and how the United States could provide insight to underserved cities.
She credits her academic studies and volunteer work with influencing her to pursue a career that seeks to improve the quality of life for inadequately served populations.
This team combines to run the day-to day-operations and track MHP’s overall financial performance.
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Email | 857-317-8510
Charleen Tyson brings a wealth of experience to MHP as a finance executive in both the non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining MHP, she served for three years as executive vice president and CFO for MassDevelopment. In this role, she managed finance and accounting, human resources, administration and technology for this quasi-public economic development agency with $600 million in total assets
Before MassDevelopment, she had been director of finance at the New England Aquarium, controller at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/Angell Memorial Hospital, and held various positions with the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Tyson serves as treasurer of the Elizabeth Stone House in Jamaica Plain, which provides shelter and transitional housing for battered women. She also serves on the South Shore Charter School Board of Trustees, and on the finance committee for the Town of Hull. She received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management and did her undergraduate work in business management and science at Bridgewater State.
Director of Financial Planning & Reporting
Email | 857-317-8513
Karen English joined MHP as Controller in August 2005 and is responsible for managing financial operations, processes and internal controls. She brings 15 years of accounting and operations management experience. Prior to coming to MHP, Karen served as interim CFO and as an Accounting Manager for two non-profit organizations. As a consultant, she developed systems which provided the management tools necessary to provide detailed financial reporting on a $200 million office/residential/retail project.
Her experience also includes forensic accounting, start-up infrastructure development, and creating financial models used in acquisition analyses and budgeting. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her CPA while at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Human Resources Director
Email | 857-317-8511
Lori Cain joined MHP in 2020 as Human Resources Director to lead and guide the HR operations and strategy for hiring, training, and retention of talent that will support MHP’s mission, values, and goals. For over 16 years, she worked in a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness by assisting individuals in obtaining housing, maintaining housing stability and developing strategies to prevent homelessness before it starts.
She began her career as a frontline caseworker and progressed to supervisor, clinical director and chief operating officer, where human resources was a large part of her responsibilities.
Cain earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at UMass Boston and her masters in social work at Boston University. She has also earned human resource certifications from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Chief Accountant & Treasury Manager
Email | 857-317-8512
David Oteri joined MHP’s finance and administration team in 1998 as controller. He became chief accounting officer in 2004 and was named to his current position as chief accountant and treasury manager in 2008. He is responsible for the day-to-day financial operation of MHP, along with the management of our cash and investment portfolio.
Before coming to MHP, Oteri worked for two public accounting firms for 11 years. Both firms specialized in auditing and tax preparation in the subsidized housing industry.
Oteri is a Certified Public Accountant. He has master's debree in business administration from Framingham State University and a bachelor of science in accouting from Villanova University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s.
He has volunteered for over a decade as a soccer and basketball coach in the town he lives in.
Email | 857-317-8562
As staff accountant and budget analyst, Feng Situ is responsible for a wide range of MHP financial activities, including payroll, check processing, invoice verification, payment approvals, record reconciliation, maintaining accurate files and running monthly financial reports and variance analysis.
Situ joined MHP in 2019. Prior to MHP, he was an accounts payable specialist at Keolis Commuter Services. He is expecting to complete studies for a bachelor of science degree in finance from Northeastern University in the spring of 2020.
Situ says he enjoyed the Keolis mission of providing commuter services so people could achieve a better work-life balance and was attracted to MHP because affordable homes also help people raise their quality of life.
Financial Analyst & Accountant
Email | 857-317-8522
Stephen Lucien joined MHP in 2021. His responsibilities include assisting with budget development, updating and reporting on budget to actual on a monthly and quarterly basis, analyzing monthly financial results and preparing variance explanations, and creating and managing information and data processes as needed.
He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a conversion analyst for JPMorgan Chase where he was responsible for converting outside clients onto the JPM platforms and designing and implementing processes and controls in support of all daily production requirements. Previously as financial operations analyst for DST Systems/SS&C he analyzed invoices from financial intermediaries to determine completeness and developed processes to simplify the validation for clients.
Lucien earned his Master of Science in finance from Suffolk University and his Bachelor of Science in Finance from UMass Boston.
He volunteers as a play space activity leader for Horizons for Homeless Children and for several years was a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Email | 857-317-8531
Toi Neely joined MHP in September, 2019. She provides support to MHP's finance and administration team. She joins MHP with more than 18 years as an executive assistant at John Hancock Financial Services. Prior to that, she held administrative positions at IDX and Cambridge Trust. She holds a bachelor's degree in management science from Fisher College.
Information Technology Manager
Email | 857-317-8573
Scott MacIntyre is responsible for managing all aspects of MHP's network, including data center operations, network management, security, remote access, email data base administration and relationships with all vendors.
He has managed the development of multiple internal initiatives, including a web-based loan origination and servicing system, portfolio management applications, customer relationship systems, company intranet, board of directors web site and a loan document management system (MassDocs) that makes it possible to have one set of loan documents for multifamily projects using multiple funding sources. He has also developed security programs and protocols, including a written information security program, threat intelligence, vulnerability and penetration testing, and annual staff security training. He has also acted as security lead responding to security requirements on lending institutions that partner with MHP.
A graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor of science degree, MacIntyre worked for five years at Career Finders,, a start-up software company in Needham. He joined MHP in 1997 as information technology coordinator and was promoted to his current role in 2008. He resides with his family in Bristol County MA.
Information Technology Coordinator
Email | 857-317-8574
As information technology coordinator, Anton Kavulu is responsible for helping to set up, manage and maintain the security of MHP's computer systems. He provides user set-up and support to MHP staff, maintains MHP's servers and manages the archiving systems. He also manages the performance of printers, scanners, copy machines and related software.
Kavulu joined MHP in 2016. Prior to that, his work experience includes providing desk top computer support at several Boston companies and educational institutions such as the Winsor School in Boston, the Boston Architectural College and Buckingham, Browne and Nichols.
He has a bachelor's degree in economics from Kampala International University. He holds many certifications in cyber security and system administration and has done course work toward a master's degree in financial management and information systems.