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NH&RA Elects New Board of Directors Slate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2021) – National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) members today elected its Board of Directors for 2021-22.

NH&RA also previously elected its officers for the upcoming year.

“The pandemic and the economic downturn over the past year has affected so many lives and presented unique challenges to the affordable housing industry,” said NH&RA President Thom Amdur. “These challenges also have put the need for affordable housing in the national spotlight.”

“Now more than ever, it is important that everyone involved in addressing those needs has a place to meet and share ideas,” Amdur said. “We are pleased NH&RA continues to play a pivotal role as the premier association for affordable housing professionals to talk about best practices and build relationships across the industry.”

The full list of NH&RA’s officers and Board of Directors is below.

NH&RA 2021-22 Officers

Chair:

  • Holly Wiedemann, AU Associates, Lexington, KY

Vice-Chairs:

  • Geoffrey Brown, USA Properties Fund, Inc., Roseville, CA
  • Joan Hoover, Conifer Realty LLC, Rochester, NY

Treasurer:

  • Milton Pratt, The Michaels Organization, Marlton, NJ

Secretary:

  • Sharon Wilson Géno, Volunteers of America, Alexandria, VA

General Counsel:

  • Katten – Ken Lore

 

NH&RA 2021-22 Board of Directors

  • David Abromowitz, Goulston & Storrs, P.C., Boston, MA
  • Charles Anderson, CREA, LLC, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ben Applegate, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, Chicago, IL
  • Chris Barnes, Minneapolis, MN
  • Brent Barringer, Monarch Private Capital, Austin, TX
  • Maria Barry, Bank of America, Providence, RI
  • Sharon Dworkin Bell, Council of Large Affordable Housing Owners, Washington, DC
  • Kenan Bigby, Trinity Financial, Boston, MA
  • Dana Boole, CAHEC, Raleigh, NC*
  • Holly Bray, Dwight Capital, Washington, DC
  • Jerome Breed, Miles & Stockbridge LLP, Washington, DC
  • Claudia Brodie, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., Saint Louis, MO
  • Geoffrey Brown, USA Properties Fund, Inc., Roseville, CA
  • Rodger Brown, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., Boston, MA
  • Laura Burns, The Eagle Point Companies, Portland, ME
  • Orlando Cabrera, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Washington, DC
  • Tom Capp, Gorman & Company, Inc., Oregon, WI
  • Robert Charest, Boston Financial Investment Management, Boston, MA
  • Josh Cohen, Beacon Communities, Boston, MA
  • Alan Cohen, Holland & Knight LLP, New York, NY
  • Suzie Cope, Lument, Denver, CO
  • Larry Curtis, WinnCompanies, Boston, MA
  • Derek DeHay, Newmark Knight Frank, Austin, TX
  • Dan Duda, Churchill Stateside Group LLC, Clearwater, FL
  • Will Eckstein, Greystone Affordable Development, Raleigh, NC
  • Eleanor M. C. Fanning, Portfolio Resident Services, Houston, TX*
  • Robert Fein, Redstone Equity Partners LLC, Cleveland, OH
  • Wendell Franklin, The Franklin Johnston Group, Virginia Beach, VA
  • John Gahan, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Boston, MA
  • Jerome Garciano, Robinson & Cole LLP, Boston, MA*
  • Sharon Wilson Géno, Volunteers of America , Alexandria, VA
  • Jim Gillespie, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC, New York, NY
  • John Gilmore, Walker & Dunlop, LLC, New York, NY*
  • Amy Glassman, Ballard Spahr LLP, Washington, DC
  • David Godschalk, Bethesda, MD
  • Joshua Greenblatt, Vesta Corporation, Weatogue, CT
  • Matt Grosz, Red Stone Equity Partners, Carlsbad, CA*
  • Timothy Henkel, Pennrose Properties, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chris Hite, Sugarcreek Realty, St. Louis, MO
  • Matthew Holden, Sparhawk Group, Yarmouth, ME
  • Alysse Hollis, Coats Rose, P.C., Cincinnati, OH
  • Rhett Holmes, IDP Housing, LLC, Valdosta, GA
  • Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation, Washington, DC
  • Joan Hoover, Conifer Realty LLC, Rochester, NY
  • Dayna Hutchins, Holland & Knight LLP, Boston, MA
  • Gary Jennison, Corcoran Jennison Companies, Dorchester, MA
  • Bryan Keller, RubinBrown LLP, Saint Louis, MO
  • Jeffrey Kittle, Kittle Property Group, Inc., Indianapolis, IN*
  • Debra Koehler, Sage Partners LLC, Tampa, FL
  • Barry Krinsky, Citi Community Capital, Boca Raton, FL
  • Allison Kunis, Alpha Verde Holdings, LLC, New York, NY
  • Timothy Leonhard, Berkadia, Dallas, TX
  • Efrem Levy, Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Ken Lore, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Washington, DC
  • John Mackey, Trinity Financial, Boston, MA
  • William MacRostie, MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC, Washington, DC
  • Mark McDaniel, Cinnaire, East Lansing, MI
  • Brett Meringoff, Fairstead, Bethesda, MD*
  • Darrick Metz, WNC & Associates, Inc., Saint Paul, MN
  • Russell Mohr, Benjamin Development Co. , Garden City, NY
  • Helen Muniz, The Carabetta Companies, Meriden, CT*
  • Garry Munson, Whitney Capital Company LLC, New Hyde Park, NY
  • Arjun Nargarkatti, AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc., Agoura Hills, CA*
  • Kent Neumann, Tiber Hudson LLC, Washington, DC
  • Stephen Nolan, Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, Boston, MA
  • Wade Norris, Norris George & Ostrow PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Cynthia Langelier Paine, Blank Rome LLP, Washington, DC
  • Steven Paul, Klein Hornig LLP, Boston, MA
  • Tracy Peters, Lument, Columbus, OH
  • Marshall Phillips, CohnReznick LLP, Charlotte, NC
  • Josh Plattner, Belveron Real Estate Partners, San Francisco, CA*
  • Paula Prahl, Dominium Development & Acquisition, LLC, Plymouth, MN*
  • Milton Pratt, Michaels Development Company, Marlton, NJ
  • David Raderman, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, Baltimore, MD
  • Basil Rallis, Bayside Communities, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Charles Rhuda, Novogradac & Company LLP, Boston, MA
  • Caleb Roope, Pacific West Communities, Inc., Eagle, ID
  • Daniel Rosen, Klein Hornig LLP, Boston, MA
  • John Rucker, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Montgomery, AL
  • Vasilios Salamandrakis, Affordable Housing Access, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
  • Mark Schuster, Wingate Companies, Newton, MA
  • Jay Segel, R4 Capital LLC, Boston, MA
  • Bryan Shumway, Wishrock Housing Partners LLC, Portland, ME
  • Victor Sostar, Regions Affordable Housing, Great Neck, NY
  • James Spound, R4 Capital Funding, New York, NY
  • Gary Stenson, MetroPlains, Saint Paul, MN
  • William Stetson, Carabetta Management Company, Meriden, CT
  • Monica Sussman, Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC
  • Mark Sween, Dominium Development & Acquisition, LLC, Plymouth, MN
  • Pete TenEyck, PGIM Real Estate Finance, Charlotte, NC
  • Ronne Thielen, R4 Capital, LLC, Newport Beach, CA
  • Armand Tiberio, CBRE Affordable Housing, Seattle, WA
  • Craig Wagner, RBC Capital Markets – Tax Credit Equity Group, Charlotte, NC
  • Ira Weinstein, CohnReznick LLP, Baltimore, MD
  • George Weidenfeller, Telesis Corporation, Washington, DC
  • William Whitman, New Community Partners LLC, Washington, DC
  • Holly Wiedemann, AU Associates, Inc., Lexington, KY
  • Stephanie Wiggins, PGIM Real Estate, Bethesda, MD
  • Evan Williams, Capital One Bank, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey Woda, Woda Cooper Companies, Westerville, OH
  • Kyle Wolff, Stratford Capital Group, Peabody, MA
  • Roger Yorkshaitis, Gatehouse Group, Inc., Mansfield, MA

* indicates new board members

 

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a national trade association of affordable housing development and finance professionals. Our members span the gamut of affordable housing professionals including developers, owners and operators, third-party compliance contractors, tax credit (Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit) investors and syndicators, lenders, lawyers, accountants, market analysts, appraisers, housing finance agencies and public housing authorities, among others.

https://www.housingonline.com/home/about/

Press Contact: Paul Connolly, Communications Director, NH&RA

202-939-1774, pconnolly@housingonline.com

 

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NH&RA Supports Nomination of Rep. Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2021) – National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) today sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs leadership supporting President Joe Biden’s nomination of Rep. Marcia Fudge to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“We are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis in America, made worse by the ongoing pandemic and its effect on the economy,” NH&RA President Thom Amdur said. “Rep. Fudge’s experience serving the community and the country as a mayor and member of Congress make her uniquely qualified to lead HUD and tackle this crisis head-on.”

In the letter, NH&RA cited Fudge’s track record of bipartisan accomplishments in Congress as well as her commitment to equity and racial justice, as experience that will help her succeed as HUD secretary.

“NH&RA supports Senate confirmation of Rep. Fudge, and we look forward to working with her, the HUD staff and the entire Biden administration to meet the ever-rising demand for affordable housing in the United States.”

The entire NH&RA letter to Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Mass.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is available at https://www.housingonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/NHRA-Fudge-Letter-of-Support.pdf

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a national trade association of affordable housing development and finance professionals. Our members span the gamut of affordable housing professionals including developers, owners and operators, third-party compliance contractors, tax credit (Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit) investors and syndicators, lenders, lawyers, accountants, market analysts, appraisers, housing finance agencies and public housing authorities, among others.

https://www.housingonline.com/home/about/

Press Contact: Paul Connolly, Communications Director, NH&RA

202-939-1774, pconnolly@housingonline.com

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National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Announces New Directors and Officers; Holly Wiedemann Elected Chair

WASHINGTON, DC (March 3, 2020) – Holly Wiedemann, president & owner of AU Associates, Inc. was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, FL. Holly succeeds Robert Fein, chief operating officer, Redstone Equity Partners LLC, who served as chair from February 2019 to February 2020.

Holly Wiedemann founded AU Associates, Inc., in 1990 and oversees the development of multiple award-wining, affordable housing properties serving seniors, families and special needs communities in Kentucky and West Virginia. Wiedemann has been involved in the renovation, creation, adaptive reuse and development of affordable housing since 1986. She earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Land Use Planning from the University of Georgia. In addition to serving on NH&RA’s board, she also serves on the boards of the Lexington Center/Rupp Arena Board, the Cleveland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, The Triangle Foundation and Fayette Alliance.

“Holly Weideman is an award-winning developer and a leading advocate for affordable housing and historic preservation resources” said NH&RA president Thom Amdur. “Since forming AU Associates in the 1990s she has developed some of the most innovative affordable housing, mixed-income and historic preservation properties in Kentucky and West Virginia. Holly is also a champion for NH&RA and a driver behind many initiatives – we are excited to welcome her as this year’s chair.”

Weideman first got involved in NH&RA through its Historic Preservation Development Council.  She has developed numerous landmark adaptive-reuse projects, including several winners of NH&RA’s prestigious J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation. She has been a featured speaker at numerous NH&RA conferences and is also an active member of NH&RA’s Developers Council, as well as its New Markets Tax Credit Council.

Outgoing Chair Robert Fein said, “I have truly enjoyed my role as chair of NH&RA for the past year. I know that I leave the organization in strong, capable hands as Holly has been a very important contributor to NH&RA the past couple of years.”

NH&RA also welcomes the following newly elected officers to the 2019-2020 Executive Committee: Board Vice-Chairs Geoff Brown, president, USA Properties Fund and Joan Hoover, president, Conifer Realty LLC; Board Treasurer Milton Pratt, senior vice president, Michaels Development Company; and Board Secretary Sharon Wilson Géno, executive vice president, national services and chief operating officer, Volunteers of America.

Additionally, several new directors were elected to NH&RA’s Board, including:

  • Maria Barry, community development banking national executive, Bank of America;
  • Robert Charest, senior vice president-equity production, Boston Financial Investment Management;
  • Suzie Cope, director, Hunt Real Estate Capital;
  • Derek DeHay, director, affordable housing and multifamily capital markets, ARA Newmark;
  • Dan Duda, associate director of originations & acquisitions, Churchill Stateside Group LLC;
  • Louis Harrison, managing director, Structuring and Acquisitions, Belveron Partners, LLC;
  • Merrill Hoopengardner, president, National Trust Community Investment Corporation;
  • Kent Neumann, founding member, Tiber Hudson LLC;
  • Cynthia Langelier Paine, partner, Blank Rome LLP;
  • Caleb Roope, president and CEO, Pacific West Communities, Inc.;
  • Vasilios “Bill” Salamandrakis, president, Affordable Housing Access, Inc.;
  • Bryan Shumway, president, Wishrock Housing Partners LLC;
  • James Spound, president, R4 Capital Funding;
  • Stephanie Wiggins, senior vice president & chief production officer, Walker & Dunlop, LLC; and
  • Evan Williams, CFA loan originations – multifamily, Capital One Bank.

A nominating committee comprised of NH&RA executive officers and past chairs nominated these members, and NH&RA’s Executive Committee approved the nominations on February 27 during a meeting of the Board of Directors.

A current roster of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership can be found on the NH&RA website at: https://www.housingonline.com/about/leadership-staff/

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development. Members meet quarterly for serious discussions of significant issues affecting the tax credit and affordable housing industry. Designed to foster relationships, NH&RA’s meetings are renowned for the combination of cutting-edge information and opportunities to network and collaborate.

Press Contact: Thom Amdur, President
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com

 

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Announces New Directors and Officers; David Abromowitz Elected Chairman

 

WASHINGTON (February 26, 2018) – David Abromowitz, Of Counsel at Goulston & Storrs P.C., in Boston Mass., was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association at NH&RA’s 2018 Annual Meeting last week in Palm Beach, Calif.  NH&RA is the leading professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development.

“David has been an invaluable member of NH&RA for many years and we are looking forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said Thom Amdur, Executive Director of NH&RA.  “David is a trusted advisor to many across the affordable housing community and brings a unique blend of transactional experience and public policy acumen that will serve NH&RA and the industry-at-large well in this time of political and economic volatility.”

Abromowitz has served in various officer positions on the board, co-founded NH&RA’s Council for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing and served on the Advisory Board of the NH&RA Preservation Through Energy Efficiency Initiative, which was funded through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and was honored with NH&RA’s Affordable Housing Vision Award in 2014. Abromowitz succeeds John Weld Peck, Of Counsel at Coats Rose in Cincinnati, Ohio, who served as Chair from Feb. 2017 to March 2018.

“NH&RA remains the premier national affordable housing organization bringing together every sector that builds, finances, manages and maintains America’s housing for low- and moderate-income families and seniors,” said Abromowitz. “I am proud to head up a talented slate of industry leaders at a time when we need long term vision to address the housing needs of millions who are working hard but still struggling to pay the rent.”

NH&RA also welcomes the following newly elected officers to the 2018-2019 Executive Committee: Vice-Chairs Robert Fein, Chief Operating Officer, Redstone Equity Partners, and Holly Wiedeman, President, AU Associates; Board Treasurer Geoff Brown, President, USA Properties Fund; and Board Secretary Joan Hoover, Executive Vice President for Development & Finance, Conifer Realty LLC.

A nominating committee comprised of NH&RA Executive Officers and Past Chairs nominated these members, and NH&RA’s Executive Committee approved the nominations on Feb. 22 during a meeting of the Board of Directors.

A current roster of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership can be found on the NH&RA website at: http://www.housingonline.com/LeadershipStaff.aspx.

About NH&RA

NH&RA is a professional association of companies and individuals who are involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development. Members meet quarterly for serious discussions of significant issues affecting the tax credit and affordable housing industry. Designed to foster relationships, NH&RA’s meetings are renowned for the combination of cutting-edge information and opportunities to network and collaborate.

Press Contact: Thom Amdur, Executive Director
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com

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NH&RA Announces Winners and Finalists for 2014 Historic Rehabilitation Awards

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