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Pete Earley
Keynote Speaker
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books including the New York Times bestseller The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise. His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with “the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine. When Pete’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage. This new advocacy has taken him to 48 different states and multiple countries around the globe where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill.

Charles A. Richman
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

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

Anthony L. Marchetta
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.

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

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




Adell, Patricia
Managing Partner
Real Estate Solutions Group, LLC

Patricia L. Adell , CRE owns and manages Real Estate Solutions Group, LLC, a consulting firm that advises public and private sector clients on the development of mixed use complexes, hotels, convention centers, office, residential, retail, museums, downtowns and special use projects. She has had over 20 years of real estate experience in market and financial feasibility, structuring and negotiating public/private development partnerships and financing, and creating strategic approaches to large scale mixed used projects. Ms. Adell’s previously held positions as Regional Director of the Public/Private Development Practice of Ernst & Young, LLP; Vice President, Real Estate Consulting Services at Legg Mason Real Estate Services, and Director of Commercial Development for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). Ms. Adell has a B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago holds memberships and board positions with many professional organizations, has published articles and books on economic development and financing and has given presentations and seminars on the subject of public-private partnerships at Universities and professional associations meeting throughout the country.

Alexander, Karen J.
Managing Director, NJTIP @ Rutgers
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Karen Alexander, MPA is a Senior Research Program Manager at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University with 23 years of experience planning, developing and implementing human service and accessible transportation programs; creating and directing mobility management and travel instruction services for targeted populations including people with disabilities, older adults, and low income workers; and designing, launching and sustaining community-based aging in place programs throughout northern NJ. Ms. Alexander’s career initially focused on paratransit planning and ADA compliance in New York City and New Jersey, with positions at NYCDOT, Urbitran, NYCT and NJ TRANSIT Accessible Services. More recent work has focused on accessible public transit, human service transportation, travel instruction and senior mobility in communities across NJ. Connecting older adults, people with disabilities and low income persons to opportunities for personal and economic development through transportation is a core motivation of much of her work. Ms. Alexander is committed and involved both personally and professionally; as a 2014 member of Metuchen’s Traffic and Transportation Committee she initiated a downtown Senior Walkability study; she currently serves on the Metuchen’s Planning Board and the local YMCA Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on several boards and committees engaged in helping persons with disability and older adults, including the NJ Council on Access and Mobility, NJ TRANSIT ADA Task Force, and the NJ Council of Special Transportation. Ms. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Apgar, Dawn
Deputy Commissioner
NJ Department of Human Services

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. 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.

Armstrong, J. Michael
Chief Executive Officer
Community Hope, Inc.

J. Michael Armstrong, MA, MBA, CH’s Chief Executive Officer, is an accomplished senior executive who has had over thirty years of leadership experience in a variety of healthcare/social service settings. Mr. Armstrong assumed the role of Executive Director at Community Hope in 1999. Since that time, he has governed the expansion of the organization over six-fold in numbers served and budget, making this private, nonprofit organization one of the largest providers of supportive housing for the mentally ill in New Jersey, and the leading charity serving homeless veterans in NJ. In recognition of the national crisis of homelessness among American Veterans, Mr. Armstrong- himself a veteran – collaborated with the Veterans Administration, to develop “The Hope for Veterans Program” as the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in the Tri-state area. Since then, Mr. Armstrong led CH to develop and operate a continuum of veterans programs in an effort to be a leader in eradicating homelessness amongst veterans. Mr. Armstrong holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University and Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Appalachian State University in Counseling and Psychology respectively. He is the immediate Past President of New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies and a Member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. In 2008, Mr. Armstrong was the recipient of the Outstanding Mental Health Services to Veterans Award from the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies; and in 2009 he was the awarded the Behavioral Health Champion by Behavioral Healthcare Magazine. Under his guidance, Community Hope received the Outstanding Provider Award presented by the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies in 2009. As a result of the outstanding veterans’ programs developed under Mr. Armstrong’s direction, Community Hope received the 2010 Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service to Homeless Veterans by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the 2010 Outstanding Agency Award from The Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Baker, Vivian E.
Assistant Director of Transit Friendly Land Use & Development
New Jersey Transit Corporation

Vivian Baker has 31 years of experience in adaptive reuse, redevelopment, community engagement, strategic and integrated transit planning and Transit Oriented Development (TOD). She currently directs the award-winning Transit Friendly Planning, Land Use and Development Program (TFPLUD), for New Jersey Transit Corporation, the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system. Ms. Baker also serves as NJ TRANSIT’s representative on a variety of cabinet-level interagency teams focused on TOD, sustainability, smart growth, brownfield redevelopment, greyfield re-use and public/public and public/private partnerships. She began her career with NJ TRANSIT in 1993 as a Project Manager in the agency’s Real Estate & Economic Development unit, where she managed a variety of adaptive reuse and joint development projects designed to maximize NJ TRANSIT assets, increase ridership and spur economic growth around the state. Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, she worked for the City of Jersey City’s Department of Housing & Economic Development managing numerous private and non-profit redevelopment projects. Ms. Baker is NJ TRANSIT’s lead on TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY (TNJ), a multi-disciplinary collaborative of counties, municipalities, an MPO, state agencies, not-for-profits and Rutgers University that is charged with creating a strategic, regional plan for sustainable and equitable TOD in northern NJ, pursuant to a 2011 Sustainable Communities grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a founding member of New Jersey’s Transit Village Task Force and serves as the Vice President for Downtown New Jersey. In 2013, Ms. Baker became the President of the Board of Directors for The Center for Community Planning, Inc., and also serves on the Community Planning Assistance subcommittee of the American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter and has been a member in good standing of APA-NJ since 1984. Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a post-graduate certification in Environmental Planning from Rutgers University.

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

Kimberly Beczo is the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator for the Property Management Division and has been with NJHMFA for over 20 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 Occupancy Specialist Coordinator she oversees and approves all tenant selection policies for Agency-financed developments and works directly with the Assistant Director of Property Management in the day to day operation of the Occupancy Department.

Beit, Ron
Foundering Partner and CEO
RBH Group, LLC

Ron Beit is the founding partner and CEO of RBH Group, LLC, president of RBH Management, LLC, asset and property management companies; as well as managing member of RBH-TRB Newark Holdings, LLC. Mr. Beit has acquired, developed, rehabilitated, and/or operated over 1 million square feet of existing commercial and residential real estate in numerous projects throughout the U.S. as well as over 6 million additional developable square feet in institutional-grade sites throughout downtown, Newark, NJ. Mr. Beit is on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association and is chairman of the board of the New Jersey chapter of Teach for America. He is also a board member of the Newark Alliance, Newark Downtown District, St. Benedict’s Preparatory, the College of Architecture and Design Board of Visitors at NJIT, the Newark Police Foundation, New Jersey Symphony, and the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau. Mr. Beit and his real estate work in Newark have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as in the Stoler Report and Sundance Channel’s Brick City television programs. He was named #17 in New Jersey Biz’s 2012 Power 50 in Real Estate and was featured on the “New Jersey Capitol Report” in August 2012. He was also awarded the “Partners in Progress Award” at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (Barnabas Health) in April 2012, and the Newark Regional Business Partnership’s Kevin J. McKenna Leadership Award for 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, his Juris Doctorate at New York Law School, and has been admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. Ron lives with his family in Manhattan.

Bissonette, Matthew
Northeast Regional Director
Citi Community Capital (CCC)

Matthew Bissonette is the Northeast Regional Director for Citi Community Capital (CCC), based in the New York office.  He has extensive experience in affordable housing finance, having been involved in over 300 financings throughout the country, totaling over $3 billion.  He has worked on virtually every major type of multifamily housing financing structure, including using various conduit financing structures, direct taxable and tax-exempt bonds and loans, derivative products, FHA/GNMA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other credit-enhancement.  Prior to joining CCC in April of 2010, Mr. Bissonette was a Director with RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco, working as a multifamily housing bond financing banker.  Before joining RBC Capital Markets in 2007, he was a Partner with Eichner Norris & Neumann PLLC, a Washington, DC-based law firm specializing in affordable housing bond finance.  Mr. Bissonette entered private practice after serving as assistant counsel at the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, where he focused on federal and state securities law issues.  He also has several years of legislative experience, having worked as Assistant Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business and as Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress.  Mr. Bissonette graduated from the University of Virginia, where he received a B.A. in economics.  He received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, Chief Justice of the Judicial Council and awarded the Marshall-Wythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.  He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Colorado. 

Brown, Michele
President and Chief Executive Officer
Choose New Jersey, Inc.

Michele Brown is President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated nonprofit organization charged with encouraging economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey with a focus on making the state’s most distressed cities engines for growth and opportunity. Choose New Jersey leads global promotion, business attraction and lead generation efforts designed to attract investment and jobs to the Garden State. It is one of four elements of the New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA), which also includes the New Jersey Business Action Center, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the PFA serves as the starting point for all initiatives, policies and efforts related to growing New Jersey's economy and creating quality, sustainable jobs. Ms. Brown came to Choose New Jersey after serving for more than two years as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), an independent state agency responsible for providing financing to small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs and revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives. Prior to that, Ms. Brown served as Appointments Counsel to Governor Chris Christie, where she provided strategic and legal guidance to the Governor. Ms. Brown has an extensive background practicing law, serving 18 years at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Ms. Brown received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Drew University.

Brown, Richard W.
Chief Executive Officer
Monarch Housing Associates

Richard W. Brown, has over forty years’ experience in both housing development and community organizing. Since 1991 Mr. Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Housing Associates, the 1995 Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award winner in the organization category. He has been happily married to Jan, the woman he loves since 1975, and has two grown children – Jon and Mike and a daughter-in-law Willa. On July 19, 2010, he became the proud grandfather of his first granddaughter – Lilah-Rae.

Calabro, Vicky
EVERAS Community Services

Vicky Calabro, MSW has worked to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities for more than 30 years. She joined EVERAS in 1988, and under her leadership our organization has grown from two programs to more than 20. As an advocate for professionalism and excellence in community services, Vicky has held several leadership roles in professional organizations, serving most recently as President of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers. Ms. Calabro is solution driven, and her creative and nimble strategic planning has been a hallmark of her tenure at EVERAS. She is honored to work with a Board and staff who focus on abilities and all that is possible.

Carnegie, Jon A.
Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jon A. Carnegie, AICP/PP, is executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Mr. Carnegie has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of land use and transportation planning and policy at the municipal, county and regional level. He has been or currently serves as the principal investigator for a variety of research and planning projects involving a range of transportation policy topics. His subject matter expertise includes: transit-oriented development; the relationship between land use and transportation; long-range vision planning; transportation capital finance; transportation equity; driver’s licensing policy; transportation options for low-income individuals and persons with disabilities; senior mobility; as well as transport security, emergency management and evacuation planning. In 2007, Mr. Carnegie was the lead instructor for six deliveries of the National Transit Institute’s (NTI) Land Use and Transportation course around the United States. He also led the development of an NTI course on transit-oriented and joint development for the Federal Transit Administration. Mr. Carnegie holds a B.A. and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University.

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

Pam DeLosSantos, AIA, LEED AP BD+C  oversees the architectural review of Supportive Housing projects and is responsible for the review of sustainability and energy efficiency measures for multifamily housing projects at the agency.   She helped create the Special Needs Design Checklist for the Special Needs Trust Fund-financed projects.  She works in collaboration with Multifamily and Special Needs professionals to improve the design and sustainability of the state’s affordable housing stock.  She has over 19 years’ experience in the architecture and housing fields.  Ms. DeLosSantos is a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick and Pratt Institute, New York.  She is a licensed New Jersey architect, member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with a concentration in Building Design and Construction. Pam is devoted to promoting accessibility features in affordable housing projects, as well as striving to make those projects as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.

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

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

DiLorenzo, Debra P.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey

Debra P. DiLorenzo has served as President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey since 1994. During that time, the Chamber has been named the “Best Chamber” in the State by NJBIZ because of its progressive Program and Work and commitment to its members. Additionally, the Chamber has become the first and only Chamber in the USA to have earned ISO 9001: 2008 Certification, an international quality management system designed to help organizations ensure they meet the needs of their customers. Ms. DiLorenzo and her team work tirelessly to serve the Chamber’s members by providing them with (1) opportunities to meet and do business; (2) resources to enhance their position in the marketplace; and (3) a collective voice on public policy affecting operations and profitability. In 2009, she was appointed by Governor-elect Chris Christie to his 10 person Transition Team, and chaired the Department of Labor Subcommittee. The Governor appointed her to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in 2011. Prior to her current position, she was Senior Vice President, Government Relations at New Jersey Business and Industry Association, where she directed the association’s lobbying team from 1990—1994. And before that, she held various management positions at South Jersey Gas Company from 1979—1990, including Vice President, External Relations. Ms. DiLorenzo earned her B.A. and M.A. in Communications from Rowan University, serves on regional and Statewide Boards, including the New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition and has received numerous awards including as Rowan University’s Distinguished Alumnus; Woman of Distinction—Girl Scouts of America, Camden County Council; Rutgers University Walter Rand Institute’s South Jerseyan of the Year; and NJBIZ’s Top 50 Women in Business.

English, Robert
Senior Vice President of Property and Casualty
Willis of New Jersey

Robert English is a Senior Vice President in the Property and Casualty Division of Willis of New Jersey where he is responsible for the sales and service of large commercial accounts, with a focus on the public sector practice.  Mr. English has over twenty five years of public sector experience with cities, counties, boards of education, utilities authorities and state agencies. He has helped over one hundred entities with exposure evaluation to identify and examine potential areas of loss; coverage analysis; program design including coverages available through insurance companies, Joint Insurance Funds (JIFs) and alternative risk placement; expeditious claims resolution; and identification and mitigation of loss control issues.  Prior to joining predecessor firm, Meeker Sharkey Financial Group in 1988, he was in the underwriting department of Reliance Insurance Company for over 10 years, where his last position was underwriting manager.  He received his BA in Economics from Villanova University.   Mr. English has earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation and has completed several parts of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting program.

Fisher, David
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
K. Kovnanian Homes

David Fisher is Vice Pres. of Governmental Affairs for K. Hovnanian Homes, and has been with the company since 1993, serving in a similar capacity with The Matzel & Mumford Organization (an acquired homebuilding company). As a land use planner with 35+ years of real estate experience, Dave is responsible for governmental and regulatory activities for K. Hovnanian’s NJ and PA land operations. He plays a central role in the company’s land acquisition efforts, the planning and design of new communities, urban redevelopment and entitlements. Mr. Fisher just completed a term as President of the NJ Builders Association, and has been actively involved with NJBA for his entire career. As evidence of his industry experience, he was appointed in January 2000 by Governor Whitman to serve on the NJ State Planning Commission, a post he held for five years. He also served as a member (and Chairman) of the NJ Clean Water Council for four years. He was instrumental in helping to shape the NJ Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act of 1987, and served on the advisory committee for NJDCA and Rutgers Center For Urban Policy Research to formulate the ‘Draft Model Ordinance’ which served as the basis for uniform site improvement standards for all residential development (later becoming the RSIS regulations). Mr. Fisher holds a masters degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and has been a licensed Professional Planner in the State of NJ since 1986.

Franzini, Caren
Franzini Consulting, LLC

Caren Franzini is President of Franzini Consulting, LLC. The firm provides strategic assistance with real estate development projects; identifies local, state and federal incentives to fill funding gaps; and assists economic development organizations with their development and review of programs and projects. Previously she served as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) from January 1994 until October 2012. Prior to joining the NJEDA, Ms. Franzini was an Assistant State Treasurer with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Before that, she was employed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and with Public Financial Management. Ms. Franzini is a past recipient of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP’s Industry Service Award; the New Jersey Technology Council’s John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award; the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s Paul L. Troast Award for her commitment to improving the state’s economy; and the Wharton Club of New York’s Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact and many other awards. Ms. Franzini currently serves on the Board of Directors of NJM Insurance Group, NJ Business and Industry Association, Horizon Blue Cross NJ Foundation Board, New Jersey Community Development Corporation, NJ Future and the NJ Alliance for Action. She also serves as a Visiting Associate at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ms. Franzini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Public Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Giannantonio, Mark
President and Chief Executive Officer
Resorts Casino Hotel

Mark Giannantonio brings more than 30 years of Atlantic City gaming expertise to his role as President and CEO for Resorts Casino Hotel. He joined Resorts in September 2012 upon its acquisition by Mohegan Sun. Before joining Resorts Casino Hotel, he was a Senior Gaming Consultant with Spectrum Gaming, where he applied his experience in a more global atmosphere. He previously held various executive positions within the casino industry, most recently as President and CEO of Tropicana Casino & Resort. A lifetime Atlantic County resident, Mr. Giannantonio not only understands the market, but is invested in its success. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), the New Jersey Hall of Fame Selection Advisory Committee and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is a current board member of the Atlantic City Police Foundation and has been a board member of the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ), United Way of Atlantic County, Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, and past president of the Atlantic City Hotel and Lodging Association. Mr. Giannantonio graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey earning his degree in economics.

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

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

Haraksin, Robert J.
Flood Territory Manager, Selective Insurance
New Jersey, Westchester County, Long Island and NYC Five Boroughs

Robert Haraksin is the Flood Territory Manager for Selective Insurance responsible for New Jersey, Westchester County, Long Island and the New York Five Boroughs. He brings nineteen years of experience working with flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). He is also flood certified instructor for flood continuing education, and works with insurance agents and the public to both understand and sell/market flood insurance. Prior to joining Selective Insurance, Mr. Haraksin was a Sales Executive for Beneficial Insurance Group, responsible for agency’s sales training, including flood insurance, and has over 20 + years of Mortgage Banking experience with various Mortgage Lenders

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 Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Federal and State 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), Urban Transit HUB Tax Credits, and other State incentive programs.  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 acting President of the recently formed New Jersey Affordable Housing Developers Council.  He also serves on the boards of Triple C Housing and Preservation New Jersey and is a frequent panelist and speaker at regional real estate development events.

Ingerman, M. Brad
CEO and President
The Ingerman Group

In 1979, Brad Ingerman joined the Philadelphia office of Price Waterhouse & Co. He was on the tax staff responsible for review, structuring and preparation of projections for real estate limited partnerships, and both individual and corporate tax planning and tax return preparation. In 1981, he became Director of Marketing for National Property Analysts, Inc., a Philadelphia-based real estate firm. In 1982, he formed MBI Management Corp., and served as independent marketing consulting to, and Director of National Marketing for, The Patrician Group, a New York-based real estate organization.  In 1982, Mr. Ingerman began raising equity for Ascott Investment Corporation.  Mr. Ingerman became a shareholder, Director and Executive Vice President of Ascott in 1983.  In 1987, Mr. Ingerman formed “Ingerman”. “Ingerman” is involved in the construction, development and management of for-sale and rental housing. Since its inception, “Ingerman” developed over 90 affordable housing transactions generally located in the mid-Atlantic region with project costs exceeding $1 billion. In 1999,  Ingerman Construction began building for other developers and housing authorities. Since 1982, Mr. Ingerman has been involved in the ownership of over 8,000 apartments throughout the United States. Mr. Ingerman received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting cum laude from Villanova University in 1975, a J.D. from Widener School of Law in 1979, and attended New York University’s School of Law – Masters in Taxation Program. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Delaware Law Review and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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 31 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.

Knisley, Martha B.
Senior Consultant
Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)

Marti Knisley, M.A. is a senior consultant with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC).  She has served as a local and state human services administrator for over five decades including serving as Director of Department of Mental Health in Ohio and the District of Columbia and Deputy Secretary of Mental Health in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She advises state and federal agencies on the development of supportive housing, Medicaid financing and community services for people with disabilities. She and her colleagues at TAC recently assisted the state of Louisiana develop 3,000 units of permanent supportive housing and new Medicaid covered services for persons with a disabilities including persons who were homeless pre Katrina. She serves as the principal consultant for Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services supportive housing programs which has yielded two 811 PRA awards, over 1,000 new set aside units in LIHTC properties and over 3,000 bridge rental subsidies. She is the Court appointed Olmstead expert in Disability Rights New Jersey v. Velez and in U.S. v. North Carolina and serves a supportive housing expert in U.S. v. Georgia. 

Kolluri, Kris
Chief Executive Officer
Rowan University/Rutgers - Camden

Kris Kolluri was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Rowan University/Rutgers - Camden Board of Governors on July 1, 2014. His mandate is to lead the Board’s efforts by leveraging existing education, research and medical assets in Camden by creating academic programs to build and sustain economic growth in the city and the broader South Jersey region. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Rowan/Rutgers - Camden Board of Governors, Mr. Kolluri served as Counsel at the law firm of Windels Marx Lane and Mittendorf. Mr. Kolluri is an infrastructure management and operations practitioner with experience running multibillion dollar public transportation agencies such as toll roads, mass transit systems and a school construction organization. Mr. Kolluri served as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority's (SDA). At SDA, he oversaw the State's $5.3 billion school construction program. Prior to leading SDA, he served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). In his capacity as NJDOT Commissioner, Mr. Kolluri also served as Chairman of NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority, overseeing a total of 17,000 employees, more than $3.6 billion in capital funds and over $2 billion in operating funds. Mr. Kolluri has a Bachelors of Science from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He was an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University Law School (2011 & 2012 academic years). In addition, he served on the Advisory Board of RomAsia Bank and on the New Jersey Board of the Regional Plan Association.

Lamb, Christopher J.
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Christopher J. Lamb, a partner in the Wilmington office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing, creditors’ rights, finance and real estate. His clients include for- and non-profit developers and lenders.  Mr. Lamb is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named the Wilmington-DE Best Lawyers Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for 2013. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in real estate in Delaware in the 2007-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Mr. Lamb received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1988, and a B.A. from La Salle College in 1984.

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

Wendy Lawrence (aka Scattiglio) has been in the field of subsidized housing for the past 28 years, both in the property management of a Section 8 development and as an Occupancy Specialist in the Property Management Division of the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency. She is a Certified Assisted Housing Manager through Quadel Consulting Corp. since 1988 and has earned numerous credits through the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Ms. Lawrence has been overseeing the Agency’s database and monitoring the implementation and coordination of TRACS tenant and voucher transmissions to NJHMFA and HUD since 1995 and was designated as the TRACS Coordinator August 1997. She has been one of the Agency’s Coordinators on HUD’s Secure Connection and EIV since inception. She attends all HUD TRACS Industry meetings as well as other related trainings and meetings and is the liaison between HUD Washington, NJHMFA, software technicians, and property managers.

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.

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

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

Low, Jerry
Acquisitions Manager
Vitus Group

Jerry Low is Acquisitions Manager for Vitus Group, where he executes Vitus’ strategy to acquire and sell real estate assets. Mr. Low has extensive experience with low-income housing tax credits, multi-layered financing structures and HUD project-based rental programs, as well as conventional financing. Prior to joining Vitus, he was a broker with the affordable housing groups at Apartment Realty Advisors and CBRE. Mr. Low has been involved in the disposition of over $500 million in affordable housing assets nationwide over the past five years. Before his work in commercial brokerage, he provided asset management services for the Bank of New York Mellon’s real estate trust department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance and Construction Management from the University of Denver. He is a licensed real estate broker in the states of California and Washington.

Maio-Messano, Maria T.
Newark Field Office Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

With over 40 years of experience in developing and managing affordable housing, Ms. Maio-Messano is the Director of the New Jersey State Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, she serves as HUD’s contact to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, State and local officials and stakeholders. HUD funding allocations in New Jersey total $1.7 billion annually and include the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Community Development Block Grant and Multi–Family Programs which serve over 100,000 households. Prior to this position, she served as the Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority, the second largest in New Jersey. Maria was responsible for the oversight of all fiscal, management and administrative functions of a $65M budget involved in the operation of 2300 apartments in Public Housing, nearly 4000 Vouchers in the Housing Choice Voucher and 130 apartments in Assisted Housing Programs. Under her leadership, the Jersey City Housing Authority successfully implemented the revitalization of three obsolete public housing developments to new mixed-income communities. Ms. Maio-Messano has received numerous professional awards including United Way’s Congresswoman Mary T. Norton Memorial Award of Excellence, LISC Deborah Barnes Community Award and The Boys and Girls Club Community Service Award. She is a graduate of St. Peter’s College (now University) with a BA in Sociology and Urban Studies and the Leadership New Jersey Program. She has been a presenter at local and State conferences, and presented testimony before the U.S. Senate on issues related to affordable housing.

Martoglio, Edward

Edward Martoglio is a Principal at RPM, 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 NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the Department of Community Affairs whose goals have been to improve the delivery of affordable housing.

McCann, David S.
Vice President and Principal Consultant
Wivenhoe Management Group

David S. McCann is a Vice President and Principal Consultant with Wivenhoe Management Group, a security and emergency response consultant engineering firm that advises a variety of clients on emergency response plans, active shooter programs, emergency call for aid systems and security measures and systems, including state-of-the-art IP camera surveillance, wireless technology, video motion detection, PIMP and VMS programs. With more than 35 years of experience in designing and implementing safety and security systems and developing a multitude of emergency response programs, Mr. McCann has assisted many property management companies in developing a substantial number of integrated camera surveillance systems that can detect both security and non-security emergency situations. The ability to view emergency situations in real-time and from remote locations has assisted clients in many different environments to respond more effectively and neutralize a serious hazard in record time, thus saving resources and costly repairs. Educated in the United Kingdom with degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of London, and an Associated Degree in Electronics from Cranwell Royal Air Force College, Mr. McCann has served in a Security Consulting role to European, Middle East, and American Government facilities and major companies and corporations. He is also a speaker and presenter of many technical papers to such professional organizations as AWWA, AIA, BIM, AHMA, AACP, and others.

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

As 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 Director of Multifamily Preservation. 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.

Nosker, Katherine
Supportive Housing Connection Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Katherine Nosker is the Coordinator for the Supportive Housing Connection at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Ms. Nosker has worked at NJHMFA since 2012, and previously was a Management Associate in a rotational position at the Agency. She has experience as a Research Associate for Regional Plan Association in New York City, and received her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

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

Christopher Paladino is President of New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco). In accepting this position in 1994, he determined that “the fundamental role of Devco as a successful nonprofit developer is to provide the momentum to carry development projects forward -- the kind of projects that clearly advance good public policy.” Mr. Paladino has initiated and managed nearly $1.5 billion in residential, commercial, and institutional development activity by focusing on a unique brand of public-private joint venture partnerships. 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. In the past few years, Devco’s projects have been awarded a total of $132 million in State tax credits which has resulted in over $706 million in new investments. Currently, he is embarking on the development of The Hub @ New Brunswick Station on the site of the former Ferren Mall area in downtown New Brunswick. The Hub is a 1.7 million square foot redevelopment project that will include commercial, residential, and retail use as well as onsite parking. Paladino received both his B.A. as well as his 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 Somerset County Parks Commission, and the Rutgers Business School Real Estate Executive Committee.

Palombi, Kelly
TRACS Coordinator
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Kelly Palombi is a TRACS Coordinator with the Property Management Division of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). Ms. Palombi has been with the NJHMFA for 27 years. Her background includes Section 8 (both traditional and Moderate Rehab), Section 236, and Tax Credit. Kelly is a Certified Fair Housing Coordinator of NAHMA, a Certified Assisted Housing Manager through Quadel Consulting Corp. and an Accredited Residential Manager with IREM.

Perno III, Anthony J.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP)

Anthony Perno is currently the CEO & President of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), a non-profit real estate development corporation responsible for the redevelopment of Camden. In that role, he developed and administered several major infrastructure initiatives including the Interior Gateway Initiative, a $50 million planning and infrastructure rehabilitation project targeted at updating and replacing dilapidated infrastructure throughout downtown Camden thus setting the stage for more than $800 million in subsequent private and public investment. Other significant initiatives developed by Mr. Perno included the historical rehabilitation of Johnson Park, the 2010 campaign for Active Transportation, and the Camden Home Improvement Program (CHIP). Admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he 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. Mr. Perno serves as a board member for the St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society and the Battleship New Jersey. In 2005, he was appointed to the Camden County Open Space Commission. In 2011, NJ Governor Chris Christie appointed him to serve on the UMDNJ Advisory Committee to evaluate the medical education system in New Jersey. He is also the Assistant Director for both the Burlington and Camden County YMCA Model United Nations and New Jersey Youth & Government Programs. Mr. Perno also serves as a volunteer firefighter to the local Niagara Fire Department. In 2010, Anthony was re-elected to a three-year term on Merchantville’s Borough Council.

Pimienta, Nieves G.
Training Coordinator NJTIP @ Rutgers
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Nieves G. Pimienta joined VTC in 2013 as a training coordinator. Ms. Pimienta teaches persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and other transportation disadvantaged individuals to travel safely and independently using public transportation. As part of her duties she evaluates individual travel goals and develops and implements Travel Instruction Plans for customers. Ms. Pimienta has a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies-Rutgers (MALS) with a concentration in Public Administration and Global Affairs. Her previous employment experience focused on communications, working for the North Jersey Media Group as a marketing manager for The Record and The Herald News newspapers and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Erickson. Ms. Pimienta has also been teaching English as a second language (ESL) and civics to adult students since 2009.

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, real estate brokers and community associations, providing a full range of litigation and general counsel services, and is well-versed in those pieces of legislation which impact the real estate community. Mr. Rader has appeared in courts throughout the State of New Jersey, and has actively litigated a wide range of civil matters involving real estate and multi-dwelling properties, including, but not limited to, matters involving negligence and breach of habitability standards, actions against unit owners for breach of community governing documents, allegations involving breach of fiduciary duty standards on the part of community association non-profit boards, contract/lease disputes, actions for possession of real property and foreclosure proceedings. Mr. Rader has also represented clients in the transactional sense, assisting clients in the acquisition and conveyance of real property, and the procurement of distressed/non-performing loans. Mr. Rader has been published in the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal on the issues of foreclosure, rent receiverships and leasing. 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 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.

Redd, Dana L.
City of Camden

Dana L. Redd was sworn in as the Mayor of the City of Camden on January 1, 2010; and was then re-elected and sworn-in on January 1, 2014. A lifelong resident of Camden, she has 20 years' experience in government. She previously served on the Camden City Council and in the New Jersey State Senate (a position she relinquished to become Mayor). As a member of the City Council, Mayor Redd worked to secure Camden's third federally funded HOPE VI grant project, which totaled more than $142 million. As State Senator, she sponsored legislation to aid families at risk of foreclosure and legislation to provide affordable housing throughout New Jersey. Mayor Redd also co-sponsored legislation authorizing $3.9 billion in school construction funding to the New Jersey School Development Authority, which allowed for three new schools to be built in Camden. In her second term as Mayor, she was the lead proponent for the new Camden Metro Police Department, which has dramatically reduced crime in our neighborhoods. Mayor Redd has placed high priority on improving public safety by not only increasing the number of officers on the street but by securing state of the art policing technology like CCTV Cameras. She has also been a leading advocate for Cure Violence (formerly Operation CeaseFire), a citywide violence reduction initiative. Mayor Redd has worked tirelessly to build a strong bi-partisan relationship with Governor Chris Christie and the State of New Jersey to attract new businesses leading to new jobs in our community, all the while working to reform Camden’s educational system and provide new educational opportunities for our children. A graduate of Rutgers University - Camden Campus, Mayor Redd earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies and attended the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Mayor Redd is presently enrolled in Lincoln University pursuing her Masters of Arts in Human Services Administration to further enhance her work in strengthening, children, youth and families.

Regan, Larry
Regan Development Corporation

Larry Regan, President of Regan Development Corporation, has been developing affordable housing for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents for 33 years. In New Jersey, Mr. Regan’s company has developed special needs housing, affordable for-sale housing and affordable rental housing, in Passaic County, Essex County, Hudson County and Union County. In addition, the firm has completed two developments adding to the revitalization of Downtown Newark, with 63 market rate apartments in the historic Union Building, steps from Broad Street and Penn Station, as well as the historic Colleoni Building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark. In Plainfield, Mr. Regan has successfully turned around the long vacant Tepper’s Department store by creating 75 affordable apartments and over 24,000 square feet of vital commercial space, right in the heart of downtown. In recent years, Mr. Regan has completed housing developments in Paterson, Sussex Borough, East Orange, Orange, Freehold, Union City and Bayonne. In addition to Regan Development Corporation, Mr. Regan has sat on the Board of Directors for the Westchester Housing Fund, a non-profit housing implementation agency that helps facilitate affordable housing in Westchester County in New York, as well as the Board of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Westchester. In addition, Mr. Regan often serves as an informal consultant to municipal planning officials, non-profit agencies, lending institutions, and other community based entities desiring experience and expertise in the development process. Mr. Regan is a graduate of Emory University and Brooklyn School of Law.

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, Charles A.
Novogradac & Company LLP

Charles A. Rhuda III is a partner in the Boston office of Novogradac & Company LLP. He has more than 25 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, syndicating and disposing/restructuring both low-income housing (LIHTC) and historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC) transactions, 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.

Rodriguez, Marisol
Director of Multifamily Program and Lending
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Marisol Rodriguez currently holds the position of Director of Multifamily Program and Lending Division of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA). Ms. Rodriguez has been with HMFA for thirty years. She joined HMFA as a part-time student working in the Single Family Division’s Hot Line. Since then she has held various positions in the Agency including Lead Hot Line Operator and Communications Supervisor of the Hot Line in Single Family Division as well as Bilingual Consumer Specialist in the Marketing Division. Ms. Rodriguez was also involved in the education and outreach for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) grant the Agency received for senior citizens living in Agency developments. In 1996 she was promoted to Loan Officer in the Multifamily Programs Division and later was promoted to Manager, Assistant Director and for the last three years has been Director working with developers applying for taxable and tax-exempt financing for the new construction or preservation of either senior citizens or family housing.

Roman, Walter
Director of Insurance and Special Services
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Walter Roman is the Director of Insurance and Special Services for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. In this capacity, he is responsible for all insurance aspects related to the Agency including monitoring compliance by property owners and managing agents with Agency insurance requirements for Agency financed properties and for overseeing insurance coverages for Agency owned properties and assets. Prior to joining the Agency, he served as Municipal Administrator of East Newark, NJ, and prior to that served as Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and as Chief Executive Officer of Island Developers, Ltd., a real estate development subsidiary of Mutual Benefit Life.

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.

Schlachter, Donald P.
Senior Director, Technical Services
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Don Schlachter joined the Agency as the Senior Director of the Division of Technical Services in January 2013. He has over 45 years of experience as an engineer and has been licensed as a professional engineer since 1976. Mr. Schlachter has served as the vice-president and managing partner of an engineering consulting firm, a consulting municipal engineer, a full-time municipal engineer, and an independent consulting engineer. He has participated in the design and construction of over 100 single-family and multi-family residential and commercial developments throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Schlachter has performed forensic engineering for over 20 years and is recognized in all court jurisdictions, including Federal Court, as an expert in civil engineering and construction-related matters. Mr. Schlachter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Newark College of Engineering/New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Silver, Joel, Esq.
Regional Vice President
The Michaels Organization

Joel Silver joined the Michaels Team in 1998, as a housing specialist and has over 20 years of experience in developing affordable housing projects in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, Mr. Silver has concentrated his activities on major urban redevelopment projects in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Silver is an attorney and while in private practice, he represented numerous for-profit firms and non-profit housing developers in connection with the development of affordable housing projects and associated real estate activities. Prior to the practicing of law, Mr. Silver spent nine years as a housing program manager at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Mr. Silver holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a juris doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law.

Silverman, Paul

Paul Silverman is a Principal of SILVERMAN, the real estate development company he and his brother, Eric, founded in 1981. SILVERMAN has restored historic landmarks, championed the development of mixed-use buildings, and created residential, commercial, office and industrial spaces. With an eye on the big picture, he works hard to build a neighborhood and not just build a building. Successfully searching for creative and enthusiastic entrepreneurs has helped SILVERMAN attract the amazing variety of retail, restaurant, office and commercial tenants who bring so much vitality to SILVERMAN’s neighborhoods. Mr. Silverman is an active philanthropist, supporting many Hudson County not-for-profits, as well as Jersey City Public and Charter schools, and the arts. He serves as Chairman of the Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, Vice Chairman of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director of the NJCU Foundation. Mr. Silverman is Chairman Emeritus of the Hudson County Community College Foundation and is a Trustee Emeritus of his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.

Singh, Kris
President and Chief Executive Officer
Holtec International

Dr. Kris Singh is the President and CEO of Holtec International, a diversified energy technology company that he founded in 1986. Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1972), M.S. in Engineering Mechanics also from Penn (1969), and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University), India (1967). Dr. Singh is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Nuclear Society. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Over the past 40 years, he has published over sixty technical papers in the permanent literature, authored an authoritative text book on heat exchangers, and contributed to numerous monographs, symposia volumes, as well as national codes and standards. An array of patents (over 50 U.S. and foreign patents granted, and some 15 in the process of being granted) memorialize Dr. Singh's inventions over the past 40 years and form the bedrock of technology that supports Holtec International's global leadership in nuclear, solar, fossil and geothermal technologies. Dr. Singh has held executive management positions since 1979. Since 1986, he has led Holtec International, building the company into a technological powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world with nine major operations centers in three countries and an active business presence on four continents. A firm believer in the power of the atom to power the globe, Dr. Singh has been driving the development of an innovative small modular reactor design since 2009, with the goal of making nuclear energy the paragon of safety and a commercially attractive source of clean energy around the world.

Staton, Michael K
Vice President of Commercial Real Estate
TD Bank, N.A.

Michael K. Staton, with nearly 30 years of experience in affordable housing, is currently Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Financing at TD Bank and is responsible for developing commercial real estate relationships by profiling and analyzing financial data to determine the merits of specific loan requests and recommended structures. Mr. Staton has extensive experience in financing development transactions using a variety of products and structures, including: conventional construction and permanent financing; construction and permanent tax-exempt bond direct placement; bridge loans; and federal and state tax credit programs. Prior to joining TD Bank, he was Vice President of Originations at WNC & Associates where his primary responsibility was to manage relationships with clients and invest in Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties, as a Limited Partner, to create and preserve multifamily, affordable housing and to maximize the rate of return to Investors for property acquisitions. He also spent over 20 years at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency where he served in several key roles, including Director of Multifamily Programs and Lending, Director of Credit, Assistant Director of Financial Management along with other essential positions. Mr. Staton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Hampton University and a Master's Degree from Rider University.

Taylor, Dianne, E.
Executive Director

Dianne Taylor is the Executive Director of COSCDA, a national organization that promotes the common interest and goals of the states, with major emphasis on community development, housing, homelessness, local economic development, and state‑local relations. She has overall management responsibility for the operation of the organization, to include fiscal, staffing and operational. She also has responsibility for membership services, internal management, external representation, including advocacy on a host of programmatic and regulatory issues of importance to the COSCDA members, policy development and ethics. Ms. Taylor is the primary liaison to the COSCDA Board of Directors, the governing body of the organization. Ms. Taylor has extensive experience in community development and legislative activities. Prior to joining COSCDA, Dianne served as Director for the National Community Development Association (NCDA). She was the Planning Director for the Town of Warrenton, VA, as well as serving as housing development specialist and Environmental Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.A. in Urban Planning/Community Organizing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Terry, John N.
Manager of Construction Code Enforcement,
Division of Codes and Standards
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

John Terry has been involved in construction code enforcement for thirty years. As a degreed Mechanical Engineer, his duties in New Jersey State government have varied from “Plans Examiner” in the Bureau of Construction Project Review to “Claims Supervisor” in the New Home Warranty Program to “Supervisor, Construction Project Review” of the School Plan Review and Inspection Unit. At present, Mr. Terry is the Manager of Construction Code Enforcement in the Director’s Office of the Division of Codes and Standards. He works closely with the Director of the Division of Codes and Standards in establishing policies for the enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code, the New Home Warranty and Builders Registration Act, the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Act, Rooming and Boarding House Act, the Amusement Ride Safety Act and the regulations governing elevator devices installed in the state. Mr. Terry also is responsible for the Code Assistance Unit and the Licensing and Training Units within the Division. In addition to his duties with the State of New Jersey, he has been very active in code development with the International Code Council (ICC). He has served as chairman of numerous code drafting and code development committees and currently serves as the chairman of the Codes and Standards Council. he has served as a moderator for the Code Development Hearings for the last several years and has attended every code drafting and code development hearing since the ICC’s inception

Toronto, Tom
Bergen County’s United Way

Tom Toronto has 33 years of experience working for local United Ways in Bergen, Burlington and Hudson counties in New Jersey.  Mr. Toronto serves on the Board of the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership, driving implementation of the 2-1-1 helpline on behalf of New Jersey’s local United Ways and New Jersey State Government.   He also serves on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy Advisory Board, Bergen County Government’s Board of Social Service and the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey Board.  He is active in his local community having served as a member of the Leonia Governing Body, the Leonia Library Board and chair of the town’s Planning Board.  He holds a BA from Montclair State University and MA from Columbia University.

VanLew Sr., Sean P.
Superintendent, Veteran’s Haven North
New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs

Sean P. VanLew Sr. has been employed with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs for over 20 years. He is a combat veteran, who served with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany and then deployed to the South West Asian theatre of operation in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as an anti-tank infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal(1st Oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal(1st Oak Leaf cluster), Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Wings, Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Saudi Arabia/Kuwait Liberation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge from active duty, Mr. VanLew served 6 years in the New Jersey Army National Guard. Mr. VanLew matriculated at Kean College earning a BA with a double major in English/Secondary Education in 1997. In 1995 Mr. VanLew began his career with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs at the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy on Fort Dix as a youth worker. He worked his way up the chain of command to shift supervisor, Commandant and finally, Deputy Director of the Academy. With the retirement of the Superintendent in 2010, Mr. VanLew took over the reins of the facility to include a $5.4 million dollar construction and expansion project which increased the capacity of the program to 100 beds. In the winter of 2011 with the pending closure of Hagedorn Psychiatric hospital in Glen Gardner, Mr. VanLew was tasked by the leadership of the department to begin preparation and planning in order to open a second transitional housing program at the Hagedorn site. After turning over control of Veteran’s Haven South in February 2012, the planning began for Veteran’s Haven North. July 1, 2012 marked the closure of Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, and 2 months later, on September 1, 2012, under the guidance of Mr. VanLew, Veteran’s Haven North accepted its first resident.

Wolde, Yirgu
Director of 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 and serves as Treasurer of Alumni Association –Edward J. Bloustein School-Rutgers University. Mr. Wolde is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Young, Joseph
Executive Director
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)

Joe Young is currently the Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ).   He has been representing people with disabilities exclusively since 1979, when he joined the Community Health Law Project.  He served as Deputy Director of the Division Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled in the Department of the Public Advocate until the Department was abolished.  Mr. Young received his law degree from Rutgers-Newark Law School.   He has appeared in administrative, trial, and appellant courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  DRNJ is part of the nationwide protection and advocacy system established by Congress to monitor the states’ treatment of people with disabilities and to advocate and advance the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities.  DRNJ was designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system in 1994, succeeding the Department of the Public Advocate. 


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