Staff

We are creative, experienced problem solvers who love working with mission-driven organizations to improve the lives of low-income people. We look forward to working with you.

As executive director of Housing Development Center (HDC) and HDC Community Fund, Joni provides vision and leadership to advance HDC’s mission, achieve organizational strategic objectives and assure excellent service to HDC’s clients and funding partners. A demonstrated leader, manager and partnership builder, Joni is committed to working collaboratively to build equitable, sustainable communities where all people have the opportunity to meet their basic needs and thrive. Joni has 20 years of experience in real estate lending and extensive knowledge of affordable housing finance. Joni joined Housing Development Center in February 2016, initially serving as deputy director and executive director of HDC Community Fund, and beginning her tenure as HDC executive director in January 2017. Previously, as deputy director of Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) for 13 years, Joni oversaw NOAH’s lending functions, managed its affordable housing loan portfolio, and contributed to community-wide efforts to improve regional affordable housing policies and programs. Joni’s broad range of experience includes managing community lending operations for a commercial bank; underwriting loans for a commercial mortgage lender; and providing asset management of LIHTC-financed multifamily housing portfolios for a private real estate investment firm. Joni has an MBA from University of Oregon and a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Comprehensive Development Services

Robin Boyce provides part-time project management services for Housing Development Center’s Comprehensive Development Services program. Robin joined HDC in 2000 and served as executive director from 2005 until her retirement in December 2016. Robin has 30 years’ experience in affordable-housing program management, finance, development and asset management. She has overseen or directly managed the development of housing and mixed-use projects containing thousands of units of affordable rental housing, and has served on numerous policy committees. Robin initiated HDC’s Asset Management Services program and has presented asset management trainings across the western U.S. and at national conferences. She was the founding executive director of HDC Community Fund, HDC's affiliated lending entity, from 2009 through 2015. As HDC’s finance director from 2000 to 2005, Robin oversaw HDC’s financial and human resources systems and provided senior-level project management focused on affordable housing finance and asset management. Previously Robin managed the City of Portland’s rental housing programs at Portland Development Commission, including administration of the city’s CDBG, HOME, HOPWA and bond programs and local public financing for multifamily housing. Robin has worked as a journeyman carpenter, construction manager and private consultant. In 2010, Robin completed the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence in Community Development program in association with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the boards of Oregon Opportunity Network and Farmworker Housing Development Corporation.

Mary K. Bradshaw directs Housing Development Center’s work providing construction management and owner’s representation services for the development of affordable housing and community facilities. Leading a staff of seven, Mary helps nonprofit clients achieve their end goals and assure that projects meet the highest attainable standards for quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Mary brings extensive project management, organizational management and architectural design experience to her work. Prior to joining HDC in 2014, Mary worked for public housing authorities in Clackamas County and Portland, where she developed more than 260 rental-housing units (using HOME, LIHTC and other sources); coordinated the selective disposition of a 166-unit scattered-site public housing portfolio; and managed the development and sale of 253 homeownership units in two large-scale HOPE VI–funded redevelopments. Previously Mary worked as a community builder fellow for the U.S. Department of HUD and served as founding executive director for Proud Ground, a Portland-based nonprofit community land trust. A licensed architect, Mary spent the first decade of her career working with private architecture firms in Washington, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands to design, and manage development of, affordable housing and commercial projects.

Philip Dochow provides senior-level project management services to HDC clients, with a focus on feasibility and financing. Since joining HDC in 2007, Philip has overseen the development and preservation of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing and numerous nonprofit community facilities, with total development costs exceeding $180 million. Philip has experience accessing and using varied affordable-housing financing sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, New Markets Tax Credits, HOME, CDBG, Section 8, HUD 202/811 and other state, local and federal programs. Philip’s 30 years’ experience in housing development includes serving as director of HDC’s housing development program from 2007 to 2014, owning and managing a construction firm, and working in multiple capacities for Mission Housing Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit developer in San Francisco. At Mission Housing, Philip produced 500 units of affordable housing for seniors, families and homeless single adults, as well as mixed-use developments, and served as the organization’s interim executive director for 18 months, managing a staff of 23 and overseeing a budget of $1.4 million.

As senior construction project manager for Housing Development Center, France Manalaysay Fitzpatrick works with nonprofit organizations and housing authorities to develop successful, sustainable affordable housing and community facilities. Prior to joining HDC in May 2013, France served as director of development of housing and community facilities for CASA of Oregon, a nonprofit based in Sherwood, Oregon, that provides development consulting and lending services to owners of affordable housing for low-income farmworkers. For eight years previously, she worked as an architectural project manager in Washington, Oregon and California, providing design and project-management services for developments ranging from a 300-unit housing subdivision to a 13-story residential high-rise. France has managed the development of more than 1,000 units of affordable and market-rate multifamily housing, incorporating advanced green design and utilizing varied private and public funding sources, including USDA Rural Development, OHCS, HOME and HUD. She has a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As finance project manager for Housing Development Center (HDC), Jacob Heitzman works with nonprofits and housing authorities to finance affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. Jacob assists HDC clients with feasibility assessment, budget and pro forma development, and financial structuring, using sources that include public and private loans, grants and tax-credit equity. Jacob worked previously as a project manager with the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH), a nonprofit consultant and CDFI serving rural Washington. Prior to joining ORFH in 2010, Jacob worked as an interior design and space planning consultant in Spokane and London, where he earned his BFA in interior design at American Continental University, and a MA in urban regeneration at University of Westminster.
As senior construction project manager for HDC, Mai Huynh-Carnes works with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop high-quality, cost-effective, sustainable affordable housing and community facilities. Mai assists HDC clients with needs ranging from site assessment to construction management, bringing extensive project management and architectural design experience to her work. Prior to joining HDC in July 2015, Mai worked for nine years as an architect with MWA Architects, where she designed and managed multifamily affordable housing and mixed-use projects with an emphasis on integrating cost-effective sustainability strategies. In addition to managing project teams and shepherding projects from concept to completion, Mai’s responsibilities at MWA included zoning analysis, consultant coordination, preparation of construction documents and construction administration. Previously Mai worked as an architectural designer with Minervini Vandermark Architecture in Hoboken, New Jersey. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. Mai is a licensed Oregon architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.

As finance project manager for HDC, Anita Punja works with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. Focused on project planning and financing, Anita assists HDC clients with site selection, feasibility assessment, budget and pro forma development and financial structuring, using sources such as public and private loans, grants and tax-credit equity. Anita brings strong experience in the fields of planning, architecture and sustainable development to her work. Prior to joining HDC in 2011, Anita worked as an urban planner in the private and nonprofit sectors, developing regional plans, economic plans, transit-oriented development plans and downtown-area plans in communities such as San Diego, California, and Bangalore, India. With Livable Places, a nonprofit housing developer in Los Angeles, Anita provided project management support for mixed-income housing projects. Anita holds a Master of Planning from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Andrea K. Sanchez leads HDC’s work assembling and structuring financing for the development of affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. A member of HDC’s management team, Andrea supervises a staff of five and provides direct services to HDC development clients, working closely with HDC’s construction management and asset management teams to provide property solutions that meet the long-term needs of HDC clients, their partners and the people they serve. Andrea has more than 15 years of experience in public and private real estate development. Prior to joining HDC in February 2017, she served as director of housing for Human Solutions, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing and services to low-income residents of East Multnomah County. For Human Solutions Andrea oversaw housing development, asset management and service delivery to residents of the organization’s 700-plus-unit housing portfolio. Andrea’s public-sector experience includes positions with the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, where she led implementation of a 10-year portfolio redevelopment and repositioning strategy; and with the City of Portland, where she administered the permanent supportive housing component of the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Andrea began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area working on urban renewal initiatives for a private real estate advisory firm. Andrea holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University.
As finance project manager for HDC, Lydia Slocum works with nonprofits and housing authorities to finance affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. Lydia provides assistance to HDC clients in the areas of feasibility assessment, budget and pro forma development, and financial structuring, using sources that include public and private loans, grants and tax-credit equity. Lydia’s background in architecture and project management includes working as a historic preservation project associate with the Preservation Research Office of St. Louis, Missouri, and as an architectural designer and sustainable design consultant with Hellmuth and Bicknese Architects, also in St. Louis. Lydia received her B.A. in architecture, with a second major in Spanish, in 2013 from Washington University, where she was the recipient of the Rose Markowitz Travel Award (for Spanish); the Elizabeth S. Schmerling Award (for architecture) and the Hugh Ferriss Excellence in Drawing Award. Lydia is a LEED Accredited Professional, BD + C (Building Design and Construction)

Brian Sweeney provides part-time project management services for HDC’s Comprehensive Development Services program. A licensed architect in Oregon and Washington, Brian has 25+ years of experience administering construction contracts for owners, working both as project architect and as developer/construction manager for multifamily housing projects. Brian joined HDC in 2010 and served as HDC's director of construction management from January 2014 to May 2015. Previously he was a senior architect for Environmental Works, a nonprofit that provides design and construction management services for community facilities and multifamily housing. He also founded and led his own architectural firm and served as director of development for Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a Seattle-based nonprofit affordable housing developer, where he oversaw the development of more than 400 units of housing in western Washington. Several of these projects, including the Denny Park Apartments, received regional and national recognition for innovative and sustainable design. Brian is a LEED Accredited Professional, the former chair of the Design Review Board for the City of Seattle and the 1994 recipient of the New England Sustainable Energy Award.

As senior construction project manager for HDC, Jennifer Sharp works with nonprofit organizations and housing authorities to develop successful, sustainable affordable housing and community facility projects. With 20 years of experience in construction and project management, including seven years managing campus expansion projects at Portland State University (PSU), Jennifer brings extensive expertise in areas such as public procurement compliance; green building practices; and use of integrated project delivery (IPD) models to manage large-scale collaboration. Prior to joining HDC in September 2016, Jennifer worked with Urban Resources Inc. providing project management and owner’s representation on affordable housing and commercial projects. As a project manager and construction project manager for PSU from 2002 to 2014, Jennifer managed projects such as the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, a $200 million educational and research facility developed collaboratively by three higher-learning institutions. Jennifer has worked as a project manager for Portland construction firms Coho Construction, Walsh Construction and Bingham Construction. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and humanities from Pacific University and a certificate in construction management from University of Washington. She is a LEED accredited professional, BD+C (building design and construction).

As senior finance project manager for HDC, Gigi Szabo works with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop and preserve affordable housing and community facilities, with a focus on assessing feasibility and structuring multisource financing packages. Gigi joined HDC in April 2017, bringing more than 15 years of affordable-housing development and finance experience spanning executive leadership, program management and consulting roles. Gigi’s in-depth knowledge of local, state and federal affordable and supportive housing funding programs includes expertise in the financing of permanent supportive housing for veterans and people with special needs. Prior to joining HDC, Gigi worked as a financial consultant with Community Economics in Oakland, California, where she structured financing and modeled tax-credit projections for low-income housing developments throughout California. Gigi’s experience managing affordable housing programs and projects in the Los Angeles area includes two years as deputy executive director of Skid Row Housing Trust, where she led and managed seven departments with 150 staff, and six years as senior project manager with A Community of Friends, where she managed development of supportive housing for homeless adults living with mental illness, seniors and others with special needs. Gigi holds a Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Arts in urban planning from University of California, Los Angeles.

Les Szigethy is Housing Development Center’s point person for property evaluation, property inspection and affordable housing renovation and defect remediation. Since joining HDC in 2009, Les has evaluated the physical condition of numerous organizations’ affordable housing portfolios and managed construction projects of varied scopes, including the renovation and energy upgrade of 350 detached rental homes. An experienced project manager, Les is adept at guiding projects from the point of assembling development teams to preparing and implementing budgets. Les has a background in both affordable and market-rate housing development, with experience in subdivision development, site development, sales and construction supervision, with an emphasis on energy-saving techniques and practices. Since incorporating his first construction/development company in 1978, he has built hundreds of homes in three states and has been certified as a home inspector in Florida, Indiana and Oregon. From 1986 to 1992, Les was a technical assistance manager for Rural Opportunities, Inc., a multistate nonprofit housing developer based in Rochester, New York; his duties included providing construction and development assistance to nonprofits and CHDOs through the HOME program, as well as providing assistance to nonprofit developers of farmworker housing through the Rural Development 514-516 program.

As finance project manager for HDC, Hasan Zuhairy works with nonprofits and housing authorities to finance affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. Hasan assists HDC clients with feasibility assessment, budget and pro forma development, and financial structuring, using sources that include public and private loans, grants and tax-credit equity. Prior to joining HDC in June 2016, Hasan worked as an associate developer with Pennrose Properties in Philadelphia, providing financial underwriting and project management for $99 million in affordable residential and mixed-use development. He led the assembly of mixed-finance affordable housing packages, leveraging a combination of low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity, HOME and HOPE VI funds and private debt, and managed communication between investment, development and construction partners. Hasan holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania (2013) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Portland State University (2010).
Asset Management and Initiatives
Madeline Baron provides asset management services, consulting and technical assistance to Housing Development Center clients, and provides general project assistance to HDC's Asset Management & Initiatives program. Prior to joining HDC in April 2015, Madeline worked as an economic development project coordinator for the City of Beaverton and as an independent project manager, researcher and editor in Washington, D.C. She has served as an intern for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, contributing research, data analysis, contract management and written communications in the areas of economic policy, finance and regulatory compliance. Madeline has a master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Portland.

Emily Schelling directs a team that provides asset management consulting services and technical assistance to affordable housing owners and funders, as well as coordinates strategic and policy initiatives to strengthen the affordable housing industry and its operating environment. Emily joined HDC in 2010, bringing a decade of experience in planning, policy, social work and housing development. Emily’s long-term commitment to affordable housing includes asset management work for a tax-credit syndicator; affordable housing development in rural Oregon; strategic planning for government housing agencies; and direct social service, providing housing placement assistance for very low-income and homeless seniors. Her diverse experience at these organizations informs her understanding of asset management’s many nuances. Emily has a master’s degree in city planning from Rutgers University, where she received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship.

As senior asset management project manager, Kimberly Taylor provides training and technical assistance to HDC clients in the areas of affordable housing compliance and asset management. Kimberly has worked in the affordable housing industry since 1999 and brings extensive experience in organizational training, portfolio assessment/planning, and low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and HOME compliance. An HDC staff member from 2010 to 2014, Kimberly rejoined HDC on a part-time basis in 2016 and continues to run an asset management consulting business she founded in 2014. Previously, Kimberly served as a trainer and technical assistance provider for HDC’s 18-month AMPP curriculum, working with 21 nonprofit organizations and housing authorities in Oregon and Washington to strengthen asset management systems and improve portfolio performance. She has worked as an asset manager and senior compliance specialist with Homestead Capital, a Portland-based regional LIHTC syndicator (now part of National Equity Fund) and has provided LIHTC & HOME compliance management for private property management firms. For over a dozen years, Kimberly has led asset management and compliance trainings for developers, owners and property management firms in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and Colorado. She serves on the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Magazine LIHTC Advisory Board and has a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) designation from the National Homebuilders Association.
Operations and Special Projects

Andrew Ayres manages Housing Development Center’s technology and is the first point of contact for HDC’s clients, providing customer service and coordination. Andrew is responsible for keeping the HDC office running smoothly, and he provides administrative support to Executive Director Robin Boyce. Prior to joining HDC’s staff in 2001, Andrew worked managing the Year 2000 Threat Assessment Project for a major Minneapolis–based health care organization. Andrew has an extensive background in computer software and customer service.

A certified nonprofit accounting professional (CNAP), Meredith Bowie is responsible for the fiscal management and operations of Housing Development Center. Meredith oversees finances, human resources, and legal and regulatory compliance for HDC, which has an organizational budget of $2.2 million. A member of HDC’s management team, Meredith plays a leadership role in business planning, budgeting, governance and administration; she manages staff responsible for administrative support, IT and communications. Meredith also serves as the fiscal manager for HDC Community Fund, HDC's affiliated nonprofit loan fund. Meredith joined HDC in 2016, bringing 15 years of progressively responsible experience in bookkeeping, accounting and nonprofit fiscal and operations management. Most recently, Meredith served for six years as director of finance and operations for the Monterey Museum of Art, performing bookkeeping, accounting and benefit administration for a nonprofit organization with a $1.8 million annual budget, and managing eight staff members in the museum’s finance, facilities and events departments. Meredith obtained her CNAP certification in 2014 and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Camela Raymond brings 15+ years of experience in journalism and communications to her work managing Housing Development Center’s print and online communications. Prior to joining HDC in 2012, Camela worked as an independent communications consultant, providing copywriting and content development services to small businesses and nonprofits, as well as to creative agencies serving large private and nonprofit organizations. Previously, as senior editor at Portland Monthly, a 60,000-circulation regional magazine, she oversaw arts and design coverage and wrote and edited feature stories on varied topics. Camela was the founding editor/publisher of the Organ, a not-for-profit arts and culture broadsheet serving readers in Portland and Seattle, and, prior to that, a freelance journalist and copywriter. She has a bachelor’s degree in modern culture and media (semiotics concentration) from Brown University and has studied creative writing at Portland State University and the Tin House writing workshop.

A retired partner with the Portland, Oregon, law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Ron Shellan advises Housing Development Center administrative and executive staff on legal, contractual and policy issues; and provides strategic guidance to staff and clients on matters related to affordable housing development, ownership and financing. Ron joined Housing Development Center’s staff in 2015, and provides his services on a part-time, substantially pro bono basis, following a 40-year legal career. As a lawyer and partner with Miller Nash from 1989 to 2014, Ron developed and led the firm’s highly regarded affordable housing practice. His work centered on the intersection of tax law and real estate law, including low-income housing tax credit partnership and year-15 exit issues. Ron has been designated as an Oregon SuperLawyer. He is a 1972 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Washington, where he received a B.A. in accounting. He graduated in 1975 from Willamette University College of Law, where he was associate editor of the Willamette Law Review. Ron is a certified public accountant and has served twice on the board of directors of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a former chair of the Taxation Section of the Oregon State Bar and was the founding chair of the Portland Tax Forum.