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Meet the 2013 Board of Directors

Friday, April 19, 2013  
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Meet the 2013 Housing Colorado Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Housing Colorado is comprised of affordable housing industry leaders eachrepresentinga unique viewpoint. Ranging from supportive service providers and developersto financingauthoritiesand government entities, the Board of Directors collectively covers a broad spectrum of affordable housing needs.

Maureen Hewitt

Maureen Hewitt has been the President and CEO of InnovAge (formerly known as Total Community Options) in Denver since 2006. InnovAge is the parent company for eight non-profit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico and Southern California in 2013. InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE (formerly known as Total Longterm Care) is a PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provider in the Denver metro area and in Pueblo which currently serves approximately 2,000 frail elderly PACE participants. Continental Community Housing is an affiliate of InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE that operates the Pinewood Lodge affordable housing facility. InnovAge Longterm Care Options (formerly known as Longterm Care Options) is the single entry point agency for Medicaid long term benefit clients and provides functional assessment and case management to approximately 8,800 Coloradoans. InnovAge Greater New Mexico PACE (formerly known as Total Community Care) operates the PACE program in Albuquerque which serves approximately 400 PACE participants. The InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program (formerly known as the Johnson Adult Day Program) is a day program for seniors that serves approximately 175 clients with dementia. InnovAge Home Care (formerly known as Seniors Inc). is a non-profit home health care agency which was established in 1969 serving Denver, Canon City, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Estes Park. InnovAge Care Management is the navigation services contact center providing triage, assessment, care coordination, and care plan development services to families of aging adults. The InnovAge Foundation (formerly known as Total Community Options Foundation) is a charitable foundation that was formed in 2008 to increase community awareness and generate broad based community support for the programs of InnovAge. InnovAge Solutions is a nonprofit organization formed to serve the affiliate programs with backroom support and functions. As a family of organizations, InnovAge serves over 20,000 individuals annually.

Maureen came to Denver from Napa, California where she was Chief Operating Officer of Episcopal Homes Foundation (EHF) which operates continuing care retirement communities, affordable housing projects, and programs for the elderly. Prior to EHF, Maureen was the Vice President of Operations of Summit Care Corporation and President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Ocadian Health Centers, where she managed acute care hospitals, skilled nursing homes, an assisted living property, and outpatient clinics. Maureen has more than 20 years of experience in health-care administration, including work at the U.S. Department Health and Human Services during the Reagan administration. Maureen is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Colorado and a past member of the Board of Directors of LeadingAge, the national association of homes and services for the aging. Maureen also serves as the Chair-Elect for the Board of Directors of Housing Colorado. Maureen received her Bachelor’s of Science from Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Administration with an emphasis in healthcare policy in conjunction with the American University in Washington, D.C.

Cris White

Cris has been with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority for 23 years serving in various capacities related to affordable housing and economic development. He was promoted to Executive Director/CEO in 2010.

Cris has served on the Executive Committee of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Mayor Hickenlooper’s Denver Housing Plan Task Force, the Housing Committee of the Downtown Denver Partnership, and was appointed to the Colorado Legislature’s Long-term Fiscal Stability Commission. He currently serves on Mayor Hancock’s Housing Task Force, the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and the Board of Directors for Housing Colorado.

Diane Miller

Diane M. Miller, Vice President of Marketing for Shaw Construction. Diane is a member of Shaw’s Executive Team and joined Shaw in 2003. She has an extensive background in business-to-business marketing applications for the construction industry. She has spent over 20 years managing the public relations, marketing and sales strategies for various firms throughout her career.

Her experience includes marketing and client development for an international construction consulting firm, sales and business development for a nationally ranked general contractor, risk management, safety and human resources. Her expertise and success is founded on her distinctive leadership style, her ability to develop long-term client relationships, solid writing and communication skills, brand and image development, generating sales and overseeing public relations activities.

Diane has lived in Colorado since 1983 and her most cherished project to-date involves her husband of 25 years, Brian, and their two children, Marshall and Elizabeth. She has served on not-for-profit and industry state-wide and local boards throughout her career.

Samuel Betters

Samuel G. Betters has worked for the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland since 1971 serving as Executive Director of the agency since 1981. The Housing Authority has developed a wide variety of housing and programs under Mr. Betters leadership some of which include, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties, HUD Section 221 (d) 3, HUD New Construction properties, both Project Based and Tenant Based Section 8 Voucher programs, Public Housing along with Project Self-Sufficiency, Family Self-Sufficiency, Home Ownership opportunities, and Larimer County Home Improvement program. Sam holds an undergraduate degree in Community Development from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Cindy Harvey

Cindy Harvey, AIA is a Principal and Project Manager for KEPHART. She has nearly 20 years of experience in residential architecture, Cindy has created award-winning and innovative home designs across the country. As a registered architect, Cindy partners with our developer clientele to create ground breaking communities that range from traditional single family homes, to high-density multifamily units, transit oriented designs, and resort properties. Cindy makes regular appearances at the International Builders' Show and other industry venues speaking on topics regarding innovative design trends, including her passion for designing compact-yet-livable spaces and urban infill communities. Cindy is a member of the Colorado Code Change Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Housing Colorado, an advocacy group that promotes the design and construction of affordable housing statewide. Cindy is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute. Cindy has a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Don May

Donald May was appointed the Executive Director of the Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA) in 1992. ACHA provides a variety of housing programs and products ranging from homeless prevention activities and subsidized housing through affordable market rentals and homeownership opportunities. Under Mr. May’s leadership, the organization has experienced steady growth and expansion of Programs and Services with an annual budget of $25 million. Mr. May has aggressively pursued the development of new affordable housing units in Adams County utilizing both public and private partnerships resulting in increased portfolio growth serving several thousand households. Although the Affordable Housing industry has been faced with significant budgetary cuts, rising costs and an increased need for housing assistance, Mr. May has stayed committed to ACHA’s primary goal of providing Adams County residents with high quality affordable housing and programs that enable them to become economically self-sufficient. Mr. May holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Certificate in Administration of Non-Profit Organizations. Mr. May is a Board member of Housing Colorado, a member of the Adams County Workforce Investment Board, the Board of Governors for NAHRO, President of Mountain Plains region of NAHRO and immediate Past President of Colorado NAHRO.

Gene Myers

Gene is owner and Chairman of New Town Builders, a Denver-based builder of mixed-use, mixed-income, age-diverse and environmentally responsible homes and neighborhoods. Gene has served on numerous state and local housing groups and currently serves as a member the board of directors of Denver Civic Ventures, Housing Colorado and the Challenge Foundation. He has served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Housing, co-chaired Denver’s 2008 Housing Task Force and served on the 2012 Mayor’s Housing Taskforce. His company is Denver’s largest builder of for-sale affordable housing.

As a production builder in Stapleton, New Town has logged a number of firsts including: First to offer standard solar panels on all of its homes. First to construct all of its homes with Colorado beetle-kill lumber. First to offer a Zero Energy option on all of its single family homes.

Nationally, New Town has been recognized as EPA’s Millennium Energy Star Builder, and EPA’s Leadership Award for Indoor Air Quality. Just last December New Town won Green Building Magazine’s Green Home of the Year award for its Zero Energy production homes. New Town Builders is Denver’s leader in building green, energy efficient production homes.

Christopher Stefan

Christopher has a MS in Real Estate & Construction Management as well as BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Regis University. Christopher is an Affordable Housing Property Specialist HUD, LIHTC, NMTC and Rural Development Properties. He is an experienced Asset Manager $20,000,000 in Commercial Real Estate assets under management. Christopher is an affordable housing consultant that handles dispositions of Section 8, expired tax credit, and rural development properties

He is an active Housing Colorado Board Member/Legislative Committee working on public policy issues surrounding housing and economic development. He is also a member of National Association of Office and Industrial Properties Legislative Affairs Committee and the Urban Land Institute's Multifamily Product Council.

Aaron Miripol

Aaron Miripol has over 20 years’ experience running community development and affordable housing companies. He has over seen more than $110 million in economic development, including 1,500 permanently affordable homes. Aaron is the President & CEO of the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), a supporting non-profit organization to the Denver Foundation. Aaron joined ULC in 2007 and leads this unique real estate company in partnering with a wide range of organizations in the Denver metro area on the strategic acquisition and development of land and buildings to preserve and enhance their ability to create sustainable benefits in underserved communities. To date ULC has partnered on 18 real estate transactions totally over $32 million, and ranging from vacant lots to non-profit office space, affordable housing through Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Fund. ULC has served over 10,000 people (more than 80% are low income households) and supported 450 jobs from its real estate.

Prior to his work at ULC, Aaron was the Executive Director of Thistle Community Housing, providing oversight on one of the fastest growing non-profit housing providers in Colorado. In his nine years at Thistle, the organization’s affordable housing production increased over nine times, going from 100 plus homes to 1,000 rental and ownership homes valued at over $70 million. Most importantly, Thistle grew from serving 250 people a year to over 3,000 people annually in need of affordable housing.

Before moving to Colorado, Aaron worked in Baltimore running two inner city non-profit community development corporations, Southwest Visions and The Loading Dock. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in International Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has his BA in History & International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Andy Proctor

Andy Proctor is responsible for originating FHA-insured multifamily, seniors housing and healthcare facility loans nationwide on an expedited basis for acquisition, refinance and construction transactions.

Mr. Proctor has more than 15 years of experience in multifamily commercial real estate. Previous to Arbor, he was President of Proctor Community Enterprises where he provided comprehensive housing finance and community development services. While there, he assisted clients by coordinating the acquisition, financial analysis, project management and financing of properties throughout the state of Colorado and elsewhere. Earlier in his career, Mr. Proctor worked for the City of Boulder, CO, as Housing Division Manager; the City of Denver, CO, as Housing Development Manager; and the State of Colorado as Housing Development Specialist in the state’s Housing Division.

Mr. Proctor received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado, specializing in Urban Planning and Community Development, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Geography from San Jose State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also served nine years in the U.S. Navy. He resides in Boulder, CO.

Elisabeth Borden

Elisabeth Borden is the Principal for The Highland Group, a Boulder-based firm focused on strategic research and development planning for the full spectrum of senior housing communities throughout Colorado. Elisabeth founded The Highland Group in 2000, building on an earlier career in operations, marketing, and development of long-term care facilities. Over the past 12 years, Elisabeth’s firm has provided more than 150 urban, suburban, and rural clients with market research, site selection, development planning, feasibility studies, and strategic consulting. Her clients include not-for-profit and for-profit private developers, housing authorities, investors, lenders, and operators of all types of housing and care targeted to people age 55+. Recently elected to the board of directors of Housing Colorado, within the past 10 years Elisabeth has also served on the boards of directors of LeadingAge Colorado, the Alzheimer’s Association - Colorado Chapter, and the Theodore and Chandos Rice Charitable Foundation. Elisabeth publishes the monthly e-newsletter, "Market Watch”, and is a frequent contributing writer to industry publications and a retreat and conference speaker. Links to articles, presentations, and archived newsletters can be found at

Bill James

Bill James is President of James Real Estate Services, a commercial and residential real estate appraisal and consulting firm based in the Denver. JRES provides real estate decision support to lenders, attorneys, governments and property owners throughout the State of Colorado and in surrounding states with emphasis on transportation oriented development, and relying in part on Bill’s designation as an MAI appraiser by the Appraisal Institute.

In 1997 Bill assisted in establishment of Transportation Solutions a transportation management association based in the Cherry Creek area of Denver and remains on its Board of Directors. Bill was appointed to the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers in 2000 and elected to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation District in 2008.

Bill grew up in Seattle and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. After that he managed real estate while in the US Army in Stuttgart, Germany and began his appraisal career with a leading firm in Seattle. After opening an office for the firm in Anchorage, Alaska, Bill settled in Denver in 1976, earned his MBA at the University of Denver and started JRES.

Bill lives in the Cherry Creek North area of Denver with his wife Donna James.

Doug Snyder

Doug Snyder is Director, Housing Development for Volunteers of America (VOA). He handles development and preservation of affordable housing in Colorado, Washington, and Alaska. Volunteers of America is one of the largest nonprofit developers and human service organizations in the U.S. serving low income families, seniors, homeless veterans, and other vulnerable populations.. In Colorado, the VOA portfolio consists of over 1,100 units in 14 properties from the Front Range to the western slope. Doug is an experienced real estate executive with 18+ years of successful underwriting, financing, and developing commercial/multi-family real estate valued at more than $300 million. Doug provides value-added leadership services to the National Services group of Volunteers of America so the organization can achieve its objectives through development and acquisition/rehab of projects in his region. His affordable housing experience includes work with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, HUD programs, and other funding sources.

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