Leadership Profile: Amy Case
Monday, December 10, 2018
Posted by: Emily Nilsen
Each month Housing Colorado profiles a member volunteer who serves on a committee or another volunteer opportunity. This profile features members who have shown great commitment to the mission of Housing Colorado.
Amy Case is honored to serve as Housing Colorado’s Board Chair for 2019. In her 5 years on the Board, she has been a member of the Conference, Education, Editorial, Membership, Governance, and Finance committees and held the offices of Secretary and Chair Elect. As Controller at the Grand Junction Housing Authority, she manages the Finance and Accounting functions of an actively developing agency with 1200 housing vouchers, 700 affordable apartments, and several supportive service programs. Amy has been an active volunteer in her community on several non-profit Boards.
How did you end up in affordable housing?
After working for many years in the consumer and mortgage lending industry, I was looking for a change and was drawn to an available position with the Grand Junction Housing Authority as a Homeownership Program Coordinator.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Too hard to pick just one thing I enjoy most, so I’ll give you a list- working in a strong and growing agency, the ability to participate at the strategic level with our Board and Executive Team, all of the professional development opportunities I’ve been given, and knowing (and seeing!) the impact of our work in our community.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Let’s face it, Finance and Accounting work can get pretty repetitive and tedious. You can only stare at spreadsheets for so long, so creating some variety day to day is really important to me.
How did you get involved with Housing Colorado?
My CEO, Jody Kole, is a former Housing Colorado Board Chair, so our agency has a long history of involvement with HC. I started out as a Conference attendee, then Conference committee member, and was eventually nominated for a position on the Board.
How do you currently serve Housing Colorado and what do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I am more than honored to currently serve as the Chair of the Housing Colorado Board of Directors. In any position I have volunteered in with Housing Colorado, and there have been many, the part I always enjoy most is having the opportunity work with dedicated, passionate, thoughtful industry colleagues who always challenge and inspire me.
What are some exciting progressions or projects currently going on in your work?
So many. GJHA is currently completing construction on Phase 2 of a 9% senior property, rehabbing an older senior property, and doing pre-development work on a new family LIHTC property.
What project, program or undertaking are you most proud of and why?
As I said before, I started at GJHA as Homeownership Program Coordinator. With the support of my agency’s leadership, we were able to grow that program from just me doing down payment assistance to a HUD-approved housing counseling program also providing Homebuyer Ed, Foreclosure Counseling, and Reverse Mortgage Counseling. At its peak during the foreclosure crisis, we served 7 counties with five employees and assisted many hundreds of households over the programs’ most active years.
What is the best career advice you have ever been given?
How about I answer this with a great quote, “Easy luck always turns bad. You want the kind of luck you have to earn.”- Dean Koontz.
What website(s) do you find useful in your work?
www.nahro.org, The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials offers in depth analysis of issues effecting public housing authorities and the community development industry, as well as valuable educational opportunities.
If you were given the chance to go on a vacation to any place of your choosing, where would you go and what would you do?
I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for years. The Dalmation Coast looks incredibly beautiful and so different from anything I’ve ever seen.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Colorado?
As a plug for the Western Slope, I have to say that Bin 707 Foodbar in Grand Junction is amazing! Best cheeseburger ever!
What book are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
I love a good thriller and am always in the middle of one. However, my new indulgence is Podcasts- loving the true crime ones! I’ve also found that Podcasts are great for passing the time on drives to/from Denver for Housing Colorado events!