Orlando C. Artze
Orlando C. Artze is the President and CEO of Orlando Artze Consulting LLC, a consulting group providing services to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies and for-profit companies in the fields of affordable housing and community development. Orlando has over thirty-five years of experience, having previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Community Housing Partners (CHP), a nonprofit regional affordable housing developer. Before joining CHP, Orlando was the Vice President of the Southeast Region and Minnesota for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where he served as Chief Credit Officer for the region. Orlando holds an MBA from Baruch College and an MA in American History from Stony Brook University.
William Barrett, Jr.
William Barrett, Jr. is a retired Medical Service Corps officer who served 25 years in the United States Army. He recently was the Vice-President for Military Affairs for Bon Secours Virginia Health System and currently is an active board member of the Governor’s Joint Leadership Council, Military Officers of America Association Board, and several other military organizations statewide. He has served in a variety of military assignments throughout his career. Mr. Barrett is the founder of Heroes Helping Heroes. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.
Allison Bogdanović is the Executive Director of Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) and was previously VSH’s Director of Housing Development. As Virginia’s largest supportive housing organization, VSH’s mission is to end homelessness by combining affordable housing with case management services to help thousands of individuals reclaim their lives. Allison was recognized by the Virginia Housing Development Authority and the Virginia Housing Coalition as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Housing. She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Richmond and is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Melissa Bondi is an expert on public policy and nonprofit advocacy, focused on the needs of vulnerable and low-income populations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She serves currently as mid-Atlantic State and Local Policy consultant to Enterprise Community Partners, where she analyzes housing affordability policy initiatives, promotes best practices, and directs coalitions and campaigns to achieve context-sensitive solutions. Previously, Melissa led public policy, budget, and planning campaigns at the local, state, and regional level for the Nonprofit Roundtable and Coalition for Smarter Growth. She serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, and co-chairs Arlington’s Continuum of Care to prevent and end homelessness.
Meghann Cotter is Executive Servant-Leader for Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a local non-profit that helps people experiencing homelessness to get on a path to sustainable housing. The organization takes its mission from the biblical call of Micah 6:8. Agency work includes a daytime hospitality center that meets basic needs and provides case management, a cold weather shelter, a respite program for homeless leaving the hospital in need of temporary or terminal care, employment placement and supportive housing. Meghann graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2004 with a degree in Mass Communications and Public Policy & Community Services.
Andrew Friedman has been the Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation since 1993. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of department operations including over 60 staff and a budget of over $26 million. He is a member of the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Community Solutions Committee. He has been a past board Member of the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, Housing Virginia and the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO). He received a B.A. from Antioch College and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Joshua Gemerek has worked for Bay Aging, headquartered in Urbanna, Virginia, since April 1999 and is Senior Vice President, Housing for Bay Family Housing, a division of Bay Aging. He oversees the operation of 317 multifamily units ($1.8 million annual operating budget) existing in ten income- and age-restricted apartment properties, the production of new multifamily housing and administration of a six-county Housing Choice Voucher Program. Bay Family Housing administers the local Weatherization Assistance, Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation and Emergency Home Repair Programs and partners with local governments on Community Development Block Grants. Mr. Gemerek holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory & Henry College.
Greta Harris is Better Housing Coalition’s President and CEO. Before joining BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she provided strategic and managerial support to 10 of LISC’s local offices in southern and mid-western regions. Prior to that, she was the senior program director for Virginia LISC. Greta serves on the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Authority and has been a member of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board of Governors’ Consumer Advisory Council, the Virginia Housing Coalition, the Richmond Community Development Alliance and Seven Hills Boys Middle School. Greta earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, and holds a Master of Science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University.
Joseph Jones is the Director of Equity Funds for the Virginia Community Development Corporation, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of managing VCDC’s $600 Million portfolio of LIHTC, Federal and State Historic, New Markets and Energy credit investment equity funds, as well as its CDFI affiliate, the Virginia Community Development Fund. He is the primary point of coordination between the capital development efforts of the Investor Relations Team and the capital needs of the Project Development Team. In 2013 Joseph was selected as a member of the Top 40 Network, having been recognized as one of Virginia’s rising young leaders in the affordable housing community. He was a member of the housing workgroup of the Capital Region Collaborative and is a member of the 2016 class of Leadership Metro Richmond. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and MBA from Radford University.
Andy Kegley has served as Executive Director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence, Inc. (HOPE) since its merger with Mountain Shelter, Inc. in 2007. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Mountain Shelter since 1994. Mr. Kegley serves as the chairman of the board of Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (Fahe) and the Wythe County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence. He served a term on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, and as chair in 1992. He is a native of Roanoke and a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a major in Natural Resources.
Aaru Ma’at serves as Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (HRHA) Chief Development Services Officer. His expertise includes the analysis of issues related to supply and demand of affordable and higher value housing; residential development potential in communities; economic and social impact of sustainable housing, and transit-oriented development projects, all of which are priorities in HRHA’s efforts to revitalize communities. Mr. Ma’at’s leadership and community work has earned numerous state and local recognition.
Lane Pearson serves as General Counsel for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (“RRHA”), the largest public housing authority in Virginia. Before coming to RRHA, Mr. Pearson practiced with a boutique financial services litigation firm and served as In-House Counsel and Program Director with the Better Housing Coalition and the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods. Mr. Pearson received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his J.D. from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law, and his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy.
Madelyn Peay is the Deputy Executive Director of the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA). In her role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Capital Fund Program as well as for coordinating the authority’s redevelopment operational transition activities. She also serves as the VP of Public Affairs and Membership for the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO). She holds a B.S. from Virginia State University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Real Estate from Marylhurst University.
Derrick Perkins is a Senior Client Manger in Community Development Lending at Bank of America. In his role with the Bank he covers, Virginia, Washington DC and Suburban MD, delivering debt and equity and other banking products to affordable housing developers. Prior to his role as a client manager, Derrick was a Senior Credit Products Officer, structuring and underwriting debt products. Derrick has spent over 17 years with Bank of America in multiple departments to include; Commercial Banking, covering government contractors, Business Banking and consumer Banking. Derrick also serves on the boards of Transitional Housing Corporation and Housing Initiative Partnership. Derrick is a graduate of Hampton University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tanya Ross is Director of Customer Billing, Payment, and Credit Services for Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. She provides overall leadership for electric billing and payment and is responsible for all aspects of the credit function for Dominion’s 2.5 million Virginia and North Carolina customers. Since beginning with Dominion in 2004, she has held positions in Tax, Finance, and Customer Billing. Prior to Dominion, Tanya was Manager, Federal Tax Services for KPMG LLP in Richmond. She began her career in tax with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Richmond. Tanya received her B.S. with Distinction in Commerce (Accounting Concentration) from the University of Virginia.
Bob Sledd is managing partner of Pinnacle Ventures LLC and Sledd properties LLC. He served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor’s Office from 2010-2014 with a focus on job creation, homelessness and affordable housing. Mr. Sledd co-founded Performance Food Group in 1987 and was President and CEO from its inception until 1995. He served and continues to serve on several business and non-profit boards, such as Homeward and the Council of Advocates for Virginia Supportive Housing. Mr. Sledd holds a marketing degree from the University of Tennessee.
Kerrie Wilson is CEO of Cornerstones, a community based, nonprofit human service agency in Northern Virginia that provides support and advocacy for people in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare and other human services. Kerrie has nearly 30 years of experience in health and human services advocacy, public health policy, and nonprofit management. Prior to joining Cornerstones in 2001, she was the National Vice President for Government Relations for the American Cancer Society, working on issues relating to women, minorities and the medically underserved. She is co-chair of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and served on the executive committee overseeing the design of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Plan to End Homelessness by 2018.
Michael Wong is the Executive Director of the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) and has been in this position since 2001. The Authority, which has been operating in Harrisonburg since 1958, currently operates a 60 unit elderly and persons with disabilities section eight new construction apartment complex, a 60 unit elderly and persons with disabilities low income housing tax credit property, 843 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance program, and 129 agency owned project based housing units. HRHA is the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s lead agency for its Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and the Western CoC HMIS and VHSP Lead agency.