Crystal Cantu is the brain injury information specialist at the New Mexico Brain Injury Resource Center, a support and educational organization that is funded by the New Mexico Human Services Department. A state certified trainer for more 20 mandated courses for the DD/IDD waiver, Ms. Cantu has extensive experience with multiple waiver programs in New Mexico. Ms. Cantu specializes in providing information, referrals and education to people with both traumatic and acquired brain injuries, their families and professionals using a club house/community center model. She also advocates for change in the way services are delivered to New Mexicans living with brain injuries.
Serving as the executive director for the Zuni Housing Authority since 2003, Michael Chavez has more than 25 years of professional management experience in the field of Indian housing. Prior to coming to the Zuni Housing Authority, he worked for 10 years for the Navajo Housing Authority in project planning and construction, and for 12 years in utilities engineering with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Mr. Chavez is a graduate of the USDA Graduate School Certified Public Manager Program and is certified as a professional Indian housing manager through the National American Indian Housing Council. He is of Navajo/Zuni descent.
As MFA’s community liaison, Laura Chavez works with local governments and community partners to coordinate the Affordable Housing Act, plans and ordinance. She also serves as the housing chair for the state’s Infrastructure Finance Conference. Ms. Chavez has more than 15 years of experience in social services and has worked with state and federal programs for 10 years. Before coming to MFA, she owned her own business providing training on state and federal program policy as well as direct services in the areas of recovery and reintegration, vocational and educational development, legal advocacy and housing. Ms. Chavez has completed the NM Real Estate Commission Broker’s Exam/Licensure and The National Association of REALTORS Mandatory Ethics Training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and pre-law from UNM.
Melissa Chung is a manager in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP. She provides audit and tax services for affordable housing developments, real estate partnerships, and for-profit and nonprofit housing developers in the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) industry, solar power project operators in the renewable energy tax credit (RETC) industry, single-family home builders, and carbon credit development companies. Ms. Chung also has experience with the auditing requirements of HUD, OMB Uniform Guidance, CalHFA, HCD, NJHMFA and OHCS. In addition, she serves on the Housing Colorado NOW! conference committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a concentration in accounting and a minor in Chinese studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is licensed in California as a certified public accountant.
Currently the development director for Travois, Inc., Casey Cline joined the organization in 2011 as a project coordinator. She manages Travois’ housing development team and oversees the Low Income Housing Tax Credits application process for its clients. She also works closely with equity investors and helps clients apply for and receive gap financing through programs like the Affordable Housing Program, which is administered by the Federal Home Loan Bank system. Ms. Cline graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri and has an MBA and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb is a founding member of Lea County Housing, Inc. and served as vice president of its board until his election as mayor of Hobbs in 2012. As mayor, Cobb has been instrumental in developing 284 new affordable multifamily units and 993 market-rate units in the community. The city of Hobbs also incentivized the construction of 392 single family residences. Mayor Cobb utilizes a research-based approach to identify present and future housing needs and incorporate research results into his community’s economic development and quality of life strategies. Mayor Cobb began his career in real estate sales and development after receiving his New Mexico real estate broker’s license in 1978. In 1999, he obtained a manufactured housing dealer’s license and developed residential housing using manufactured homes.
A graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Sarah Coffey is a domestic violence staff attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid. Formerly, she was an assistant district attorney in the second judicial district specializing in the prosecution of felony domestic violence cases. Ms. Coffey also served as the staff attorney for the Southwest Women’s Law Center where she advocated for changes in the legal system to support women’s access to economic security.
As a product manager for Fannie Mae, Kellie Coffey is responsible for the management and strategic development of its single family rural housing initiatives. She also leads and executes Fannie Mae’s underserved market plan under the Duty to Serve Final Rule, which is designed to serve rural markets and underserved populations through innovative housing strategies. Ms. Coffey joined Fannie Mae seven years ago and has held positions in the single family and loss mitigation divisions in Washington D.C. and, most recently, in business development. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, she worked for a nonprofit affordable housing organization and as a mortgage underwriter. Ms. Coffey holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting and finance from Southern New Hampshire University.
Shawn Colbert is the director of MFA’s Housing Development Department where she oversees MFA’s multifamily loan and grant programs including allocating and underwriting. Ms. Colbert started in the housing field in 1984 and has an in-depth knowledge of development, property management, affordable housing compliance and fair housing. Prior to joining MFA in 2016, she developed and oversaw management and compliance of successful affordable housing communities using a variety of funding sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and HOME funds.
Troy Cucchiara is MFA’s Green Initiatives Manager. He is responsible for the technical management of MFA’s NM Energy$mart Program and also manages HUD’s HOME rehabilitation program. Mr. Cucchiara has been involved in the home retrofit industry for 20 years and has worked with the Weatherization Assistance Program since 2006. He has experience with energy auditing, home inspections, program management, water treatment design, inventory control, staff training and client education. Mr. Cucchiara has numerous certifications including Commercial Energy Auditor, Water Specialist IV, CBI Thermographer, Lead Certified Renovator, Lead Dust Sampling Technician, AHERA, OSHA 30, Building Analyst, Building Envelope and Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector. He serves on the board of Energy Out West and is a regular presenter for the National Association for State Community Services Programs.
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