Roman Seaburgh is director of strategic initiatives for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. He began his service career as an Americorp volunteer and has dedicated himself to serving the most vulnerable citizens in our communities: the chronically homeless. , Mr. Seaburgh developed, implemented and maintains the statewide coordinated assessment entry system. The system, which includes more than 40 agencies, is the central clearinghouse for identifying and referring persons experiencing homelessness to the agencies and programs best suited to assist them. Mr. Seaburgh also provides technical assistance to administrators of the HUD Continuum of Care program.
Kelle Senyé, ARM®, became the executive director for the Apartment Association of New Mexico in 2010 after serving as a member -- both primary and associate -- for more than 15 years. Her background is in property management, advertising and training. Ms. Senyé has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, an ARM® designation from the Institute for Real Estate Management, and is a faculty member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute.
As the senior manager of public policy at Novogradac, Mark Shelburne advises state agencies, local governments, financial institutions and developers on a variety of housing topics that include fair housing, allocation policy, program compliance and policy innovation. He is widely regarded as one of the country’s top experts on the relationship between fair housing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. He has written a book on the subject and is a frequent contributor to Novogradac’s Journal of Tax Credits. Prior to coming to Novogradac, Mr. Shelburne served as the counsel and policy coordinator for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for 13 years. Mr. Shelburne has degrees in law, planning and public policy from the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A tribal member of the Pueblo of Tesuque, Janice Shije has more than 10 years of experience in tribal housing and affordable housing. She worked for Albuquerque HealthCare for the Homeless and the Supportive Housing Coalition before joining MFA’s asset management team last year. Ms. Shije has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Rose Silva-Smith has been with YES Housing, Inc. since 2002. As vice president of asset management, she is responsible for the fiscal performance and management operations of the portfolio of multifamily and senior housing developments throughout New Mexico and Arizona. Ms. Silva-Smith also does asset performance analysis of new construction and rehabilitated housing developments. In her more than 30 years of experience in real estate asset management, Ms. Silva-Smith has held similar positions with Apartment Investments and Management Company, Great West Realty and Monarch Properties, Inc. She has achieved various industry-related professional designations through the National Center for Housing Management, National Association of Home Builders and Compliance Solutions. Ms. Silva-Smith is also a licensed New Mexico real estate associate broker.
Linda Simon, MA is a consultant for Continuum of Care permanent supportive housing programs. For 15 years, Ms. Simon has managed and provided direct services for permanent supportive housing programs in both the government and nonprofit sectors. She also works to promote policies that help individuals increase their ability to be self-sufficient and to claim their places as engaged members of their communities.
Ashley Strauss-Martin, J.D., has served as general counsel for the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico since 2007. Her duties include answering real estate transaction and forms questions for members through RANM’s legal hotline and drafting standard forms and contracts for use in real estate transactions. Prior to joining RANM, Ms. Strauss-Martin was an associate attorney for John Hall and Associates in Santa Fe. She then went on to open her own law practice. Ms. Strauss-Martin earned her juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico.
Sabrina Su joined MFA’s Housing Development Department in 2015. She is the program manager responsible for the HOME, New Mexico Housing Trust Fund, National Housing Trust Fund and 542(c) Risk Sharing Loan programs. Prior to joining MFA, Ms. Su spent five years at Enterprise Community Partners as a project manager for a multifamily rehabilitation program funded by the City of New York. Earlier in her career, Ms. Su was an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and an independent consultant to community-based organizations and foundations on issues related to expanding low-income households’ access to financial services.
Ted Swisher is the executive director of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and vice president of Habitat for Humanity New Mexico. Mr. Swisher has focused on affordable housing throughout his 40-year career. In addition to serving as vice president for Habitat in the United States, he founded Habitat for Humanity Australia. He has also worked for the city of Santa Fe’s affordable housing office and for Centex Homes.
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