James Walker is the program director for Catholic Charities’ Center for Self-Sufficiency and Housing Assistance. Mr. Walker spent 19 years as a Catholic missionary in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and India serving the poorest of the poor. He also ran a drop-in center in Los Angeles for women and men experiencing homelessness. In 2009, Mr. Walker came to New Mexico to work with Catholic Charities as a case manager and administrator of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. As program director, Mr. Walker oversees multiple homeless prevention and supportive housing programs that utilize a Housing First model.
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s hits include Stay Gone, Paper Angels, I Love You This Much and Do You Believe Me Now, which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award marking one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Mr. Wayne toured with Brad Paisley and recorded Sara Smile with rock ‘n roll hall of fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 200 times.
In 2010, Mr. Wayne walked from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system. His memoir, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, was published two years later and was a three-time New York Times bestseller. Mr. Wayne received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush in 2014. He lives in Nashville and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth.
Dan Wendle is vice president and director of acquisitions for Raymond James tax credit funds West region where he oversees property acquisitions in the Western United States. Prior to joining Raymond James, he spent 13 years as acquisitions director with a major national nonprofit syndicator. Mr. Wendle attended the University of Oregon and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government.
During the 33 years Christi Wheelock has been in the field of affordable housing, she has worked with Low Income Housing Tax Credit, HOME and rural housing programs. Ms. Wheelock joined MFA in 2016 after working for the Yarco Companies as a regional property manager and compliance manager for their New Mexico and Arizona affordable communities.
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