The Team


Edward J. Gorman, III

Chief Community Development Officer, NCRC

Managing Director, NCRC Housing Rehab Fund, LLC

Ed is the Chief Community Development Officer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Managing Director of NCRC Housing Rehab Fund, LLC. Mr. Gorman joined the staff of NCRC in March 2010 in the role of Chief Membership & Workforce Officer, following ten years of service on its Board of Directors. In his staff role, Mr. Gorman directs NCRC’s Community Development Financial Institution (the NCRC Community Development Fund, Inc.), the workforce development program, and the GROWTH (Generating Real Opportunities for Work Through Housing) Initiative.

Mr. Gorman’s development experience includes:

  • Developed 35 workforce training centers throughout U.S. as CEO of American Community Partnerships (1995-2010).
  • Conceived and helped direct the development of workforce development centers for housing authorities in: Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami-Dade, Camden, Dayton, Atlanta, Oakland (CA), Long Beach, San Diego, Memphis, and Jacksonville.
  • Directly developed fully equipped (classrooms, computer learning centers, case management offices and hands-on skills training facilities) workforce training centers for ACP in: Camden, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, and St. Louis. Development sites ranged from 2,500-12,000 square feet with budgets up to $1.1 million each.
  • Optioned a three-acre parcel in South Camden that had been vacant since 1987, raised funds, developed and oversaw the construction activity associated with renovating a 4500 square foot training center at 13 South Broadway. This project included substantial environmental remediation, clearance from EPA and NJDEP, and opening of the facility for public use in 2002.
  • Built affordable, 4 BR/2 BA, single-family homes in Miami-Dade County under Miami-Dade’s infill housing guidelines. Homes provided a 35+% return on invested capital for ACP.

John K. Adams

Chief Operating Officer

John joined GROWTH as Chief Operating Officer in April 2019.  In this role, he is responsible for the daily operations of the GROWTH team, with specific oversight of the acquisition, rehab and disposition of properties in the Fund.  He brings with him over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, including with Ryan Homes and Ryland Homes and, most recently, as the President/Owner of his own company, Vogue Custom Homes and Renovations. 

John has extensive experience in Land Acquisitions, Land Development, Community Development, Operations, Sales, Marketing and Construction Systems and Processes. He has managed several housing and rehab markets over the course of his career, Pittsburgh, PA, Chicago, IL, Northern Virginia, Nashville, TN, Jacksonville, FL and the Ohio Valley as well successfully completed multiple start up markets for national homebuilders.

Quince T. Brinkley Jr.

Senior VP of Real Estate and Business Development

Quince T. Brinkley Jr. is Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Business Development for GROWTH.  Prior to this role, Quince was the Chief Operating Officer for GROWTH for two years.  Quince was raised in the Englewood Neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago and has extensive experience in the affordable housing finance, real estate acquisition, development, asset and property management, and consulting fields.

He has worked on structuring complex affordable housing project financings since 1990 while working with the City of Chicago Department of Housing and has managed several not-for profit organizations as Executive Director overseeing the development of single and multi-family housing units, and asset managed over a billion-dollar portfolio of multi-family Low Income Housing Tax Credit units while working at Wachovia Securities.  He has been engaged as a HUD Expediter advising public housing authorities on Hope VI projects and has worked as the NE Regional Community Development Lending Manager with Freddie Mac.  He has also worked as a Senior Credit Analyst with MBank Houston and as a Bank Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  He has significant experience working with community groups, not-for-profit organizations, and financial institutions.

Tim Hawkins

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Hawkins is the Chief Financial Officer of the GROWTH Initiative. As CFO of the GROWTH Initiative, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from working with real estate and other commercial businesses, government contractors and clients in the nonprofit and association space, where he serves as an outsourced CFO and provides strategic counsel in accounting and financial strategy.

Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.



John Hay

Director of Acquisitions and Underwriting (Acting)

John is the Director of Acquisitions, following almost two years in the role of Senior Advisor, Multifamily Investments for NCRC Development Corporation. In his current role, Mr. Hay oversees the national acquisition and underwriting strategy for the acq/rehab model of the Fund. Previously, Mr. Hay served as Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic and Chief Financial Officer for the East Region with Alliance Residential, one of the largest apartment developers in the nation. He was involved with 10 projects encompassing over 3,000 units and $650 million in project costs. Mr. Hay has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry including development, financing and acquisitions and has participated in over $2 billion of real estate investments with such firms as Arbor Commercial Mortgage, KeyBank Real Estate Capital, Lowe Enterprises and CarrAmerica. Mr. Hay received a B.E. from in Electrical Engineering/Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Powers

Real Estate Financial Analyst

Mrs. Powers has over 20 years’ experience in Institutional Real Estate Acquisitions and has worked for large, national investors including, KBS Realty Advisors, New Boston Fund, Lowe Enterprises Inc. and Bentall Kennedy. In these positions she was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, negotiating, due diligence, authoring Investment Committee submissions and maintaining strong industry relationships.

Over the course of her career she personally underwrote over $4 Billion of completed transactions in office, multi-family and development projects. She has a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Real Estate and Infrastructure, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University.

Geoffrey Martin
Acquisitions Associate

Geoffrey serves as the Senior Acquisitions Associate for the GROWTH fund.  He executes the purchase of residential properties and portfolios for the fund throughout the United States. Since 2018, he has been directly responsible for over 100 single-family residential units.  He is responsible for underwriting, sourcing and communication amongst the regional acquisition teams.  He has over 10 years of professional experience in real estate including financial analysis, commercial real estate technology and commercial and residential acquisition. 

Geoffrey is highly active in several real estate groups in the Washington area including the Urban Land Institute, Young Real Estate Professionals, and Young Real Estate Council. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University.  He holds real estate licenses in Illinois, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Patrick Bradford

Regional Acquisitions Manager, Atlanta

Patrick comes to NCRC with primarily an investment analyst background. He received a degree in Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a Senior Analyst for Invitation Homes he contributed to the purchase of assets that laid groundwork for its expanded market penetration and SFR securitizations. Over the years Patrick has cultivated and deepened relationships with an extensive network of contacts throughout Metro Atlanta and surrounding regions calling on brokers, investors, sales agents, and builders. As owner of Bradford and Associates he has provided valuation and inspection of assets under consideration for sale, acquisition, disposition or construction.

Heidi Coppola

Regional Acquisitions Manager, New Jersey and Delaware

Ms. Coppola serves as the Regional Acquisitions Manager for New Jersey and Delaware. She has a background in community relations (Citigroup) and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to help stabilize communities through the redevelopment of foreclosed properties as affordable housing throughout the country. She consulted for the National Community Stabilization Trust and for Nassau County, New York, helping the latter create and run a very effective program to meaningfully deploy Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds.


Dan Herman

Regional Acquisitions Manager, Chicago

Dan Herman is the Regional Acquisitions Manager for Chicago. He has extensive experience in real estate investment including roles as Assistant Vice President of Acquisitions for a nationwide REIT and as the Director of Acquisitions for a Chicago-based investment fund he helped grow into a national portfolio. Dan has overseen the acquisition, renovation and disposition of thousands of properties during his career.  He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance. Dan is also a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois.


Joe Lucado

National Director of Construction

Joe started with GROWTH in April 2019. Joe has over 30 years of experience working in Residential New Construction, Remodeling, and Land Development, in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Joe’s experience includes working with NV Homes, Winchester Homes, Rule 4, Greentree Homes, and most recently as V.P. of Construction for MI Homes. Joe has a strong history of Operations Management and Systems Development for the companies he has worked for. Joe has held his Real Estate, Virginia and Maryland Builder’s Licenses, and has been a certified Project Management Professional. Joe also has a degree in Construction Management.

Constructing and remodeling many homes over the years has given Joe a rich understanding of the efforts and team work needed to deliver a quality project on time and on budget.

Dennis Fox

Regional Construction Manager, Mid-Atlantic

Dennis serves as GROWTH’s Regional Construction Manager in the Mid-Atlantic markets. He is an accomplished professional with close to 20 years of experience providing superior on-site and office construction management. He has worked in commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, and corporate construction.

His versatile career also brought him to work internationally where his main focus was KEMH Redevelopment Project, the largest construction project in Bermuda’s history. On this project, Dennis served as the Senior Project Manager responsible for a contract over 100 million dollars. Dennis studied Construction Management at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, where he was also a stand out athlete on the lacrosse field.   In his free time, you can find him boating with his family and coaching his two son’s club level lacrosse teams.

Craig Vermeulen
Regional Construction Manager, Chicago

Craig Vermeulen is Regional Construction Manager for Chicago.  He has over 18 years of experience in construction working in a variety of different roles.  Craig’s experience has been in both new home construction and rehab/remodeling of homes.

Prior to joining GROWTH, Craig worked for both large national home builders and small private home builders.  Craig has been responsible for property identification, construction cost management, scopes of work, construction inspections, purchasing, safety and operations management from sale through warranty services.  Craig brings a successful track record in the construction industry along with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Craig graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Greg Pacholski

Regional Construction Manager, Cleveland/Columbus

Greg has 25 years of construction industry experience, including new residential construction, remodeling, commercial construction and land development. He has worked for top national home builders and ran divisions for the homebuilding and land development operations. He has experience working with regional new home builders, both production home building and custom. He operated his own remodeling and development business and has also spent time in the commercial construction industry. He has managed everything from division management, new construction, remodeling and rehab, land development, business development, acquisitions, sales, vendor relations, and more. Greg has a degree in Construction Engineering.

Vincenzo Matarazzo

Regional Construction Manager, Pittsburgh

Vincenzo Matarazzo is from Pittsburgh, PA and has over seven years of experience in construction management, working as; Project Engineer, Project Supervisor and Project Manager on multiple projects.  He serves as GROWTH’s Regional Construction Manager in the Pennsylvania and Ohio Markets.  With his comprehensive industry knowledge and thorough understanding of project management he is able to facilitate effective communication and document control processes, ensure compliance and make informed decisions for a successful project outcome.  A team player, Vincenzo holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships with owners, architects and engineers, resulting in successful construction experiences.

Prior to joining NCRC, Vincenzo worked in various capacities; he served as a Project Engineer for Whiting Turner and a Project Manager/Supervisor for various custom and production homebuilders, including; S&A Homes, Heartland Homes and NVR, Inc. ,where he managed several housing projects, as well as subcontractors and laborers.  Most recently he served as a Project Manager for a well-known mechanical contractor in Pittsburgh, PA where he assisted with project estimating, management, quality, safety and purchasing.

Vincenzo is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management.

Dennis Harold

Regional Construction Manager, Atlanta

Dennis joined Growth in March 2019 as a Regional Construction Manager. He has over 30 years’ experience in land development, residential and light commercial construction, most recently working with private investors doing remodeling and rehabilitation work in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Dennis recently spent 3 years in Nigeria serving as a project manager for a mixed-use development and working with an NGO to build primary schools in under-served areas of Rivers State.

Dennis has extensive home building experience, first as a Quality Assurance Operations Manager and then as a Project Manager for John Wieland Homes, a large regional builder based in Atlanta, GA where he supervised over 50 staff and subcontractors building semi-custom homes. Prior to home building, Dennis worked as a Project manager in heavy construction and land development.



Vandana Sareen

Director of Asset Management and Quality Control

Vandana joined the team as the Director of Asset Management and Quality Control in December 2017 and is responsible for managing various aspects of the real estate transactions for the GROWTH portfolio, particularly disposition management, oversight of the lease-to-own portfolio and quality control. She brings with her over 16 years’ experience in managing, funding, and implementing affordable housing development projects; leading multi-family, mixed-income, and multi-layered, federally-funded, mixed-finance equity transactions and grant management. She brings extensive project management experience involving infrastructure, housing, and community revitalization. She is familiar with monitoring, compliance and regulatory policies for program implementations for various federal and locally funded programs and has expertise in underwriting and structuring transactions with multiple financing sources and subordinate debt. 

Her accomplishments include structuring and underwriting 20+ projects totaling over $250MM in development costs; facilitating master-planning of 1,500+ housing units including 4 comprehensive community planned sites, including HUD HOPE VI sites in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. She has coordinated and led development of 1300+ units, several low income housing tax- credit transactions, including multi-family bond developments. 

Ms. Sareen holds a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and a Bachelor in Planning from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India.

Lorraine Kudayah-d’Almeida
Portfolio Analyst

Lorraine Kudayah serves as GROWTH’s Portfolio Analyst working with the Executive Team tracking progress on all assets and analyzing portfolio management for the Fund.  Lorraine reports on portfolio and asset performance related to budgets, supports the Executive Team with preparing reports, analyzes and reports on outlying operating results and presents critical matters to the attention of Executive Team. Furthermore, Lorraine also serves as GROWTH’s Closing Coordinator working with agents and title companies for properties’ closings.

Lorraine is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she majored in International Studies with concentrations in International Development and Business. Lorraine is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Administration while attending George Mason University.


Ryan Walderman


Ryan is the Controller for the GROWTH Initiative. As Controller, Ryan Walderman manages the day to day accounting functions for the initiative and its related entities.  Ryan comes to GROWTH with wide-ranging Accounting experience in industries such as Real Estate, Legal, Construction, Non Profit, Finance, and Government Contracting, to name a few.

Prior to joining the GROWTH team, Ryan spent 11 years as Co-Founder and Vice President of an Outsourced Accounting firm in the Washington DC Metro region. Ryan directly managed client relationships and service coordination for his firm, which provided Enterprise level Bookkeeping, Controller, CFO, Tax and Consulting services to over 200 small and medium sized business and individuals.

Ryan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.

Dermaine Isaacs

Senior Accountant

Dermaine Isaacs is a Senior Accountant on the GROWTH team. Dermaine has several years of accounting and financial management experience working with nonprofits, law firms, government contractors, startups, and outsourced accounting services.

Prior to joining GROWTH, Dermaine was the Director of Finance for a non-profit, public-interest law firm. There, he managed the day-to-day accounting and financial operations, human resources, information technology, and overall business administration.

Dermaine received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College) in Takoma Park, MD. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD.


Anne Slifka

Staff Accountant

Anne Slifka serves as a Staff Accountant for GROWTH. Anne brings over 15 years of experience in the construction industry including new residential construction, remodeling, commercial subcontracting and commercial construction.

Prior to joining GROWTH, Anne has been responsible for the operational and financial management of home builders, commercial subcontractors and small business commercial construction entities with a focus on development and implementation of integrated construction accounting and project management systems.

Anne has managed all aspects of small construction companies from financial management to site superintendent, construction project manager, construction contract management, vendor relations, human resources, operations and more.

Kathryn Linville

Staff Accountant

Kathy Linville serves as a staff accountant for the GROWTH Initiative. Kathy brings more than 30 years of accounting experience with her. Her background includes not only construction but also association, legal, and marketing.

Kathy’s construction industry experience includes working for Turner Construction as an assistant project accountant, and prior to that for a national homebuilder based in the D.C. area.


Brenda Friend

Special Assistant to Ed Gorman

Brenda has held the position of Special Assistant to the Chief, Community Development, since June 2018.  Prior to coming to the GROWTH team, she served as the Executive Director for The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC) for seven years, in which she demonstrated strong advocacy for regional economic development in three states and 15 counties, in and around Western Maryland. 

Brenda is a 1997 graduate of Allegany College of Maryland with an A.A. Degree in English and a 2015 graduate of Frostburg State University with a B.S. Degree in Political Science. A graduate of the 2011 Leadership Allegany! and the 2016 Leadership Maryland programs, she has chaired numerous Boards and Committees.  In 2017, Brenda was honored for outstanding service in the non-profit sector by the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors at their 25th Anniversary event, and in 2018, she was named TGCC’s Greater Good recipient by her regional peers and colleagues for promoting “more gain, less fame” during her service to the organization.

Daria Brunet

Director of Support Services

Daria is the Director of Support Services for the GROWTH Initiative. Mrs. Brunet coordinates the day-to-day administrative components of the enterprises associated with the Initiative, i.e., human resource, investor relations, marketing and technology. She also serves as the interim program manager for the NCRC Community Development Fund, Inc., a 501c3 certified community development financial institution.

Mrs. Brunet joined the staff at NCRC in July 2013 as Special Assistant to the Chief Membership and Workforce Officer. Mrs. Brunet has a Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Jasmine Brewer

Program Manager, Financial Equality Center and Housing Counseling Network

Jasmine is the Program Manager for the Financial Equality Center and Housing Counseling Network with NCRC.  Jasmine brings nearly 15 years of experience working in the field of community and economic development having worked with communities addressing affordable housing needs for both rental and homeownership while managing the foreclosure crisis in one of the hardest hit regions of the county in the Midwest.  Prior to joining NCRC’s Community Development department in 2015, Jasmine served as Director of Housing Counseling with Open Communities helping families avoid foreclosure and stabilize into affordable home loans which was a direct result of negotiating with local and national lenders.  In this role, she led local and regional committees geared towards addressing affordable homeownership needs in the state of Illinois.  In 2017, Jasmine transitioned to work with NCRC Development Corp (NCRC’s housing rehab fund arm) as the Consumer Relations Manager to oversee community partnerships and collaborate with local housing counseling agencies to connect their clients with GROWTH homes.  Jasmine’s experience working in fair housing, fair lending/predatory lending, housing counseling (both pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling) and grant writing skills will bring additional expertise to the HCN team.  Jasmine Brewer has her M.A. in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Robert Hassinger
Workforce Employment Manager

Bob Hassinger is NCRC’s Workforce Employment Coordinator. He has worked in the workforce education field for over 25 years, much of it in the public sector. After working for three years as the Adult Education Director at Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in upstate New York, Bob was appointed by the New York State Education Department Commissioner as the New York State Education Department’s Workforce Technical Assistance Director overseeing all adult education workforce programs in New York State. After serving in this position for three years, Bob took a position with the Yonkers Public Schools as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director. In this role, Bob oversaw a program that served 27,000 k-12 CTE students and over 4,000 adult workforce students. He served for five years as the state representative to the NY Big Five school districts on the statewide Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) board.

Bob also designed and wrote grants to implement adult education workforce training programs in Buffalo for the Buffalo Public Schools and for the Westbury Public Schools. He has done extensive work over the last 15 years with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) in New York City, helping to design and implement workforce training programs for all union members in the city.

From 2007-2012, he was the Post Secondary Director of Career and Technical Education with the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC).


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