The Team

John Taylor
President & Founder, NCRC
Chair of Board, NCRC Development Corporation

John Taylor is President and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Raised in the housing projects of Boston and trained as an attorney, he has dedicated his life to economic justice. With over 25 years in the field, he has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award, two United States Congressional Citation Awards, the State of Massachusetts Award for Excellence in Community Economic Development, and a Presidential Appointment to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.

Mr. Taylor recently was appointed to the board of directors of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights. He has also served on several other national boards, including the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank Board, The Fannie Mae Housing Impact Division, The Freddie Mac Housing Advisory Board, and many others.

He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS, Fox news, CNN, CSPAN, in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,and hundreds of other print, television and radio media. Finally, Mr.Taylor has testified before numerous congressional committees, both in the US Senate and the House of Representatives.


edgormanwebEdward J. Gorman, III
Chief of Community Development, NCRC
Managing Director, NCRC Housing Rehab Fund

Ed Gorman is the Chief Community Development Officer at NCRC. Mr. Gorman joined the staff of NCRC in 2010 in the role of Chief Membership & Workforce Officer, following ten years’ service on NCRC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Gorman manages NCRC’s GROWTH (Generating Real Opportunities for Work Through Housing) Initiative, the Community Development Financial Institution, the workforce development program, and NCRC’s housing counseling programs. Before that, as Chief Membership and Workforce Officer, he oversaw NCRC’s member relations, research, older adult advocacy and CDFI programs, its annual conference and training initiatives, managed advocacy campaigns, and directed workforce initiatives. Mr. Gorman previously founded and served 15 years as the President of American Community Partnerships (ACP) from its inception. Through ACP, Mr. Gorman worked in over 40 cities and states across the U.S., in partnership with government, labor unions, community- and faith-based organizations and others, to train over 10,000 workers and help develop distressed communities. Before founding ACP, Mr. Gorman created the labor-management, Carpenter’s Health and Safety Fund of North America and served as its Executive Director. Mr. Gorman also practiced labor law and was Associate General Counsel to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

 


Quince T. Brinkley Jr.
SVP Real Estate & Business Development, GROWTH

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.


John K. Adams
Chief Operating Officer, GROWTH

John K. Adams 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 home builders.


Tim Hawkins
Chief Financial Officer, GROWTH

Tim Hawkins is the Chief Financial Officer of the GROWTH Initiative. As President & CEO of LTBD, PC, Tim guides one of the leading outsourced accounting solution providers in the Washington, D.C. region. 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’s experience prior to launching LTBD in 2004 includes multiple stints in public accounting where his clientele included nonprofit organizations and financial firms. In addition, he worked in financial analysis and management for MCI Worldcom, where his role entailed budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and financial staff management. Mr. Hawkins also served six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power engineer.

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


Brenda Friend
Executive Assistant

Brenda has held the position of Executive 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.


Joe Lucado
National Director of Construction, GROWTH

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.


Vandana Sareen
Director of Asset Management and Quality Control, GROWTH

Vandana is the Director of Asset Management and Quality Control and is responsible for managing various aspects of the real estate transactions for the Growth portfolio.

She brings with her over 16 years of 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.

Among her many accomplishments, she has: structured and underwritten 20+ projects totaling over $250MM in development costs; coordinated and led development of 1300+ units, including several low-income housing tax- credit transactions and multi-family bond developments.

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


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Daria Brunet
Director of Support Services, GROWTH

Daria Brunet is Director of Support Services for GROWTH.   Daria is responsible for human resources, investor relations and reporting coordination, marketing, and technology, among others, for the enterprises associated with the GROWTH Initiative.  She is also the acting program manager for the NCRC Community Development Fund, Inc.  Daria joined the staff at NCRC in July 2013 as Special Assistant to the Chief Membership and Workforce Officer.

Daria earned her Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University.


Ryan Walderman
Controller, GROWTH

Ryan Walderman 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, GROWTH

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, GROWTH

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.

 


Dennis Fox
Regional Construction Manager

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.


Vincenzo Matarazzo
Regional Construction Manager

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.


Greg Pacholski
Regional Construction Manager

Greg is the Regional Construction Manager for Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.  He has 25 years of construction industry experience including new residential construction, remodeling, commercial construction and land development. He has worked for top national home builder 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 also has a degree in Construction Engineering.

He has managed everything from division management, new construction, remodeling and rehab, land development, business development, acquisitions, sales, vendor relations, and more.


Craig Vermeulen
Regional Construction Manager

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.


Geoffrey Martin
Acquisitions Associate, GROWTH

Geoffrey serves as the Acquisitions Associate for the GROWTH fund.  He is responsible for underwriting, sourcing and communication amongst the regional acquisition teams.  He has 10 years of professional experience in commercial real estate, real estate analysis and commercial and residential acquisition.

Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.


Lorraine Kudayah-d’Almeida
Portfolio Analyst, GROWTH

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.

Lorraine is a recent graduate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she majored in International Studies with concentrations in International Development and Business.


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).


jasminewebJasmine Brewer
Consumer Relations Manager

Jasmine Brewer is the Consumer Relations Manager focused on working with housing counseling and community partners, connecting counseled homebuyers to GROWTH homes. She brings ten years of experience working on fair housing, fair lending, housing counseling (both pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling) and grant writing skills to the Community Development team.

Prior to joining NCRC, Ms. Brewer was the Director of Housing Counseling for Open Communities, located in the Chicagoland area, which was one of the hardest hit areas of the country dealing with large foreclosure numbers and keeping communities stable and vibrant through the housing crisis.

Jasmine received her M.A. in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


 

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