Staff

The staff of HFA consists of highly experienced and committed housing professionals. HFA provides a high quality work environment and, as a result, has a very stable and long tenured staff -- a great benefit for the organization, our communities, and the people with whom we work. We are proud that the staff creates and maintains top quality communities and resident services through their HFA work, and that they also give generously of their time to an extensive array of other housing organizations and activities. HFA staff has made significant contributions to Maryland and national policy development and to securing funding for State housing programs.  The staff is:

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Kathy Ebner, President and CEO

Kathy Ebner

President and CEO

Kathy has worked in housing finance and development for 10 years. Kathy first joined HFA in 1998 and served as the Homeownership Manager, developing and implementing HFA’s homeownership programs for four years. Returning to HFA in 2006, Kathy was HFA’s Development Director responsible for the development of affordable rental housing communities until 2013. In 2013 she was promoted to Director of Asset Management where she was responsible for management of HFA's asset management division, evaluation of acquisitions and negotiation of year 15 LIHTC properties. Kathy also worked for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Richmond, Va. Kathy serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and served on the Basic Needs Impact Council for the United Way of Central Maryland. She has served as President of the Annapolis Junior League, Vice President of the Anne Arundel Community Services and has taken on many volunteer leadership roles within her community. Kathy has a B.A. from Marietta College of Marietta, Ohio and a Masters of Administrative Services from John Hopkins University. In addition, Kathy has held real estate licenses in both Maryland and Virginia, has completed a Housing Counseling Certificate Course and has participated in the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Program.

Finance and Administration

Jolly Burks, Chief Financial Officer

Jolly Burks

Chief Financial Officer

Jolly became the Chief Financial Officer of HFA in August 2015.  She has eight years experience in financial management in the nonprofit sector for East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI).  Jolly was Chief Financial Officer for 3 years and prior to that Comptroller.  Before joining EBDI she held progressively responsible positions over a 15 year tenure at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development as Director of Accounting, Director of Finance and Administration, and ultimately Deputy CFO.  She was in public accounting for 7 year at KPMG, LLP.

Jolly passed the Certified Public Accountant examination on her first attempt in 1986. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1985 and is a member of the Beta Alpha Psi honorary accounting fraternity. 

Jennifer Brown, Finance and HR Coordinator

Jennifer Brown

Finance and HR Coordinator

Jenni has five years experience in the affordable housing field and twelve years experience with nonprofit organizations. She became HFA’s Office Manager in 2007. In addition to managing HFA’s offices and human resources activities she assists with the organization’s accounting. She has significant experience in nonprofit administration having served for four years with Girl Scouts of the USA and three years with the National Audubon Society. Jenni started her career as a Biological Science Aide at the U.S. National Arboretum. Immediately prior to joining HFA she was a Project Coordinator for the Gill Group, Inc. and coordinated kitchen installation projects. Jenni has a BS in Biology from Salisbury State University.

Housing Development

Polly Duke, Senior Vice President, Construction and Design

Polly Duke

Senior Vice President, Construction and Design

Polly has worked in housing development and finance for over 25 years and brings a diverse nonprofit and private sector background to her duties at HFA. Prior to HFA in 1997, Polly was the Executive Director of the Maryland Low Income Housing Coalition, was a housing developer for Associated Catholic Charities, and was a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch. She also has trained organizations in the Baltic States for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and worked as an interpreter in Italy for many years. Polly has served on a number of nonprofit Boards including Women’s Housing Coalition, Midtown Benefits District, Mt Royal Improvement Association, Northwest Baltimore Corporation, WJHU Baltimore Public Radio and is active in her community and other Baltimore associations. Polly has a BA in History from the University of Maryland.

Diane Clyde, Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development

Diane Clyde

Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development

Diane has over 30 years of housing experience in both development finance and asset management, joining HFA in 2010. Prior to HFA, Diane spent 13 years in the Multifamily Housing Programs of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), serving as the Deputy Director of Underwriting and Origination; Program Manager responsible for lending and supervising a team of underwriters and construction administrators; and Senior Development Officer responsible for evaluating and processing loans for multifamily rental developments. She also worked for DHCD as an Asset Management Officer overseeing the State’s multifamily housing portfolio. Diane is a member of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition Program Committee and serves as the Chair of the Qualified Allocation Plan Review Committee and is a member of the Housing Partnership Equity Trust technical advisory committee. Diane has an Associates of Art Degree from Anne Arundel Community College in Business and Public Administration. She has a Certification of Housing Development Finance by National Development Council, and has completed the University of Maryland Housing Finance Course.

Diana Talios, Development Director

Diana Talios

Development Director

Diana joined HFA in July 2016 as Development Director, having worked in the affordable housing industry since 2000.  Prior to HFA, Diana worked for two years at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Multifamily Production headquarters office, most recently as Director of Program Administration.  Prior to HUD, Diana was with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for 13 years in Multifamily and Single Family Housing Programs.  She served as Senior Team Leader in Multifamily Housing, with responsibility for mortgage underwriting, finance, and construction oversight.  She also worked as Rental Preservation Manager and Senior Housing Development Officer.  Before joining DHCD, Diana worked for Arundel Community Development Services.  Prior to 1998, she worked in the mortgage banking industry in Richmond, Virginia.  Diana holds a Master of Community Planning with a concentration in Growth Management and Environmental Planning from the University of Maryland.  

Nicholas Beard, Development Coordinator

Nicholas Beard

Development Coordinator

Nick has worked in the housing development and finance industry for 15 years. Before joining Homes for America in 2005, Nick worked in the residential mortgage industry as an underwriting assistant and a Funding Team Leader at Principal Residential Mortgage where he managed a staff responsible for the compliance of funding packages and developed and implemented training guide programs for employees and customers. Nick is a 1997 graduate of Salisbury State University with a BA in Psychology.

Vicky Grim, Development and Construction Coordinator

Vicky Grim

Development and Construction Coordinator

Vicky has over 20 years of experience in housing finance and program management.  Prior to HFA, Vicky worked in state government at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in professional and managerial positions. Vicky was the Deputy Director of DHCD’s Single Family Housing Programs where she assisted with the oversight of the state’s homeownership programs, as well as the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust.  Vicky’s career with DHCD also included managing the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program and the Transitional Housing Grant Program. Vicky also served for several years as the Operations Manager for a national technical assistance and training provider that delivered services and training related to affordable housing and community development programs.  Vicky has an Associate of Arts Degree from Anne Arundel Community College.

Asset Management

Frank Fudala, Vice President of Portfolio Management

Frank Fudala

Vice President of Portfolio Management

Frank Fudala joined HFA in January 2017 as the organization’s Vice President of Portfolio Management.  Frank has over fifteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry.  Prior to joining HFA, Frank served in a variety of asset and property management capacities at Enterprise Community Investment, Bank of America and Habitat America.  Frank is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), a Certified Credit Compliance Professional (CP3) for Low Income Housing Tax Credits through SPECTRUM and a Certified REAC Inspector through American Property Consultants, Inc.  Frank earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and his MBA (with a concentration in Management) from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD.

Douglas Smith, Chief Asset Manager

Douglas Smith

Chief Asset Manager

Doug has been involved in the affordable housing field with construction, development, asset management and operations for over 30 years. Doug joined HFA in February 2002 as the organization’s Chief Asset Manager. Prior to joining HFA, Doug served in a variety of positions at Neighborhood Rental Services of Baltimore (NRS) for 22 years, including Development Planning Manager/Construction Manager. Prior to NRS, he was a Capital Project Management Consultant for Mutual Housing Association of Baltimore; Construction Superintendent for Beck Enterprises; and Estimator for Interstate Bridge Corporation. Doug has served as a consultant to DMIG, Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, Our Lady of Victory School and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. He is a founding Board Member of Light Street Housing Corporation and served on the board of NRS of Baltimore. Doug has a BA in Management from National Louis University of Illinois and an MBA, with a specialization in Finance and Real Estate, from the University of Baltimore. He has a Diploma in Architectural/Mechanical design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design and is an Accredited Business Accountant, Member of the Construction Specification Institute, and Member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators.

Francis Nenwola, Asset Management Coordinator

Francis Nenwola

Asset Management Coordinator

Francis joined HFA in July 2015 as an Asset Management Coordinator.  He became interested in affordable housing and gained asset management experience as a part time Asset Management Associate during an internship with Victory Housing.  He has been a shift manager at Einstein Bros Bagels since 2007 and from 2008 to 2011 was a part time Math Tutor and Library Assistant at Montgomery College. 

Francis received a Bachelors in Finance from University of Maryland College Park in 2011 and a Masters in Finance from the same institution in May 2013.

Jennifer Crawford Cook, Asset Management Data Coordinator

Jennifer Crawford Cook

Asset Management Data Coordinator

Jennifer almost 20 years of housing experience, all with HFA which she joined as one of the first employees in 1995. She started as the Administrative Assistant, then Office Manager, and Homeownership Development Assistant. Jennifer became Manager of HFA’s Homeownership Program with responsibility for oversight of homeownership properties from acquisition through resale. She currently serves as an Asset Manager responsible for all data management and reporting for the rental housing portfolio, working part time from home while raising four young children. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BA in Psychology.

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Resident Services

Julie McCabe, Director of Resident Service Programs

Julie McCabe

Director of Resident Service Programs

Julie has been with HFA since 2004 managing the resident service programs. Julie has over 12 years of experience with both housing and resident services. Julie started her career in housing as a case manager for HRDC’s Homeless services then became the Director of Housing for the Cumberland, MD. YMCA. She also managed two senior HFA communities prior to joining HFA. Julie serves on the board for New Beginnings, is a member of both the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition and the American Association of Service Coordinators. Julie has a BA in Social Work from Frostburg State University.

Cathy Wallick, Regional Manager of Resident Service Programs

Cathy Wallick

Regional Manager of Resident Service Programs

Cathy joined HFA in 2004. Cathy is an experienced social worker with 30 years in the field. She was a Mental Health Intensive Case Manager for seven years with York County Mental Health, a social worker for Paxton Ministries, Harrisburg for four years, and director of Christian education in the Lancaster area for three years. She has six years of experience with various organizations as activity director with youth programs and worked in Haiti development for four years. Cathy serves on the Board of Directors and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations, including Shippensburg Produce and Outreach and Shippensburg Hearts for Haiti. Cathy has a BA from Lancaster Bible College and an MA from Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Currently she is working on a Certification in Elder Service Coordination from California University of Pennsylvania.

Melissa Scott, Resident Service Coordinator

Melissa Scott

Resident Service Coordinator

Melissa has over 17 years of experience working with youth and families and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining HFA in 2008, she was a Parent Involvement Coordinator for the Fredericksburg Regional Head Start Program and a Program Aide at the Boys & Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Melissa is an active volunteer in her community and an advocate for numerous community organizations. Melissa is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.

Administration and Marketing

Kenyaetta Bush, Administrative and Marketing Coordinator

Kenyaetta Bush

Administrative and Marketing Coordinator

Kenyaetta has a fourteen year career as a meeting and event planner working in the public and private sector and with nonprofit and for profit companies.  She joined HFA in September 2014 in the newly created position of Administrative and Marketing Coordinator.  She is responsible for a wide variety of administrative and marketing functions related to the efficient operation and daily business of the organization, promoting the organization, and organizing meetings and functions.  Prior to joining HFA she worked at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, International Masonry Institute, International Oncology Network, Home Builders Association of Maryland and Maritime Institute. 

 

Kenyaetta is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a BA in English.  She has the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council.