Kathleen M. Koch
Kathleen M. Koch has over 30 years of experience leading and managing housing and community development initiatives, with extensive knowledge and background implementing HUD-funded programs at the local level. As the founding Executive Director of Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS) – the first nonprofit organization of its kind created specifically to contract with and administer federal housing and community development funds on behalf of a local government – Ms. Koch developed and supervises the implementation of the agency’s financial and programmatic policies. Her efforts have resulted in the effective delivery of an array of housing and community development services throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Ms. Koch has overseen the financing and rehabilitation of numerous award-winning renovation projects involving public facilities and multifamily rental units. In 2013, Ms. Koch was named the Housing Person of the Year by the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition in recognition of her statewide effort to promote affordable housing. Under Ms. Koch’s leadership, and because of her reputation for effective stewardship of HUD-funded programs, ACDS expanded its geographic reach to contract with the City of Annapolis.
Allyson Dlugokeski has over ten years of office management experience and a versatile administrative support skill set developed through her experience as an office manager and executive administrative assistant. Ms. Dlugokeski excels in preparing correspondence, assembling reports, managing and maintaining the Executive Director’s calendar, coordinating meetings and events, as well as compiling information for various documents including proficient use of various computer software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Ms. Dlugokeski assists the Executive Director with the managements of information, reports and requests and the Executive Director’s communication with Board members, staff, elected officials, grantor, contractors, fellow County agencies and the community at large.
William F. Gibbons, Jr
William F. Gibbons brings over 30 years of experience in the administration and oversight of federally funded housing and community development programs and activities. Mr. Gibbons has an extensive background managing publically funded residential, historical, institutional and governmental rehabilitation and new construction projects. He has developed well-established policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal housing regulations, including Section 504, Section 3, MBE/WBE recruitment, and Davis-Bacon labor standards. He has experience assessing the development potential of undeveloped land, construction cost estimating, market valuation, managing subdivision and site development processes, and overseeing infrastructure and building construction. Mr. Gibbons managed the design and construction of the $26 million redevelopment of the Wiley H. Bates High School, in Annapolis, for reuse as senior housing, senior center and a Boys & Girls Club facility.
Sherry L. Williams
Sherry L. Williams brings over 25 years of experience as a senior housing financial counselor with extensive knowledge in packaging and underwriting single and multi-family loans for housing programs benefiting low and moderate income households. Ms. Williams manages the Corporation’s Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program, in which she identifies available properties in targeted low-income neighborhoods, oversees unit acquisitions and dispositions, negotiates purchase contracts, and coordinates settlements. She is also responsible for managing the Corporation’s publically funded Scattered Sites Rental Program with a portfolio of over 60 rental units. Ms. Williams reviews rental application, determines applicant’s affordability, establish rents in accordance with federal guidelines and conducts tenant re-certifications. She has extensive experience in reviewing source documentation to determine clients’ income eligibility and affordability in compliance with HOME, CDBG, and state funding sources.
George E. Leslie
George Leslie has over 20 years of experience in implementing federal, state and local housing programs benefiting low and moderate-income homeowners. Mr. Leslie brings deep knowledge of CDBG and State regulations as they relate to the requirements involving contractor procurement, MBE/WBE outreach, environmental review, historic compliance, lead-based paint hazard reduction, accessibility modifications, and fair housing. He has directed the rehabilitation of over 500 single-family housing units using various federal, state, and locally funded programs. He has developed a thorough knowledge of construction principles and practices covering all aspects of the residential rehabilitation process. He has been acknowledged by Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis and State of Maryland housing officials as a seasoned professional who is adept at ensuring that quality rehabilitation work and customer satisfaction is achieved, while meeting all regulatory requirements.
Carson C. Arnold
Carson Arnold, a Certified Building Analyst, has over ten years of experience in implementing federal, State and local housing programs benefiting low and moderate-income applicants. Mr. Arnold brings deep knowledge of HOME, CDBG and State regulations as they relate to the execution of rehabilitation and new construction programs, including requirements involving contractor procurement, MBE/WBE outreach, Davis-Bacon Labor Standards, and accessibility modifications. He has directed the rehabilitation and energy efficiency retrofit of over 300 housing units and governmental buildings using various federal, state and locally funded programs. His experience covers all aspects of the residential and commercial construction process including the identification of deficiencies, plan review and the management and oversight of the construction process while meeting all regulatory requirements.
Christopher E. Maruyama
Christopher Maruyama, a Certified Building Analyst, has over ten years of direct construction management experience with extensive knowledge in the implementation of federal, state, and local housing and community development programs for low and moderate-income homeowners. He is proficient in the implementation of HUD single-family rehabilitation programs, including contractor procurement, MBE/WBE outreach, Section 3 compliance, and the reduction of lead-based paint hazards. He is experienced in the inspection and analysis of residential properties including the identification of safety and code violations, preparation of detailed work specifications and oversight of the residential rehabilitation process. He is certified to conduct whole-house assessments, prepare energy audit reports and has overseen the weatherization of over 300 residential units.
Shawn W. Rice
Shawn Rice is practiced in the inspection of single family and multi-family residential units for compliance with federal minimum property standards requirements. He has experience directing property maintenance and repair activities of the Corporation’s 60-unit residential unit affordable rental housing portfolio. He has knowledge of construction principles and practices covering all aspects of the residential construction process including conducting site inspections to evaluate existing conditions; identifying code violations; preparing of work write-ups, cost estimates and construction contracts; performing progress construction inspections to ensure compliance with the contract documents; issuing field directives and change orders; and coordinating project activities with owners, tenants, contractors, and code enforcement officials.
Lauren Gentry is a property management assistant for the Corporation’s 60-unit affordable rental housing portfolio. Ms. Gentry collects rental payments; prepares leases; does income certifications; prepares an annual operating budget for the rental properties and manages the income and expenses on a monthly basis. Ms. Gentry tracks rental rates in accordance with applicable federal fair market rent guidelines, advertises vacancies; shows rental units, collects security deposits and maintains a rental property database. She has experience in the administration of federally funded programs including the preparation of the annual Section 3, Contract and Subcontract Activity, and Semi-Annual Labor Compliance Standards reports.
Chauncey A. Hall
Chauncey A. Hall brings over 15 years of experience underwriting single-family loans and managing housing programs benefiting low and moderate income households. Mr. Hall manages a staff of five housing financial advisors, overseeing the financial packaging of federal, State and local funding as part of the property rehabilitation programs and a down payment and closing cost assistance program. He has extensive experience in reviewing source documentation to determine clients’ income eligibility in compliance with CDBG and HOME regulations. Under Mr. Hall’s leadership, ACDS has developed a well-defined and HUD approved Homeownership Counseling Program, Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program, and Financial Literacy Program.
Sheila White is a Certified Housing Counselor who is responsible for managing the various Corporation programs such as Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Weatherization, and the City of Annapolis MPDU program. Ms. White is also responsible for underwriting and closing HOME, CDBG and state-funded property rehabilitation case. She has also helped many first time homebuyers with the Corporation’s closing cost and down payment program. She has extensive experience in reviewing source documentation to determine clients’ income eligibility.
Daryl Pratt is a Certified Financial Counselor and has helped many low and moderate-income households stabilize their housing situation through the Corporation’s homeownership counseling and foreclosure prevention programs. Mr. Pratt is also responsible for underwriting and closing HOME, CDBG, and state-funded property rehabilitation cases and has extensive experience in reviewing source documentation to determine clients’ income eligibility. He has also helped many become first-time homebuyers with the Corporation’s closing cost and down payment assistance program.
Aida R. Castellon brings over 20 years’ experience in the housing and mortgage industry. She is a Certified Housing Counselor, who is responsible for managing the Corporations’ various programs such as Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Financial Literacy, Mortgage Assistance, and Property Rehabilitation.
Shawn A McGeth brings over 15 years’ experience in the housing industry. She is a Certified Housing Counselor in Homeownership and Foreclosure Prevention and is responsible for managing the Corporations’ various programs such as Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Financial Literacy, Mortgage Assistance, and Property Rehabilitation.
Linda DeLuca has been in the Mortgage/Lending industry for 20 years with a special interest in assisting people in obtaining their dream home.
Linda provides office management, loan processing and administration skills to the operation of the Corporation and its programs by providing technical and administrative assistance to our managers and staff. She also provides technical support to clients in the Homeownership Counseling Program, the Foreclosure Prevention Program, the Financial Literacy Program, the Mortgage Assistance Program, and the Property Rehabilitation Program. With a three year stint at the Maryland Department of Housing she assisted low to moderate income homeowners with rehabilitation & accessibility repairs to their home. She has a proven track record of success in strong customer service skills.
Onesha K. Frye provides office management and administration skills to the operation of the Corporation and its programs by providing technical and administrative assistance to our managers and staff. She also provides technical support to clients in the Homeownership Counseling Program, the Foreclosure Prevention Program, the Financial Literacy Program, the Mortgage Assistance Program, and the Property Rehabilitation Program.
Elizabeth Brush has over 15 years of experience managing, planning and administering housing and community development programs and activities funded with CDBG, HOME, ESG, HOPWA, and CoC funds. She is an expert in the environmental review process and has been responsible for the successful completion of the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and the Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). Ms. Brush has complete understanding and practical experience with IDIS, the e-Con Planning system, and e-snaps. She also successfully developed a strategic plan for addressing the needs of the homeless, and preparation of the consolidated application for funding under the HEARTH Act ensuring that the funds received by the County increase annually through this nationally competitive program.
Erin S. Karpewicz, Policy and Development Coordinator, brings over 15 years of experience in policy and grant development to ACDS. Ms. Karpewicz identifies and successfully applies for a variety of state and federal funding resources while also developing and implementing housing and community development initiatives in partnership with local, regional and state stakeholders. She is experienced in administering, implementing and monitoring the use of federal, state and local funds for the county’s housing and community development programs and activities, and excels at leading the county’s public planning processes. Before joining ACDS in 2002, she was a policy advisor to Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor on children, youth and family issues and served as an affordable housing program manager and policy coordinator for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s housing finance agency.
Janay Brunson administers public service and grants management activities funded through the CDBG, ESG, CoC, and HOPWA program. She prepares sub-recipient funding agreements, enforcement of compliance with applicable federal regulations, monitoring of sub-recipient activities, reviewing and approving invoices submitted by sub-recipients and providing technical assistance to service providers. Additionally, she supports the preparation of the County’s Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and CAPER reports.
James Sylvester has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience directing the financial, grant management and administration areas for both the nonprofit and for-profit sector. Mr. Sylvester has extensive experience in the management and financial requirements of the CDBG, HOME, ESG, SHP, and HOPWA funds. He is a talented leader with extensive knowledge in working with 2 CFR Part 200, (formerly OMB Circulars) and indirect cost allocation plans. Mr. Sylvester has overseen the Corporation’s audit process for the last 20 years, playing a major role in ensuring the Corporation receives an “unqualified” opinion with no findings, questioned costs or disallowed costs. He is also responsible for managing the Corporation’s IT needs, personnel processes and procedures, as well as office management needs.
Faith Hill has over 30 years of experience working in the grant management and financial reporting area. She is responsible for coordinating the day to day operations of the Corporation’s financial management system to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and grant agreements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including accounts payables, accounts receivables, general ledger posting and payroll posting. Ms. Hill provides the primary accounting functions for meeting compliance with financial reporting requirement for all federal, state and local grants and contracts. She also manages the processing of all invoices in accordance with the grantor and contractor requirements.
Carrina Bucknor, as the Corporation’s Staff Accountant, is responsible for tracking and verifying payments against invoices and resolving any discrepancies, resolving all accounts payable issues, reconciling accounts payables and receivables balances, and preparing all necessary journal entries. She is also responsible for reconciling all cash accounts to the bank statements and performing account analysis on balance sheets and income statements, as well as preparing year-end schedules for the Corporation’s annual audit.
Freeda Rawlinson manages the Corporation’s personnel policies and employee’s benefits package including payroll, employee recruitment, and management of the employee’s retirement plan and health insurance plan. She manages the Corporation’s program for recording and tracking staff time to correct funding sources and produces reports for management so projects can be efficiently managed. She is also responsible for procuring and managing the corporate insurance policies and for ensuring that the Corporation is properly insured. In addition, Ms. Rawlinson is responsible for procuring and maintaining office equipment including phones, copiers, printers and fax machines.