Staff

Get to know the talented people who help make our mission possible.

Our people make our mission possible. Learn more about the great group of professionals who are ready to team up with you to work towards our common goal of creating and preserving more affordable housing.

 

Andrea Brennan, CEO & President
Direct: 651-350-7230
As CEO and president, Andrea oversees GMHF’s strategic direction and investment priorities while managing staff and developing partnerships throughout Greater Minnesota. Since 2015, Brennan has led housing development and policy initiatives for the City of Minneapolis, most recently overseeing its Community Planning and Economic Development division. Previously, Brennan led community development for the Dakota County Community Development Agency. She has served on several prominent housing finance, policy and development boards including the Heading Home Hennepin Executive Committee, the Family Housing Fund, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and the Minnesota Housing Partnership. She is a graduate of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the University of San Diego.
Rhiannon Caffee, Loan Closer
Direct: 651-358-3811
Mrs. Caffee has over 20 years of experience in real estate, 8 years of her experience has been with affordable housing. Prior GMHF, Rhiannon was with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency as a Senior Housing Development Officer/Loan Closer. At GMHF Rhiannon works closely with the lending, equity and finance teams to ensure that all transactions are properly executed and funded. Rhiannon has a degree as a Paralegal and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Nate Dorr, Capacity Building Program Manager
Direct: 651-221-0463
As Capacity Building Program Manager, Nate works with housing developers to implement a wide variety of strategies to improve housing options in rural and Tribal communities. He has a rich background in community development from his work in philanthropy, state and local agencies, and Tribal communities. Nate most recently served as Vice President for Advocacy at Northwest Minnesota Foundation where he led public policy, and equity and inclusion efforts. He is a certified Intercultural Development Inventory qualified administrator. He holds a BS in sociology and a Master’s in public policy and nonprofit management from the University of Minnesota. Nate is a Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe descendant who lives and works in Bemidji.
John Errigo, Managing Director of Equity Investing & NOAH Fund Manager
Direct: 651-350-7224
As the Managing Director of Equity Investing & NOAH Fund Manager, Mr. Errigo is responsible for both the Minnesota Equity Fund and NOAH Impact Fund subsidiaries. He works with affordable housing developers and owners to originate, structure, and close equity investments and companion debt products. He also works with investors to secure social impact capital, provide technical assistance to affordable housing developers and communities, facilitate loan workouts, and lead special internal projects. Mr. Errigo has over 30 years of experience in multifamily development project management, structuring complex financing and partnerships, and market feasibility analysis. Prior to joining GMHF, he was the Director of Housing Development at Aeon, a Project Manager at MetroPlains, and a Senior Market Analyst at Maxfield Research. Mr. Errigo holds a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Melinda Guajardo, Administrative Assistant
Direct: 651-221-0596
As the Administrative Assistant, Melinda supports the Executive Assistant by overseeing day to day office routines, meeting preparation, and general administrative support. She has a background in office management, retail management and community relations. Melinda holds an AAS in Fashion Marketing Management from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead.
Kayla Hemmerle, Asset Management Coordinator
Direct: 651-350-7222
As the Asset Management Coordinator for the Finance Team, Kayla assists the Asset Management team with monitoring the loan portfolio and working with the borrowers and developers to ensure ongoing compliance. Kayla works directly with our CFO and other staff to create strong asset management, records retention, and data management routines. Kayla has over 10 years of administrative experience, as well as over 10 years experience in technology and IT.
Matthew Holland, Controller
Direct: 651-350-7242
Mr. Holland is a CPA who brings 20 years of experience in Accounting & Finance to the Accounting Manager role. Prior to joining GMHF, Matt was an accounting supervisor at Supervalu. Previously, he spent 18 years at Regis Corporation as a Staff Accountant, Financial Planning Manager, Finance Manager, and Analytics Manager. Matt has an undergraduate degree from Moorhead State in Hotel/Restaurant Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University.
Wes Johnson, Chief Underwriter & Sr. Loan Officer
Direct: 651-350-7227
Mr. Johnson is the Senior Underwriter and Loan Officer. He works with developers to structure debt financing and provide technical assistance for affordable housing developments. As Senior Underwriter, Wes is responsible for reviewing potential GMHF loans to evaluate each project’s financial viability and assists other loan officers with financial structuring and issue resolution. Previously, Wes worked as GMHF’s Loan Portfolio Manager for over three years, managing a variety of loan fund analysis and monitoring tasks for GMHF’s finance team. Wes draws on prior experience as a healthcare information systems consultant where he developed strong analysis, customer service, and project management skills. Wes has B.A. degrees in Economics and Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
John Kieser, Senior Accountant
Direct: 651-358-3804
Mr. Kieser works as a Senior Accountant on GMHF’s finance team supporting accounting and finance functions. John has over 25 years of accounting experience. He has worked previous accounting roles in property management at CommonBond Communities and home loan servicing at Ditech Financial and most recently, he was the Senior Accountant at General Parts LLC. John holds a B.S. in Accountancy from CSU, Fresno and passed the CPA exam.
Kate Knowles, Financial Analysis Manager – Banking & Compliance
Direct: 651-350-7234
Ms. Knowles is the Financial Analysis Manager for Portfolio Reporting and Analysis. In this role, Ms. Knowles provides financial analysis on GMHF’s loan performance, cash flow projections, financial modeling and budget forecasts, as well as ensuring adequate monitoring of, and due diligence on, GMHF’s loan portfolios. Ms. Knowles holds the CFA designation and has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending and institutional investment. She most recently served for more than 17 years as a Senior Investment Grade Research Analyst at Thrivent Asset Management in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Knowles has an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Joshua Kolb, Senior Asset Manager
Direct: 651-350-7226
Mr. Kolb is GMHF’s Asset Manager.  Joshua is responsible for overseeing GMHF’s loan portfolios by working with borrowers and developers to ensure ongoing compliance with executed agreements, monitoring the overall health and condition of underlying properties and adherence to various regulatory agreements.  Joshua has over 10 years of experience in the Financial Services industry with both small and large institutions, most recently as a Loan Analyst with Dougherty Funding.  Joshua holds a B.S. in Finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Holly Krachmer, Closing Manager
Direct: 651-358-3803
As Closing Manager, Holly oversees the operations of the closing department, ensuring the accuracy and compliance of all lending transactions. Holly has over 20 years of experience in real estate lending and investments and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Alexis Lancaster, Executive Assistant
Direct: 651-350-7234
As the Executive Assistant, Alexis assists the organization with operations including HR, office administration and management, meeting preparation, general administrative support, and Board governance and communication. She works directly with the CEO and GMHF executive leadership to support them in their daily routines. Alexis started her career in assistant roles and moved into executive assistant roles with Episcopal Homes of MN and Safe Reflections. She has a Bachelor Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Kyle Larsen, Chief Financial Officer
Direct: 651-358-3808
Mr. Larsen is GMHF’s Chief Financial Officer.  In this role he is responsible for the organization’s financial operation and ensuring financial goals and objectives are met and that financial risks are mitigated. Kyle is an experienced leader in large complex nonprofit organizations.  Previously, Kyle has served as the CFO of Children’s Home, an International and Domestic Adoption Agency, and Controller of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  Kyle holds an active CPA license and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University.  He also has earned a Master’s degree in Government and Non-profit Administration from the same institution.
Paul Marzynski, Investment Officer
Direct: 651-350-7236
Mr. Marzynski is the Syndication & Investment Officer for GMHF’s Minnesota Equity Fund (MEF) and NOAH Impact Fund. He is responsible for working with developers, owner-operators, strategic partners, local and state agencies, and other organizations in assessing project viability and working toward closing on approved funded projects. Paul has over 25 years of real estate experience with a focus on financing, development, and asset management of affordable multifamily developments. Previously, he worked for Minnesota Housing as a Senior Multifamily Underwriter, and has also worked for Dougherty Mortgage, Stonebridge Companies, and Dominium Development and Acquisitions. Paul has a Master of Real Estate and Finance degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Nikki Mohs, Senior Loan Officer
Direct: 651-350-7232
As a Senior Loan Officer, Nikki works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and provide technical assistance for affordable housing development, as well as assists other loan officers with training, financial structuring, and issue resolution. She has over 12 years of affordable housing experience, including Housing Choice Voucher administration, property management, and LIHTC compliance. Previous roles include positions at Dakota County Community Development Agency and Sherman Associates. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is certified as a Rental Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Eric Muschler, Director of Housing & Health Equity
Direct: 651-350-7225
As Director of Housing & Health Equity, Mr. Muschler works to explore the multiple connections and benefits of housing as the most critical social determinants of health. Eric has worked in the housing and community development arena for 25 years as a developer, policy advocate, a program creator and implementor, and as a funder. Expanding economic opportunity in low-income and communities of color has been a driving force in all his work. Eric believes that housing stability is the foundation for opportunity especially when connected with other economic supports like education, workforce, asset and wealth building.
Dusty Reese, Investment Officer
Direct: 651-350-7220
Mr. Reese is an Investment Officer for GMHF’s Minnesota Equity Fund (MEF) and NOAH Impact Fund. He is responsible for working with developers, owner-operators, strategic partners, local and state agencies, and other organizations in assessing project viability and working toward closing on approved funded projects. Dusty is experienced in affordable housing lending and investor relations. Prior to joining GMHF, Dusty held various positions with Enterprise Housing Credit Investments and Rocky Mountain Community Reinvestment Corporation. Dusty has a B.S. in English from Utah Tech University.
John Rocker, Managing Director of Lending
Direct: 651-350-7233
Mr. Rocker is GMHF’s Managing Director of Lending. In this role, John is responsible for CDFI lending production, borrower and developer relationships, and lending team leadership. John also leads technical assistance activities related to deal structuring.  John brings extensive real estate finance, underwriting, and development expertise in affordable housing finance, having previously worked with Minnesota Housing as a multifamily underwriter, and as a developer with Aeon, Fermstad Trust Properties, and Gandolf Group LLC. John has a B.S. in Finance from Miami University.
Irene Ruiz-Briseño, Emerging Developers of Color Program Manager
Direct: 651-358-3800
As the Capacity Building & Engagement Program Manager, Ms. Ruiz-Briseno is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating GMHF’s emerging developer and small landlord capacity building program activities. Irene has a B.A. degree in Planning and Community Development from Saint Cloud State University and is currently enrolled in the Affordable Housing Leadership graduate certificate program at Hamline University. She is also certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
Megan Sanders, Loan Officer
Direct: 651-350-7221
As a Loan Officer, Megan works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and provide Technical Assistance for affordable housing development. Megan has over 12 years of experience in real estate, with half of that time being dedicated to affordable housing. Prior to her career at GMHF, Megan was with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency where her focus was on preservation projects and loan servicing. Megan holds a B.S. degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
Barb Sporlein, Chief Operating Officer
Direct: 651-358-3807
As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Sporlein manages day-to-day operations and project priorities, facilitates internal coordination, maintains accountability, and aligns human and financial resources to achieve organizational goals. She served in similar roles at the City of Saint Paul and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and prior to that served as Planning Director for the City of Minneapolis. Ms. Sporlein has extensive experience leading and managing in complex mission-driven organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Planning Degree from the University of MN, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She holds certificates in State of Minnesota, Tribal Relations issued by the University of Minnesota, Duluth; and Housing Development Finance Professional issued by the National Development Council.
Tyler Thompson, Sr. Financial Analyst – Asset Manager
Direct: 651-358-3801
Mr. Thompson is GMHF’s Senior Financial Analyst, Asset Manager. Prior to joining GMHF, Tyler worked with community banks in Minnesota and Iowa, underwriting commercial and real estate transactions. Most recently, he was the Senior Credit Analyst with Alliance Bank. Tyler holds a B.S. in Finance from Iowa State University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Minnesota
Becky Tollefson, Lending & Programs Coordinator
Direct: 651-350-7223
As GMHF’s Lending & Programs Coordinator, Ms. Tollefson works with the lending, finance, and asset management teams on lending transactions, loan servicing, and general support. Becky has worked in mortgage servicing since 2005 and has experience handling default-related complaints, customer service, and consumer lending compliance for single-family lending. Becky holds a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Management from Dakota County Technical College.
Evan Uribe, Loan Officer
Direct: 651-358-3806
As a loan officer, Evan works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and to provide Technical Assistance for affordable housing development. Prior to joining GMHF, Evan worked as an entrepreneur and has run multiple businesses over the past decade. His most recent venture, 612-651 Properties, is an investment firm focused on NOAH and market rate rental and rehabilitation projects in the Greater Twin Cities area. Evan holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from St. Olaf College.
Genesia Williams, Director of Communications & Community Engagement
Direct: 651-350-7229
As the Director of Communications & Engagement, Ms. Williams is responsible for operationalizing communications work for GMHF. Genesia’s career-long approach to finding organic solutions to create sustainable communications work for non-profits, small businesses, artists and individuals, reflects the resilience she learned from her community. Genesia holds an AAS in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College and a BA in Communications from Augsburg University.
Mai Yia Yang, Senior Accountant
Direct: 651-350-7231
Ms. Yang is GMHF’s Senior Accountant on the finance team, supporting accounting and finance functions. She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance and holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Ms. Yang has a strong work history in accounting for various organizations, including positions as a Property Accountant for 3 years, 10 years as a Staff Accountant and Senior Financial Reporting for Minco Products, and as Senior Treasury Accountant for 3 years with ECMC Group.
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