HomeOwner Basics Team

Renee Ingram

Renee Ingram
Administrative Assistant

Renee joined Portland Housing Center in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant.

Maria Romero

Maria Romero
Program Assistant - Beaverton Office

Maria has worked for the Portland Housing Center on and off since 2001, and rejoined Portland Housing Center in 2014 as our Beaverton Program Assistant. Maria has a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Shalonda Menefee

Shalonda Menefee
Preference Policy HomeBuying Specialist

Shalonda rejoined Portland Housing Center in Spring 2018 to counsel clients coming through the Portland Housing Bureau’s Preference Policy.

Humberto Carlos

Humberto Carlos
Bi-Lingual HomeBuying Specialist

Humberto joined Portland Housing Center in 2013 as a Bi-Lingual HomeBuying Specialist. Humberto has more than 30 years of experience in finance and holds a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Portland State University.

Niki Gillespie

Niki Gillespie
Program Assistant - Portland Office

Niki joined Portland Housing Center in 2016 as the Program Assistant for our Portland office. Niki has a background in administrative work, and holds a BS from Portland State University in International Development.

Jackie Butts

Jackie Butts
HomeOwnership Program Manager

Jackie joined Portland Housing Center as the Homeonwership Program Manager in 2014. Jackie came to Portland Housing Center with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has worked as a bank branch manager, licensed investment representative, and still holds her Life and Health Insurance and loan originator licenses.

Bernice Platz

Bernice Platz
HomeBuying Specialist

Bernice is one of our HomeBuying Specialists based in the Portland office, and has worked for Portland Housing Center since 2017. She is a HUD-Certified HomeBuying Counselor. She brings over 7 years of counseling experience, assisting individuals and families toward economic stability and empowerment. She graduated with a BS from Portland State University.

Mayra Paez

Mayra Paez
Bilingual HomeBuying Specialist

Mayra joined Portland Housing Center in 2018 as a HomeBuying Specialist. Previously, she’s worked with survivors of domestic violence and their children as Clinical Advocate, providing families with counseling, and confidential shelter & restraining orders. She also previously worked as a Juvenile Counselor with the Juvenile Department of Washington County where she educated, supported and empowered youth, survivors & their children. She is passionate about fair and equal housing and believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. She brings over 6 years of counseling experience to our homeownership program. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Portland State University.

Lindsey Griggs

Lindsey Griggs
IDA Program Administrator

Lindsey joined Portland Housing Center in 2019 as the IDA Program Administrator.  She comes to us from Habitat for Humanity where she served an AmeriCorps term as Homeownership Specialist. Before beginning her work in housing, Lindsey worked to support sustainable development programs at the Center for Earth Leadership, Urban Green Development, and Impact Hub Boulder. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013.