HomeOwner Basics Team

Sharde’a Booth

Sharde’a Booth
Administrative Assistant

Sharde’a joined Portland Housing Center in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Sharde’a has firsthand knowledge of working with Portland Housing Center as a homeowner who utilized our services. She also has previous experience with customer service and serving diverse populations. She loves the educational opportunities working for Portland Housing Center and the positive, team-oriented environment. To Sharde’a homeownership is important because it builds generational wealth.

Jackie Butts

Jackie Butts
HomeOwnership Program Director

Jackie joined PHC as the Homeownership Program Director in 2014. Jackie has a BS in Management and Organizational Behavior. Jackie is a Licensed Loan Originator and a Licensed Life, Health and Disability Insurance agent. Prior to joining Portland Housing Center, she primarily worked in the lending and banking industry, including 5 years as a Bank Manager. Jackie enjoys the community outreach and facilitation aspects of her role at Portland Housing Center. Being a part of a client’s ‘a ha’ moment and seeing real changes in behavior and attitudes is especially rewarding. Homeownership is important to Jackie because (when done right) it offers an affordable, sustainable housing cost and helps build wealth that can be passed on to future generations and positively change the financial trajectory of families into the future.

Maria Romero

Maria Romero
HomeBuying Specialist

Maria has been with the Portland Housing Center since 2001 and has had many roles during that time. Currently, she is serving as a HomeBuying Specialist. In 2019 she received her HUD Certification and is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. Maria enjoys interacting with the clients that PHC serves. Homeownership is the biggest purchase many families will make in a lifetime, she enjoys being a part of helping them accomplish that goal.

Shalonda Menefee

Shalonda Menefee
Preference Policy HomeBuying Specialist

Shalonda first joined Portland Housing Center in 2015 as a HomeBuying Specialist. Shalonda holds three bachelor’s degrees from Portland State and previously worked as a Foreclosure Prevention Counselor. She enjoys the family atmosphere of Portland Housing Center and its commitment to serving our clients and seeing them be successful. She takes pride in the best practices and processes that help us improve our work and serve our clients. Homeownership matters to her because it is a way to build assets and achieve housing stability.

Kimberly Swopes

Kimberly Swopes
Program Assistant

Kim joined Portland Housing Center as a Program Assistant in 2019. She primarily works on the IDA Program. Kim brings 23 years of experience in the Real Estate industry. She appreciates that Portland Housing Center is in the business of helping and empower people. Homeownership is important to her because it creates a community where homeowners are vested in and care about the community in which they live. She believes caring people help change the world.

Rob Cochran

Rob Cochran
Program Coordinator

Rob joined Portland Housing Center in 2019 as a Program Coordinator. Previously, Rob was the Citizen Outreach Program Director at Columbia Riverkeeper. Rob has worked in the non-profit field for most of his life and as extensive background in community outreach and organizing for a wide range of causes, including environmental, human rights, and social justice. Rob loves being part of an organization that cares for the community and follows through on its commitment to service. Homeownership matters to Rob because it empowers people to take charge of their lives and helps them to truly thrive.

Humberto Carlos

Humberto Carlos
Bi-Lingual HomeBuying Specialist

Humberto joined Portland Housing Center in 2013 as a Homebuying Specialist. Humberto is a bi-lingual HUD Certified Housing Counselor who primarily works in the Beaverton office.  He holds a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Portland State University and has worked in finance for over 30 years. Humberto appreciates the diversity of the staff at PHC and the ability to serve his community. He believes homeownership is vital because it enhances financial and emotional stability and gives you a greater sense of community.

Bernice Platz

Bernice Platz
HomeBuying Specialist

Bernice joined Portland Housing Center in 2017 as a HomeBuying Specialist. Bernice is a HUD Certified Housing Counseling based at the Portland office. She graduated with a BS from Portland State University and has over 7 years of counseling experience, assisting individuals and families toward economic stability and empowerment. Bernice appreciates that Portland Housing Center is a diverse workplace and finds fulfillment in her job, knowing she can take direct action in helping to close the wealth gap through financial empowerment and homeownership. Bernice views homeownership as an avenue to wealth accumulation and that stable housing, like that provided by homeownership, provides a variety of social benefits to families and their communities (e.g. studies show that homeownership boosts the educational performance of children; induces higher participation in civic activity, etc.).

Mayra Paez

Mayra Paez
Bilingual HomeBuying Specialist

Mayra joined Portland Housing Center in 2018 as a HomeBuying Specialist. Previously, she worked in the social services industry for six years, including one year of experience as a Foreclosure Counselor. She enjoys her work educating and empowering first time homebuyers and being able to have a direct impact on addressing the wealth gap and creating generational wealth. She believes everyone deserves an equal opportunity to have a safe and affordable place to call home, regardless of socio-economic status.

Lindsey Griggs

Lindsey Griggs
IDA Program Administrator

Lindsey joined Portland Housing Center as the IDA Program Administrator in 2019. Lindsey brings over six years of administrative experience to her work at Portland Housing Center, including working as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. She enjoys getting to be a small part of helping clients make their dreams come true, and the constant challenges that come with the work we do. To her, homeownership means comfort, stability, security and assets that can support a future for you and your children.