Aubrey Sharp

Aubrey Sharp
Homebuying Specialist - HUD Certified Housing Counselor

Aubrey joined Portland Housing Center in 2021 as a Homebuying Specialist and is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. She graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology from Southern Oregon University in 2007. Aubrey has been devoted to economic and housing stability since 2006. She has worked in post natural disaster housing stabilization, advocating for homeless youth, families and veterans, and an overall commitment to the wellness of historically marginalized and underserved communities through access to resources and housing. Aubrey is inspired by the passion and commitment of the Portland Housing Center and the diverse team and having the opportunity to work directly with people towards homeownership and economic stability by closing the wealth gap. Access to homeownership is important because it is the knit that makes up the fabric of strong, diverse, and interdependent communities.

Bernice Platz

Bernice Platz
Homebuying Specialist - HUD Certified Housing Counselor

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 8 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.).

Dana Shephard

Dana Shephard
Deputy Director

Dana joined Portland Housing Center January 2022 after working at the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau for seven years. In her most recent role as Housing Program Manager, she managed a $10M annual budget; funding dedicated to increasing access to homeownership opportunities and preventing displacement for low to moderate income and other vulnerable households. Dana is a Portland Native and holds a BA from Warner Pacific University. Her career started with a number of roles over the course of a 15 year tenure at First American CREDCO, now known as CoreLogic.  She then worked at Portland Housing Center as a Homebuying Specialist and Coordinator for three years.  Dana is thrilled to return to the Housing Center in her new role as Deputy Director, to join a team of passionate, and service-oriented staff, board members and partners dedicated to assisting individuals and families reach their goals, through quality education, intentional and meaningful relationships, and financial services. Homeownership matters as a necessary part of the housing continuum, and because of the access to prosperity that it has provided throughout history. Ownership is power.

Darcie Lennox

Darcie Lennox
Office Manager

Darcie joined Portland Housing Center in January 2020 as the Office Manager. Prior to joining PHC Darcie had over 14 years of experience in Office Management, accounting and HR. She enjoys working with the passionate team at PHC and appreciates the shared vision and dedication to PHC’s mission. Homeownership matters to her because it provides a sense of stability and strengthens our communities.

Heidi Martin

Heidi Martin
NMLS #282008
Lending Director

Heidi originally joined the Portland Housing Center team in 2011 and she is currently the Lending Director. She has over 20 years of experience in the private sector and began working in the public and non-profit sector over 10 years ago. She has been responsible for all aspects of lending over the course of her career. She loves the uniqueness of working for a non-profit lender and being able to truly do what is best for the customer, regardless of income. She also loves the “pay it forward” aspect of our lending, when a client chooses us, they are helping to financially support our services so more can be served. Homeownership matters to Heidi because it is the cornerstone of generational wealth creation.

Jessenia Juarez

Jessenia Juarez
NMLS #993168
Bilingual Loan Officer

Jessenia initially joined the Portland Housing Center in 2018 as a Bilingual Loan Officer. Jessenia has over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Jessenia has a passion for assisting others in their homeownership goals and Portland Housing Center’s transparent, unbiased approach to lending helps her build trust in her community. Homeownership is important to her because it creates stability, generational wealth, and security.

Kade Goblirsch

Kade Goblirsch
Loan Servicing Specialist

Kade joined Portland Housing Center in January 2020 as a Loan Servicing Specialist. Prior to joining PHC, Kade worked in portfolio management, loan servicing, and customer service roles. Kade enjoys working for a non-profit and building relationships with his co-workers. Homeownership matters to Kade because homeownership is one of the best things someone can do financially and for their quality of life. He’s proud to help facilitate that through his work at PHC.

Kala Biittner

Kala Biittner
Finance Director

Kala joined Portland Housing Center in 2018 as the Finance Director. She is a mission driven CPA with 15 years of accounting and finance experience. Kala is a former client of Portland Housing Center, giving her a unique perspective and passion for Portland Housing Center’s mission. For her, home is a gathering place for loved ones, new and old.

Kimberly Swopes

Kimberly Swopes
IDA Program Assistant

Kim joined Portland Housing Center as a Program Assistant in 2019. She currently works in the IDA department . Kim brings 23 years of experience in the real estate industry. She appreciates that Portland Housing Center is in the business of helping and empowering 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.

Laura Bower

Laura Bower
IDA Program Manager

Laura joined Portland Housing Center in 2021 as the IDA Program Manager. Prior to joining Portland Housing Center, Laura spent over 6 years in the real estate industry and has a BA in Economics and Business Administration. She enjoys helping Oregonians realize their dream of homeownership through her work with PHC. Homeownership matters to Laura because it helps create security and helps families build generational wealth.

Margot Black

Margot Black
Data Analyst

Margot joined PHC in late 2021 as a data analyst. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics, and a certificate in Data Analytics. Prior to joining PHC, Margot was a college mathematics instructor for 15 years, and has been involved in housing justice related advocacy since 2016 as the founder of Portland Tenants United.  As a tenant rights advocate and organizer, she helped increase protections for renters at the local and statewide level.  Margot is excited to be part of PHC’s  mission to bring homeownership to the people who have traditionally been shut out due to systematic barriers. She loves being part of a diverse and passionate team of experts who are committed to the mission of PHC. Homeownership matters to Margot because she believes that housing stability is the cornerstone of a healthy family and community.

Maria Romero

Maria Romero
Bilingual Homebuying Specialist - HUD Certified Housing Counselor

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.

Mayra Paez

Mayra Paez
Bilingual Homebuying Specialist - HUD Certified Housing Counselor

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.

Monica Johnson

Monica Johnson
Mortgage Loan Processor

Monica joined Portland Housing Center in 2020 as a Loan Processor. Monica has a BA in Business Management and 8 years of previous experience in loan processing. Her favorite part about working for PHC is being part of an organization that changes lives through homeownership. She feels everyone deserves a place to call home.

Peg Malloy

Peg Malloy
Executive Director

Peg is the Executive Director and founder of the Portland Housing Center; she has been with the organization since 1991. One of her early jobs was co-managing a neighborhood credit union in NW Portland. She wrote up the guidelines and made personal loans such as for cars and even wedding rings. Somehow lending followed her in her career. After graduate school in NYC, she worked for the City of New York and made loans for business expansions. Her largest loan was for $54 million to British Airways to buy the Bullova Watch Company building and adapt it. Even when she worked for the Seattle Housing Authority, she helped design a gap financing program for special needs residential buildings. When she returned to Portland, she founded the Portland Housing Center with its counseling and education programs, and of course mortgage lending was added later. While lending has prevailed in her career, it is policy work that interests her in how to design good policy that treats people fairly. She appreciates working with staff and Board Members who are committed to sharing the benefits of homeownership with those who have been previously left out. It’s also a fun working environment. Peg believes homeownership matters to creating the economic opportunity necessary for a fair and just society.

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 has an 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.

Rolly Brigham

Rolly Brigham
Mortgage Loan Processor

Rolly joined Portland Housing Center in 2016 as a Mortgage Loan Processor. She had over 26 years of experience in the commercial and residential banking in the private sector prior to joining the team. She holds a BS in Commerce/Banking and Finance. Rolly enjoys working with the highly talented, knowledgeable and passionate team at Portland Housing Center in fulfilling its mission. Rolly believes that safe, decent and affordable housing is a key in providing individuals and families opportunities to pursue economic, educational, and personal development goals in a stable environment.

Shalonda Menefee

Shalonda Menefee
Preference Policy Manager / HUD Certified Housing Counselor

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. Since 2018, Shalonda manages and counsels clients who participate in the Portland Housing Bureau’s Preference Policy Program. She enjoys the family atmosphere of Portland Housing Center and its commitment to serving our clients and assisting them on their path to homeownership. 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 wealth and achieve housing stability