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 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 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 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 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 Bilingual 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 IDA Program Manager
Bernice joined Portland Housing Center in 2017 as a HomeBuying Specialist and has stepped in to the role of IDA Program Manager as of January 2021. 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.).
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.
Heidi Martin NMLS #282008 Lending Director
Heidi originally joined the Portland Housing Center team in 2011, 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 section 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 lending 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Forsythe-Insley Contracts and Data Management Specialist
Sarah joined Portland Housing Center in 2009 as an AmeriCorps member. In 2011 she joined the staff full time and is currently the Contracts and Data Management Specialist. Sarah holds a BA from Knox College where she double majored in Anthropology/Sociology and International Relations. She feels strongly about the mission and history of Portland Housing Center and appreciates that PHC is a family friendly work environment. Homeownership is important to Sarah because of its role in providing stability and building family wealth.
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.
Debbie Griffis Accountant
Debbie joined Portland Housing Center in 2019 as the Accountant. She has over 18 years of experience working in the Accounting field and holds a BS in Business with an emphasis on Accounting. She loves working at Portland Housing Center because she loves the feeling of helping people accomplish their goal of homeownership and move forward with a bright future. She would love to see everyone in the community get to be a homeowner and get the security that it provides. She loves being a part of an organization that delivers homeownership opportunities.
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.
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.
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