HUD Office of Housing Counseling
2021 Community Conference

August 9-12, 2021

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Conference registration is open at the link below. By registering for the conference, you will receive a calendar hold invitation for each day of the conference, August 9-12, 2021 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM EDT. Webinar joining information will be sent out at a later date.

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Who Should Attend

All HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are invited to attend this year's conference, as well as national, regional, and local industry stakeholders interested in partnering with housing counseling agencies

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What to Expect

Through four days of engaging and interactive sessions participants will connect with HUD and each other on Housing Counseling Program updates and best practices

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Session 1

Conference Kick Off and Annual Updates

12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

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Session 2

From Policy to Impact: Racial Equity and the Mortgage Industry

1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

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Session 3

The Role of Housing Counseling Agencies in Advancing Racial Equity

2:30 – 3:30 PM EDT

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Session 4

Utilizing FLEC and Project Reach to Achieve Racial Equity

4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Session 1

Financial Well-being in Housing

12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

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Session 2

Preventing Foreclosure Amid COVID-19

2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

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Session 3

Preventing Eviction Amid COVID-19

3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Session 1

Housing Counselor Certification Update

12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

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Session 2

A Conversation with the Office of Housing Counseling Directors

12:30 – 1:30 PM EDT

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Session 3

Addressing the Unique Requirements of the HECM Product

2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

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Session 4

Partnerships that Support Community Based Housing Counseling

3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Session 1

Emerging Innovations in Housing Counseling

12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

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Session 2

Wrap Up Q&A with the Office of Housing Counseling Directors

1:30 – 2:30 PM EDT

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Session 3

Closing

2:30 – 3:00 PM EDT

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Virtual OHC Conference Kick Off and Annual OHC Updates

Monday, August 9, 2021: 12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The conference will open with brief remarks from HUD on the purpose of this conference, the importance of the HUD Housing Counseling program, OHC’s priorities and the value of partnerships with conference participants, and a review of the day’s agenda. Finally, an introduction to the HUD Exchange Conference page with video links, Whova for networking discussions, and Mentimeter for feedback throughout the conference will be covered.

Facilitators:

  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF, TA Provider: Shawna LaRue Moraille is a Director of Community Development at ICF. Shawna has extensive professional experience in HUD’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Speakers:

  • Adrianne Todman, Deputy Secretary, HUD: Adrianne Todman is the 12th Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Deputy Secretary Todman served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) from 2017 to June 2021. During her tenure, Deputy Secretary Todman improved the association’s financial standing and business operations, created a member-centric culture, and advocated for funding and policies to preserve and develop affordable housing and help communities thrive.
  • Lopa P. Kolluri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA): Lopa P. Kolluri serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, Ms. Kolluri is the senior leader responsible for the Office’s policies, programs, and operations supporting homebuyers, homeowners, multifamily residents, and housing counselors. Kolluri is also responsible for the Office’s oversight of manufactured housing and FHA’s Single Family, Multifamily, and Healthcare mortgage insurance programs.
  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: David Berenbaum serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Berenbaum collaborates with HUD’s leadership, professional staff, and partners to provide the high impact services to ensure that every American has a place to call home and the ability to achieve their financial dreams. David brings leadership and program experience to the Office of Housing Counseling and to the issues of fair, affordable & sustainable housing and related public and private sector housing counseling initiatives.

From Policy to Impact: Racial Equity and the Mortgage Industry

Monday, August 9, 2021: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

Like other housing stakeholders, the mortgage industry is examining its policies and practices and implementing changes that advance racial equity. In this session representatives from the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) and the appraisal industry will share perspectives on data supported trends, affordable lending, and other strategies being developed to stem the tide on racial inequities.

Facilitators:

  • Julienne Joseph, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Single-Family Housing for FHA, HUD: Julienne Joseph serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD's Office of Single Family Housing for FHA. Julienne has forged her career in mortgage orientation, housing counseling and education, consumer advocacy, and policy creation. She champions access to safe, affordable, and sustainable housing and mortgage options.
  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist Consultant, ICF, TA Provider: Karen Hoskins is a Lead Housing Counseling Consultant with ICF, and was formerly the Vice President of National Homeownership Programs and Lending at NeighborWorks America. Karen has experience in the areas of mortgage banking, loan originations, and homebuyer education and housing counseling.

Speakers:

Data Presentation:

  • Lariece Brown, Senior Economist, Freddie Mac: Lariece Brown is a senior economist and quantitative analytics director with the Single-Family Client and Community Engagement division. She leads a team conducting analytics and research of underserved markets. She has extensive experience in research to support fair lending, affordable lending, and assessing opportunities to expand access to credit.
  • Jim Carr, Professor, Urban Affairs, Wayne State University: Jim Carr is the Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair and Professor in Urban Affairs at Wayne State University, Visiting Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, and Contributor to Forbes Magazine. He is also Chairman and CEO of Turquoise Bay Investment Partners, an Expert with the Institute for New Economic Thinking and consultant with the Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. Previously, Jim served as Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress.

Respondent Panel:

  • Gary Acosta, CEO, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAREP): Gary Acosta is the Co-Founder & CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®). NAHREP is the nation’s largest Hispanic business organization with over 40,000 members and 100 local chapters. In his capacity as CEO of NAHREP, he created the Hispanic Wealth Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a strategic plan to triple Hispanic household wealth by 2024.
  • Simone Beaty, Director Single Family Affordable Lending, Freddie Mac: Simone Beaty is the Director of Affordable Lending Strategy and Policy for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business, where she’s focused on underserved markets, including rural housing and manufactured housing as well as affordable housing preservation.
  • Katrina Jones, Vice President, Racial Equity Strategy & Impact, Fannie Mae: Katrina Jones is the Vice President of Racial Equity Strategy & Impact at Fannie Mae. In her role, Katrina drives strategic though leadership across the company to help identify and execute meaningful opportunities to make access to the housing finance system more equitable.
  • James Park, Executive Director, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Appraisal Subcommittee: James Park is the Executive Director of the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council Appraisal Subcommittee.

The Role of Housing Counseling Agencies in Advancing Racial Equity

Monday, August 9, 2021: 2:30 – 3:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This session will continue the racial equity discussion and examine the important role housing counseling agencies play. Featured will be the strategies agencies are engaging to help serve communities of color in achieving their housing goals. The conversation will also discuss the long-term value of financial education and the part it plays in homeownership and wealth creation.

Facilitator:

  • Tracy Badua, Housing Program Specialist, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Tracy Badua is a Housing Program Specialist for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Speakers:

  • Lot Diaz, Vice President of Housing and Community Development, UnidosUS: Lautaro "Lot" Diaz is the Vice President of Housing and Community Development at UnidosUS. Lot has a background in urban planning, community development, and real estate financing and development.
  • Simone Griffin, Vice President and Financial Services Strategist, HomeFree, USA: Simone Griffin is the Vice President and Financial Services Strategist for HomeFree, USA. With experience in housing, personal finance, and public policy, she is a leader and an outspoken voice in homeownership sustainability among mortgage executives and members of Congress.
  • Rick Guzman, Executive Director, Neighbor Project, IL: Rick Guzman is the Executive Director of The Neighbor Project, a grass-roots housing and community development organization formed through the merger of Joseph Corporation and Emmanuel House, two long-time housing and home-ownership non-profits based in Aurora, Illinois. Prior to that Rick served as the City of Aurora’s Manager of the Community Development Division and as the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff working on housing, economic development, and neighborhood planning. He continues to serve on numerous Boards and Commissions working on public policy issues in state and local government and the non-profit world.
  • Bruce Marks, CEO, Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA): Bruce Marks is the Founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). Bruce continues to expand NACA's role as lead reformer of the banking and lending industry.
  • Saffron Walker-Jaggan, Human Resources Manager, NACA: Saffron Walker-Jaggan is a Human Resources Manager for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. Her main area of focus is Insurance and Risk Management.

Utilizing FLEC and Project Reach to Achieve Racial Equity

Monday, August 9, 2021: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This session offers insight for housing counseling agencies identifying the practical integration of resources the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) members can provide to achieve racial equity.

Facilitators:

  • Terry Carr, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Terry Carr is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary’s Office in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.

Speakers:

  • Eric Espinoza, Director of Research & Advocacy, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners: Eric is currently Director of Research & Advocacy at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners. He works to distill Neighborhood Trust's direct service insights and expertise into content that policy allies can use to foment macro-structural changes to the benefit of workers across the country. Eric has Financial Coaching experience and worked with his clients to help them achieve economic stability and mobility through individualized personal financial coaching and workshops. 
  • Hershel Lipow, Community Relations Expert, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC): Hershel Lipow serves as a Community Relations Expert for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Hershel previously worked for the City of Memphis on economic development programs.
  • Katherine Peoples, CEO, HPP CARES CDE: Katherine Peoples is the founder and CEO of HPP Cares, Houzed, Doorways to Home, and The People's Peeps. She is an expert in helping Black and Latino first time homebuyers. Katherine teaches sound financial literacy, emphasizing responsible credit use, and providing affordable housing opportunities. She also helps support minority families in saving their homes.
  • Louisa Quittman, Acting Director, Consumer Policy and Director, Financial Security and Education, U.S. Department of the Treasury: Louisa M. Quittman is the Acting Director of Consumer Policy and the Director of Financial Security and Education of the US Department of the Treasury. She is responsible for policy development and coordination related to promoting the financial decision making of Americans. Previously, Ms. Quittman served as the Director of Community Programs for the Department of the Treasury; in this role she focused on financial access in traditionally underserved communities.
  • Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC): Barry Wides is the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, where he leads a department of community development professionals located in Washington, D.C., and the OCC districts. Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Wides was Director of Affordable Housing Sales at Freddie Mac, where he led a nationwide sales team responsible for developing products and strategies to achieve the company's congressionally mandated affordable housing goals.

Financial Well-being in Housing

Tuesday, August 10, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This session offers housing counseling agencies a preview of consumer-based resources and financial practitioner-based training available. This overview session will help those housing counselors who work with clients everyday who experience housing insecurity, particularly amid COVID-19.

Facilitator:

  • Stephanie Williams, Deputy Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Stephanie Williams is the Deputy Director of HUD's OHC Office of Outreach and Capacity Building.

Speakers:

  • Speakers coming soon.

Preventing Foreclosure Amid COVID-19

Tuesday, August 10, 2021: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This session will provide a national overview on foreclosures. Learn trends and how housing counseling agencies can assist homeowners in understanding foreclosure prevention or mitigation options available to them, including HECM. Discussions will include creating a path to success and housing stability.

Facilitators:

  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.
  • Joseph Sant, Subcontractor for ICF, TA Provider: Joseph Sant is General Counsel and Vice President of the Center for NYC Neighborhoods. Before this, Joseph was a Senior Attorney for Legal Services NYC.

Speakers:

  • Jackie Boies, Senior Director of Housing and Bankruptcy Services, Money Management International (MMI): Jackie Boies is Senior Director of Housing and Bankruptcy Services at MMI, one of the largest national housing counseling intermediaries in the United States, where she has held a variety of leadership positions. She has significant credit, lending, and mortgage servicing experience. Jackie provides oversight for MMI’s housing counseling programs, including the foreclosure, reverse mortgage, and pre-purchase counseling teams, as well as the Project Porchlight disaster recovery unit and Nevada 2-1-1 call center.
  • Veronica DePotty, Departmental Analyst and HUD Grant Manager, Michigan State Housing Development Agency (MSHDA): Veronica DePotty serves as a Departmental Analyst and HUD Grant Manager for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). She also serves as the primary point of contact and grant administrator to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to working for MSHDA, Veronica worked for the NCCS Center for Nonprofit Housing.
  • Beth Spring, Regulatory Implementation Fellow, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): Beth Spring is a Regulatory Implementation Fellow with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Before this role, she served as the Senior Policy Advisory with the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
  • Amanda Ward, Servicing Relationship Manager, Federal Housing Administration (FHA): Amanda Ward is the Servicing Relationship Manager for the HUD National Servicing Center (NSC), which is a division of FHA’s Office of Single-Family Asset Management. Prior to joining the Department in 2009, Amanda held a variety of positions throughout her career the private sector with large banks, wholesale and correspondent lenders, and real estate firms.

Preventing Eviction Amid COVID-19

Tuesday, August 10, 2021: 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This session will provide an overview of evictions nationally. Eviction is increasingly more imminent for many renters. Housing Counseling Agencies can be a resource to tenants as they navigate available options. This session will offer tips to avoid eviction and explore protections available to tenants.

Facilitators:

  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.

Speakers:

  • Ethan Handelman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing: Ethan Handelman is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was appointed in February 2021 by the Biden-Harris Administration. Prior to joining HUD, Ethan was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency in the Office of Housing and Community Investment. Prior to joining FHFA, he served as Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the National Housing Conference (NHC), finishing his time as Acting CEO.
  • Michelle Jones, Director of Housing Stability, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME): Michelle Jones is the Director of Housing Stability for HOME of Virginia. She provides leadership for housing stabilization eviction prevention and diversion services that are needed to maintain housing. She has an extensive background and experience in community and economic development with a focus on disadvantaged communities.
  • Ernesto Martinez, Director of Asset Building Programs, Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA): Ernesto Martinez is the Director of Asset Building Programs for the Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA). He is also the District 9 representative on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizen's Advisory Committee and enjoys empowering younger Latino and youth of color through activities such as mentoring at John O'Connell High School and volunteering for the Latino/Chicano Leadership Project.
  • Linda Taylor, Housing Director, Urban League of Seattle: Linda Taylor is Housing Director for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) where she started as a Housing Counselor, and now she directs the ULMS Housing Department which includes six Housing Specialists. She managed of a 27-person real estate office where she trained agents, packaged loans and conducted First-Time Homebuyer Classes.  She is an advocate of life-long learning and completed various training programs in real estate coaching and counseling.
  • Ben Winter, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Ben Winter oversees the Office of Policy Development (OPD) within the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). Prior to rejoining HUD, Mr. Winter led the California Community Foundation’s housing and economic opportunity initiatives in Los Angeles, helping to strengthen low-income communities, solve homelessness, and grow the region’s supply of housing in an equitable, just, and sustainable way. Before CCF, Mr. Winter was the Chief Housing Officer for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and a senior analyst at HUD under the leadership of President Barack Obama.

Counselor Certification Update

Wednesday, August 11, 2021: 12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) will update the housing counseling agencies on the status of counselor certification.

Speakers:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: David Berenbaum serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Berenbaum collaborates with HUD’s leadership, professional staff, and partners to provide the high impact services to ensure that every American has a place to call home and the ability to achieve their financial dreams. David brings leadership and program experience to the Office of Housing Counseling and to the issues of fair, affordable & sustainable housing and related public and private sector housing counseling initiatives.

A Conversation with the Office of Housing Counseling Directors

Wednesday, August 11, 2021: 12:30 – 1:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The conference continues after the DAS’s update with a round-table conversation with the Directors of OHC’s three offices: Policy and Grant Administration, Outreach and Capacity Building, and Oversight and Accountability. The Directors will provide insights and updates on topics that are top of mind with housing counseling agencies.

Facilitator:

  • Danberry Carmon, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Danberry Carmon is currently the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. He previously served as the HUD New Orleans Field Office Director and the HUD Field Office Director for the Wyoming State Office. Danberry also formerly served as Supervisory Housing Program Specialist in Fort Worth, Texas, Region VI. Serving as a Multifamily Construction Analyst in the Production Department in Fort Worth was his first role with HUD.

Speakers:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: David Berenbaum serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Berenbaum collaborates with HUD’s leadership, professional staff, and partners to provide the high impact services to ensure that every American has a place to call home and the ability to achieve their financial dreams. David brings leadership and program experience to the Office of Housing Counseling and to the issues of fair, affordable & sustainable housing and related public and private sector housing counseling initiatives.
  • Brian Siebenlist, Director, Office of Policy and Grant Administration, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Brian Siebenlist is the Director of the Office of Policy and Grant Administration in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Jerrold H. Mayer, Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Jerrold H. Mayer is currently the Director of the Office of Outreach and Capacity Building in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. The Mission of the Office of Outreach and Capacity Building is to train and certify housing counselors and increase public awareness of HUD’s housing counseling programs to enable all families to access safe, healthy, and affordable housing. Jerry has worked for HUD in FHA Insured mortgage, housing counseling, and nonprofit programs.
  • Kisha Wright, Director, Office of Oversight and Accountability, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Kisha Wright is the Director for HUD’s Office of Oversight and Accountability within the Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Phyllis Ford, Deputy Director, Office of Oversight and Accountability, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Phyllis H. Ford is the Deputy Director of Oversight and Accountability in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. Phyllis has worked for HUD supporting rehabilitation programs, managing housing counseling agencies, providing compliance monitoring, technical assistance, and training.

Addressing the Unique Requirements of the HECM Product

Wednesday, August 11, 2021: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

HECM borrowers must meet specific requirements to be eligible for a reverse mortgage. Program eligibility considers the borrower’s income and expenses, credit history, and assets as well as the property’s value to qualify. In addition to those requirements, some HECM borrowers have unique needs that impact their ability to maintain the requirements outlined when obtaining a HECM loan. This session will discuss and highlight the distinctive needs of these borrowers and identify strategies, resources, and best practices to avoid HECM defaults.

Facilitators:

  • John Olmstead, Senior Housing Program Officer, Office of Policy and Grant Administration, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: John Olmstead is a Senior Housing Program Officer for the Office of Policy and Grant Administration with HUD's Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.

Speakers:

  • Kathy L. Conley, Housing Specialist, Greenpath: Kathy Conley is a Housing Specialist at Greenpath Debt Solutions where she specializes in providing exceptional customer service to help people achieve their financial goals.
  • Steve Irwin, President, National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA): Steve Irwin serves as the President of NRMLA and oversees the association’s initiatives to serve as an educational resource, policy advocate and public affairs center for consumers, lenders, and related professionals. His background includes experience with strategic planning, organizational design, portfolio acquisition, risk management and quality control. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his MBA from the University of San Francisco.
  • Kasey Watson, Program Director of HECM Servicing, HUD: Kasey Watson is the Program Director of HECM Servicing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Buz Zeman, Executive Director, Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE): Buz Zeman is the Executive Director of Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE) and has significant experience managing and supervising programs and services. He is responsible for all operations, administration, and fiscal management of HOPE, as well as supervision of HOPE staff resources.

Partnerships that Support Community Based Housing Counseling

Wednesday, August 11, 2021: 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

Partnerships and collaborations created among intermediaries, SHFAs and LHCAs have the potential to reach larger numbers of consumers in need of the services they provide. This discussion will focus on opportunities generated by these partnerships, strategies to leverage funding for housing counseling and ways to eliminate barriers to collaboration.

Facilitator:

  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist Consultant, ICF, TA Provider: Karen Hoskins is a Lead Housing Counseling Consultant with ICF, and was formerly the Vice President of National Homeownership Programs and Lending at NeighborWorks America. Karen has experience in the areas of mortgage banking, loan originations, and homebuyer education and housing counseling.

Speakers:

  • Bruce Dorpalen, Executive Director, National Housing Resource Center (NHRC): Bruce Dorpalen is the Executive Director of the nonprofit National Housing Resource Center (NHRC), which brings together the nonprofit housing counseling community on policy, program, and funding issues. Bruce has directed housing counseling programs, negotiated community reinvestment partnerships with over 40 banks, developed models for low-income mortgage underwriting which were used extensively by the industry, and created community-based outreach and education programs for minority, lower income, single parent, immigrant, and other underserved populations.
  • Terri Redmond, Director of Counseling, Pennsylvania Housing: Terri Redmond is the Director of Counseling at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency where she has primary responsibility for all activities and matters related to the agency funded housing counseling programs. Prior to this position, Terri served as the Manager of Counseling and Education with the same agency.
  • Matt Ribe, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs and Corporate Secretary, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC): Matt Ribe is the Senior Director of Legislative Affairs and Corporate Secretary for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). At the NFCC, he is responsible for government relations at the state and federal level as well as managing the organization’s Board of Trustees and member governance committees. Prior to joining the NFCC, Ribe worked as a Senior Analyst at Promontory Financial Group conducting mortgage audits as a part of the Independent Foreclosure review.
  • Megan Wessels, Senior Director of the National Housing Counseling Program, NeighborWorks America: Megan Wessels is the Senior Director of the National Housing Counseling Program for NeighborWorks America. Prior to this position, Megan served as the Director of Counseling for the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership. She has licenses and certifications in real estate, housing choice vouchers, and tax credit.

Emerging Innovations in Housing Counseling

Thursday, August 12, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

Technology is important to the work and sustainability of housing counseling agencies both now and in the future. This session of the conference will feature some of the technological innovations designed to support organizations and the delivery of housing counseling services.

Facilitator:

  • Rachael Laurilliard, Lead, Community Development, ICF, TA Provider: Rachael Laurilliard serves as a Community Development Lead at ICF where she manages housing and community development technical assistance projects. In her role, Rachael focuses on leveraging technology to help state and local grantees implement federal funding.

Speakers:

  • Lyndsay Burns, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Framework Homeownership: Lyndsay Burns is the Head of Strategic Initiatives for Framework Homeownership. Prior to joining Framework Homeownership, Lyndsay worked for the Housing Partnership Network as the Director of Consumer Empowerment & Homeownership Pathways.
  • Rod McGinniss, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Greenpath: Rod McGinniss leads business development for GreenPath and Homeownership Preservation Foundation. He is responsible for developing strategies and solutions to bring financial wellness services to mortgage lending institutions. Rod has experience in mortgage finance and capital markets, and has held senior leadership roles in business development, sales, institutional investor management, and mortgage asset trading. 
  • Kevin Prophet, Director of Business Applications, NeighborWorks America: Kevin Prophet is the Director of Business Applications at NeighborWorks America where he conducts research and the development and implementation of strategies and action plans related to homeownership business applications.
  • Milt Sharp, President, eHome America: Milt Sharp, Jr., serves as president of Community Ventures Corporation’s eHome Network, including eHome America, a national on-line homebuyer pre-purchase education program. eHome America today includes 600 member organizations counseling more than 550,000 families in all 50 states including the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • David Young, Director of Capacity Building, Housing Action Illinois: David Young is Housing Action’s Director of Capacity Building. David brings community development experience to Housing Action Illinois after previous positions as a CDC Executive Director, real estate developer, property manager and housing counseling group education leader. David is especially interested in using his past ED experiences as a resource for current and future executive directors. He serves on the Board of the Directors for the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials as well as the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County.

Wrap Up Q&A with the Office of Housing Counseling Directors

Thursday, August 12, 2021: 1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

In this session HUD will host a secondary conversation with the Directors of OHC’s three offices: Policy and Grant Administration, Outreach and Capacity Building, and Oversight and Accountability to get all of your questions answered. The Directors will be responding to questions gathered from Whova and questions received throughout the session.

Facilitator:

  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF, TA Provider: Shawna LaRue Moraille is a Director of Community Development at ICF. Shawna has extensive professional experience in HUD’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Speakers:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: David Berenbaum serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Berenbaum collaborates with HUD’s leadership, professional staff, and partners to provide the high impact services to ensure that every American has a place to call home and the ability to achieve their financial dreams. David brings leadership and program experience to the Office of Housing Counseling and to the issues of fair, affordable & sustainable housing and related public and private sector housing counseling initiatives.
  • Brian Siebenlist, Director, Office of Policy and Grant Administration, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Brian Siebenlist is the Director of the Office of Policy and Grant Administration in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Jerrold H. Mayer, Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Jerrold H. Mayer is currently the Director of the Office of Outreach and Capacity Building in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. The Mission of the Office of Outreach and Capacity Building is to train and certify housing counselors and increase public awareness of HUD’s housing counseling programs to enable all families to access safe, healthy, and affordable housing. Jerry has worked for HUD in FHA Insured mortgage, housing counseling, and nonprofit programs.
  • Kisha Wright, Director, Office of Oversight and Accountability, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Kisha Wright is the Director for HUD’s Office of Oversight and Accountability within the Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Phyllis Ford, Deputy Director, Office of Oversight and Accountability, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: Phyllis H. Ford is the Deputy Director of Oversight and Accountability in HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. Phyllis has worked for HUD supporting rehabilitation programs, managing housing counseling agencies, providing compliance monitoring, technical assistance, and training.

Closing

Thursday, August 12, 2021: 2:30 – 3:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

This final session will include closing remarks, summarize the topics and lessons learned from this conference, and how OHC will continuing exploring these themes in the coming fiscal year.

Facilitators:

  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF, TA Provider: Shawna LaRue Moraille is a Director of Community Development at ICF. Shawna has extensive professional experience in HUD’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist Consultant, ICF, TA Provider: Karen Hoskins is a Lead Housing Counseling Consultant with ICF, and was formerly the Vice President of National Homeownership Programs and Lending at NeighborWorks America. Karen has experience in the areas of mortgage banking, loan originations, and homebuyer education and housing counseling.

Speaker:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: David Berenbaum serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Berenbaum collaborates with HUD’s leadership, professional staff, and partners to provide the high impact services to ensure that every American has a place to call home and the ability to achieve their financial dreams. David brings leadership and program experience to the Office of Housing Counseling and to the issues of fair, affordable & sustainable housing and related public and private sector housing counseling initiatives.