Meet our team

Our full-time staff is made up of passionate people who believe deeply in the cause of affordable housing and the promise of a more equitable New York.


Karen Haycox

Chief Executive Officer


Karen Haycox is an experienced leader in the affordable housing space who joined Habitat NYC and Westchester as CEO in August of 2015. During her tenure at Habitat NYC and Westchester, Karen instituted a bold new vision for the organization, increasing the number of families served through construction and preservation from 550 to 2,021 by the end of 2021. She has also overseen the completion of Sydney House, a 56-unit co-op in the north Bronx, which will be Habitat for Humanity’s largest single-structure, multi-family development ever built.

Previous to Habitat NYC and Westchester, Karen served as Vice President, Fund Development at Southwest Solutions and held a number of senior positions with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta. At Habitat for Humanity International, Karen served in leadership roles on the organization’s annual Carter Work Projects and on international and domestic disaster relief efforts, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Midwestern tornados in Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma as well as Superstorm Sandy.

Karen is deeply involved in the LGBTQ+ and housing communities, including as a board member of Rainbow Railroad, an international organization helping people escape state-sponsored violence, and find safety and freedom from persecution as LGBTQ+ individuals; and as a former board member of Stonewall Community Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to providing New York’s LGBTQ+ seniors with supportive, affordable and safe housing options.

She also serves on the boards of the New York City-based Housing Partnership, which assists in the development, promotion, and revitalization of New York City’s affordable homeownership and rental housing and, the New York State CDFI Coalition providing advocacy and resources for New York State Community Development Financial Institutions.

Karen received her degree in Creative Cinematography, Film & Television from Humber College in Toronto, Canada, and enjoyed a successful career as a producer in advertising, film and communications before she transitioned to the affordable housing sector.

She lives in the New York City area with her dog Finnegan and cat Pepper.

Matt Dunbar

Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President


Matt Dunbar oversees development, communication and implementation of the organization’s strategic vision focusing on efficient, effective and sustainable organizational growth and mission-aligned impact. For more than a decade, Matt has served in numerous leadership roles across the organization and played a pivotal role in strengthening delivery of services to a diverse cross-section of constituents. Throughout his tenure, Matt has been a tireless advocate for innovative and long-lasting affordable housing policy and spearheaded the co-founding of Interboro Community Land Trust and the expansion of the organization’s geographic footprint to include Westchester County. Matt also oversees Habitat NYC and Westchester’s global engagement, and leads annual Global Village trips to destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Matt has nearly 20 years of experience working with diverse faith communities on social, racial and economic justice issues. He represents Habitat NYC and Westchester on The NY Housing Conference’s Advisory Board, the Coalition for Affordable Homes, on Habitat for Humanity International’s U.S. Council Advocacy Committee and Public Policy Solutions Taskforce and, served as facilitator for the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Religious Facilities. He received his B.A. from Pepperdine University, his M.A. from New York University, and is one of more than 7 million adults thriving blind in America.

Alex Havriliak

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President


Alex Havriliak has over 30 years of experience managing the finances of both for profit and not for profit organizations. Prior to joining Habitat NYC and Westchester he was the Chief Financial Officer for Volunteers of America-GNY for 14 years. During that time, he developed long-term strategic plans that enabled the agency’s operating budget and services to expand throughout the Greater New York area. Alex spearheaded the development of real estate projects, including a shelter for domestic violence victims, a school for special needs students, and housing for low-income residents. Prior to joining Volunteers of America-GNY, Alex worked as a Controller at The Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Controller at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Alex received an M.B.A. in finance from Manhattan College and B.S. in accounting from St. Francis College.

Ben Homrighausen

Chief Operating Officer

Ben Homrighausen returned to Habitat NYC and Westchester in 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer. He previously worked with Habitat NYC and Westchester from 2012-2017, where in his final role, he served as Chief of Staff. Ben has also served as the Vice President for Business Development and Operations at a consulting firm that supports non-profits in achieving their growth goals. Previously, he worked at the United Nations in the Disarmament, Political and Humanitarian Affairs departments. Ben graduated from Columbia University and the London School of Economics with dual master’s degrees in international and world history.

Charlotte Bell

Vice President, Housing Services


Charlotte has been working in affordable housing preservation and community development in NYC for over a decade. Prior to joining the team at Habitat NYC and Westchester, she was the Assistant Director of Co-op Preservation at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB). Before moving to NYC, Charlotte was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sololá, Guatemala where she worked with local communities in implementing infrastructure projects to improve health and environmental conditions in elementary schools. Charlotte is a graduate of Temple University, and holds a master’s of science from The New School in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Charlotte is also a Loan Officer for the Habitat NYC Community Fund.

Katrell Lewis

Vice President, Government and Community Partnerships


Katrell Lewis is a native New Yorker and is humble to be able to develop housing in his city. Habitat is even building on the same block where he was raised as a child. In his capacity, he serves as the organization’s registered lobbyist with direct oversight of government, community, faith, advocacy, and campus partnerships.

Prior to joining Habitat NYC and Westchester in 2016, Katrell worked with NYC-based nonprofits and political candidates on public policy and fundraising. Katrell received his B.A. in Political Science from CUNY College of Staten Island and he is currently pursuing a MPA with a concentration in Urban Development from Baruch’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

Orlando Marín

Vice President, Real Estate & Construction


Orlando Marín has extensive experience in the development and management of affordable housing, and has worked for prominent government and civic organizations. Orlando has worked to strengthen the economic core of upstate cities and municipalities. Orlando has also worked in architectural and engineering capacities; he won the American Institute of Architect’s Creative Design award for the City’s first prototypical school, which became the template for planning and development of future schools. Orlando currently serves as a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission. Orlando’s role is to ensure that planning for the Bronx is strategic and comprehensive in order to protect and compliment the public and private investment that has led to the boroughs recent resurgence, and previously served as chairman of Bronx Community Board #2.

Julia Diegel

Vice President, Resource Development


A native Michigander, Julia sees fundraising not as a job, but as a calling. After serving as President of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s Class Gift Committee at the University of Michigan, she moved to New York City, to work at the United Nations. There, she interfaced with diplomats and high ranking UN officials to leverage diverse sources of funding across corporate, government, foundation and individual giving.

Since joining Habitat NYC and Westchester in 2016, Julia has successfully stewarded exponential growth in our individual giving pipeline and built strong relationships with board members and leadership council members and their networks.

Steven Goldgrab

Vice President, Finance


Steven Goldgrab is the VP of Finance for Habitat NYC and Westchester. Steven received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of New York. He previously worked at a mid-size accounting firm for 10+ years auditing a wide range of nonprofit organizations prior to joining Habitat NYC and Westchester.

Leslie Williams

Vice President, ReStore Operations


Leslie Jane Williams is the Vice President of ReStore Operations. With over 35 years of director experience in high volume retail flagship stores in NYC, Leslie was looking for a change and joined Habitat for Humanity ReStore in 2016. Since joining Restore, she has strategically changed operations and standards and increased sales by 170%. She has expanded the ReStore’s marketing on social media through Facebook and Instagram, and also spearheaded the creation of an online shop that has shown to be very successful and garnered another group of loyal customers. She is now working on launching a new ReStore in Westchester County in early 2022.

Leslie is a hoosier who graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She lives with Lilly and Koko, her pet rescue cats, and her parrot Charlie.


Antoinette Anderson

Operations and Executive Administration Manager

Joan Arnold

Director of Westchester Community Outreach

Sofia DiPasquale

Development Operations Associate

Jennifer Faubert

Director of Development Operations

Daniel Fielding

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Habitat NYC Community Fund

Paul Foster

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Monique Fournillier

Development Assistant

Charles Frenkel

Volunteer Coordinator

Rick Fudge

Assistant Project Manager and Co-op Organizer

Juliana Bernal Guinand

Director of Real Estate Development

Bud Highleyman

Senior Director of Construction and Preservation Services

Beverley A. Hoyte

Office Administrator

Virginia Loperena

Director of Institutional Giving

Joe Lublinkhof

ReStore Manager

Matthew Maripally

Senior Accountant

Kevin McCabe

ReStore Assistant Manager

Shammia McQuaig

Volunteer Experience Coordinator

Andrew Narayan

Jr Construction Manager

Yaka Oyo

Senior Program Manager Housing Preservation

Donna Perry

Individual Giving Manager

Benjamin Randazzo

Construction Coordinator

Jocelynn Ricard

Senior Manager of Community and Faith Initiatives

Vernon Samuel

Director of Construction Preservation Services

Liz Seth

Director of Individual Giving

Devon Shaughnessy

Branding and Design Consultant

Elizabeth Tietjen

Director of Marketing & Communications

Catherine Townsend


Ingrid Wafo

Staff Accountant

Michael Walker

Corporate Relations Manager

Isabella Watson

Senior Post Purchase Associate

Barbara Wengerter

Volunteer Coordinator

Habitat NYC and Westchester Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Anthony Montalto

Chair, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Anthony Montalto

Chair, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Anthony Montalto, PE, LEED AP, is an Associate Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B), a New York City consulting engineering firm. He has parlayed his technical expertise into managing projects for one of New York’s top medical center’s post-Sandy restoration, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Belfer Research Building, New York Stem Cell, Columbia University Medical Center, SUNY Cobleskill, in addition to numerous high-profile financial institutions. Anthony plays a leading role in his firm’s in-house professional development program, JB&B University, of which he is a PDH-accredited professor in the HVAC division. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), on whose Board of Governors he currently serves on the board and is a past president, and was recently honored as one of ENR New York’s 2017 Top Young Professionals. He has a longstanding history with Habitat for Humanity, having first volunteered in high school, and he was a key player on the design coordination of the Sydney House project.

Melva M. Miller

Vice Chair, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Melva M. Miller

Vice Chair, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Melva M. Miller is the Executive Vice President at the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) where she leads the organization’s Census 2020 initiative for an accurate count. Most recently Ms. Miller has served as the Deputy Borough President of Queens, working with the Borough Presidents on moving Queens forward. Ms. Miller’s achievements include the creation of the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, a $153 million stakeholder-driven strategy to increase quality employment, economic diversity and financial security in downtown Jamaica, and she was also the lead organizer of the Western Queens Tech Strategic Plan, an initiative that produced a five-year $300,000 planning initiative that produced a blueprint for equitable growth of the Long Island City and Astoria tech ecosystem. Ms. Miller has held several senior economic development roles throughout her career, including Director of Economic Development for the Borough of Queens and Executive Director for the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and recently received a second Master’s Degree in Philosophy from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Welfare program at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Andrea Himmel

Secretary, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Andrea Himmel

Secretary, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Andrea Himmel is a native New Yorker, real estate professional and entrepreneur. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Andrea spent her early career as an investment professional in the oil and gas sector. In 2016, Andrea launched an oil company in Texas, Tierra Resource Partners. Two years later, she formed a new private equity fund, Revere Resources, to invest in energy. In 2018, Andrea returned to New York to join the family business, Himmel & Meringoff Properties, where she runs acquisitions and growth for the company. She also serves on the Diversity Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), advocating for equity in work, as well as the LGBT Policy Task Force to the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz. A passionate philanthropist, Andrea has been involved with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for nearly 20 years. In 2013, she launched her own organization preparing disadvantaged students in Bushwick, Brooklyn for college. Andrea is passionate about philanthropy, chess, theater, mindfulness, meditation, Central Park, the outdoors, her two dogs, yoga, tennis, and ironman triathlons.

Brian Smalley

Treasurer, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Brian Smalley

Treasurer, Habitat NYC and Westchester County

Brian Smalley is a Senior Vice President in charge of Amalgamated Bank’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Finance Division. Bringing 17 years of expertise in commercial real estate lending, Mr. Smalley is responsible for expanding and diversifying the Bank’s CRE loan portfolio which currently stands at $1.06B. Before joining Amalgamated in 2010, Mr. Smalley worked as a commercial real estate Vice President at M&T Bank in New York City. During his tenure at the bank, he managed a portfolio of loans over $650 million. Brian began his career at the NYC Housing Partnership promoting the development of affordable housing in New York City. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College, and he received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and two sons.


Dena Faccio

Dena Faccio

Dena Faccio is the SVP, Total Rewards, Employee Relations and Workforce Analytics at Voya Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 financial services company whose mission is Retirement Readiness for all Americans. Dena is responsible for the Company’s executive and broad-based compensation strategies and long-term incentive plans; health, welfare, and retirement benefit strategies; employee relations; and HR analytics and insights. In this role, she also supports Voya’s Compensation, Benefits and Talent Management Committee of Voya’s Board of Directors in its oversight of the company’s compensation and benefits strategies; pay equity and pay transparency efforts; performance and talent management processes; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) commitments.

Prior to joining Voya Financial, Dena spent over 12 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global HR Solutions New York practice in the Retirement and Compensation consulting practices focused on the not-for-profit sector. She advised Compensation Committees and Boards of cultural institutions, foundations, and universities on a wide range of HR issues including attracting, retaining, motivating and rewarding human capital.

Dena earned her Bachelors of Science from Towson University concentrated in Actuarial Science and her MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Dena is a native New Yorker and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children and their goldendoodle.

Anil Fernando

Anil Fernando

Anil Fernando returned to the Board of Directors in June 2019 after he and his family moved back to New York City. Anil served as a director from 2012-2014 before moving to Palo Alto, CA for four years. Anil’s history with Habitat traces back to 1999, when he served as a volunteer in Franklin, New Hampshire. Since then, Anil has volunteered with Habitat affiliates in Maryland, Connecticut, California, the Dominican Republic, and of course, New York City with Habitat NYC and Westchester. Professionally, Anil is a partner of Glenview Capital Management, an investment firm based in New York. He has spent over a decade in the investment management industry with the majority of that time with Glenview. Prior to joining the investment management industry, Anil worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Transportation Group, and prior to that, as an investment banking analyst at the Development Finance Corporation of Ceylon in Sri Lanka. Anil graduated from Wesleyan University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics.

Ron D. Franklin

Ron D. Franklin

Ron Franklin is a partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP where he is co-head of the Global Finance Group. Ron advices clients across a broad spectrum of finance issues, including secured and unsecured lending transactions, domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, fund financings, project financings, workouts, restructurings and general banking concerns. He also counsels corporate clients regarding stock and asset acquisitions, contract negotiations and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Proskauer, Ron was a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP. He received a BA from Occidental College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Ron has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for over twelve years.

David Garner

David Garner

David Garner has 15 years of experience in the financial world, currently as head of Agency Mortgage Backed Securities at Credit Suisse.  He has held a variety of roles within the trading business across both residential and commerical mortgages.  Before Credit Suisse, he worked at Merrill Lynch in other trading capacities.  Over the years, he has been involved with nonprofits in the education field.  David holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.

Marc Heinrich

Marc Heinrich

Marc has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity New York City for more than 10 years. He is the founder of the Dalton School’s campus chapter, one of Habitat NYC and Westchester’s first campus chapters. Since then he has participated in many builds in NYC and across the country. He currently serves as an advisor to Montana Governor Steve Bullock, and was formerly the Policy Director for Governor Bullock’s campaign for President and a Senior Policy Advisor on Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. Previously, he served as Director of Strategy for the Center on Rural Innovation – a nonprofit focused on rural economic development – and worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Brian Lichter

Brian Lichter

Brian Lichter is a partner in the Real Estate Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms, where he represents owners, developers, funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions. He concentrates on the acquisition and disposition of office, retail and multifamily properties, joint ventures, commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings, preferred equity investments, and debt restructurings. Prior to joining Davis Polk in 2013, Brian was a partner in the Real Estate Department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he spent the first 11 years of his career. Brian has served in a number of roles at UJA‐Federation of New York and is currently a member of its Board of Directors and of its Real Estate Council as well as the chair of its Loan Funds Task Force. Brian also serves as a next generation trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He received a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Brian’s wife, Blair, is a member of Habitat NYC and Westchester’s Leadership Council.

Christine McGuinness

Christine McGuinness

Christine McGuinness is a business lawyer, combining knowledge of real property and other commercial assets with on-the-ground experience. She is a Partner and member of the Executive Committee at ArentFox Schiff, a national law firm with over 600 attorneys in nine offices. She represents real estate developers and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate, as well as individuals and corporations in the acquisition, leasing and financing of corporate jets and fractional aircraft interests. She is also committed to several important pro bono causes. She previously served as board member of Habitat for Humanity NYC from 2008-2015, rejoining the Board in 2017. She also currently provides guidance and representation at the Leviticus Fund in connection with the financing of low-income housing.

Doug Morse

Immediate Past Chair

Doug Morse

Immediate Past Chair

Douglas Morse is a private investor with extensive experience in real estate and asset management, and is the Managing Member of North Lake Capital. His professional career began in real estate, at Colliers/ABR, focussing on commercial office leasing and management. He later joined his family real estate firm, where he was active in mortgage financing and acquisitions. In 1997, he shifted his career into investment management, becoming a Vice President of Alliance Capital Management’s Hedge Fund Group. More recently, Mr. Morse was Chief Investment Officer of Duet Alternative Investments – US, where he served as Senior Portfolio Manager, overseeing several hedge fund of fund portfolios. Mr. Morse is Treasurer of the Morse Family Foundation and is currently a Trustee of Young Audiences/NY, one of New York’s oldest and largest arts education organizations. He received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Hartford.

Peter J. Murray

Peter J. Murray

Peter Murray is the founder and owner of Dolphin Property Services, LLC, a full service property management and consulting firm specializing in affordable housing. Prior to forming Dolphin Property Services, he was the development partner for Loewen Development. During his 20 years at Loewen, Mr. Murray completed 23 developments (mostly affordable) with over 1,800 housing units as well as ancillary commercial space. As the development partner, Mr. Murray oversaw acquisition, municipal approvals, financing, loan administration and marketing. Mr. Murray has a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Murray is admitted to the Florida and New York Bar and is an Executive Board Member of the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).

Ashley Neil Serrao

Ashley Neil Serrao

Ashley Neil Serrao heads U.S Corporate Development and Global Investor Relations at Tradeweb Markets LLC. He currently serves on Tradeweb’s Operating Committee and Co-Chairs the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is responsible for Tradeweb’s U.S. growth, M&A and partnership strategy, competitive intelligence and managing communications with equity investors. He served on Tradeweb’s 2019 IPO and 2019/2020 secondary Executive Committee. He has been recognized by Business Insider as one of Wall Street’s rising stars in 2019.

Prior to joining Tradeweb in 2017, Ashley was an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse for nine years. There he was recognized for his coverage of Brokers, Exchanges and Asset Managers by Institutional Investor as a Rising Star in 2016, Thomson Reuters/Starmine as a top 10 stock picker in the United States across sectors in 2016 and by Bloomberg as one of America’s Best Analysts in 2014.

He graduated with a BA in Economics, summa cum laude from Bates College, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi societies. He is a CFA and CMA charter holder.


Daniella Schlisser

Daniella Schlisser

Daniella Schlisser is a residential real estate broker with nearly two decades experience specializing in luxury cooperative, condominium, townhouse and new development sales and resale in Manhattan. Throughout her career she has ranked among the industry’s top producers, her knowledge and experience having earned her media attention locally and internationally with featured press in New York Times, NY Daily News and international television including Austria’s ORF and Germany’s RTL. A true global citizen, she was raised in New York and Vienna, attending university in Vienna and Paris and completing a Political Science degree in Paris.  Prior to her residential sales career, she held a coveted position working alongside a legendary special foreign correspondent of the Associated Press in Paris. While still in Paris, she shifted to a career in sales and merchandising at Ralph Lauren as an instrumental part of the team leading the opening of Ralph Lauren’s first and most iconic store there on the Place de la Madeleine. In addition to her professional activity, Daniella values the opportunity to give back – she enjoys providing mentorship to women emerging from financial difficulty by speaking at women’s conferences from London to Los Angeles, and serves on various committees of the UJA-Federation of New York.  Daniella has 3 children and is a long-time resident of Carnegie Hill on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Mai Shiver

Mai Shiver

Mai Shiver serves as Chief Compliance Officer of Global Investments for AIG. Assuming the role in 2015, Ms. Shiver is based in New York and oversees the firm’s global securities and alternative investments compliance platform. Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Shiver served as the Global Chief Compliance Officer and Business Risk Officer of Wells Fargo’s institutional asset management practice, Wells Capital Management in San Francisco. In prior roles, Ms. Shiver served as the Managing Director and Regulatory Policy Attorney for the Pacific and Archipelago Exchanges (now NYSE) and as litigation attorney for regulated practices for the law firm now consolidated as DLA. Ms. Shiver has served in leadership positions on non-profit and professional boards including the University of California, Hastings Law School Board of Trustees; Youth Inc. New York; Habitat For Humanity NYC; International Diplomacy Council; San Francisco Opera Guild and the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.  Ms. Shiver holds a Bachelor of Science, Genetics from the University of Georgia and an earned a JD degree from University of California, Hastings Law School.

Kirsten Sibilia

Kirsten Sibilia

Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is a Managing Principal at Dattner Architects, a New York based architecture firm with a civic and community centered approach. A vocal advocate for the value of design, Kirsten is committed to improving public life through the creation of resilient and sustainable urban density. Her enthusiasm for supporting architectural practice manifests in involvement with several leading industry organizations, including the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation, ULI NY’s Mixed-Use Council and Design Awards Committee, the New York Building Congress’ Architects Leadership Council, and ACEC-NY’s Design-Build Committee. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the New School and lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Marti Speranza Wong

Marti Speranza Wong

Marti Speranza Wong most recently served as Executive Director of Women Entrepreneurs (WE) NYC, a New York City initiative that raises up thousands of female business-owners from underserved communities though its innovative programs on leadership, access to capital and mentorship. This role not only harnessed Marti’s passion for women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, but also built upon Marti’s decade of experience running her own small business. Prior to that, Marti served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, the agency tasked with the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Marti began her career in the private sector as a senior manager at Lucent Technologies, but her desire to have a positive impact inspired a transition to public service. Marti is an active volunteer – serving on Community Board and several local non profits. Marti studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MBA from Harvard University. Marti lives in Manhattan with her husband, Dr. Roderick Wong, and their children Leo and Gia.

David Stein

David Stein

Dave Stein has been an avid volunteer for and supporter of Habitat for Humanity for nearly 20 years. He started with local builds in college, joined spring break trips, and eventually did a few Global Village trips. Dave is currently a senior engineering manager at Adobe. He was the first engineer at Behance, which was acquired by Adobe in late 2012. Dave currently serves as the Chair of Governance on the board of Chess in the Schools. He also has been on the Kings County Democratic Committee since 2018, fighting for a more transparent organization.

Marian Zucker

Marian Zucker

Marian Zucker has devoted her over thirty year career to affordable housing finance. She is currently the Sector Lead for the USPF Housing Group at S&P Global Ratings, which includes Housing Finance Agencies, Public Housing Authorities, Community Development Financial Institutions and affordable multifamily housing transactions. Prior to joining S&P, she spent ten years with New York State Homes & Community Renewal and its component agencies, where she directed the multifamily, single family and capital markets activities. Under her leadership, HCR financed over 64,500 affordable rental units and 17,520 single-family homes. Ms. Zucker also managed the structuring, marketing and sale of all of the Agencies’ bond issues, totaling $21.8 billion. During her tenure, the Agencies were among the largest housing bond issuers in the nation. Ms. Zucker’s prior experience includes over 15 years on Wall Street financing affordable housing and affordable housing owners and in local government affordable housing positions at both Suffolk County and New York City.

NYC Habitat Board of Directors

Diana Reyna

Chair, NYC Habitat

Diana Reyna

Chair, NYC Habitat

Diana Reyna is the founding principal at Diana Reyna Strategic Consulting, LLC. Diana Reyna offers an extensive and vast network, incredible experience in both the public sector and private sector. Diana Reyna brings a unique and innovative perspective to the clients she represents. She is driven by an ethical responsibility to not only the clients it serves, but to the communities her work may impact. Diana Reyna Strategic Consulting LLC’s success is based on conscientious results, striving for excellence to achieve client’s goals. Diana Reyna is the former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President for Brooklyn (2014-2017), and a former New York City Council Member for the 34th Council District (2001-2013), which includes Williamsburg and Bushwick as well as Ridgewood in Queens. For over twenty years, Diana Reyna had demonstrated an outstanding commitment to communities across Brooklyn and Queens through government service and advocacy. As a New York City Council Member representing the 34th Council District she garnered citywide attention for her efforts in championing affordable housing, economic development, improving equity in education, park space, waste and environmental justice as well as expanding youth and senior services. Diana Reyna holds a Bachelor’s degree from PACE University and was the first Dominican American woman elected to public office in New York State.

Rick Gropper

Director, NYC Habitat

Rick Gropper

Director, NYC Habitat

Rick Gropper has nearly a decade of experience in real estate development throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC.  At CPG, Rick focuses on sourcing and structuring transactions using his deep relationships with various partners including investors, lenders, the community and government. Prior to co-founding CPG, Rick was Development Director at L+M Development Partners, one of the largest developers of multifamily housing in NYC. At L+M, Rick was responsible for the development and preservation of more than 5,000 units of housing totaling over $1 billion in total capitalization. Prior to joining L+M, Rick worked for a boutique adaptive reuse development firm based in New Haven, CT. He has an undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. Rick serves on the boards of New Yorkers for Parks, NYSAFAH 2G and the CHPC Strategic Impact Fund.

Westchester Habitat Board of Directors

Peter J. Murray

Chair, Westchester Habitat

Peter J. Murray

Chair, Westchester Habitat

Peter Murray is the founder and owner of Dolphin Property Services, LLC, a full service property management and consulting firm specializing in affordable housing. Prior to forming Dolphin Property Services, he was the development partner for Loewen Development. During his 20 years at Loewen, Mr. Murray completed 23 developments (mostly affordable) with over 1,800 housing units as well as ancillary commercial space. As the development partner, Mr. Murray oversaw acquisition, municipal approvals, financing, loan administration and marketing. Mr. Murray has a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Murray is admitted to the Florida and New York Bar and is an Executive Board Member of the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).

Lizette A. Cantres

Westchester Habitat

Lizette A. Cantres

Westchester Habitat

Lizette A. Cantres is a retired attorney who worked tirelessly in the public interest and regulatory law for more than thirty years. Growing up in the Bronx on Charlotte Street, Ms. Cantres’ life and career has given her a deep passion and understanding of issues in housing. Most recently, Ms. Cantres coordinated the effort to establish the Metro NY area division of Specialisterne, an international, non-profit organization that trains and places people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in IT and other fields that provide permanent jobs at market wages. She has worked in the health care industry, establishing Medicare HMO start-ups, working to expand opportunities for care in New York and Puerto Rico. Ms. Cantres also spent much of her career in public service, having served as counsel to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, the New York State Assembly Speaker, and the New York State Department of Education. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Spanish from Wesleyan University, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law.

Real Estate Council


Andrea Himmel

Himmel + Meringoff Properties

John Isaacs

CBRE, Inc.

Doug Morse

North Lake Capital


Jonathon Blackwell


Helena Durst

The Durst Organization

Bess Freedman

Brown Harris Stevens

Josh Glick

Vornado Realty Trust

Miriam Harris

Priya Living

Susan Hewitt

Cheshire Group LLC

Jonathan Iger

Sage Realty Corporation

Tonye Jack

Highline Construction Group

Anthony Montalto

Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Kenneth Morrison

Lemor Development Group LLC

Jacob and Daniel Rad

Radson Development

Max Rayetsky

Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP

Brenda Rosen

Breaking Ground

Ben Shavolian

Shelter Rock Builders LLC

Beatrice Sibblies

Village Harlem + BOS Development

Nick Zitelli

City National Bank

Leadership Council

Chair – Christine McGuinness

ArentFox Schiff LLP

Michael Anagnos

SK Capital Partners

Chris Bennett

S&P Global

Emily Bergl


Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte

New York State Assembly

Liz Blake

Habitat for Humanity International (retired)

Les Bluestone

Blue Sea Development

Contessa Brewer


Erica Buckley

Nixon Peabody

Amy Carlson


Matt Galligan


Pastor Ziddie Hamatheite

Wayside Baptist Church

Charlie Hammerman

Disability Opportunity Fund

Carmen Hughes

Edelweise Consulting

Karim Hutson

Genesis Companies

John Isaacs

CBRE, Inc.

Blair Lichter


Stefanos J. Marcopoulos

American Express

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day

Lee Olesky

Tradeweb Markets

Erika Parkins

B Capital

Martha Parrish

MVP & Company

Richard Roberts

Red Stone Equity Partners

HYP Board

Angelina Fung

Board Co-Chair

Monique Siaw

Board Co-Chair

Kelly Thompson

Advocacy Chair

Rueben Salcedo

Fundraising Chair

Anupam Dutta

Operations Chair

Nicole Carter

Marketing Chair

Women Build Council

Jyothi Grama

Council Co-Chair

Shana Hennigan

Council Co-Chair

Alison R. Bregstein

Membership Chair

Erin Wolfe

Marketing Chair

Summer 2022 Monthly Giving Campaign
Goal: 50 Donors

Your ongoing, reliable support will help more New Yorkers build generational equity through homeownership.