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Lisa McGovern

Director of Real Estate Development

Lisa has worked in the affordable housing industry for 20 years. Her experience includes working in community development in Seattle and Cleveland, where she completed $100M in real estate development including affordable housing and commercial buildings. Most recently, she worked at a regional bank as a lender, providing construction and perm loans for affordable housing and economic development projects throughout the country. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s in urban studies from Cleveland State University

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Pleurat Dreshaj

Assistant Director of Real Estate Development

Pleurat began his tenure at CHN in 2010, becoming the assistant director of real estate development in 2016. He is responsible for leading multifamily new construction and rehab projects, including historic tax credits and renovation of occupied buildings. Pleurat has a deep understanding in navigating HUD regulations, LIHTC financing structures, and many other public funding programs. Prior to joining CHN, Pleurat worked at the Office of the Public Defender in Cuyahoga County while completing his JD at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Pleurat also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Case Western Reserve University.

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Mark Whipkey, CHAM, HCCP, CPO, CEDFP

Director of Asset Management

Mark is responsible for the real estate development division, single and multifamily property management and asset management. Mark ensures long-term financial and operating viability of the corporation’s real estate portfolio consisting of over 2,000 affordable housing units under development, construction, and management. Mark also services as president of CHN’s for-profit subsidiary corporations, CHN Real Estate Services LLC and CHN Construction LLC. Mark brings over 25 years of affordable housing experience to CHN’s Executive Staff. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master’s Degree in Economics (with specializations in Quantitative Methods and Financial Economics), and ABD in Political Economy (specializations in Domestic and International Political Economy and Quantitative Methods). Mark is on the board of the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association, a professional association representing owners and managers of affordable housing throughout Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Mark also serves on the Ohio Housing Council, a statewide association of affordable housing professionals.

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Christopher Zielinski

Director of Construction

Chris oversees all of CHN’s construction efforts. He has over 25 years of experience in construction management, general contracting, and design/build projects across a variety of industries and uses. He has successfully managed the construction and renovation of more than $200 million worth of projects throughout his career. Chris holds a business degree from the University of Akron, has completed the OSHA safety training, and holds numerous restoration and preservation awards from prior projects.

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Rochelle Harris

Director of Property Management Brokered Services

Rochelle brings 18 years of diverse experience in compliance, management, leasing and operational oversight in the affordable housing property management industry. Her experience includes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and HUD programs involving single family lease purchase, Permanent Supportive Housing, and multifamily projects. She is responsible for the property management and operational performance of residential properties managed by CHN’s affiliate, CHN Real Estate Services LLC for its third party owners/clients which include HUD Section 8, HUD PRAC, Hope VI, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. She has experience in permanent supportive housing, Shelter Plus Care, multifamily, and single family LIHTC homes. She is a Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) from NCHM, Asset Management Specialist (AMS) from Neighborhood Works, and a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) through the National Association of Home Builders. Rochelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Service Administration from Cleveland State University and is enrolled in the Master’s Program of Non Profit Administration and Leadership through Cleveland State University.

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Pat Kenney

COO & Senior Executive of Home Ownership & Sales

As COO, Mr. Kenney is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the organization’s key operating areas including the sales and lending, maintenance Department, energy services, and information technology. Pat joined CHN in 1989 and established a significant market-rate, single family for-sale model as well as CHN’s nationally modeled Lease Purchase Program. Prior to joining CHN, he worked 10 years in the Buckeye Woodland Cleveland community, first as a community organizer and then as the executive director of a neighborhood based CDC. Mr. Kenney began his career in housing in 1978 when he served as a disaster relief manager in Andrea Pradesh, India.

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Dana Arrington

Director of Sales

Ms. Arrington is responsible for the production and effectiveness of CHN’s Lease Purchase. Ms. Arrington joined CHN with a wealth of 18 years of experience in banking, lending, processing and closing real estate transactions. Her skill-set has enabled CHN to build a highly productive, nationally replicated Lease Purchase Year 16 Sales model.