J. Zuniga
J. Zuniga

Conifer Adds to Team

Jessica D. Zuniga has been appointed vice president of development at Conifer Realty, LLC, a Rochester, N.Y.-based affordable housing development and management firm that owns and operates more than 11,000 apartments in a four-state region.

She is responsible for directing the development operations in Maryland.

Zuniga was recently director of development for the Delaware Valley Development Co.

Manley Joins MBS

Meg Manley has become senior vice president of project management at McCormack Baron Salazar, a national affordable housing developer.

She will be based out of the firm's St.

Louis headquarters and will serve as the project executive overseeing all phases of the development process for several pending projects. Manley's role will include new business development, client relationship management, and project management of projects in Florida, Texas, and Missouri.

She joins the firm from HTA Development, LLC, formerly Housing Trust of America.

Nixon Peabody Adds to Housing Practice

Aaron Yowell has joined Nixon Peabody, LLP, as an associate in the firm's affordable housing practice in New York City.

He was recently with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP.

A non-resident scholar with the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy, Yowell is co-founder and president of GreenHomeNYC, a community-oriented, volunteer-run organization designed to facilitate the adoption of sustainable building methods and materials by owners of small residential and commercial buildings in New York City.

A. Dosen
A. Dosen

WNC Names VP

WNC & Associates, Inc., a lowincome housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndicator and investment firm, has hired Amy Dosen as vice president, originations.

She will oversee the firm's acquisition activities in the Midwest.

Prior to joining WNC, Dosen served as the equity sales manager at Key Community Development Corp.

NHP Foundation Announces CFO

Gary Parkinson has joined The NHP Foundation (NHPF) as CFO.

His primary responsibilities include providing critical information on affordable housing transactions and operations to facilitate internal decision making and financial reporting to third parties for NHPF and its subsidiaries and affiliate entities.

Headquartered in New York City, the nonprofit owns approximately 4,300 affordable units.

MidPen Hires Management Executive

MidPen Housing Corp., a leading nonprofit affordable housing developer in California, has named Debra Weber Sobeck as vice president of property management.

As the executive in charge of MidPen Property Management Corp., she will oversee all aspects of property oversight, including compliance, lease-ups, training, facility maintenance, and community relations.

The firm manages more than 6,200 units across 87 properties.

Previously, Sobeck was the top executive for Evans Property Management.

PHM Names Director

Kevin Baptista has been named director of business development at Preservation Housing Management, LLC, the property management company of Boston-based nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing.

Baptista was asset manager for MB Management since 1997, where he implemented property refinancing and partnership restructuring initiatives that enabled properties to provide affordable housing while enhancing the owners' return on their investments.

Ohio CPA Firms Merge

Fentress & Barnes, a Columbus, Ohiobased accounting firm focused on the affordable housing industry, has joined Clark Schaefer Hackett (CSH), one of the state's top professional services firms and a Top 60 accounting firm in the nation.

The Fentress & Barnes team is integrating into CSH with a combined staff of 350. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Todd Fentress, founding shareholder, has been serving the affordable housing industry since the LIHTC was created in 1986. He will chair the national affordable housing group at CSH.

“F&B has been a committed player for many years, and with the resources of CSH behind us, we'll build upon our foundation to become a national leader in the affordable housing industry,” he said in a statement.