Rob is the President of CPAH, and previously was the CEO of the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County. Prior to heading up affordable housing non-profits, Rob was a Senior Planner with the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department, and the Chair of the Lake County Continuum of Care for the Homeless. His passion for affordable housing goes back to the two years he spent working with homeless children in Mwanza, Tanzania. Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on community organizing and nonprofit management. He is also accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP.
Mary Ellen Tamasy
Vice President, Real Estate Development
Mary Ellen has over 29 years of experience working with affordable housing non-profits, with more than 23 of those years spent developing affordable housing in the suburbs of northern Illinois. Before becoming VP of Real Estate Development for CPAH, she was President of LCRDC where she was involved in the development, preservation and management of over 1,300 affordable housing rental and homeownership units in 43 locations throughout Lake and McHenry counties. She was the original Executive Director for both the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County and the Highland Park Illinois Community Land Trust. Mary Ellen holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Texas and lives with her husband Tim and dog Weezie in Evanston.
Tiffiny joined CPAH in 2015 with a wealth of experience in property management spanning over 30 years. She holds a license and certification as a Senior Professional Manager, Public Housing Manager, Uniform Physical Inspection Specialist, Capital Improvement Specialist, and in Public Housing Occupancy. Tiffiny loves walking people into their homes and experiencing their sense of relief, comfort and security. She lives in North Chicago with her children and her Jack Russell Terrier, Rocky.
Yolanda is a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor. She provides pre-purchase homebuyer education and counseling, foreclosure counseling and financial counseling. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a mortgage lender and accountant to her work. Prior to joining CPAH , Yolanda provided loan origination and compliance services at State Bank of the Lakes and M3 Mortgage Specialists. Yolanda earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/Accounting at Roosevelt University.
Rental Housing Coordinator
Francesca has a passion for real estate and helping others. She is responsible for managing CPAH’s Rental Housing Support programs and the Lake County Landlord Risk Mitigation program. She holds a real estate license in both Illinois and Wisconsin and has extensive experience with property management. In her spare time, she enjoys attending book clubs and hosting for her family and friends. She lives in Vernon Hills with her 7 year old daughter.
Amy Rosenfeld Kaufman
Director of Development and Community Relations
Amy joined CPAH in 2011. Prior to working in affordable housing, Amy was an attorney at Phelan Pope & John in Chicago and Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. Before law school, Amy worked at the Washington Post as the assistant to political reporter and columnist David Broder. Amy holds an A.B. in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She and her husband Dan have lived in Highland Park, where they raised 2 children and 1 West Highland Terrier, for nearly 30 years.
Director of Counseling and Education
Laura oversees CPAH’s education and counseling services, and has the responsibility of educating and empowering future homebuyers to prepare for successful homeownership. She also assists homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. Laura joined CPAH in 2004 and has assisted over 1,000 families. She is a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor and has a tremendous wealth of knowledge.
Sherry Revell Sutherland
Sherry joined CPAH in 2013, bringing with her 20 years of experience in the housing industry. As a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor, Sherry provides foreclosure prevention services, including pre-mediation services, as well as pre-purchase education and counseling. Prior to joining CPAH, Sherry was a Team Lead and Foreclosure Prevention Loss Mitigation Analyst for Dovenmeuhle, a District Sales Manager for Neumann Homes, and was a licensed appraiser and realtor. Sherry earned her Bachelors of Arts and Mediation Certification from DePaul University.
Intake Coordinator/ Homeownership
Janice joined CPAH in 2019 and loves working in affordable housing. Previously, she was the assistant office manager at an elementary school in Lake County where she worked on registration, events, and also provided Spanish translation for parents. She is currently working toward her BA in Human Resource Development at Northeastern Illinois University/Grayslake Campus. Janice lives in Lake County with her blind cat Gigi who loves to roam in the open fields.
Director of Underwriting
Alicia joined CPAH in 2008, bringing nearly 15 years of experience. She oversees all activities related to down payment assistance loans, home repair and accessibility loans, home sales, and the rental housing support program, including processing applications, eligibility determination, underwriting and servicing. Alicia has been a Lake County resident all her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart. They have four kids ranging in age from 1 year to 18 years old.
Intake Coordinator / Counseling
Reema joined CPAH in 2018. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and previously worked as an Account Manager and Accounting Assistant. At CPAH, Reema is responsible for coordinating the intake process for CPAH’s financial capability programs, pre-purchase counseling programs and foreclosure prevention programs. She and her husband live in Vernon Hills with their 2 sons.
Kathleen Van Crey
Director of Real Estate Management
Kathleen brings over 30 years of experience in property management, office management, and accounting to CPAH where she oversees property management and rental compliance. Prior to joining CPAH and before that Lake County Residential Development Corporation, Kathleen worked in accounting at Hollister Incorporated and at AllState Insurance. She enjoys gardening and travelling, and, along with her husband Ray, spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Rachel joined CPAH in 2015, bringing 10 years of experience in financial and loan services. She worked as a Loan Closing Specialist and Portfolio Specialist for Fifth Third Bank, coordinated escrows and transactions for a regional title company, and provided client and administrative services for Element Financial Partners. Prior to becoming CPAH’s bookkeeper, Rachel prepared CPAH borrowers and homebuyers to utilize CPAH’s loan programs and purchase rehabbed properties. Rachel and her husband live in Lake Villa with their twin teenage daughters.
Director of Operations
Kerri joined CPAH in 2019 as Director of Operations. After personally experiencing several acts of housing discrimination, and later working as a Consultant at an affordable housing non-profit in Chicago, Kerri rekindled her passion to serve and help others find affordable housing. Kerri brings over two decades of leadership and management experience related to finance, banking and real estate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and has been a 30-year resident of Lake County, where she reared her four adult children.
Affordable Housing Corporation Staff:
AHC is a separate nonprofit entity that serves as a general contracting and project management entity for CPAH and other nonprofit and government entities that are providing affordable housing. CPAH contracts with AHC to oversee construction work related to our home repair and accessibility programs, acquisition and rehabilitation work, new construction, and to inspect units participating in our rental housing support program.
Mike joined the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) in 1998 as a part-time Rehabilitation Specialist and today serves as President. Mike is responsible for overseeing acquisition and sales of properties, new construction, and rehabilitation. He has inspected thousands of units, facilitated the rehabilitation of more than 400 homes, and overseen the new construction of 300 homes and the development of 5 residential sub-divisions. Mike has completed Construction Management courses offered by HUD, NeighborWorks, and the Housing Development Training Institute’s Community Development Empowerment Series. He is trained in code compliance by the International Code Council, and is a certified by the EPA as a Lead Renovator.
AHC Project Manager
Aidan joined the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) in 2018 after an entrepreneurial career spanning over 35 years encompassing businesses ranging from cattle ranching in Wyoming, to horse boarding and training, to property maintenance. Aidan is an Illinois-licensed home inspector. He is married with 3 grown children, and one amazing toddler grandson who loves visiting Home Depot with his grandfather.
AHC Project Manager
Mark joined the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) in 2017, bringing over 25 years of construction and homebuilding experience and 10 years of active duty military service in the Army Corps of Engineers. After serving in the military, Mark honed his skills with several homebuilding organizations where his assignments included Construction Superintendent, Construction Manager, VP Purchasing, VP Construction, and VP of Operations. Mark possesses a wealth of technical, managerial, and organizational skills and knowledge. His decision to join AHC was driven out of his desire to “pay it forward” by using his skills and abilities to assist those in need and improve their quality of life.