Rebecca Newman, President & CEO
Rebecca Newman is the President & CEO of Housing Visions. Her keen ability to create a culture of working together with a hands-on approach furthers the company’s mission and reach. As a Certified Property Manager and licensed real estate broker, Ms. Newman has a high understanding of the real estate industry, particularly affordable and subsidized housing. Her vast working knowledge of a variety of housing programs, paired with her continual focus on improving the company’s operational efficiencies, furthers Housing Visions’ reputation for developing, constructing, and managing quality housing. Ms. Newman also has the designations of Assisted Housing Manager and Certified Credit Compliance Professional, in addition to proficiency certifications in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance, Public Housing Management and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Ms. Newman holds a BA degree in Economics and a BA degree in Public Policy Law from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.
Kenyon Craig, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
Kenyon Craig, previously President & CEO of Housing Visions, is one of the original founders. He has been busy making his vision a reality for the residents, staff, Housing Visions, and various communities, continually looking to the future and empowering those around him. His experience with low income housing tax credits and quality construction has led the way to mixed financing and supportive service projects. Mr. Craig’s diverse background includes various financial, planning and management positions with The Pyramid Companies, Athens Development, Inc, Rochester Area Hospitals Corporation and Xerox Corporation. The experience, tenacity, and networking skills that he garnered in these positions are being put to good use, setting an exciting course for Housing Visions’ future. In addition to the boards of Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. and each of its affiliates, Mr. Craig currently serves on the board of directors of University Hill Corporation, East Genesee Regent, Inc., and Central New York Technology Development Organization, Inc. He has been a presenter to the Millennial Housing Commission that was appointed by the US Congress in 2000. He has also been a speaker at numerous local and state wide forums regarding affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Mr. Craig holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Benjamin Lockwood, Vice President of Business Development
Ben Lockwood, Vice President of Business Development heads the Development team and is responsible for the planning and development of affordable housing projects including property acquisitions, budget preparation, finance, and public relations and outreach. Mr. Lockwood brings a strong knowledge of urban land use planning to Housing Visions. Formerly with the City of Syracuse Department of Community Development, he has an array of skills that enhance the Development Team. Ben is the primary contact with government officials, local partners, and other entities that participate in the development process. His intimate knowledge of government is key to navigating governmental policies and procedures throughout the cycle of a project. Ben’s work in the community building processes is valuable to developing quality, sustainable, neighborhood supported projects. By seeking various channels of funding, cultivating relationships, and building community partnerships, Ben is ensuring that Housing Visions will continue to serve its mission of neighborhood revitalization. Mr. Lockwood holds a degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
Natalya Stepanok, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Natalya Stepanok, Vice President of Finance and Administration, heads the Accounting team. She is responsible for all accounting functions, including the preparation of financial projections, updating projections based on actual results, ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies and investors, and directing the activities of the team as a whole. Natalya’s background in finance and tax accounting allows her to effectively handle multiple financial models and complex financing structures, ensuring Housing Visions can accurately plan for the future. Natalya’s knowledge and experience on the managerial side, allow her to provide guidance to the team, delegate responsibilities, strategize for problem resolution and successfully communicate with all levels of the organization. Natalya earned her B.S. in Accounting from Ithaca College.
Chris Trevisani Photo_colorcroppedChristopher Trevisani, Director of Development
As Director of Development, Chris is responsible for the planning and development of affordable housing projects throughout the northeast including property acquisitions, budget preparation, applications for financing (Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, NYS Housing Trust Funds, City CDBG and HOME Funds, HHAP and Equity Investments), preparing NYS, PA, City, and Investor project milestone documentation, public relations and outreach, and negotiations with local government for real estate tax abatement. He brings a strong background in real estate and property development to the position and is a license real estate broker in New York state.
DaveB_BWDave Brazell, Director of ConstructionAs Director of Construction Dave sets policies and procedures, and oversees all subcontracts, budgeting, payments, scheduling, quality control and safety procedures. He is responsible for the oversight of the field and office staff while providing oversight to projects that encompass a broad spectrum of trades and range from abatement and demolition jobs to substantial rehabilitation and new construction. Dave works closely with site superintendents, project managers, compliance and administrative staff as well as owners, architects, engineers and various funding sources to complete complex scatter-site multi-family and commercial buildings spanning across New York and Pennsylvania. He is also responsible for championing Housing Visions’ building standardization efforts, aggressive green building initiatives and worked with the Development team on current and pipeline projects to institute best practices in design and planning. Dave is a retired City of Syracuse firefighter with over 35 years’ experience in construction and holds a 30-hour OSHA certification as well as Building Envelope and Analyst designations from the Building Performance Institute.
Melody_BWMelody Susco, Director of Property Management As Director of Property Management, Melody works to: strategize short‐range and long‐range organizational goals; oversee and direct property management activities related to the organization’s diverse residential and commercial portfolio; and to ensure the overall successful operations of properties. Melody joined HV in Sept 2011, and has elevated through the ranks, going from Assistant Operations Manager to Asset Manager to Compliance Manager and now to her current role as Director of Property Management. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from LeMoyne College.
JimJames Quinn, Controller Jim oversees the preparation of financial statements for all of Housing Visions’ main entities and partnerships as well as cash flow reporting and projections. He oversees the financial function including Accounts Payable, cash receipts, and banking and credit relationships. Jim is also responsible for overseeing the independent audits of all of the entities, and tax return preparation. Internally, he interacts with all of the teams within Housing Visions to assure that their financial needs are supported. Jim’s background includes public accounting, and both financial and operational leadership in manufacturing, both in public traded and privately held companies. Jim earned a B.S. in accounting from Ithaca College, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute