Jennifer Lopez – Executive Director
Graduate of Fort Lewis College, Jennifer was hired in 2006 as Executive Director of the Regional Housing Alliance (RHA) of La Plata County in Durango, Colorado. Jennifer has worked in the field of community development for more than eleven years. She studied Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico, and received her MCRP in 2000. Jennifer worked from 2000-2005 in Santa Fe, NM with one of the country’s most successful affordable housing programs, where she was exposed to both policy and delivery systems that, to date, have created more than 2,000 affordable homes. In 2002 she was hired as Project manager for the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust where she provided homebuyer training and counseling, policy analysis, grant writing services and assisted with public relations activities. Jennifer started her own consulting firm in 2004; clients included the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust, Albuquerque Civic Trust, Bernalillo County Housing, Los Amigos Weatherization, the Regional Development Corporation and Appleseed of New Mexico. As Executive Director of the RHA, Jennifer has created a five-point action plan, launched four new programs, increased staff capacity from 2-5, successfully negotiated $30 million in affordable housing agreements with developers, launched the first Down Payment Program in the four corners, leveraged 2.5 million in new funds, and anticipates creating 80 new housing opportunities per year as a result of the agency’s work. Jennifer recently graduated from the Achieving Excellence Program, an 18-month leadership program for housing professionals sponsored by Fannie Mae, Neighborworks America and Harvard University. Jennifer lives in the Animas Valley with her husband Chris and their two children, Arabellae and James, where she takes advantage of running trails in the valley to train for upcoming half-marathons. When asked why she chose to make Durango her home, Jennifer said; “Truthfully, I can’t think of a better place to raise children.” Contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam MoorePam Moore – Deputy Director
Originally from Denver, Pam moved to Durango in 1987 to pursue an accounting degree at Fort Lewis College and, as the story goes for many, never left. She now has more than 20 years of banking, real estate and lending experience in the area, most recently as a Home Mortgage Consultant at Wells Fargo in Durango. Pam was hired as the Deputy Director of the RHA in April of 2011; her primary role will be to manage client services with an emphasis on loan processing within the RHA. With years of experience, Pam is well-equipped to support families and individuals through the home buying process. She will also be in charge of managing the loan portfolio, primary mortgage loan originations, working with first mortgage partners, and teaching the First-time Homebuyer class. Pam lives in Durango with her husband and young son, and enjoys all things outdoors, especially motorcycling, gardening and camping. “I love living in Durango because of the tight-knit and caring community.” Contact Pam at email@example.com.
Linda Ward – Office Assistant
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Linda pursued a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas before taking off on a two-year backpacking trip around Western Europe, where she met her Irish husband. The two moved to Chicago and worked for 20 years in the residential building industry. “I know how exciting it is for people to buy a home,” Linda said, reflecting on her experiences in the housing industry. Following dreams of retiring in Durango, they moved to La Plata County about 10 years ago with their daughter Betsy and son Brendan. They built their dream home and ran the construction business in Chicago from afar, as well as a variety of local businesses. Linda’s superb editing skills and experience working with people have greatly benefitted the RHA since she was hired in October 2010. Since the loss of her husband, Mick, in 2008, Linda has been “blown away” by the overwhelming support from community members in Durango. “People here have touched me the most and become some of the most important people in my life.” Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marietta LinneyMarietta Linney – Client Services
A fourth generation Durango native, Marietta Linney received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education, followed by an MS in Management from Regis University. She worked for the University for some time, and then moved to Carbondale to be with her husband and began working in the mortgage industry. The affordable housing options that Marietta and her husband were able to take advantage of during their time in Carbondale bolstered her interest and support for affordable housing programs. At the RHA, Marietta is in charge of updating and maintaining internal processes. Marietta moved back to Durango in 2007 with her husband and young children to take advantage of all that Durango has to offer. “From outdoor activities to quality education—our lifestyle is in harmony with everything Durango has to offer. It has always been home, and it’s a very natural fit.” Contact Marietta at email@example.com.
Page BuonoPage Buono – Project Coordinator
Born and raised in Durango, Page left to pursue a Bachelors degree in Environmental Journalism and Spanish at Western Washington University, where she was Editor- in-Chief of the college magazine, The Planet. Following graduation, Page moved to Davis, CA where her now-husband pursued a Master’s degree. The two spent the majority of the last year in Uganda, East Africa; Page interning with the UN Refugee Agency and Sean working with rural farmers to increase vegetable production. Page is an AmeriCorps member who will focus her efforts at the RHA on PR and Marketing. “The river, the mountains, the people—Durango is and will always be home.” Contact Page at firstname.lastname@example.org.