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    Saturday, October 18

    11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
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    GRAND BALLROOM FOYER, 2ND FLOOR

    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    HUD-Treasury HFA Multifamily Risk-Sharing Financing Initiative Meeting Open to HFAs only

    1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Community Meet-Up: Federal Liaisons Open to HFAs only
    Join Federal Liaisons online community (open to HFA members only) 

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Hardest-Hit Fund Meeting with Treasury Open to HFAs only

    Sustainable Development Focus Group Meeting Open to HFA executive directors and their designated staff members only

    Community Meet-Ups:
    Section 8 Contract Administration
    Join Section 8 Contract Administrators online community (open to HFA members only) 
    Special Needs Housing
    Join Supportive Services online community (open to HFA members only) 
    Open to HFAs only

    3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Community Meet-Up: Human Resources Open to HFAs only
    Join Human Resources online community (open to HFA members only) 

    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Community Meet-Ups:
    Internal Auditors

    Join Internal Auditors online community (open to HFA members only)
    Multifamily Development
    Join Rental online community (open to HFA members only)
    Open to HFAs only

    Rural Housing Focus Group Meeting Open to HFA executive directors and their designated staff members only

    4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Community Meet-Up: Single-Family Program Open to HFAs only
    Join Homeownership online community (open to HFA members only)

    Sunday, October 19

    7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Registration and Information
    GRAND BALLROOM FOYER, 2ND FLOOR

    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Community Meet-Up: Communications
    Join Communications online community (open to HFA members only) 
    Open to HFAs only

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Disclosure Task Force Meeting
    Open to HFAs only

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Community Meet-Up: HOME
    Join HOME online community (open to HFA members only)
    Open to HFAs only

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Community Meet-Up: Single-Family Servicing
    Open to HFAs only

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Community Meet-Ups:
    Human Resources (continued)
    Join Human Resources online community (open to HFA members only)

    Information Technology
    Join Information Technology online community (open to HFA members only) 
    Open to HFAs only

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    NCSHA General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting
    Open to HFA executive directors only

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Community Meet-Ups:
    Finance

    Join Finance online community (open to HFA members only)
    Legal
    Join Legal online community (open to HFA members only)
    Multifamily Asset Management
    Open to HFAs only

    12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Executive Directors Forum
    Open to HFA executive directors only

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    NCSHB Annual Business Meeting and HFA Board Member Roundtable
    Open to HFA board members and executive directors only

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Leadership Circle Reception
    By invitation only to HFA executive directors and board members, top affiliate supporters, and top conference sponsors.

    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    The President’s Reception
    Open to all conference attendees

    Monday, October 20
    Schedule subject to change.
    Sessions open to all conference attendees

    Session Topic Area

    CO- Communications LE- Legal
    FI- Finance MI- Management Innovation
    GO- Governance RE- Rental
    HO- Homeownership SH- Sustainable Housing
    HR- Human Resources SN- Special Needs Housing
    IT- Information Technology  
     

    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Registration and Information
    GRAND BALLROOM FOYER, 2ND FLOOR

    7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    The 2014 Showplace
    View exhibitors to date or reserve your space here. 

    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Celebratory Opening Plenary Breakfast with Presentation of Annual Awards for Program Excellence
    View 2014 Annual Awards for Program Excellence Entries 

    • Shelter Music Boston - Performance by a local organization that presents classical chamber music concerts, of the highest artistic standards, in homeless shelters and other sheltering environments.
    • Faces of Home - HFAs share inspiring stories of people whose lives have been transformed through affordable housing.
    • Remarks from NCSHA President
    • Keynote Address -  Heather Abbott
    • Annual Awards for Program Excellence - This annual ceremony recognizes the best work of all HFAs and gives special recognition to those HFAs who are 2014 award winners. Many of the award entries are featured in greater depth during educational sessions throughout the conference.

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    10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Networking Break

    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Best of HFAs: Human Resources (GO, HR, MI)
    Colorado’s Employee Wellness and the CHFA Challenge
    Idaho’s Paperless Human Resources — From Recruitment to Payroll
    Maryland’s Engaging Maryland Academia
    Massachusetts’ Sign of the Times

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Lydia Aguirre, Director of Human Resources, Idaho Housing and Finance Association

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Asuntha Chiang-Smith, Chief of Staff, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    Debbie Herrera, Director, Human Resources, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
    Leo J. Saidnawey, Manager of Network and Computer Services, MassHousing


    Best of HFAs: Information Technology (GO, IT)
    Michigan’s Rental Development Tracking Tool
    Virginia’s Congressional and State Legislative Data App
    Ohio’s Electronic Board Packets Massachusetts’ rapid application development methods and tools

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Nicole Lucas, Director of Information Technology, Tennessee Housing Development Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Michael Hawkins, Managing Director of Community Outreach, Virginia Housing Development Authority
    Christopher LaGrand, Chief Housing Investment Officer, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
    Steven McVey, Chief Information Officer, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    Charles Schiappa, Chief Information Officer, MassHousing


    Best of HFAs: Special Needs Housing (GO, SN)
    Iowa’s IowaHousingSearch.org
    Kentucky’s Scholar House Program
    Massachusetts’ New Lease Program
    Pennsylvania’s Housing Services Conferences
    Rhode Island’s Homeless Facility Improvement and Operating Deficit Fund

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Carla Falkenstein, Director, Western Region, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Rob Ellis, Deputy Executive Director, Housing Production and Programs, Kentucky Housing Corporation
    Ashley Jared, Public Information Officer/Director of Communications, Iowa Finance Authority
    Thomas Plihcik, Executive Director, New Lease for Homeless Families
    Carol Ventura, Deputy Director, Development Division, Rhode Island Housing


    How HFAs Are Financing Affordable Homeownership in a Complex Time (FI, HO)
    Examine the state of the housing finance market. Learn about proven tools HFAs are utilizing to finance their affordable homeownership programs, including tax-exempt bonds, Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCCs), and pass-through financings, and how newly implemented rules and regulations have changed the way HFAs use them.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Cindy Harris, Deputy Director/ Chief Financial Officer, Iowa Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Ansel Caine, Vice President, Caine Mitter & Associates Incorporated
    Kathryn Newton, Director, Homeownership Programs, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
    Joseph Tait, Managing Director, Raymond James
    Lawrence Witte, Director, Standard & Poor’s


    Loan Servicing in Today’s Legal and Regulatory Environment (HO, LE)
    Learn what HFAs need to do to comply with new servicing rules from CFPB, and others. Consider what further guidance servicers need. Discuss insights and lessons learned as HFAs adapt to a changing servicing industry.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Amy White, Vice President, Mortgage Servicing, Utah Housing Corporation

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Mike King, Single-Family Administrator, Alabama Housing Finance Authority
    Jean Healey, Enforcement Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    William Wells, RMDM Consumer Affairs Supervisor, US Bank


    Navigating Online Advertising Tools (CO)
    Digital media is a feasible and affordable way to reach your audience. Choosing the best channels and knowing how to measure success can be overwhelming to those new to the medium. Hear from your HFA peers about today’s increasingly popular digital advertising models to help you develop an effective marketing strategy that maximizes your media spend.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Jane Law, Director, Communications, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Jennifer Conlin, Director of Marketing, Wisconsin Housing and Economic
    Development Authority
    Amanda Flitter, Communications Administrator, Web Content Manager, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
    Megan Ryan, Director, Communications, Minnesota Housing


    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program (FI, GO, LE, RE, SH)
    Industry leaders explore Housing Credit hot topics, including the outlook for legislative and regulatory changes, equity market trends, development cost limits, financial structuring strategies, and Year 15 activity.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Catherine Racer, Associate Director, Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Scott Arrighi, Vice President, Assistant Director of Acquisitions, Boston Capital Corporation
    Beverly Bates, Senior Vice President, The Community Builders, Inc.
    Anthony Freedman, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
    Robert Moss, Principal, National Director of Governmental Affairs, CohnReznick LLP


    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Networking Lunch

    12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Coffee and Dessert in the Showplace

    1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Best of HFAs: Homeownership (FI, GO, HO)
    DC’s DC Open Doors House Crawl
    Ohio’s New Educational Offerings for Real Estate Agents
    South Carolina’s Housing “KickStart” Initiative
    Washington’s Downpayment Assistance Partnerships

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Charles Brown, Homeownership Program Supervisor, Montana Board of Housing/Housing Division
    PARTICIPANTS:
    Matthew Aliberti, Deputy Director, Single Family Programs, District of
    Columbia Housing Finance Agency
    Karen Carlson-Bunce, Second Mortgage Program Administrator, Washington State Housing Finance Commission
    Claude Spurlock, Director, Mortgage Production, South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority
    Thomas Walker, Business Relations Manager, Ohio Housing Finance Agency


    Exploring New Single-Family Financing Ideas (FI, HO)
    Assess the latest opportunities and hurdles that HFA single-family programs are facing. Study the latest financing strategies HFAs have implemented to advance their homeownership mission, including Fannie Mae HFA Preferred products and Ginnie Mae securities. Consider the impact of upcoming regulatory and market developments. Hear from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) about its vision for the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Jonathan Hanks, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Utah Housing Corporation

    PARTICIPANTS:

    Casey Biegelsen, Director, Barclays
    Jim Gray, Manager, Counterparty & Portfolio, Office of Housing & Regulatory Policy, Federal Housing Finance Agency
    Geoffrey Proulx, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
    Rebecca Reape, Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Mark Spates, Director, Customer Engagement-Business Development, Single-Family, Fannie Mae


    Future Implications of Healthcare Reform for Your Organization (GO, HR, MI)
    As the Affordable Care Act implementation continues to ramp up, learn about what’s coming next in healthcare reform in this expert-led review. Hear how new requirements could impact your organization and its employees.

    TRAINER
    :
    Alden Bianchi, Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC


    Integrated Housing: An Olmstead Discussion (GO, LE, RE, SN)
    Discuss states’ progress in complying with the Olmstead decision 15 years after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Review the decision and its housing implications and discuss state Olmstead plans and models.

    DISCUSSION LEADERS:
    Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner, Housing, Georgia Department of Community Affairs/Georgia Housing and Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS
    :
    Andrew Baldwin, Director, Loan Originations, CSH
    Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    Martha Knisley, Director of Community Support Initiative, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.


    Managing New and Diverse Single-Family Loan Automation Processes (HO, IT, LE)
    Discuss how HFAs can structure their single-family automation systems and processes to successfully manage the requirements of new business models, such as pooling and securitizing mortgages with Ginnie Mae and selling whole loans to Fannie Mae. Consider how HFAs can better utilize their automation programs to increase quality control and compliance.

    DISCUSSION LEADERS:
    Michael Chadbourne, Director, Homeownership Lending, New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency
    David Hebert, Managing Director of IT, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS
    :
    Gregory Crosby, President, PowerSeller Solutions LLC
    George Leocata, Senior Vice President, Single Family Programs, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
    John Sager, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Idaho Housing and Finance Association
    Susan Semba, Vice President, Homeownership Lending, Idaho Housing and Finance Association


    Preservation Forum (LE, RE, SH)
    Explore trends in affordable housing preservation, including options for federally assisted rental properties and the Year 15 Housing Credit portfolio. Consider the latest best practices in capital needs assessments and energy audits. Survey preservation financing tools and development experience with HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Learn about ways to track state preservation policies and programs.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    David Keene, Chief Preservation Officer, MassHousing

    PARTICIPANTS
    :
    Amy Anthony, President and Chief Executive Officer, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
    Maurice Barry, Boston Director of Project Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Joe Crisafulli, Boston Hub Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Tom Davis, Senior Vice President, Recap Real Estate Advisors
    Tracy Kaufman, Director, National Preservation Initiative, National Housing Trust


    Using Research to Inform Your Messaging (CO)
    Based on a report from the National Housing Conference (NHC), this session takes a look at the public’s impression of affordable housing and the best terminology and strategies for getting affordable housing programs the positive attention they deserve. NHC’s Janet Viveiros walks attendees through its research and key findings and dives into recommendations for powerful messaging. MassHousing takes us through its journey of writing a press release in the form of a news story, which was picked up by national media.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Ashley Jared, Public Information Officer/Director of Communications, Iowa Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Eric Gedstad, Communications Director, MassHousing
    Janet Viveiros, Research Associate, Center for Housing Policy, National Housing Conference


    2:30 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
    Networking Break in the Showplace

    3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Best of HFAs: Operations (GO, HR, IT, MI)
    Indiana’s Continuous Improvement — Claims Process
    Minnesota’s Providing Excellent Customer Service through the Partner Solutions Team
    Ohio’s Risk Assessment Survey
    Tennessee’s A Marriage Between Mission and Money

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Brenda Walker, Director of Internal Audit, Ohio Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Tal Anderson, Manager, Single Family Community Development Programs,
    Minnesota Housing
    Samantha Higdon, Director of Operations, Indiana Housing and
    Community Development Authority
    Jada L. Lattimore, Director, Section 8 Rental Assistance, Tennessee Housing
    Development Agency


    The Changing Demographics of Homeownership (CO, FI, HO)
    Explore how HFAs are addressing the changing composition and needs of homeowners and potential home buyers. Discuss young borrowers burdened with student loan debt, and new minority populations.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Kenneth Giebel, Director, Marketing, California Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Michael Haley, Assistant Commissioner, Single Family, Minnesota Housing
    Daniel McCue, Research Manager, Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
    Michele Watson, Director of Homeownership Programs, Virginia Housing Development Authority


    Increasing Social Media Engagement (CO)
    Explore the approaches Iowa Finance Authority and Virginia Housing Development Authority took to increase their social media engagement. Hear about their social media strategies, the platforms they are using, the results they have seen, and how they measure the success of their social media efforts.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Cecka Rose Green, Communications Director, Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Llewellyn Anderson, Managing Director of Executive Services, Virginia Housing Development Authority
    Ashley Jared, Public Information Officer/Director of Communications, Iowa Finance Authority
    Emily Toribio, Assistant Communications Director, Iowa Finance Authority


    Multifamily Financing Techniques (FI, LE, RE, SH)
    Scarcity of gap financing continues to present structuring challenges for multifamily developments. Financial structuring gurus discuss the new HUD-Treasury Multifamily Risk- Sharing Loan Financing Initiative and other taxable and tax-exempt financing options from HUD, HFAs, and conventional lenders. Experts explore effective underwriting tactics for multiple subsidy deals.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Holly Glauser, Director, Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    James Carey, Director, Policy Division, Office of Multifamily Development, Federal Housing Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Larry Flood, Senior Policy Advisor for Housing Finance Government Financial Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
    Richard Froehlich, Executive Vice President for Capital Markets, Chief
    Operating Officer, and General Counsel, New York City Housing Development Corporation
    Alan Jaffe, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Securities
    Marc Krasner, Senior Vice President, Director of Housing, City Securities Corporation


    Promoting NCSHA’s Priorities in Washington (CO, GO, LE)
    Learn about the status of and outlook for NCSHA’s top legislative and regulatory priorities. Get up-to-the-minute news on the latest congressional action and plans on Housing Credit and Bond legislation, appropriations, housing finance reform, and other important issues for HFAs and their partners.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives, National Council of State Housing Agencies

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Guy Ford, Director of Legislative Affairs, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    Christopher LaGrand, Chief Housing Investment Officer and Director, Rental Development, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
    Nancy McDonald, Director of Government Affairs, MassHousing
    Max Wetz, Director, Public Affairs, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency


    Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Security Threats (CO, GO, HR, IT)
    Seasoned risk and information security leaders share their experiences and advice on how to effectively create and demonstrate effective security efforts to protect your organization from advanced persistent threats (APT), social engineering, cross-site scripting, and SQL injections.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Greg Blake, Director of Information Technology, Idaho Housing and Finance Association

    PARTICIPANT:
    Brady Bloxham, Principal Security Consultant, Silent Break Security


    Section 811 and Other Ways to Create Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (LE, RE, SN)
    Hear the latest on HUD’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program. Explore other ways housing developers and providers are creating housing opportunities for persons with disabilities, including complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504, utilizing preferences adopting visitability and universal design principles, and employing partnerships.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Deborah Leasure, Planner/Data Analyst, Ohio Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Elaine Cornick, Acting Director, Multifamily Housing, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    Matthew Heckles, Director of Housing Finance, Delaware State Housing Authority
    Henry Korman, Partner, Klein Hornig LLP


    Structuring Homeownership Programs in a Competitive Market (FI, HO, MI)
    Hear about how HFAs are shaping their single-family programs to adjust to today’s rapidly evolving market, including reaching out to new populations of borrowers. Discuss what resources and tools HFAs need to stay competitive and effectively fulfill their critical affordable housing mission. Get updated on the findings of NCSHA’s HFA Private-Label Security (PLS) Task Force.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Barbara Golz, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Mike Awadis, Senior Vice President, FirstSouthwest Company
    James Stretz, Senior Vice President, George K. Baum & Company
    Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing
    Jeffrey Sula, Director, RBC Capital Markets


    4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Networking Break

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Best of HFAs: Communications —Telling Your Economic Impact Story (CO, GO)
    South Carolina and New Mexico discuss their approaches to advocacy and the results they have achieved. Using a storytelling theme, South Carolina is building a campaign that puts a face on affordable housing rather than bricks and mortar. New Mexico has a Call to Action campaign that uses real-life examples to reach state legislators, housing partners and advocates, and local and tribal governments.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Josh Gibson, Communications Coordinator, Tennessee Housing Development Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Monica Abeita, Senior Policy and Program Advisor, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
    Reggie Bell, Director of Marketing & Procurement, South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority


    Building Your Organization’s Asset Management Capacity (GO, MI, RE)
    Analyze trends in multifamily property performance and asset management. Discuss new challenges and proactive approaches to asset management and the use of portfolio performance trends to inform future financial underwriting and deal structuring.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Vona Johnson, Director, Rental Housing Management, South Dakota Housing Development Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Allen Feliz, Managing Director, TCAM
    Harold Nassau, Asset Management, NeighborWorks America
    Charlie Rhuda, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP


    Place-Based Development Strategies (CO, GO, HO, MI, RE, SH)
    Explore the critical role of affordable housing in fostering vital urban communities. Understand HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program and other planning initiatives for sustainable development. Learn how to leverage funding and cultivate neighborhood coalitions to positively impact community outcomes.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Tim Kenny, Executive Director, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Mara Blitzer, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the DAS for Multifamily Housing Programs, Program Administration Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Amber Christoffersen, Program Director, Design Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Jacob Sipe, Executive Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development
    Authority


    Promoting Homeownership in Underserved Markets (HO, SH)
    Hear about new programs and tactics HFAs are utilizing to serve difficult-to-reach borrowers. Learn how HFAs are addressing critical community development and neighborhood stabilization needs in those areas that need it most, including rural and economically distressed communities.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Brent Adney, Director, Homeownership Programs, South Dakota Housing Development Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Joyce Allen, Deputy Director, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, U.S. Department of
    Agriculture
    Robert Chrane, President, Down Payment Resource
    David Clifton, Capital Projects Interim Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission
    Erin Quinn, Program Director, Hardest-Hit Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
    Mary Townley, Director of Homeownership, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
    Lisa Vatske, Director, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities, Washington State Housing Finance Commission


    Surviving and Thriving in a Post-Dodd-Frank World (FI, HO, LE)
    Now that most Dodd–Frank mortgage rules are final, explore the holistic impact they will have on HFAs and the larger housing market. Learn how you can ensure your agency remains compliant with the latest Securities and Exchange Commission policies, including the Municipal Advisor rules and the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Rebecca Peace, Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Charles Carey, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
    Andrew Page, Associate, Kutak Rock LLP
    Howard Zucker, Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP


    Think Like A Hacker (HR, IT)
    What is the best way to make sure your organization can prevent a security breach? Become a hacker! Learn the anatomy of an attack, the techniques that are used, and technical solutions.

    PARTICIPANT:
    Greg Blake, Director of Information Technology, Idaho Housing and Finance Association


    Understanding Medicaid Options for Accessing Services (LE, RE, SN)
    Discuss Medicaid’s role in funding community-based services and how it relates to supportive housing. Learn about Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services final rule and Medicaid waiver options.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Jennifer Chan, Assistant Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, Illinois Housing Development Authority

    TRAINER:
    Martha Knisley, Director of Community Support Initiative, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Showplace Happy Hour

    • Raffle Drawing at 5:45 p.m.
    • Award Winners Photo Op
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    Tuesday, October 21
    Schedule subject to change.
    Sessions open to all attendees

    Session Topic Area

    CO- Communications LE- Legal
    FI- Finance MI- Management Innovation
    GO- Governance RE- Rental
    HO- Homeownership SH- Sustainable Housing
    HR- Human Resources SN- Special Needs Housing
    IT- Information Technology  

    7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Registration and Information
    GRAND BALLROOM FOYER, 2ND FLOOR

    8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    Closing Breakfast Plenary
    Seated breakfast served at 7:30 a.m.

    Today’s and Tomorrow’s Housing Market Conditions, Needs, and Policy Choices
    Come hear Christopher Herbert, the Acting Managing Director and Research Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University, discuss economic and housing trends and related policy issues. Learn the latest on housing demographics, homeownership and rental market dynamics, and changing housing needs. JCHS is one of the foremost think-tanks on the housing market and affordable housing conditions.

    Christopher Herbert, Acting Managing Director and Research Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

    9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Networking Break

    9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Best of HFAs: Rental (GO, MI, RE)
    Rhode Island’s Capital Improvement Loan Program
    Connecticut’s Small Multifamily Rental Development Strategy
    Indiana’s Compliance Working Groups

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    David C. Young, Multifamily Administrator, Alabama Housing
    Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Anne Berman, Assistant Director of Development, Rhode Island Housing
    Matt Rayburn, Chief Real Estate Development Officer, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    Diane Smith, Program Development Officer, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority


    The Future of the Supportive Housing Model (RE, SN)
    Receive an update on the status of the supportive housing model, discuss current incentives for
    providing supportive housing and its impact on reducing chronic homelessness, and hear about the model’s future, including Housing First and Rapid Re-housing and the impact of changes in healthcare.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Rose Baca-Quesada, Community Development Department Senior Lead, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Hilary Gawrilow, Director of Federal Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing
    Joseph Montoya, Deputy Director of Programs, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
    Cindy Namer, Director, Homeless Initiatives, MaineHousing
    Linda Wood-Boyle, President and Executive Director, HomeStart, Inc.


    Harnessing Technology in Multifamily Development and Asset Management (IT, RE)
    Learn how to streamline your application process and compliance program through automated techniques. Improve access to data for collaborative work, portfolio evaluation, and compliance requirements.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Joe Carter, Information Systems Architect, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Tim Carroll, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
    Rob Ellis, Deputy Executive Director, Housing Production and Programs, Kentucky Housing Corporation
    Shawn McKenna, President, ProLink Solutions, Inc.


    Managing Your HFA’s Financial Health in the Face of Uncertainty (FI, GO, MI)
    Find out about strategies HFAs are using to gain a deeper understanding of their financial health, plan ahead, and protect their future. Discuss techniques for budgeting, forecasting, and managing investments.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Blair Bingham, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mississippi Home Corporation

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Jeremy Obaditch, Principal Consultant, cfX Incorporated
    John Sager, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Idaho Housing
    and Finance Association
    Peter Shapiro, Managing Director, Swap Financial Group
    Florence Zeman, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service


    Proven Strategies for Promoting Single-Family Programs (CO, HO)
    Gain insight into the latest and most effective strategies for marketing HFA single-family programs in today’s competitive and crowded lending environment. Learn from HFAs that have implemented creative initiatives to increase consumer awareness and partner involvement.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Katrina Thompson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Idaho Housing and Finance Association

    PARTICIPANTS
    :
    Christina Hardin, Chief of Community Relations, Delaware State Housing Authority
    Debbie Reeves, Director of Business Development, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
    Megan Ryan, Director, Communications, Minnesota Housing
    Peter Walsh, Director, Homeownership and Customer Service, Rhode Island Housing


    Strategies for Increasing Productivity in the Workplace (GO, HR, MI)
    Learn how today’s most innovative organizations are embracing practices that streamline decision-making, reduce churn, and improve employee engagement. Designed for business professionals aspiring to work more productively to accomplish strategic and day-to-day goals with less stress, master the “Science of Getting More Done” with this engaging, motivational, and highly interactive program.

    TRAINER:
    Barbara Bergeron, SOS Organizational Services

    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Networking Break

    11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Topic Area in parenthesis)

    Assisting Youth and Families in Transition (RE, SN)
    Exchange ideas for meeting the needs of transition-age youth and ending youth homelessness. Explore how housing assistance and services can be a tool for stabilizing and reunifying families.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Nancy O’Brien, Administrator, Multifamily Housing Development Programs, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Bill Aldinger, Assistant Policy Director/Supportive Housing Coordinator, Florida Housing Finance Corporation
    Hilary Gawrilow, Director of Federal Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing
    Ruth White, Executive Director, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare


    Best of HFAs: Finance (FI, GO, IT, MI)
    Minnesota’s Enhanced Loss Mitigation Strategy
    New York City’s Funding Housing Programs and Using Wealth Created in a Parity Resolution
    Rhode Island’s Sustaining the Single-Family Portfolio Post-HHFRI
    Virginia’s Proactive Rapid Rental Loan Refinancing and Retention Program

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Lee Ann Smith, Director, Single-Family Programs, Oklahoma Housing Finance
    Agency

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Gene Aho, Business & Policy Development Supervisor, Minnesota Housing
    Arthur Bowen, Managing Director of Rental Housing, Virginia Housing Development Authority
    Ellen Duffy, Senior Vice President for Debt Issuance/Finance, New York City Housing Development Corporation
    Leslie McKnight, Director, Loan Servicing Division, Rhode Island
    Housing


    Communications Roundtable (CO)
    Come together with your fellow communicators to wrap up a successful conference by digging
    deeper into issues HFAs face every day. The group discussion will focus on creating an online newsroom, multicultural marketing strategies, and trends in the field.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Tara Smith, Communications Manager, Wyoming Community Development Authority

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, Associate Professor of Communication, Curry College
    Lisa Kidder, Director of Communications, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
    Vanessa Traniello, Senior Sales Executive, NASDAQ Corporate
    Solutions


    IT Forum (IT)
    Don’t leave without getting your burning questions answered or having a conversation about the major challenges facing your organization’s IT infrastructure and staff. Engage with your colleagues to round out a full conference of exceptional learning and networking.

    DISCUSSION LEADERS:
    Charles Schiappa, Chief Information Officer, MassHousing
    Alexander Yim, IT Systems/Network Administrator, Washington State Housing Finance Commission


    Rural and Native American Rental Housing Development Strategies (GO, RE, SH)
    Discuss the latest initiatives in multifamily rural housing development and preservation, including housing on Native American lands. Survey rural financing options from USDA and other lenders, plus underwriting strategies to ensure financial feasibility of rural developments.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    Bruce Brensdal, Executive Director, Montana Board of Housing/Housing Division

    PARTICIPANTS:
    David Haney, Executive Director, Wyoming Community Development Authority
    Bryan Hooper, Deputy Administrator, Multifamily Housing, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Russell Kaney, Senior Program Director for Rural and Native American Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Lorraine Polak, Director, Rental Housing Development, South Dakota Housing Development Authority


    What’s Working in Homebuyer Education and Counseling (HO)
    Explore HUD’s Homebuyers Armed with Knowledge Program (HAWK) program, GSE requirements, and state programs and tactics to ensure that prospective borrowers are ready for homeownership. Examine ways to increase borrower participation in financial education and pre-purchase counseling.

    DISCUSSION LEADER:
    David Rathbun, Senior Director, Single-Family Loan Origination, West Virginia Housing Development Fund

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
    Arlene Nunes, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Single Family Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Peter Milewski, Director of Homeownership Lending, MassHousing
    Milt Sharp, President and National Administrator for eHome Network, eHome America

    **Schedule is subject to change.**


    Sessions by Topic Area

    CO - Communications
    Best of HFAs: Communications
    The Changing Demographics of Homeownership
    Communications Roundtable
    Increasing Social Media Engagement
    IT Security Crisis Planning
    Navigating Online Advertising Tools
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    Promoting NCSHA’s Priorities in Washington
    Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Security Threats
    Proven Strategies for Promoting Single-Family Programs
    Using Research to Inform Your Messaging

    FI - Finance
    Best of HFAs: Homeownership
    The Changing Demographics of Homeownership
    Exploring New Single-Family Financing Ideas
    How HFAs Are Financing Affordable Homeownership in a Complex Time
    Managing Your HFA’s Financial Health in the Face of Uncertainty
    Multifamily Financing Techniques
    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program

    GO - Governance
    Best of HFAs: Communications
    Best of HFAs: Finance
    Best of HFAs: Homeownership
    Best of HFAs: Human Resources
    Best of HFAs: Information Technology
    Best of HFAs: Operations
    Best of HFAs: Rental
    Best of HFAs: Special Needs Housing
    Future Implications of Healthcare Reform for Your Organization
    Integrated Housing: An Olmstead Discussion
    Managing Your HFA’s Financial Health in the Face of Uncertainty
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    Promoting NCSHA’s Priorities in Washington
    Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Security Threats
    Rural and Native American Rental Housing Development Strategies
    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program
    Structuring Homeownership Programs in a Competitive Market
    Surviving and Thriving in a Post-Dodd-Frank World

    HO - Homeownership
    Best of HFAs: Homeownership
    The Changing Demographics of Homeownership
    Exploring New Single-Family Financing Ideas
    How HFAs Are Financing Affordable Homeownership in a Complex Time
    Loan Servicing in Today’s Legal and Regulatory Environment
    Managing New and Diverse Single-Family Loan Automation Processes
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    Promoting Homeownership in Underserved Markets
    Proven Strategies for Promoting Single-Family Programs
    Structuring Homeownership Programs in a Competitive Market
    Surviving and Thriving in a Post-Dodd-Frank World
    What’s Working in Homebuyer Education and Counseling

    HR - Human Resources
    Best of HFAs: Human Resources
    Best of HFAs: Operations
    Future Implications of Healthcare Reform for Your Organization
    IT Security Crisis Planning
    Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Security Threats
    Strategies for Increasing Productivity in the Workplace

    IT - Information Technology
    Best of HFAs: Finance
    Best of HFAs: Information Technology
    Best of HFAs: Operations
    Harnessing Technology in Multifamily Development and Asset Management
    IT Forum
    IT Security Crisis Planning
    Managing New and Diverse Single-Family Loan Automation Processes
    Protecting Your Organization from Cyber Security Threats

    LE - Legal
    How HFAs Are Financing Affordable Homeownership in a Complex Time
    Integrated Housing: An Olmstead Discussion
    Loan Servicing in Today’s Legal and Regulatory Environment
    Multifamily Financing Techniques
    Preservation Forum
    Promoting NCSHA’s Priorities in Washington
    Section 811 and Other Ways to Create Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 
    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program
    Surviving and Thriving in a Post-Dodd-Frank World
    Understanding Medicaid Options for Accessing Services

    MI - Management Innovation
    Best of HFAs: Finance
    Best of HFAs: Human Resources
    Best of HFAs: Operations
    Best of HFAs: Rental
    Future Implications of Healthcare Reform for Your Organization
    Managing Your HFA’s Financial Health in the Face of Uncertainty
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    The Science Behind Getting More Done
    Strategies for Increasing Productivity in the Workplace

    RE - Rental
    Assisting Youth and Families in Transition
    Best of HFAs: Rental
    Building Your Organization’s Asset Management Capacity
    Exploring New Single-Family Financing Ideas
    The Future of the Supportive Housing Model
    Harnessing Technology in Multifamily Development and Asset Management
    Integrated Housing: An Olmstead Discussion 
    Multifamily Financing Techniques
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    Preservation Forum
    Rural and Native American Rental Housing Development Strategies
    Section 811 and Other Ways to Create Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 
    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program
    Understanding Medicaid Options for Accessing Services

    SH - Sustainable Housing
    Multifamily Financing Techniques
    Place-Based Development Strategies
    Preservation Forum
    Promoting Homeownership in Underserved Markets
    Rural and Native American Rental Housing Development Strategies
    Stresses and Successes in the Housing Credit Program

    SN - Special Needs Housing
    Assisting Youth and Families in Transition
    Best of HFAs: Special Needs Housing
    The Future of the Supportive Housing Model
    Integrated Housing: An Olmstead Discussion
    Section 811 and Other Ways to Create Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 
    Understanding Medicaid Options for Accessing Services


    Networking Opportunities Abound

    The conversations you have with your housing colleagues in between sessions are vital part of Annual Conference and Showplace.

    Leadership Circle Reception
    Sunday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    By invitation only to HFA executive directors and board members, top affiliate supporters, and top conference sponsors. For more information about joining this prestigious group please contact Phaedra Stoger at pstoger@ncsha.org or 202-624-7710.

    The President’s Reception
    Sunday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Networking Lunch
    Monday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Showplace Happy Hour
    Monday, October 20, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Community Meet-Ups
    Open to HFAs only

    An extension of NCSHA’s online community, Community Meet-Ups provide a venue for in-person discussion with your HFA peers who share a similar professional focus and interests. Exchange best practices, ideas, and experiences, face-to-face.

    Saturday, October 18
    1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Federal Liaisons
    Join Federal Liaisons online community (open to HFA members only)

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Section 8 Contract Administration
    Join Contract Administration online community (open to HFA members only)
    Special Needs Housing
    Join Special Needs Housing online community (open to HFA members only)

    3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Human Resources
    Join Human Resources online community (open to HFA members only)

    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Internal Auditors
    Join Internal Auditors online community (open to HFA members only)
    Multifamily Development
    Join Rental online community (open to HFA members only)

    4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Single-Family Program
    Join Homeownership online community (open to HFA members only)

    Sunday, October 19
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Communications
    Join Communications online community (open to HFA members only)

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    HOME
    Join HOME online community (open to HFA members only)

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Single-Family Servicing

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Human Resources (continued)
    Join Human Resources online community (open to HFA members only)
    Information Technology
    Join Information Technology online community (open to HFA members only)

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Finance
    Join Finance online community (open to HFA members only)
    Legal
    Join Legal online community (open to HFA members only)
    Multifamily Asset Management
     


    GIVE BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

    NCSHA has teamed up with two Boston-area social service agencies that provide support to homeless men and women.

    • Pine Street Inn http://www.pinestreetinn.org/ to collect unused hotel toiletries for its clients. The Inn is the largest provider of permanent supportive housing, emergency shelter, job training, and street outreach for homeless men and women in New England. It welcomes more than 1,600 homeless men and women every day.
    • Help us keep Boston locals warm this winter by donating new winter wear for needy men, women, and children to Friends of Boston’s Homeless http://www.fobh.org/. New gloves and socks of all sizes are needed most, so be sure to tuck a few in your suitcase. Friends of Boston’s Homeless serves over 800 homeless men and women every day and supports solution-oriented programs that help homeless individuals move beyond shelters to live independently in the community.

    .
    Collection bins for both of these activities will be located near the Annual Conference and Showplace registration desk.