Developing quality housing for older adults takes focused, diligent efforts of a very dedicated team. Take a moment to read about some of the most talented people in the business of developing quality affordable housing for older adults.
Mary Stompe has been serving as PEP Housing’s Executive Director since 2004. Prior to joining PEP Housing, Ms. Stompe worked in nonprofit administration, mostly for educational and social service organizations. She started her career as a Certified Public Accountant working as an Auditor for a Public Accounting Firm. She founded Rebuilding Together, Petaluma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing seniors and people with disabilities with no cost home repairs, allowing them to remain in their homes. Ms. Stompe has also served as a Petaluma City Councilmember. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Senior Professional in Human Resources, and a real estate broker. She has an MBA in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She serves on the Board of Directors for Leading Age, California as Treasurer and serves as the Chair for the Housing Subcommittee. Most recently, Stompe was awarded the Outstanding Advocacy award by Leading Age, a national association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. Stompe is an avid runner and volunteers for many nonprofit organizations. She also enjoys spending time with her son, husband, dogs, chickens, ducks and goats.
With extensive experience in the administrative and customer service fields, Kathryn comes with a cheerful outlook and enjoys helping others. Kathryn has always wanted to work for a company that makes a positive impact in people’s lives. She is a big believer that humanity and our planet are in need of more love and compassion. She is grateful to be part of PEP Housing’s incredible mission in helping our aging population with affordable housing. In her spare time Kathryn likes hiking with friends, going to the movies and gardening.
The Department of Housing Development is responsible for creating new affordable housing opportunities for PEP Housing. The department identifies potential acquisitions, conducts feasibility studies and entitlement work, obtains financing, and oversees construction. In order to best serve the needs of the very low-income population, the department works diligently to stay on the cutting edge of innovation in terms of both financing and construction methods. The department also works with for-profit developers of larger projects, providing project enhancement and management expertise in the affordable housing arena, allowing both parties to achieve individual and mutual objectives.
Jim Langford joined PEP Housing as a Board Member in 1998 and now oversees all of PEP Housing’s development in his position as Director of Housing Development. During the time he was a Board Member, Mr. Langford was employed by Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority as their Construction Manager. He worked closely with the Executive Director and Director of Development on obtaining HUD funding to complete two 50-home multi-family reservation sites. Mr. Langford applied for and received a $950,000 CIAP grant for 13 different reservations and supervised the rehabilitation and home replacement program under an additional grant provided by HUD. Prior to this position, Mr. Langford worked for NCHP as their Construction Maintenance Coordinator and was in charge of 835 Section 8 and HUD 236 units in the San Francisco and Richmond areas. Mr. Langford has a certificate for Construction Management, a C-10 inactive State License, and numerous years of hands-on experience with construction. He is a licensed contractor and has passed his ICBO building, plumbing, and electrical State exams. Most recently, Mr. Langford was awarded “Outstanding Contribution by an Affordable Housing Maintenance Professional” by the Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
In his earlier years he was in the logging/road construction/sawmill trade and performed in the Industrial Electrician field. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, US Army. He attended school at Elk Creek High and attended Butte College. He is an honorary member of the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department where he held a Captain position. His hobbies are camping in the Sierra and riding his mule, Holly.
Christina Salenger, Housing Development Coordinator
Christina joined PEP in Spring 2014 in the Financial Department. She has recently been promoted to the Development Department. Christina has been a Petaluma resident for over 20 years and has over 10 years of accounting experience which she loves because “it keeps you on your toes” with constant deadlines and new ways to do things. She enjoys her new home, hiking, running, walking her dog, going on motorcycle rides with her husband, and being a mom.
Itzel joined PEP Housing in July 2015. She graduated from Sonoma State in May of 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as a first-generation college student. Growing up Itzel continuously lived in low-income communities in Santa Rosa. She is a product of low-income housing and numerous low-income programs. Thus volunteering and advocating for programs that are minimizing inequalities in low-income communities are a passion of hers. On her free time, you can finding watching her brothers play soccer, hiking, reading, or enjoying frozen yogurt. Itzel is grateful for the opportunity to join the PEP Housing team and is excited for the years ahead of her!
The Department of Finance is responsible for all the financial affairs of the organization, including preparation of periodic financial statements and acting as liaison with the organization’s independent auditors. The department maintains effective internal controls that guarantee the safeguarding of company assets.
Years ago, Sibyl Lister had a special affinity for her great aunt, and that strong relationship provided a lesson early on in her adult life about challenges that face older adults. She fulfilled a desire from back then of working with seniors to make a difference in their lives when she joined PEP in March of 2006 as Finance Director. Prior to joining PEP Housing, she was a self-employed CPA for 10 years, while providing all phases of Controller/CFO services and management advisory services. Earlier, Ms. Lister worked as a Senior Auditor with a Marin CPA firm conducting audits and reviews for a diverse client base. Ms. Lister attended Golden Gate University where she received a B.A. with honors in Accounting.
Sibyl has been active with the schools through PTAs and Site Councils over the years and with other non profits for some volunteer events along the way, including PEP’s Relay for Life team. Sibyl says: “I am proud of all of us for the job we do and I enjoy all the staff. It’s nice to do something worthwhile for the community.”
Karen Garrity began working for PEP Housing as the Accounts Specialist in 2004 and shortly after added the title & responsibilities of Office Manager. She loves working with numbers and using her organizational skills. Prior to her work at PEP, Karen worked as an Accounts Manager for seniors at a non-profit in Marin.
Having lived in Petaluma for over 30 years, Karen enjoys the ‘small town feel’ of the community. Residing and also working locally, Karen looks forward to work each day, where the staff is like family to her. Karen’s main responsibilities at PEP include handling the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable for the seven separate property entities under PEP management. She monitors and maintains accounting spreadsheets for the current development projects as well as tracking donations from fundraising efforts.
Karen’s leisure time is spent enjoying family and friends. She also likes bowling, sewing, and traveling. A perfect day for Karen would be spent with her family on a tropical beach, a dream she brings to life as often as she can.
Amanda was born and raised in Sonoma County and lives in a rural area of the County with her fiancé Lucas and 3 year old daughter Sofia. The family likes to camp and cook on their leisure time. Amanda attended Santa Rosa Jr. College with a focus on accounting that led to her position as Assistant Bookkeeper at PEP Housing. Amanda says, “I am extremely happy to work at PEP and assist with PEP’s mission for our seniors.”
Chris joined the PEP Housing team in June of 2016, and is proud to be a member of the organization. Prior to joining PEP Chris served in the United States Coast Guard for four years, and attended Golden Gate University. She graduated in early 2016 with a BA in Business Management and is currently attending GGU School of Law and plans on graduating in 2019. By pursuing her legal education, she has made a personal commitment to providing support, guidance, and compassion to individuals within our community. In 2013, Chris moved to Sonoma County from Detroit, Michigan as an active-duty member of the USCG. Chris has fallen in love with all that this area offers, including her colleagues here at PEP Housing. Chris says, “I am thankful that I have found a warm and inviting place with PEP. I look forward to many more wonderful years as part of this team.”
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & COMPLIANCE
The Department of Property and Compliance works to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations that govern PEP properties. The Department maintains a complete and thorough understanding of all regulations related to property management and fair housing, ensures the implementation of such regulations, and completes all required reporting.
Dominic Roybal is a Sonoma County native with deep roots within Sonoma County. Dominic is dedicated to helping people and often volunteers in the community. Dominic has a drive to provide senior residents with caring, compassionate, and outstanding service. Dominic has been with PEP for the past two years in the Property Management Department, and he has specifically focused on the property management & compliance sector of the organization. Dominic has served in the property management industry for over nine years and has a broad range of experience in the affordable housing industry.
Kerrily brings to PEP Housing nearly a decade of experience in this important area. PEP Housing is proud of its reputation of setting high standards for maintenance and management of its properties and for getting consistently high marks from investors and government agencies on inspections and audits. In spite of the sometimes stressful and demanding duties of her position, Kerrily manages to carry out her responsibilities with a warm personality and calm demeanor. Kerrily has also had training as a professional pastry chef. Needless to say, her co-workers have taken note and are anxiously awaiting a tasting!
ON-SITE PROPERTY MANAGERS
PEP Housing employs resident managers that live and work on-site at PEP Housing’s larger properties. Managers oversee the day-to-day operations of the properties, annual re-certifications, and the periodic inspections of units, ensuring compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements. Managers also work regularly with residents to establish a sense of community and to ensure that their needs are being met on a daily basis.
“February 13, 2014 I completed 8 years with PEP, 3 years managing Vallejo Street and 5 years here at Casa. Before coming to PEP I made the decision to have my next job be more about service than career. So when I saw the opening at Vallejo for a resident manager, it was the right time and the right fit and I would be serving seniors and learning to be one. What a concept! It has been challenging and rewarding and I’m still doing it.”
Fern has been resident manager at Edith Street Apartments with PEP for 14 years. A fun fact about Fern: Earlier in her career, Fern lived and worked in Anaco, Venezuela for 17 years. Fern has done this type of work for 22 years, and hasn’t tired of it yet. She proudly says “I still enjoy helping my seniors.”
Debbie Antonsen, Property Manager – Mountain View Apartments
“I joined the PEP Housing staff in the fall of 2005, initially as the Resident Manager at Boulevard apartments. After about a year, I transferred to Mountain View apartments. Before I joined PEP Housing I worked as a private in-home care personal assistant for seniors. I have always had a passion for working with seniors. This past seven years PEP has been wonderful. I still love my work. My favorite is interacting with residents daily. When not on the job, I enjoy my family, gardening and scrapbooking.”
Dan Linberg, Property Manager –Vallejo Street Senior Apartments
Dan says: “For the past five years, it has been a great pleasure to be a member of the PEP team offering quality, safe housing for the increasingly vulnerable low-income senior community. Most of my business career has been involved with retail management, with the longest stretch of time being part of the management team at one of the first independent paperback bookstores in the country. With 100,000 titles in its database, the job often felt like Christmas everyday with the joy of being surrounded by the best and the brightest co-workers and clientele.
My first Resident Manager experience was with HUD-subsidized Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto, California. My son had the unique experience to spend three years of his young life in this unique environment and I feel the experience has shaped him into a wonderful, caring adult.”
“I joined the PEP team in November 2012 and am proud to be a part of such an outstanding staff. I love working with seniors and am dedicated to providing low-income seniors a wonderful place to call home. For the three years prior to working at Acacia, I was the property manager at another affordable senior housing complex in Santa Rosa. Before that, I worked for two non-profits (in Stockton and San Francisco) that provided supportive housing to people with psychiatric disabilities. I grew up in the Boston area, but have lived in California for over twenty years. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing Scrabble and other games, and wolking around Spring Lake.”
Morgan is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College with a major in psychology. She loves the outdoors including hiking, biking and camping. We’re delighted to have Morgan on our team. Her enthusiasm for our mission and her cheerful outgoing nature is a winning combination for this key position!
“I was born and raised in Petaluma and I don’t see myself leaving this town any time soon! I really love working for an organization that has a solution to a problem in my neighborhood”
Erika Frank is a longtime resident of Sonoma County. She went to Petaluma High then received her AA in Liberal Arts from Oregon Institute of Technology and has an extensive background in office administration. She lived 15 years in Bodega Bay raising her two children and loved every moment. She feels blessed to be with PEP Housing and all the incredible work we do with our seniors. Erika spends her free time doing landscape and artistic photography and loves to bake. Especially Pies!
Mauricio has always enjoyed working with seniors. He began his career in property management in 2007. Since then, Mauricio has continued to help families in affordable housing. Mauricio was selected to be part of the year long “New Ventures of Leadership” program by the American Society on Aging during 2007-2008 year. In 2000 he had the good fortune to purchase a house and move to Petaluma. This gave Mauricio the opportunity to attend Santa Rosa Junior College and focus on business administration while working full time. Now, Mauricio says, “I am very grateful and fortunate to be part of this great team working for PEP Housing and of course helping its residents.”
Jennifer Knox, Property Manager – Orange Tree Senior Apartments, Oroville
Jennifer says: “I joined the PEP team just after Orange Tree opened its doors and am proud to be a part of such an outstanding staff. I love working with seniors and am dedicated to providing low-income seniors a wonderful place to call home. I have a background in managing affordable, multi-family, tax credit and rural development properties.”
Erin began working at PEP Housing in 2003 as an Administrative Assistant. In July 2005 she became Resident Services Coordinator. She is a dedicated advocate for all seniors, and works tirelessly on their behalf to attend to whatever needs they may have.
“I enjoy serving the senior residents throughout PEP Housing, and I have found that some have been my greatest teachers. They teach me to listen and live in the moment.”
“I have worked at PEP Housing since 2006 as an Administrative Assistant and recently became a Resident Services Coordinator for Acacia Lane Senior Apartments in Santa Rosa. It is a privilege and a joy to work with our seniors in this new PEP community. PEP’s Resident Services Coordinators provide our residents with “one-stop shopping” by assessing their individual needs and providing them with direction and assistance for accessing everything they need to continue living independently with confidence, security and dignity.”
Lynndee Caput, Resident Services Coordinator
A resident of Oroville for the past 19 years, Lynndee Caput had been active in several capacities. She is a fitness and exercise instructor, an adult education teacher and an advocate for seniors. She enjoys facilitating programs and performing community outreach and stays current on resources for adults and seniors. She is a volunteer peer leader with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI through Chico State University for the Oroville Chapter. Lynndee also has experience in the social services field for medical and community based settings.
Lynndee says: “Working for PEP Housing in Oroville is an exciting opportunity to help support and improve the quality of life of the residents who call Orange Tree their home. As the Resident Services Coordinator, it is a privilege to empower the residents, build community and to provide the services that assist them in living independent and active lives.”
Pam is PEP’s newest addition to the PEP Maintenance team in 2012, and has already earned the honor of Employee of the Year! She is very proud to be employed by PEP and agrees with her colleague’s assessment: She is a great fit. She obviously enjoys her job, and loves the relationships she has made with her co-workers and the residents of PEP Housing. It really shows to all who know her: She wears a cheerful smile seemingly at all times.
Anthony is a member of the indispensible maintenance team at PEP. Without his dedicated work, the pristine PEP properties would not look as they do every day. He is from Marin and is in-between studies at Santa Rosa Junior College. His interests and talents are quite varied as an outdoorsman and athlete, and he has a love of all forms of bicycling, working on bikes and engines. Being out in nature is where Anthony’s heart is. Whether it’s sport fishing, diving for abalone out at Black Rock or Anchor Bay, or hunting boar out at Lake Sonoma, all these are all likely places Anthony will spend his free time.
Keith Cavasso, Maintenance Supervisor
Keith joined PEP Housing in 2014 as a Maintenance Technician. As a former project manager for a construction company, glazier and carpenter, Keith brings a wealth of experience to the maintenance team at PEP.
Chris is pleased to be the latest addition to the PEP Housing maintenance team. He has an extensive and well-rounded experience in construction. Chris spends his time with his children and enjoys live music and events generally squeezing the most out of life.
Randy is pleased to be a new member of the PEP Housing family. Randy Said, “I look forward to the opportunities PEP Housing has to offer.” Randy lives with hi wife of 10 years, stepdaughter and dog.
Howard Nine, Maintenance Technician I – Orangetree
After Howard saw the job posting for a maintenance technician at PEP Housing, he knew he had to sieze the opportunity to work for an agency whose primary purpose is to help others. Howard has a lot of maintenance experience and felt he was a good fit for the position. Howard said ” It gives me great joy and purpose to give 100% to PEP Housing.”