Developing quality housing for older adults takes focused and diligent efforts of a very dedicated team. Take a moment to read about some of the most talented people in the business of developing and managing quality affordable housing for older adults.
Mary joined PEP Housing in October 2004 as the Executive Director. Prior to joining the organization, Mary worked in nonprofit administration, mostly for educational and social service organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and started her career as an Auditor for a public accounting firm. She founded a non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, located in Petaluma. Rebuilding Together is dedicated to providing home repairs at no cost to seniors and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to remain in their homes. Mary also served as a Petaluma City Councilmember. She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a licensed real estate broker. She has a MBA in Business Administration and a BS degree in Management. Mary served on the Board of Directors for Leading Age, California as Vice President on both the Housing and Public Policy Cabinets. Mary has volunteered with Red Cross since 2003 and serves as a Disaster Action Team Supervisor. She is a Commissioner with Marin County Parks and Open Spaces. When Mary is not busy at PEP, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, dogs, chickens, ducks, deer and goats.
Sharon Patchin, Director of Human Resources
Sharon joined PEP Housing in December 2017. Her experience in human resources spans 25+ years working in various industries. Sharon owned a consulting firm, focusing on start-up and small companies that needed support in managing the “human” and “compliance” sides of their businesses. Sharon was a proud member of the Army Reserves from 1986-2001. She worked as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army in the role of Unit Administrator for the 1036th Reserve Forces School in Farrell, Pennsylvania. She was a Staff Sergeant (E-6) at the time of her honorable discharge in 2002. Sharon graduated magna cum laude in 2011, earning her BA in Sociology and Human Resources. Her certifications include Senior Professional Human Resources, California (SPHR-CA) and Society of Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and the California Law HR Specialty credential. Sharon belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Northern California HR Association (NCHRA), Northern Arizona HR Association (NAHRA) and Northern Nevada HR Association (NNHRA). When she is not working at PEP, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends on the west and east coasts.
Kathryn Gross, Executive Assistant – Joined PEP Housing in October 2016
Marilyn Buono – Resident Services Manager – Joined PEP Housing in September 2018
Marilyn joined PEP Housing in September 2018 as a Resident Services Coordinator (RSC), empowering residents with information and referrals, navigating access to resources, and actively supporting residents to live independently in their homes while thriving in their communities. Marilyn was promoted to Resident Services Manager in 2020, overseeing an ever-growing staff and the many department programs they bring to our seniors. Prior to joining PEP, she worked for Petaluma People Services as a Senior Case Worker. She comes to PEP with extensive case management experience. Her passion is to help others and meet people from all walks of life. Marilyn has her BS degree in Social Work, focusing in areas related to mental health, developmental disabilities and seniors living on limited incomes. Marilyn is an active member in her community in Ukiah, working as a Senior Peer Counselor and Hospice Volunteer, and serving on the Board of West Company.
Erin Hoffman – Resident Services Coordinator for residents at Caulfield Lane, Daniel Drive, Duplex, Kellgren, Lieb & Vallejo Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in February 2003
Matthew Distefano – Resident Services Coordinator for residents at Orange Tree Senior Apartments, Oroville, CA – Joined PEP Housing in July 2021
Victoria Gulley – Resident Services Coordinator for residents at Acacia Lane, Vigil Light and Toussin Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in April 2022
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 Wallen, Director of Housing Development
Jim joined PEP Housing in December 2017 as the Director of Housing Development. He comes from a family that has been in the real estate and construction industries for decades. Jim has over 30 years of experience in cross enterprise operations management, sales and marketing. Jim brings an innovative, results-driven professional leadership style creating fluid team dynamics, effective solutions-oriented problem solving and construction development management. He graduated from Chico State University in Business Administration Financing, with an emphasis in Real Estate Management.
Bryan S. Hall, Project Manager – Joined PEP Housing in December 2018
Iris Sunia, Assistant Project Manager – Joined PEP Housing in April 2022
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.
Steve Lucanic, Director of Finance
Steve joined PEP Housing in April 2022 as the Director of Finance. Steve comes to PEP Housing with years of finance and accounting experience. He is a long-time Santa Rosa resident and has worked in various industries overseeing the finance and accounting areas. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from California State University, Fresno. He was the director for the Boys & Girls Club, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa Youth Soccer League, and Toastmasters. Steve was also recognized in Army Stars & Stripes for manually “saving automated payroll after shutdown” at Fort Ord. Additionally, he is a film and stage actor, performing in Corked (2009), Hello Dolly, Paint Your Wagon and Guys & Dolls.
Amanda Cook, Bookkeeper – Joined PEP Housing in April 2016
Kathy Bellefeuille, Senior Accountant/Payroll Specialist – Joined PEP Housing in February 2019
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 joined PEP Housing in August 2010. He is a native Californian, having deep roots in Sonoma County. Dominic has worked in the property management industry for over 20 years and has a broad range of experience in the affordable housing industry. He is dedicated to helping people, often volunteering in the community. He is driven to provide senior residents with caring, compassionate, and outstanding service. His focus during his time with PEP Housing has been on the property management & compliance side of the organization.
Jennifer Harris, Operations Manager – Joined PEP Housing in February 2018
Jennifer joined PEP Housing in February 2018. She has 11 years of experience in compliance and property management, coming to PEP Housing as the Property Compliance Specialist. Jen was promoted into her current role as Operations Manager in 2019, overseeing PEP’s portfolio of properties and staff.
Michael Engel – Property Management Coordinator – Joined PEP Housing in August 2021. Michael oversees Toussin Senior Apartments.
Lisa Morrow – Property Compliance Specialist – Joined PEP Housing in April 2022.
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, process annual re-certifications, and conduct 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.
Debbie Antonsen – Mountain View Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in March 2006
Dan Linberg – Vallejo Street Senior Apartments, 575 & 579 – Joined PEP Housing in December 2008
Morgan Lemos – Edith Street, Don Bennett, and Fisher I and II Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in January 2014
Erika Frank – Richard Lieb Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in January 2015
Mauricio Felix – Kellgren Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing April 2016
Erin Rehberg – Casa Grande Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in February 2020
Sally Boughton – Sun House Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in August 2017
Lisa Sampaio – Orange Tree Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in April 2019
Diana Williams – Vigil Light Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in July 2021
Maribeth D’Amato – Caulfield Lane, Herb Lee and Duplex Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in October 2019
Lyle Chambers – Acacia Lane Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in December 2021
River City Senior Apartments – Enthusiastically awaiting to fill role and open our doors to new residents.
Linda Tunis Senior Apartments – Enthusiastically awaiting to fill role and open our doors to new residents.
Pony Express Senior Apartments – Enthusiastically awaiting to fill role and open our doors to new residents.
PEP Housing employs maintenance staff to ensure our properties and residents have the highest level of care available, ranging from the beautiful landscaping to replacing appliances to preparing a unit for a new resident who has waited for an opening for up to five years.
Pam joined PEP Housing in May 2012. She moved up through the ranks from janitor to Director of Maintenance. She oversees staff and maintenance for all PEP locations, coming to the organization with extensive experience in the field of maintenance. Pam ensures our properties are well maintained and apartment turnovers are perfect for each individual patiently waiting, sometimes up to five years, to move into one of our beautiful units.
Scott Jacobi – Maintenance Supervisor – Joined PEP Housing in March 2019
Randy Miller – Maintenance Technician – Joined PEP Housing in September 2016
Jim Easter – Maintenance Technician, Sun House Senior Apartments – Joined PEP Housing in June 2018
Frank Peralto – Maintenance Technician – Joined PEP Housing in August 2017, left in 2018, and rejoined in June 2021.
Chris Williams – Maintenance Technician – Joined PEP Housing in May 2022.