At MHAGH, we are committed to affordable housing, engaging residents and continuing development in the Greater Hartford area.
Catherine MacKinnon, Executive Director
Deborah L. Broaden, Director of Housing Education & Engagement
Sonia Diaz, Administrative Assistant
Juan Fernández, Deputy Director of Property Management
Mary Fields, Administrative Assistant
Betzy Rios Flores, Administrative Assistant
Wilma L. Guzmán, Senior Property Manager
Samantha J. Hills, Data & Communications Coordinator
Carmen Mercado, Administrative Assistant
Sarah Miner, Director of Real Estate Development
Margarita Plaks, Property Staff Accountant
Jonathan Rodriguez, Maintenance Coordinator
Mary Sampson, Leasing & Compliance Officer
Sharon Stimson, Senior Accountant
José L. Vargas, Director of Property Management
Liz Velázquez, Leasing Supervisor
Cathy joined MHAGH as Executive Director in April 1992. Since then, she has assisted the organization in developing 450 units and 12 properties and raising more than $80 million in grants and equity for these developments. Cathy holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Urban Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Deborah joined MHAGH in 2015. Her primary focus is increasing community impact through leadership programs; resident services; homebuyer education; and financial education, including credit repair and awareness. Deborah is a certified Ready to Rent© educator and she directs all aspects of MHAGH community outreach. Deborah brings 13 years of executive experience in a nonprofit housing agency, where she managed multiple State and Federal Housing Assistance Programs designed for low-to-moderate income households. During her 40 year span in the banking industry, she ensured Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance for 8 states. She shares her extensive knowledge and is willing to work one-on-one to help clients achieve financial stability through money management skills.
Juan joined MHAGH in March 2017. He assists the Director in all aspects of property management, and monitors the day-to-day operations of the division. He has over seven years of experience as a property manager, where he developed budgets, managed a staff of 11, and oversaw a portfolio of 380 units. Juan holds a Tax Credit Specialist (TCS) certification.
Mary joined MHAGH in 1996 as administrative support. She ensures the office operates smoothly, is responsible for office organization, and completes a variety of clerical and data entry tasks. Mary is the first point of contact for many residents, clients, and partners; and she delivers exceptional customer service to all who call or come through the door.
Betzy joined MHAGH in May 2017. She is responsible for the smooth operation of the Leasing Office and completes a variety of administrative tasks. She is the first point of contact for many residents and comes to MHAGH with 16 years of experience in medical assisting. She brings the character of caring and helping to her interactions with the MHAGH community.
Wilma joined MHAGH in October 2007. She is responsible for overseeing the management of the MHAGH portfolio. Wilma has 15 years of property management experience. She is a certified Specialist in Housing Credit Management® (SHCM®), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), and holds an Associate of Accounting degree from Capital Community College.
Samantha joined MHAGH in June 2017. Her primary focus is developing evaluation and reporting tools to improve operational processes and increase occupancy and resident satisfaction. Samantha is responsible for branding and marketing in addition to data collection, analysis, and reporting. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.P.A., both from the University of Connecticut.
Carmen joined MHAGH in May 2017. She increases operational efficiency by offering administrative support to multiple departments, including compliance, where she holds a Tax Credit Specialist (TCS) certification. She brings experience from both public and nonprofit settings, including the Hartford Public School system. Carmen is currently earning an Associate of Social Work degree, and plans to ultimately pursue an M.S.W.
Sarah joined MHAGH in 2011. Since then, she has been responsible for harmonizing various aspects of MHAGH's operations. As the lead on real estate development, Sarah manages projects from concept through post-construction, including securing funding and overseeing the development team. She is also responsible for coordinating the human resource and information technologies functions for MHAGH. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from New York University and an M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Margarita joined MHAGH in 2013. She supports the accounting department and is responsible for many accounting functions including accounts payable, bank reconciliations, and reporting. Margarita brings over 30 years of accounting experience. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Minsk University of Technology in Belarus and a Certificate of Accounting from Tunxis Community College.
Jonathan joined MHAGH in 2009. He is responsible for managing a team of 9 while coordinating all repairs, apartment turnovers, landscaping, and snow removal. Before coming to MHAGH, Jonathan worked in construction. He holds a certification as a Computer Repair and Network Technician from Instituto de Banca y Comercio in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mary joined MHAGH in 2000 and is responsible for occupancy and compliance standards for the MHAGH portfolio. She builds relationships with funders by ensuring compliance and maintaining records for several state and federal regulatory agencies. She came to MHAGH with 20 years of property and asset management experience. Mary holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Home Economics, both from Hood College; and an M.S. in Housing and Consumer Sciences from Colorado State University.
Sharon joined MHAGH in September 2017. She is responsible for all aspects of the accounting functions. Her responsibilities include managing month-end close, preparing financial statements, budget analysis, and budget development through collaboration with management. Sharon brings over 25 years of accounting experience in the real estate and manufacturing industries. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
José joined MHAGH as Director of Property Management in 2007. Since then, he has been responsible for all aspects of MHAGH's property management division, including marketing, leasing, budgeting, fiscal management, maintenance functions, resident safety, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of HUD and LIHTC housing programs. José has more than 20 years of property management experience and holds the following certifications: Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), Public Housing Manager (PHM), Affordable Housing Manager (AHM) and Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS).
Liz joined MHAGH in 2013. Her primary responsibility is leasing, including ensuring tenant eligibility and compliance. Liz is often the first point of contact for applicants, and her previous experience in excellent customer service is exhibited in her attention to detail, and concern for future tenants. She holds a Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), and Fair Housing training and certification.