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Housing. Education. Community.

At MHAGH, we are committed to affordable housing, engaging residents and continuing development in the Greater Hartford area.

STAFF

Catherine MacKinnon, Executive Director

Deborah L. Broaden, Program Manager of Educational Resources & Services

Sonia Diaz, Administrative Assistant

Juan Fernández, Deputy Director of Property Management

Mary Fields, Administrative Assistant

Betzy Rios Flores, Administrative Assistant

Wilma L. Guzmán, 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 Specialist


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Catherine MacKinnon

Executive Director

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cmackinnon@mutualhousing.org

Cathy joined MHAGH as Executive Director in April 1992. Since then, she has assisted the organization in developing 365 units in 10 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.

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Deborah Broaden

Program Manager of Educational Services & Resources

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dbroaden@mutualhousing.org

Deborah joined MHAGH in 2015 to manage the education and resident initiative programs. Her primary focus is on increasing community impact through leadership programs, financial education, and homebuyer education. MHAGH is one of a handful of certified Ready to Rent© educators. Deborah brings years of experience in social programs and consumer lending, and willingness to work one-on-one with clients to help them achieve financial stability and money management skills.

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Sonia Diaz

Administrative Assistant

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sdiaz@mutualhousing.org

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Juan Fernández

Deputy Director of Property Management

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jfernandez@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Mary Fields

Administrative Assistant

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mfields@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Betzy Rios Flores

Administrative Assistant

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bflores@mutualhousing.org

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 with 16 years of experience in the medical field. She brings the character of caring and helping to her interactions with the MHAGH community.

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Wilma L. Guzmán

Senior Property Manager

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wguzman@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Samantha J. Hills

Data & Communications Coordinator

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sjhills@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Carmen Mercado

Administrative Assistant

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cmercado@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Sarah Miner

Director of Real Estate Development

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sarahminer@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Margarita Plaks

Property Staff Accountant

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mplaks@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Jonathan Rodriguez

Maintenance Coordinator

860-951-7217

jrodriguez@mutualhousing.org

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MARY SAMPSON

Leasing & Compliance Officer

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msampson@mutualhousing.org

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.

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Sharon Stimson

Senior Accountant

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sstimson@mutualhousing.org

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.

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José Vargas

Director of Property Management

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jvargas@mutualhousing.org

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).

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Liz Velázquez

Leasing Supervisor

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lvelazquez@mutualhousing.org

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.