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Kevin Kellogg

Executive Officer

Kevin Kellogg has 25 years of housing leadership experience. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from Harvard. He has worked as a practicing architect, an affordable housing consultant, a governmental administrator and an academic. Most recently, he managed the Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion of 491 multifamily units at the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Kellogg is a licensed architect in California and Arizona. He is certified by NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) and is a LEED AP certified professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International. Kellogg was Urban Laureate at Arizona State University’s Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, where he continued as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Real Estate Practice for a number of years.


Joyce Arellano
Program Manager, HOPWA and Shelter Plus Care/Housing Counselor

Joyce was born and raised in Santa Fe. Previously, she worked with the Special Needs Housing Programs and as a Housing Counselor for six years at the Housing Trust. She re-joined The Housing Trust in January of 2012. She is a Certified HQS Inspector and the first of only two people to be certified in HOPWA Management in New Mexico. She has twenty plus years of experience in the real estate title business and her knowledge as a Title Examiner and Researcher is an asset to the organization and our clients. Joyce enjoys camping and spending time with family, friends and her dog.


Ron Chavez
Housing, HECM and Post-Purchase Counselor

Ron has over seven years experience as a housing counselor with the Housing Trust, and eleven years in the field. With over eighteen years of total lending experience, he offers expert advice for potential homeowners. Ron is also an AARP Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor to assist seniors, and manages the Home Buyer Training program.


Maria Ortiz
Certified Housing Counselor and Trainer

Maria has been a Housing Counselor at the Housing Trust since 2006. Maria grew up in a small town in Northern Texas. She moved to Santa Fe in 1994. About eight years ago Maria was a client of the Housing Trust. As a first-time homebuyer, the Housing Trust helped her attain her dream of home ownership. Before working at the Housing Trust, Maria worked for the Santa Fe Public Schools as a bilingual teaching assistant and acquired eight years experience working for Century Bank. When not at work, Maria enjoys dancing and being surrounded by family and friends.

 


Denise Benavidez
Homebuying Servicing, Counseling & Lending Manager

Denise started with the Housing Trust in August of 2016. She brings over 35 years of banking, compliance, documentation and operational experience.  Previous to the Housing Trust, she worked for Valley National Bank as Vice President Credit Administrator, Loan Operation Manager and Security Officer, Century Bank Vice President Quality Control Documentation Manager in addition to many other roles and titles.  She was born and raised in beautiful Northern New Mexico and is excited to work together with the counseling team to fulfill the Home Ownership Dreams of all clients.


Eric Westlake
Controller

Eric brings over twenty-five years of finance and accounting experience with a variety of companies including American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment. He spent eight years serving as the CFO for Catholic Charities and prior to joining the Housing Trust he served as interim CFO for the New Mexico Finance Authority. He holds a BA in mathematics from UCLA and a MBA in finance and marketing from USC. Away from the Housing Trust Eric enjoys walking with his wife and rescue dog as well as writing.


Zach Thomas
Land Use and Development Director

Zach Thomas joined the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust in September 2016. He has extensive experience in all facets of land use and land entitlement, development, project management, regulatory compliance, and program and policy development in California and New Mexico. His proven success in project management and in fostering trust within the local development community and stakeholder groups serve to bolster the Housing Trust’s network of industry participants that has helped build the organization into a premier developer of affordable housing within the greater Santa Fe Community. In his free time, Zach enjoys exploring the local art, music and culinary scenes.


Michael Smith
HOPWA Consultant

Since moving to Santa Fe from New York City in 1992, Michael has been involved with many local and statewide AIDS Service Organizations. Michael was one of the founders of the Northern New Mexico People Living with AIDS Coalition and served as its Executive Director for two years. Michael has also served on the Santa Fe CARES Board of Directors, HIV-Coordinating Council’s Steering Committee, Governor’s AIDS Task Force, and still serves on the Southwest CARE Clinic’s Community Task Force/Advisory Board and AID & Comfort Board of Director. Michael is the author of the Phoenix Rising HIV/AIDS Re-entry Resource Guide that helps individuals with HIV/AIDS to address return to work and re-entry issues and to re-engage in life. In his spare time Michael enjoys traveling and ballroom dance.


James Hicks
Single Family and Land Development

Tierra Contenta Corporation and The Housing Trust have a synergistic relationship formed by the common mission of providing access to affordable housing for Santa Fe residents. The Housing Trust benefits from the expertise offered by Tierra Contenta Corporation’s staff members and the continued provision of affordable building tracts for builders constructing affordably priced homes, including The Housing Trust. The symbiosis of The Housing Trust and the Tierra Contenta Corporation has proven to be instrumental in keeping the largest planned community in Santa Fe alive and able to carry on with its founders’ mission.


Peggy Vasquez
Administrative Assistant

Peggy Vasquez has been an employee of the Housing Trust since 1999. Prior to the Housing Trust she was a Customer Service Relations Manager for BT Housing Inc. and the Administrative Assistant for Tierra Contenta.   Familiar with property development, construction, sales, closing and the lending processes, Peggy handles a variety of tasks including assisting the Development Team, and the revision of files for compliance and documentation. Peggy’s organizational skills and positive, supportive attitude ensures effective customer relations for those looking to purchase a home through the Housing Trust, and plays a key role in the daily success of the Housing Trust and it’s customers.