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Our management team helps to implement the Archdiocese's vision in support of affordable housing throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Leila A. Finucane, J.D., M.U.P.
President

Leila Finucane joined Victory Housing in 2017 after serving as a board member for three years. Ms. Finucane, an attorney, has over 20 years of experience in real estate, affordable housing and community development in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. Ms. Finucane came to Victory Housing from Capital One where she worked in senior manager roles in Market Planning and Execution and Community Development Banking. Prior to Capital One, Leila served as a director at NeighborWorks America, where she led the National Initiatives and Applied Research Division, and as the director of the Department of Housing and Community Development for the District of Columbia (DHCD), where she oversaw the District's affordable housing and community development efforts and the local Housing Regulation Administration during the Fenty administration. Before DHCD, she worked in affordable housing and community development lending and program roles at HSBC Bank USA and Seedco, and practiced commercial real estate law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.

Ms. Finucane holds a Bachelor of Arts in American History and African-American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Urban Planning and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University. Ms. Finucane has received awards and acknowledgements from the DC Building Industry Association, the DC Coalition for Non-profit Housing and Economic Development, the DC Apartment and Office Building Association and MFY Legal Services. Ms. Finucane serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the National Housing Trust Community Development Loan Fund.


John Spencer.John D. Spencer, CPA
Senior Vice President

John Spencer has been with Victory Housing since September, 1993. Mr. Spencer is responsible for directing all of the major operating functions of the organization, including annual financial audits and tax returns, asset management, project financing, fundraising, board relations, public affairs, and strategic planning. During his tenure with Victory Housing, he has helped facilitate and guide the growth of the company to almost $200 million in total assets in 30 affordable housing communities with 2,175 units.

Mr. Spencer has financed over $70 million in debt and equity, through tax-exempt bonds, low-income housing and historic tax credits, the HUD Section 202 program, state and local housing trust fund loans, and FHA mortgage insurance. In addition, he has raised over $30 million in grants from the HUD Section 202 program, Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, local governments, foundations, corporations and individuals, for both operating support and capital projects.

Prior to Victory Housing, Mr. Spencer was director of Multifamily Programs for AHC, Inc., based in Arlington, VA, and a project developer with Humphrey Associates in Columbia, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. Mr. Spencer is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his work at Victory Housing, Mr. Spencer is founder (1991) and past President (1998 - 2005) of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), an association of Washington, D.C. area non-profit and for profit developers and affordable housing professionals that provides technical information and networking opportunities for its members. He is also past President and board member of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. Professional recognitions have included Housing Leadership Award (Virginia Housing Coalition, 2002), Maryland House Resolution #1053 for Affordable Housing Leadership (2005), Lifetime Achievement Award (HAND, 2006), and Finalist, Financial Excellence Awards (Washington Business Journal, 2009).


Jeffrey Blackwell.Jeffrey Blackwell
Vice President, Real Estate Development

Jeff Blackwell joined Victory Housing in 2005. His primary leadership responsibilities include overseeing the financing, design, construction, and lease-up of both existing buildings and new communities. Mr. Blackwell manages architects and engineers, general contractors, and consultants. In addition, he develops and/or coordinates often complex, multi-layered financing strategies to fund VHI's communities. He has a background in taxable and tax-exempt bond financing as well as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, HUD Section 202 program, and other funding sources.

Prior to joining Victory Housing, Mr. Blackwell was a Vice President for Bank of America's Community Development Banking in their lending and historic tax credit equity groups. Responsibilities included providing first mortgage financing, both taxable and tax-exempt, to clients who were building affordable and mixed-income housing. As an Equity Manager, he worked with clients to fund Bank investments in historic properties. Experience also includes working for the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, a nonprofit developer of affordable and mixed-income housing, and the Housing Research Foundation, a research and technical assistance provider for HOPE VI Public Housing Authorities.

Mr. Blackwell earned a Masters of Regional Planning with a specialization in Housing and Community Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sarah's Circle, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC that seeks to create a community that enables elderly persons of limited means to live with dignity.


Sister Irene Dunn.Sr. Irene Dunn
Vice President, Assisted Living Operations

Prior experience as director of 60-room assisted living facility and nursing department supervisor for a 324-bed nursing home. Sr. Irene was the first director of Bartholomew House from opening in July 1998 through June 1999. Masters of Science in administration from University of Notre Dame and a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Neumann College.


David Johnson.David M. Johnson
Director of Marketing and Management

Mr. Johnson has over twenty-five years of healthcare, senior housing and property management experience. Joining Victory Housing in 2015, responsibilities include oversight of marketing, sales, public relations and outreach as well as all aspects of operations and compliance. Prior to joining Victory Housing, Mr. Johnson was Director of Marketing for Kris-Leigh Assisted Living, providing market rate and Medicaid waiver housing to seniors, increasing Kris-Leigh's occupancy by 25% during his tenure. Mr. Johnson specialized in systems creation, development and the implementation of those systems throughout the marketing division.

Mr. Johnson served as Case Manager for Eden Heights Assisted Living in Olean, NY where he successfully advocated for up to 100 residents, overseeing their daily care. Creative financing, operational organization and establishing worship services were among his accomplishments. For Home Care and Hospice of Western NY, Mr. Johnson created and developed both the spiritual and bereavement care divisions. As the chaplain for Home Care and Hospice, Mr. Johnson assisted hundreds of families with the difficulty of various levels of care. As Bereavement Coordinator of Home Care and Hospice of Olean, NY, Mr. Johnson positioned the local chapter to receive unprecedented care and oversight for that region, In 1988, Mr. Johnson earned the Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Good News Award for his work with Hospice.

Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Summit University. He was ordained in October of 1989 and was senior pastor of three churches in his pastoral career. He also was an integral team member in the planting of three new churches. Throughout his ministries, he oversaw major building projects, including worship centers, educational wings, fellowship halls, camp kitchens and dining halls. He also organized volunteer help for various church and camp building projects.

Industry accomplishments include establishing and leading regular, weekly worship services in assisted living homes for 17 years in NY and two years in MD, creating and establishing spiritual and bereavement care coordination for Home Care and Hospice, successful patient advocating and compassionate follow-up care creation for the Western NY region. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for Ethnic-To-Ethnic Ministries, and has served on various church and camp boards throughout his career.


TimurRyspekov.Timur Ryspekov
Senior Asset Manager

Timur Ryspekov joined Victory Housing in October, 2015. In his previous position as acquisition manager for an international grocery chain, Timur was responsible for acquisition and entitlement of retail real estate worth $20 million. Timur holds a Masters of Real Estate Development and a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Michelle Limeres.Michelle Limeres
Controller

Joined Victory Housing December, 1993. Masters of Finance degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration from Trinity College (D.C.). Expert in a number of accounting and spreadsheet software applications. Bilingual (English/Spanish).


Caryn Daniel.Caryn Daniel
Office Manager

Joined Victory Housing in 2002. Ms. Daniel was an owner/operator of a franchise restaurant in Wilmington, NC and was the assistant to the owner of Equity Resource Partners, a for-profit venture capital group located in Vero Beach, Florida.


Joseph Hanle.Joseph Hanle
Director, Bartholomew House

Mr. Hanle joined Victory Housing in May 2012 with over 20 years of supervisory and management experience in the health care industry. Mr. Hanle has worked as a consultant for Wellington Oaks Manor Assisted Living, Gracious Living Assisted Living and served as Program Director for Family Services Foundation. In addition, Mr. Hanle worked at Comfort Keepers, providing both direct care and administrative support for the agency. He has an extensive background in the fields of assisted living and developmental disabilities. Mr. Hanle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland.


Pearl Botchway.Pearl Botchway
Director, Byron House

Pearl has been with Victory Housing since October 2010. She started as a PCA (Personal Care Giver) at Raphael House. She then transferred to Mary's House as a CMT (Certified Medication Technician) and Assistant Director from 2011 - 2012. She also served as an Administrative Assistant at Byron House from 2012 - 2013. In 2013 Pearl was promoted to Assistant Director of Byron House until her recent appointment in April 2016 as the Director of Byron House. Pearl holds a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from Washington Adventist University. She also has certification as an Assisted Living Manager (ALM). Pearl enjoys cooking travelling and her family.


Meg DeSchriver.Meg DeSchriver
Director, Grace House

Meg DeSchriver joined Victory Housing in March, 2006, as the first Director of Grace House, after 18 years of experience in assisted living, adult day care, and therapeutic and recreational activities for senior citizens. Past employers have included Brooke Grove Foundation, The Washington Home, The Presbyterian Home, and Montgomery County. Ms. DeSchriver has a Master of Arts degree in Recreation from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in Recreation Administration and Psychology from the University of North Carolina.


Nellia Kaiyo.Nellia Kaiyo
Director, Raphael House

Nellia Kaiyo joined Victory Housing in 2010. Ms. Kaiyo began her career with Victory Housing as a Resident Services Director at Byron House, then advanced to an Assistant Director at Grace House and now serves as Director at Raphael House. She brings a decade of experience working with older adults in Long Term Care and Assisted Living. Past employers have included Genesis Rehabilitation Services and Emeritus. Ms. Kaiyo holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe.


Elisabeth Orchard.Elisabeth Orchard
Director, Malta House

Ms. Orchard joined Victory Housing in May 2010 as the Assistant Director of Raphael House and assumed the Director's position at Malta House in December 2010. She brings 15 years of experience working with older adults in all aspects of human services and assisted living facilities management.

Prior to coming to Victory Housing, Ms. Orchard was the Administrator at Springvale Terrace Retirement Community in Silver Spring. She also worked at the Life Crisis Center, Salisbury, MD, the Area Agency on Aging on the Eastern Shore, and The Lutheran Village at Harbor Pointe, Salisbury, MD.

Ms. Orchard holds a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management from the College of Notre Dame of Baltimore, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria, Canada and an Activity Director Associate Degree from Ridgewater College in Minnesota.


Marcy Hunter.Marcy Hunter
Director, Marian Assisted Living

Marcy Hunter joined Victory Housing in April 2012 as the Director of Marian Assisted Living. She brings twenty years of experience working with older adults in Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Adult Day Health Care. Past employers have included The Methodist Home of D.C., Seabury Resources for Aging, Asbury Methodist Village and The Alzheimer's Family Day Center. Ms. Hunter holds a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration, Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.


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