Kurt Aldinger currently serves as President of the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW). As the Public Housing Manager at Flagstaff Housing Authority, Kurt is responsible for operations management, budgets and regulatory compliance of its properties. Kurt has been involved with AHMA-PSW Board for over 18 years and has earned certifications for Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), Fair Housing Compliance (FHC), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM), Registered Apartment Management (RAM) and TAX Credit Specialist. Kurt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from Northern Arizona University.
President Elect / Vice President of Training
Gabriela Chavez is President Elect and currently holds the position of Vice President of Training, for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW), which is responsible for all activities of the Association relating to educational development. As the Director of Compliance at Goldrich Kest, Gabriela is responsible for development and implementation of Goldrich Kest compliance policies and procedures of its properties. Gabriela has been involved with AHMA-PSW board for over 10 years and has earned her Fair Housing Compliance (FHC), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) and National Affordable Housing Professional Certification-Executive (NAHP-e).
Secretary / Treasurer
Carey Heyman currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW). Carey is a CPA and Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA). He provides accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services to the real estate industry. Carey also consults with individuals, large family groups, and owners of closely held businesses on all aspects of tax, estate and retirement planning.
Carey is involved in several associations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) and Urban Land Institute. Carey has participated in the following: Urban Land Institute’s Opportunity Zone Panel (June 2019), AHMA-PSW’s 42nd Annual Conference & Expo, Tax Reform (May 2019), AHMA-PSW’s 41st Annual Seminar & Trade Show, Budgeting and Forecasting (May 2018) and AHMA-PSW’s 37th Annual Seminar & Trade Show, Fraud in the Workplace (May 2014).
Carey holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Arizona, with a double-major in Accounting and Marketing.
Anthony Sandoval currently serves as President and CEO of WSH Management, Inc., formerly known as Western Seniors Housing, Inc. Prior to joining WSH Management, Inc., Mr. Sandoval held various senior level positions to include; Regional Director of Operations for Alterra Healthcare, Vice-President Controller and later Vice-President of Operations of ARV Assisted Living, Inc. Mr. Sandoval has been involved in senior housing for over 30 years and has a diverse background in all facets of operations, to include finance, development, and management. Mr. Sandoval served as an officer and a Board Member of the SAGE Council (formerly known as the 55+ Housing Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California) for 14 years.
Mr. Sandoval currently serves as Board Member, and was the 2019 President of the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW). Mr. Sandoval proudly holds the designations of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) both from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as the designation of National Affordable Housing Professional – Executive (NAHPE) from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). Mr. Sandoval has a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from California State University at Fullerton.
Vice President of Membership
Debbie Atilano currently holds the position of Vice President of Membership for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW), where she is responsible for the activities of the Association relating to matters impacting members together with those activities involving Associate/vendor members. She began her career in Affordable Housing in 1985 as an on-site Manager for a small Section 8 community. Debbie then moved off site as Occupancy Specialist and was promoted to Property Supervisor. Debbie started with RPK Development in 1997 as a Property Supervisor and currently holds the position of Director of Property Management. She oversees the day to day operations of the property management division as she works closely with all City, County, State and Federal regulatory agencies.
Debbie joined the AHMA-PSW board of directors in 2000 and was President of the organization from 2006 to 2007. She was awarded AHMA-PSW’s highest honor, The Clive Graham Memorial Award in 2012.
Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Julia Moore is the VP, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW).
Julia is currently a Regional Manager at WSH Management, Inc. more than 30 years in property management, most of which is in the affordable housing industry. Julia is on the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Foundation, The Council on SAGE of the Building Industry Association and is active with a non-profit, Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. Julia has a number of certifications that include Real Estate Broker, NCP-Exec, HCCP, SHCM, Notary Public, and a Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO).
Director of Education
Michelle Cuevas is Director of Education for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW), where she assists the Vice President/Training to develop appropriate topics for educational programs and membership meetings. As the Operations Administrator for TELACU Residential Management, Inc., she is involved with the management, operations and physical compliance of the portfolio. Michelle has been involved with AHMA-PSW for over 10 years and has been on the Board of Directors for two years. She has earned certifications for Certified Financial Specialist (CFS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) and has the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM). Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Director of Arizona
Nicole Harper is the Director of Arizona for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW), where she assists the Vice President/Legislative & Regulatory Affairs by monitoring current and proposed federal and state legislation and regulations and reporting to the Board. She has worked in Multifamily Housing since 2010, and is a Regional Supervisor with Biltmore Properties, Inc. Nicole holds an active Real Estate License in Arizona and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit certified. She oversees a variety of programs from Section 8 Project Base Housing, LIHTC, 811 PRACs, to a unique Voucher Programs. Nicole is one of the trainers in her company.
D. Jo McNamara
Director of Nevada
Jo McNamara is the Executive Vice President of B & R Property Management. Jo is responsible for the operation of the management office and is the administrator of all Section 8 and IRS Section 42 Housing Tax units. Jo reviews internal procedures and paperwork for Section 8 and Housing Tax Credit Programs. She also focuses on all compliance issues in regards to AFHMP, Fair Housing, TRACS submissions, notification and implementation of changes received from HUD & IRS, and verification and certification requirements for Section 8 and Housing Tax Credit Programs. Prior to B & R Property Management, she was with Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Company as Manager of Servicing for the Project Loan Department.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for AHMA-PSW, Jo is a Certified Property manager (CPM) and is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Las Vegas Chapter Number 99. Her credentials also include: NAHMA: National Assisted Housing Professional-Executive (NAHP-E), Certified Fair Housing Coordinator (FHC), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SCHM); NAA: Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS); NAHB: Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP); NCHM: Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS).
Director of California
Armine Petrosyan is the Senior Operations Manager for Los Angeles LOMOD Corporation. Ms. Petrosyan has nearly 15 years of experience in affordable housing programs including Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher and Multifamily Assisted Housing. She oversees the Compliance, Voucher and Contract Departments, and assists with administration and coordination of LOMOD’s daily activities, to include managing special projects.
Ms. Petrosyan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Northridge and her Master of Business Administration from Woodbridge University. She is a Certified Occupancy Specialist, a Certified Assisted Housing Manager for HUD Multifamily Housing Programs and a Tax Credit Specialist.
Director of Annual Conferences
Sue Silva currently holds the position of Director of Annual Conferences (Arizona, Los Angeles and Nevada) for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW). She assists the Vice President/Training by coordinating all activities for the Annual Conference, including oversight of curriculum, events and industry awards subcommittees, and actively promoting the Conference to the membership and related organizations. Sue has been in the affordable housing industry since 2004. She started her career as a property manager and is currently the Director of Compliance for Thomas Safran and Associates. Sue is responsible for the Compliance of 60+ properties in the Thomas Safran and Associates portfolio. Prior to joining the company, Sue worked in Human Resources Management for contract manufacturing.
Director of Associate
Irene is the Director of Compliance for RPK Development Corporation. Irene is responsible for the compliance of affordable programs, to include Project Based Section 8, Section 8 Voucher Program, Senior Bond Programs, and Tax Credit Programs. Irene’s oversight includes ensuring that each community provides a safe and wholesome environment that is well managed and in compliance with all State and Federal regulatory agencies as well as the government funding. Irene is also a part of RPK Development Cooperation’s extensive employee training program and A Property Supervisor.
Irene is also on the AHMA-PSW Training Committee and AHMA-PSW Tax Credit Committee. Prior to being a Board member, she has been an active member of Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific South West (AHMA-PSW) for more than 20 years. She was just recently featured in the NAHP and previously was awarded the Spirit of AHMA Award and named Resident Manager of the Year.
Irene holds professional designations for the following: National Affordable Housing Professional (NAHP-e), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), Fair Housing Coordinator (FHC). and Housing Credit Compliance Professional (HCCP). Irene earned an Associates of Arts Degree (AA) from Charles Drew University.
Director of Communications
Elena Theisner currently holds the position of Director of Communications, for the Affordable Housing Management Association of the Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW). As the Vice President of Property Management at Thomas Safran and Associates, Elena is responsible for operations management, maintenance, compliance and resident services for the 60+ properties in the Thomas Safran & Associates portfolio. Prior to joining the company, Elena worked in corporate social responsibility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, with a major in Political Science and minor in Non-Profit Management.
Member at Large
21515 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 150
Torrance, CA 90503
T: (310) 802-6674
Member at Large
Sarah Furchtenicht is responsible for three main divisions at GK. She oversees the Affordable Division’s day to day operations which consists of 70 multi-family/ senior communities consisting of almost 6,350 units throughout California. Sarah is responsible for the Risk Management Division with all aspects of insurance procurement, captive management, claims management, safety, compliance, and litigation management. In 2014, her responsibility expanded to oversee the Recreation Department which includes senior, afterschool and summer camp programs. Sarah and her team of close to 200 people service the needs of a diversified portfolio, emphasizing strong customer service and take pride in providing quality apartment homes for GK residents.
Sarah is an active member with National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Management Association – Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW)
Sarah began her career in insurance working as an adjuster for Crawford & Company. At Crawford, she gained experience in policy analysis for coverage, litigation management, claims investigation, regulatory and agency requirements, and the ability to negotiate and direct mediation and counsel to resolution. She joined GK as a Risk Manager in 1997, promoted to Vice President in 2011 and subsequently promoted to Executive Vice President in 2016.
Born and Raised in Northern California, Sarah received her Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She also holds an Associate in Claims Designation, Certified in Fair Housing and received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her dedication to Affordable Housing from Congressman Ted Lieu. Sarah resides in Moorpark and has two grown children.
Member at Large
BlueSky Restoration Contractors
2750 Signal Pkwy
Signal Hill, CA 90755
T: (562) 528-8000
F: (714) 282-2521
Biltmore Properties, Inc.
2330 W. Mission Lane, Suite 10
Phoenix, AZ 85021
T: (602) 997-0013 x117
F: (602) 997-0513
Goldrich Kest Management Co., Inc.
5150 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
T: (310) 280-5081
F: (310) 280-5771
Gianna Richards, President of Solari Enterprises, Inc. (Solari), joined in 1993 as an Occupancy Specialist and Resident Manager. Since then she has worked in all aspects of the property management industry, including becoming Solari’s second president in 2015. Mrs. Richards works directly with the management of Solari’s portfolio, consisting of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, a variety of Section 8 programs, Special Needs, Transitional Age Youth (TAY), Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), Housing and Community Development (HCD), Veteran and Permanent Supportive Services Housing programs.
Having served on the Affordable Housing Management Association Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW) Board of Directors since 1997, Gianna became a Director of Emeritus in 2005. In May 2006 she was awarded AHMA-PSW’s highest honor, the Clive Graham Memorial Award for her contributions to the affordable housing industry.
She is a Past President of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily owners and agents whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing across the country. Additionally, she has served twice as a Board Members of NAHMA’s Educational Foundation.
Professional designations include Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), Fair Housing Coordinator (FHC), and National Affordable Housing Professional – Executive Level (NAHP-E).
Bruce is a nationally recognized authority in the field of affordable multifamily housing. After graduating from with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Bruce focused on a real estate career, acquiring California Real Estate Broker and General Contractor licenses. Mr. Solari has more than 40 years’ experience in real estate property management, specializing in affordable housing, commercial, and conventional housing.
In 1993 Mr. Solari co-founded Solari Enterprises, Inc. As Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer of Solari Enterprises, Inc., Bruce is responsible for the Financial Operations and continues to work in various areas of development and construction.
During his tenure as president of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA), he was responsible for the organization of a scholarship program for individuals residing in affordable housing. To date, more than $750,000 has been awarded, resulting in more than 500 scholarships. AHMA elected Bruce as a lifetime member of its’ Board of Directors, via his status as Director Emeritus. Additionally, Bruce has been awarded the Association’s highest honor, the Clive Graham Memorial Award, for his contributions to the affordable housing industry.
Solari Enterprises, Inc.
1572 N. Main St.
Orange, CA 92867
T: (714) 282-2520 x209
F: (714) 282-2521
SK Management Company, LLC
15910 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1400
Encino, CA 91436
T: (323) 930-2300 x208
F: (323) 935-3605
SK Management Company, LLC
15910 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1400
Encino, CA 91436
T: (323) 930-2300 x220
F: (323) 935-3605