Meet The Staff
For the past seven years she has worked in the non-profit sector advocating and empowering families from all walks of life in reaching the dream of homeownership. Her experience includes working with first-time homebuyers through NEDCOs’ pre-purchase programs and financial literacy classes. She is a certified homeownership counselor by the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education & Counseling.
Yesika enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening and playing with her children. She practices Danza Azteca and loves to explore new places and learning new things.
As a fundraising and communications professional, Jackie acts as a connector – from connecting people to people socially, to bridging organizations to their communities, and donors to a cause. She started volunteering with a community development organization in college and hasn’t stopped working to give every individual, every family, and every business an opportunity to be part of their community through local non-profits.
Jackie currently serves as the Development Committee Board Chair of KairosPDX and is working towards a Professional Certificate in Non-profit Evaluation in Measuring Equity at Portland State University.
As a licensed real estate agent Tyler guides Proud Ground participants through the home buying or selling process and markets Proud Ground homes in addition to providing education, outreach and general program support. Through Proud Ground real estate brokerage Tyler is able to offer his real estate experience and expertise to partners and the general public.
Tyler enjoys cooking for friends and family, home improvement projects, coaching basketball and weekend trips around the Northwest with his wife Carly and their dog Dekum.
Katie’s experience includes working with first-time homebuyers through USDA Rural Development’s Self Help Homeownership Program in SW Colorado; neighbor to neighbor mediation; serving on the board of directors of the NW Community Land Trust Coalition; working in several arenas with diverse youth; and 2 ½ years researching, analyzing and utilizing data regarding regional indicators of a healthy community. Katie provides all homebuyer counseling and education services; provides post-purchase support to current homeowners; leads program innovations; and is responsible for lender relations.
Steve was the Principal Real Estate Broker at the Housing Development Center and is one of Proud Ground’s licensed Realtors. He has been a real estate investor/builder/manager since 1974; this experience gives him a unique perspective on building maintenance and durability that is critical to the sustainability of Proud Ground’s homes.
Steve and his wife Resa like to spend weekends exercising, working on home improvement projects and finding treasures at the Rebuilding Center. They also like to visit used bookstores, explore historic sites, and eat at sidewalk cafes.