12:30 – 5pm Registration

1:30pm Welcome

1:45pm Opening Plenary

3:45pm Keynote Speaker

4:30pm Illinois Affordable Housing
Champion Awards Ceremony

5:00pm Reception



7:30am – 4 pm Registration

8 – 8:45pm Breakfast & IHC Annual Meeting (open to all)

9am – 12:30pm Panel Sessions 1 & 2

12:30pm Luncheon and Keynote

2:30 – 4pm Panel Session 3


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 

Opening Plenary – Outlook from the Hill

Hear the latest news from Washington D.C., the outlook for affordable housing, LIHTC, and other federal resources from policy experts on the ground. Learn about the opportunities, risks and ways to engage in the political process in 2018 and beyond.

Moderator: Bob Moss, Principal, National Director of Government Affairs, CohnReznick


Emily Cadik, Director, Public Policy, Enterprise Community Partners Inc. / ACTION Campaign;

David S. Gasson, Vice President, Director of Communications Boston Capital/ Executive Director, Housing Advisory Group;

Mark Shelburne, Senior Manager, Novogradac & Company LLP;

Diane Yentel, President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition



*Sessions are tentative and subject to change as details become available.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Evolving Landscape: Affordable Housing Issues in Illinois

While most eyes are focused on the implications of decisions emanating from Washington, D.C., there are many local policy issues affecting the affordable housing landscape across our state. Join a panel of local experts and Springfield insiders to discuss a variety of issues and policies that have either been enacted or are pending that will affect the affordable housing industry in Illinois.

Moderator: Nick Brunick, Legislative Committee Chair, Illinois Housing Council ; Partner, Applegate & Thorne Thomsen


Molly Lunn, Manager, Income Eligible and Public Sector Programs, ComEd

Reed Sullivan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Rob Wasserman, Senior Vice President, US Bancorp Community Development Corp.

Stacie Young, Director, The Preservation Compact


Emerging Partnerships with the Healthcare Industry

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly prioritizing the social determinants of health, including how housing quality and affordability affect patient outcomes. This panel will discuss new partnerships that are emerging between the affordable housing industry and healthcare institutions and how our industries can continue to advance shared goals and solutions in the years ahead.

Moderator: Peter Toepfer, Executive Director, The Center for Housing and Health


Steve Brown, Director of Preventative Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Michael Goldberg, Executive Director, Heartland Housing; Vice President, Heartland Alliance

Robin Hyerstay, Vice President, Capital Markets,  Enterprise Community Investment

Santrice Martin, Senior Director of Community Impact, American Heart Association


Continuous Improvement to the Closing Process

IHDA has fully embraced process improvement to eliminate waste and save time and money. One of these rapid result projects is restructuring the closing process to make it more streamlined and user-friendly. Please join IHDA staff and seasoned closing partners to receive the latest updates and the opportunity to ask questions to avoid any pitfalls and achieve a smooth closing for your development.

Moderator: Matt Brett, Attorney, Applegate & Thorne – Thomsen


David Block, AIA, AICP, Director of Development, Evergreen Real Estate

Brent Butcher, Staff Counsel, IHDA

Brandon Calvert, Partner, Charity & Associates, P.C.

Keith Pryor, Senior Development Officer, IHDA

Sabina Younis, Senior Project Manager, IHDA


Clean It or Lien It: Dealing with Vacant and Blighted Properties (Mayors/Managers Track)

While some municipalities and counties have bounced back after the great recession, others continue to lag behind with vacant and blighted properties driving down neighboring home values. The creation of community land banks is gaining steam across Illinois to help finance the greening of abandoned properties and revitalization of struggling communities. Come see how the elimination of blight can help your community prosper.

Moderator: Audra Hamernik, Executive Director, IHDA


Brent Denzin, Partner, Ancel Glink

Honorable Scott Eisenhower, Mayor, City of Danville

Honorable John A. Ostenburg, Mayor, City of Park Forest

Robert (Rob) Rose, Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority

Geoff Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Housing Studies, DePaul University


Reframing Affordable Housing: from “NIMBY” to “YIMBY”

How we talk about affordable housing can greatly influence whether or not a project receives local support. Messaging is a key element to any project’s success. This panel will explore new research on how to frame our messaging around affordable housing, along with tactical strategies that have worked to successfully advance local policies.

Moderator: Bill Ward, Executive Vice President, Illinois Association of Home Builders


Kevin Jackson, Executive Director, Chicago Rehab Network

Tiffany Manuel, Vice President of Knowledge, Impact & Strategy, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Marisa Novara, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Jolene Saul, Vice President, Brinshore Development, LLC


Redeveloping Illinois’ Rural Communities

Nearly a quarter of the LIHTC credits awarded annually by IHDA are set aside for developments in rural Illinois. Many of these smaller, non-metro communities lack strong planning efforts and access to funding sources. Learn revitalization strategies from IHDA staff and players on the ground on how to bring community development to under-served areas.

Moderator: Karen Davis, Executive Director, LISC Peoria


Mike Goetz, Executive Director, Laborers’ Home Development Corporation

Anne Smith, Executive Director, Menard County Housing Authority

Honorable Craig Smith, Mayor, City of Paris, IL

Mike Niehaus, President, Windsor Development Group

Alan Quick, Managing Director, Strategic Planning and Reporting, Illinois Housing Development Authority


Designing Accessible Homes for Independent Seniors

As many as 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every single day in the U.S. Many of these seniors, or soon to be seniors, may have the financial means to stay in their current home, but will be forced to relocated due to accessibility-related concerns. Join a panel of experts to learn about how developers can best design their units to help seniors age in place and prevent unnecessary institutionalization by creating more accessible and adaptable housing units. The panel will also discuss how these same accessibility modifications can help other populations to be able to live and thrive in affordable housing.

Moderator: Beth Demes, Executive Director, The Alden Foundation


Dena Bell, Lead Developer, Home First, IFF

Monica Enriquez, Assistant Director of Community Affairs, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Glenn Hedman, Clinical Associate Professor, Disability & Human Development Director,  Assistive Technology Unit, UIC

Lora McCurdy, Senior Public Service Administrator,  Illinois Department on Aging

Heidi A. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects


Spurring Development: Making Local Connections (Mayors/Managers Track)

While anachronistic, images and notions of “public housing” are still rampant in many communities that learn of plans for an affordable housing development nearby. Join local elected officials and developers in a discussion on the true impact affordable housing has on communities and how they brought these developments into areas that previously lacked housing for families, seniors, veterans, etc.

Moderators: Audra Hamernik, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Tim Veenstra, Director of Asset Managment, Illinois Housing Development Authority


Honorable Sam Cunningham, Mayor, City of Waukegan

Honorable Aaron Lawlor, Board Chairman, Lake County

David Northern, Executive Director, Lake County Housing Authority

Torian Priestly, Executive Vice President, The Benoit Group

Mary Ellen Tamasy, President, Lake County Residential Development Corporation


Approaching Year 15: Transition Planning

From 2015 to 2020, approximately 650,000 of the two million affordable housing units in the U.S. will exit their tax credit compliance period. A developer should start planning for year 15 well before the tax credit period is over. This session will cover alternative courses of action and exit strategies that are available for property owners to be fully prepared when the compliance period comes to an end.

Moderator: Steve Gladden, Assistant Director of Asset Management, Illinois Housing Development Authority


Matthew Boelter, Asset Resolution Manager, National Equity Fund

Andy DeCoux, Director, Multifamily Finance, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Ken Nuernberger, Partner, ND Consulting Group

James J. West, Director, Community Development Lending, BMO Harris Bank


Adjusting to the New Normal After Tax Reform

With Tax Reform passage and the corporate rate dropping from 35% to 21%, what is the outlook for LIHTC investment and the market for 2018 and beyond? Take a deep dive into what this new certainty means for the industry and how it is impacting deals.

Moderator: Stephen Sparks, Senior Vice President, Bank of America


Jack Bernhard, Account Executive, JPMorgan Chase

Andre Blakely, Illinois Market President, Gorman & Company

Glenn Graff, Partner, Applegate & Thorne -Thomsen

Christine Moran, Managing Director of Multifamily Financing, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Bruce Schiff, Partner, RubinBrown


What Can IHDA Do For You? (Mayors/Managers Track)

From providing community revitalization assistance to helping struggling homeowners, IHDA makes it their mission to aid and stabilize municipalities and counties across Illinois. Learn more about how these agencies can help your constituents and connect directly with staff about housing best practices.

Amy Bashiti, Community Revitalization Planning Specialist, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Nicki Pecori Fioretti, Director of Community Affairs, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Tara Pavlik, Managing Director of Homeownership Programs, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Peter Selke, Director of Hardest Hit Fund Program, Illinois Housing Development Authority