Our Staff

Stephen Torsell

Executive Director

Mark Easterling

Housing Counselor

Corissa Dyer

Housing Assistance Coordinator

Melonie Buller

Financial Manager

Clarinda Smith

Program Assistant

Bill Huffman

Property Manager

Daniel Ruggiero

Assistant director

Krisann Applegate

Program Assistant

Our Vision – to be the exemplary housing counseling and development organization in Central Ohio

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of outstanding residents and industry professionals dedicated to improving the Hilltop and southwestern Franklin County areas.

Brian Carnahan

Board President

Gavin French


Mark Diemer

Board Member

Louisa Dallet

Board Member

Joel Barden

Vice President

Christine Bennett-Martin

Board Member

Katelyn Jackson

Board Member

Nikol Owens

Board Member

Veronica Farris


Heather Simpson

Board Member

Steve Waseman

Board Member

Partners & Funders

Critical to our mission’s success throughout the years are strong alliances with governmental agencies and the business community. Together, we carry out joint efforts with others interested in accomplishing economic, community, and housing development activities. Our partners bring guidance and expertise and often-times critical funding.

We recognize and honor these entities who help accomplish our mission


Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County

Chase Bank

City of Columbus

Community Development Corporation of Greater Columbus

Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation

Central Ohio Community Land Trust

Finance Fund

Franklin County Commissioners

Franklin County Department of Economic Development & Planning

Fifth Third Bank

First Financial Bank

Greater Columbus Growing Coalition

Harry C. Moores Foundation

Huntington National Bank

Neighborhood Partnership Program

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

The Ohio State Bar Foundation

Park National Bank

PNC Bank

Plutus Foundation

Prairie Township


State Bank

Third National Savings & Loan

Thomas R. Gross Foundation


UnidosUS/NeighborWorks America Project Reinvest

United Midwest Savings Bank

United Way of Central Ohio

US Bank

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Wells Fargo Bank

Community Partners

Friends of the Hilltop

Greater Hilltop Area Commission

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

Highland West Neighbors Association

Hilltop Business Association

South Central Block Watch

Westland Are Business Association

Weston Vision, Inc.

Development Partners

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus


Riverside Mill Development

Showe Companies

Woda Cooper Communities, LLC

Other Partners

AARP Foundation

Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio

AmeriCorps VISTA

Buckeye Health Plan

CMHA Family Self Sufficiency Program

Goodwill Columbus

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education & Counseling

Ohio CDC Association

Ohio Development Services Agency

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

The Ohio State University Federal Work Study Program

Prevent Family Homelessness Collaborative

United Way Financial Capability Network

UnidosUS Homeownership Network