Rosemarie Noonan, Executive Director
Ms. Noonan has held the position of Executive Director since 1986 and has been with the Council since 1979. She began her housing career as Director of the National Leased Housing Association, the leading trade association for government assisted rental housing development and management located in Washington, DC. She has held program and policy positions at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal. She attended Trinity College in Washington, DC, received an advanced degree in Government from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Pace University School of Law.
Ms. Noonan has developed various programs which have assisted in the development of housing, including tax-exempt financing, mortgage insurance, and housing rehabilitation programs. She has advised State and local housing officials on designing and implementing affordable housing programs and plans. She manages the Yonkers Affordable Housing Office which is responsible for implementing a housing desegregation order. She has designed housing seminars and trained professionals nationwide. She is experienced in integrating the housing development process with health and human service programs.
She has fostered the creation of several Westchester not-for-profit organizations, e.g. The Preservation Company, Washingtonville Housing Alliance, and the New Rochelle Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation. The goal of these organizations is the development of housing which serves low income families and individuals of modest means. She has advised many civic groups, religious groups, and community organizations on appropriate roles for themselves in housing development and assisted them through the development process. Her services are primarily focused in the Hudson Region; however she has provided this service throughout New York State and in many areas throughout the country. She has a strong working knowledge of Federal, State, County and local housing programs and is skilled in integrating them to develop financially feasible and affordable housing developments.
She is the author of over a dozen guidebooks and manuals on housing programs and developing housing.
Alan Gordon, Deputy Director
As a planner and financial packager, Mr. Gordon specializes in financial modelling and securing funding for housing development. He has developed innovative strategies that effectively integrate conventional and public financing. On behalf of for-profit and not-for-profit developers, he has managed the development of numerous projects, including negotiating land sale agreements, structuring bond financing, obtaining various forms of financing, and syndicating projects. He also conducts preliminary site and building analyses.
He has advised municipalities on land use strategies, public financing programs, and disposition strategies for publicly owned land and buildings that promote the development of housing that is affordable to households of modest means. He has assembled development teams, including architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors and others sensitive to the concerns of governments and the needs of not-for-profit and for profit developers. He has developed working partnerships between government and for-profit developers as well as for-profit developers and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Gordon attended Drexel University and holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has worked as a development analyst and community planner in both urban and rural communities. He joined the Housing Action Council in 1978.
Tony Hoeltzel, Community Housing Resource Center (CHRC)
Tony Hoeltzel was appointed Director of the Community Housing Resource Center at the Housing Action Council in July, 2008. In that capacity he is currently engaged in 17 different Westchester communities, working with local grassroots affordable housing groups and/or municipal officials to create a more favorable climate for the development of affordable housing or to advocate for specific affordable housing proposals.
Prior to CHRC, Tony served for 20 years as Executive Director of The Sharing Community, Inc. in southwest Yonkers. Under his leadership, The Sharing Community grew from a simple homeless shelter and a soup kitchen into a large multi-service community-based agency with eighteen different programs addressing not only homelessness and hunger, but also the development and management of transitional and permanent supportive housing, HIV/AIDS prevention and support services, primary health care and mental health services (with two on-site clinics). It was during these efforts – and the development and construction of three residences for formerly homeless individuals – that Tony became aware of the resources of HAC and discovered others who shared his passion for creating communities where all residents can have a home.
Tony is an Episcopal priest by vocation and prior to The Sharing Community served as a full-time parish priest for fourteen years in parishes in White Plains, Nyack, Harrison, and Yonkers. He holds a M. Div. degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City, with a concentration in systematic theology.
Terry Fleischman, Home Ownership Director
Prior to joining Housing Action Council in 1995, Ms. Fleischman was Credit Supervisor with General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Yonkers for nine years. Among her many previous job responsibilities, she investigated and made credit determination on retail and lease applications. As Credit Representative, she supervised and controlled outstanding retail and lease customer credit accounts and developed alternative financial programs and strategies for customers unable to meet contractual obligations.
Ms. Fleischman is proficient in computer technology and has served as a PC Coordinator. She majored in Sociology and Computer Science at SUNY Albany.
Ms. Fleischman is responsible for HAC's Homeownership department. In addition to counseling first time home buyers, she handles the qualification of the prospective homeowners and renters of the affordable housing developments sponsored by HAC. She also oversees the community outreach for HAC projects. In addition, she manages its down-payment and closing cost assistance and home improvement programs.
Frengiz Surty, Homeownership/Foreclosure Prevention Counselor
Ms. Surty provides credit and budget counseling to prepare low- and moderate-income households for homeownership or for homeownership preservation. She educates and advises eligible households on various mortgage products for first time homebuyers or refinance and modification options for existing homeowners. She also assists low- and moderate-income first time homebuyers access grants and loans to defray down payment and closing costs. She conducts workshops and provides one-on-one counseling with individuals seeking to purchase their first home and with those seeking to avert losing their home. She supervises three foreclosure counselors and oversees the relationships with Community Capital Resources and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley for HAC’s Foreclosure Prevention Program.
Ms. Surty graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA in economics and business, and earned her MBA from Yale University School of Management with a concentration in public and private finance and marketing. Prior to joining the Housing Action Council, Frengiz had a successful career in the fashion and finance worlds, and years of community services.
Gaitre Rambharose, Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining Housing Action Council, Gaitre worked at The United Way of New York City, where she was an Analyst in the campaign department. She has a broad range of experience in office administrative and support functions in private and not for profit organizations. Gaitre holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Monroe College in New Rochelle.