Staff Directory

Administration:

The Administration Department is responsible for the overall management of CDA operations and carries out policies and resolutions adopted by the CDA Board of Commissioners and Dakota County Board of Commissioners. The department is the primary contact for the CDA Board of Commissioners and is also responsible for agency communications, marketing, legislative activities, information technology, creation of new programs, and personnel activities.

Name Position Phone Fax
Lyn Altenbach Office Support Assistant 651-675-4402 651-675-4444
Kaili Braa Administrative-Communications Coordinator 651-675-4432 651-287-8050
Karissa Goers Human Resources Administrator 651-675-4431 651-287-8050
Kelsey Guenther Office Support Assistant 651-675-4401 651-675-4444
Michael Jacobson Network Administrator 651-675-4454 651-287-8050
Sarah Kidwell Assistant Director of Administration 651-675-4434 651-287-8050
Phyllis Lietzke Office Support Assistant – Document Imaging 651-675-4435 651-287-8050
Mindy Paurus Office Support Assistant 651-675-4406 651-287-8050
Tony Schertler Executive Director 651-675-4432 651-287-8050
Sara Swenson Director of Administration & Communications 651-675-4433 651-287-8050
Vangyee Yang Software Systems Coordinator 651-675-4437 651-287-8050

Community and Economic Development:

The Community & Economic Development Department assists private and non-profit developers of affordable housing with a variety of financing tools that are available through the CDA and works with Dakota County cities on activities that promote economic development, revitalize housing, redevelop blighted areas, renovate commercial buildings and strengthen local services and economies.

Name Position Phone Fax
Lisa Alfson Director of Community and Economic Development 651-675-4467 651-287-8024
Bruce Anderson Weatherization Coordinator 651-675-4474 651-287-8022
Maggie Dykes Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development 651-675-4464 651-287-8020
Rachel Finazzo Homeownership Specialist 651-675-4473 651-287-8021
Travis Finlayson Community Development Coordinator 651-675-4468 651-287-8027
Cathy Gieselman Office Support Assistant 651-675-4465 651-287-8023
Mark Hanson Housing Rehab Coordinator 651-675-4469 651-287-8025
Katherine Kugel Housing Finance Program Coordinator 651-675-4478 651-287-8052
Shari Larson First Time Homebuyer Specialist 651-675-4472 651-287-8026
Duane Roman Housing Rehab Specialist 651-675-4466 651-287-8070
Karly Schoeman Housing Finance Program Coordinator 651-675-4488 651-287-8028

Finance:

The Finance Department is responsible for the CDA’s accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, and risk management.

Name Position Phone Fax
Ken Bauer Director of Finance 651-675-4450 651-287-8030
Deb Braucks Accounting Specialist 651-675-4455 651-287-8030
Phylicia Butler Accountant 651-675-4452 651-287-8030
Carolyn Curielli Senior Accountant 651-675-4458 651-287-8030
Amy Danich Senior Accountant 651-675-4456 651-287-8030
Trevor Forsyth Accountant 651-675-4451 651-287-8030
Nancy Hansen Accounting Specialist 651-675-4453 651-287-8030
Chris Meyer Assistant Director of Finance 651-675-4457 651-287-8030
You Thao Accountant 651-675-4459 651-287-8030

Housing Assistance:

The Housing Assistance Department administers the CDA’s federal and locally funded rental assistance programs.

Name Position Phone Fax
Amal Osman Housing Specialist 651-675-4545 651-287-8073
Kristen Andersen Housing Specialist 651-675-4544 651-287-8071
Mary Fischer Housing Specialist 651-675-4542 651-287-8069
Saadia Gentle Office Support Assistant 651-675-4403 651-287-8068
Mackenzie Haley Housing Specialist 651-675-4530 651-287-8051
Lisa Hohenstein Director of Housing Assistance 651-675-4543 651-287-8068
Katie Tuione Housing Specialist 651-675-4546 651-287-8064
Kay Jackson Housing Specialist 651-675-4532 651-287-8062
Jeanne Johnson Housing Specialist 651-675-4541 651-287-8065
Jill Kehoe Housing Information Specialist 651-675-4533 651-287-8067
Kimberly Lantto Office Support Assistant 651-675-4534 651-287-8063
Theresa Otto Housing Specialist 651-675-4540 651-287-8074
Anne Pillsbury Housing Specialist 651-675-4539 651-287-8061
Sarah Rensenbrink Assistant Director of Housing Assistance 651-675-4538 651-287-8068
Darling Thao Housing Specialist 651-675-4535 651-287-8066
Leesha Yang-Lee Housing Specialist 651-675-4536 651-287-8060

Housing Development:

The Housing Finance & Development Department oversees the planning, construction and rehabilitation of CDA owned senior and workforce housing.

Name Position Phone Fax
Troy Blakestad Capital Projects Administrator 651-675-4475 651-287-8031
Kari Gill Deputy Director/Director of Housing Development 651-675-4477 651-287-8031
Bob Rosenthal Capital Projects Manager 651-675-4483 651-287-8031
Nick Sisterman Capital Projects Manager 651-675-4480 651-287-8031
Lori Zierden Real Estate Specialist 651-675-4479 651-287-8031

Property Management:

The Property Management Department handles all of the leasing, management and maintenance of CDA owned properties.

Name Position Phone Fax
Sarah Bennett Office Support Assistant 651-675-4519 651-287-8042
Doug Boyce Property Manager 651-675-4509 651-287-8042
Lisa Brockman Office Support Assistant 651-675-4504 651-287-8042
Angela Bruss Property Manager 651-675-4511 651-287-8042
Carla DeYoung Office Support Assistant 651-675-4504 651-287-8042
Lynn Domeier-Connolly Property Manager 651-675-4508 651-287-8042
Mary Hartley Property Manager 651-675-4521 651-287-8042
Neal Hildebrandt Assistant Director of Property Management 651-675-4502 651-287-8041
Sarah Jacobson Program Support Assistant 651-675-4517 651-287-8042
Steve Jordan Property Manager 651-675-4510 651-287-8042
Anna Judge Director of Property Management 651-675-4501 651-287-8042
Vince Markell Facilities Contract Manager 651-675-4507 651-287-8042
Samantha Minkler Property Manager 651-675-4512 651-287-8042
Juan Montoya Maintenance Manager 651-675-4503 651-287-8042
Angela Nielsen Program Manager 651-675-4520 651-287-8042
Heather Strachota Property Manager 651-675-4518 651-287-8042
Maipa Vang Assistant Property Manager 651-675-4556 651-287-8042
Jessie Vargo Assistant Property Manager 651-675-4515 651-287-8042
Desiree Westrich Assistant Property Manager 651-675-4416 651-287-8042
Ashley Woodfin Property Manager 651-675-4560 651-287-8042
Jackie Wuorenma Assistant Property Manager 651-675-4514 651-287-8042
Kazoua Yang Operations Specialist 651-675-4506 651-287-8040