Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This Week's Speaker

 Vincent B. Tilford

Vincent Tilford, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, brings almost 25 years of finance and housing development experience to his position as executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit.
Tilford spent two years pursuing his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and then elected to go into the U.S. Air Force to pursue a linguistics specialty.  He spent four years, from 1981 to 1985, as a Chinese cryptologic linguist with the military, at various locations including one year in Korea.  Tilford left the military and completed his undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland.  While matriculating at the University of Maryland, he worked at Technology Service Corporation, a subsidiary of Westinghouse, as a programmer/analyst.  Interested in venture capital, and, in particular, wanting to pursue investment and lending opportunities in low-income communities, Tilford continued his education at the Ross Business School where he graduated in 1988. 
Upon graduation, Tilford began working with Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford.  His first position with Aetna was to establish a foreign government and supranational, fixed-income securities research function.  He then became involved in trading Canadian bonds and other fixed-income sovereign and supranational securities.  He ultimately served as a Director, where his responsibilities included the management of over $1.5 billion of outside insurance companies’ assets.  Over the years with Aetna, Tilford worked extensively with mortgage backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations, and thus became familiar and interested in housing finance.
In 1993, Tilford was appointed by Arkansas’ Governor Jim Guy Tucker to serve as the President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (“ADFA”), a $1.5 billion, 50-persons state agency that financed housing and economic development activity in the state.  During his work with ADFA, he developed a working capital financing program for contractors/developers of affordable housing and expanded the Industrial Development Bond program.
 After leaving ADFA in 1996, Mr. Tilford entered into consulting.  His assignments included providing technical support to federally designated enterprise communities in eastern Arkansas and working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in South Africa to develop operating procedures for village banks. 
From 1998 - 2003, Mr. Tilford worked for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) the nation’s largest support organization for community development corporations.  As the senior program director for the Detroit program, he managed a staff of eleven community development professionals and a $2.5 million budget.  During his time with LISC, the office financed more than 1,200 units of affordable housing and over 50,000 square feet of commercial space. 
Most recently, Mr. Tilford worked as a senior vice president with Charter One Bank.  In his role there, he managed the company’s Housing Bank program, an affordable housing program that provided low interest construction and permanent loans to develop and promote affordable housing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This Week's Speaker

Roger Myer, President & CEO of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

Roger L. Myers, President/CEO, joined PVM in 1992. He previously served as the Executive Director/Administrator of Masonic Pathways (1984-1992) in Alma, Michigan. 

Previous executive/administrative positions were held at Beaumont Hospitals, United Methodist Retirement Communities and Albion Community Hospital. Myers holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit. He serves on numerous national, state and local association/community boards committees, programmatic, and advisory bodies, as well as in other leadership roles. Myers resides in Canton, Michigan.

Monday, July 14, 2014

This Week's Speakers

Judy Lewis 

Judy Lewis is currently the Program Administrator for the LGBT Older Adult Coalition and the Director of the Faith Alliance at Affirmations LGBT Community Center in Ferndale.  She has spent many years working with care givers and older adults, providing information and tools for creating a welcoming community for diverse populations.

Judy has presented seminars for professionals, including Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield, U of M School of Social Work, and the American Federation of Teachers/Detroit, as well the Area Agency on Aging Statewide Conference and the Judith Wahlberg Conference.
Her work includes training and advocacy workshops to both faith-based and secular organizations.

Kathryn Bartz 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 2014 Speakers


After 5 in Detroit
Kerry Doman, Director
The After 5 Organization in Detroit
Mentoring to Access
Christie Schichtel
The Mentoring to Access Program
Oakland County Child Killer Case
Tim King's father, Mr. King
Law Enforcement
Americorps in Detroit
Lisa Carter
Law Enforcement