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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ARVETTA JIDEONWO

Executive Director

CREA

Arvetta Jideonwo joined CREA in 2021 as the company’s chief philanthropic leader, overseeing CREA Foundation, Inc. administration and strategic investments through grant and scholarship initiatives. Her 20 years of executive-level experience within a variety of leadership roles and industries includes serving as Executive Director for Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation for eight years. Arvetta is a Certified Fundraising Executive through CFRE International. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Indiana State University, a Master’s in Health Administration from Indiana University, and a Non-Profit Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is actively involved in the community through board and committee service for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, Providence Cristo Rey High School, and Visually Impaired Preschool Services. She is actively involved with the National Scholarship Providers Association, Grantmakers for Education, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Cathedral High School. 

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CHARLES ANDERSON

Member

CREA

Charles Anderson oversees the annual production of more than $1 Billion of LIHTC equity nationally with support from CREA’s Acquisitions and Tax Review & Assurance departments. He is also responsible for guiding the Marketing team’s event planning, public relations, and social media efforts as well as leading corporate innovation initiatives created by the Information Technology group. With more than two decades of experience in affordable housing, he’s been directly involved in identifying, structuring, and closing more than $1 Billion of LIHTC equity in more than 150 transactions nationally. He is committed to client development, leading his team, and encouraging others to take on new and challenging roles. When he’s not in the office, Charles loves gathering with family & friends, travel, food & wine, and running. He also serves on the boards of both the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association and the Indiana Affordable Housing Council, and is a big supporter of JDRF and breast cancer research.

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STEFANIE BROWN

Member

CREA

Stefanie Brown joined CREA on October 1, 2008. As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Stefanie is responsible for the strategic operations and corporate alignment of all marketing facets, leading with a vision that focuses on the human element behind marketing, connecting with others and empowering employees to become brand ambassadors. Prior to joining CREA, she worked as an operations manager for a national commercial real estate broker in Chicago. Stefanie received a Bachelors degree in Communications and Culture from Indiana University with a Minor in Sociology. Outside of work, she enjoys cookouts and spending time with family and friends.

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PAM MCINTYRE

Member

Liberty Mutual

Pam McIntyre is a Managing Director within the Global Fixed Income (GFI) Group for Liberty Mutual Investments (LMI). Pam has 25+ years of investment management experience across multiple types of fixed income assets: investment grade & high yield corporate bonds, municipal bonds, and tax-advantaged, community-based vehicles. Over the last decade her focus has been primarily on the buildout and management of LMI’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Portfolio and the management of the Community Investment portfolio.  Additionally, she is a member of LMI’s research leadership team responsible for the management of 25 analysts who partner across LMI on public and private fixed-income investments, within this group she manages the Bank & Financials, Municipal and EM teams.

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LAURIE LEVITT SCHOENBURG

Member

Bank of America

Laurie Levitt Schoenburg is a prominent figure in the realm of affordable housing, community development and low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). She currently works as a Managing Director for Bank of America, specializing in affordable housing tax credits. In addition to CREA Foundation, she serves as the Program Committee Chair for the Affordable Housing Investors Council (AHIC). She graduated from Tulane University in 1992, earning a BA in Economics.

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JEFF WHITING

Chairman

CREA

Jeff Whiting conceptualized CREA in 2001 and now oversees Executive Management. He has grown CREA from 1 to 160+ employees with a nationally-known reputation as one of the top syndication companies. His passion to help people gain stability and a sense of belonging fuels his dedication to affordable housing advocacy both locally and nationally. As he strives to ensure everyone has a voice, Jeff regularly travels to Washington, D.C. to advocate for low-income housing. As the leader of CREA, he empowers his team to make fresh, forward-thinking decisions at every turn. He is a past president emeritus of the Affordable House Tax Credit Coalition and the immediate President of the Indiana Affordable Housing Council, a valuable resource for those invested in the affordable housing industry in the state of Indiana. Jeff is also an active member of the Indianapolis Archdiocese Finance Council.

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TONY BERTOLDI

Member

CREA

As Co-President, Tony Bertoldi oversees the syndication platform, portfolio management and credit & underwriting departments; and sits on all approval committees. He and the syndications team are responsible for the marketing, formation and closing of all investment funds, as well as manage most interactions with investors. Before joining CREA in 2009, he was managing director of the investor relations group of a major tax credit syndicator in the affordable housing industry and was a vice president of a large publicly held REIT. Tony sits on the Board of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and real estate from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. in finance from Boston University. He is especially proud of CREA’s reputation for transparency, responsiveness and performance, even long after the deal is done. After hours, Tony is an avid dog lover who enjoys spending time outdoors and playing tennis and volleyball. He lives in Boston and on the Cape with his husband of 24 years.

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KYLE MALONE

Member

Grantmakers for Education

With more than 30 years of experience in program management, youth development, higher education and philanthropy, Kyle has proudly made a career in education focused on student advocacy and college attainment. As Grantmakers for Education’s associate director of external affairs, Kyle is expanding and deepening the organization’s partnerships to generate resources, create programs and establish connections that align with the current and future needs of our members. Kyle is dedicated to ensuring that all learners, his own children included, are supported and prepared for higher education and life.

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KATY MCSHANE

Member

CREA

Katy McShane joined CREA in 2016 and is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, DEI efforts, training and development, benefits and compensation. Prior to joining CREA full-time, she was the Director of Human Resources for City Financial Corporation for 13 years. Katy earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in human resources management from Hawaii Pacific University. Additionally, she holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) certification and Society of Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation. Katy specifically connects with CREA’s values, which translate into a work- environment of kindness with a people-first mentality. Away from work, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with family.

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ROGER SHANK

Member

CREA

As Chief Financial Officer, Roger Shank is responsible for all fiscal operations, managing financial reporting, audits and corporate lending relations. With over 30 years’ accounting and operational experience, Roger has been a part of CREA since its formation in 2001 – having initially served as Controller for the previous parent company before his transition to Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Roger is passionate about tackling challenges head-on and enjoys collaborating to create positive change and discover new solutions. Roger believes investors and developers choose CREA because of the company’s ability to be nimble and flexible, bending to meet the needs of their clients. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. Roger also sits on the national Board of Directors of Bethany Christian Services.  Bethany partners with churches and communities to strengthen and preserve families, find families for children who need them, and to support refugees and immigrants who have fled danger. He is on the local advisory board of the local Isaiah 117 House which provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement.

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BRIAN VILLA

Member

KCG Companies

Brian Villa serves as the Chief Investment Officer for KCG Companies and is responsible for overseeing the closing of transactions, managing the real estate portfolio, and interacting with KCG’s financing partners. In addition, Brian directs KCG’s human resources department and recruiting efforts. Previously, Brian was the General Counsel for a LIHTC syndicator, managing the closing of transactions, assisting the various departments with legal-related matters, and serving as the secretary of the investment committee. Prior to his role as General Counsel, Brian was an attorney in the corporate and real estate practice groups of a large regional law firm. Brian is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the ABA Affordable Housing Forum, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law; his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business; and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business.

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