Graham Espley-Jones Graham Espley-Jones – President
Mr. Espley-Jones joined WCH as President in 2002 and also serves as a Director. He brings over 20 years of experience in the affordable and LIHTC industry to WCH. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Prior to joining WCH in 2002, Mr. Espley-Jones served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Meyers Group, a real estate information and consulting company specializing in the housing industry. Mr. Espley-Jones also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Kaufman & Broad Multi-Housing Group, Inc. (“KBMH”) from 1999 to 2000 who were a leading investor and developer of affordable multifamily and senior rental communities financed primarily with LIHTC’s. Prior to joining KBMH, Mr. Espley-Jones was a principal, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ARV Assisted Living, Inc., and their affiliated companies (“ARV”). At the time, ARV’s assisted living division developed and/or acquired over 60 assisted living communities, comprised of approximately 7,000 assisted living units. Mr. Espley-Jones began his career in the commercial real estate lending divisions of First California Savings Bank and CA Financial.
Sandra Gibbons Sandra Gibbons – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Gibbons joined WCH as Vice President of Finance and Tax Credits in 2004 and she added the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University at Fullerton and is a licensed real estate professional. She previously worked for ARV Assisted Living, Inc., where she served in several capacities in their property management of tax credit properties including Partnership Controller. Ms. Gibbons also served as Partnership Controller at Kaufman & Broad Multi-Housing Group, Inc. (now MCA Housing Partners, LLC) in Long Beach, California from 1999 to 2003, and at Steadfast Companies. As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at WCH, Ms. Gibbons is responsible for WCH’s financial reporting, serves as WCH’s technical specialist on LIHTC issues, and provides oversight over WCH’s portfolio management and social services.
LeanneTruofreh Leanne Truofreh – Vice President and Secretary
Ms. Truofreh joined WCH as Corporate Secretary in 2005 and added the responsibilities of Vice President in 2007. Her responsibilities include maintaining the records of both WCH and its partnerships that own affordable housing communities. In addition, she prepares WCH applications for debt and equity financing of its affordable communities. Ms. Truofreh has worked in the senior and affordable housing industry for 15 years. She began her career in the accounting department at ARV Assisted Living, Inc., and worked as a Loan Draw Specialist for Kaufman & Broad Multi-Housing Group, Inc. (now MCA Housing Partners, LLC). Ms. Truofreh is a certified Notary Public in the State of California.
David Collins David P. Collins – In-House Counsel
Mr. Collins joined WCH in 2010 as In-House Counsel to assist with closings and to oversee all legal matters including maintenance of all legal documentation for the company and its affordable housing partnerships. Mr. Collins has practiced law for 13 years and brings a broad spectrum of legal and technology experience to WCH, which includes commercial transactions, real estate, civil litigation, land use, corporate, and finance. Mr. Collins has provided assistance to both public and private clients during the purchase, sale, entitlement and development of real property. Mr. Collins has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Chapman College and graduated cum laude from Chapman University School of Law.
BarbieDefeo Barbie Defeo – Compliance Manager and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Mrs. Defeo joined WCH in 2005 and has served in several capacities, most recently as Compliance Manager. As Compliance Manager, Mrs. Defeo is responsible for filing all compliance documents for WCH’s portfolio to the appropriate city, county, state and federal agencies to ensure that WCH communities meet their affordability and reporting requirements. Mrs. Defeo also supports WCH’s Corporate Secretary in updating and maintaining the books and records of both WCH and its affordable housing partnerships. Mrs. Defeo is a certified Notary Public in the State of California. Prior to joining WCH, she worked for Sprint Funding Corporation as an Accounting Clerk.
Scott Gayner Scott Gayner – Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Development
Mr. Gayner joined WCH in 2007 as Development Manager and has since added the responsibilities of Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Development. He began his career in the affordable housing industry in 1992 and brings a broad base of experience to the WCH team. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from Chapman University, and is a licensed real estate professional. Mr. Gayner served as Vice President and Partner of ARV Affordable Housing, Inc. from 1992 to 1996, focusing on large family and senior affordable housing projects. His expertise includes commercial land acquisition and development, industrial projects, rural affordable housing and acquisition/rehab of affordable housing. Mr. Gayner manages WCH’s affordable apartment communities in Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Northern California counties, and helps identify and analyze future development opportunities for affordable housing. As Director of Development, he assists WCH’s partners in acquisition and development on new projects and oversees construction progress on projects that have AHP financing.
Martha Cisnersos Martha Cisnersos – Senior Portfolio Manager
Ms. Cisneros joined WCH as Senior Portfolio Manager in 2010. Ms. Cisneros received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining WCH, she was a Senior Project Manager at MacFarlane Costa Housing (formerly Simpson Housing Solutions, LLC), where she developed affordable housing projects throughout California. She also has worked with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, East LA Community Corporation, and Excellent Education Development (ExEd). Her experience includes development of senior and multifamily affordable housing projects, single family home ownership, and charter school development. Her expertise includes land acquisition, due diligence review, financial underwriting/structuring, entitlement and permitting, and packaging public and private proposals to local, state, federal agencies and banks.
Katie Janeway Katy Janeway – Portfolio Manager
Mrs. Janeway joined WCH as a Portfolio Manager in 2013. She began her career in the affordable housing industry in 2004 as an intern for WCH, where she performed administrative, personnel, and clerical work in support for WCH staff members. Prior to joining WCH, Ms. Janeway held several positions as a political fundraiser and served as an Account Executive at Revive Health. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. As a Portfolio Manager, Mrs. Janeway provides oversight on asset management functions relating to WCH’s affordable housing communities. In addition, Mrs. Janeway manages the WCH website and other marketing materials.
DianneRussell Dianne Russell – Director of Resident Services
Ms. Russell joined WCH as Director of Resident Services in 2007. Prior to joining WCH, Ms. Russell served as Director of Resident Services at Jamboree Housing Corporation (JHC). At JHC, she launched “Housing with Heart,” a nonprofit created to assess the needs of residents and provide onsite services and programs. Ms. Russell was also Executive Director of Women Helping Women, a community-based nonprofit organization. Ms. Russell is a board member of the Kennedy Commission and a member of the Costa Mesa Affordable Housing Coalition. Ms. Russell has a Master of Arts in Psychology from Cal State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Russell is a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner and has a certificate in Non-Profit Management. As Director of Resident Services, Ms. Russell is responsible for operating and expanding our diverse onsite social service and referral programs for residents living in WCH affordable communities throughout California.
Jaymie Piguing Jaymie Piguing – Accounting Manager
Ms. Piguing joins WCH as an Accounting Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines. Prior to joining WCH, she worked at various firms such as Ernst & Young, Chevron, Steadfast Companies and The Irvine Company. Her 15 years of professional work experience includes Audit, Financial Reporting and Property Management. As an Accounting Manager, Ms. Piguing works closely with Ms. Gibbons to manage WCH’s accounting, financial reporting, and Audit.
Nataly Carich – Program Coordinator
Mrs. Carich holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Previously, Ms. Carich worked as a Patient Assistance Clerk at DaVita, Inc., and held positions at ABM Parking and Don Dressler Consulting. Ms. Carich also served as the Education and Nutrition Development intern at THINK TOGETHER, a non-profit organization that serves over 100,000 students by advocating and working toward educational excellence and equity for all kids through its Early Learning Programs, Expanded Learning Programs, and Core Learning Programs. In her position, Ms. Carich worked directly with students, provided homework assistance, and created opportunities to help students discover their passions and reach their full potential. As a Program Coordinator, Ms. Carich is responsible for providing our senior residents with social services, educational classes, and social activities.