Buckeye Community Hope Foundation - Housing Division Staff

Steven J. Boone President

Mr. Boone has been with RLJ Management Company, Inc. for 26 years working directly with daily operations, financial analysis and project development. In 1991, he founded Buckeye Community Hope Foundation as a 501 (3) (c) not-for-profit corporation and continued to be a very hands-on- developer and manager of affordable housing. He is active in industry affiliations that serve managers, developers and owners. Mr. Boone’s career began at General Electric Company where he gained invaluable experience in financial analysis and asset management. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Philip Lechner Jr. CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lechner joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in a newly created position of Chief Financial Officer in August, 2011. He has more than 30 years of accounting and auditing experience in the construction, affordable housing, non-profit organizations and real estate fields. He will utilize his experience to benefit Buckeye and related companies providing a high level of accounting knowledge to improve and upgrade the accounting, reporting and funding draw processes.

Mr. Lechner has demonstrated expertise with cost certification audits, including LIHTC, HUD and RD- financed multi-family housing projects, as well as not-for profit financial reporting and analysis, and consulting services related to multi-family development from the perspective of developers and tax planning for investors and high net worth individuals.

Mr. Lechner received a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from Wittenberg University in 1979. His professional licenses and memberships include:

  • Certified Public Accountant – Ohio
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

David F. Petroni Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Petroni joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in 2012.  His role is to facilitate new and existing market growth as the organization’s Director of Business Development bridging both sides of Buckeye’s mission – affordable housing and education.  Each task is unique, yet complimentary by assisting public charter schools with facilities, and using the housing credit program to redevelop and create affordable housing options. 
Mr. Petroni graduated from The Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing. He has more than twenty years experience in finance and public policy specializing in real estate and public education.  Through his career he has held senior management positions at large real estate development organizations as well as founded a nonprofit corporation chartered by the State of Florida to assist low to moderate-income families.  He has developed and under written over 10,000 apartments valued at over $1.4 billion in assets.

Mr. Petroni has been active in other community nonprofit organizations including: non-profit advocacy groups in multiple states, the Chamber of Commerce; a past the Rotary; and past President, Treasurer, and Board member of a 1,200 homeowners association. In 2005 Mr. Petroni was appointed by Ohio then Governor Taft to serve on the State of Ohio’s Housing Trust Advisory Committee. This Committee was responsible for recommending on average $50 million annually and providing resources to organizations that serve homeless people and families in need of affordable housing across the State of Ohio.  Currently, he is an elected member of the Springboro Community City School Board which term ends in December of 2015.

Ian J. Maute Vice President of Development

Ian Maute joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in 2013.  Mr. Maute has been developing housing using the LIHTC, and USDA Rural Development and HUD funding programs for eight years.  In addition to new construction projects Mr. Maute specializes in the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing properties.  Prior to joining BCHF Mr. Maute was employed as Vice-President at The Woda Group, Inc.  Prior to The Woda Group, Inc., Mr. Maute worked for The Schenk Company, Inc., a Columbus based commercial real estate firm.  Mr. Maute also worked for the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP).  As Vice President of Development for BCHF, Mr. Maute will help oversee development activities in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Maute received his B.S. (cum laude) in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 2005, and his MBA from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business in 2012.

Paul Riemenschneider Assistant Director of Development

Mr. Riemenschneider is the Assistant Director of Development at Buckeye where he aids in project design and implementation of Accessibility, Universal Design and Visitability concept of which are translated into Buckye’s rehabilitation project’s scope of work. He also prepares quantity take-off analysis for tax credit applications as well as for insurance property losses.

He has been with Buckeye since 2007, where he initially assisted with writing the tax credit applications. Prior to working for Buckeye, Mr. Riemenschneider was a consultant on insurance repair and construction services. Before his consulting practice, he was a partner in National Improvement and National Coatings, home improvement and painting companies which employed a staff of 25. Mr. Riemenschneider attended The Ohio State University.

Jody McRainey Director of Support Services

Ms. McRainey joined BCHF in 2007 as its very first Director of Support Services. Her primary responsibility is to build and manage the Department of Support Services, which currently consists of 21 service coordinators at 40 sites. She is also responsible for writing grants to aid the properties and working with management to ensure the residents are getting all the help they need. Ms. McRainey has over 13 years of experience in the supportive services field, as she was the former Tax Credit Services Manager for National Church Residences for eight years where she won numerous awards including in 2005, the Excellence in Supportive Services award and the Outstanding Service and Leadership award. In 2006, she won the American Association of Service Coordinator’s Award of Excellence for Honoring and Creating Understanding of Cultural Diversity. She has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and an Associate Degree in Gerontology.

John Haytas Architect

Mr. Haytas joined BCHF in 2007 after having his own architectural practice for more than 28 years. His practice included special needs housing projects as well as private residential and small commercial projects. His firm has always worked toward designing functional, cost conscious buildings that are responsive to client’s needs. He is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Architecture and participated in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture student summer exchange program, traveling and working in Europe and Scandinavia.

Since joining BCHF his firm has completed the design of 240 new LIHTC housing units and the renovation of 52 existing LIHTC housing units. In addition to Ohio he has also completed new construction and rehabilitation projects in Kentucky and West Virginia totaling 191 units. He has also designed 10 new construction in-fill homes and 20 rehabilitation single-family homes for the Columbus Hilltop neighborhood.

Mr. Haytas has served on several Columbus area architectural review commissions and is a current member of the Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment.

George Mattei Production Manager

Mr. Mattei joined Buckeye in October of 2013 as Production Manager.  In this role, George manages the application, due diligence and closing processes for deals, as well as completing financial analysis and underwriting for developments.  George has over 15 years of experience in the affordable housing realm.  This includes 8 years at Homeport, a non-profit developer, where he advanced to Director of Finance and Production and was responsible for overseeing the production processes and financial deal structuring for that organization.  George also managed deals from inception to completion, using a variety of programs including LIHTC, HUD Section 8, 202 and FHA programs, and other grant programs Prior to this George spent several years as a Development Analyst at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, where he provided investment and consulting services to development partners.  George has a Bachelor of Science from Stonehill College in Massachusetts and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Dylan Collner Development Analyst

Mr. Collner has been with BCHF since 2008. He primarily works on the development of new applications for funding using 9% tax credits, HOME, Housing Trust Fund, USDA programs, HUD programs, ARRA and NSP funding. From application packaging to debt and equity closing through construction completion and lease up Mr. Collner works with a project from start to finish. He also assists with the in house information technology for the home office and regional sites.

Charles Geer Development Analyst

Mr. Geer joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in March, 2013.  He works in all areas of development including affordable housing and school facilities, assisting with LIHTC applications, writing grants and working closely with contractors.

Prior to joining BCHF, Mr. Geer spent time in several state and national political offices, including serving as Central Ohio Regional Liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Grassroots and Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Steve Austria’s successful reelection campaign, Administrative Assistant & Tour Coordinator for Congressman Austria’s Washington, D.C. office and Majority Communications Assistant under then Ohio Speaker of the House Jon Husted.

Mr. Geer is a Columbus native, a 2005 graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School and a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in philosophy.