Buckeye Community Hope Foundation - Housing Division Staff

Steven J. Boone President/Founder

Mr. Boone 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 with RLJ Management, taking majority ownership in 1989. Mr. Boone 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. Mr. Boone 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 2011. Mr. Lechner brought more than 30 years of accounting and auditing experience in the construction, affordable housing, non-profit organizations and real estate fields. Mr. Lechner’s experience benefits BCHF and its 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 USDA 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. Mr. Lechner’s professional licenses and memberships include:  Certified Public Accountant – Ohio, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ian J. Maute Vice President of Development

Mr. 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 since 2005. 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 helps 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 Construction and Insurance Loss Estimating-Construction Management

Mr. Riemenschneider joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in 2005 where he has served in a variety of roles, including writing tax credit applications and consulting on insurance loss repair and construction services. Mr. Riemenschneider is responsible for preparing quantity take-off analysis and construction project management for tax credit construction projects, as well as for insurance property loss claims. Mr. Riemenschneider also assists in project design and implementation of Accessibility, Universal Design and Visitibility concepts which are translated into BCHF’s rehabilitation projects.

Jody McRainey Director of Support Services

Ms. McRainey joined BCHF in 2007 as its very first Director of Support Services. Ms. McRainey has built a department that provides support services to 53 tax credit and HUD buildings in five states and manages a staff of 24 Service Coordinators. Ms. McRainey is responsible for writing the support service plans for all of the BCHF tax credit applications, as well as reaching out to local service providers for support.  Ms. McRainey is also responsible for writing grants for programming that support the residents and enhance their lives. Ms. McRainey brought over 14 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, Ms. McRainey won the American Association of Service Coordinator’s Award of Excellence for Honoring and Creating Understanding of Cultural Diversity. In 2013, Ms. McRainey won Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing’s Award of Excellence in Service Coordination. Ms. McRainey has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and an Associate Degree in Gerontology.

John Haytas Architect

Mr. Haytas joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in 2007, after owning his own architectural firm for more than 28 years.  During this time, Mr. Haytas designed special needs housing projects, as well as private residential and small commercial projects. Mr. Haytas’ firm has always worked toward designing functional, cost conscious buildings that are responsive to client’s needs. Mr. Haytas 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. 

Mr. Haytas’ firm has completed the design of more than 300 new LIHTC housing units and the renovation of more than 200 existing LIHTC housing units. In addition to Ohio, Mr. Haytas has completed new construction and rehabilitation projects in Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. Haytas has also designed ten 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 past member of the Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Brenda D. Jacques Corporate Compliance Manager

Ms. Jacques joined BCHF in June 2014.  Ms. Jacques comes to us with over 15 years of experience in affordable housing including LIHTC, HOME, ARRA, NSP and HUD financing and the closing of all real estate transactions. Ms. Jacques previous experience with Miller-Valentine Group included supervising her staff where she was a key member of the development team and directed the compliance group’s participation in submitting LIHTC applications in 14 states. Ms. Jacques succeeded in creating several processes to streamline the tracking of purchase agreements, deadlines, escrow deposits and title. Ms. Jacques maintained the data base for all project related documents including the Reservation Agreements, Carryover Agreements and Restrictive Covenant Agreements where she tracked all deadlines making sure the information contained within the documents was correct and timely. Ms. Jacques received her degree in Paralegal Studies in 1999.

Dylan Collner Senior Development Analyst

Mr. Collner has been with Buckeye Community Hope Foundation since 2008. Mr. Collner 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. Mr. Collner 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 as a Development Analyst.  Mr. Geer comes to BCHF with a background in politics, having worked for legislators at both the state and federal level as well as for the Ohio Secretary of State. Mr. Geer is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Mr. Geer is involved with the day-to-day development of the project, including assembling applications, working with contractors, coordinating events and providing general support.

Zachary Crafton Financial Analyst

Mr. Crafton joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) in 2015. Mr. Crafton’s day-to-day tasks includes producing and managing 15-year proformas, assisting with developing funding applications, and working with developers to analyze and compile due diligence for closings. Mr. Crafton brings seven years of experience in housing and community development research. Before joining the team, Mr. Crafton served as a Senior Research Associate with Community Research Partners, where he developed and managed research projects from inception to completion, including the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for both the City of Columbus and Franklin County. Prior to this, Mr. Crafton worked as a Project Manager at the Housing Research and Advocacy Center where he oversaw the Cleveland Region’s participation in HUD’s Housing Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 study. Mr. Crafton has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto.