Buckeye Community Hope Foundation - Housing Division Staff

Steven J. Boone President/Founder

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

Philip J. Lechner joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) in 2011. Mr. Lechner has 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. His professional licenses and memberships include:  Certified Public Accountant – Ohio, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

David F. Petroni Vice President of Business Development

David Petroni joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) in 2011 providing business development services and is an active development partner.  Mr. Petroni provides over 24 years of experience in affordable housing development, which include over 5,000 units in 14 states.  Prior to working with BCHF, Mr. Petroni worked under contract with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA).  During that term, he was responsible for participating in policy development for the allocation and financial feasibility of all agency housing credit developments and tax-exempt bond financed properties which created over 6,000 affordable housing units across the State of Ohio.  Under the July 2010 Federal Register, Mr. Petroni created OHFA’s Subsidy Layering Program and evaluated 30 properties for project-based rental assistance.  Mr. Petroni’s previous experience includes being Director of the Multifamily Division of a large multi-state developer of both market rate and affordable housing.  Mr. Petroni is a graduate of Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.

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 Construction and Insurance Loss Estimating-Construction Management

Paul Riemenschneider joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) 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.  He also assists in project design and implementation of Accessibility, Universal Design and Visitibility concepts of which are translated into BCHF’s rehabilitation projects.

Jody McRainey Director of Support Services

Jody McRainey joined BCHF in 2007 as its very first Director of Support Services. She 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 has 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, she won the American Association of Service Coordinator’s Award of Excellence for Honoring and Creating Understanding of Cultural Diversity. In 2013, she won Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing’s Award of Excellence in Service Coordination. She 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 (BCHF) 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.

George Mattei Vice President of Finance and Production

George Mattei joined Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) in 2013.  Mr. Mattei manages the application, due diligence and closing processes for deals, as well as completing financial analysis and underwriting for developments.  Mr. Mattei has over 15 years of experience in the affordable housing realm.  This includes seven 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.  Mr. Mattei also developed 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, Mr. Mattei spent several years as a Development Analyst at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, where he provided LIHTC 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.

Vandana Sareen Vice President of Finance and Production

Vandana Sareen has over 13 years of experience in multi-family affordable housing and community development leading mixed-income, mixed-finance, LIHTC, HOPE VI transactions and grant management. Prior to joining BCHF in October 2014, Ms. Sareen worked for a non-profit, specialized financial intermediary, syndication and consulting group dedicated to development and preservation of affordable housing for national non-profit developers. Ms. Sareen worked for a private affordable housing development firm from 2001 to 2011, undertaking two HOPE VI planning grants for Daytona Beach FL and subsequent implementation of several HOPE VI developments for Public Housing Authority clients and partners including Columbia SC, Greenville, SC, and Fayetteville NC. Ms. Sareen has structured, underwritten 20+ LIHTC projects totaling over $250M in development costs; facilitated master-planning of 1,500+ housing units, including four HOPE VI sites; coordinated and lead development of 1300+ units, closed seventeen LIHTC/HUD mixed – finance transactions, including three 4% multi-family bond developments. Ms. Sareen has a Bachelor from School of Planning & Architecture in New Delhi and a Masters of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brenda D. JacquesCorporate Compliance Manager

Brenda Jacques joined BCHF in June 2014.  Ms. Jacques comes to us with over 15 years’ 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.  Brenda received her degree in Paralegal Studies in 1999.

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

Charles 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.  He 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.