The ROC USA® staff has grown since our 2008 launch as our footprint and portfolio of resident-owned communities have increased, too. We come from a number of disciplines and bring a wide variety of experiences and expertise.
The ROC USA, LLC Members make appointments that make up the majority of our 14-seat Board of Directors. ROC community leaders, elected democratically by their peers across the country, affiliates and manufactured housing industry professional make up the rest.
Senior Management Team
Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA, LLC (June 2008) – Paul founded ROC USA® in 2008 with three LLC Members and a national sponsor and nine Network affiliates on 16 years of direct experience in every aspect of community organizing, training, project management, and financing in the resident-owned community market niche. Prior to ROC USA, Paul served as Vice President for Manufactured Housing at NH Community Loan Fund where he managed the growth of manufactured housing loan portfolio from $3MM to $33MM over nine years. In 2001, he also led the design, capitalization and implementation of the Loan Fund’s entrance into retail single-family lending in resident-owned communities, a program which won the 2009 Wachovia NEXT Award for Innovation in Community Development Finance. As President of ROC USA, Paul plays a key role in implementing strategic goals and objectives, and gives direction and leadership towards the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission and strategy. In 2018, Paul was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors in the cooperative sector.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. In 2007, he graduated from Achieving Excellence in Community Development, a joint 18-month Executive Education program with NeighborWorks® America and Harvard University. Paul was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2011 and the Carsey Institute Social Innovator of the Year in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the Jerry Voorhis Memorial Award by the National Association of Housing Cooperatives.
David Doyon, CFO, ROC USA, LLC (October 2008) – David has more than 25 years of experience in fields of financial, managerial and international accounting. He has worked in public accounting and has performed audits on for-profit and non-profit entities, and prepared financial statements and tax returns for these clients, as well. David has also worked in the industry as a controller and consultant in the areas of financial accounting/management, cash flow management, consolidation accounting and international financial reporting standards. David utilizes many of these skills in his role at ROC USA. He is responsible for the financial planning, policies, procedures, and the maintenance of the financial records at ROC USA. David is also a faculty member and past Accounting Department chairman at Southern New Hampshire University. David holds a B.S. bachelor’s degree in accounting and a MBA.
Carl Michelakos, Chief Administrative Officer, ROC USA, LLC (April 2019) — Carl brings over 15 years of cooperative experience through his previous work at CCA Global. Before joining the ROC USA team, Carl served as Vice President of Operations for two divisions at CCA Global — the Bike Cooperative and CCA Sports Retail Services. As CAO, Carl is responsible for the general day-to-day office operations and the technology systems of the national office. Carl has a degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Mary O’Hara, Director, ROC USA Network (June 2008) – Previous to joining ROC USA® Network as its founding Director, Mary spent 15 years providing a wide range of community investment and development consulting services as a principal in Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC, a national consulting cooperative. Mary has 25 years of experience in the field of community development lending and community reinvestment. She has served in leadership positions at the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group, Boston Community Capital, and the Institute for Community Economics. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in government and human services from Cornell University, School of Human Ecology. In 2014, Mary graduated from Achieving Excellence in Community Development, a joint 18-month Executive Education program with NeighborWorks® America and Harvard University.
Michael Sloss, Managing Director, ROC USA Capital (June 2008) – Michael brings more than 24 years of experience as an affordable housing lender, developer and consultant at the local, state and national levels, with a focus on resident-controlled housing. He is responsible for directing all of the certified CDFI’s key business functions, including: capitalization, loan origination and closing, loan servicing and portfolio management. Michael has presided over ROC USA® Capital since the beginning and is responsible for all lending, capital raising and portfolio management activities. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Hampshire College, is a Certified Housing Counselor, and graduated from the Community Development Lending School Certificate Program.
Mike Bullard, Communications & Marketing Manager, ROC USA, LLC (April 2012) – Before joining ROC USA, Mike was the executive editor of the Cecil Whig, a newspaper in Elkton, Md. He led an editorial staff of 19 at the 15,000-circulation daily paper. His responsibilities included working daily with reporters, photographers, and copy editors, while coaching new reporters and creating a strong online presence for news articles and videos. Previously Mike worked as an editor and reporter in Maine and Maryland. and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware in Newark, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Sammi Chickering, Digital Media Specialist, ROC USA LLC (March 2020) – Prior to joining the ROC USA team, Sammi spent eight years working in collegiate athletics communications with stops at New England College, Anna Maria College and Norwich University. At Anna Maria, she also served as an assistant athletic director and the senior woman administrator (SWA). As Digital Media Specialist, Sammi manages the web and social media presence for ROC USA. Sammi holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management and an MBA, both from Southern New Hampshire University.
Katherine A. Eads Galdieri, Senior Operations Director, ROC USA, LLC (June 2012) – Kate has a diverse background in paralegal work and office management with two law firms and senior editorial experience in statutory interpretation and reconstruction with West Publishing. She worked on U.S Circuit Court and U.S. Supreme Court briefs at an appellate boutique firm in Washington, D.C., and later built the business systems of a start-up law firm from the ground up in Minneapolis. In her role, she helps bolster the growth both for the national team and the regional staff. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in government and English from Georgetown University.
David Edie, Loan Servicing Assistant, ROC USA Capital (October 2018) – Prior to working for ROC USA Capital, David worked for Baillie Lumber Company in Hamburg, N.Y. as an accountant. As the Loan Servicing Assistant, David helps ROCs manage their loans, such as handling their escrow accounts and looking over budgets and financials. He graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and financing.
Chiji Eke, Investor Relations Associate, ROC USA Capital (November 2020) – Chiji comes to ROC USA after serving as an Investor Relations Manager at EB5 Capital located in Bethesda, Maryland, where she raised over $6 million in real estate investment through the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigrant Investor Program. She has also worked in the financial and tech industries with Morgan Stanley, Cambridge Associates and Uber. As Investor Relations Associate, Chiji assists with grant writing and raising capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.
Andy Jaffe, Loan Compliance & Asset Manager, ROC USA Capital (November 2020) — Andy is an experienced real estate professional with an extensive background in both residential and commercial real estate. He comes to ROC USA from Stewart Title Guaranty Company, where he worked as an underwriter and assistant vice president. He also served as a commercial loan administrator at Bank of America for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Jeremy Lemay, Accounting Manager, ROC USA, LLC (November 2016) — Jeremy worked part-time for ROC USA before joining the team full-time. He handles the accounting for the staff and provides support in the loan servicing department. His work includes formulating quarterly reports, escrow and financial statement analysis, preparing monthly financial statements, and working with Certified Technical Assistance Providers, property managers and ROC residents. Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Anne Leonard, Events Coordinator, ROC USA, LLC (November 2019) — Anne joined the ROC USA team with an extensive background in coordinating all kinds of events, including seven years coordinating alumni relations events at Saint Anselm College. Most recently, she worked as a corporate concierge for LesConcierges. In her role, Anne coordinates all logistics for internal and external events put on by the national organization, as well as work on regional events across the Network.
Julie Massa, Network Collaboration and Training Manager, ROC USA Network (January 2021) — Julie has worked as a cooperative developer, organizer and advocate since 1997. Before her work with the services cooperative Columinate, Julie led and assisted in the cooperative conversion of 16 manufactured housing resident-owned communities in Oregon within the ROC USA Network. As Network Collaboration and Training Manager, Julie manages and delivers ROC USA Network’s train-the-trainer, peer-to-peer, and technical assistance program for the certified TA providers within the Network and supports Network affiliates with staff development, best practice research and tool development, peer-to-peer knowledge transfer, and continuous performance improvement. Julie holds a B.A. in Human Ecology and has completed graduate-level nonprofit management, facilitation, and community collaboration courses at Portland State University.
Kevin Porter, Loan Officer, ROC USA Capital (February 2015) – Kevin has over 15 years of real estate finance experience, including single-family, multi-family and energy efficiency lending. Prior to joining ROC USA Capital, Kevin worked for two community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in Connecticut and a community development credit union in the Bronx, N.Y. As Loan Officer, Kevin manages all aspects of ROC USA Capital’s loan origination during the pre- and post-purchase process. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bates College and a master’s degree in economics, with a focus on community development, from the New School for Social Research. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy NH.
Angela Romeo, National Acquisitions and Project Manager, ROC USA Network (August 2017) – Angela brought millions of infrastructure rehab dollars into affordable, resident-owned communities and helped dozens of resident groups through the community purchase process while working at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. Before joining ROC-NH, a program of the Community Loan Fund, Angela worked closely with the Department of Planning and Zoning in Franklin, Mass., where she focused on economic development. Angela manages the national pipeline of prospective and active resident purchases of communities with the Network affiliates. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations and a master’s in community development and planning from Clark University.
Tammy Trahan, Data Administrator, ROC USA, LLC (Oct. 2019) – Prior to joining ROC USA, Tammy worked as an administrative assistant for the Episocopal Diocese of New Hampshire. In her role, Tammy maintains the data within ROC USA national Network system, working closely with the SalesForce Administrator and Senior Operations Director.
Heather Weste, Salesforce Administrator, ROC USA, LLC (March 2018) — Heather worked as a contractor for ROC USA for just over a year-and-a-half before joining the team permanently. Heather maintains and expands the Salesforce database. She’s worked with other nonprofits in the past, including ROC-NH, a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and AmeriCorps in Maine. Heather earned a degree in International Studies from the University of Southern Maine.
Robin Wilcox, Portfolio Manager, ROC USA Capital (December 2012) – Robin first joined as a temporary accountant when ROC USA launched in 2008 and returned as a full-time employee when a position opened that matched her strong background in accounting and business analysis. Robin has accounting experience in numerous related fields, including property management, construction and property management software. Robin manages the ROC USA Capital portfolio, helping ROCs with loan servicing tasks like escrow payments, CIP Project monitoring and annual Loan Portfolio reviews. Robin earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Manchester Community College and holds numerous certificates.
Aura Wood, Office Administrator, ROC USA, LLC (July 2019) — Aura has helped run and maintain the operations of various businesses over the years, including tire shops, tattoo parlors and rental properties. Most recently, she worked as the supervisor at Pet Agree, a training and grooming business, where she handled many of the daily tasks and maintained their website. In her role at ROC USA, Aura performs a variety of administrative and clerical tasks providing support to all staff, assisting in daily office needs and managing our company’s general administrative activities with a focus on technology and continuous improvement.
Resident Ownership Capital, LLC (d/b/a “ROC USA Capital”) and Resident Ownership Network, LLC (d/b/a “ROC USA Network”) are wholly-owned subsidiaries of ROC USA, LLC, an exempt nonprofit organization organized in the State of Delaware and operating from home offices in Concord, N.H.
Board of Directors
Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA, LLC
Lauren Counts (Vice Chair), Senior Director, Head of National Programs, Capital Impact Partners
Jennifer Hopkins (Board Secretary), Director of Single Family Housing, NH Community Loan Fund
Shanti Abedin, Director of Shared Equity Housing, NeighborWorks® America
Diane Borradaile, Chief Lending Officer, Capital Impact Partners
Lorie Cahill, President, Green Acres Cooperative
Kim Capen, President, Medvil Cooperative, Inc.
Marjory Gilsrud, President, Madelia Mobile Village Cooperative
Amir Kirkwood, Chief Lending and Investment Officer, Opportunity Finance Network
Rutledge Simmons, Executive Vice President and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary, NeighborWorks® America
Lillian Singh, Vice President of Programs & Racial Wealth Equity, Prosperity Now
Michael Swack, Professor and Faculty Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire