Kelly Evans, Executive Director
Kelly joined the staff of Neighbor to Neighbor as Executive Director in November 2012. Prior to joining Neighbor to Neighbor, Kelly served as Executive Director of a non-profit home health agency in Lawrence, KS. Kelly is a licensed social worker and graduate of the University of Kansas.
Her professional background includes directing organizations, providing support to individuals with disabilities and older adults, leading coalitions, participating in Chamber of Commerce events and committees, and service on Boards of Directors. Kelly enjoys combining her love of service and leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit. When not at work, Kelly cherishes adventures with her two school-aged boys and husband.
"Home is where my family helps one another grow and be the best we can be."
Amie Andre joined our N2N team on October 25th, 2012. She attended Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California for Early Childhood Education. Amie has been in Property Management for over 8 years managing Convention and Affordable Housing properties. Recently, she managed a 276 unit Affordable Housing Property in Denver for 3 years. She also was a Housing Coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Loveland working with Section 8, PSS, Section 236 and Homeownership Programs. As a Housing Coordinator with HACOL, she collaborated with the Loveland Library and other organizations to create Maple Terrace Kids Club, where children of all ages could get assistance with homework, healthy meals, access to computers and a Literacy Program through the Library. Amie is very happy to work with N2N residents, focusing on resident relations and believes in creating a wonderful environment for all residents and families.
“HOME is a place where it all starts: building and maintaining stability, unconditional love, encouragement and guidance while providing quality time for families. Securing your home and mine matters to me.”
Jan Arends, Chief Financial Officer
Jan joined Neighbor to Neighbor in April, 2007. Jan lived in the Denver Metro area for 18 years before moving to Fort Collins in 2000. Jan passed the CPA exam in 1995 and has over 30 years of Accounting and Financial experience in Non-Profit, Government, Banking and Corporate accounting. Jan oversees all financial functions at Neighbor to Neighbor, including the management of $9 Million in assets, multiple layers of funding support, federal housing assistance payments, Section 8 administration, Audits and Compliance Reporting for numerous grants, strategic financial planning and Human Resources. Jan's experience includes Asset Management, Property Management, Commercial Construction as well as working and volunteering with several Non-Profits. Jan originally heard about N2N's great work through a relationship with someone who received assistance from N2N. N2N prevented homelessness for the single mother of 3 children and Jan knew it was a place she'd like to work.
"With all that is happening in the outside world, home is the stable, safe haven where the family can come together, sit down to a warm meal, no peer pressure, relax from the stress, sleep in peace at night and have a roof over our heads to keep us out of the weather – hot or cold."
Marty DeGrofft, Section 8 Coordinator
Marty joined the property management staff in September 2004 with many years of previous office experience including a broad knowledge of the construction industry. As the Office Manager, her responsibilities include the day to day office environment and function. As the Section 8 Coordinator, she tracks clients from the application process all the way through to move in adhering to HUD guidelines, entering all new resident info into the property tracking system and processing work orders and certifications. Marty earned a B. A. in Education from Eastern Oregon State College.
"Home, to me, is a comforting escape from reality with an emotional attachment. It gives me a sense of security, loving memories we have created and a place to relax and to be. It is what we have built for ourselves to enjoy with family and friends."
Steve initially became involved with Neighbor to Neighbor as a volunteer in the fall of 2008, performing various tasks including administrative work and event coordination. Steve joined the N2N staff in July of 2009 as a Housing Counselor for N2N’s Renter Program at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope. He became N2N's Housing Counseling Program Manager in the summer of 2012.
Steve’s current responsibilities include oversight and management of the Housing Counseling Programs, and Reverse Mortgage (HECM) Counseling. He has participated in NeighborWorks America trainings and is certified in HECM Counseling, Homeownership Counseling for Program Managers, and Loan Portfolio Management. Steve earned a B.A. in Business Management from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Outside of work, Steve enjoys running, hiking, and coaching youth football.
"Home is a safe place to relax and enjoy life with loved ones. Home can serve as a laboratory to be creative with cooking, making music, or storytelling. My ideal home is one filled with joy and laughter."
Leonard Ruibal, Maintenance Supervisor
A native of Colorado, Leonard has over 20 years experience in both multi-family and commercial Property Management and Maintenance. Leonard began his career in Maintenance in 1980 at the Ramblewood Apartments in Fort Collins, followed by a Property Management position for Old Town Square. Before joining Neighbor to Neighbor in 2006, Leonard oversaw the Argyle Apartments, a $25 million property consisting of 280 units, as their Maintenance Supervisor for a period of nine years. As Maintenance Supervisor for Neighbor to Neighbor, Leonard is responsible for 162 units across 10 affordable housing communities throughout Fort Collins and Loveland.
"Home is my sanctuary. A place I work hard for, work on, and nurture to provide a safe, comfortable and happy environment for myself and those I love. Home is more than just a house. It's a commitment and it's where I feel loved, needed, and respected."
Beverly Suits, Executive Assistant
Beverly was a volunteer for Neighbor to Neighbor in the spring of 2009 and enthusiastically joined the team in August, 2009 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Beverly provides additional support for the rest of the staff in various capacities, which include housing assistance, resource development and marketing. Beverly is the recording secretary for the Board of Directors. Beverly has been a business owner, horse trainer, and a senior executive assistant for companies in Houston, Texas. She majored in psychology at the University of Texas.
"Home is where my family is, where we have a refuge. In such a busy world home is where I can be free to enjoy my wonderful family and the comfortable environment we have created.
Home is a great blessing."
Elsa Turner, Lead Housing Counselor
Elsa first became involved with Neighbor to Neighbor as an intern in spring of 2008. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in fall of 2008. During her internship, she worked closely with the counselors, created the Larimer County Landlord Rental Resource Packet, and assisted staff in any area needed.
She re-joined the N2N team as a Renter Program Housing Counselor in July 2010. She is the Lead Housing Counselor for N2N and has earned the following certifications from NeighborWorks America: Homeownership Counseling and Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. Her current responsibilities include Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, assisting in the oversight of the Renter Program and managing the volunteers and functioning of the Loveland Office.
"Home matters to me because it is a safe place to go, a place to relax, a place to have fun and a place my family can grow together."
Melissa Glenn, Homeownership Counselor
Melissa joined the Neighbor to Neighbor staff in September 2012. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2008. She has spent time working in New York City at various non-profits and in Boulder, Colorado working at an emergency overnight homeless shelter.
Melissa's responsibilities include Home Purchase Advising and teaching Homebuyer Education classes. She has participated in NeighborWorks America training and is certified in Mortgage Lending, Homeownership Counseling and Homebuyer Education.
"Home matters to me because it is a place where I can feel safe and comfortable no matter what is going on in the outside world. When I walk in to my home I know it will be a positive and loving environment where my family can learn, grow and share our lives with those we love."
Alea joined Neighbor to Neighbor as an intern in January of 2014. She will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in the fall of 2014. She began her new position as N2N's Housing Counselor at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope in June 2014.
Alea's current responsibilities include assisting clients in Fort Collins with Emergency Rent Assistance, First Month's Rent Assistance and Housing Search Assistance. She believes in and works toward N2N's mission of helping individuals and families find and maintain stable housing. In Alea's free time she likes to go exploring Northern Colorado with her son.
"Home is stability for my family. It is the largest step-up that I can provide to my children to guarantee that they are going to be able to live up to their full potential. It not only shelters us from weather, but it also ensures that my son can focus on being a kid and not on where he will lay his head down every night."
Rachel interned for Neighbor to Neighbor during her undergraduate work and then returned to N2N as a Housing Counselor in March of 2013. Rachel attended Colorado State University and majored in Human Development and Family Studies. In the future, she plans to work toward a masters degree.
Currently, Rachel is a Housing Counselor for the Loveland Renter Program, assisting clients with Emergency Rent Assistance, First Month's Rent Assistance and providing Housing Search Assistance for clients looking for affordable, sustainable housing options. Rachel enjoys counseling, working with youth and families, and educating clients with budgeting and future planning. She loves the team mindset at Neighbor to Neighbor and the ability to work in a counseling setting with a variety of people and situations. During her personal time, she enjoys spending time outside with family and her dogs.
"Home is safety and security in its tangible form. It’s home base, it’s your retreat, it’s the foundation you can return to. When home isn’t present, we’re unsheltered from life’s storms. Regardless of what comes your way, it’s vital to know that there are a few walls standing between you and the rest of the world."
Stephanie Alley, Resident Services Coordinator
Stephanie joined the Neighbor to Neighbor staff in September 2014. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University in May 2014. Stephanie has spent time working with the homeless population as an intern through Homeless Gear, providing them with seasonal gear for life on the streets, as well as helping them move towards self-sufficiency.
Stephanie's current responsibilities include welcoming new residents, evaluating needs, and helping them achieve their personal goals. In her free time she enjoys traveling and relaxing with her husband and son.
"When I think of home I am reminded of the memories that have been created with my family & friends. It is a place where we can enjoy each other’s company, work through difficult situations, or just be silly without onlookers thinking we are crazy!"