Andrea Baker, Housing Counselor
Andrea joined the Neighbor to Neighbor staff as a Housing Counselor in January 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in May, 2012. Andrea's current responsibilities include assisting clients with Emergency Rent Assistance, First Month's Rent Assistance and Housing Search Assistance. She is dedicated to representing N2N's mission and to supporting our community members. In her free time, Andrea enjoys painting, running and mentoring high school youth.
Home is where I heal from life's trauma. It is where I can be vulnerable and genuine without repercussion or rejection. Home provides a safe and stable environment for me to wind down and process life.""
Marla Cleary, Property Manager
Marla began her position as N2N's Property Manager in August 2016. She originally joined the N2N staff in September 2015 as the housing counselor at the Murphy Center for Hope. She received her Masters of Art degree in Women and Gender Studies and her Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of North Carolina in May, 2014. Her career in property management began in 2009 as a leasing consultant in North Carolina and has continued to expand all the way to Colorado. Marla's current responsibilities include managing N2N's affordable and Section 8 programs. She is dedicated to lifting up N2N's mission as well as our residents and community members. Marla's passion is rooted in social justice and she enjoys spending her free time volunteering and being with her family.
"Home is a safe place. It can change in appearance and location over time, but it will always be where I lay my head down and feel safe enough to close my eyes. Everyone should have a right to a safe space that they call home."
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."
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."
Melissa Frasure, 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."
Giavanni Heflin, Housing Counselor
Gia joined the staff of N2N in July 2016. Gia graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and has since loved working anywhere in the community. She stays involved and up to date on recent issues and serves as an advocate for the community. Gia’s current responsibilities include assisting clients with Emergency Rent Assistance, First Month's Rent Assistance and Housing Search Assistance. Gia says it feels good to be able to provide that sustainability and people with the tools to become self-sufficient and hopefully one day become homeowners. In her free time, Gia enjoys playing with her son and reading.
"Home to me is one of the only places that I can be my utmost self, all my achievements, secrets, goals, creativity and imagination lie in my home."
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 has been N2N's Program Director since 2012.
Steve’s current responsibilities include oversight and management of the Housing Counseling Programs. 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."
Jenny Maeda, Finance Director
Jenny joined the Neighbor to Neighbor staff as Finance Director in July 2015. Originally from Illinois, she is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently completing graduate work at Colorado State University. She previously worked for non-profit organizations supporting financial management, client relations, fundraising, and organization administration.
Jenny’s responsibilities include maintaining financial records, financial reporting, cash and asset management, budgeting, and assistance with grant compliance. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.
“Home is a safe, comfortable place I share with my family. It is a place to be the best version of yourself and help those you love to do the same.”
Alea Rzonca, Homeownership Counselor
Alea joined Neighbor to Neighbor as an intern in January of 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in the fall of 2014. She became N2N's Housing Counselor at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope in 2014 and now provides counseling in Loveland at the Life Center.
Alea's current responsibilities include Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, and teaching Homebuyer Education Classes. She is certified in HECM counseling and Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. In Alea's free time she likes to explore Northern Colorado with her family.
"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 my kids can focus on being kids and not on where they will lay their heads down every night."
Alan Simon, Lead Maintenance Technician
Alan is a native Kansan, moving to Colorado from Topeka in 2011. While in Topeka he studied criminal justice and graduated from Washburn University. Alan's first career was in law enforcement and he was the Sergeant of Civil Process when he retired from the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office in 2011. In Fort Collins Alan has worked for the Larimer County HUB and was introduced to N2N while working for Larimer County Alternative Sentencing. Alan's love of hands-on work sent him back to school and he graduated from the Front Range Community College HVAC/R program with certificates in residental and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration. Alan was working for a local air conditioning/plumbing company when he was hired by N2N. Alan enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
"Home is a retreat where I go for shelter and security. Home is also where the heart is, and I go there to find the people I love the most."
Beverly Suits, Office Manager
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. She enjoys free time with her husband, family and dogs.
"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."