President/CEO - Christine A. Johnston:
Ms. Christine A. Johnston first started serving HFN in April of 2009 when she came on board as HFN’s Executive Director. Ms. Johnston was the former Operations Manager for Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada. Immediately, Ms. Johnston augmented production by hiring additional staff, re-negotiated the existing HOME contracts and applied for and received over $8 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds, a program designed to rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned properties. The acquisition of new contracts is due to Ms. Johnston’s excellent leadership and ambition towards pursuing profitable ventures, allowing HFN to develop and offer expanded services to the community.
In March 2011, the HFN Executive Committee elected Ms. Johnston to serve as the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, in the summer of 2013 she created a new home rehabilitation program called AREDCOR built with a group of investor partners. This venture generates consistent revenue to HFN, giving the agency the ability to thrive and prosper.
Ms. Johnston brings a wealth of resources to her position and to the organization as a whole. Under her leadership, HFN has played an integral role in the revitalization of low-income neighborhoods in Southern Nevada. With an educational background in Business and Real Estate, Ms. Johnston brings more than fifteen years of experience in the community. Her experience in various industries such as real estate sales and rental management; event and advertising production; graphic arts; and motion picture production laid the groundwork for her ability to develop, manage and promote innovative programs as she creates strong working relationships.
Chief Financial Officer - Ruben F. Ruiz
Ruben F. Ruiz came to HFN in 2009 as the Director of Finance and later became the Chief Financial Officer in April of 2010. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience in program development, grant management, and asset management of Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects and HOME/CDBG low-income family housing.
With a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, he brings more than sixteen years of experience in non-profit accounting; five of those spent as management oversight for the City of Peoria, Arizona Housing Authority.
As CFO for HFN, Mr. Ruiz effectively designs the organization's financial policies; manages the annual budget; supervises business performance; monitors all accounts; prepares and organizes all accountability reports as well as extensive other duties.
Eric Chavez - Homeownership Manager, [email protected]
For the last 9 years, Eric has worked with hundreds of families interested in purchasing a home, as well as with homeowners experiencing mortgage difficulties. He has helped educate and guide these families through the process of a home purchase by teaching them the skills to repair and maintain their credit while increasing their savings. He brings over 13 years of experience in real estate and mortgage lending.
Eric is also a bi-lingual instructor for the homebuyer education and financial literacy classes. He has taught the monthly workshops for many years and teaches the English and Spanish classes, creating an opportunity for Home Today to serve the Hispanic community demographic.
Eric holds the following accreditations:
-Certified Foreclosure Intervention Counselor through NeighborWorks of America, February 2011.
-Certified Pre-Purchase Housing Counselor and Educator through NeighborWorks of America, November 2013.
-Certified Freddie Mac Credit Smart Instructor, April 2014.
Brian Dietrich - Administrative Assistant, [email protected]
Connie Salinas - Bilingual Housing Counselor, [email protected]