The Texas Women’s Affordable Housing Network (WAHN – Texas) is a newly formed Texas chapter of The Women’s Affordable Housing Network (WAHN) formed in 2006. Our goal is to create a state-wide presence, by organizing events that bring together women and men from all sectors of the affordable housing industry and provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and discuss issues, trends, and achievements in a supportive environment.
To create a community that provides networking and professional development opportunities and promotes advancement and leadership of women in affordable housing.
Jen Brewerton is the Vice President of Compliance for Dominium, and has been in the industry well over 20 years. At over 35,000 units, operating in 22 different states, Dominium is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative affordable housing development and management companies. Since 2017, Dominium has averaged adding 7,000 affordable housing units a year through resyndication or new construction. Ms. Brewerton is responsible for determining and implementing all affordable program policy and procedures for Dominium. Prior to joining Dominium, Ms. Brewerton has held a variety of influential positions in her field, including almost 10 years with Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) overseeing the Housing Tax Credit, Bond, HOME and Housing Trust Fund programs. After leaving TDHCA, Mr. Brewerton held senior positions at CohnReznick, Capstone Management, and Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation, a Project Based Section 8 Contract Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Brewerton received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently serves on the board of the Texas Association of Affordable Housing Providers and is Co-chair of the Compliance and Post-award Rules committee
Kristi is the Director of the Texas Housing Conference hosted by TAAHP. Kristi is in her fourteenth year as the Conference Director and is in charge of 35+ education sessions, all networking events, fundraising, partner and booth sales, advertising sales, as well as keynote and panel speakers. Kristi was previously the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Builders. Kristi works with the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and consults for others involved in affordable housing arena. She was named Executive Officer of the Year in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders. She serves as a Life Delegate on the NAHB Board of Directors, lives in San Antonio and is a single mother of twin sons, Hunter and Fisher and daughters Lauren Sutterfield Fleming and Caitlyn Sutterfield Walker. Lauren is an attorney and works for Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick; Caitlyn is a critical care nurse; Fisher is in affordable housing with CITI Community Capital; and Hunter graduated from Texas Tech Law School in 2021 and he is with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jessica Mullins joined Impact Residential Development as leadership in the newly created national affordable housing development team. Jessica is responsible for growing the development pipeline of multifamily new construction assets across the country. Jessica brings over two decades of experience as a banker, strategic consultant, community impact leader, and multifamily developer. Prior to joining Impact in 2021, Ms. Mullins was a development director for Kittle Property Group, a leading national LIHTC developer. Additionally, she lead affordable housing development for a Houston-based non-profit, secured multi-million dollar real estate client contracts at Jones Lang LaSalle, and underwrote over $10 billion in multifamily transactions while at JP Morgan Chase. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jessica is based in Houston.
Nuwandi Trahan, a licensed CPA and Director with Baker Tilly, has been with the firm since 2018. She has more than 16 years of public accounting experience. She works primarily with real estate owners, operators, developers, public housing authorities’, public-private partnerships, syndicators and investors. Nuwandi has extensive experience in audit, assurance and consulting engagements focused on the real estate industry. Nuwandi specializes in evaluating financial controls, financial statement audits of real estate owners, developers and public housing authorities.
Nuwandi is a member of firm’s Multifamily Housing Leadership group assisting and collaborating with the real estate advisory team to bring together handpicked team of specialists across the real estate life cycle from concept to disposition for her clients. In addition to Nuwandi’s in-depth knowledge of technical U.S GAAP accounting, she is familiar with government and industry agencies, standards and guidelines, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) uniform guidance, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Nuwandi is a member of Baker Tilly’s National Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Steering Program and Growth and Retention of Women Program, she’s a member of WAHN, TECA, NAIOP, TAAHP, CREW, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the NHRA.
Barbara joined Merchants Capital in October 2021 as an Executive Vice President over the Servicing and Asset Management Department. In her current role as, she leads a team which includes managers, asset managers, analysts, and servicing associates. The team is tasked with overseeing credit risk and post-closing transactions, managing borrower relationships, conducting financial reviews and property inspections, and monitoring the performance of a portfolio of agency loans.
Barbara has over twenty years’ experience in commercial real estate. Prior to joining the firm, Barbara oversaw a portfolio of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, credit facilities, and bonds at Prudential Asset Resources. Prior to Prudential, she served as Vice President/Asset Management for The Patriot Group, where she oversaw non-performing/underperforming loans. Barbara also monitored performance of underlying properties to create action plans or exit strategies as needed. Prior to Patriot, Barbara worked for MMA Financial, as an Asset Manager for an LIHTC investment portfolio.
Stephanie Torres is a native of Dallas, TX, with over 18 years in Multifamily Commercial Real Estate. She is a strong finance professional with formidable Construction Asset Management skills and an immovable focus on affordable housing. Stephanie specializes in FHA, FMAC, and FNMA high risk funding structures. She is disciplined in her approach with proven ability to scale ideas and business.
Stephanie joined Dominium as the Director of Capital Markets. She leads the Debt & Equity Structured Development Division and oversees the operational, ongoing expansion efforts of an internal servicing shop. In her previous role with CBRE, she was instrumental in building the FHA Construction Asset Management platform and managed a team through all phases of construction. Stephanie implemented and streamlined processes with an international offshoring team in India for Construction Draw Review and Property Financial Surveillance. Before joining CBRE, Ms. Torres was a Multifamily Portfolio Manager at PGIM (Prudential), with an emphasis in New Construction/ Substantial Rehabilitation loans and Permanent Loan monitoring. Prior to her transition into Agency Lending Finance, Stephanie was in Property Management at Lincoln Property Company and oversaw market rate projects from construction to lease up. Ms. Torres received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Stephanie Naquin is a director of multifamily property compliance with Novogradac. She is based in Austin, Texas, and works nationally. Her work includes consulting with state agencies, equity providers, lenders, attorneys, developers and onsite staff on topics related to multifamily compliance of IRC §42, IRC §142, the HOME program, National Housing Trust Fund, HUD Multifamily programs, and other locally administrated affordable housing programs, with a focus on holistic compliance. In addition, her team is responsible for reviewing thousands of tenant files annually for compliance across the country; not only for compliance with federal compliance regulations, but through the lens of the applicable awarding entity. Ms. Naquin is regarded as an expert on these topics and frequently presents on them to statewide and national audiences. She also presents the Novogradac LIHTC Property Compliance Workshop, develops educational/training material and writes for various publications, including a monthly compliance article in the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits.
Ms. Naquin was previously the director of multifamily compliance with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), where her team oversaw all aspects of compliance monitoring, physical inspection and compliance administration. Ms. Naquin began her career as a leasing agent with an owner-managed affordable housing organization where she held various positions before joining TDHCA. Her experience in both the private and regulatory sectors of the industry allows her to synthesize complicated federal and state regulations and present that information in a concise and easily digestible manner. Ms. Naquin serves on the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers Governing Board and is the co-chair of their compliance committee. Her certifications include the National Center for Housing Management Certified Occupancy Specialist, the National Association of Home Builders Housing Credit Certified Professional, and the Novogradac Property Compliance Certification.
Mrs. Latsha holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and has been involved in affordable housing since 2005. She started as a project/new business manager for the non-profit Cesar Chavez Foundation, where she was responsible for the production of the organization’s affordable housing developments in Texas. She joined the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in 2012 as the Competitive (9%) Housing Tax Credit Administrator and was promoted to Director of Multifamily Finance. Mrs. Latsha joined Pedcor Investments in 2015 and is a Vice President of Development, where she primarily sources Texas transactions financed with housing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds. Since joining Pedcor, the Texas portfolio has increased by 15 separate developments and over 3,200 units of affordable housing, with more in the pipeline. She has served on the executive committee for her neighborhood organization, volunteered at St. Austin Catholic Parish, and was elected to the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP) board in 2018, where she currently serves as President-elect. She is also on the board of Community Housing Resource Partners and most recently a founding member of the Texas Chapter of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network (WAHN). She is a proud wife and mother of two and enjoys running, hiking, Astros baseball, and tracking her Civic Type R.
We’ll be adding new seats on our Committees coming 2022!
The MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE’S purpose is to recruit new members who have an active role in the affordable housing industry, develop networking, volunteerism, and community engagement opportunities for members, and promote the value of membership through professional and personal development activities. The Membership Committee takes great pleasure in helping to empower women working in all aspects of affordable housing in the State of Texas.