Policy Leaders in Washington, D.C., Meet with New Hampshire Housing’s Homeownership Fellowship Class of 2016

Program offers immersive education in lending, housing

The Fellows in front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The Fellows in front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

New Hampshire Housing has welcomed its Homeownership Fellowship Class of 2016, and they quickly got to work by traveling to Washington, D.C., to speak with political leaders and key mortgage industry officials including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rural Development, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and Ginnie Mae.

The Fellows kicked off their ten month program by meeting with key New Hampshire Housing staff and program alumni to share their ideas about housing issues and how to connect with housing leaders. The initial meeting made sure they could dive into their Washington, D.C., experience, where they met with political and industry leaders to discuss housing and mortgage policy. Following their D.C. experience, Fellows will attend sessions that explore state-level government and politics; the connections between demographics, the economy, and housing; and other affordable housing issues.

Fellows were selected through a competitive process that was open to members of the mortgage lending community. This year’s class includes Corey Bowman, Loan Officer, Merrimack Mortgage Co.; Samantha Canton, Homeownership Advisor, AHEAD; Mark Chalifour, VP/Residential Mtg. Sales, Merrimack County/Meredith Village Savings Bank; Christine Keller, Senior Loan Officer, Envoy Mortgage; Justin Macagba, Mortgage Planner, Regency Mortgage; Michael Pillsbury, Loan Officer, RMS Mortgage; Pamela Riesenberg, Branch Manager, Finance of America Mortgage, LLC; Kathy Sanderson, CMP, Loan Originator, Northway Bank; and Jeff Trudel, Loan Originator, St. Mary’s Bank.

“This will be a unique experience for them,” said Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director of the Homeownership Division at New Hampshire Housing. “Through this program, they will build their commitment to New Hampshire Housing, interact with national housing policy leaders, and learn how New Hampshire Housing mortgages impact affordable housing statewide.”

As part of the ten month Homeownership Fellowship, the nine Fellows will discuss and learn about the mortgage lending system and the creation of affordable housing in New Hampshire. More information about the Homeownership Fellowship Program can be found at http://www.nhhfa.org/home-ownership-fellows.cfm.

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