MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to live out our Christian faith by providing decent, safe, sanitary, and attractive affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households, with an emphasis on serving those with special needs.

VISION STATEMENT

Our vision is a world where every person has a place where they can live with dignity.

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Board of Directors

Jason Brown

Jason Brown

As a Senior Residential Lender, I help my clients purchase and refinance residential real estate. With 11+ years experience, it is my mission to help my clients achieve their financial goals in home ownership. The high rate of referrals and repeat business is a result of making myself available to answer questions from clients and referral partners like Realtors, Builders, and Investors.

Some of my specialties include the following:

  • Assist first me home buyers with low down payment purchase transactions.
  • Source grants for down payment assistance for first me homebuyers and veterans.
  • Educating clients on best Mortgage Insurance op ons.Outside of work I spend my me planning a wedding (the big Date is 06/30/2017). I also am finishing up the rehab of a 112 year home (this should be done Spring of 2017).
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Michael Cobb

Michael Cobb is the founder and President of Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) Marketplace and Mission Consulting. ISI provides comprehensive management consulting, fund development consulting and planning, social enterprise consulting and implementation services, leadership training, grant writing services and special events consulting and planning to non-profits and faith communities.

Michael is a senior level non-profit administrator committed to serving those who are less fortunate in our communities. He has extensive experience in organizational leadership, fiscal management, fundraising and community development as well as a strong background in ensuring the implementation and follow through of programs, policies and best practices. Michael received his Bachelors of Science degree from National Louis University in Evanston IL. in 1992 and his Masters of Science degree in Management in 1998. Currently he is a student at Joseph Business School in Forest Park IL.

Most recently Michael served as the Executive Director of Hesed House the second largest provider of homeless services in the State of IL.

Prior to his appointment at Hesed House Michael served as the Interim Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) an interfaith agency serving the homeless population in over 52 communities in suburban cook county. While at SSPADS he was responsible for the successful completion of a 77 unit Permanent Supportive Housing apartment complex specifically for those who are experiencing homelessness.

Prior to his three year stint at SSPADS Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls a private residential/educational center for at risk youth located in St. Charles IL. He served faithfully for 14 years with nine of those years at the helm of the St. Charles Campus.

Michael and his wife Evelyn reside in North Aurora IL. and as ordained ministers are involved with various ministries in the Fox Valley Corridor. They have one daughter (Gloria) and two dogs (Unity and Elias) and a long standing commitment to serving in the Fox Valley.

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Rebecca Teel Daou

Rebecca Teel Daou serves as Executive Administrator of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The foundation, formed in 1968, is the charitable, grant-making arm of Lions Clubs International. LCIF’s programs grant over $30 million annually to Lions clubs worldwide for their community service endeavors, including SightFirst, the world’s largest blindness prevention program. Daou first joined the foundation in 1999 as the SightFirst coordinator for Africa and the Middle East, served as the Manager of LCIF since 2006 and was promoted to an administrative officer in July 2014.

Prior to joining LCIF, Daou served in the Peace Corps in Mali. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in public service from DePaul University.

Rebecca is a member of the Lions Club of Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, and Oak Brook where she previously held the positions of President, Vice President and Secretary. Mrs. Daou resides in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband and two children. She also volunteers with her church, Boy Scouts of America, the Parent Teacher Association and Bluestem Housing Partners, where she currently serves as President of the Board of Directors.

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Bill Hassett

Summary of Experience

Bill is a partner in the Chicago office of RSM LLP and the firm’s National Real Estate Group. He provides audit, tax and business consulting services for real estate clients. His clients include private REITs as well as private equity real estate partnerships developing and investing in all commercial real estate types including office, retail, hospitality and parking.

Bill’s experience includes audits of managed and leased parking lot and garage properties across the country, including airport, retail, office and entertainment venue locations.

Bill also leads the Affordable Housing practice in delivering due diligence, financial modeling and tax structuring services and HUD and Section 42 financial and tax reporting. He has wide-ranging experience and has directed more than 200 affordable housing and other audits under Government Auditing Standards and LIHTC projects and Fund financial audits. He also leads diligence teams on acquisitions of portfolios including those of LIHTC properties.

Professional Affiliations

Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the IL CPA Society  Real Estate Special Interest Group committee (past chair), the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, and the Illinois Housing Council (membership committee) and is the Board President Emeritus of DuPage PADS, the supportive housing and emergency shelter provider for DuPage County Illinois. He is also a member of the boards of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Consecra Housing Network, Community Housing and Advocacy Development (CHAD) and Honor Flight Chicago.

Education

Bill earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago.

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Chris McCleary

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of attorney Chris McCleary, who will be based in Ice Miller’s DuPage office in Lisle, Illinois. Chris is a resident of Wheaton and a graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton. Chris is an associate in Ice Miller’s Business Group. The focus of his practice is corporate law handling both financing transactions and business transactions. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Finance from Whittier College in 2011. He attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, earning his juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2015. During law school, Chris externed for a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, and for the Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Illinois.

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Audra Hamernik

Audra has been with Bluestem since 2004.  She has worked for County government administering Emergency Shelter Grant, Community Development Block Grant, and HOME funds. She also understands zoning, land use, and the practical construction coordination of site acquisition and building. She has been directly involved in writing and presenting business proposals and grant applications to banks, private foundations, and state and federal funding sources. Her specialty is blending financing sources. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  Active in community development, Audra believes that accessible and affordable housing is a key component to healthy communities.

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Luann Pobiega

Luann Pobiega joined Bluestem in 2015. She is a management and regulatory compliance expert. Luann will be supervising all asset management including working with the property managers at each location to learn how our services and buildings have positively impacted our residents’ lives. Luann will also ensure that agency finance, operations and processes run effectively. In her past employment, she created a new department that specialized in company-wide quality control. Luann has worked in both private for-profit and not-for-profit industries. She has her MBA specializing in finance from Benedictine University.

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Shelia Beine

Shelia Beine provides administrative support to the Bluestem Housing Partners, NFP team.   Shelia has worked with Bluestem since 2007 as an Office Manager.  She received a BA in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.   She works daily with QuickBooks and our accountant to provide a check and balance system for our financial accountability.  This experience has given her a deeper appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region; one program at a time.