Board of Directors

Sascha Rizzo Marshell Siplin Mercedes McCall Mercedes McCall Vernice Atkins-Bradley
S. Rizzo
BOARD MEMBER
srizzo@ochfa.com
M. Siplin
CHAIRMAN
msiplin@ochfa.com
M. McCall
VICE CHAIRMAN
mmccall@ochfa.com
C. Hunter
BOARD MEMBER
chunter@ochfa.com
V. Atkins-Bradley
BOARD MEMBER
vabradley@ochfa.com

CONTACT OUR BOARD MEMBERS:
OCHFA Board of Directors, 2211 E. Hillcrest St., Orlando, FL 32803 | 407.894.0014

Board Profile

The Board of Directors is a governing body of OCHFA (Authority/Agency) and is vested with all of OCHFA's statutory authority. In addition, the Board of Directors adopts and amends bylaws, appoints the Executive Director and other members of the Executive Team, adopts credit policies and credit guidelines for OCHFA's lending programs; as well as authorizes bonds and investments to support OCHFA's lending activities.

The Orange County Housing Finance Authority was established by Orange County Ordinance No. 78-18, effective November 3, 1978, and passed by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on October 31, 1978, pursuant to Chapter 78-89, Laws of Florida. A resolution was adopted November 28, 1978, to include transacting business and exercising powers pursuant to Chapter 78-89, Laws of Florida.

Chapter 78-89, Laws of Florida, outlines the powers and duties of the Authority.

The Authority may employ such agents and employees as it may require and may delegate to an agent or employee such powers or duties as deemed proper. Legal counsel for the Board of County Commissioners of Orange County shall serve as legal counsel for the Housing Finance Authority unless by majority vote the Authority decides to employ different counsel. The Authority shall make, purchase, and sell loans for qualifying housing developments; shall issue bonds and limit sources from which such bonds are payable. A member shall receive no compensation for his/her services, but shall be entitled to necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in his/her duties.

Appointments: The Orange County Board of County Commissioners appoints five (5) members, one of whom shall be designated by the Board as Chairman. Not less than three of the mem bers shall be knowledgeable in one of the following fields: labor, finance, or commerce.Chapter 78-89, Laws of Florida, outlines the powers and duties of the Authority.

Membership Repesentative:
1-At-Large Rep. | 1-Commerce Rep. | 2-Finance Rep(s). | 1-Labor Rep.


Term Length - Four Years: The terms of the members are staggered. NOTE: A member of the Authority's Board of Directors' shall hold office until his successor has been appointed and has qualified. Each vacancy shall be filled by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners for the remainder of the unexpired term. A Certificate of Appointment or Re-appointment of any member shall be filed with the Comptroller of Orange County.

 

SASCHA RIZZO - Board Member
Term expires: 12/31/18 | Email: srizzo@ochfa.com

Sr. Investment Strategist & Sr. VP, Wells Fargo. Sascha Rizzo has more than a 20-years of financing (public & private sectors) experience. He started in the financial services industry in 1985 and became a Portfolio Manager at the Private Bank of Bank of America in 1997. Since that time, he has provided His financing background includes: Senior Portfolio Manager & High Net Worth Client Advisor. He holds an MBA, Finance – Rollins Crummer Graduate School of business, BA, Economics – Rutgers University; and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

Mr. Rizzo has served his community in the following capacity: past Mayor, City of Maitland (2000-2006), City Councilman (1996-1999), city of Maitland and past Chairman and Member of the Lakes Advisory Board.

 

Mr. Rizzo has served on the board since January 2007


MARSHELL SIPLIN - Chairman
Term expires: 12/31/20 | Email: msiplin@ochfa.com

Human Resource Professional, Calvary Assembly. Marshell Siplin has over 20-years HR Law and Financing experience in profit and non-profit organizations. She has successfully restructured, Calvary Assembly’s human resource logistics and implemented new operating standards, reflecting the administration of ADA, EEO, Title VII, FMLA, FLSA processes and Worker Comp claims; as well as internal and multiple external compensation comparison studies. She earned her MBA in Human Resources/ Training & Development - Webster University, and a BA in Behavior Science - Barry University.

Ms. Siplin’s community involvement includes many child and homelessness advocacy initiatives.

 

Ms. Siplin has served on the board since August 2010


MERCEDES McCALL - Vice Chairman
Term expires: 12/31/19 | Email: mmccall@ochfa.com

Vice President, CenterState. Ms. McCall is a highly accomplished Banking Executive, with proven entrepreneurial track record of leading growth and retention strategies for Central Florida Denovo bank. She also led the rapid and successful growth for Banco Popular North America as the Region Executive for Central Florida, overseeing the acquisition and inauguration of the Bank's Central Florida Operations. Her financing (public & private sectors) background include: VP, Area Relationship Manager – Florida Bank of Commerce, VP, Regions Bank, SVP Regional Executive – Banco Popular, Central Florida Regional Executive – Banco Popular (North America) and Market Manager – SunTrust Bank.

Ms. McCall is well-known for her community volunteerism contributions: Chairman HBIF of Florida, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic business Initiative Fund and Scholarship Fund.


Ms. McCall has served on the board since October 2012


CURTIS HUNTER - Board Member
Term expires: 12/31/21

Marketing Strategy Manager with the Walt Disney Company, Curtis Hunter has over 20-years’ experience in various Fortune 500 and startup companies across different industries. He has successfully led marketing, sales and business development efforts to increase shareholder value. As an experienced leader, his is widely recognized as a strategist and problem solver, with exceptional business acumen. He holds an MBA and BS in Political Science – Florida A&M University.

Mr. Hunter is a member of several professional organizations – Association of National Advertisers, American Marketing Association and National Black MBAA – and is actively involved in various charitable and community efforts throughout Central Florida (HAPCO, 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Disney Dreamer Academy and Disney Volunteers).

 

Mr. Hunter recently joined the board, April 2018


VERNICE ATKINS-BRADLEY - Board Member
Term expires: 12/31/20 | Email: vabradley@ochfa.com

President and CEO, Votum Construction, Ms. Atkins-Bradley has over 25-years of experience in financing within community affairs/government relations (public & private sectors); along with various billion dollar real estate development and construction projects. Her company has partnered in the construction of several notable projects in Central Florida: Barry Law School, Rock Springs Elementary School, Florida Citrus Bowl Rebuild, and the Orlando Soccer Stadium. She holds a JD Law – Barry University and BA Business Administration – University of Central Florida.

Ms. Atkins-Bradley's finance experience has also includes: Southest Regional Director of Community Affairs & Business Development (Turner Construction) serving as a Chief Contract Negotiator, Paralegal, Compliance Investigator, and Senior Contract Manager. Organizational references: City of Orlando, Black & Veatch, Greater Orlando Legal Services and Vice President of the M/WBE Alliance & Construction Assistance Center.

 

Ms. Akins-Bradley has served on the board since August 2014

 

Special District Reporting Information

Section 189.069, Florida Statutes


Legal Name: Orange County Housing Finance Authority (the "Authority"/ "OCHFA")

Purpose: The Authority was created pursuant to Orange County Ordinance No. 78-18 for the purpose of promoting and providing financial resources for affordable and workforce housing for Central Florida families and individuals as provided in the Florida Housing Finance Authority Law set forth in Part IV of Chapter 159, Florida Statutes.


Board: The Authority is governed by five members, all of which are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Orange County, Florida.  Pursuant to Section 159.605, Florida Statutes, not less than a majority of the board members must be knowledgeable in one of the following fields:  labor, finance, or commerce.  Terms of the board members are four (4) years, but members hold office until their successor has been appointed and qualified.  Board members receive no compensation for their services, but are entitled to necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of their duties. Board Secretary is W.D. Morris, whose email address is oroman@ochfa.com.

Current members or the board are as follows:
Member Position Term Email
Sascha Rizzo
Chair
December 31, 2018
srizzo@ochfa.com
Marshell Siplin
Vice Chair
December 31, 2020
msiplin@ochfa.com
Mercedes McCall
Board Member
December 31, 2019
mmccall@ochfa.com
Vernice Atkins-Bradley
Board Member
December 31, 2020
vabradley@ochfa.com
Curtis Hunter
Board Member
December 31, 2021
 

Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the Authority is October 1 through September 30 of each year.


Creation Document (Charter): The Authority was created pursuant to Orange County Ordinance No. 78-18 in accordance with the Florida Housing Finance Authority Law set forth in Part IV of Chapter 159, Florida Statutes.


Mailing Address: Orange County Housing Finance Authority, 2211 East Hillcrest Street, Orlando, Florida 32803.  The telephone number for the Authority is (407) 894-0014. It's website is located at http://www.ochfa.com.


Boundaries: The Authority operates primarily within the geographical boundaries of Orange County, Florida, but, in accordance with certain interlocal agreements, also provides first-time homebuyer assistance to families and individuals located in Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties, Florida.


Assessments: The Authority has no taxing power and does not collect any taxes or assessments.  The Authority does, however, collect certain fees from borrowers seeking or obtaining financing via the issuance of multifamily housing revenue bonds.  Such fees are set forth in the application(s) for funding which can be found on the Authority's Resoures for Developers webpage.


Primary Contact: The primary contact for the Authority is W.D. Morris, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, 2211 East Hillcrest Street, Orlando, Florida 32803, telephone: (407) 894-0014, email:  oroman@ochfa.com.


Code of Ethics: Members and officers of the Authority are governed by the general ethics laws of the State of Florida applicable to public officials Part III, Chapter 112, Florida Statutes.  The Authority has not adopted a separate code of ethics.


Adopted Budget: The Authority's Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget was adopted on September 2, 2015.


Audited Financial Statements: OCHFA's annual financial statements have been audited by Dufresne & Associates, CPA. The audited financial statements have not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditors' report. There should be no assumption that financial conditions or operations of the Authority have not changed since the date of the Statement. OCHFA's Annual Audited Financial Statement is available for download on the Authority's Investment Relations webpage.

Board Affilliations

OCHFA's board members participate as members of the National and Local Associations; maintaining involvement with the legislative processes which impacts on the present and future direction of the industry. This knowledge is gained by attending national and local conferences/ seminars with other affiliates in the industry; learning and sharing in affordable housing financing methods and practices to assist in making sound policy decisions in achieving the Authority's goals and objectives. Information accessed at these events helps to keep the Authority on the cutting edge of the industry, expanding the vision of the Authority.

FLALHFA

  • The Florida Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities (Florida ALHFA) was founded as a Florida nonprofit corporation consisting of private and public professionals dedicated to financing affordable single-family and multi-family housing in the State of Florida. Its mission is to provide learning and networking opportunities in an environment for local municipal bond issuers and related professionals to share ideas and strategies for providing safe and affordable housing in our communities.

  • FLALHFA

NACCED

The National Association of County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) was created as an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACO) to assist in developing the technical capacity of county agencies. Today NACCED serves over 120 counties, most of which are CDBG entitlements; as well as having a large associate membership of consultants and technology firms. NACCED is a persistent and persuasive voice in Washington on budgetary and regulatory issues pertaining to community, economic and affordable housing development.

NACCED

NALHFA

The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), founded in 1982, is the national association of professionals working to finance affordable housing in the broader community development context at the local level. As a non-profit association, NALHFA is an advocate before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to its members and the public. Members are city and county agencies, non-profits, and private firms, such as underwriters, consultants, financial advisors, bond counsels, and rating agencies, which help in producing housing from concept to completion.

NCSHA

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) was created in 1974, 10 years after the first state Housing Finance Agency (HFA) began issuing housing bonds to finance homes for first-time homebuyers. What began as a small group of executive directors meeting annually has grown into a powerful national association and advocate for HFAs and affordable housing in Washington.

NCSHA represents its members in Washington before Congress, the Administration, and several federal agencies concerned with housing, including HUD and the Treasury, and with other advocates for affordable housing.

NCSHA

Presenting an Item to the Board


Before an item can be presented to the Board; it must be submitted in writing to the Authority. Submission cut-off-date for the disccussion agenda is fourteen (14) days prior to meeting. Presentations must include all supporting documentation; as well as, a detailed request addressed to:

W.D. Morris, Executive Director
2211 E. Hillcrest St. | Orlando, FL 32803 | Email oroman@ochfa.com | 407-894-0014

Local Lodging and Accommodations


Should you need to plan an overnight stay in the City Beautiful, below are Downtown Orlando, area hotels listed in order of distance to the board meeting - both venues are within walking distance (approximately 10-15 minutes). Grand Bohemian Hotel | Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown

 

2018 MEETING DATES

Jan. 3

May 2

Sep. 5

Feb. 7

Jun. 6
Oct. 3
Mar. 7

Jul. 4

Nov. 7
Apr. 4 Aug. 1 Dec. 5
Agenda Details

Unless otherwise noted/ advertised, meeting(s) are subject to change and are posted with Orange County Agenda Development, according to the Administrative Regulation no. 2.09.II.

Contact W.D. Morris, for ALL board inquires.

MEETING DETAILS
Day

1st Wednesday of each month.

Time

8:30 a.m.

Location

Orange County Admin. Center
201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando

 

OTHER MEETINGS

No meetings.