Evergreen’s executive staff has over 25 years of Development, Property Management and Construction experience. With this, Evergreen has gained the expertise to deliver owners and investors committed results while providing its valued residents a quality apartment home experience. Evergreen’s leaders not only excel in their professional fields, but are compassionate, caring leaders with employees, residents, investors and other key stakeholders best interests in mind. Relationships are the foundation of everything Evergreen does."
Jeff is Chairman of the Board for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Habitat Company, a full service real estate company involved in the real estate development, property management, asset management and brokerage of property, primarily in the metropolitan Chicago area. Jeff has been a practicing attorney in Chicago since 1966. Before joining Habitat in 1987, Jeff was a senior partner in a major Chicago law firm specializing in all aspects of real estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School.
Jeff is experienced in real estate financing, particularly tax exempt bond financings, and has been involved as an attorney and/or principal in over 1 billion dollars of tax-exempt bond transactions. He also has extensive experience in working with numerous federal, state and local housing agencies including the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the City of Chicago Department of Housing. Further legal experience includes representation of various not-for-profit sponsors in the development of senior and physically disabled housing, and contractors specializing in construction of apartments and condominiums.
Noteworthy committee service includes stints with the American and Chicago Bar Associations, primarily in the areas of real estate development and financing. He has also lectured on aspects of real estate development before various bar groups and real estate conferences.
Community and charitable service includes terms on the School Boards for both Northbrook and Glencoe and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the New Trier High School Board. Recent charitable participation includes involvement with Literacy Chicago, Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. (which operates One Step At A Time Camp), AIDS Chicago, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and Victory Gardens.
Stephen Rappin is Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Real Estate Group
Steve oversees operations for Evergreen including Property Management, Acquisitions and Development. Steve’s primary role is to ensure that Evergreen’s executive staff has the coordinated plan, tools and resources to achieve the organizations desired results. Steve leads his team in the development of Evergreen’s annual work plan as well as the organization’s overall long-term strategic plan and its best-in-class/best practices initiatives. Steve is also well versed in affordable and conventional, market rate acquisitions and development and has led Evergreen’s recent efforts in the acquisition of over 1,000 apartment units.
Prior to joining Evergreen Steve served in senior marketing positions for such companies as SC Johnson, Johnson & Johnson and The Kellogg Company and led the development and marketing of new products both domestically and internationally. Steve earned an MBA in marketing from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree at The American University. Steve is fluent in Spanish and upon graduation from American, was selected as a VIP Liaison at the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain. Steve is a licensed Real Estate Broker, President of the Chicagoland Apartment Association and serves on both the Architectural Review Board and Downtown Development Committees for the Village of Lake Bluff. Steve is a Trustee at the Ravinia Festival, former President of the Ravinia Associates Board, is a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Association and a youth AYSO soccer coach. Steve lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with his wife and three children.
John Kennedy is Executive Vice President of Operations of Evergreen Real Estate Group
John oversees all aspects of Evergreen’s property management of more than 7,0000 units of affordable and conventional market rate housing in 62 developments in 9 states. In his role as Executive Vice President, John is focused on ensuring best in class management services for a wide range of clients, including our residents, property owners, investment partners, and housing agencies. John analyzes, develops, and executes – in collaboration with the management team – strategic processes and procedures to provide the highest quality of service to our residents, maximize the value of the assets we manage for our owners, and ensure an engaging and satisfying work environment for our employees.
John has over 25 years of experience as an executive in the field of multi-family property management with a particular emphasis in affordable housing. Prior to joining Evergreen, John was Senior Vice President of Related Management Company’s Midwest affordable housing portfolio which consisted of over 7,000 units in 50 developments. Related Management acquired Metroplex, Inc. in 2015, where John had been President with responsibility for the overall operations of the company and its portfolio of approximately 5,200 residential units in 4 states. Prior to being named President of Metroplex, John was Vice President of Operations and responsible for the development, management, and oversight of company policies and procedures relating to everything from human resources to corporate and regulatory compliance matters. As an attorney, John also acted as in-house legal counsel on fair housing, landlord-tenant, employment, regulatory, and contract related issues. Before joining Metroplex in 1993, John was employed as a staff attorney for Sheldon Baskin, Henry Hyatt and Daniel Epstein, an affiliated real estate development group whose business was concentrated in conventional market rate and government assisted multifamily housing.
John received his B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and his J.D. from the DePaul University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and holds an Illinois Broker’s Real Estate license.
Polly Kuehl, CPM is Senior Vice President of Property Management for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
After 6 years as Vice President of Housing for Providence Management and 13 years as Executive Director of Housing for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Ms. Kuehl joined Evergreen Real Estate Services on November 1, 2004.
Ms. Kuehl has developed and/or managed affordable housing for 30 years. She has specialized in housing funded through a variety of funding programs, including HUD 202/811, 236, Section 8, Tax Credit, HOME, public housing scattered sites and HUD insurance programs and has worked, directly, with over 100 such projects.
During her career, Ms. Kuehl was involved with the development of over 30 affordable housing properties and oversaw the management of over a 100 affordable housing properties.
Ms. Kuehl earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University Of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Of Public Affairs with a concentration in Aging Services and an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a Certified Property Management designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a State of Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker’s License and a State of Ohio Broker’s License. The combination of social services, property management and fiscal management is a unique blend, which offers significant benefits for properties serving a lower income or more vulnerable population.
Ms. Kuehl has served as President of the Housing Cabinet and has served on numerous task forces for Life Services Network and on the Subsidized Housing Committee for IREM. She was selected to be a board member for the Housing Authority of Cook Country. In addition, she has spoken at numerous seminars and training events.
Mary Mauney is Vice President of Property Management for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Mary has 30 years of experience in affordable housing during which she has been involved with Section 8, 236, 202/811,LIHTC, HOME, and Rural Housing. For 18 years Mary worked in Georgia and managed properties throughout the southern United States. In 2003 she joined National Housing Compliance, the PBCA Contract Administrator in the state of Georgia which eventually led her to become Director of their Illinois Field Office. In 2011 she returned to Property Management and has been working at Evergreen since 2013.
Mary has a Bachelors degree from Oberlin College. She is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a Licensed Broker in the state of Illinois. She is lives in Oak Park Illinois and currently serves on the board of the Oak Park Housing Commission and has been a long time member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Tom Koranda is the Chief Financial Officer for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
As the C.F.O., Tom is responsible for corporate financial planning and analysis, including the analysis of financial results, overseeing cash management, corporate accounts receivable management, cash flow planning and investment management.
Tom also works closely with the ownership of Evergreen's clients on new acquisitions and refinancings and also representing Evergreen Real Estate Services in investor relations.
Tom also has ultimate responsibility for the operations of the accounting department for both corporate and managed properties and supervises a growing accounting department – currently nine team members. This includes responsibility for internal controls, the month end closing process, evaluating financial and accounting systems, serving as the key contact person with external auditors and coordinating the filing of audits and tax returns.
Tom has extensive experience in the affordable housing industry. Prior to joining Evergreen, Tom worked for Metroplex, Inc. for 21 years at various levels within their accounting department, including serving as the Controller for nine years. Prior to that, Tom worked as an auditor for CBIZ (formerly Philip Rootberg and Company), a public accounting firm with an extensive affordable housing practice.
Tom graduated with honors from DePaul University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and is a registered CPA in the State of Illinois. Tom is also the recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells Award for performance on the November 1986 CPA exam.
David Block is Director of Development for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
David joined the company in September 2014 and originally served as Director of Affordable Housing Development. An architect and urban planner, he has been involved in community development and affordable housing for more than 20 years.
Prior to joining Evergreen, David spent 12 years at The Community Builders, a national non-profit organization, where he was Director of Development for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In his time at The Community Builders, David managed portions of three significant public housing transformation engagements – in Hartford, Connecticut, Louisville, Kentucky, and Chicago – and he also led the development of the residential component of The Shops and Lofts at 47 (with Skilken Development), a complex $46 million mixed-use, mixed-income development that included 120 apartments and an urban prototype store for a large national grocery chain.
David earned a master of architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kevin Beard, Director of Acquisitions
With a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Kevin has managed a dozen affordable housing development and acquisitions projects encompassing 1,000 units with total development costs in excess of $160 million. He has closed transactions with 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, HUD insured and conventional loans, historic tax credits, HOME, CDBG, AHP and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits, and has extensive experience with Section 8 contract renewal options and issues related to HUD operating subsidies.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Kevin worked in the Chicago office of The Community Builders, Inc. His responsibilities at TCB included developing funding applications, analyzing new business opportunities, and managing acquisitions.
Before entering the affordable housing industry, Kevin worked in commercial real estate, with experience at REDICO, a commercial real estate firm based in metro Detroit, and in the Beijing office of Savills, a global real estate professional services firm. At REDICO, Kevin authored successful proposals for receivership and asset management of retail and office properties; essentially turnaround business plans for distressed assets, and led the analysis of two proposed corporate acquisitions. As an Analyst at Savills, Kevin worked with institutional investors in Class A office, retail and residential properties across northeast China, and was responsible for synthesizing real estate market and economic data, investigating assets, and advising clients on a wide range of issues.
Kevin has Master of Urban Planning degree and Professional Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Michigan State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.
Larry Pusateri is a development principal in EREG and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Grandbrier Senior Living.
Prior to co-founding EREG Development (formerly VeriGreen Development) and EREG acquisitions, Larry worked in the field of affordable housing development since 1987. Formerly, he served successively as the housing development director of three of Illinois' most prominent non-profit affordable housing agencies: the Statewide Housing Action Coalition (now Housing Action), Lakefront SRO Corporation (now Mercy Lakefront) and Century Place Development Corp. (now Heartland Alliance). While at Lakefront, Mr. Pusateri successfully completed the Local Initiatives Support Corporations' (LISC) Development Management Program.
Since 1995 Larry has worked as an affordable housing development consultant in successive firms of his own and as a principal of Lightengale Group. He has assisted non-profit and for profit developers in the creation of thousands of affordable housing units. Some of those projects have been recognized by the Federal Home Loan Bank at the national level, as the Chicago Non-Profit Development of the Year by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and received Good Neighbor Awards from the Chicago Board of Realtors. In 1998, Lightengale’s Rosenwald Project was honored as a Chicago Neighborhood Development Award winner. Larry also was a principal in Daveri Development Group which developed affordable housing projects throughout Illinois and in Indiana.
A few years ago, in response to the overwhelming unmet need for senior assisted living and memory care Larry joined with Jeff and Steve to create Grandbrier Senior Living. Grandbrier created a successful AL/MC development in Prospect Heights, Illinois and is in development on several additional AL/MC properties in the Chicago suburbs.
A 1980 Graduate of Northwestern University, Larry has also been a presenter at housing seminars sponsored by HUD, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Chicago Department of Housing, the first National HIV/AIDS Housing Conference, the Chicago Rehab Network, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., the Chicago Community Loan Fund, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Rural Housing Conference, among others. Larry also served as an affordable housing development finance instructor for the University of Illinois’ Urban Developer’s Program in 1998 and 1999.
Andre Pintauro is the President of Evergreen Construction Company and affiliate of Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Andre works closely with Evergreen’s development team in a construction capacity across various multifamily project types including new construction, adaptive re-use, acquisition rehab and mixed use construction projects.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Andre recently worked as a project executive and commercial business unit leader at one of the top 400 General Contractor firms, overseeing more than ¾ of a million square feet of development. An experienced leader in the contracting world, Andre was recognized for his ability to consistently complete projects within budget and on schedule. During this time, Andre was responsible for a commercial business unit ranging from $50-75 M. During his 14 years with his last company, he served as a mentor for a number of project managers, assistant project managers and interns. His many projects have given him the technical expertise in all phases of project coordination, management, & development. His experience has ranged from renovation to new construction to adaptive reuse.
Andre received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Illinois State University. Andre has 20 years of experience in commercial, healthcare, educational,municipal, and corporate construction. Andre's experience ranges from projects as small as 1,000 square feet to projects as large as 150,000 square feet.
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John Noonan is the Director of Facilities at Evergreen Real Estate Group.
He is responsible for establishing and monitoring best practices for all operations within the Facilities Management and Construction Services division. Areas of focus include: due diligence, ongoing evaluation of managed properties, negotiating bulk purchase agreements, assisting properties with capital improvement projects and planning for preservation of the assets, as well as overseeing all aspects of REAC preparedness and inspection for our affordable properties.
John comes to Evergreen with 30 years of experience in rental housing maintenance and development. His primary area of focus throughout that career has been on the affordable side but also includes experience with market rate and luxury properties, mostly for Wisconsin based companies. He was one of five Project Managers on the NIBP Rehab Project, a $34M tax credit overhaul of nearly 1,100 units of occupied family and senior housing throughout Wisconsin. As a former HUD certified REAC inspector, he is an expert at incorporating REAC practices into ongoing maintenance programs and has provided consulting services and presented trainings throughout the country.
John earned a Certificate in Project Management from Cardinal Stritch University in 2006 as well as various technical designations and achievement through independent study. He serves on the Board of Directors for Community Projects for Seniors in Milwaukee, WI and volunteers with that organization on a regular basis. He is a musician and an avid motorcyclist who also serves as a Chief Election Examiner in his current home city of West Allis, WI.
Remy Guzman, is the Human Resources Manager for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Remy’s main focus is providing strategic leadership and administration of company Human Resources functions. With over 15 years’ progressive experience in Human Resources and Talent Management, Remy has worked in different industries: Hospitality, Transportation, Retail, and nonprofit.
Remy is responsible for Human Resources strategy, programs and policies that will provide an employee- oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment and the recruitment of a superior workforce. Remy is aiming to move the bar for Evergreen toward the company’s goal of being a best in class employer- attracting the best and brightest employees and providing our existing employees with the highest quality human resources support.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Remy was a Recruitment & Human Resources Manager for Heartland Alliance , an international non-profit organization providing solutions to ending poverty through services, research and advocacy in the areas of housing, employment, immigration and other social justice initiatives.
Remy holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Remy is a bilingual in Spanish and a certified Human Resources Practitioner with the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) - HRCI and the Society for Human Resources Management Certification- Senior Certified Professional (SHRM- SCP). Remy enjoys traveling, opera, cooking and spending time with loved ones.
Cheryl A. Warren, CPM is the Director of Regulatory Compliance for Evergreen Real Estate Group. Cheryl’s main focus is assisting site staff in understanding HUD and Tax Credit regulations, and simplifying and standardizing policies and procedures for Evergreen in Regulatory Compliance. With over 25 years’ progressive experience in property management, Cheryl has worked to make the stringent requirements of HUD and tax credit programs more understandable for the staff, and develops detailed procedures for Evergreen properties. Known for her dry sense of humor, Cheryl works to present ever-changing HUD and Tax credit regulations with a relaxed point of view.
Cheryl is responsible for developing Compliance policies and procedures, Tenant Selection Plans, Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans, VAWA policies and procedures, site HUD and tax credit audits, and training on HUD, EIV and tax credit requirements. In addition, Cheryl does consulting with staff on VAWA and Section 504 issues, standardizing compliance forms, Management and Occupancy Review preparations and responses, and EIV policies and procedures.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Cheryl was a Regional Supervisor for Providence Management and Development and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and a Field Office Asset Manager for the Illinois Contract Administrator, National Housing Compliance (formerly GHA). Before starting a new career and life in Affordable Property Management, prior positions included Director of Religious Education for a suburban Chicago church, a junior high school teacher, an ESL tutor and a Field Office Advocate for the Chicago Archdiocese Marriage Tribunal.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Education. She achieved CPM designation in 2014, and hold the designations of SCHM (Specialist in Housing Credit Management), and BOS (Blended Occupancy Specialist). She enjoys speaking to groups on Compliance issues.
Sandra McClain-Jones, LCSW is Director of Quality Assurance for Evergreen Real Estate Services, LLC. Mrs. McClain-Jones joined Evergreen Real Estate Services in February 2013, as a Social Service Coordinator and she was promoted to Director of Quality Assurance in March 2017.
Mrs. McClain-Jones earned her Bachelor of Social Work from University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois and her Master of Social Work from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. She also has a State of Illinois Social Work Clinical License.
Mrs. McClain-Jones has worked in the social service field for over 16 years in the capacities of a supervisor; clinical therapist; case manager; teacher and Bachelor and Master Social Work student intern consultant. Prior to joining Evergreen Real Estate Group, Mrs. McClain-Jones worked at Center for Family Services as Director of Bridges between Communities and Schools; at Joliet Terrace Nursing Center as Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation; as well as, at University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois as Social Work Adjunct Faculty and at University of St. Francis Health and Wellness Center as a Clinical Social Worker.