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Marilyn Melkonian – President

Marilyn Melkonian founded Telesis Corporation in 1985. She has over 30 years of experience in housing policy, real estate development and finance. She brings her knowledge and expertise to the various boards she serves on including the Eisenhower Foundation, the Brookings Institute’s Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy as well as the National Housing Trust which she founded in 1986 and currently serves as its Chairperson. Former positions include Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Carter; General Counsel for Lucasfilm Ltd; and counsel to the architecture firm of John Carl Warnecke & Associates. She practiced law for fifteen years in New York and Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Stanford University Law School.

Bertrand Mason – Director of Development

Bertrand has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development and finance, including affordable housing. His developments include single family and multifamily housing, rental and homeownership; office, retail and mixed use complexes; new construction and substantial rehabilitation; and land development. He has arranged debt and equity financing utilizing private and public sources, FHA insurance, other credit enhancements, private offerings, and a variety of public subsidies and tax credits. Many of his projects have involved working with residents and their representatives. His work as an attorney has included both private practice, as a partner in a large law firm, and public service, as executive assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner and general counsel of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. His current projects include the preservation of affordable housing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

David Godschalk – General Counsel

David represents Telesis and its affiliates in their operations and housing, real estate, and tax credit transactions.  His work at Telesis includes structuring and negotiating complex real estate and tax credit financings, raising investment capital, managing litigation, overseeing compliance activities, and providing legal support for all of Telesis’s ongoing business.  Mr. Godschalk joined Telesis in 2006.  Prior to that, while in private practice in Washington, DC, he advised state and local governments, multilateral development banks, investment banks, and public and private companies on tax-exempt finance and project finance transactions, governance issues, securities regulation, and enforcement matters, and he served in the general counsel’s office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he worked on housing finance and civil rights. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

Bill Sawicki – Acting Director of Real Estate Development

Bill has over 20 years of broad real estate experience, having worked with developers, owner/investors, contractors and end users, with a career focus on urban, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly developments of large scale and complex nature. His tenure includes stops at some of the region's most notable and visionary real estate organizations, including Reston Town Center Associates, Western Development and Clark Enterprises (parent organization to the Clark Construction Group). Bill is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder and pursued post-graduate studies at George Washington University.

 

Reshma Holla – Project Manager

Reshma works alongside senior staff on the development of affordable multifamily housing, with a focus on the Washington, DC and Arlington, VA markets. Her responsibilities include performing financial analyses; coordinating and overseeing project feasibility, predevelopment, financing, and construction; and serving as a liaison to public and private partners. Ms. Holla previously worked as an Associate at the real estate advisory services firm RCLCO. At RCLCO, she consulted on a variety of engagements encompassing a wide range of product types and markets, including urban infill and redevelopment projects with mixed-income housing and commercial components.  Ms. Holla is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also completed coursework at the London School of Economics. She is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Reshma is an active member of Young Leaders in Affordable Housing (YLAH) and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED).

 

Daniel Fojas – Counsel and Asset and Compliance Manager

Daniel serves as Counsel and as Asset and Compliance Manager for Telesis Corporation and its affiliates. His work at Telesis includes monitoring corporate compliance and loan performance. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. During law school, Mr. Fojas was a Student Attorney in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, where he represented small businesses, including a local housing cooperative. He was also the Governmental Affairs Intern at the National Association of Bond Lawyers, which specializes in public finance and municipal bond law.

 

Laura Manville - Associate Project Manager

Laura joined the Telesis project management staff in 2011. She received her Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she specialized in Housing, Community, and Economic Development. While completing her degree, she worked on affordable housing preservation with a community development corporation in New Orleans and a developer in Boston. Prior to her graduate studies, Laura managed state and local advocacy efforts for the American Institute of Architects in New York City and also completed planning research projects in Montreal and Hong Kong.  Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Urban Studies from Yale University.

 

Baltimore

Catherine Stokes- Senior Project Manager

Catherine is the director of the Baltimore Office. Catherine came to Telesis from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where she served as the Program Manager of HPD's HUD Multifamily Preservation Loan Program. In this capacity, she was responsible for the direction of a new loan program targeted to finance the rehabilitation of large distressed multifamily buildings. Prior to that, she was a Project Manager in HPD's Division of Special Needs Housing. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Catherine is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received her Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Jenny Hope- Associate Project Manager

Jenny is a native Baltimorean and recently worked for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development as a Project Manager for the Community Legacy program.  Prior to that, she worked at Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation as a consultant on a housing rehabilitation program for homeowners and as a fundraiser for the nonprofit.  Jenny was Executive Director of Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity for seven years creating homeownership opportunities in Northeast Baltimore.  She was the Assistant Director of the Tenant Advocacy Project for 4 years after graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master’s in Social Work.  She also received a Bachelor of Art from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

 

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