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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 extensive 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, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 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. Bert's 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.

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. Prior to joining Telesis in 2006, David 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.


Michael Dinkin - Director of Portfolio Management

Mike has more than 30 years of experience in real estate finance and development, with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Background includes significant work in Asset Management and in tenant advocacy and services. Mike spent ten years as Board Member and former Co-Chair of Housing Committee of the D.C. Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, and has consulted with the National Center for Tenant Ownership, the Harrison Institute for Public Law, and the Charlottesville Housing Improvement Program. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Catherine Lynch - Director of Planning

Cathy leads Telesis's neighborhood planning and design initiatives. She came to Telesis from the World Bank where she was a Senior Urban Development Specialist. During her career at the Bank, Cathy led the Resilient Cities Program, developed the CityStrength Diagnostic, and participated in over $2 billion of lending and advisory services related to housing, infrastructure, and urban development. Prior to that, she worked in real estate development and investment banking in the U.S. and Spain. Cathy holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Georgia Abraham - Director of Public Affairs

Prior to joining Telesis in 1998, Georgia worked in the legislative and executive branches of government. She has national and international public affairs experience, including implementation of legislative and managerial programs, conducting media relations, and coordinating conference and travel projects. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Reshma Holla - VP/ Senior Project Manager

Reshma oversees the development and preservation of affordable/mixed-income housing from our Washington, DC office. In addition to managing several housing development efforts, she focuses on broader community revitalization including the creation of supportive commercial and civic uses. Prior to joining Telesis, Reshma worked as a consultant at the real estate advisory services firm RCLCO. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Reshma is a member of the Executive Committee for the Young Leaders in Affordable Housing (YLAH), serving as chair of its Philanthropy and Service Committee. She is also an active member of ULI Washington Young Leader's Group and ANC 1A's Economic Development Committee.

Lisa Wiersma - Senior Development Manager

With almost 20 years of experience in real estate development and finance, Lisa leads Telesis's commercial development initiatives. Prior to joining Telesis, Lisa worked for a number of renowned development firms including Vornado/Charles E. Smith, J Street Companies, Lowe Enterprises, and Concord Partners. Notably, she managed the development of CityVista, an award-winning, $240 million, 1 million square foot mixed-use project and the $75 million Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Lisa holds a Master in Business-Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) DC.

Sasha-Gaye Angus - Senior Development Manager

Sasha recently joined Telesis from the Michaels Development Company where she served as a Vice President. She has extensive experience in the affordable housing industry and was responsible for managing client relationships, implementation of mixed finance projects in Franklin, TN, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC. Prior to joining Michaels, Sasha served as a project manager for McCormack Baron Salazar and was the sole staff member representing the firm in the DC/MD region. She assisted in planning the residential component of a $1.5 billion mixed-use public private partnership in Baltimore, MD and closed several phases of HOPE VI developments in Charlotte, NC and Frederick, MD.

Ron Soffer - Project Manager

With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ron manages all aspects of development for new projects at Telesis from inception to completion. Ron started his career with the Chicago-based institutional pension fund advisor, JMB Realty/Heitman Financial, which advised clients in their commercial, retail, and multifamily investments worth over $20 billion. Thereafter, he moved into affordable housing development in both the private sector and non-profit realms. Most recently, Ron worked for the marketing group of a $10 billion national syndicator of tax credits, raising investor equity for new funds and managing single- and multi-investor funds. At Telesis since 2014, he holds a B.A. degree in Finance and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

John Eckert - Associate Project Manager

John joined the Telesis development staff in 2013. His work has focused on the acquisition and rehabilitation of multifamily apartment buildings in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Before Telesis, he served oversees in the United States Peace Corps. He completed two years of service as a community and economic development advisor in the Republic of Panama. Working with his Panamanian counterparts he developed tourism infrastructure in a rural farming community. At the University of Maryland, John studied urban sprawl and researched innovative financing structures for transit oriented development as a Shriver Fellow.

Carol Tsoi - Associate Project Manager

Carol works on the development team and performs financial feasibility analyses, evaluates due diligence materials, spearheads project management and provides support on financing proposals. Previously, Carol directed a youth program for students in DC public schools, and served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with an immigrant legal services non-profit. Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College. Carol is the Vice President of Young Leaders in Affordable Housing (YLAH) and a mentor with Asian American LEAD.