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Avesta's Senior Managers

Avesta's Senior Managers

Dana Totman, President

Dana Totman became the President and CEO of Avesta Housing in 2000. Mr. Totman was the Deputy Director of Maine State Housing from 1994 to 2000 and was employed by Coastal Economic Development Corporation, where he was the Executive Director from 1984 to 1994.

Dana's career has focused on nonprofit and government management and leadership, specializing in leading organizations through significant change. Mr. Totman has a BA in Public Management from the University of Maine and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He attended Duke University's Government Leadership Program and participated in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

His current and past community service includes the United Way of Greater Portland (Board), Seventy Five State Street (Board), the Maine Winter Sports Center (Board), Maine Real Estate and Development Association (Board) Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (Board Vice Chair), Brunswick Planning Board, Federal HomeLoan Bank Advisory Council, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (Chairman), Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (Chairman), Northern New England Housing Investment Fund (Board), Bath Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), Maine Community Action Association (President), and Midcoast Health Services (Board).

Eric Boucher, Senior Vice President - Finance and Administration

Eric Boucher joined Avesta Housing as Chief Financial Officer in October 2010. He is responsible for overseeing finance, human resources, office administration and communications for Avesta Housing.

Prior to joining Avesta, Eric was Vice President and Audit Manager at TD Bank, which followed his employment with Liberty Lane Partners, a private equity company, as Controller of Perspecta Trust and Finance Manager for Liberty Lane Advisors. Previously, Eric was Vice President of Accounting and Financial Reporting at Camden National Corporation. Eric began his career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Eric volunteers as a board member for Community Financial Literacy and LearningWorks, and serves as a member of the GPCOG Revolving Loan Fund Committee and the Scarborough Housing Alliance. In 2006, Eric was awarded the Maine Bankers Association Community Banker of the Year for his participation in community activities.

Eric is a CPA licensed in the State of Maine and a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Matthew Peters, Vice President of Real Estate Services

Matthew Peters joined Avesta Housing in 2010 as a Development Officer, before being named Director of Assets in 2013. He was promoted to Vice President of Real Estate Services in September 2014. Matt is responsible for overseeing Real Estate Development, the Avesta HomeOwnership Center, and Assets and Acquisitions. Prior to joining Avesta, Matt worked in Seattle for O'Brien & Company, a green building consulting firm, as a project assistant. At O'Brien, Matt managed integrating sustainable aspects into the design and construction of commercial and institutional development projects. Matt worked as an AmeriCorps environmental educator and a guidance counselor helping low-income youth attain post-secondary educational opportunities. He has also volunteered with a local food security organization and at a youth homeless shelter.

Matt earned a B.A. in Geology from Bowdoin College and a M.S. in Urban Planning with a specialization in real estate development from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Kim Farrar, Vice President of Residential Services

Kim Farrar joined Avesta Housing in 2014 as Vice President of Residential Services. Kim oversees the Property Management and Assisted Living divisions, along with technology across the organization. She brings to Avesta a wealth of experience in management, technology and customer service. Prior to joining the company, Kim held a variety of positions during a 28-year career in commercial and residential/investment real estate, including General Manager, Construction Project Manager, Property Manager, and IT Manager. Her focus is on mentoring, education/training, efficiency, and communication.

Kim is a graduate of the State University of New York. She currently resides in the Greater Portland area.

Chris Kilmurry, Director of Property Management & Resident Services

Chris Kilmurry joined Avesta Housing in 2015. He oversees all Property Management and Resident Services.

Before joining Avesta, Chris was the Director of Field Operations for The Community Builders (TCB) based in Boston, MA. There he oversaw upwards of 130 properties consisting of 9,000 units of mixed-income and affordable housing across 15 states. Prior to being promoted to the director role in 2013, Chris was Regional Director with TCB for 6 years, primarily based in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West with properties in PA, KY, IL, VA and OH. Previously, Chris was Asset Manager at Housing Vermont, and he began his career in housing as Owner and Operator of a private property management company in Montpelier, VT. Chris’ additional experience includes being Co-Founder and Director of business development for a software and web-based solutions company focused on the parking industry, in which he still maintains an equity interest.

Chris earned a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business Management from the University of Vermont. He has his COS and TCS certifications from the Institute of Real Estate Management and is a CPM candidate.

Greg Payne, Development Officer

Greg Payne joined Avesta Housing in 2007 as a Development Officer. In addition to his responsibilities for managing all aspects of multifamily rental projects from concept to completion, Greg serves as Director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, a diverse association of more than 125 private and public sector organizations committed to ensuring that all Mainers are adequately and affordably housed.

Greg has nearly two decades of experience in issues related to housing and homelessness, including work at the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.  Following his graduation from law school, he worked in Boston for five years as a real estate attorney specializing in affordable housing.

Greg earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Genesis Community Loan Fund.

Sara Forgione, Director of Assisted Living

As Director of Assisted Living, Sara is the administrator of Inn at Village Square, a Gorham assisted-living facility licensed for 37 residents. Sara previously worked as a Senior Resident Services Coordinator at Avesta before being named Director of Assisted Living in 2014.

Our Mission and Values

Mission

Avesta Housing improves lives and strengthens communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need.

Core values
Humanity: We care about people

Stewardship: We manage our resources responsibly, efficiently and sustainably

Relationships: We seek meaningful interaction and effective collaboration

Quality: We pursue excellence in all our work