Avesta Housing recently honored the exemplary service and dedication of its employees. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need.
The annual Core Value Awards were presented to the four staff members who exemplified Avesta’s Core Values:
The winners were:
Humanity – Greg Payne, Development Officer. Greg joined Avesta in 2007, and has over 16 years of experience in issues related to affordable housing and homelessness. Greg is on the board of directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Genesis Community Loan Fund, and serves as Director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, where he is currently active in advocating for the senior housing bond.
Stewardship – Todd Rothstein, Director of Construction Services. Todd joined Avesta in 2013, and has supported an environment of creativity, accountability, resourcefulness, and inquisitiveness; all while maximizing monetary resources and achieving high quality solutions for Avesta properties.
Relationships – Emily Kosnow, Property Rehabilitation Manager. Emily joined Avesta in 2012, and has been recognized as responsive and collaborative, and is a listener and communicator. Emily is willing to help everyone by rolling up her sleeves and getting things done.
Quality – Dennis Burnham, Facilities Manager. Dennis joined Avesta in 1999 as the Facilities Manager for the Inn at Village Square, Avesta’s assisted living community in Gorham. Dennis has continually performed high quality work, thus ensuring the immaculate condition of the Inn. He cares deeply about the Inn, its residents, and staff.
In addition to the Core Value Awards, Avesta also presented its 2014 Property of the Year Award to Park Street School, located at 14 Park Street in the heart of downtown Kennebunk. Park Street School is an age-restricted community with 30 apartments, a mix of one and two bedrooms. Financed using low income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, and funding from USDA – Rural Development, Park Street School is a former high school and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To earn this recognition, Park Street School has achieved solid financial performance, superior regulatory inspection and property survey scores, and fosters a high level of resident satisfaction and engagement. In recognition of the team who contributed to its success in 2014:
Ed Beeton – Maintenance Technician
Amanda Gilliam – Property Manager
Travis Heynen – Regional Property Manager
Josie Howard – Accounting Specialist
Denis Ledoux – Senior Maintenance Technician
Angie Littlefield – Resident Services Coordinator
Michele Reitan – Staff Accountant