Dana Totman

President

Dana Totman became the President and CEO of Avesta Housing in 2000. Through exceptional leadership and strategic guidance, Dana has led Avesta through significant growth over the past 17 years. His focus at Avesta is on staff leadership, cultivating partnerships and opportunities, and organizational change.

Dana 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. His 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 Outdoor Sports Institute (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 2010 and was promoted to his current position in 2015. He is responsible for overseeing finance, asset management, human resources, 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.

Kim Farrar

Vice President of Residential Services

Kim Farrar joined Avesta Housing in 2014 as Vice President of Residential Services. She oversees the Property Management and Assisted Living divisions, along with office administration and technology across the organization. Kim’s organization-wide focus is on pursuing new opportunities for partnerships, particularly in health and housing initiatives, conceiving of and championing efficiencies, and supporting department directors’ objectives, all in the interest of better lives for the residents in our properties. She also takes a leadership role in managing Avesta’s strategic plan, mentoring, leadership development, education/training, employee engagement/retention, internal communication, and operational efficiency.

Kim brings to Avesta a wealth of experience in management, technology, employee retention, and customer service. Prior to joining Avesta, she held a variety of positions during a 28-year career in commercial and residential/investment real estate, including brokerage general manager, construction project manager, property manager, and IT manager. Kim is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York system.

Matthew Peters

Vice President of Real Estate Services

Matthew Peters is the Vice President of Real Estate Services and oversees Real Estate Development & Acquisitions and the HomeOwnership Center, and he joined Avesta Housing in 2010.

Prior to joining Avesta, Matt worked in Seattle as a green building consultant managing sustainability approaches through design and construction for commercial and institutional development projects. In addition, Matt held roles as a leadership and environmental educator. Matt earned a BA in Geology from Bowdoin College and a MS in Urban Planning with a specialization in Real Estate Development from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Matt represents Avesta on the Portland 2030 District board. He is also a board member of Catherine Morrill Day Nursery and the Portland Food Coop.

Sara Forgione

Director of Assisted Living

Sara joined Avesta Housing in 2009 as a Senior Resident Service Coordinator. Sara obtained her Residential Care Administrators License in 2014 and was promoted to Director of Assisted Living. In this role she serves as the Administrator of Inn at Village Square, Avesta’s 37-bed assisted living facility. Sara oversees a staff of 31 people across eight departments, and maintains the regulatory and licensing requirements as well as resident health and safety.

Prior to Avesta, Sara worked as a supervisor of a Residential Care Facility for Sweetser Children’s Services. In this role Sara worked with children and families with a variety of mental and behavioral health needs. Sara studied Psychology at the University of Southern Maine and has worked in helping professions for more than 18 years.

Rebecca Hatfield

Director of Real Estate Development

Rebecca Hatfield joined Avesta Housing in 2015 as an Assets and Acquisitions Officer, before being promoted to Director of Real Estate Development in early 2017. Rebecca initiates and directs activity related to acquiring existing affordable housing developments, financing and refinancing strategies, and asset management. Prior to Avesta, Rebecca was a Senior Vice President and Credit Portfolio Manager at Citigroup working in various locations, including New York, San Francisco and London. She brings almost 10 years of experience in finance with a focus on deal structuring, underwriting, credit risk analysis, and portfolio management. Rebecca’s previous work experience also includes five years as a software and network management engineer, serving as a project manager and lead developer.

Rebecca earned a BS in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland and an MBA from University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

Chris Kilmurry

Director of Property Management and 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 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.

Lori Maxwell

Seventy-Five State Street Administrator

Hired as Marketing and Admissions Director in 1996, Lori currently serves as Administrator at Seventy-Five State Street, a senior assisted- and independent-living community in Portland, Maine. In her current role, Lori oversees a staff of 120 people across eight departments, as well as regulatory/licensing requirements and resident health and safety.

Lori has devoted her career to long-term care settings, first as a CNA and licensed practical nurse, then transitioning to an administrative role. Lori is a licensed Residential Care Administrator and has served on the Board of the Maine Health Care Association.

Greg Payne

Director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition – 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 BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a JD 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.

Nicole DiGeronimo

HomeOwnership Center Services Manager

Nicole DiGeronimo was named the HomeOwnership Center Services Manager in 2015 after serving as the Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counselor for two years. In addition to running the Center, Nicole evaluates homeowners’ eligibility for loss mitigation options and other alternatives to avert foreclosure. As part of the Maine Foreclosure Diversion Program, she also attends mediations with borrowers to advocate for their position and assist them in understanding their legal options.

Prior to Avesta Housing, Nicole served as the Director of Marketing and Compliance at a financial management company in Portland, Maine. She was also a Legislative Aide for the Maine House Democratic Office and a Paralegal for several local law firms. Nicole graduated with a JD from the University of Maine School of Law and a BA in Political Science from St. Anselm College. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Maine.

Sara Olson

Development & Communications Manager

Sara Olson joined Avesta Housing in 2015 and guides the organization in grant and foundation development opportunities, internal and external communications, public relations, marketing, and brand management.

Prior to Avesta, Sara served in a variety of nonprofit and education management roles. Most recently, she was an independent contractor focused on development, communications, and business management. She also served as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at a private school in Pennsylvania and the Associate Director of Alumni Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Sara is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has certificates in nonprofit management and fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies.