Marney McCleary is a Project Developer for the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) based in Northwest Montana. She was the Acting Executive Director of the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust (NWMTCLT) during its formation, and is presently a board member. Marney is the Vice-Chairperson for Trust Montana. Marney brings over 30 years of housing experience and expertise to this role. She has developed both single- and multi-family housing, been a Community Development Corporation (CDC) director and housing agency director in a resort community as well as an urban setting. Marney was also an acquisitions manager for a LIHTC syndicator. She was recently appointed to the Whitefish Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Fearing, VICE PRESIDENT
Born in Anacortes, Dean Fearing is a Northwest native. Dean served five years in the U.S. Navy before moving to Bellingham, WA to raise his two daughters. Dean graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Sustainable Design & Development. After graduation, he became the first director of The REStore, managing stores in Bellingham and Seattle. In 2008 Dean joined Kulshan Community Land Trust where he is now Executive Director. He is passionate about housing issues and is active with many community organizations. He was a founding board member of Sustainable Connections and RE Use Works/Appliance Depot. He also was a founding committee member of the BIAWC Built Green Committee.
Amy Warren is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Kôr Community Land Trust in Bend, OR. Amy has lived in Bend since 1996 and has seen first-hand the change in housing needs in this growing outdoor mecca. She has a passion for environmentally friendly building, and believes that sustainability and affordable housing should go hand-in-hand. Amy has a degree in Energy Systems Engineering and has worked in the construction field since 2002. She spends much of her time away from work with her husband and two daughters, playing in Bend’s great outdoors. Amy is honored to serve as part of the NWCLT team!
Kathleen hosfeld, Secretary
Kathleen Hosfeld is the Executive Director of Homestead Community Land Trust, Seattle, WA. In addition to overall agency leadership, Kathleen leads Homestead’s initiatives growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. Under her leadership, Homestead is expanding its work in King County, including developments in Tukwila and Renton. She leads efforts to deepen equitable development in neighborhoods at high risk of displacement from gentrification. She has led the agency to develop two exemplary “deep green” housing developments that pilot standards for future replication. She serves as the chair of the Housing Development Consortium’s Homeownership Affinity Group.
Melinda Szatlocky has served as consultant and staff member for Homeward Bound Community Land Trust, serving both Jefferson and Clallam Counties, WA. Melinda has worked in affordable housing since 1997. She worked for Serenity House of Clallam County, the lead agency for homeless, as a VISTA volunteer. She was with Clallam Housing Authority for 9 years, and established their Mutual Self-Help program, Housing Counseling, and the first Section 8-to-homeownership program in the state. She negotiated with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Fannie Mae and HUD to allow a cohesive homeownership process for eligible families. She and her husband Michael Szatlocky, a Civil Engineer, continue to act as advisors to the Board of Homeward Bound.
Kim Toskey originated residential mortgage loans from 2001 to 2017, was a Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) Premiere Partner for 10 consecutive years and a Five Star professional for the past seven years. She facilitated conversations between Fannie Mae (FNMA) and community land trusts (CLTs), that streamlined CLT mortgage approvals. She is the founder of Homes and Hope CLT (HHCLT) in Snohomish County, WA. As an affordable housing advocate and volunteer, Kim has served as a housing-related board director since 2006, as well as a financial wellness instructor. She serves on the Washington Low Income Housing Institute Board. Kim and her husband, Peter Catterall are private landlords with both market-rate and subsidized tenants.
Danica Ready has been the Executive Director of Methow Housing Trust in Twisp, WA since 2017. Her background is on non-profit administration, conservation biology, environmental education and community trail development. Prior to joining MHT, she worked for Methow Trails, Methow Conservancy, Brainerd Foundation, Teton Science School and National Audubon Society. She was appointed by Jay Inslee to serve on the WA Recreation and Conservation Funding Board in 2017. Danica earned a BA in Geology at Whitman College (1994) and an MS in Biology at UW (1999). Since moving to the Methow Valley in 2000, Danica has added two kids (Payten and Ben) to the world, and loves to hike, bike and ski with them. She also designed and built 5 small and affordable homes for her family prior to applying that interest to community housing needs.
Nils Peterson is Executive Director at Moscow Affordable Housing Trust whose mission is to create affordable homeownership opportunities within the City of Moscow, ID. Peterson came to the position after retiring early from Washington State University. He holds a degree in Architecture, but, having graduated in Reagan's Recession, went on to do other things and is returning to architecture-related work after a 30-year hiatus. Peterson's passion is for sustainable architectural design, balancing those aspirations with the reality of the budgets and subsidies available for affordable housing. "We try to do things with proven long-term value, like extra insulation, even if they don't seem very fancy," he says.
Peterson joined the NWCTLC Board with the hopes of helping the organization grow to serve communities in the Inland NW.
Mim McConnell advocates for affordable housing through her role as Co-Executive Director of the Sitka Community Land Trust, Sitka AK. Mim's background includes successfully running her own business since 1998, in addition to positions as a RE/MAX Baranof Realty Realtor®, Welcome Aboard Boat Broker/Owner, and five years employed for a local non-profit as business advisor and project manager. She has served her community by helping to start, and serve as president, an organization seeking to end extreme poverty and hunger and empowering people in Sitka, and decades of experience serving on boards, commissions, assemblies and councils, including serving on regional committees, a Federal council, a national committee and as a City and Borough of Sitka Assembly member and Mayor.
Kristin King-Ries is the staff attorney for Trust Montana, providing legal and educational services to Trust Montana, Missoula MT, and other community land trusts in the state. She assists the Executive Director with outreach, project development, and contract negotiations involving community groups, governmental entities, and developers. In 2019, Kristin co-organized a Montana summit on creative farm finance, sponsored by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Her article on the topic was published in the print and online versions of Shelterforce Magazine. Kristin has participated on a national committee developing best practices and legal documents for farm and ranch CLTs.