Meet the ACDA Team

  1. Faye Andrews

    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Since 2000, Faye has overseen the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) which revitalizes Albany neighborhoods by increasing home ownership, providing resources for home and community improvements, and connecting partners to facilitate quality of life projects and workforce opportunities for residents with low to moderate incomes.

    ACDA secures and manages millions of dollars in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds each year, which are often combined with other funding sources to maximize community development initiatives, increase home ownership, improve housing conditions, leverage strategic neighborhood projects, combat blight, and foster economic and commercial stability in neighborhoods.

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    Chris Brown

    Housing Finance Manager
    Phone: 518-445-8243

    Chris Brown is ACDA’s Housing Finance Manager, overseeing grant eligibility requirements and working to elevate ACDA’s profile in the community to make more people aware of the wide variety of programs offered. Previously, he worked in the Troy Planning Department and for the Troy Community Land Bank. His last job was as a Senior Planner for the Sarasota Planning Department in Florida. He decided to come back to the Capital Region for a few reasons. 

    “I’ve been a mostly lifelong resident of Upstate New York and I missed the area,” says Chris, who graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in public policy. “And I wanted to focus on affordable housing, which is such an important issue in Albany and the region.” In his free time, Chris likes to read, play basketball and take day trips around the region.

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    Michele Chandler

    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Michele is often the first point of contact for the Department. She answers inquiries from the public, providing customers with applications and guideline packets on various ACDA programs, helping to connect the community with ACDA staff, and assisting with meeting arrangements or other Department general needs. Michele previously worked in the Treasurer’s Department and in the City’s Payroll Department for 14 years. She has also worked as a senior account clerk for the City of Albany School District. “It’s a breath of fresh air to walk into the office in the morning,” she says. “It’s an awesome atmosphere and everyone makes you feel welcome.”

  1. Lisa Clevenger

    Lisa Clevenger

    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Since 2013, Lisa has overseen the day-to-day fiscal operations of Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA). Previously, she worked as an office manager and an accountant for the Albany Housing Coalition, which houses low-income residents and veterans.

    Outside of work, she attends to her dog, Milo, loves camping and growing flowers and herbs in her garden.

  1. Kristin Cronin

    Finance Compliance Officer
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Kristin has been the Finance Compliance Officer for Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) for 17 years. She prepares all environmental reviews, loan and grant documents and applications, and conducts property closings for rehab projects.

    Kristin also oversees repayable loans, mortgages, and grant files, and monitors Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements for bigger projects, such as Ida Yarbrough and Sheridan Hollow. Previously, Kristin spent 10 years in the residential and commercial mortgage fields.

  1. Mick Foley

    Mick Foley

    Rehabilitation Manager
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Mick Foley who has worked in ACDA for 20 years in various capacities, has been promoted to Housing Rehabilitation Manager, supervises the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) Rehabilitation and Lead Hazard Reductions staff. He often troubleshoots issues that arise on ACDA projects, and is responsible for approving job changes, emergency authorizations and construction vouchers. Mick has worked under previous titles: Rehab Specialist (2001 to 2004) and Vacant Building Rehab Coordinator (2004 to 2008) and Environmental Rehab Manager (2008-2020).

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    Dennis Gaffney

    Communications Coordinator
    Phone: 518-434-5164

    Dennis oversees internal communications for the City of Albany. "I see my job as building community among City staff and fostering morale," he says. He writes and edits the staff newsletter, CityNet, and also assists in outreach and publicity, including social media, for various projects and departments, such as the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Planning & Development. 

    Dennis assists the Mayor's Office by responding to constituents and overseeing some special events, including Henry Johnson Day and Bike to Work Day. He also writes and edits public documents. In his free time, Dennis likes to take photos and be in nature, preferably in a lake.

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    Mike Greene

    Director, Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Mike Greene is in charge of overseeing the $3.5 million federal Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Program grant the City received in January 2021. The Lead Hazard Reduction Grant is designed to reduce the risk of lead paint in the interiors and exteriors of homes and apartments in the City where children under 6 live or spend a significant amount of time. Mike, who is NY State Code Certified and an EPA-Certified Risk Assessor, oversees the abatements from beginning to end, with a goal of abating a total of 160 Albany homes over the three-year program. 

    “I like driving by the homes we’ve done,” Mike says, “and seeing the impact we’ve had on neighborhoods and the City.” He’s worked for the City for 17 years as a rehab specialist and five years as a code inspector. Outside of work, Mike likes to spend time with his family. 

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    Amie Jefferson

    Lead Hazard Reduction Program Manager
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Amie Jefferson is the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program Manager who assists the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program Director in administrating the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program. The three-year, $3.5 million grant was awarded to ACDA in January 2021. The Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program is designed to reduce the risk of lead-based paint in the homes and apartments of Albany residents with a child under the age of 6 who lives or spends a significant amount of time in the home. 

    Amie previously worked as the Confidential Administrative Assistant in ACDA. Before that, she worked in the City of Albany's Human Resources Department. Amie has a Bachelor of Science from Sage College, and in her free time she likes to shop, watch movies, and eat out.

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    John Kisselback

    Senior Finance Counselor
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    John has worked for Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) going on 10 years. He currently does the intake for anyone applying for the various ACDA home and property improvement programs, reviewing applications for completeness and income eligibility requirements for the various programs. John also approves loans that come through the ACDA, ensuring that all required documentation is provided by applicants.

    For 13 years he owned his own mortgage company in Albany, and has 37 years experience working in the banking and finance industry.

  1. Dan Lyman

    Dan Lyman

    Rehabilitation Specialist
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Dan has worked as a Rehabilitation Specialist for Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) for 11 years. He is a New York State Accredited Code Enforcement Officer, overseeing the process for various ACDA rehab programs for City homeowners. "I'm here for you," Dan says.

    Previously, Dan worked as a Code Inspector for the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance and a repairman for the City of Albany Water Department.

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    Jim Matteo

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Phone: 518-434-5265
    Jim has worked as a program compliance officer with ACDA since 2002, before a recent transition to his current position of Community Outreach Coordinator.  Jim’s new position consists of finding ways to promote ACDA home and property programs, but also the City's Facade Improvement Program, like the Facade  

    “I’m continuing to work with the community, which I enjoy, but in a different capacity,” he says.  He can be seen at public meetings, Neighborhood Association meetings, and “pop-up” events, such as the popular Albany Police Department summer movie nights that take place in parks, Citywide. 

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    Nick Poleto

    Rehab Specialist
    Phone: 518-434-5106

    “I’ve done a lot of landscaping work all over the Capital Region, and was brought up in the construction industry,” says Nick. Since he was able to work, Nick helped his dad flip houses, usually taking on the demolition, sheetrocking, and painting portions of the renovations. “I learned a lot about everything in the trades,” Nick says. He wanted to find a job where he had room to improve. “I’m real busy and I enjoy the work,” he says. “I like how helping the community out. You get a lot of appreciative people, and that makes it worth it.”

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    Dan Morettoni

    Rehab Specialist II
    Phone: 518-462-0254
    Before he was a rehab specialist, Dan worked for Con Edison, the utility company for New York City. As a member of their Service Assessment team, he worked to help homeowners convert from heating oil to natural gas and ensure that electric services were adequate and safe.

    After working remotely for some time he decided to move back to the capital city, where he had studied at the University at Albany and earned a degree in Urban Studies and Planning.

    In 2017, he purchased a vacant Center Square brownstone, and performed a gut rehab over a period of nearly 2 years. He put his own sweat equity into it. “It was very stressful at times but well worth the effort.” His father, a carpenter, was a tremendous help in restoring some of the remaining historical elements of the home.

    “I love the Capital District,” Dan says. He also likes how his new job allows him to get out and around Albany. When he’s not working on his brownstone, Dan loves to cook, ride his bike, eat and play golf.

    “I’m also a tortured Jets fan,” says Dan, which has led him to become a bigger hockey fan.

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    Sherrod Owens

    Rehab Specialist
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Sherrod previously worked in Local Carpenters Union 290 for six years, where he learned a variety of construction skills. He’s taken the knowledge he accumulated there to his Rehab Specialist position with ACDA. “I still get to work with contractors and improve the quality of homes and other buildings,” Sherrod says. “I’m still in the construction trades, in another way, but now the focus is on Albany.”

    He’s fond of the job. “I like the construction trades and I’m not stuck in just one place – I work in the office and in the field as well. The work also gives me the opportunity to help people. I provide individuals and the entire community a service that they value – and I value too.”

  1. Jim Romano

    James Romano

    Construction Director
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Jim oversees the maintenance of Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA)-owned lots and buildings, such as the Albany Boxing Gym and the condos at 135 Elizabeth Street, which are used to house individuals and families, while heir homes are being made safe and lead-free through ACDA's lead abatement program. He also oversees and manages the contractors who are hired to rehab properties for ACDA, making sure that they comply with EEO standards and other government regulations.

    Jim previously worked as a general contractor in the Albany area, and for fun, he loves all things related to sports!

  1. Joe Severino

    Joe Severino

    Senior Finance Counselor
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Joe assists the community who are applying for any of the various housing programs offered by the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA). Joe meets with applicants and reviews their eligibility, whether it is to purchase a home, to do necessary home repairs, or to address lead paint abatement. "We see what people's needs are, and how we can assist them," says Joe, who has worked at ACDA since 1995.

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    Danni Smith

    Housing Services Advocate
    Phone: 518-434-5265

    Danni was hired with a grant through Cities RISE, a program through the New York State Attorney General’s Office that funds innovative housing and code enforcement programs that fight blight. Danni’s focus is informing tenants about their rights and responsibilities through the City’s Good Neighbor School and other avenues.  

    “One of my goals is to see a better relationship between tenants and landlords in the City,” says Danni, who notes that a healthy relationship can help stabilize housing for tenants and protect the investments of landlords. “I’d also like tenants to know more about what rights and resources are available to them.” For example, many tenants don’t know they have a right to housing that is safe, livable, and sanitary, and often don’t know that assistance is available through organizations such as Legal Aid and United Tenants of Albany.

    Danni graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s of science in public health, and worked previously at Together, an anti-poverty agency in Omaha, Nebraska, where she did extensive research on homeless services, food security, and housing that was used to support effective advocacy and public policy on those issues. “Housing is a passion,” she says.