ABOUT US

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board of directors is a seasoned group of business leaders and professionals specializing in affordable housing development, construction, financing, real estate transactions and management.  They are committed to preserving existing affordable multifamily housing from market-rate conversions, and ensuring housing stability for residents through innovative services solutions.

Kate Mackin

Kate Mackin

President/Executive Director

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Kate has been president/executive director since 2014, after serving 10 years with the organization, including six years as a board member. Her career in affordable housing began in 2002 at Minnesota Brokerage Group (MBG), where she worked as director of marketing and brokerage operations. At MBG, Kate supported real estate development activities targeting affordable housing acquisitions.

During the past decade, she has played a key role in securing low-income housing tax credits for our properties, coordinating renovation activities, and organizing and managing long-term homeless tenant support programs.

kate@
mwattainable.org

Harold Teasdale

Harold Teasdale

Founder & Board Chair

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Harold founded our organization in 1989 after researching the needs of the housing market and the opportunities for structuring affordable housing partnerships. He began his real estate career in 1972 by assuming management of housing cooperatives.

Harold is a licensed real estate broker whose experience includes property management; condominium and townhome sales; and creating, structuring and raising funds for real estate syndications. He is also co-owner of Metis Development, a real estate development company targeting affordable and market rate multifamily housing.

In addition to his formative role at Midwest Attainable Housing, Harold is president of Jackson Meadow Company, a business he formed to develop, market and manage a nationally-renowned conservation community in Marine on St. Croix outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.
Harold holds a Masters in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

harold@
metisinvest.com

David B. Juran

David B. Juran

Board Member

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David brings years of housing and financing experience to his role on our board. He is President & Chief Executive Officer of Colliers Mortgage LLC.  Prior to joining Colliers, in 2002 David served as senior vice president of a regional investment banking firm for more than 13 years.

His experience in real estate is extensive, having supervised the acquisition, development or financing of several hundred transactions totaling more than $3 billion of value.

David’s expertise extends to programs supporting the creation of multifamily housing and affordable housing, as well as regional and community-based hospitals, nursing homes and senior housing.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, and is fully licensed under NASD Series 7 and 63.

David.juran@colliers.com

Gary Ellis

Gary Ellis

Board Member

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After 28 years of service, Gary retired in early 2020 from his position as executive director of Riverton Community Housing Corporation, a nonprofit provider of quality student-oriented affordable housing, and one of the largest student cooperative organizations in the country.

During his long tenure with Riverton, he has helped grow its portfolio from one, 127-unit building into a $50 million enterprise, which includes seven active, apartment-based housing cooperatives managed by a professional staff.

Gary has also been active helping develop affordable housing options through his service on the Board of St. Stephens Human Services, which operates a shelter and housing program, and through other nonprofit boards.

Gary has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a real estate broker’s license in the State of Minnesota.

Garyellis606@gmail.com

Nancy Landmark

Nancy Landmark

Board Member

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Nancy brings to our board a unique understanding of the complex relationship between real estate and other areas of the law. She joined Commercial Partners Title in 2005, bringing her expertise in examining and underwriting along with active litigation experience in personal injury, commercial disputes, and family law and probate matters.

Nancy is Minnesota’s First National Title Professional (NTP) as well as a MSBA Certified Real Property Specialist. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, North Dakota Bar Association, Minnesota Land Title Association and a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Whether focused on complex land title needs for a specific client or involved with industry events, Nancy exemplifies and has been celebrated for a high level of professionalism.

nancyl@
cptitle.com

Chris Zuspann

Chris Zuspann

Board Member

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Chris has more than 28 years of construction experience, with 25 years at Frerichs Construction. He has extensive experience working on new ground-up construction and renovation/remodel projects for both nonprofit and for-profit developers.

Chris is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, specializing in finance and business development. Through his oversight and leadership, the company has completed more than 12,000 units of occupied housing rehab along with more than 3,000 units of new housing construction.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Construction Management from Mankato State University. His professional memberships include: Minnesota Contractors License, Minneapolis Builders Exchange and Minnesota Real Estate Investors Association. Chris is also the board chair at Dale Evangelical Free Church and is active with the organization Kids Against Hunger.

chris@
frerichsconstruction.com

Chris Stokka

Chris Stokka

Board Member

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Chris is the development manager for MWF Properties LLC, a real estate development company that specializes in the development of affordable housing. His role with the company encompasses a variety of responsibilities including site selection, entitlements, project financing, construction management and asset management.

Since joining the company in 2008, Chris has overseen the development of more than 400 units of affordable housing in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. In addition to real estate, Chris has served as a logistics readiness officer in the Minnesota Air National Guard since 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.

chrisstokka@
mwfproperties.com