Mobile Tour: From Cradle to Cap (and Gown) - Columbus Scholar House

Tuesday, November 6: 11:15am – 12:30pm

The Columbus Scholar House is a unique property featuring 38 units for residential living and an early learning center. Join us as we tour the facility on which many organizations worked together to provide a model to help residents reach academic success and prepare their children for future academic success.

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Chad Ketler, Community Properties of Ohio
Mr. Chad Ketler has been with Community Properties of Ohio since its inception in April 2003. He is currently President & CEO of Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO Management), an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). CPO Management began as a $133 million preservation initiative, consisting of 250 buildings and 1,385 scattered-site units in seven inner-city neighborhoods. This effort sought to create neighborhood stability and a climate of revitalization through housing renovation and effective management. Mr. Ketler is responsible for directing all facets of the organization including financial management, operations and business development. He also serves as the President & CEO of the 501(c)(3), Community Properties Impact Corporation (CPO Impact) and plays a key role in maintaining the mission-driven focus of the organization. Mr. Ketler serves on the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Compliance Advisory Committee. He is an active member of the CAA (Columbus Apartment Association), represents CPO nationally through NAHMA (National Affordable Housing Management Association), and is the current President of MAHMA (Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association).


Beth Long, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mrs. Long joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in 2001. As a Vice President of Development, she provides financial structuring services, underwriting analysis and technical assistance to government, non-profit and for-profit partners utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to develop affordable housing opportunities. Beth has experience underwriting and investing in a variety of project types, including family, senior and special needs properties in rural, urban and suburban areas of Ohio and Kentucky. Over the last ten years, she has become an expert in structuring and underwriting Permanent Supportive Housing developments. In addition, she has experience working with projects utilizing HUD secured financing, Rural Development programs, tax-exempt bond financing and other gap financing. Beth currently serves on the executive committee of the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association (Ohio CDC) Board of Directors and on the Balance of State Continuum of Care (BOSCOC) Board of Directors. Mrs. Long has a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Western College Program at Miami University.

Linda Day Mackessy, YMCA of Central Ohio
A senior vice president with YMCA of Central Ohio, Linda oversees 100 early learning and after school programs, as well as a $5.4 million Head Start grant and programs for children with disabilities, Linda has the responsibility for grant writing for government, foundation, and United Way grants for the YMCA. Linda has 35 years of experience in early childhood education in Boston and in the central Ohio area. Linda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College and a Master's in Social Work from Boston University. Linda and her husband John are the proud parents of four children.

Robert (Bob) Bitzenhofer, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
As Vice President of Planning and Development, Bob oversees implementation of CMHA's $30-million Choice Neighborhoods grant, manages the conversion of CMHA's public housing portfolio under HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration program, and coordinates CMHA's efforts to acquire multifamily housing in neighborhoods of opportunity across Franklin County. In addition, Bob works with CMHA leadership and local and national partners to advocate at the federal and state level for public policy changes that will help produce more affordable housing in the Columbus area. Prior to CMHA, Bob worked for HUD in Washington, DC, and the Columbus Field Office. Bob earned a JD from the Ohio State University and Master of Community Planning and Bachelor of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Cincinnati.