Tom joined Home City Development in 2009.
Prior to that, Tom was with The Community Builders development staff from May 1993 to April 2009, becoming Senior Project Manager. During that time, he assumed responsibility for managing several development projects, including a large HUD Section 236 sale, rehab and refinancing; several 9% LIHTC rental projects, totaling 320 units and 5,000 sf of commercial rental space; a 430 unit 236 decoupling with 4% bond financing; a 190 unit tenant buyout and rehab through the Title VI preservation program; two Section 202 Elderly Housing projects; two HOPE VI developments in two states; and redevelopment of the Northampton State Hospital, including a 28 unit mixed-income subdivision, renovation of 33 rental units, new construction of 40 more, and the development of a 115 unit subdivision for mixed-income homeowner and rental housing.
Tom holds a Masters Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Karoun began working at Home City in the Spring of 2018. She comes to Home City after 10 years of owning her own businesses. From photography and graphic design she jumped into owning and operating a yoga studio open 7 days a week with 10 sub-contracted staff members. She also ran a yoga school and graduated three groups of yoga teachers.
Karoun brings to the table extensive experience in marketing and communications from her business and training background, as well as a solid skill-set in design.
Karoun has lived in Downtown Springfield for ten years and is dedicated to this community. She is on the McIntosh Condominium Board of Trustees, and is the flute coach for the Community Music School Youth Wind Ensemble.
Karoun has a Bachelors degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Earth Science, and a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Geology.
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Melanie Jasmin joined Home City Development in June 2012. Her responsibilities include administrative support to the executive director and implementation of human resources programs and policies for staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and training.
Melanie is a Certified Administrative Professional through IAAP and is a notary public. She has completed secretarial science courses at Springfield Technical Community College as well as courses in commercial and industrial psychology, and wage and salary administration at Springfield College. Melanie is proficient in IT, having taken intermediate, advanced, and accelerated workshops and seminars in Microsoft Office Suite, and SQL Server, and Windows NT security.
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