Julia Kaercher is the Vice President of Program Development of Merchants Affordable Housing Corp. Julia assists in project development and funding applications for MAHC and its consulting clients as well as planning community events. Julia started her career in multi-family housing as a part-time volunteer, here at MAHC in 2014. She has grown and excelled in the art of writing applications as she has helped to secure funding from multiple institutions. In 2017, she orchestrated the first community service event where over 50 volunteers helped to landscape six of MAHCs buildings. Julia first learned of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network at AHF in Chicago and was enamored with the idea of chapter in Indiana. The idea was able to come to fruition after a trip to Georgia to meet with Ashely Northcutt and we started with our first event in August 2018.
Lori Edwards joins MAHC as Vice President of Acquisitions. She brings over 15 years of affordable housing experience from a variety of sectors, beginning with administering CDBG, HOME and LIHTC programs at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to facilitating project closings at City Real Estate Advisors as well as full-service development of 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects. In previous developer roles with The Annex Group and MACO Companies, she created successful partnerships and LIHTC development opportunities throughout the Midwest and Southwest regions of the US. She has received the HCCP and C3P housing certifications, serves as a Board member for Community Alliance of the Far East (CAFÉ) of Indianapolis and is a founding Steering Committee member for The Women’s Affordable Housing Network for Indiana.
Samantha L. Spergel has worked at Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) since January 2016; first as the Director of Real Estate Production and currently as the Director of Real Estate Strategic Initiatives and Engagement, where she provides policy oversight on numerous U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Construction programs, oversees the Consolidated Planning process for IHCDA, manages technical assistance and capacity building efforts, targeting local units of government and non-profits, to provide regulatory guidance, management training and insight into community development innovations