Staff & Board

HomeAid Northern California Staff

Cheryl O'Connor

Executive Director

After serving on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California for over 4 years, Cheryl stepped into the leadership role as Executive Director of HomeAid Northern California in 2011. O’Connor served as Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area and Regional Chairman of the BIA in 2008. Cheryl has thirty-five years of experience in marketing and selling new home communities in Northern California.  In her career, she has held senior level management positions with Summerhill Homes, Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow, Ponderosa Homes and The O’Brien Group. Cheryl is a green building and affordable housing advocate and is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license.  She also serves on several Boards including HomeAid America and Eden Housing. 

Cathie Newitt

Program Manager

Cathie Newitt has joined HomeAid Northern California as Program Manager.   Cathie has over 25 years of non-profit experience in a variety of roles, primarily in Development.  Her areas of expertise includes grant-writing, event coordination, fundraising, and volunteer management.  Cathie has had the opportunity to work for charities around the country including Volunteers of America in Virginia, Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida, and the American Red Cross in San Francisco, among others. She has been exposed to the Homebuilding industry through her husband’s role as a building executive with major builders including Pulte, Del Webb, and Shea Homes.  Cathie holds a degree in Secondary Education/English from Michigan State University with a minor in Communications.

Board of Directors

Bob Glover

BIA Bay Area

Executive Officer

Bob Glover is the executive officer of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area. As a past member of local city commissions, he’s been part of the development process as both a public-sector and private-sector representative, experiencing firsthand the importance of the public process and the need for collaboration in local and regional planning. He is currently serving as an elected board member of the Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District. He was previously a member of the City of Pleasant Hill Redevelopment Advisory Committee and served as board chair of the City of Martinez Planning Commission. Bob Glover graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Communications.

Brian Olin


Division President of the Bay Area Division

Brian Olin has nearly 2 decades of experience in the homebuilding industry spanning a wide array of disciplines within the business.  Olin began his career as an intern at Greystone Homes and remained with the company through their acquisition by Lennar.  In his time with Lennar, Olin was involved in the development of communities with product types ranging from single family detached homes in suburban markets to high density mid-rise and high-rise in urban markets.  In 2011, Olin joined The New Home Company to manage the establishment of an emerging homebuilder in the Bay Area, concluding his tenure with The New Home Company as the President of the Bay Area.  Olin re-joined Lennar in September of 2015 as the Division President of the Bay Area Division, based in San Ramon.  Olin also serves on the Board of the the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area.  

Chris Apostolopoulos

KB Home

President Northern California Operations

Chris Apostolopoulos is an Oakland native and he grew up in the world of construction. He worked for his father’s firm, GA Construction and Development, during high school, college and after college. In 1999, he decided to take a job with KB Home, where he has focused on acquiring sites, planning developments and leading several geographic divisions. He is the currently Division President of the Bay Area which stretches from Bakersfield to Chico and encompasses most of Nevada other than Las Vegas. Chris has a B.S. in political science from the University of California, Davis.

Chris Neighbor

SummerHill Housing Group

Executive Vice President

Chris Neighbor is the Executive Vice President & Managing Director at SummerHill Housing Group. Over the past 35 years, SummerHill Housing Group has established a tradition of developing distinctive residential communities located within the most desirable settings throughout California. SummerHill builds a variety of home styles featuring high quality architecture, remarkable rich character and exceptional attention to detail. SummerHill communities have repeatedly earned high marks, not only from satisfied homeowners but from the building industry as well. Chris has a BA in Construction Management from California State University, Chico.

Craig Merry

KB Home

Division President Northern California

Craig Merry serves as president of KB Home's North Bay division. In this role, Merry is responsible for the Company’s homebuilding operations from land acquisition and construction, to sales and marketing and customer service, across KB Home’s North Bay markets, which include parts of Alameda County and all of Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  Merry joins KB Home with more than 15 years of homebuilding and residential construction experience with national homebuilders. Merry received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and went on to earn a MBA from Northern Arizona University.

Gary Galindo

Signature Homes


Industry veteran Gary Galindo joined Signature Homes as the firm’s new president in March 2014 to spearhead the company’s expansion and growth throughout Northern California without ever losing sight of our guiding principle of creating communities that bring families and neighbors together.  His extensive background in the building industry includes more than 20 years as a respected manager with a successful history of leading real estate and construction-related companies. Before coming to Signature Homes, Gary started the Northern California Division of Van Daele Homes in San Ramon; served as President of both the Sacramento and Northern California divisions of William Lyon Homes; and held a variety of top-level positions with Taylor Woodrow Homes and Ryland Homes. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance and General Management from Saint Mary’s College and a Bachelor of Arts, in Urban and Rural Planning from California State University, Chico.

Glen Martin

Pacific InterWest Building Consultants


Glen Martin is the President of Pacific InterWest Building Consultants.  During his 35-year career in the construction industry, he has held a variety of executive leadership roles for multiple startup companies and Fortune 100 corporations where his expertise in residential, commercial, and industrial construction helped orchestrate the successful completion of multi-million dollar projects around the world.  Glen is a graduate of California State University, Chico and former division president of Standard Pacific Homes and group president of Toll Brothers. Glen is a licensed California Contractor (both A and B) and a licensed California Real Estate Broker. 


Jeff Lawrence

Braddock & Logan

Jeff Lawrence is an owner of Braddock & Logan Services, Inc. which has extensive experience of diversified real estate development and property management teams. Their development portfolio of more than 33,000 new homes, 3,000 apartment homes and 355,000 square feet of retail and commercial facilities demonstrates expertise in real estate planning, design, construction and customer service in communities throughout the greater Bay Area.

John Ryan

Executive Committee

Brookfield Residential
Division President Northern California

In 1996, John Ryan started the Bay Area operation as both business group President and Partner in Brookfield Bay Area Operations. Prior to 1996, John worked for 10 years at KB Home in Northern California; Paris, France; and Southern California, starting as Controller, then Land Acquisitions, Forward Planning, VP/CFO then Sr. Vice President. Prior to KB Home, he spent seven years with a "Big Eight" accounting firm as an Audit Manager, specializing in Real Estate. John attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, earning a B.A. Degree in Economics and Finance. He is also a Licensed CPA and General Contractor. He serves on the Board for St. Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), serves on the Board for the Green Music Center of Sonoma State University.

Layne Marceau

Executive Committee

Shea Homes
Division President Northern California

Layne Marceau is President of the Northern California Division of Shea Homes. He joined the company in 1995 as Vice President of Finance for the Southern California Division. Prior to joining Shea Homes, Layne spent seven years at Deloitte and Touche in the Real Estate Consulting and Audit practice. He also taught high school economics and mathematics for four years. Layne is a licensed California Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker. He has been a member of the California Building Industry Association since 1995 and served as Chairman of the Association in 2006. He also serves on the Board of Partners Fore Golf (a chapter of The First Tee) and the Livermore Performing Arts Center. Layne earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of California, Irvine.

Mark Williams

Alliance Partners

Mark is currently working as a consultant for Alliance Partners, which specializes in Nonprofit Organization Management. He is also the previous Vice President of Operations for Pulte Group and the previous owner of PFI/ Floorspace for 5 years also working as the President of DuPont for 5 years. Mark is responsible for implementing the HomeAid Annual Trapshoot Tournament which benefits HomeAid Northern California’s mission to help in the fight to end homelessness in the Bay Area. Mark has BA of Arts degree from Sonoma State University.

Mary Rotelli

Teichert Inc.

Chief Operating Officer

Mary Rotelli is the Chief Operating Officer of Teichert Inc., a construction and materials company founded in 1887 and holder of California State Contractor’s License #8. Teichert has graded, paved, and supplied materials to thousands of miles of California’s roads and streets, tens of thousands of subdivision lots, and countless acres of site projects as well as highways, bridges, dams, levees, and other essential infrastructure elements. Mary is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum and a board member of United Contractors (UCON), The Beavers (a heavy engineering construction association), and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) which supports the families of downed highway workers. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

Matt Beinke

Executive Committee

Blackhawk Properties
Vice President

Matt Beinke is a partner at Blackhawk Properties, a residential and commercial development company located in Danville. Matt grew up in Danville and he remains active in the community, also serving on the board of First Tee, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Posse and John F. Kennedy School of Law Advisory Board. Matt is a graduate of the University of Washington and a licensed attorney in California.

Mike Branagh

Branagh Development


Mike Branagh was born and raised in Moraga and received his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in accounting. His main responsibilities include new client relations, investment property acquisition and pre construction development. He actively keeps his finger on the pulse of the local housing market in order to capitalize on opportunities and pass along the benefits to his clients and investors. During his time at SMU, Mike embarked on a summer long Semester at Sea where he met his future wife.

Nancy Keenan

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning


Nancy Keenan is the President of Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, headquartered in Pleasanton, Ca.  Grounded with an architectural career shaped in the fast-paced builder environment of Southern California, Nancy served as the Principal in Charge of the Solano Beach and Irvine offices for over 10 years before becoming President of the company in 2014.  Her design background is centered by a passion for following through on every facet of design - from the livability of a community plan to the design detail of its buildings, ensuring successful project execution, innovation and integrity.  A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Nancy is a licensed Architect in Arizona, California and Nevada.  She is also a LEED Accredited Professional.  

Norma Avery

Housing Capital Company/US Bank


Norma Avery is President of Housing Capital Company/US Bank. She has been in the banking industry specializing in Real Estate for most of her career. She believes whole heartedly in non-profit and giving back to the community around her. She came on the HomeAid Board of Directors in 2014 and has been an incredible asset in volunteering her time and money to the fight to end homelessness.

Patti Curtin

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean

Attorney at Law

Patti Curtin of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean has 25 years of focused experience on planning, zoning and environmental laws. Patti’s practice emphasizes local government and land use law representing both private and public sector clients. She has worked with landowners and developers of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property, including wine growers, wineries and related businesses; shopping center owners; hotel/resort owners; educational institutions; public agencies; and hospitals and other medical facilities. Patti also serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Lafayette. Patti graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Political Science and McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento; J.D.

Richard Walker

Executive Committee

XL Construction
Chief Operating Officer

Richard Walker is the Chief Operating Officer of XL Construction. Throughout his 23-plus years in the industry, Richard has held roles in project management, risk management, business development, executive leadership and strategic planning. As COO, Richard provides executive oversight of XL’s operations, market development, best practices, and staffing. In addition to his industry experience, Richard is active with NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute. Richard graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Finance and has his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Scott Schilling

Fidelity Title

Senior Vice-President

Scott Schilling is a Senior Vice-President of Builder Services at FNTG Group of Companies - including Chicago, Fidelity, Lawyers, and Ticor. Fidelity National Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services. Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected title insurance and escrow companies. The five title insurance underwriters that comprise FNTG – Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Ticor Title, Security Union Title and Alamo Title. Scott has a degree in Engineering from BYU.

Steve Kalmbach

Pulte Group

Northern California Division President

Steve came to PulteGroup in 2000 to start their in-fill high density housing operation in Northern California.  He has served in multiple senior management roles; he is currently the Northern California Division President, a role he has held since 2010.  Prior to that, responsibilities included regional management of all California Operations, as well as Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas. PulteGroup is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, building under the Pulte, Centex and Del Webb brands.  Pulte is the largest attached builder in the Bay Area and the largest builder of active adult housing (Del Webb) in California.  

Tom Burrill

Executive Committee

Lennar Division President Northern California

Tom Burrill is the Division President of Lennar Homes for Northern California. Tom also served as Division President of CalAtlantic Homes and Vice President of Finance and Project Management for Standard Pacific Homes, where he led the division's operational and strategic planning efforts. His extensive background prior to joining Standard Pacific includes financial leadership roles in the software industry and at one of the nation's largest accounting and consulting firms. Tom is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tony Bosowski

Trumark Homes

Division President

Tony Bosowski oversees all operations in the region, including land acquisition, entitlement, purchasing, construction and sales. A real estate veteran and leader in the industry, he has a proven track record of developing teams, executing results and growing businesses by building and managing high-performing, focused and results-oriented teams.  Before joining Trumark Homes, Mr. Bosowski most recently spent six years as the president of JKM Development, a full-service real estate development, management and investment group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to JKM, he served as the Northern California division president of The Olson Company, where he was responsible for managing all core business functions and ultimately grew the division over 300 percent. Mr. Bosowski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a licensed contractor in the state of California.