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. Most recently, 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 Build it Green, HomeAid America and STAND! For Families Free of Violence.  

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

Alex Waterbury

Lennar Multi-Family


Alex Waterbury is the President of Lennar Multi Family Investors LLC. His specialties include urban-infill development; commercial & multifamily residential; site acquisition; financing; project management; asset management and historic preservation. Alex brings a great deal of knowledge from the building industry into his role on the HomeAid Northern California Board of Directors with his urban and residential experience and a heart for non-profit.

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.  

Bruce Ring

Ring Hunter Holland & Schenone

LLP, Partner

Bruce Ring has more than 30 years of experience representing landlords, tenants, homebuilders, developers, investors, financial institutions and receivers in complex real estate transactions. He has extensive experience in representing home building companies in all aspects of single and multi-family residential developments, apartment developers, and commercial developers in the development of office and industrial buildings, shopping centers and mixed-use projects. He also represents institutional and private lenders in commercial and real estate lending transactions. Bruce graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law, 1981 and has a B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, at Berkeley.

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

Richmond American Homes

Division President Northern California

Craig Merry is the Northern California Division President of Richmond American Homes. The Richmond American Homes companies have built and financed the American Dream for more than 175,000 homebuyers. Their reputation for quality craftsmanship remains second to none, a testament to their steadfast commitment to designing superior-quality homes that meet the needs of today’s homebuyers. Their homebuilding operations currently span 11 states, helping people attain the American Dream from coast to coast. Craig has a BA in Political Science from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance from Northern Arizona University.

Dave Sanson

Executive Committee

DeNova Homes
Chief Executive Officer

Dave Sanson is owner and Chief Executive Officer of DeNova Homes. After graduating from college, Dave immediately moved into the position of General Manager with Wood Valley Development, Inc., with responsibilities that ranged from land acquisition to project build out of both multi-family and single family residential projects. Wood Valley brought both success in Dave’s career and the incorporation of his own company, DeNova Homes. Dave serves as Chairman of the Board for the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and with his wife, Lori Sanson, was inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. Dave graduated with honors, from the California State University at Chico with a double major in Construction Engineering and Business Administration.

David Sorenson

Wells Fargo

Senior Vice-President

David Sorenson is a Wealth Advisor & Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Dave consults with high value clients at The Private Bank to manage the larger and more complex needs of family and inter-generational wealth. With over 25 years of experience in commercial banking, real estate development finance, and investment management, he offers a unique skill set and point of view. David has an MBA in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law from University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from BYU.

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. 


Gregg Lemler


Bay Area Representative

Gregg Lemler is vice president of Transmission Operations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. His current responsibilities include providing leadership and direction to the company's 24/7 Transmission Control Center operations, transmission lines and substation-related engineering/design, operations, construction, reliability, and strategy functions. His most recent role was as the senior director of Electric Transmission System Operations, responsible for operating PG&E's electric transmission grid.

Lemler is a registered engineer in the state of California and received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also received his MBA from California State University, Fresno and is a recent graduate of the executive business administration and management program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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.

Lori Sanson

DeNova Homes

Executive Vice-President

Lori Sanson is part of one of the most respected homebuilding teams in Northern California for over 25 years. Beginning as high school sweethearts, Dave and Lori now collaborate on running their company, DeNova Homes, and work together to chair and volunteer for various philanthropic organizations, including HomeAid. The Sansons have utilized their unique but compatible business skills to become integral members of the homebuilding and real estate communities. Lori is responsible for the very successful Annual Comedy Event held each year that benefits HomeAid Northern California’s goal to help in the fight to end homelessness in the Bay Area. Lori graduated from California State University, Chico and was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame with her husband, Dave Sanson.

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 D. Baker

Executive Committee

Ponderosa Homes

Dick Baker has been president of Ponderosa Homes since 1998. During his more than 25 years in the homebuilding industry, Mr. Baker has also held the positions of president of Pulte Homes Northern California and Greystone Homes North Bay. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Bay Area Council and he is a past chairman of the board of the Home Builders Association of Northern California. Dick earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seattle University and a master’s in business administration from UC Berkeley for the March of Dimes. In 2005, Dick was inducted into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame.

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

West Area President

Steve Kalmbach is the West Area President for Pulte Group. Pulte Group, Inc. is based in Atlanta, and is one of America’s largest home building companies with operations in about 70 markets. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex Homes for first-time home buyers, Pulte Homes for growing families and move-up buyers and Del Webb for active adults 55+, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile players meeting the needs of multiple buyer segments. Steve has a degree from UCLA and has an MBA in finance.

Tom Burrill

Executive Committee

CalAtlantic Division President Northern California

Tom Burrill is the Division President of CalAtlantic Homes for Northern California. Tom also served as 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.