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​August 13, 2021

CHFA Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Megan Herrera​

(DENVER) - Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) is pleased to announce that Gov. Jared Polis has appointed Steven Cordova, Kerri Hunter, Jennifer Kermode, Nathan Peterson, and Sylvia Wirba to its board of directors. In addition, Gov. Polis reappointed CHFA’s current board chair, Amber Hills. CHFA’s 11-member board serves as the governing body of the organization and establishes policies to further its mission of affordable housing and community development.

Steven Cordova, Total Concept
Steven Cordova serves as executive director of Total Concept, a nonprofit organization providing housing and community development for 20 Colorado counties, primarily in southeastern Colorado. Under Cordova's leadership since 2010, Total Concept has significantly grown its housing services, apartment units, geographical service area, and staff. He is dedicated to community engagement by serving on several boards for local, state, and national organizations, and as an appointed member of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing Strategic Housing Working Group, and the Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force Subpanel. Cordova holds degrees from Regis University and University of Northern Colorado.

Kerri Hunter, CPA, State of Colorado
Kerri Hunter is Colorado's state auditor, responsible for overseeing independent audits and reviews that hold government agencies accountable and promote positive change in government. Hunter was appointed by the Colorado General Assembly to the position of state auditor in May 2021 for a five-year term. With more than 25 years of governmental auditing experience at the Office of the State Auditor, she has dedicated her career to making a difference for the people of Colorado. Hunter obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Denver and is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA).

Jennifer Kermode, Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority
Jennifer Kermode has 14 years of local housing authority leadership experience and currently serves as executive director of the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority. She leads the organization's daily operations and administrative functions, including property sales, development, and management, loan and educational programs, and strategic planning. Kermode has received various education and training in affordable housing from NeighborWorks, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, National Development Council, the Colorado Division of Housing, Housing Colorado, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in range management from the University of Wyoming.

Nathan Peterson, Colorado Modular Homes
Nathan Peterson comes to CHFA with a diverse background in the housing industry. He is the owner of Colorado Modular Homes, one of Colorado's largest modular home builders.  Additionally, he is a real estate developer building attainable housing projects. Peterson also serves as the chairman of Credit Union of the Rockies, a financial institution with $120 million in assets that is committed to serving the underserved mountain communities of Colorado. Nathan's undergraduate degree is in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and he holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University. 

Sylvia Wirba, Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC
Sylvia Wirba has extensive experience with housing matters and is an attorney/non-equity partner at Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC. Her specialties include serving as general legal counsel for Tribally Designated Housing Entities and public housing entities, advising on numerous legal matters related to housing laws and programs. She has been with the firm since 2009. Wirba is vice president of the Colorado Indian Bar Association and a member of the Colorado Bar Association. She earned a Juris Doctor degree and certificate in Indian law from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Fort Lewis College. 

Amber Hills, FirstBank
Amber Hills is president of FirstBank's Southwest Market. As an industry veteran with over 22 years of experience, Hills oversees FirstBank's Southwest Market, which includes eight branch locations, more than 160 employees, and $2.2 billion in deposits. She also oversees FirstBank's Multicultural Banking Center, which was formed to better serve the entire community by providing banking services in customers' preferred language and with an understanding of their culture. Hills joined CHFA's board in 2017 and was named board chair in 2021.