Meet the Team

HIP Staff

Maryann Dillon  is the Executive Director of Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP)  Ms. Dillon has over 25 years of experience managing affordable housing development and is responsible for the overall programs and direction of HIP’s housing counseling program.  Ms. Dillon joined HIP on October 15, 2012.  Prior to that she held positions as Director of Real Estate Development at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and as Senior Vice President at Banc of America Community Development Corporation.  She has managed over $315 million in development activity during her career.  Ms. Dillon is a member of the board of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).   Ms. Dillon has an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and a Masters of Public Administration through National Urban Fellows and Baruch College.. To contact Maryann, call 301-985-1252 or send an email.

Stephanie Prange Proestel is Deputy Director for Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP).  With over 15 years of community development experience, Stephanie created HIP’s single-family rehab program and served as project manager for the development of HIP’s Artists’ Housing, an award-winning, “green” development located in Mt. Rainier.  She has also provided development consulting services to two tenant organizations in the District of Columbia, assisting them in the acquisition and renovation of their buildings. Prior to joining HIP, Stephanie was a Research Director for The Enterprise Foundation, a national technical assistance provider to small community development organizations.  In this position, she researched best practices in the areas of finance, development, supportive housing, community planning, safety, and organizational development. She holds a B.A. from Saint Olaf College and a Masters of Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, Stephanie has been twice talked into participating on HIP’s sprint triathlon team, amazingly completing both races! To contact Stephanie, call 301-699-3870 or send an email.

Jocelyn Harris is the Single Family Housing Developer at Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP). She coordinates and manages the purchase and rehabilitation of all homes under HIP’s single family rehab program, which creates homeownership opportunities for low and moderate income buyers. Under her direction, housing production has doubled in the last year.  Jocelyn also serves as project manager of the owner occupied rehab program, which eradicates code and health violations for low income residents in Prince George’s County. In addition to her development role, Jocelyn generates funding for both HIP and HIP Services. Prior to joining HIP Jocelyn studied Community Planning with a concentration in Urban Design at the University of Maryland College Park. To contact Jocelyn, call 301-699-1222 or send an email.

HIP – Housing Counseling

Mary Hunter is the Director of the Housing Counseling Program at HIP.  Mary has overseen HIP’s geographic expansion into Montgomery County, as well as programmatic expansion by doubling bilingual staff to address both the foreclosure crisis and the affordable rental shortage.  She has worked to expand housing opportunities and protections for low- and moderate-income Marylanders through her contributions to the boards of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, the Coalition for Homeownership Preservation in Prince George’s County, the Capital Area Foreclosure Network, and through her participation in Governor O’Malley’s Maryland Foreclosure Taskforce.  Throughout her career, she has pushed to increase protections for low-income families, from enforcing legal rights of migrant workers at Southern Migrant Legal Services to advocating for tenants at Legal Aid Society in New York City.  Mary is a licensed Maryland attorney.  She holds a J.D., Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Northwestern University.  When not at work, she’ll take any chance she can get to travel to far flung parts of our globe.  To contact Mary, call 301-699-0425 or send an email. Mary is located in our Hyattsville office.

Luis PerezLuis Perez is a Certified Bi-lingual (Spanish) Housing Counselor with over 25 years experience in housing and residential lending.  He has extensively counseled both pre-homeowners and post- homeowners by various approaches throughout his career; providing Homebuyer Seminars with community based organizations, churches, realtors and lenders.  In addition to group settings, Luis counsels on an individual basis with Housing Initiative Partnership’s Housing Counseling department, with an emphasis on Foreclosure intervention and prevention. Prior to joining HIP, Luis was a Foreclosure/Loss Mitigation Counselor with We Are Family (WAF) Community Development Corporation, a non-profit counseling organization serving Baltimore County, Maryland.  Luis is certified through NeighborWorks Center of Homeownership Education and Maryland Housing Counselors Network.  He holds a B.S. from N.Y.U. Luis is a devoted baseball and football fan.  He coaches both sports at his community high school and he plays year round (temps above 40 degrees) with a hometown team.  He enjoys time with family and friends, barbecuing, bird watching, movies, and gardening. To contact Luis, call 301-985-3155 or send an email. Luis is located in our Hyattsville office.

Lee Oliver is a Certified Housing Counselor and Licensed Reverse Mortgage Specialist for HIP’s Prince George’s County Office. She has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate industry, specializing in foreclosure prevention and pre-purchase.  At HIP she teaches the popular Homebuyer Education class, and provides individual housing counseling.  She is certified through NeighborWorks in Foreclosure Prevention, Homebuyer Education, Pre-purchase Counseling, Financial Capability and Post-Purchase Counseling.  She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and participates in the Women’s Enrichment Ministry in her church.  To contact Lee, call 301-699-8031 or send an email. Lee is located in our Hyattsville office.

Nathaniel McDonald is HIP’s Bounce Back Program Administrator, located in HIP’s Prince George’s County office.  He is responsible for providing advance financial training to homeowners who have recently avoided foreclosure by securing a loan modification.  The Bounce Back Program equips homeowners in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties with the training and support services necessary to sustain their loan and improve their overall financial situation. Nathaniel has over 20 years of experience in the housing industry both private and non-profit.  Prior to joining HIP he was the Homeownership Program Manager at United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP).  In this position he managed the First Time Homebuyer, Post Purchase, Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Literacy Programs.  Nathaniel holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. To contact Nathaniel, call 301-699-5099 or send an email. Nathaniel is located in our Hyattsville office.

Lorena Fuentes is the Bilingual Intake Specialist for Housing Initiative Partnership’s office in Prince George’s County.   She provides assistance for all staff, welcomes and works closely with clientele in scheduling appointments and organizing intake documents, and educates the public on the various programs, workshops and classes HIP has to offer.  Lorena brings a strong history of providing direct services in Spanish and English to low-and-moderate income families. Prior to joining HIP, she worked at the Tess Community Center, Casa de Maryland and the Spanish Catholic Center in the areas of public health, housing and income assistance. To contact Lorena, call 301-699-6262 or 301-699-3835, or send an email. Lorena Fuentes is located in our Hyattsville office.

Carmen Castro-Conroy Carmen Castro-Conroy is the Manager Counselor in the Germantown Office of Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP). She joined HIP in 2009 as a Bilingual Certified Housing Counselor and she continues to serve HIP clients in that role. In addition, Carmen is representing HIP in the Planning Committee for the Montgomery County Housing Fair, an annual event that serves to educate and inform residents about local housing programs. Carmen has been a Certified Housing Counselor since 2001 in different capacities, as a Program Manager for an eviction prevention program, a homebuyer education program and as a foreclosure intervention counselor. Carmen holds a B.A. degree in International Studies, and a Masters degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland. She is also a Certified Translator and Interpreter in the State of Maryland. In her spare time, Carmen volunteers in a Religious Education class in her church. She is active in her children’ school PTA where she has been the Chair for the Help the Homeless Walk and she also participates in her children’s Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts activities. To contact Carmen, call 301-916-5893 or send an email. Carmen is located in our Germantown office.

Flavio Medina is a Bilingual Foreclosure Prevention Counselor for the Germantown Office. He brings to HIP a solid background within the housing and mortgage finance industry. Prior to joining HIP, Flavio worked as a Housing Counselor at Neighborhood Assistance Corporate America (NACA), a non-profit organization, and as a Mortgage Consultant at Diversified Financial Mortgage, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland. Flavio holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). His passions are spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, writing, music, and global finance. To contact Flavio, call 301-916-5967 or send an email. Flavio is located in our Germantown office.

Sonia Posada is a Bilingual Foreclosure Prevention Counselor in HIP’s Germantown Office. with over 22 years’ experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining HIP, Sonia worked with Morristown Federal Credit Union in New Jersey for 19 years, where she started as a teller worked her way up to become a Loan Officer/Credit Manager. After relocating to the Washington metropolitan region, Sonia worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Loss Mitigation Department assisting defaulting homeowners with the modification process. Sonia obtained a Paralegal Certificate in 2007 from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, with specialization in the Immigration field. She enjoys working to guide people as they navigate their way through difficult times. Outside of work, Sonia enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. To contact Sonia, call 301-357-8911 or send an email. Sonia is located in our Germantown office.

Claudia Medina is the Bilingual Intake Specialist for HIP’s Montgomery County office located in Germantown. She provides assistance for all staff, welcomes and works closely with clientele in scheduling appointments and organizing intake documents, and educates the public on the various programs, workshops and classes HIP has to offer. To contact Claudia, call 301-916-5946, or send an email. Claudia is located in our Germantown office.

Zulma Miranda is a Bilingual Foreclosure Prevention Counselor for the Gaithersburg Office. She got her start with HIP as an Intake Specialist and has always brought a high level of energy, dedication and detail to her work with clients. Zulma came with more than 6 years experience in the mortgage industry as a loan processor specializing in FHA loans, office management and assisting with loan origination. Most recently Zulma worked at Wells Fargo Loss Mitigation Department. Zulma has more than 3 years serving the bilingual community in tax preparation and as a registered notary in the state of Maryland. Zulma enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school and is active in the school’s PTA. To contact Zulma, call 301-245-3907 or send an email. Zulma is located in our Gaithersburg office.