August 24, 2016


Maryann Beerling , Chief Executive Officer  

Maryann Beerling’s experience includes more than 26 years management and operational experience working with non-profits and governmental agencies throughout Arizona serving diverse populations of individuals and families. She has designed, developed and managed administrative, social services, housing, special programs and capacity development activities for organizations including those serving special needs populations in Arizona. She has overseen the development, enhancement and implementation of new programs, housing, social service and community programs. Her background includes fund development, strategic planning, budget development and administrative management, senior management and supervision of staff, volunteers and coordination of multi-disciplinary professional teams.  Ms. Beerling works with private developers, investors and public partners to finance and complete development of the capital projects such as rehabilitation and the new construction of multi-family and single-family housing. Her affordable housing projects have won awards and are models for replication.

Ms. Beerling graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in Business and has worked in Tucson, Phoenix and rural Arizona to develop and administer state-wide housing programs. She has worked with local and state-wide foundations and governmental agencies and has built strong working relations with non-profit and community-based organizations. She has successfully worked with neighborhood residents and their representatives, including resident councils and neighborhood associations.

Maryann’s experience includes RFP’s, contracts, negotiations, management, compliance and the use and/or interpretation of HOME; CDBG; Local government funds; USDA Native American Mutual Self-Help Housing; HUD Tenant Opportunities Program; HUD Homebuyer Counseling Programs; HUD Supportive Housing Program; HUD Tenant Opportunities; HUD HOPE 3; Arizona Department of Housing State Housing Funds; City of Phoenix Government Obligation Bonds; Low-income Housing Tax Credit and 8609 Applications; United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Programs; State of Arizona’s Prison Cities Housing Development funds; Federal Home Loan Bank; Department of Economic Security ESG and Child Care Administration; SAMHSA; Lenders; and a variety of private foundations and locally-based charities.

Mary Dreher, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Dreher has over 30 years of experience in Business Management, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Tax Preparation. She has worked with private companies and non-profit organizations. Her experience includes accounting, auditing, program monitors, contract management and supervision of finance staff and departments. Mary has found the non-profit sector the most rewarding of the work environments she has experienced. Mary received her training from the University of Denver and continued at the Extended University of Arizona. Mary has been the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Old Pueblo Community Services and the Director of Finance for the Tucson Pima Arts Council, United Cerebral Palsy and Tucson Hebrew Academy. Ms. Dryer oversees all financial operations and financial compliance activities for Compass Affordable Housing. She supervises staff and all day to day activities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and collecting U.S. coins and currency.

Christe LePeau, Program Manager

Christe LePeau graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development with a minor in Korean language from the University of Arizona. She  supervises staff and interns in the Tenant Services and Community Housing Programs. Her work and experience includes case management of formerly homeless individuals and families, training and supervising staff, coaching peers through development, and facilitating first-time homebuyer and homebuyer financial seminars. She has previously worked with TMM Family Services, Inc. and has performed volunteer services for children and families in the Tucson community. She has experience organizing and planning events, performance evaluations, and mentoring employees.

Debby Francis, Grants & Data Manager

Debby Francis came to the non-profit sector by way of the education field.  With a Masters degree in Education, she taught the writing portion of freshman and sophomore English to English as a Second Language students at Glendale High School, Glendale, Arizona.   That position led to the Title I Unit at the Arizona Department of Education working with Tucson-area school districts and charters to support their Title I programs.  After a move to Tucson in 2010, she was the schools grants manager for the non-profit social service agency, Pima Prevention Partnership.   In that capacity, she wrote and monitored all of the school grants for PPP’s charters.  Currently, she will be using her experience in grant writing and compliance activities to support Compass Affordable Housing.

Becky Peters, Community Housing Specialist

Becky Peters graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University. She works in the Compass Affordable Housing Community Housing Program to serve families, single parent households and formerly homeless individuals. Prior to this, Becky was the AmeriCorps VISTA team member at Compass Affordable Housing. She worked in Tenant Services at Glenstone Village Apartments and Alvord Court Apartments. She provided support services to tenants that focused on food security,  housing support, mental health resources, and recovery resources. She has always had a passion to work with people who are experiencing homelessness or are in recovery from substance abuse. She has experience in community gardening, volunteer coordinating, crisis response, and event planning.

Keeli Hernandez, Community Housing Assistant

Keeli Hernandez graduated with her Master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Management. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from DeVry University obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Business Technical Management, while navigating her way through numerous components of assistance programs. She has previously worked at Out-Reach Ministries in Indiana working with homeless individuals and those who were in recovery from substance abuse. In addition, she has performed crisis intervention; chaplaincy; home health work with geriatric patients those with neurological disorders, and mental illness disabilities. She loves to travel and has lived in Japan, Virginia, Washington, Indiana, and Georgia.

Jody Thompson Steehler, Community Housing Assistant

Jody Thompson Steehler graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in English, from the University of Arizona Honors College as a single mother.  It was during this time that she navigated through the numerous components of assistance programs and gained a personal knowledge of what it is like for many facing similar situations in the community.  After working with the University of Arizona Area Health Education Centers and the University of Arizona Inteprofessional Education Program, she has come to understand that the non-profit community is where she can best serve others.  Jody has also been the managerial editor of an independent press, has had literary work of her own published and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and parts of Ohio.

Yolanda Avalos, Accounting

Yolanda Avalos is a business owner and full-charge bookkeeper.  Her experience includes bookkeeping, administrative work and office management. Yolanda’s expertise is in payroll and reporting, financial statements, inventory management, tax preparation and budgeting. She also has experience in the construction, retail and dealership industry. Yolanda oversees payroll and reporting, financial reporting, payables and contract billing for CAH. She has more than 30 years of experience in financial services and is bilingual.

Hannah Shilling, Tenant Services Specialist

Hannah Shilling graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Classical Studies from Stanford University. While there, she worked with LGBT students and faculty to address and advocate for their needs on campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has experience writing grants, coordinating large projects and events, consulting, and public speaking. She loves working with the tenants to provide them with important resources. She is passionate about public health, legal reform, and community development.

Susan Hewson, Tenant Services Assistant

Susan Hewson is a currently a senior at the University of Arizona seeking a degree in Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Classical Civilizations. She will then go on to get a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in order to start a career in Correctional Counseling. Susan works directly with tenants in Tenant Services at Glenstone Village Apartments where every day brings a new adventure. She provides tenants with support services and organizes events in order to help them live their best lives. This includes, but is not limited to: providing food security resources, helping tenants apply for jobs and public benefits, and providing resources to help them stay sober.  She is passionate about helping others and prison reform.