August 24, 2016


Maryann Beerling , Chief Executive Officer  

Maryann Beerling’s extensive experience includes  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. 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 first time home buyer and multi-family 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, contract 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 Funds; Government Obligation Bonds; Low-income Housing Tax Credits; 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. Dreher oversees all financial operations and financial compliance activities for Compass Affordable Housing. She supervises staff and all financial day to day activities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and collecting U.S. coins and currency.

Bernadette Grandinetti, Data & Special Projects Manager

Bernadette Grandinetti, a Tucson native, has her BA in Business Management.  Her experience includes working as a Program Manager, Program Director, Special Projects Manager and Executive Administrator. She has 10 years of behavioral health experience and brings a high degree of ability to deliver productivity and quality improvements through well-managed and on-time projects. Bernadette is working on her Masters of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Community Health Administration. She has worked with CODAC and the National Alliance on Mental Illness overseeing education, advocacy and support programs; training activities; research and analysis projects; feasibility studies and policy and procedures development.  Bernadette enjoys her work-life balance and loves spending with her spunky 11 year old Zoe.

Marti Vender, Program Manager

Marti Vender graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU), with a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations, and also earned her Masters of Education in Counseling with distinction. Ms. Vender began her career as the public relations coordinator with the newly established North County Community Health Center (NCCHC) in Flagstaff, Arizona. From there, she went on to work with the Northern Arizona Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) as the continuing education and continuing medical education coordinator. In 2004, Ms. Vender moved to Tucson, Arizona.  She has worked with a number of non-profit social service agencies including Direct Center for Independence as Director of Operations, The Centers for Habilitation as a Senior Operation Manager, COPE Community Services as a Clinical Liaison, and Goodwill of Southern Arizona as a Career Development Specialist. Ms. Vender considers herself to be a strong advocate for the homeless populations she serves with Compass Affordable Housing, and as a vocal representative for those afflicted by unemployment.

Jody Steehler, Community Housing Specialist

Jody 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 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 Interprofessional 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.

Ashley Blair Thomas, Tenant Services Specialist

Ashley Thomas comes from San Francisco, where she was a small business owner running a mobile homeless outreach program for people enduring homelessness on the city streets. She has experience coordinating with Crisis Intervention teams and in building relations with long-term homeless encampments. Her work experience includes outreach, peer resources, and advocacy. She graduated from San Francisco State University with  a BA in American Indian Studies. Ashley remains  committed to treating people with dignity along their journey, helping people achieve their highest potential and actively creating healthy communities.