Marty Miller, Executive Director         Email: martym@orfh.org

Marty has been a valuable member of ORFH since 1993 and became ORFH’s Executive Director in 2004 after serving as the Director of Housing Development. He has directly participated in the development of hundreds of units in rural Washington State serving thousands of farmworkers and other low-income residents. Marty is a strong advocate at the federal, state and local level and works to bring positive change to policy issues affecting farmworkers and their families.            

He serves as the Chair of the National Farmworker Director’s Association, is on the Board of the National Rural Housing Coalition and serves on their Farmworker Housing Committee. Marty participates on the State of Washington’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Subcommittee on Farmworker Housing in addition to the Policy Advisory Team of the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and the Washington State Farmworker Housing Trust. Marty holds a Master of Science in Economic Development from Eastern University and a BA from Whitworth University.

 

Bobbi AlsethDirector of Housing Development        Email: bobbia@orfh.org

Bobbi joined ORFH’s staff in October of 1998 after working in the for-profit arena for five years. As the Director of Housing Development, Bobbi provides leadership and training to ORFH staff in the development of affordable rural housing.

Bobbi has extensive experience in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the Housing Trust Fund, the Affordable Housing Program through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, private financing and USDA Rural Development.

Bobbi has over thirty years of experience in the development of affordable housing in Oregon, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Texas and Washington resulting in more than 2,600 units serving low-income, elderly, developmentally disabled, and farmworker households. Lack of affordable housing is a serious problem in the United States especially in rural areas. 

Bobbi continues to search for innovative new approaches to financing this much needed investment in our rural communities.

Laurie Waytuck, Fiscal Manager         Email: lauriew@orfh.org

Laurie has been with ORFH since 1987 and is an invaluable member of the ORFH team.

As Fiscal Manager, she oversees ORFH’s annual budget, prepares for our audits and prepares all financial reports for our funders.

She is also responsible for administration of the ORFH Revolving Loan Fund. 

Laurie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Calgary.

 
 
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Cristina A. Ruiz, Housing Development Specialist         Email: cristinaar@orfh.org

Cristina was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. Prior to joining ORFH she worked in commercial banking as a relationship manager doing agricultural financing for farmers and ranchers. Growing up she would spend time helping her father on his 80-acre organic mixed vegetable operation in Mabton, WA, which she still assists with from time to time today.  

These experiences have given Cristina a unique insider perspective of both the needs of agri-business and of the requirements and expectations of the lending community. Cristina is highly proficient in the administration of federal, state and local funding programs as well as portfolio management, loan processing and providing training and technical assistance on financial topics.

Cristina holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Heritage University.

 
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Samuel Rodriguez, Housing Development Specialist              Email: samuelr@orfh.org

Samuel was born and raised in Lower Yakima Valley, and joined Office of Rural & Farmworker Housing in 2014 as a Project Assistant. Before joining ORFH, Samuel worked in property management as a Site Manager ensuring high quality standards for nearly 200 apartment homes in Ellensburg, Washington. Growing up, Samuel would spend time helping his father manage his 99 acre orchard in Sunnyside, Washington, which consisted of apples, cherries and wine grapes.

Samuel's roots in agriculture and his background in property management bring a unique, well-rounded set of skills and experiences to the ORFH staff. Samuel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety and Health Management along with a minor in Spanish from Central Washington University.

 
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Suzanne Obermeyer, Housing Development Specialist        Email: suzanneo@orfh.org

Suzanne brings 15 years of experience in grant administration, including planning, communications, contract compliance and quality improvement to ORFH.

Before joining ORFH in August 2016, Suzanne served as the Community Services Block Grant lead and compliance manager/trainer for a Yakima area community action agency.

Prior to that, she served as the systems and planning program manager for what was then the second largest early childhood education provider in Washington State, conducting internal compliance monitoring, overseeing preparations for Federal reviews, facilitating community needs assessment activities, preparing newsletters, reports and grants.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media with a Public Relations Specialization from Central Washington University.

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Dixie Palmer, Housing Development Specialist        Email: dixiep@orfh.org

Dixie, who joined ORFH in March 2017, has extensive experience in real estate sales research, land acquisition and financing.

Previously she was a Community Developer for the Yakima County Asset Building Coalition, a role that included facilitating partnerships among service providers, financial institutions and government agencies to leverage resources. 

For several years, she served as the office manager of a regional non-profit credit counseling agency serving eight Central Washington counties, administering Federal, state and local funding, providing oversight of a US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Counseling Program, and teaching financial literacy classes. 

Her real estate knowledge combined with her unique set of skills for administration, grant writing, and management lend themselves well to ORFH’s mission. 

 

Pam Turner, Project Assistant                                 Email: pamt@orfh.org

Pam Turner joined ORFH in May 2017 as the Project Assistant. Born and raised in the Lower Yakima Valley, Pam spent time working at her family’s 140-acre asparagus farm and packing plant operation growing up. This background, as well as more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing, logistics and special events coordination, make her well suited to her duties.  As ORFH’s Project Assistant, Pam’s role is to support the housing development staff and the affordable housing development process, which includes planning, data collection and compilation, assistance preparing applications for financing, and a variety of other related duties. She is ORFH’s lead staff person for the agency website, social media presence and publications such as the annual report.