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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Susan Wilson, Housing Development Specialist         Email: susanw@orfh.org

Susan has more than 10 years of experience in the field of affordable housing and has been with the Office of Rural & Farmworker Housing since 2007, with a brief hiatus working for Northwest Housing Alternatives in Portland, OR. 

As the senior Housing Development Specialist at ORFH, Susan has extensive experience in all aspects of multi-family housing development including feasibility analysis, land acquisition, project management and closeout.  She has helped ORFH’s sponsors to secure more than $42 million in funding and overseen the development of more than 200 units of affordable housing, representing a significant investment in Washington’s rural communities.    

Before joining ORFH, Susan worked as an Asset Management Specialist for Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of the City of Portland) and did environmental permitting work for an engineering company in Bellingham, WA.  Susan holds a degree in Geography from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State 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.

 

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.

 

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.