Meet Our Team at Communities of HOPE

Board of Directors

Robert Beale President and Founder

Mr. Beale began over 30 years ago, as a resident of a community while attending Oakland University. Recognizing that property management could perform at a much higher level, he co-founded a management company that grew to become recognized as an industry leader. Later, Mr. Beale founded Premier Property Management in order to target the most difficult to manage apartment communities in order to show that no matter how difficult, any property can provide a higher standard of service if managed well.

Jason Ostrander CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Jason has headed up the Accounting and Finance Department at Premier since 2010 where he has been integrally involved in all functions of the acquisition, development, and property management of the Company’s affordable and conventional portfolio. In addition to his current experience in affordable housing, Jason spent several years with Pulte Homes in various Finance and Accounting roles. Before that, he performed M&A and Business Advisory services with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason continues to utilize his diverse financial background and passion for Community Building & Development to help Premier Property Management execute its corporate vision and guide its high corporate values.

Denise Beale, Board of Director Founder/Owner of Uptown Threads, A Kizmet Boutique

Denise is a founding board member of Communities of HOPE Inc. and was instrumental in the initial concept and design. Denise owns and operates a high-end women’s clothing Boutique in Milford, Michigan, and donates some of her store’s fashions, including clothing and footwear to women’s shelters. Denise volunteers as a playground supervisor at a local school and has dedicated countless hours to helping low-income residents that have experienced homelessness and addiction recovery.

Cyndi Stempien Owner & CEO of Diamond Consulting

Diamond Consulting is owned and managed by Cyndi Stempien. Ms. Stempien has 28 years of experience in housing, 17 of which have been spent focused on areas of affordable housing. Her expertise ranges from the site and multi-site management to the Director of Compliance and VP of Strategic Operations. She holds certifications for COS (Certified Occupancy Specialist), AHM (Assisted Housing Manager), PHM (Public Housing Manager), and C3P (Certified Credit Compliance Professional). She possesses a vast understanding of the importance of a solid compliance program in order to meet the stringent regulatory requirements of LIHTC, Home Funds, Section 8, and Public Housing. In addition, she embraces the learning process and has a large focus on “getting it right the first time!” File reviews are performed in an ongoing training style to assist property management professionals in becoming experts at what they do!

Donna Harris President of NorthStar Community Development Corporation

Donna Harris, a proud native Detroiter, remains committed to the family business of strengthening families one day, one step at a time. With the motto being “If people knew better, they would do better,” Ms. Harris selected performance coaching as her career of choice. In return, her business strategy is simply targeting three areas of focus: awareness, advocacy, and access.

She began this journey of training and development nearly 40 years ago while employed at PNC Bank (formerly First of America Bank). Equipped with an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Personnel Psychology from Wayne State University, she developed a unique toolkit of skill development in career pathing and performance management. As a Human Resources Officer, she was assigned to lead community development initiatives for the bank. This resulted in placement as Board Director and subsequently, President of NorthStar Community Development Corporation. Much has been accomplished over the past 20 years as Ms. Harris helped to redefine a new business model for neighborhood growth and stabilization. As a result, NorthStar, a non-profit housing developer, has constructed 206 units of affordable housing. This leverages a reinvestment of nearly $35 million in neighborhoods in Detroit, including economic equity, financial training, homeownership, foreclosure intervention, small business development, food justice, and health education.

Further, Ms. Harris is a strong woman of faith having worked as a servant leader for the Grace Community Church of Detroit in far west Detroit for more than 50 years. Of late, she has been favored to host the radio show “The Community Perspective” on AM 1340 WCHB. The weekly program features guests who offer insight and resources to the strengthening of families. The vision of the radio declares that the engagement of a healthy church in a community will lead to healthy families and the outcome will be a thriving and healthy community.

Ryan D. Beale VP of Property Management

Ryan began his career with Premier in 2007 as a property accountant. From there, he has worked in every field of property management and development from maintenance technician to Senior Portfolio Manager to Property Developer. Ryan’s well-rounded experience of the day to day operations makes him an integral part of solidifying Premier Property Management’s place as an industry leader.

Nichole Mattison SEED VP of Programs

Nichole Mattison is the Vice President, Programs at SEED, Inc. a non-profit organization created in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mattison oversees the Michigan and Maryland offices, which offer financial and homeownership programs that entail a series of classes, individual counseling, and group sessions, in addition to community service options.

Mattison is a board member of the Blessings for the Children Scholarship, REVIVE Detroit CDC, and a Children’s National Medical Center volunteer. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and a member of the NAR, PGCAR, and GMAR. She has received multiple certifications through NeighborWorks of America. Courses sited: Housing Counseling, Credit Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Post Purchase Education, Voucher Homeownership, Residential Lending, Compliance with State and Federal Regulations. Mattison received a BS, Business Administration, and an MBA, Health Care Administration. She currently resides in Detroit with her husband.

Johnnie Boone Freelance Business Consultant

Over 35 years of experience in developing custom-designed programs to impact specific organizational objectives at General Motors Corporation, Detroit Public Schools, Charter Schools, Nonprofits, and Faith-Based Organizations. Over twenty years of consulting/facilitating/training organizational groups and community organizations in strategic planning and positive youth development. Strong leadership skills and creativity are used to bring together multiple disciplines to provide practical solutions that result in new opportunities for performance in the following areas:

  • Development and administration of educational and training programs
  • Formative and summative evaluation, instrumentation/metrics
  • Conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of team-based research projects
  • Positive youth development
  • Life-skills for youth/parents
  • Employability skills
  • Design of knowledge systems
  • Needs analyses
  • Curriculum
  • Organizational research & development

Team Members

Rick Fulgenzi Executive Director

Rick has been around and involved with Property Management since 1976 when he moved his young family into a Section 8 Housing Cooperative in which he and his wife still reside. His first taste of the management side came 3 years later when he was approached about running for a position on the board of directors. Being successful in his run, he remained on the board, serving his community for the next 10 years. It was during this 10-year period (8 as the board president) that he began to see the many struggles (along with his own family) that low-income families face day to day. He and another board member, Robert Beale, felt that property management could be done in a better fashion and joined up with their current property manager to form their own management company.

After a few years, Rick moved on and became the Construction Coordinator for “Lighthouse of Oakland County.” Once again, he was involved with and associating with people in need of help with either home repairs, food, clothing, help with utilities, etc. The needs were great, but the resources were never enough.

In 1995, Rick volunteered to help set up and organize the first stadium meeting in Michigan at the Pontiac Silverdome for “Promise Keepers,” a Christian men’s organization out of Boulder, CO as he took on the volunteer position of Facilities Director working closely with the Event Coordinator from Boulder. The following year, Promise Keepers ask Rick to go to work for them by becoming the State of Michigan Volunteer Coordinator for all PK events held there. Overseeing the recruitment of over 2000 volunteer positions. This position showed him the true heart of volunteers and what they can accomplish when motivated. He tells people, “When you decide to volunteer to help a person or a group you never know where it might lead you.”

Rick eventually got recruited back into property management by Robert Beale in 2003. As the years went by, they felt there was still more that could be done to help the residents in the affordable housing communities they managed and from extensive meetings and a lot of heart-searching Communities of HOPE (CoH) was born in 2009. The 4 pillars of HOPE – Healthy Living, Financial Security, and Asset Building, Educational Success, Stronger Families, and Communities – is what we believe every affordable housing community is missing. COH wants to change the way people think about low-income housing by starting with the residents, especially the children. Rick keeps saying “If we can change the thinking of one generation we can change the community and the city in which the community resides.”

Rick has now been the Executive Director of CoH since February 2013.

Margaret Green Operational Compliance Director/Human Resources

Margaret began her career with PPM in 2005. She has served in various positions of the company from HR to accounting, Purchasing Director to Regional Manager. She is currently serving as the Operational Compliance Director ensuring that our communities are managed to all MSHDA and HUD rules and regulations.