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To establish programs and strategies to educate, empower and mobilize the Black community in regard to the real estate industry; creating generational wealth and opportunity for Black real estate professionals. The fact that systemic racism persists throughout our community is only emboldened when the data from the real estate industry is brought to light. The Impact Campaign looks to expel myths, explain processes and deliver pertinent resources for community growth.

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MAY 3, 2021
Financial Literacy for Future Homeownership

To provide participants essential budgeting and financial management information necessary to become a homebuyer

6:00 PM
Understanding Your Credit History and How You Can Improve It
How Your Credit History Impacts Your Mortgage Application
Organizing Finances for Successful Homeownership
Determining an Affordable Housing Budget

May 10, 2021
Becoming a Pre-Qualified Homebuyer

To provide participants insight into the range of mortgage products, down payment assistance products, pre-qualification services, etc. to empower congregants on making the best choices for a home mortgage.  will also provide participants with loan officer contacts to INITIATE the pre-approval process

6:00 PM
Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping Arthur Fleming Director of Community Investment Services FHL Bank Atlanta
  • Arthur Fleming
    Director of Community Investment Services FHLBank Atlanta

Arthur Fleming directs the Bank's community investment, economic development, and affordable housing products  and services.  

Fleming has experience in a variety of financial services, legal, housing development, and academic roles. Before  joining the Bank, Fleming was Chief Lending & Investment Officer for the Opportunity Finance Network, Inc., a  national community development financial institution. He also served as the Senior Director for the Southeast  Region and Director of Housing Finance for the Fannie Mae Foundation; the Senior Vice President, Managing  Director of Housing Initiatives at GMAC; founder and Executive Director of the Community Financing Consortium,  Inc.; and an attorney/senior associate for the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. Fleming earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master's degree in Urban and  Regional Planning and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.

6:05 PM
Programs Available through the Alabama Housing Finance Authority Carrie Hamaker Single Family Administrator Alabama HFA
  • Carrie Hamaker
    Single Family Administrator Alabama HFA

Carrie Hamaker joined the Alabama Housing Finance Authority as single-family administrator in 2018. She has  more than 18 years of mortgage lending management experience. As the Single Family Administrator for  Alabama Housing Finance Authority she oversees the homeownership programs for low to moderate  income Alabamian’s. Hamaker is knowledgeable in all areas of the mortgage industry including sales,  production, operations, and underwriting. A qualified and certified HUD Direct Endorsement Underwriter, she also holds the Staff Appraisal Review designation.

6:20 PM
Understanding Down Payment Assistance Programs Available to You Maxima Sims Ownership Production Manager FHLBank Atlanta

Maxima Sims, Ownership Production Manager  FHLBank Atlanta

Maxima manages customer relationships, processes, and procedures related to the application and funding of FHLBank  Atlanta’s Community Investment Services Homeownership products and its affordable housing and community economic  development programs. She is also responsible for cultivating and expanding customer relationships and new business  development for the Bank’s affordable housing products.  

Prior to joining the Bank in July 2012, Maxima worked at Regions Mortgage, a division of Regions Bank, in the Single  Family Mortgage Division. Her most recent position was Operations Manager in which she developed operational  efficiencies to increase production and developed effective techniques and procedures to successfully position Regions’  products and technology offerings.

Lauretta Moore, Planner II, Community Development City of Huntsville, AL

Lauretta P. Moore is a Planner (II) for the City of Huntsville, Department of Community Development. She helps  to administer the city’s downpayment assistance program and single-family new construction, through the US  Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnership Program. Other federally funded  programs where she assists includes: Community Development Block Grant (CBDG), CDBG-CV (Coronavirus),  Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and ESG-CV. Prior to accepting a position with the city, she spent nearly ten years in  service to the greater Huntsville community through Family Services Center (FSC), a non-profit one-stop resource center.  In her role as FSC’s Housing Programs Manager, she was responsible for rental (and utility) assistance, property  management, single-family affordable housing development and rehab, and housing counseling services. She is a HUD certified Housing Counselor, that specializes in the areas of rental, pre and post-purchase homeownership, fair housing,  and first-time homebuyer’s group and one-on-one education. 

Mother, mentor, elder and advocate; Lauretta is civic-minded and champions for the least among us. She serves as  Board Chair for the Low-Income Housing Coalition of Alabama and is the National Advisor and Financial Secretary, for the  National Alumni Council Board of Directors of United Negro College Fund.

Karen Hansberry, Housing Loan Specialist, HUD certified Housing Counselor City of Mobile, AL

Karen Love Hansberry is a Housing Loan Specialist with the Department of Community & Housing Development. She has  been with the City of Mobile for the past 13 years where she is responsible for the City’s Down Payment Assistance  Program and Homeowner Rehabilitation Programs as well as a realtor for NRP and the Mayor’s Blight Initiatives 

Cory Stallworth, Manager, Housing Programs City of Birmingham, AL

Cory is an experienced real estate developer with a Master of Engineering focused in Construction Management from  University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been Deputy Director of Housing Programs for the City since August of  2020. Prior to that Cory was with the Housing Authority of Birmingham for six years, working in their real estate  development department.

6:40 PM
Understanding Mortgage Products Available to You Stephen Castleberry Mortgage Production Manager Regions Bank

Stephen Castleberry, Mortgage Production Manager Regions Bank

Stephen Castleberry is the Area Manager for Regions in Birmingham. He has been with Regions for 16 years and in the  business for 26 years. As a teenager, one of Stephen’s friends took him to his Mother's office - she worked for a real  estate developer and when Stephen saw a new development being built and all of the excitement in the air - he was  hooked. Stephen majored in Real Estate Finance in college and moved to Birmingham (following his now wife) and  began selling real estate for a developer. Within a few months, Stephen realized that his passion was in the finance side  of the business and he has been doing this ever since. Stephen loves helping customers figure out how to achieve their  financial goals and housing is a key component of those long term financial pictures.

Suzanne Scott, Asst. Vice President

Suzanne graduated in 2002 from Faulkner University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She worked  for the Financial Store, Inc. from 1999 to 2008 as Corporate Secretary. Susan was then employed with First Bank since  2008, and is currently an Assistant Vice President. 

Kim Bain, Asst. Vice President

Kim began her banking career in 1988. She has been with First Bank since 2004, and is currently the Compliance Officer  and Assistant Vice President. Throughout the years Kim has held many positions, but the thing she enjoys most is being  able to help people with their financial needs.

7:00 PM
Becoming Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved for a Mortgage and Working with a Lender Allen Bishop Senior Vice President Robertson Banking Company

Allen Bishop, Senior Vice President Robertson Banking Company

Allen is a 1986 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Management.  He also graduated from Southern Trust School in 1991 and the School of Banking of the South at LSU in 1996. He has  worked at Robertson Banking Company since 1987 and is currently a Senior Vice President in their Demopolis location.

Tara Hickey, VP Mortgage Lending Manager River Bank and Trust

Tara Hickey serves as a Vice President and Secondary Mortgage Manager. Customers have enjoyed Tara’s  financial expertise and exceptional customer service for over 18 years. Some of her community involvement  includes serving as affiliate council chair and co-chair of the Mobile County Association of Realtors, board  member and president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, member of the Eastern Shore Chamber  of Commerce Gala Committees, and past president of the Mobile Mortgage Bankers Association. Tara is a  graduate of Alabama Banking School and is current participant of Alabama Bankers Bank Executive Leadership  Program.

Selena Pickens, Area Sales Leader Synovus Bank

Selena is an Area Sales Leader for Synovus Bank. She is responsible for leading the Affordable Housing Team, a group  of dynamic loan originators that help make dreams of homeownership a reality. She has more than 20 years of financial  industry experience that include insurance, community development, housing counseling, mortgage origination and  financial literacy.  

Selena grew up in Florence, South Carolina and graduated from South Florence High School. She earned a Bachelor of  Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors from Wester University  with a Master of Arts degree in Business.  

She is a contributing member of her community and has served on several boards and committees to include the  Columbia Council of Neighborhoods, Richland County Housing Advisory Committee, Midlands Housing Trust Fund  Advisory Committee and is currently a board member of the Columbia Housing Authority. She is an active member of  Brookland Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Selena is the proud mother of a Yorkie fur-baby named Rembrant!

7:15 PM
Selecting the Best Mortgage for You Tara Alderete Director, Enterprise Learning Money Management International
  • Tara Alderete
    Director, Enterprise Learning Money Management International

As the Director of Enterprise Learning at Money Management International (MMI), Tara is responsible for creating in person and online education programs. Tara joined the agency in 2010 as a curriculum development specialist and was  instrumental in developing MMI’s online education communities. In her current role, Tara uses both her development and  facilitation skills to benefit the diverse communities served by MMI, including military service members and veterans,  Hispanic audiences, students, and athletes.  

Based in the Atlanta area, Tara has been sourced as a subject matter expert for Nerd wallet, Bankrate, Fox Business,  CreditCards.com, Fox 5 Atlanta, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO Radio, Atlanta Business Radio, and The Veterans  Money Book. She has presented at the Hope Global Forum Annual Meeting, Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference,  VEO Military Women’s Empowerment Summit, and the Coast Guard Transition Assistance Program.  

Tara is an alumnae of the University of New Mexico, holds a Certificate in Grant Writing from the University of Georgia,  and a Certificate in Criterion Referenced Instruction from Mager Associates, Inc. She is an NFCC Certified Financial  Educator, a Certified Housing Counselor, and FCRA Certified. She has served on planning committees for Money Smart  Week, The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, and Georgia Department of Family Services Financial Literacy Fair.

7:25 PM
Wrap Up/Questions Tara Alderete Director, Enterprise Learning Money Management International
  • Arthur Fleming
    Director of Community Investment Services FHLBank Atlanta

Arthur Fleming directs the Bank's community investment, economic development, and affordable housing products  and services.  

Fleming has experience in a variety of financial services, legal, housing development, and academic roles. Before  joining the Bank, Fleming was Chief Lending & Investment Officer for the Opportunity Finance Network, Inc., a  national community development financial institution. He also served as the Senior Director for the Southeast  Region and Director of Housing Finance for the Fannie Mae Foundation; the Senior Vice President, Managing  Director of Housing Initiatives at GMAC; founder and Executive Director of the Community Financing Consortium,  Inc.; and an attorney/senior associate for the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. Fleming earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master's degree in Urban and  Regional Planning and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.

MAY 17, 2021
Shopping for a Home

To provide participants with options on selecting a trusted advisor and locating viable homes or lots for purchase

6:00 PM
Selecting and Working with a Realtor
Locating a Potential Home
Locating a Potential Donated Lot

MAY 3, 2021
Financial Literacy for Future Homeownership

To provide participants essential budgeting and financial management information necessary to become a homebuyer

6:00 PM
Understanding Your Credit History and How You Can Improve It
How Your Credit History Impacts Your Mortgage Application
Organizing Finances for Successful Homeownership
Determining an Affordable Housing Budget

May 10, 2021
Becoming a Pre-Qualified Homebuyer

To provide participants insight into the range of mortgage products, down payment assistance products, pre-qualification services, etc. to empower congregants on making the best choices for a home mortgage.  will also provide participants with loan officer contacts to INITIATE the pre-approval process

6:00 PM
Programs Available Through the Alabama Housing Finance Authority
Understanding Down Payment Assistance Programs Available to You
Understanding Mortgage Products Available to You
Becoming Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
Working with a Lender
Selecting the Best Mortgage for You

MAY 17, 2021
Shopping for a Home

To provide participants with options on selecting a trusted advisor and locating viable homes or lots for purchase

6:00 PM
Selecting and Working with a Realtor
Locating a Potential Home
Locating a Potential Donated Lot

Event Speakers

Nimrod Barshad
Sculptor, Conceptual Artist
Nimrod Barshad
Painter, Conceptual Artist

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