Meet Our Team
         

 

 

 

Laurence S. Tisdale
President

Laurence S. Tisdale is an advocate of affordable housing and is president, founder, sole shareholder, and the Associate Real Estate Broker of Larc Community Development Group, formerly LarC Properties, Inc. Since 1991, Larc has developed or preserved over 6,000 units of affordable housing throughout the state of Michigan. Mr. Tisdale is currently the President or Managing Member of 29 housing projects consisting of over 3,800 units. Larc has also ventured outside the state of Michigan to use its development expertise to provide housing and enhance the lives of residents in other states including Georgia and South Carolina.

Additionally, Larc has extensive experience in developing properties using a variety of financing as well as affordable and low income funding related programs. By creating and building relationships with affordable housing lenders and investors throughout the United States, Mr. Tisdale has been able to take advantage of several financing resources used to revitalize housing projects that would otherwise not be possible.

Mr. Tisdale graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1984 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984 as well. After graduating, he joined The Related Companies in New York City as a Vice President of both Related Companies, Inc. and Related Capital Corporation. Mr. Tisdale is the past president of Jewish Apartments and Services of Metropolitan Detroit and is a current board member of its successor agency, Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit. Both of these are nonprofit 501c(3)’s that provide affordable housing and assistance with daily living services and activities for seniors in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Moreover, Mr. Tisdale is an active board member of the Michigan Housing Council, a non-profit organization created to further the development, finance, management, and rehabilitation of affordable housing in Michigan. In addition, Mr. Tisdale is the past President of the Southfield Non-Profit Housing Corporation and past President of the City of Southfield Housing Commission. Currently, Mr. Tisdale is chairman of the real-estate committee of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

 

                                            

 

Cheryl Chorazewitz
Chief Operating Officer

Cheryl Chorazewitz is Chief Operating Officer of Larc Community Development Group. Ms. Chorazewitz has over 25 years’ experience in multifamily real estate finance and accounting, and has financed in excess of 2600 affordable units, closing around $240 million in debt and equity financing. Ms. Chorazewitz has experience with many types of financing programs including conventional, tax exempt bonds, 236 Mortgage Decoupling, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME loans and FNMA and HUD financing.

Previously, Ms. Chorazewitz held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Lockwood Companies for twelve years, overseeing all finance and accounting operations for Lockwood’s construction, development and management companies. Prior to that Ms. Chorazewitz was a Vice President with Holtzman & Silverman/Village Green Management Company. In addition to finance, Ms. Chorazewitz has also acted as asset manager in the various positions she has held, and was responsible for overseeing performance of all assets and all communications with lenders and investors.

Ms. Chorazewitz began her career as a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. She is a member of the Michigan Housing Council, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Professional Women’s Network.

 

                                            

 

Lynn Miller
Chief Financial Officer

Lynn provides financial insight and strategic leadership to Larc Community Development Group and its portfolio of assets. She is responsible for managing all aspects of Larc’s accounting functions including financial reporting, investor reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury management, and tax. She brings more than 20 years of financial management expertise to the position with a focus on enhancing policies and procedures to support financial performance and compliance.

Prior to joining the company, Lynn was the Senior Tax and Finance Manager of REDICO, a real estate development, investment, and property management company. Lynn began her career at Plante Moran PLLC where she provided audit, tax and consulting services to real estate and affordable housing clients.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Oakland University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.

 

                                            

 

Mary Jackson
VP of Property Operation

Mary is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience in multifamily operations with expertise in affordable housing development deals, affordable housing preservation, HOPE VI development, complex mixed-income, mixed-finance, and multi-phase redevelopment projects. Mary has worked closely with property owners to maximize the value of their investments through critical analysis, creative business planning, and sound marketing and management. Mary is responsible for the planning, transition, development, monitoring and evaluation of property performance while forecasting future performance of property operations for LARC’s portfolio of assets. She also holds the responsibility of focusing on market placement, repositioning opportunities, liability concerns, and risk management to ensure the portfolio is operating at peak capacity. Mary shares in the responsibility of implementation of policies/procedures, operating systems, cutting edge training, and best practices focus for the organization. Mary is also tasked with management structure adaptation by overseeing and partnering with management companies that exemplify LARC’s core values.

Before becoming Vice President of Operations, Mary held several leadership positions with leading national property management companies. She was responsible for assets in multiple states including, SC, NC, D.C. GA, FL, TN. And OH. She is an alumnus of South Carolina State University and holds a GA Real Estate Licenses.

 

                                            

 

Mark Ciepiel
VP of Development 

Mark Ciepiel has over eight years of experience in multifamily real estate development, including 4% and 9% low-income housing tax-credit financed acquisition-rehabilitation projects and new construction projects, public and private placement tax-exempt bond financings, HUD-insured debt financings, Fannie and Freddie Mac debt financings, federal and state historic tax-credit financings, and real estate tax-increment financings. Mr. Ciepiel has developed, refinanced, or preserved over 3,000 units of affordable rental housing throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, and South Carolina.

Mr. Ciepiel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration dual degree. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio and has a passion for contributing to community revitalization through the development of high-quality affordable housing.

 

                                            

 

Andrea Brunning
Controller

Andrea Brunning is the Controller for Larc Community Development Group. Ms. Brunning has more than 15 years’ experience in multifamily and commercial real estate accounting and development. This includes over 2 million square feet of new developments and redevelopment of existing real estate. Ms. Brunning has prepared and reviewed financial statements, yearly budgeting and forecasting models, and overseen treasury management for multiple types of investment and ownership entities. Prior to joining Larc Community Development Group, Ms. Brunning worked for both local and national real estate development companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.

 

                                            

 

Geoff Hanson
Financial Analyst

Geoff Hanson works with Mr. Tisdale to constantly evaluate the real estate market and determine the best way to maximize the value of Larc’s existing portfolio and deploy capital. Geoff’s primary responsibilities include underwriting, due diligence, and financing of new real estate acquisitions, developments, and dispositions. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Geoff moved to Detroit in 2015 to join Larc Community Development Group. Since that time, he has been involved in real estate transactions valued at over $98 million.

Geoff received his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He also holds a Michigan real estate salesperson license.

                                            

 

Jason Tisdale
Development Associate

Jason Tisdale is a Development Associate at Larc Community Development Group. Since joining Larc in 2017, Jason has become a leader on the Development Team, with the primary responsibilities of sourcing, financing, syndicating, and ultimately acquiring multi-family real estate. He works closely with Mr. Tisdale and the Development Team to determine acquisition strategies, as well as seek opportunities to re-position Larc’s current portfolio of assets.

Jason has gained experience in affordable housing through the submissions, and subsequent awards, of applications for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax-Exempt Bonds. Through these deals Jason has successfully closed on over $20 and $10 million of debt and equity financing, respectively.

Jason studied International Relations and Finance at American University (Go Eagles!) and holds a Michigan real estate salesperson license.

                                            

 

Hadassa Pam
Executive Assistant

Hadassa Pam is the Executive Administrative Assistant at Larc Community Development Group. As Executive Assistant, Hadassa maintains various administrative duties for executive management and strives to streamline Larc’s processes and keep the office running efficiently.

In addition, Hadassa serves as Assistant Asset Manager by serving as the liaison between Larc Community Development and property management to ensure that the day to day operational goals are achieved. She serves as affordable contracts coordinator and risk management manager handling all insurance related matters.

Hadassa is also the Database Administrator and IT point person. She is responsible for implementation, fine-tuning, upgrading, and testing modifications to the databases as needed.

Hadassa received her Bachelor’s of Science in 1999. She joined Larc with 15 years of prior experience working in computer programming and office administration.