Leadership

KHA Leadership 2021 - 2023

Officers and Directors

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President - Matt Gillam

Matt Gillam is a Managing Partner with Overland Property Group, LLC, in Salina, Kansas.  Formed in 2003, Overland specializes in the development and ownership of multi-family and senior residential communities from affordable to ultra-luxury across the Midwest (Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri), quickly developing over 65 properties totaling over $500 million.  Matts diverse skill set to Overland Property Group in architecture, development, construction, planning, management, investment and public relations all of which allow him to lead OPG through experience. In a very short time Matt has accomplished a lot, from winning national development awards to being the Keynote Speaker all over the country at countless events, his energy and vision for development along with his innovative ideas are clear reasons for the overwhelming success he and OPG have had.  Matt attended the University of Kansas and lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.


Vice President - Trey George

Trey George, Executive Director, THA, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit development arm for the Topeka Housing Authority (THA). Trey has been with THA for seven years. He is responsible for all activities relative to the non-profit side of the housing authority, including expanding and redeveloping their public housing properties. Trey is the compliance manager for four affordable housing developments and has day to day property management responsibilities for 40 affordable housing rentals, two apartment complexes and eight single-family homes. Trey is the primary liaison with the Pine Ridge Partnership and focuses on maintaining and strengthening this collaboration as well as identifying new and viable options for expansion. Trey is actively engaged in seeking additional funds to support the Partnership and the overall mission of THA and THA, Inc. to develop, manage, support and improve affordable housing. 


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Treasurer - Beth Easter

Beth Easter is a Commercial Relationship Manager who has worked for INTRUST Bank for more than 6 years.  She’s been an advocate for LIHTC projects and works closely with developers, syndicators and legislators throughout the region.  She is also on the Board of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and serves as the chair of the Government and Community Affairs committee.  Beth lives in Lawrence with her husband and 3 children.


Secretary - Kelsey Herr

Kelsey Herr, co-owner of Wheatland Investment Group since 2004. Wheatland Investments develop Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects as well as Market Rate projects in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since 2004 my role with Wheatland has covered all aspects of the Development process. Site selection, new construction, rezoning, leasing, compliance, management of onsite personnel and reports to State agencies.  Working with Syndicators and their compliance groups has been an active role as well.  I am certified in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and attend Housing Conferences in each of these States. Over the years I have been actively involved with several committees with the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation Annual Meeting and Kansas Housing Association. Kelsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker University. 

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Director at Large - Rebecca Arthur, MAI

Rebecca Arthur is a Partner with the Valuation Group of Novogradac & Company LLP and manages the metro Kansas City, Missouri area office. She has extensive experience in market analysis and appraisal of multifamily developments including those with low-income housing tax credits, USDA, Section 8, RAD, conventional developments, and for Freddie, Fannie, and FHA financing. Additionally, she specializes in consulting for developers and state housing agencies, as well as preparing valuations of general and limited partnership interests and year 15 valuation issues. Prior to joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Ms. Arthur was an analyst with the corporate finance group of Deloitte LLP, specializing in business valuations and acquisitions. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Ms. Arthur is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute, a member of the Kansas City Commercial Real Estate Women organization, a member of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, and is a certified general real estate appraiser in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.


Director at Large - Andrew Danner

Andrew Danner, Principal of North Star Housing, began his career of Affordable Housing Development in 2011.  Since then, he has developed or consulted on numerous Affordable Housing projects, spanning three states, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Andrew is involved throughout the entirety of a project’s lifecycle, including: management, development, governance, audits, dispositions, applications, and financing. Additionally, he works closely with municipalities and quasi-governmental entities to secure development incentives, tax abatements, and procure local support for Affordable Housing. 

Andrew firmly believes Affordable Housing promotes and preserves dignity for those most in need and is an effective mechanism for enhancing lives. He not only makes a strong effort in providing quality Affordable Housing, but also plays a personal role in providing education and supportive services for the populations he serves. Andrew Danner has a true passion for Affordable Housing Development and those it serves. 

Andrew is also the Broker/Owner of Windfield Real Estate and has been a licensed real estate broker since 2003. Currently, he serves on the Clay County, Missouri Building Codes Commissions Board.  In the Commercial Real Estate space, Andrew has developed or consulted on over 1 million Sq/Ft of Retail, Office, Self-Storage and Flex Space.


 

Director at Large - Matt Fulson

 


Director at Large - Christine Johnston

Christine Johnston is a Partner at MarksNelson, an accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in Kansas City. For more than 25 years she has helped developers and property owners with the financial aspects of their real estate projects, including financial modeling, cost certifications, auditing, tax management, and consulting.  She has extensive experience securing tax credits, including affordable housing (LIHTC), historic preservation (HTC), new markets (NMTC), brownfield, energy, and Opportunity Zone investments. She can often be found speaking at industry conferences and she enjoys working with individuals across all aspects of a project to help bring it to life.


Director at Large - Tony Krsnich

Tony Krsnich, Founder and CEO, Flint Hills Holdings Group, a diversified real estate holdings company who specializes in urban development and property management.  FHHG and its 15 employees have developed and managed over $100MM of real estate in Kansas and Missouri since its inception in early 2014 and currently works in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa. In addition to Flint Hills, Tony also owns Krsnich Investment Group, which represents his real estate holdings prior to the formation of Flint Hills.  Included in Krsnich Investment Group is the Warehouse Arts District in Lawrence, KS. In addition to Tony’s real estate holdings, Mayor Sly James appointed Tony to the impact advisory board in 2015. Tony has also served on the Broadway Westport Council, served 4 years on the Lawrence Arts Center, is the incoming President of the Historic West Bottoms Association, and is the President of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Chapter in the greater Kansas City area. Tony graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004 and currently lives in Mission Hills, KS with his wife Liz and his sons Winston and Wallace.


 

Director at Large - James Oltman

 

 

Director at Large - Joshua Yurek

 Joshua Yurek currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for the Midwest Housing Equity Group (MHEG), overseeing MHEG’s federal and state policy agenda. Yurek brings to MHEG over ten years of Congressional work experience, most recently serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). In this role, Yurek provided strategic recommendations on a wide array of policy issues including appropriations, financial services, housing, and tax issues. He worked extensively with the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over vital affordable housing tools, including housing tax credits. He represented the Senator to negotiate significant policy reforms involving affordable housing, rural housing, and the most recent tax reform debate last year. Yurek holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Rockhurst University and an MBA from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

 

 

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Kansas Housing Association Committee Chairpersons

Annual Events - Kelsey Herr, Wheatland Investments Group and James Oltman, ElevateEdgerton! (Co-Chairs)

Communication and Education - Christine Johnston, MarksNelson, LLC and Andrew Danner, NorthStar Housing (Co-Chairs)

Finance - Beth Easter, INTRUST Bank (Chair)

Governmental Affairs - Josh Yurek, Midwest Housing Equity Group (Chair)

Membership - Rebecca Arthur, Novogradac and Matt Fulson, Tier 1 Development (Co-Chairs)

Nominations - Andrew Danner, NorthStar Housing and Matt Gillam, Overland Property Group (Co-Chairs)