Fernando Lemos, Executive Director
Fernando Lemos has more 20 years of experience in the nonprofit housing and economic development sectors. Originally from Paraguay, Lemos is a long-time resident of Washington, DC with extensive experience working with the Latino community. He is trained in architectural design, housing and community economic development, small business management, and home inspection. Lemos also serves on the boards of District of Columbia Housing Authority, Latino Economic Development Corporation, Cornerstone, Inc., and the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders.
Elin Zurbrigg, Deputy Director
Elin Zurbrigg has over a decade of experience in community development. Prior to joining Mi Casa, she worked and volunteered with nonprofits as a homeless rights advocate and teacher, leading and developing urban environmental conservation and design projects. She holds a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland with a concentration in community development and design and affordable housing. She is a LEED accredited professional for new construction and existing buildings and holds Housing Development Financial Professional Certification. Zurbrigg also serves on the board of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development.
Judy Meima, Director, Multi-Family Program
Judy Meima joined Mi Casa in 2003 as the Tenant Purchase Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked in community organizing and housing and community development in Illinois for more than 20 years, including as executive director of the Statewide Housing Coalition in Illinois. Meima’s work on behalf of low-income populations has also included positions with a grassroots community organization and economic development technical assistance center.
Juan Pablo Vacatello, Director, Finance and Asset Management.
A native of Argentina, Juan Pablo Vacatello came to the Washington, DC area after completing his degree in Business Administration at the University of Buenos Aires. Vacatello has put his knowledge to work on behalf of low-income populations, helping them to access equal opportunities in housing, education, and other sectors of society.
Cheryl Davis, Operations Manager.
Cheryl Davis joined Mi Casa in January 2009, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience with architectural and other private firms as office manager,bookkeeper, and personnel manager. Davis is a native of the Washington, DC area.
Olivia Fru, Program Associate
Olivia Fru joined Mi Casa in March 2012, bringing with her a strong background in construction management, project engineering and economic development. After obtaining her Masters in Urban Policy and Development with a focus on Housing and Community Development, Olivia managed large renovation projects in New York City, including ten New York Main Street renovation projects.
Heather Crouch, Program Associate
Heather Crouch joined Mi Casa in January 2012, following 18 months in Portoviejo, Ecuador where she worked in the World Teach Project. While at the College of Charleston, where she obtained her B.A. in Business and Spanish, Heather worked for the Center for Civic Engagement helping to develop and implement community service projects.
Katy Argueta, Program Assistant
Katy Argueta joined Mi Casa in August 2013, following a ten month Americorps placement through Public Allies DC. Katy has worked at a variety of community based organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in politics with a concentration in international relations from Messiah College