Meet the Team

Dan Heldridge


Dan is a Placer County resident and has led a career in community development that includes micro-finance, business finance, affordable housing, and development work in emerging markets.

At Morgan Stanley, Dan was Executive Director in Community Development Finance, where the motto was "Let’s use the power of the capital markets to do good." He worked on transaction structuring and management of a $3 billion portfolio of community development loans and investments, including affordable housing construction and preservation, SBA lending, CDFI lending, tax equity, and private equity investing. Partnering with Ford Foundation, he established the Impact Developers Fund to make equity investments in minority-owned affordable housing developers.

Dan also worked at the San Francisco-based nonprofit Low Income Investment Fund as Director of Lending Operations, where focus was on affordable housing, charter school, and childcare finance. He is a former board and loan committee member of Community Housing Capital, a former credit committee member of Neighborhood Trust, and former board member of International Cinema Education. Dan graduated from San Francisco State, he holds an MBA from the University of Hull (UK), and he studied in Columbia University’s MS in Sustainability Management program. Dan speaks Spanish.

Dave Cook, Board Chair

Cook Development Consulting Services, LLC

Dave has enjoyed a successful 40-year career in the residential real estate development industry. After receiving a BA at the University of California, Davis, Mr. Cook focused his career on real estate sales, management, and development. Throughout his career, he held numerous positions including, Project Manager, Director of Land Acquisition, Director of Sales and Marketing, Division President, and Principal. In 2006 he co-founded the RCH Group, a land development consulting firm, and in 2017 formed Cook Development Consulting Services, providing a variety of entitlement and land development services including project management, land and infrastructure planning, project approvals, advocacy, and community outreach. Mr. Cook has dedicated many years of community service as a member of the North State Building Industry Association, and as Board Chair for Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation, and President of the Blue Line Arts board of directors.

Jim Bayless, Vice Chair

Summit Development, Sr. VP Development & Acquisitions

Jim has over 30 years of production homebuilding management experience. Jim earned an MBA from UC Berkeley, then focused his career on new home construction and development for communities throughout Northern California. After serving as a division manager for two large homebuilders, he established a local production homebuilding company and served as its President for 12 years. Jim recently joined Summit Development as the Sr. VP of Land Development and Acquisitions, after serving as the Land Acquisition Manager for Woodside Homes for 10 years.

He has served as Chair of the North State Building Industry Association, as a board member and Treasurer of Valley Vision, and was a founding director of HomeAid Sacramento.

Holly Tiche, Secretary

Placer Ranch, Inc., President

Holly serves as President of Placer Ranch, Inc. in Rocklin, California, and oversees a 2,220-acre mixed use development in Placer County owned by philanthropist Eli Broad. A graduate of Sacramento State in Business Administration, Ms. Tiche began her employment with Broad in 1988 with Stanford Ranch, a successful master-planned community, and served as their Vice President/Controller. Ms. Tiche has overseen Broad’s real estate holdings in the Sacramento Metropolitan Area since 1996. Ms. Tiche currently serves on the boards of The Foundation at Sacramento State, the Sierra College Foundation and Housing Trust Placer. She has previously served on the Board of Trustees for William Jessup University, Blue Line Arts, Lighthouse Resource Center, and is the Past President of the Sierra College Foundation. She has chaired numerous capital campaigns and fundraising events in the region for local non-profit causes and higher education.

Gabe Brown, Treasurer

Bank of the West, Vice President Community Development

Gabe has more than 15 years of experience in affordable housing and financing and is currently the Vice President of the Community Development Group at Bank of the West. Mr. Brown’s role has been critical to overseeing the bank’s affordable construction financing loans, as well as its tax credit equity investments in opportunity zones. Additionally, he is responsible for the administration of Bank of the West’s FHLB SF AHP program and the disbursement of grant funds for various affordable housing developments. Mr. Brown serves on the loan committee for California Community Reinvestment Corporation, where the organization approves permanent financing for affordable housing projects throughout California.

Bruce Inman, Board Member

Inman Law Group, LLP

Bruce is a founding partner of the Inman Law Group, LLP, based in Sacramento, California. Mr. Inman's law practice focuses on creating common interest developments and advising community associations. He has assisted clients in creating hundreds of developments, including master planned communities, attached, detached, mixed-use, and commercial planned development and has extensive experience creating a variety of residential and commercial condominium projects. Mr. Inman is the past chair of the California Building Industry Association/Department of Real Estate Council, and a former board member of a regional chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Mr. Inman is a regular featured speaker for the California North Chapter of the Community Associations Institute regarding community association legal issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's College of California, Teaching Credential from California State University Stanislaus, and Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Patrick McHone, Board Member

River City Bank, EVP, Chief Credit Officer

Patrick McHone has more than 35 years of experience in commercial banking and holds a BS in Business Administration from Menlo College. In 2007, Mr. McHone joined the team at River City Bank and since 2008 has been its Chief Credit Officer. River City Bank is headquartered in Sacramento, and serves customers in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. Mr. McHone has helped to shape River City Bank into a premier business bank, with assets of $3.2 Billion. Prior to his role at River City Bank, Mr. McHone held a senior management position with Mechanics Bank for 17 years and was responsible for establishing Mechanic’s commercial and retail banking presence in the Sacramento region.

Joe Pitzner, Board Member

BSB Design, Project Manager

Joe has more than 20 years of housing design experience, and his work with for-profit builders around the country, including numerous projects in California, Nevada, and Utah, he has developed an intimate working knowledge of how effective, collaborative design processes result in construction efficiencies that impact the entire project cycle, through to the end user. Mr. Pitzner believes applying those same strategies to the non-profit sector offers an incredible opportunity. As a firm, BSB Design encourages leaders to develop an innovation mindset, and Joe continuously seeks new, interesting design solutions that push the envelope for residential housing across the spectrum of his project work.

Jim Ray, Board Member

MacKay and Somps, President

Jim recently retired as President of MacKay and Somps Civil Engineers, starting with the firm when he began his career in their San Jose office in 1976. Mr. Ray graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Nevada. In 1984, he was appointed Operations Manager for the Sacramento region. He grew the office from a staff of six to over 60 people and in 2006, was elected President of the corporation. He has received recognition from North State Building Industry Association for his contributions, including Associate of the Year in 1998, Volunteer of the Millennium in 2000, and recipient of the 2020 Chairman’s Award for his years of dedication to our industry, including involvement in many of the largest residential developments in the areas, as well as his leadership on various land use and policy issues. Mr. Ray has also served on the Board of Directors and as local chapter president for the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California.

Robyn van Ekelenburg, Board Member

Robyn van Ekelenburg joins the Housing Trust Placer Board because of her long standing commitment to creating affordable housing. Robyn has worked in community development for over twenty-years, beginning her career in new home construction and dedicating the last 15 years to developing affordable homeownership programs. She has partnered with developers across the state to help create successful homeownership programs with an emphasis on project management, layered financing, risk analysis, homebuyer education and home sales.

Robyn has administered tens of millions in local, State and Federal housing programs on behalf of local non-profit organizations. She supports a number of organizations in their fund development and program management activities, with an emphasis on creating affordability and sustainability. Robyn works with organizations and developers to provide technical support for affordable homeownership projects and policy initiatives.

Patricia M. Márquez, Director

After graduating from UC Davis, Patricia spent twenty years in the commercial banking industry in the Sacramento area, primarily serving as a C&I lender at several local banks. Over the years, she accumulated a portfolio representing businesses throughout the region with a specialty in construction companies. In 2002 she left banking for a career in nonprofit management, securing the role as executive director of the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation where she spent fourteen years raising funds for various programs and services found on the Sutter Roseville Campus with the help of a volunteer board of directors. After leaving Sutter, Patricia spent four years as an adviser to several area nonprofits.

Patricia currently lives in Granite Bay with her husband Richard and she enjoys golf, quilting, cooking, and just about anything outdoors.

Michelle Coleman, Board Member

Michelle is CEO of Coleman Coaching and Consulting, specializing in nonprofit consulting in the areas of leadership, organizational development, fund development, and community engagement.

She worked at LOEL Foundation, a private nonprofit that provides affordable housing, nutritious lunches and a number of services for seniors in Central California. She served as Executive Director of Parkinson Association of Northern California, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. She planned and implemented their Annual Educational Conference with 860 attendees and forged partnerships with key sponsors. She was also Executive Director of Stand Up Placer, where she realigned their strategy and organization. She also retired debt by recruiting matching fund donors and improved the company’s fiscal management, resulting in four consecutive years of perfect compliance audits.

Earlier in her career, Michelle was Associate Director of WEAVE, Inc. in Sacramento, which promotes healthy relationships and supports survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She was instrumental in stabilizing the agency after the exit of an iconic executive director with 20 years of service. She was also Senior Program Manager for Safe & Sound in Milwaukee, where she authored a $650k grant and worked to reduce juvenile crime statistics and recidivism by 20%.

Michelle holds a BA in Psychology from University of Wisconsin, and she is a Certified Fundraising Executive.

Deana Ellis, Board Member

Deana is Vice President of Land Resources at Cresleigh Homes. She is responsible for all site acquisition, project entitlements and land development for Cresleigh Homes in Northern California. A key member of the land development team, Deana has extensive experience in mixed use development, master plan communities, project entitlements at the Federal, State and local level, as well as experience in often challenging infill projects.

Prior to joining Cresleigh, Deana worked in commercial real estate development for Albertsons, developing new store locations, remodels and acquisitions in California, the Pacific Northwest and the southern United States. Deana has significant experience in development of mixed projects in California including involvement in a number of complicated projects while at Albertsons, such as the 32nd and Clement and Fulton and Masonic projects in San Francisco, which are large urban mixed-use projects with full grocery stores and accompanying residential uses.

Deana is devoted to, and has a strong advocacy and track record for, urban and infill development that revitalizes communities with a focus on pedestrian, transit and bike centered communities. Deana, a graduate of Boise State University, serves on the Policy and Planning board of the Sacramento chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is a board member of the North State Building Industry Association where she utilizes her experience and enthusiasm to press for thoughtful discussion and policy adoption that promotes the principle of mixed use, compact development to revitalize the Sacramento region.