November 29, 2021 –
Homewise Announces New Board Members
Josue Olivares, Marissa Ruyle, Amanda Kocon, and Joseph Kunkel to Join the Board of Homeownership Non-Profit
(Albuquerque, NM) – Four community and business leaders have joined the board of Homewise, a New Mexico-based homeownership and community development organization. The four new members-at-large are Josue Olivares, Marissa Ruyle, Amanda Kocon, and Joseph Kunkel.
Marissa Ruyle is the Strategic Business Manager at Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance. She has more than 20 years of local experience in integrated sales, marketing, and strategic business planning from the hospitality and construction industries.
Josue Olivares is the Executive Director of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation. He is a entrepreneur raised in Monterrey, Mexico and has started several small businesses including a manufacturing company.
Amanda Kocon is Chief Strategy Officer of Edmentum. She has extensive experience setting strategy, growing and diversifying revenue across markets, and leading complex change.
Joseph Kunkel is Principal and Director at MASS Design Group. He is a community designer and educator, focused on sustainable development practices throughout Indian Country.
“The leadership and vision of the Homewise Board of Directors is so important to the work we do,” said Homewise CEO Mike Loftin. “The addition of these four leaders will bring additional expertise to help us continue to grow and thrive and help New Mexicans become homeowners.
Homewise is a New Mexico-based nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) founded in 1986. Our mission is to help create successful homeowners and strengthen neighborhoods so that individuals and families can improve their long-term financial wellbeing and quality of life. Our services include financial literacy education and coaching, real estate services, affordable mortgage lending and down payment assistance, loan servicing, refinance and home improvement lending. We strengthen neighborhoods by increasing homeownership through real estate development, property rehabilitation, and revitalizing communities to benefit existing residents. Since Homewise was founded in 1986, over 17,000 New Mexicans have attended our financial capability and homebuyer education workshops. During that time, we’ve helped over 5,600 New Mexicans purchase homes, over 2,300 make energy efficient home improvements, and more than 800 refinance their mortgages. We’ve also built over 800 high quality, energy efficient and affordable homes. To learn more, visit our website at www.homewise.org