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Key Staff.

Tom Willard, President FFAH -Senior

Tom has accumulated over 40 years of experience in real estate development and consulting. Tom oversees real estate transactions and joint venture negotiations including planning, processing, management and development of real estate projects for nonprofit organizations, public entities, and private sector investments throughout the United States. During his tenure at the Foundation, Tom has supervised the acquisition and development of almost 5,000 units of affordable senior housing, using commercial lenders, tax credits, and tax exempt bonds. Tom holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana, with a focus in Business Management, Economics, and Marketing.

Deborrah Willard, President FFAH – Family

Deborrah has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 6,500 units of affordable family housing during her 22-year tenure with the Foundation. She is responsible for business development, contract negotiations, and community and partnership relations. She is also the published author of the book How to Write a Strategic Plan and is an award winning, nationally recognized professional speaker. She received a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Deborrah is the president of Embrace, the resident services arm of the Foundation. Embrace serves family and senior communities in California and North Carolina.

Tracy Canepa, Director of Resident Services

Tracy holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences Liberal Studies degree and an Elementary Education Teaching Credential from San Diego State University.  She serves as Director of Resident Services for Embrace Foundation, the resident services arm of the Foundation. In that capacity, she designs and implements resident services programs; develops community partnerships, seeks program grants; and trains, employs, and oversees onsite service coordinators. Tracy is a member of the American Association of Services Coordinators and a board member on the Resident Services Support Network in San Diego.

Stanford Smith, J.D., In-house Counsel

A member of the Utah State Bar for 36 years, Stan practices in the areas of corporate and nonprofit law. During his legal career, he has served in the Utah House of Representatives, lectured internationally in Strategic Planning for two consulting firms, worked as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law for the University of Utah, and co-founded companies in the fields of marine tourism, skiing, hydroelectric power, mutual funds, theater, and oil and gas. He also serves as the vice president of FFAH I, II, III, VIII, and in-house counsel for the Foundation affiliates. A former missionary to Africa, Stan sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for more than a decade.

Darrin Willard, Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining the Foundation in April 2013, Darrin was co-founder and Managing Principle of SureHarbor, LLC, a firm specializing in structuring public finance opportunities for housing and infrastructure projects. Darrin has planned and implemented approximately $500 million in tax-exempt bond financing throughout California and was involved in the formation of one of Hawaii’s first Community Facilities Districts. Darrin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Real Estate finance and a minor in Law and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.