In September 2016, Mr. Luecke stepped into the role of President & CEO for Homeport, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in the banking and financing arenas. His previous experience includes being Senior Vice President at Bank One Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase) and Vice President at Nationwide Bank, where he led Nationwide Bank's business lines from start - up to $6 billion in assets in 8 years, helping the company experience significant growth in consumer lending and relationship management. He has also been a board member of the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus, and is a former Homeport board member and board chair. Mr. Luecke holds an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Chicago and a BSBA in Finance from John Carroll University.
Valorie Schwarzmann, J.D., CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Schwarzmann, J.D., CPA, joined Homeport in 2010 as its Chief Financial Officer after serving on its Board of Directors for three years, as its Treasurer. Her responsibilities include overseeing the financial systems, processes, planning, and reporting for all lines of business. Ms. Schwarzmann worked in public accounting for almost twenty years prior to joining Homeport. She received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, received a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior VP, Community & Government Relations / Resource Development
Ms. Hill joined Homeport in 1990 and has served as Vice President of Community Relations since 1997. Her responsibilities encompass coordinating public relations for Homeport and networking with other organizations to facilitate important community liaisons. She also plays a critical role in developing government support and funding for tax credit projects. Prior to joining Homeport, Ms. Hill worked for the State of Ohio in the Governor’s Office for Recovery Services and served as an advisor to then - First Lady Dagmar Celeste. Ms. Hill was inducted into the YWCA Columbus Women of Achievement Academy in early 2018.
Vice President, Real Estate Development
Ms. Evans oversees the financing, development and implementation of all neighborhood revitalization initiatives. She has over 14 years of experience in the community and economic development field. She served as the Deputy Director of Planning & Development for the City of Gahanna before joining Homeport. Prior to being promoted to Deputy Director, Ms. Evans was the city’s first Economic Development Manager and shaped the City’s economic development plan. She holds a Masters in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
Mr. Metzler brings over 17 years of experience from working in the real estate development and architecture industries. His role consists of managing the development team from pre-acquisition through construction. His diverse project background includes a wide range of housing types (affordable, student, single-family and multi-family), retail, medical, office and municipal buildings of up to $30M in size. He is a LEED Green Associate and has also received a Project Management Professional Certificate in Affordable Housing from NeighborWorks America®. Mr. Metzler holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Kent State University, along with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.
Real Estate Closing Manager
Mr. Casper has over 16 years of experience in real estate, in both low income housing tax credits and homeownership, closing over $64 million in equity financing, $54 million in construction & permanent financing, and over $20 million in predevelopment/acquisition, HOME and bridge loan financing in his tenure with Homeport. He has also been involved in multiple phases of development from property identification, acquisition and due diligence, to construction draw processing and closing on various forms of financing. Mr. Casper is a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Psychology.