Terri is an accomplished community development professional with over 35 years of nonprofit management and affordable housing experience. Under her leadership, the capacity of Neighborhood Renaissance expanded from a community driven start-up to become a proven nonprofit developer of affordable homes. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 1999, she was Executive Director of Twin Cities Community Development Corp., a regional housing and economic organization serving low and moderate-income residents in central Massachusetts. She has worked effectively in the nonprofit, for profit and government arena. Ms. Murray holds a Masters in Urban Affairs in Housing and Community Development from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Missouri.
Guy Thomas Kempe
Real Estate Development Director
Before joining Neighborhood Renaissance in July 2021, Guy was VP for Community Development at RUPCO, Inc., a not-for-profit affordable housing and neighborhood reinvestment agency headquartered in Kingston, NY. At RUPCO, he completed award-winning projects to preserve and restore historic properties found on both state and federal registers, including the Kirkland Hotel, and the award-winning adaptive re-use of the United States Lace Curtain Mill located in midtown Kingstonfor 55 units of live-work artist’s lofts, and the Kingston Alms House. Kempe led RUPCO’s development team to create the award-winning Woodstock Commons completed in 2013, and in 2019 the historic preservation of 45 units of affordable housing at scattered sites in Newburgh, NY. He secured funding and approvals for Energy Square – a zero-net energy building for 57 units of affordable housing along with civic space to create a home for the Center for Creative Education in Kingston- completed in 2020. In December 2017, Kempe graduated from the first class of the NeighborWorks America’s REDI (Race, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Leadership Program designed to assist a more diverse leadership pool of high-performing mid-career professionals in reaching their own potential. Kempe has served on a municipal planning board, several non-profit boards, and was elected Hudson Valley representative for the board of the New York State Rural Housing Coalition. Kempe completed his undergraduate studies at Bard College.
Finance Operations Manager
Jenny joined Neighborhood Renaissance in 2011 and has 20 yrs of increasing experience and responsibility in general accounting, primarily working within the construction and property management field. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Federico Villarreal University is originally from Lima, Peru. Mrs. Bretz is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Her responsibilities include all internal bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable and the general office operations.
Ms. Knowles has over 12 years experience in both conventional and tax credit property management. She is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) through the National Apartment Association Education Institute and brings a wealth of knowledge of Landlord/Tenant laws along with Fair Housing guidelines. She’s worked with several large property management firms managing multi-family apartment communities throughout Palm Beach County ranging from 130-486 units. She has expertise in property lease-ups, rehabs, acquisitions and takeovers. Ms. Knowles joined Neighborhood Renaissance in March 2016.
Ontario Johnson has over 12 years of resident training, leadership development and community engagement experience. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 2019 as a Community Organizer, he was Director of Community Engagement and Programming for Community Partners at San Castle Community Center and Coordinator for Circles Palm Beach County. Ontario’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to developing resident and community leadership, mental health, mentoring, and financial coaching. He is a volunteer and mentor with multiple local nonprofits and community-driven initiatives. Ontario is a graduate of Lake Worth Community High School and attended college at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.