SSAI Board

Camila Alire – Board Vice Chair
Dean Emerita
University of New Mexico and Colorado State University
Sedalia, CO

Dr. Alire has held many leadership positions in the field of library science and librarianship, including serving as elected President of the American Library Association in 2009. Appointed by President Obama, she is currently a member of the National Council on the Humanities. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver.

Tamara Baker
Associate Professor
University of Kansas Department of Psychology
Lawrence, KS

Dr. Baker teaches and conducts research in gerontology, particularly among diverse populations. She is currently the elected Secretary of the Gerontological Society of America and is the former chair of the GSA Task Force (now Committee) on Minority Issues in Gerontology. Baker also worked with SCSEP participants in Baltimore as a SSAI-SCSEP Fellow in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University.

Angela S. Beddoe
President and CEO of Beddoe Publishing
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HerLife Magazine-New York
Malta, NY

Ms. Beddoe is President and CEO of Beddoe Publishing and is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Herlife Magazine-New York. She is also Co-Founder and Principal in G-Force Consulting, a business development and strategic communications company focused on stakeholder engagement. Previously, Ms. Beddoe was Vice President-Public Affairs for a utility holding company with over $6 billion in assets and President of its non-profit foundation. Ms. Beddoe is a past Chairwoman of the National Board of Rebuilding Together, a national low-income housing organization, located in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Forum of Executive Women and was also listed as a top ranked executive for 2014 by the National Council of American Executives.

Connie Beimer
Interim Director
Office of Government and Community Relations, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Ms. Beimer directs and coordinates the planning and implementation of the University’s various federal, state, and local government affairs activities, programs and initiatives. She sets the strategic direction, provides integrative leadership, and recommends institutional policies and standards of practice to ensure all government relations efforts effectively and efficiently support the University’s overall mission, goals, and strategic objectives. Ms. Beimer has worked for UNM for the past 10 years, initially as the chief of staff to the president. She has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and a master’s in public administration – both from UNM. She is also a past president of the UNM Alumni Association.

Richard Fiesta
Executive Director
Alliance for Retired Americans
Washington, DC

Mr. Fiesta is the Executive Director at the Alliance for Retired Americans.  Previously, he had been the Alliance Director of Government and Political Affairs since 2001. He served in the Clinton Administration in congressional and public affairs positions at the Departments of Labor and the Interior and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He worked in Congress as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor Standards, as legislative counsel to Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA), and as communications director to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). He has also practiced law specializing in labor and retirement issues. He received his bachelors, masters and law degrees from Georgetown University and pursued advanced study in American legal history at the University of Virginia.

Bert J. Hash, Jr.
Commissioner, MD State Gaming & Licensing Board
Board Member, CUNA Mutual Group
President & CEO, Municipal Employees
Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Inc., (retired)
Ellicott City, MD

Mr. Hash is the retired President and CEO of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Inc. Mr. Hash is a seasoned financial services executive with over 44 years experience in managing various aspects of banking and financial services including Equitable Bank for 15 years and Provident Bank of Maryland for 12 years. Mr. Hash served as Chairman of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association, Vice Chair of the Maryland Credit Union Foundation and Loan Committee Chair of the Baltimore Development Committee. He is a member emeritus of the Board of Directors of the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and a member of the CUNA Mutual Group Board of Directors. In April 2008, he was appointed by Maryland’s Governor O’Malley to the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust and to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission in November 2012. Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed Hash to the Baltimore City Fire Commissioners Board in June 2012.  Mr. Hash serves as the Chairman of the newly merged Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity; serves as Vice Chair of Morgan State University’s Foundation; served as Chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Baltimore City and serves as Treasurer of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Board.  Mr. Hash is an International Credit Union Development Educator and has recently been appointed a Roy Croft Master by the Maryland Credit Union Foundation. Mr. Hash holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University.

Barbara Kaufmann – Board Secretary/Treasurer
Manager
Specialized Medical Assistance Division, Montgomery County, Maryland
Rockville, MD

Ms. Kaufmann has almost 30 years of experience working at the state, local and national level on workforce development issues and in social programs. Her career includes work with the American Association of Community Colleges, the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Alliance of Business, and the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. She received her B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University.

Spence Limbocker – Board Chair
Executive Director (retired)
Neighborhood Funders Group
Annandale, VA

Mr. Limbocker has worked for over forty years with community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions focused on effective community and economic development in low and moderate income communities. His prior positions include Associate Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development; Administrative Director, ORGANIZE Training Center; and Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Sierra Leone. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

 

Mitchell Milner
Milner & Caringella, Inc.
Highland Park, IL

Since 1985, Mr. Milner has worked as an independent consultant providing housing sponsors with development services including applying for and securing project financing including applying for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and rental subsidies, guiding project design and concept, property acquisition, selection of key development team members including architect, contractor, lawyer and other professionals; overall supervision and direction of project closing and implementation tasks, organization of property management and staffing plans, monitoring and oversight of construction, and the integration of social service plans and employment plans for special use populations. During that period, work was completed on approximately 50 projects valued at $500 million. Since 2008, Mr. Milner has been an active member of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Gary A. Officer
President and CEO
Senior Service America, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD

Mr. Officer is the President and CEO of Senior Service America, Inc.  Mr. Officer served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rebuilding Together, Inc. He grew the Rebuilding Together network into a $125 million organization within six years. He also has served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation where he successfully developed a $370 million community investment fund. He also worked as a leader in the affordable housing sector where he served as President and CEO of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership and as Director of Asset Management at Lakefront SRO Corporation in Chicago. He studied and has degrees from Manchester Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics in England and has completed the prestigious Advanced Management Program at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Michael Raff
Deputy Director
City of Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services
Jackson, MS

Mr. Raff has been a senior government official, political candidate, and community leader in Mississippi for over forty years. After resigning from the priesthood in 1971, he founded the Mississippi Legal Services Coalition, has run for several elected offices, and worked for several Mississippi governors and mayors of the City of Jackson. He received his M.A. in Theology and B.A. in Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary after attending the University of Notre Dame.