Kingston resident Kathy Germain was accepted to the Achieving Excellence Program (AE) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. German, Vice President of Housing Services at RUPCO, is attending the 18-month leadership training as part of RUPCO’s affiliation with NeighborWorks® America. RUPCO is the Hudson Valley’s premier developer and operator of affordable housing and a chartered member of NeighborWorks® America (NWA). NWA is a national network of community developers and affordable housing nonprofits based in Washington, D.C.
“As the Achieving Excellence Program enters its 8th round, we’re honored to have Kathy represent the RUPCO family,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO, himself a graduate of the AE in 2009. “Kathy was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool; only 50 people attend this prestigious training every two years. A team player at RUPCO for nearly a decade, Kathy continues to bring her best skills to work for us. With a focus on building leadership skills and identifying a top performance challenge, Kathy’s participation in AE will lead to significantly greater impact in housing services by RUPCO here in the Hudson Valley.”
Germain is one of 50 enrolled in the NWA-Harvard program centered on leadership skills, critical thinking, project administration, and community development. “I’m looking forward to bringing back knowledge that will help us grow our communities in smart, effective ways with housing and supportive services at their core,” adds Germain. “I just received my first homework assignment! With a coach, I’ll join a team of 10-12 participants and take part in a 3-week on-campus experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for me personally, but professionally, with this training and education, I feel we can really make a difference helping people find a place to call Home in the Hudson Valley.”
While vice president at RUPCO, Germain has overseen its HomeOwnership Center (HoC), which helped 75 first-time homebuyers achieve their dreams of homeownership last year. “This year, we’ve already guided 66 households through the homebuying cycle, thanks to 11 dedicated HoC staff members. We’re looking to break out record of 75 by October 31,” adds Germain. RUPCO’s HoC also provides free foreclosure counseling services, homeownership preservation strategy, accessibility modifications for seniors, financial counseling, homebuyer education, and access to state and federal mortgages and grant programs.