NAHMA USDA Update: USDA-RD Announces New Multi-Family Housing Regional Directors

October 2, 2020

Dear NAHMA Members,

Please find below an announcement from USDA’s Office of Rural Development regarding the four new Regional Directors for Multifamily Housing Field Operations Division. This announcement includes contact information for the new Regional Directors, along with the new Multi-Family Housing organizational chart. For more information, please see the update below:




Multi-Family Housing

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2020 — Effective October 11, 2020, Becki Meyer, Byron Waters, Karissa Stiers, and Laurie Warzinski, will become the first Regional Directors of USDA Rural Development’s Multifamily Housing Field Operations Division

The Field Operations Division was created as part of the Multifamily Housing organizational realignment, which will improve customer service delivery, facilitate consistent program implementation and increase oversight of the portfolio through the use of modern-day risk-based servicing tools.

Becki, Byron, Karissa and Laurie will lead Field Operations staff in teams throughout the country, performing day to day servicing tasks, addressing owner, tenant, or other stakeholder needs, and monitoring property performance to ensure compliance with Multifamily Housing’s financial and physical requirements. The Regional Directors will provide asset management oversight and policy direction to their teams, with guidance from Jen Larson’s new Asset Management Division, and will also support our preservation and affordable housing production mission goals, led by Lauryn Enrico in our new Production and Preservation Division.

Our four new Regional Directors bring extensive yet diverse leadership experience and will apply those skills as they lead their teams through the standup of our new Field Operations Division and into the future of Multifamily Housing within Rural Development. Each Regional Director will report to Ernie Wetherbee, Director, Field Operation Division.

USDA Rural Development encourages Multifamily Housing stakeholders and partners to reach out to their Regional Director to build on existing partnerships and forge new ones. Below you will find their contact information along with the new MFH organizational chart.      

Becki Meyer, Regional Director, Western Region, [email protected]
(AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)

Byron Waters, Regional Director, Southern Region, [email protected]                                                

Karissa Stiers, Regional Director, Midwest Region, [email protected]                                                  
(IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

Laurie Warzinski, Regional Director, Northeast Region, [email protected]                                      
(CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

 MFH Organizational Chart as of FY 2021