Team

Mike Gilliard
Executive Director: mike@kclb.org

For the past 18 years, Mike has been responsible for the development of several thousand units of affordable housing including single-family homes and large-scale mixed-use/mixed-income projects along the Eastern Seaboard, including in the Hudson Valley. Prior to joining the KCLB in 2020, he served as the Vice President of Real Estate at Habitat for Humanity New York City, where he secured a development pipeline of $250 million.

Mike and his wife Erin live in Kingston.


Erica Lane
Chief Financial Officer: erica@kclb.org

Erica has extensive experience with both nonprofit and governmental audits, including: pre-audit review, engagement planning, internal control testing, and internal auditing. In addition to joining the KCLB in 2020, Erica currently serves as CFP for several nonprofits in the area. Erica is former Parent Trustee for Poughkeepsie Day School and currently serves as Treasurer of the board for Community Family Development. She also served as President of the Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie Land Bank and is excited to apply her experiences with the KCLB to amplify the impact of Land Banks in the region.


Owen O’Connor
Construction Project Manager: owen@kclb.org

Owen O’Connor brings tremendous construction experience and expertise to the KCLB. Prior to joining in 2020, Owen was the principal of a local home energy company, conducting home energy audits and doing insulation work and energy upgrades. For the past five years, Owen has worked as a general contractor focused on super energy-efficient residential construction. A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Owen lives in Kingston with his family.


Kyle Cohen
Real Estate Project Manager: kyle@kclb.org

Kyle has over five years of real estate analysis and project management experience, having overseen the origination of over $1 billion in investments in a variety of asset types across the country. In 2021 he received a Masters in Urban Planning degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he focused on housing and alternative financing strategies.


Board

  • Steve Noble, Mayor, City of Kingston and Ex-Officio Member: snoble@kingston-ny.gov
    • Mayor Steve Noble was born and raised in the City of Kingston. He attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, graduating with a degree in Environmental Science in 2004. He then returned to Kingston and began his ten year career at the City of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department, serving as an Environmental Educator and then as an Environmental Operations Specialist. During his tenure with the department, he secured millions of dollars in grant funding to implement single stream recycling in Kingston, to support infrastructure and transportation projects, and to develop and sustain innovative youth programming, including the area’s premier environmental education programs. Steve left the department when he was elected Mayor of Kingston and began his term on January 1, 2016, with the commitment of building an open and accessible form of government, one that is based on the principles of professionalism, respect, and inclusiveness. Steve’s commitment to public service extends beyond his career with the City of Kingston; he has held leadership positions with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, Environmental Management Council, and the Hudson River Estuary Management Committee, and is the co-founder of the Kingston Land Trust.
  • Board Chair: Daniel Kanter: chair@kclb.org
    • After purchasing a derelict home in Midtown, Daniel has called Kingston home since 2013. He was appointed to the founding Board of Directors to the Kingston City Land Bank in 2018, and has been the board’s Chair since that time. Working primarily as a design/build contractor—and knowing firsthand the life-changing affects of homeownership—Daniel is passionate about helping others in the community achieve safe, stable, and thoughtfully designed homes that will stand the test of time and contribute positively to the historic fabric of Kingston. He is also Chair of the Design Committee, and is a member of the Acquisition/Construction/Disposition and Fundraising committees. He has two dogs, Mekko and Bungee. 
  • Vice Chair: Bob Dennison: vicechair@kclb.org
    • Robert is a retired civil engineer and longtime Kingston resident. He spent over 40 years in public service, retiring from the position of Chief Engineer/ Assistant Commissioner for New York State Department of Transportation in 2011. Presently he is also the Chair of the City of Kingston Complete Streets Advisory Council.
  • Secretary: Bartek Starodaj: secretary@kclb.org
    • Bartek is the Director of Housing Initiatives for the City of Kingston. He is also a founding board member of the Kingston City Land Bank. Bartek has served as the Board Secretary for three years. In this capacity, he helps ensure that the organization’s activities live up to its mission to expand housing accessibility for Kingston’s citizens, and that its programs reach a diversity of households that are currently underrepresented among the city’s homeowners. Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Bartek was the lead account manager for two local marketing agencies. He also served on the German Marshall Fund’s Urban and Regional Policy team fostering transatlantic development initiatives for major U.S. and European cities. Bartek lives in Kingston with his wife and two young children, and is a native Polish speaker.
  • Treasurer: Nate Hennagin: treasurer@kclb.org
    • Nate Hennagin is a Legal Counsel at Amazon Studios, where he represents and advises the studio on labor relations matters in all stages of development, production, and distribution of film and television. Before joining Amazon Studios, Nate was a Legal Counsel for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the entertainment industry’s largest labor union. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and George Washington University. With a passion for community action and historic preservation, Nate is eager to work with the KCLB to help others realize the dream of home ownership, while also preserving and revitalizing Kingston’s historic character. He lives in Kingston with his wife, Rachel.
  • Aron Chilewich: aron@kclb.org
    • Aron is a writer and urban planner who lives in Kingston. He works as a project manager focused on multifamily housing at Neighborhood Restore, a nonprofit that stabilizes physically and financially distressed properties across New York City. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University. In his spare time, he mountain bikes, experiments with fermentation, and takes long walks throughout Kingston.
  • William Drake, Sr.: william@kclb.org
    • William was born, raised and lives in Kingston. He has been working at the New York State Department of Transportation for over 15 years, and also served for 4 years as the President of CSEA Local 507.

Committees

  • Acquisition, Disposition and Construction: Bob Dennison (Chair), Daniel Kanter, Aron Chilewich
  • Governance: Bartek Starodaj, Daniel Kanter
  • Communications, Community Engagement and Fundraising: Aron Chilewich (Chair), Daniel Kanter, Nate Hennagin, Bartek Starodaj
  • Finance & Audit: Nate Hennagin (Chair), Aron Chilewich
  • Design Committee: Daniel Kanter (Chair), Nate Hennagin, Jesika Farkas, John McKinney

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