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September 29, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Yes4HomesIn August and September 2016, PCRI welcomed two new staff members to our Programs and Resident Services team. Both Linda Tellis-Kennedy (pictured, far left) and Suzanne Veaudry Casaus (second from left) bring deep connections to North and Northeast Portland as well as a diverse background of experience. In their new roles, Linda and Suzanne will help ensure that PCRI residents and other participants in PCRI programs have essential tools to achieve stability and begin building assets through matched-savings accounts and homeownership.

Linda Tellis-Kennedy, Homeownership Program Specialist

Linda Tellis-Kennedy is a native of Portland, Oregon. She was raised in Northeast Portland on Alberta from birth until 1999. Her parents and grandparents were survivors of the Vanport Flood and were relocated to North Portland then displaced again for the construction of the Memorial Coliseum. Linda went to King Elementary School and was bussed to Binnsmead Middle School and finished high school at Thomas Jefferson. She has rented, owned and purchased investment properties in North and Northeast Portland prior to the current gentrification epidemic.  In 2004, Linda moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she became a licensed Real Estate Agent. She invested in homes again. However, when the market crashed in 2006-07, she had to return to corporate employment. Linda moved back to Portland in 2011 and worked as a Case Manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services in a specialized Self Sufficiency Department.

Working with PCRI to purchase her home, Linda is grateful for the time and dedication she received from the staff that assisted her with training, classes and resources which helped her purchase a home in the Urban Renewal Area. Linda is very excited about her work as Homeownership Program Specialist at PCRI.

“I am looking forward to all of the things I will learn and experience here at PCRI,” she said.

Linda believes in the work and the vision of PCRI and says she feels like she is going to explode when thinking about all of the positive things that will be accomplished in North and Northeast Portland through the efforts and work that PCRI is spearheading.

Suzanne Veaudry Casaus, Financial Education/IDA Specialist

Suzanne Veaudry Casaus has lived in Northeast Portland for 15 years and has seen her neighborhood dramatically change and many of her beloved neighbors displaced. Since first working on gentrification nearly 20 years ago in Atlanta, she has been searching for innovative and successful programs addressing this very complex reality.

“PCRI’s commitment to providing affordable stable housing, education, access to financial assistance and a path to homeownership is exciting,” she said, adding, “for me, being at PCRI is like joining a family, a family with a passion for community, history and helping people.”

Suzanne will lead PCRI’s financial education and matched-savings Individual Development Account (IDA) programs. Professionally Suzanne has a varied background working at the Oregon Environmental Council, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office and as an economics instructor at Chapman University. She has spent her career working as an advocate, organizer and educator striving to improve people’s lives in very practical ways.

“Working at PCRI is a dream come true.” said Suzanne.


August 29, 2012 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. has hired Portland native Greg Brown as its Deputy Director. Brown previously served as Board Treasurer on PCRI’s Board of Directors.

As Deputy Director, Brown is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the organization. Brown will also be responsible for the organization’s fundraising activities.

“I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to come into this well-established organization and assist in its continued growth,” says Brown.

Prior to joining PCRI, Brown served a variety of roles, including Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Albina Community Bank for ten years. In this position, he provided commercial banking products and services to a variety of small businesses, non-profits, real estate developers and entrepreneurs. Brown has spent over 29 years in the banking industry working with Rainier Bank in Seattle, First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles, and US Bank in Portland in addition to Albina Community Bank.

After graduating from Jefferson High School in Portland, Brown received a B.S. in accounting from Florida A&M University. In 2007 he graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School, a 3-year graduate banking school located on the campus of University of Washington in Seattle.

Brown currently volunteers as Board Chairman for the Maurice Lucas Foundation. He is a former board member of the Urban League of Portland, Portland Schools Foundation, Oregon Food Bank, YWCA of Greater Portland, Ethos Music School, Portland Jazz Festival, Oregon Sports Authority and board committees for Self-Enhancement, Inc., Caldera Arts, Mercy Corps Northwest, and Clean Energy Works Oregon.

Now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, PCRI was established in 1992 in response to a local housing crisis. PCRI was formed to acquire endangered homes, help families secure conventional mortgages to retain ownership, and maintain other properties as long-term affordable rentals. Today, PCRI provides high-quality, affordable housing to individuals most at-risk of displacement from their homes and community due to gentrification, rising rents, and discrimination.

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