The Centereach-based Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) has tapped Holbrook resident Joan LaFemina to be the next director of its homownership services division.
The CDCLI is a non-profit organization that aids Long Islanders seeking to start a business or become a homeowner. As director, LaFemina will oversee the division that provides homeownership council to potential buyers as well as existing homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments.
LaFemina has been with the CDCLI for the past 15 years, serving most recently as the division's program manager. According to a release from the organization, LaFemina was instrumental in developing the group's Homeowner Preservation Program, which has helped over 2,200 homeowners and its Maintenance Training Program, which she instructed for over 10 years, producing 965 graduates.
“Joan’s hands-on experience in the many programs of our NeighborWorks Homeownership Centers, coupled with her outstanding skills, make her the ideal candidate to lead the department where she has spent 15 years of her career,” Marianne Garvin, CDCLI’s president and CEO stated in a release.
According to the organization LaFemina is "certified in full cycle lending, foreclosure counseling, post purchase systems, mortgage lending and homebuyer education, and serves as a member of the Long Island Housing Crisis Task Force."
In addition to her work for CDCLI, LaFemina was a board member of the North Shore Art Guild and a volunteer with Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Habitat for Humanity Women Build.