Staff

Thomas L. Safran Chairman
Mr. Safran is Chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates, developers and managers of affordable multifamily residential housing. His firm specializes in both family and senior low-rent housing and mixed use developments.

Nationally, Mr. Safran has belonged to such organizations as the Home Builders, the Urban Land Institute, the National Housing Coalition, NAHRO, and the National Leased Housing Association, of which he was a member of the Board of Directors. He has been active locally in Los Angeles nonprofit housing organizations as President of Alternative Living for the Aging and as Vice President of Menorah Housing Foundation, and as a member of the Corporate Fund for Housing. In addition, Mr. Safran has volunteered in his community serving on local boards: homeowner associations in Brentwood and Bel Air, 15 years on the San Vicente Design Review Board, Chair of the San Vicente Improvement Association, Treasurer of Brentwood Green, and Business Representative on the Brentwood Neighborhood Community Council. He is also a founder of both the Museum of Contemporary Art and on the Board of The Music Center of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Safran has a Bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (where he was on the Board of Fellows), and an MBA from UCLA where he is a Chancellor's Associate. Prior to establishing his own company in 1974, he held various positions over a five-year period with the Los Angeles Area, Chicago Regional, and Washington, D.C. Central offices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Casey (Amberger) Harris Project Manager
Casey Amberger is a Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Casey graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Architecture program, where she participated in both the NAIOP So Cal Real Estate Challenge and coursework in Real Estate Development. Prior to her graduate work, Casey was a designer for multi-family housing at KTGY Group. Casey holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anthony Bahamondes Development Assistant
Anthony Bahamondes is a Development Team Assistant for Thomas Safran & Associates where he supports Project Managers with new construction projects.  Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Anthony was responsible for project management at a family owned and operated real estate investment company where he oversaw all aspects of the real estate acquisition and re-development process. Anthony holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Abel Barragan Compliance Manager
Abel Barragan is a Compliance Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. He brings over eight years of affordable housing experience to the compliance team. He previously worked as a compliance specialist for California Quadel, a Performance Based Contract Administrator for HUD's Section 8 program.

Abel attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with an option in Marketing. He holds an Assisted Housing Manager certification and Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) designation from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).
Tiana Calloway Regional Property Supervisor
Tiana Calloway is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. She brings over ten years of property management, sales, and project management experience to the team. Prior to working for Thomas Safran & Associates, she was the regional general manager for a commercial property management company. She has also worked as a business development specialist for Anthem Blue Cross focusing on seniors. Tiana has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Lupe Cervantes Senior Property Accountant
Lupe is a Senior Property Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Lupe has over ten years of experience in real estate accounting. Prior to joining the team, she was a property accountant for a portfolio of over 45 multifamily residential and commercial properties located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Lupe has her degree in Business Accounting.
Blake Coddington Project Manager
Blake Coddington is a Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Blake was a consultant for ORGEL Construction Management (OCM). While with OCM, Blake was assigned to the New Construction, Real Estate Department at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). While at LAUSD, he assisted in the preconstruction, design and planning for over 40 new schools. Mr. Coddington holds a B.S. in Public Policy, Management and Planning with an emphasis in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Courtney DeBeikes Project Manager
Courtney DeBeikes is a Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Assoicates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Courtney worked for Berkeley Point Capital where she was responsible for underwriting commercial FNMA and Freddie Mac multifamily loans. Prior to that, Courtney worked as an analyst for Freddie Mac's production team where she worked on the origination and structuring of multifamily loans for their Western region. Courtney holds a B.S. in Policy, Planning, and Development with an emphasis in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Janine Evans Resident Services Coordinator
Janine Evans is a Resident Services Coordinator for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Janine worked as a community outreach coordinator for a human service non-profit that provides mental health and case management services to older adults, adults with disabilities, and informal caregivers. Janine received a MSW from University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis on Organizations, Communities, and Policies. Janine also earned a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge.
Phillip Forrester Financial Analyst
Phillip Forrester is a Financial Analyst for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Phillip was an underwriting and bond modeling intern at Island Capital, LLC in New York and worked as a teacher in Spain. Phillip holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College.
Steve Frandsen Director of Property Rehabs
Steve Frandsen is the Director of Property Rehabs for Thomas Safran & Associates. He has over 15 years of management experience including managing over 400 facilities in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and property management of a community of 1,400 homes. He also has experience in land development and construction. Mr. Frandsen received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah.
Meny Gonzales Senior Accountant
Meny Gonzales is a Senior Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. She has over six years of accounting experience in property management. Meny earned her Bachelor's degree in Commercial Science with a major in Accounting from a state university in the Philippines where she received a certificate as a certified public accountant.
Andrew David Gross President, TSA Development Co.
Andrew David Gross is a Principal and President of the Development Co. of Thomas Safran & Associates. Mr. Gross is experienced in all aspects of affordable and market rate development, including site acquisition, finance, government agency negotiations, planning, design and construction. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Mr. Gross worked as an associate at an Los Angeles-based investment bank.

Mr. Gross is a member of the California Bar and graduated with honors with a JD/MBA from Emory University. Mr. Gross also graduated with highest distinction honors, Cum Laude, in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Matthew Kassel Assistant Project Manager
Matt Kassel is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Matt worked as a property manager for Thomas Safran & Associates prior to becoming an Assistant Project Manager. He previously worked for InSite Development, a Los Angeles based real estate management and development firm, where he assisted in the expansion of their Antelope Valley portfolio and the revitalization of downtown Lancaster. Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Relations from Sonoma State University.
Goar Khachatryan Accountant
Goar Khachatryan is a Staff Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. She has previously worked as a production director for a manufacturing company and as a staff accountant for a large video duplication company. Goar received a Masterís degree in Accounting from the University of International Economics and Relations (evaluated in USA) and a Certificates of Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxation from Glendale Community College. Goar speaks three languages: Armenian, Russian and English. She is a member of the National Notary Association.
Stacey Knapp Director of Human Resources
Stacey Knapp is the Director of Human Resources for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Stacey provided human resource management consulting services specializing in California employment law. She has also worked in Massachusetts in various public sector roles including the Boston Housing Authority.

Stacey holds a Bachelorís degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources with a state-specific certification in California (PHR-CA). Stacey is a member of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and the Junior League of Los Angeles.
Lauren McNair Management Coordinator
Lauren McNair is a Management Coordinator for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Lauren worked in a variety of non-profit settings where she developed programs, facilitated community partnerships, and implemented community-building and outreach strategies. She currently volunteers with the Broome Family Foundation, creating workshops and educational events for youth and families from under-resourced neighborhoods. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
Tyler Monroe Vice President, Development
Tyler Monroe is Vice President of Development for Thomas Safran & Associates. Tyler joined Thomas Safran & Associates Development in 2008 and manages the acquisition, design, entitlement, finance and construction of projects in development. He is experienced with public/private partnerships; complex financing structures that use low income housing tax credits and/or tax exempt bonds; and design and construction management. Previously, Mr. Monroe was a project manager for a regional general contractor.

Tyler is an alumnus of the University of Southern California with graduate degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Real Estate Development (MRED). He has a Bachelorís degree in both Architecture and Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cedric Morris Project Manager
Cedric Morris is a Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. He recently received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned a certificate in public management and social innovation. Prior to attending Stanford, Cedric worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in New York as an Assistant Vice President in the Credit Research group. He was responsible for coverage of the U.S. housing market, including the large public U.S. homebuilders. Mr. Morris holds a B.S in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Edik Nazarian Accountant
Edik Nazarian is a Staff Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining the company, Edik was working as an accounts payable supervisor at a large San Fernando Valley based video duplication company which also had divisions in Indiana, Amsterdam, and Brazil. He also worked part-time as a legal assistant in an immigration law firm for over 7 years.

Edik obtained Associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Accounting from Los Angeles City College and in 2008 he received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Northridge. He speaks two languages: Armenian and English.
Bonni Peery Regional Property Supervisor
Bonni Peery is a Regional Property Supervisor at Thomas Safran & Associates. Bonni brings her knowledge of the various affordable housing program layers and funding sources to the role, after serving as the Compliance Manager for three years. She attended BIOLA University and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Business Marketing and currently holds her SHCM, CPO, TaCC and FHC designations from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). She is Cal/OSHA Safety & Health Training certified and registered as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multi-Family Building Professional. Bonni has worked in the affordable housing industry for eleven years.
Jordan Pynes President, TSA Inc.
Jordan Pynes is the President of Thomas Safran & Associates where he oversees the management and operations for all affordable, luxury and retail properties in the TSA portfolio as well as supervising over 180 employees. Mr. Pynes has extensive experience and expertise in all facets of affordable housing operations including management, financing, regulatory compliance for Section 42 low-income housing tax credits and HUD (Section 8) programs, marketing, lease-up procedures, ground-up development and rehabilitation.

Mr. Pynes is an active member of YPO (Young Presidentís Association), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. He currently serves as a Regional Advisor for Syracuse University, sits on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest chapter of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA), and the Board of Directors for The Westside Family YMCA. He also serves as a mentor, speaker and advisor for many other local charities. Mr. Pynes received an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.
Michelle Reddeg Accountant
Michelle Reddeg is an Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Michelle began her career with Thomas Safran & Associates from 1995 to 1997 where she was responsible for accounting functions for seven properties. She rejoined Thomas Safran & Associates in 2004. She is also a member of the National Notary Association.
Sekou Richards Accountant
Sekou Richards is a Staff Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to his career in accounting, Sekou was a high school economics and history teacher, along with being a varsity wrestling coach in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is originally from San Francisco, CA but moved to Los Angeles in September 2014 from Washington, DC. Sekou has a Bachelorís degree from Hampton University and his Masterís in Accounting from Strayer University.
Greg Romero Regional Property Supervisor
Greg Romero is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. Greg previously worked as a compliance manager for Los Angeles LOMOD Corporation, a subsidiary of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Greg is considered an expert in HUD multi-family housing occupancy policies. He has experience in policy development and has been instrumental in the creation and presentation of training materials for housing industry associations.

Greg holds a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has an Assisted Housing Manager certification and a Certified Occupancy Specialist certification from the National Housing Management Center.
Sam Siegel Project Manager
Sam Siegel is a Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining the company, Sam worked for LNR Property as an analyst underwriting potential commercial loan acquisitions. Sam also worked for Great Rock, a Boston based accelerated real estate marketing firm specializing in sales of luxury residential and commercial properties. While at Great Rock, he sourced the successful sale of an 846 acre parcel which is the largest non-distressed land auction in the history of Massachusetts. Sam earned a Bachelor's degree in Management with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from Boston College.
Sue Silva Director of Compliance
Sue Silva is the Director of Compliance for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to transferring to the compliance department, Sue spent seven years as a property manager with a focus on compliance. She joined Thomas Safran & Associates with over ten years experience in Human Resources and Safety. Sue holds her CPO, SHCM, TaCCs, and FHA certifications as well as a certificate in Human Resources.
Aaron Smolinski Vice President of Administration
Aaron Smolinski is the VP of Administration for Thomas Safran & Associates. Before joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Aaron was the Director of Catering at the renowned Yamashiro Restaurant and an estate manager for a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur. As well as handling the affairs for the Chairman, Aaron's extensive event management, catering, and customer service experience is aptly used for the company's many events including open house celebrations, political events, and company-wide parties.
Jaybee Supnet Accounts Payable Clerk
Jaybee Supnet is an Accounts Payable Clerk for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining the company, Jaybee worked for Harold E. Frank Investment assisting their accounting manager with general accounting tasks. Jaybee attended California State University, Los Angeles and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in Accounting.
Elena Theisner Director of Property Operations
Elena Theisner is the Director of Property Operations for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Elena worked as a corporate social responsibility manager for an international jewelry brand and has worked extensively on sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. Elena attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Non-Profit Management.
Monica Topacio Controller
Monica Topacio is a Controller for Thomas Safran & Associates. Monica first joined Thomas Safran & Associates in 1996 as a staff accountant and left to pursue her accounting career in various fields such as property management, entertainment, and retail. She rejoined Thomas Safran & Associates in 2005 as controller of property management accounting. Monica holds a Bachelorís degree in Commercial Science with a major in Accounting.
Caroline Venegas Regional Property Supervisor
Caroline Venegas is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. Caroline brings a wealth of experience in property management both as a property manager and regional supervisor.  She previously worked as an onsite manager of a 232-unit tax-credit property and as a regional supervisor of 13 tax-credit properties.
Analee Villalpando Director of Resident Services
Analee Villalpando is the Director of Resident Services for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Analee worked with the Youth Policy Institute in after-school programming with high school students from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Currently, she is a volunteer for The Program for Torture Victims as an English Teacher. Analee earned her B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in French from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anthony Yannatta Vice President, Development & Finance

Anthony Yannatta is Vice President of Development & Finance for Thomas Safran & Associates. As a member of the Development and Finance teams, Anthony plays an important role in financing, structuring, negotiating, and managing acquisition and rehabilitation development projects. In addition, Anthony performs a variety of other functions for Thomas Safran & Associates related to asset management, project compliance, software system development, and agency correspondence.

Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Anthony was the CEO of WestsideRentals.com, an Associate at Ares Management and a Financial Analyst at Pacific Capital Group. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. Anthony is an avid basketball player, having lettered for four years at UC Santa Cruz (Division III) and played professionally in Finland. Anthony has previously served on the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission.

Richard Yoon Chief Financial Officer

Richard Yoon is the CFO of Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining the team, Richard spent 14 years with a large public real estate company where he oversaw five regional controllers of the management division. He also had the responsibility of overseeing the portfolios of the company’s largest institutional clients.  He was part of a committee that designed, implemented and monitored the company’s policies and procedures.  His range of experience, which has been exclusively in real estate accounting and finance, includes a start-up company that developed and managed affordable housing where he was CFO, to a Fortune 100 company that financed real estate developers who built master planned communities. 

Natalie Yost Executive Assistant / Human Resources Manager
Natalie Yost is an Executive Assistant / Human Resources Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. In addition to supporting the President, Natalie assists the human resources department with recruiting. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Natalie worked in the fashion industry as a freelance reporter and as a marketing coordinator for a contemporary women's designer. Natalie holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ernesto Zumaya Regional Property Supervisor
Ernesto Zumaya is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Ernesto worked as a political consultant for several years. His emphasis was campaign management and political fundraising for LAUSD, LA County Board of Supervisors, Bell City Council, and Congressional campaigns. Ernesto earned his B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.