About NHS of New Britain


Meet The Team


Daria Keyes
Director of
Community Building & Engagement


Ed Loggins
Director of Finance

Ed  brings over 25 years of financial management experience to NHSNB. He has worked with NeighborWorks America in Rhode Island and Idaho.  He served as CFO for The Idaho Foodbank, and played a central role in managing finances for The Salvation Army. Ed earned his BS in Business Administration from the California State University at San Bernardino.


Chris Sanders
Real Estate
Development Manager

Meet The Team


Chris Sanders
Executive Director

Chris brings over 10 years experience in affordable housing in Connecticut.  He founded and is President of the Goshen Housing Trust, Inc., an all volunteer 501c3 developing affordable housing in Litchfield County.   He serves as the Vice Chair of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments Housing Council and serves on the Board of the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, an environmental stewardship non-profit.  His community service has included 11 years on the Region 6 Board of Education, former President of the Board of EdAdvance, and 12 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Chris has also had a successful career starting and running  a number of software technology firms in senior executive positions.  He earned his B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA with concentration in Marketing from Rutgers University.  He has also attended the Harvard Business School program in Strategic Market Management and the UC Berkeley Hass Business School program in Services Marketing.


Ed Loggins
Director of Finance

Ed brings over 25 years of financial management experience to NHSNB. He has worked with NeighborWorks America in Rhode Island and Idaho.  He served as CFO for The Idaho Foodbank, and played a central role in managing finances for The Salvation Army. Ed earned his BS in Business Administration from the California State University at San Bernardino.


Daria Keyes
Director of
Community Building & Engagement

Daria brings over twenty years of grant writing and community building to NHSNB. She has worked with Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Planned Parenthood, community Mental Health Affiliates, Opportunity Knocks at Middlesex Hospital, The Village for Families & Children and is the prior Executive Director of ERASE in East Hartford. Daria is a life long learning, earning certificates this year in Essential Tools of Successful Neighborhood Revitalization; Strategies to Meaningfully Engage Stakeholders in Revitalization Planning; and Managing Volunteers to Develop Leaders and Build Community. Most importantly, she is applying her learning from Duquesne University Trauma Informed Community Development Framework  to communities in New Britain. Daria earned her BA in Psychology from Connecticut College, and graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Connecticut.


Maria Rosiello

Manager, Home Services 

Maria is Manager of NHSNB's Home Services which includes Financial and Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, and Workshops on financial fitness, pre-home ownership, being a landlord, and more. She leads our UniteCT team who work with the CT program to provide emergency rental assistance to those impacted by the COVID pandemic. She is certified by NeighborWorks America to provide Homeownership Counselling and Education. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English. 


Rosa Rivera

Homeownership & Foreclosure Prevention Counselor

Rosa is the longest-serving member of the staff, and a resident of New Britain with a deep knowledge of the community. She is skilled at solving tough mortgage problems for people facing possible foreclosure. She enjoys helping first-time homebuyers.


Lucretia Jones

Housing Program Assistant &
Class Registrar

Lucretia welcomes everyone at our front desk, answers the telephone and enrolls people in our classes. She has many years of experience in education and human services.

Gina Teti

Property Manager 

Gina manages our residential and commercial properties. 

Jeremy Amparo

Neighbor Works VISTA Volunteer  

Jeremy works in Community Building and Engagement 


Jim Dunn 

Real Estate Development Manager

Jim Dunn has more than 25 years experience in the areas of housing and community development.  He has worked on these issues in government, as CEO of a non-profit development corporation and as project manager for private developers.   He has managed the development of more than 200 units of affordable housing in six different communities taking them from concept to operations. He has experience a range of housing types including single family homes for ownership, elderly housing and larger multi-family rental


Jim has worked with a wide range of housing development subsidy programs including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, State housing tax credits, the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, various State and CHFA funding vehicles,  and is experienced in incorporating Federal and State Historic Tax Credits into project financing. 

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCONN and a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Rhode Island

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Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 designated, non-stock corporation that is run by an independent Board of Directors who live or work in the surrounding community. 

Beth W. Ghiloni-Wage, President

Beth is Associate Professor of Marketing at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to rejoining the academy, she had 25 years of corporate experience in global new market/ product development as well as partnership development with companies like eBay, Google, Amazon, Hallmark, Fujifilm and Zazzle. Her academic publications focus on women in business, SMS marketing, as well as non-profit fundraising and marketing. Beth graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with BA in Sociology and French (minor) from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  She earned her MA and Ph.D. at the University of California in Santa Cruz.  


Heidi Holt, Vice President

Heidi is a life-long resident of New Britain and active in the community.   She helps firms to translate marketing objectives into clear creative strategies.  She leads creative teams in adapting graphic design and analytics to produce effective marketing collateral.  She specializes in optimization of social media to marketing objectives.  Heidi studied marketing and cultural anthropology at CCSU.  She was elected Vice President of the NHSNB Board of Directors in 2020.


Gary Robinson, Secretary


Gary is the General Manager of Trinity on Main, a not-for-profit cultural center dedicated to the advancement of the arts, foster cultural diversity, encourage community revitalization and contribute to the economic redevelopment of downtown New Britain. Gary, now retired, is the founder (and former General Manager) of Ekris Cable Company. He is the former president of the New Britain Chamber of Commerce; President of Vision New Britain (umbrella organization to support small not-for-profit organization); and  TRIAD (an organization that supports seniors along with the NB Police Department). Additionally, Gary serves on the New Britain Institute Board of Managers, which oversees  NB Library, Youth Museum and the Industrial Museum; Chairman of the New Britain Building Commission; and Secretary of the New Britain Sister City organization. He earned his BS in Industrial Administration at the University of New Haven and his Master in Public Health (Hospital Administration) at the Yale University School of Medicine.



Additional Directors

​Dr. Talat Salama 

Talat is Professor of Construction Management at Central Connecticut State University. He has 17 years of faculty experience in the fields of Construction Management and Structural Engineering, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2017, he was awarded the Educator of the Year by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut Industry Recognition Awards. His research areas include instrumentation and testing of bridges, sustainable concrete mix design, and rehabilitation of deteriorating structures.
Dr. Salama is a Professional Engineer in the states of New Jersey and Alabama.

Manny Sandoval


Manny Sandoval, LMSW, works for Community Mental Health Affiliates, a nonprofit agency that works with persons affected by substance abuse, mental illness or trauma. He serves as a Social Work Clinician in the Community Outreach Program for Engagement (COPE). He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Springfield College where he graduated Cum Laude. He also holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Manny has lived in New Britain for more than 25 years. 

Scott Selmecki

​Scott Selmecki is Logistics Manager at The Home Depot. He has more than 25 years of experience in logistics and sales, including 10 years with the United States Army stationed in Panama.  After 14 years as a retail store manager, Scott is currently working in Supply Chain at the Rapid Deployment Center in Westfield MA.  As a Team Depot Captain through the Home Depot Foundation,  and working with Veterans Inc in Worcester, Scott completed housing projects in all 6 New England states, building and updating 100+ housing units for homeless men, women and children.  Scott earned Bachelor Degrees from Boston College in Political Science and Environmental Geoscience and an M.Ed. in Instructional Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.  

M. Kate Van Valkenburg

Kate is SVP, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager at NBT Bank. She has more than 20 years of commercial banking experience including credit underwriting and lending. She has been a Commercial Real Estate Lender for the past 13 years, financing investment real estate including construction and stabilized assets; market sectors financed include office, apartments, retail, industrial, and residential home building programs. Kate earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. She also serves on the Gifts of Love Board of Directors.










If you are interested in serving on our
Board of Directors or on one or more of our
Committees, please contact
Beth Ghiloni-Wage at 860-224-2433

Discussing the Numbers
NHS New Britain Board Breakdown

New Britain-Residents 

   Heidi Holt

   Gary Robinson 

   Manny Sandoval 


Corporate Directors

   Scott Selmecki (The Home Depot)

   M. Kate Van Valkenburg (NBT Bank)


Government-Affiliated Directors

   Beth W. Ghiloni-Wage, CCSU

   Talat Salama , CCSU