Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Grows with New Team Members

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is continuing its growth in efforts to meet the demand for affordable housing and is proud to announce its newest staff members, as well as hires at its affiliate non-profit property management agent, The Duncan Group.

New PSHH Hires

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Beth Anna Cornett will serve as Project Manager in the Multi-Family Housing Development Department. Her primary responsibilities will be the Los Adobes de Maria III Farmworker and  Sierra Madre Cottages Senior developments in Santa Maria, as well as a Workforce Housing Project in San Luis Obispo. Beth Anna brings 10 years of experience in project management and land use planning to PSHH. She earned a Master’s in city and regional planning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  

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Jim Dorf comes to PSHH as Human Resources Manager. As part of his duties, Dorf will recruit and interview job applicants, as well as keep up to date on employment law and procedures. Dorf previously practiced law in New York and worked in human resources and risk management locally. He has volunteered his time at a local elementary school and Senior Legal Services, as well as worked on various community service projects.

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Michael Hopkins has been appointed Project Coordinator for the Multi-Family Housing Development Department. He’ll be assisting project managers with developments located throughout the Tri-Counties. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s in political science, and he previously served as Housing and Community Services Consultant for the City of Santa Clara.

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Andrew “Darya” Oreizi comes to the Multi-Family Housing Development Department as Project Coordinator. He’ll be assisting in PSHH developments throughout the Tri-Counties. He earned his Bachelor’s in City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s at Louisiana State University. He has volunteered with GRID Alternatives, American Cancer Society, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society    

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Tito Ponce will work in the Supportive Housing Program, serving residents of PSHH’s Creston Gardens, Canyon Creek, School House Lane and Rolling Hills affordable housing properties. Bilingual and bicultural, Ponce will primarily work with Spanish speaking residents. Ponce recently earned his Master’s in social work at Cal State Bakersfield.

Grady Williams_small

Grady Williams joins PSHH as the new Construction Site Superintendent within the Construction Department. Williams will schedule and oversee all subcontractors for multi-family residential construction projects. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, and he has served in supervisory roles within the construction industry for more than 20 years.

New The Duncan Group Hires

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Denise Espinola is joining the Fiscal Department as the Accounting Manager. She brings over 15 years of experience in commercial property management to the organization, most recently with Harvest Properties in San Jose as a Senior Property Manager. Espinola recently relocated from the San Jose area to Paso Robles with her family.

The Duncan Group manages nearly 1,800 rental units – consisting of nearly 1,700 PSHH developed units and two complexes owned by unrelated entities.

About PSHH

Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and almost 1,700 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.


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