Staff

Gary Lindner

Gary Lindner

President and CEO
In 2010, Gary Lindner became President & CEO. Since then, PeopleFund, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) has grown from a 5 county central Texas service area to a statewide lender (254 counties) with enormous social and economic impact. He hired a high energy staff, and successfully opened seven PeopleFund offices across the state, and tripled outstanding loans. From 2004-2015, Mr. Lindner has been responsible for 6,000 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loans to Texas small businesses. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at ACCION Texas from 2004-2010 where he quadrupled the outstanding loan portfolio to over $30 million. Mr. Lindner also was SVP of a private insurance company and set profitability records. During his distinguished 29 year military career, he flew intensive air combat missions in Southeast Asia, followed by a series of increasingly challenging flying, staff, and three CEO assignments. He achieved the rank of Colonel and Command Pilot status. An Air Force Academy graduate, Mr. Lindner earned a master’s degree from Auburn University. He has served on numerous local, regional, state and national non-profit boards.
Shay Erickson

Shay Erickson

Executive Vice President
Shay joined the PeopleFund staff in April 2010 and has over 14 years of administrative and managerial experience. In her role, Shay oversees our facilities, information technology, and vendor management statewide. She also coordinates human resources, office administration, and special projects, Originally from Chicago, Shay earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Prior to PeopleFund, Shay honed her operational skills in the healthcare industry, working at several area medical practices. Throughout her career she has volunteered with several non-profit organizations and therapy practices. Outside of the office, Shay enjoys spending time with her two young sons and shelter dog, Olive.
Julia Dunn

Julia Dunn

Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Julia is responsible for monitoring all internal financial and accounting controls, provides financial modeling and analysis experience to the Executive Team and program staff. Julia has twenty years of non-profit accounting and finance experience. She began her career at KPMG in Dallas and worked as an Audit Manager for non-profit engagements. Additionally, she has served as Director of Finance for several non-profit agencies. Julia received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and an MBA (Accounting Emphasis) from Texas Tech University.

Amber Kani

Chief Advancement Officer
In her role as Chief Advancement Officer, Amber oversees PeopleFund’s comprehensive development strategy, including managing donor and investor relations, strategic partnerships, and philanthropy. She also leads the organization’s external messaging, special events, community programs, public relations, and online presence. To ensure quality educational support for prospective entrepreneurs and PeopleFund clients, Amber leads educational programming and technical assistance, including the organization’s volunteer program, workshops, curriculums, digital resources, and impact measurement. Actively engaged in local, state, and national public policy, Amber serves as an advocate for priorities emphasizing economic development and community growth. Amber received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining PeopleFund, Amber led the Texas Stars Foundation, managed volunteer and youth services for the American Red Cross, and worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to advocate for equity and opportunity for all. Amber currently serves on the board of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, Statewide Leadership Council of the American Heart Association, and volunteers her time as a grantwriter for Heroes Night Out Veteran Resource Center. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has received the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award, the OFN Opportunity Finance Fellowship, and the Association of Enterprise Opportunity Rising Star Award.
Jemerell Rogers

Jemerell Rogers

Director of Lending
As Director of Lending, Jemerell is responsible for statewide loan production and creation of responsive loan products that meet client need. Jemerell focuses on our mission to create access to capital to underserved Texas entrepreneurs, leveraging partnerships and community engagement to help small businesses thrive. Jemerell supervises PeopleFund’s lending and loan administration team throughout the state to advance economic opportunity in rural and urban communities. As a member of Austin’s financial industry for over 11 years and operating his own business for 4 years, Jemerell is in tune with the obstacles faced by many PeopleFund clients. With a keen understanding of the traditional financial mainstream, Jemerell looks forward to creating opportunities to help small businesses thrive. Originally hired as a loan officer, Jemerell was promoted to a Senior Loan Officer and Director of Lending, a showcase of his commitment to PeopleFund and the underserved entrepreneurs we elevate.
Laura Shock

Laura Shock

Director of Underwriting & Risk Management
In her role as Director of Underwriting and Risk Management, Laura is responsible for analyzing each loan request for associated risk and compliance with internal credit policy and alignment to PeopleFund’s mission to create economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved populations. She believes that small businesses are the key to local economic development and sustainability. Prior to joining PeopleFund, Laura worked as a Credit Products Officer in the Austin Business Banking group at Bank of America. She has held commercial underwriting positions with KeyBank in Seattle and GE Capital in Chicago. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a registered yoga teacher and active mentor through Africa Yoga Project in addition to volunteering with several local non-profit organizations.
Patricia Colomo Baray

Patricia Colomo Baray

Senior Underwriter & Portfolio Manager
Patricia joined Peoplefund as a Development and Finance intern and was quickly promoted because of her experience and work ethic. She graduated in December 2012 from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining Peoplefund, she assisted a UT professor with her research about the socioeconomic returns in education in developing countries and volunteered in other organizations, such as Latinitas, Candlelighters, and the American Cancer Society.
Katherine Sobel

Katherine Sobel

Curriculums and Coaching Manager
As manager of curriculums and mentorship, Katherine oversees creation and implementation of educational curriculums statewide and also leads PeopleFund’s mentor program, bringing together highly-skilled professionals and business owners in need. Katherine focuses on raising the expertise of entrepreneurs through comprehensive learning opportunities, including classroom-style instruction, integrated bootcamps, an online education portal, and tailored business advising. Katherine also administers PeopleFund’s business education contract with the City of Austin. Katherine joined the PeopleFund family in June of 2016 as the Education Specialist, focusing on expanding the organization’s mentor program and diversifying learning opportunities. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Texas State, and is now working on her Ph.D. through Texas Tech. Katherine is passionate about the sustainability of PeopleFund clients and Texas business owners through education, training, and outreach.
Meghan Rauker

Meghan Rauker

Women's Program Manager
Passionate about economic opportunity for women, Meghan oversees PeopleFund’s programs for female entrepreneurs statewide, including our Dallas Women’s Business Assistance Center, Bloom Lab Coworking Space in Austin, PeopleSpring networking program, and the Flourish and EmpowHER entrepreneur education series. Her work focuses on empowering women entrepreneurs to make a sustainable economic impact in their communities and is actively involved in local and state public policy. Meghan was promoted to manage women’s programs after a tenure supporting PeopleFund’s advancement team. She was selected by the U.S. Department of State and the German Marshall Fund of the United States as a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leader, and represented America at a convening in Berlin and Kyiv. Meghan served as the Chair of Marketing and Outreach Sub-Committee and the Creative Economy Committee with the Greater Austin Asian Chamber. She is a member of the Travis County Food Policy Healthy Food Access Working Group, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Opportunity Finance Network, Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Austin Alliance for Economic Inclusion, and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Meghan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, studying Modern History and International Relations.

Laura Tran Perry

Portfolio Quality Manager
As Portfolio Quality Manager, Laura manages PeopleFund’s diverse portfolio and works hand in hand with clients with loan modifications, restructures, and collections. Dedicated to business development and empowering entrepreneurs, Laura has worked in financial services throughout her career and was previously a small business underwriter in California. A native of the Bay Area, Laura graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. As a daughter of a small business owner who owns and operates a restaurant in South Austin, Laura has firsthand experience with the challenges facing entrepreneurs today. Outside the office, you can find her curled up with a good book or enjoying time with her family exploring Austin.
Grant Bennett

Grant Bennett

Project Manager, CDFI Veteran Collaborative
Grant joined the PeopleFund team as intern in August of 2014. Grant was hired full time as the Lending Support Officer in October 2014 after showing tremendous aptitude and a desire to further PeopleFund’s mission. He was a Senior Underwriter from March 2016 to April 2018.

Grant now manages the national CDFI collaborative Veteran LLC. Veteran LLC works to increase access to capital, business education, and training for military veteran small business owners and their families.

Grant grew up in Jackson, Ohio and joined the Army after high school. He served two combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Grant then served in the Texas National Guard as a Non-Commissioned Officer in an Airborne Infantry unit.

He has a BBA in Management from St. Edward’s University and a MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Erika Hersh

Erika Hersh

Regional Lending Manager, DFW
Originally from Oklahoma, where she attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Erika relocated to Texas for new career opportunities. Her diverse background includes experience in lending, grant writing, community outreach, and business assistance & education. She joined the PeopleFund team in 2012 and currently serves as the regional lending manager for Dallas/Fort Worth. She is responsible for guiding new clients through the loan process and developing partnerships throughout the North Texas footprint. Erika is an officer in the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Cowtown Leads Exchange. She is also a member of the Burleson Chamber of Commerce Power of Heels committee and she currently serves as the Head Judge for the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center Business Plan Competition. Erika has a passion for helping new entrepreneurs realize their potential. Her vitality, skills and compassion translates to her desire to see small businesses succeed.

Demetria Scott

SBA & Loan Closing Manager
In her role of Loan Closing Officer, Demetria is responsible for assembling, preparing, and verify closing documents for aspiring entrepreneurs. She has over 20 years of experience in the retail mortgage industry; she uniquely understands that the financial picture for each client has its own story. Demetria has her Bachelors of Arts in Fashion Design from Norfolk State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management from Sam Houston State University. Demetria is extremely active in her community working with the Bastrop food pantry and community events. She is happily married to her husband Anthony with two children and a Scottish Terrier named Scottie. When not working with business owners, Demetria enjoys traveling, designing swimwear, and restoring vintage furniture.
Ava Villegas

Ava Villegas

Senior Underwriter
In her role as Underwriter, Ava structures and underwrites loans that have a community impact in Texas communities, and analyzes each loan request for associated risks and compliance with internal credit policy. Prior to joining PeopleFund, Ava worked as a Business Finance Analyst. She assisted with financial systems and management of her client’s financials and growth. She consulted with clients one-to-one in building their financials to help them better understand the use of financial tools for their strategic use in accessing capital. Ava earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, with an Honors Business Foundations Certificate, and is currently pursuing her Actuarial Certification (CERA). Ava is passionate about leadership and promotes small business development, entrepreneurship, and finance among woman, minorities, and low-income communities. She founded JetsetHer, a magazine for woman entrepreneurs; working for PeopleFund has empowered Ava to share and assists other aspiring entrepreneurs to find capital and education to build successful businesses. She is an avid reader, enjoys building, coding websites and algorithms, and shares healthy fitness goals with her family.
Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Senior Loan Officer - Rio Grande Valley and Chief Training Officer
Bill joined the PeopleFund team in November 2016. As a loan officer for the Rio Grande Valley, he is responsible for identifying and supporting the financial needs of local businesses and working with them throughout the loan process. Bill has over 33 years of banking experience, which includes business lending, retail lending, mortgages and customer service. Bill is fully bilingual and is ready to assist Spanish-speaking clients.
Sheyenne Alvarez

Sheyenne Alvarez

Senior Loan Officer - Greater Austin
Sheyenne first joined the PeopleFund team as a volunteer, and quickly joined the staff full time. As a passionate representative of the organization’s mission to create economic opportunity, Sheyenne supports with startups, established businesses, and nonprofit clients – educating them about accessing capital and the process of obtaining capital. Sheyenne’s experience spans entrepreneurship, banking, and finance. Currently, she focuses on the Central Texas community, where she lives and raises her four children. A graduate from Texas State University with a degree in management and entrepreneurial studies, Sheyenne empowers clients so they can access the funds needed to create jobs, provide needed community services, and achieve the American Dream. An active member of her community, Sheyenne dedicates time outside of the office to volunteering, and has worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Boy Scouts of America, and neighborhood organizations.
Oscar Compean

Oscar Compean

Loan Officer - San Antonio and City of Dallas Loan Program
As a loan officer for San Antonio, Oscar works directly with entrepreneurs to help them access capital and tools for small business success. Originally from Arlington, Oscar is passionate about creating economic opportunity in San Antonio. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and recently obtained his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in management. Oscar comes to PeopleFund with a wealth of experience in the financial sector, having worked at Woodforest National Bank, GM Financial, and Nicholas Financial. He enjoys modern architecture and design and outside of the office spends time pursuing photography, basketball, and athletics.

Laura Gomez

Loan Officer - El Paso
Laura joined PeopleFund in July 2019 as a Loan Officer serving the Greater El Paso/West Texas region. In her role, Laura works with clients in support of meeting their business goals via access to capital and sharing tools and resources for business success. Laura has over six years of experience in small business development nonprofits, providing underserved entrepreneurs with business training and 1-on-1 coaching, specifically to food-based businesses. Her program management experience includes the launch of a food business incubator which provided access to affordable commercial kitchen space, access to sales opportunities through community partnerships, and industry specific food-business training. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a focus in International Economic Development and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Seattle University. She is an alumna of NALCAB’s (National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders) Community Economic Development Fellowship, Class of 2016. Laura is a native speaker of both Spanish and English.
Victoria Valdez

Victoria Valdez

Loan Officer - Laredo
Victoria joined the PeopleFund team in November 2017 as a Loan Officer serving the Laredo market. A native to Laredo, Victoria has over 4 years of experience in the nonprofit lending industry as a Sr. Lending Assistant with LiftFund, Inc. She is currently pursuing her bachelors in History with a concentration in Colonial America and minoring in business administration at Texas A&M Intl University. Victoria comes from a line of entrepreneurs and is committed to help fellow Texans pursue the American Dream in the border town of Laredo. You can find her spending time with friends and family on weekends. Victoria enjoys attending local artists’ events where fellow Laredoans display handmade goods. With joy in her heart, Victoria looks forward to help small businesses thrive in her community.

Robert Zuniga

Loan Officer- Dallas
Robert joined PeopleFund as a loan officer in March 2019 passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners in Dallas through access to capital. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Robert and his family moved to Texas when he was 12 years old and has been a Texan ever since, attending Eastfield College and University of Texas in Arlington. He has worked in the financial sector for a number of years and uniquely understands the challenges facing aspriring entrepreneurs and is dedicated to small business success. Active in the community, Robert is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club in Dallas, TX.
Amanda Markoe

Amanda Markoe

Education Specialist, Workshops & Marketing
As an Education Specialist, Amanda helps clients with digital marketing, as well as focus on statewide events and workshops to provide knowledge and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. She graduated in May 2018 from St. Edward’s University with a major in Digital Media Management. In her academic career, she worked as the president of New Literati, an on-campus publication that publishes student and alumni work. She also received first place in the iChallenge on the Hilltop Ideas for Innovation competition and third place in the iChallenge on the Hilltop Business Plan Competition for creating a non-profit organization that helps homeless women receive access to feminine hygiene products. Prior to joining PeopleFund, she worked as a Social Media Intern at Holocaust Museum Houston. She also worked as a horseback-riding counselor at Cheley Colorado Camps for two summers. Amanda is certified in AdWords Fundamentals and Mobile, HubSpot Inbound Marketing, and in the Hootsuite Platform.

Angela Amaya

Systems and Data Manager
Angela joined the PeopleFund team in January 2017 and brings over 5 years of operational and program support experience. In her role as Systems & Data Manager, Angela streamlines IT processes across all of the organization’s offices in Texas and oversees PeopleFund’s impact measurement for the education department. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 2008 and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. When she’s not empowering small business owners, you can find Angela exploring local coffee shops in her hometown of Austin, playing Ultimate Frisbee, or nose deep in a good book.
Jackie Ramos

Jackie Ramos

Staff Accountant
Jackie Ramos first joined the PeopleFund team in May 2015 to support lending and education programs in the greater San Antonio region. After a short time overseeing the opening of the Bloom Lab coworking and resource center for women, Jackie was promoted to accounting assistant in the winter of 2016. In her role as Staff Accountant, Jackie advances the finance department’s recording and reporting of information while also providing financial guidance and accounting assistance to PeopleFund clients. Jackie graduated from Texas State University with a degree in accounting and graduated with an MBA in May 2017 from Texas A&M. She is currently working towards completing a CPA license. Armed with a passion for advancing women in entrepreneurship and accounting/finance/audit experience, Jackie is committed to PeopleFund’s mission of creating economic opportunity for all. Outside of the office, Jackie is a member of the National Association for Black Accountants and enjoys fitness, music, and football.
Fernando Fernandez

Fernando Fernandez

Underwriter
Originally from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Fernando Aaron Fernandez Legarda graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and minors in Finance and Italian. He is a positive, high-achiever, and hard-working person who is eager to learn new things and passionate about helping others. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners, he understands the complications and struggles small businesses face day to day. Fernando is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve financial stability for themselves and their families.
Krysta Diaz

Krysta Diaz

Senior Underwriter
As a Senior Underwriter, Krysta structures, underwrites and approves small business loans as well as monitor the financial health of PeopleFund clients. Krysta is a proud Texas native, born and raised in Houston. She graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in May 2010 with a BBA in Finance and minor in Psychology and was a member of the Women in Business Association. She has over three years of experience underwriting small business loans in the online lending field while living in New York City. Krysta comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is deeply committed to helping fellow Texans pursue the American Dream. When she is not in office, Krysta loves to be outdoors- hiking, kayaking, camping and loves a good puzzle.

Bridget Uribe

Loan Administration Manager
Bridget joined PeopleFund team as a Finance intern in January 2014. Bridget was hired full time as an Assistant Loan Administrator after earning a Bachelor's degree with honors and a concentration in Finance from St. Edward's University in May 2015. Bridget graduated with an MBA in May 2018 from Texas A&M University - San Antonio. Bridget became a Loan Administration Manager in September 2018. As Loan Administration Manager, Bridget supports the lending team in assessing best practices and products for PeopleFund's clients. Outside of the office, Bridget enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dog, and cat.

Jayln McBride

Assistant Loan Administrator
As Assistant Loan Administrator, Jayln supports the lending team and helps PeopleFund clients succeed. Jayln graduated from Central Baptist College with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Management. Jayln is passionate about giving back to his hometown community in Jonesboro, Arkansas as well as social justice for African Americans. Jayln also enjoys watching and playing basketball, listening to jazz music, and watching classic movies like The Breakfast Club.
Shane Cormier

Shane Cormier

SBA Loan Servicing Specialist
Shane joined PeopleFund in late 2016 with a mission to heal the world one business at a time. As an SBA Loan Servicing Specialist, Shane is helping to nurture the SBA Community Advantage clients by coaching via site visits, and aligning them with the proper resources to assist in their advancement and success. Shane has 15+ years’ experience with businesses of varying size and mission, focusing on the customer’s goals and missions. Specifically, his experience entails Account Management, Customer Success Management, Tech and Small Business Consulting, Coaching, Leadership and Marketing. He received his Bachelor’s Business Admin from Lamar University and is certified in Coaching, Gallup Strengths Training and is a Certified Scrum Master. Outside of Shane’s professional experience, he volunteers as a Mentor for Everwise, a Reading Buddy for Andrews Elementary 4th graders and, as of recently, volunteered as a Community Ambassador with Urban Co-Lab. Shane’s mission in life is to assist other with their inherent abilities and guide them to their next step.
Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez

SBA Loan Specialist
Jessica joined the PeopleFund team in the summer of 2016, and comes to San Antonio by way of Southern California and El Paso, Texas. A finance graduate from the UTEP, Jessica has extensive experience in sales, administration, education, and the public sector. Empowered with a passion for helping others achieve their personal and professional goals, Jessica helps underserved entrepreneurs across South Central Texas reach the American Dream. Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Nikki Holter

Education Specialist- Business Advising & Client Engagement
As an Education Specialist, Nikki helps clients build a strong foundation for their business through planning, financials, and creating unique solutions to everyday problems. She graduated from Georgetown University in May 2015 with a BS in International Politics. Having worked at both the American Cancer Society and the Gerson Lehrman Group before PeopleFund, she brings a mix of business savvy and a passion to everything that she does. She is passionate about creating sustainable growth and empowering others to realize their potential. When she’s not helping clients realize their dreams, she enjoys hiking, visiting new breweries and restaurants, trying to create the masterpieces she sees on Chopped, spending time with family, and any excuse to dress up in costume (ie. Theme events and Renaissance festivals).

Chanté Kuhl

Customer Service Representative - Austin
Chanté joined the PeopleFund team to support lending operations and advance community development in the greater Central Texas region. Chanté holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Huston Tillotson University, the only Historically Black University in Central Texas. She also has an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. She is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and is passionate about raising awareness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities among high school students, and maintains a web publication, HBCU Grand Rising, to increase awareness of Historically Black Colleges. Chanté’s passion for diversity in higher learning directly translates to her work with PeopleFund’s target market of minorities, women, veterans, and low income people. Outside of work, she enjoys sewing, traveling, and spending time with her Corgi, Naz.
Linda Vera

Linda Vera

Customer Service Representative- Rio Grande Valley
Linda joined the PeopleFund team as a customer service representative supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Rio Grande Valley. With nearly 32 years of experience in the financial and banking industry, she strives to make a difference by being a positive influence. She has an extensive education background in commercial lending, mortgage, and financials. Linda has is proud to be an integral part of a group of individuals who are dedicated to helping others with their financial needs.

Chloe de Roche

Advancement & Volunteer Specialist
A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Chloe joined the PeopleFund team as an advancement assistant in 2018. Originally from Corpus Christi, she became inspired to advocate for underserved communities after working as a public defense legal assistant for juvenile offenders. She spent time abroad as an advocate for community development in the Eastern Caribbean and studied courses in language and international law/urban development at Universidad de Sevilla and Oxford University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Texas. In her spare time you can catch her traveling, cooking, and usually drinking a large cup of coffee.

Heather Jenkins

Customer Service Representative- Fort Worth
As a Customer Service Representative, Heather Jenkins assists Fort Worth, Texas entrepreneurs’ with their business financial and educational needs. She believes that the key to building a healthy community is the success of small businesses. Heather comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has seen firsthand what it takes to turn an idea into reality. She is excited to be connecting small businesses with PeopleFund and has a heart for the underserved community. When she’s not in the office, you can find Heather painting, reading, enjoying the outdoors or simply spending time with family.

Stocha Scranton

Operations Assistant
Stocha has worked in a variety of industries, including retail and healthcare. She has experience in working with the public in a sales capacity. She has also worked as a credentialing coordinator for an independent review organization. In her role as a front desk coordinator, she became familiar with the day-to-day operations of non-profit organizations. Stocha earned her Bachelor's degree in English in 2018 through the University of Phoenix's distance education program while working full-time. She plans to further her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in communications. Outside of her work, Stocha enjoys a wide array of hobbies, including reading and writing, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. She has two cats and a dog.

Mike Mora

504 Loan Director
In his role as Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Lending for PeopleFund, Mike is responsible for the program development and administration including business development, eligibility, credit policy and compliance with federal regulations, reporting and staff training. He is a mission driven professional who believes in the economic opportunities afforded to the Texas small business community. Before joining PeopleFund, Mike was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Certified Development Corporation, an SBA certified development company for the past 15 years serving as the Chairman and then President of the organization. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Commercial Lending with local community and national banks. Mike also served in the federal government and retired from the U.S. Department of Commerce as Senior National Access to Capital Specialist for the Minority Business Development Agency, Washington D.C. He also served as Chief, Financing Division for the U.S. Small Business Administration in SBA’s Region VI, San Antonio District Office for 8 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Southern Methodist University and pursued advanced post graduate MBA studies at the University of Dallas. Mike is an active member of his community belonging to several boards including the North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders and loan committee member of the Texas Mezzanine Fund, a statewide Community Development Financial Institution. He is married to Susan Daywood and has three children and three grandchildren. Mike is a veteran of the armed services having served his country in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam era.

LaChandra Cobb

504 Credit Officer
LaChandra Cobb joined PeopleFund in June 2019 as part of the merger with CDC of the Southwest. In her role as 504 Credit Officer, she is responsible for promoting, underwriting, packaging, processing, and closing loans under the SBA 504 program. LaChandra’s commercial lending career started in banking where she spent over 20 years primarily focused on the various SBA lending programs. Her focus became strictly SBA 504 when she joined CDC of the Southwest in 2016. A native Texan, LaChandra holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from University of Phoenix-Dallas. Outside of work, LaChandra enjoys cardio dance, nature walks, reading, and spending time with her young daughter, Kayla Marie.

Marion Tarin

504 Servicing Manager
Marion Tarin recently joined PeopleFund as an SBA 504 Servicing Manager to promote best practices and adherence to the SBA 504 Loan Program Policies and Procedures. Marion has over 40 years of banking experience with over 30 years in lending and servicing SBA loans. He has been involved in all areas of the SBA 504 Loan Program and believes that this SBA product provides small businesses the best opportunity for financial stability. When he is away from work, Marion enjoys being with his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Cindy Urrutia

Houston Loan Officer
As the daughter of an entrepreneur, Cindy understands the challenges small business owners face and is passionate about advancing access to affordable capital for entrepreneurs. She joined the PeopleFund team in the summer of 2019 after 12 years in banking with both BBVA and J.P. Morgan Chase. In addition to her experience in the financial sector, Cindy has certifications in real estate and insurance. She has a degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Houston Downtown. Outside of the office, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and finding new places to eat with her teenage daughter.
Gabrielle Arboleda

Gabrielle Arboleda

SBA 504 Specialist
Gabrielle Arboleda, better known as Gaby, recently joined PeopleFund as a SBA 504 Specialist to promote and package loans under the SBA 504 program. Gaby's lending career started in banking where she was always involved with the different SBA programs. However, 10 years ago her focus changed to the SBA 504 program when she became a BDO and packager for a large CDC. Besides her lending career Gaby enjoys songwriting, playing guitar and ukulele. She has 6 years of musical studies including voice. She is a devoted teacher and coach of Spanish and English as a second language to students of all ages. Gaby is also involved in giving presentations to small business owners and lenders something she enjoys very much and plans to continue doing.