Who We Are – Staff

Executive

Linda MacFarlane, Executive Director

Linda MacFarlane, Executive Director

Linda MacFarlane, Executive Director. (518) 436-8586 x.808
With more than 25 years of financial and business leadership experience, Linda MacFarlane oversees the operations and management of the loan fund. She serves on the Capital Region Economic Development Council, the Upstate New York Regional Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the steering committee of the NYS CDFI Coalition and the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) at Excelsior College. In addition, Linda serves on the boards of AHP Homeownership Center, Community Development Alliance, Equinox, the Mental Health Housing Project and St. Anne Institute. Linda earned her MBA in 2004 through the University of Phoenix, and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University at Albany in 1988. She was honored with the Outstanding Professional Award from the Credit Union Association of New York in 2012, completed the Disney Institute Business Program in 2007, Capital Leadership Class of 2004, received the Capital District Business Review 40 Under Forty Award in 2003, and completed Dale Carnegie Training with Highest Achievement Award in 2001. A native of Round Lake, Linda and her family live in Southern Saratoga County.

Training and Technical Assistance

Paul Stewart, Director of Training & Technical Assistance

Paul Stewart, Director of Training & Technical Assistance

Paul Stewart, Director of Training & Technical Assistance. (518) 436-8586 x.805
Paul Stewart has been on staff since 1998 and possesses well over twenty years of experience in providing services to low income people and administering community development programs. He served as the Executive Director of Albany County Opportunities Inc. (a Community Action Program) and Director of Parish and Community Services for the Albany Catholic Family and Community Services.  He is the recent winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration award for Minority Small Business Advocate for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Johan Matthews, Training and Technical Assistance Associate

 

Johan Matthews, Training and Technical Assistance Associate. (518) 436-8586 x.809
Johan Matthews has a BA from SUNY Buffalo and a Certificate in Graduate Studies from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as Certifications in Leadership Development Training, Basic Mediation, and Parenting Plan and Parent/Teen Mediation. He is a civic minded, capacity builder who has worked with dozens of business and nonprofit leaders for growth and social impact. In his role as Training & Technical Assistance Associate, Johan hopes to inspire local entrepreneurship & self-determination particularly among the youth who reside in the many distressed communities that are essential to vitality of the Capital Region.

 

 

 

 

Lending

Walt Brady, Deputy Director and Director of Lending

Walt Brady, Deputy Director and Director of Lending

Walt Brady, Deputy Director & Director of Lending. (518) 436-8586 x.804
Walt Brady coordinates all the mission-driven lending activities of the Community Loan Fund, prepares lending-related goals and work plans and supervises lending staff, volunteers and interns.  Prior to joining the organization in July 2007, he worked for 12 years with JP Morgan Chase, including as an underwriter and a credit quality assurance analyst.  His experience in traditional banking combined with his commitment to community-based economic development makes a wonderful match for the Community Loan Fund.

 

 

 

 

Destiny Watkins, Lending Officer

Destiny Watkins, Community Development Lending Officer. (518) 436-8586 x.802
Destiny Watkins graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Small Business Entrepreneurship. After completing an internship at the Community Loan Fund, she was hired to assist with business counseling, workshops and business planning courses. Destiny is a strong advocate for developing youth entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

Dorian Wells, Senior Lending Officer

Dorian Wells, Senior Lending Officer

Dorian Wells, Senior Lending Officer. (518) 436-8586 x.803
Dorian Wells originates, underwrites, closes and services loans while providing outreach and technical support to our nonprofit customers. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, Dorian has held various senior level positions in Development, Volunteer Management and Programs Management. During his 9 years serving on senior management teams, he worked extensively with nonprofit financing. Dorian holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Development and a Master of Divinity from a graduate school and seminary in the Philadelphia area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund and is the Sr. Pastor of the South Berne Congregational Christian Church.

 

 

Willow Olson, Portfolio Manager

Willow Olson, Portfolio Manager

Willow OlsonPortfolio Manager. (518) 436-8586 x.801
Willow Olson joined the Community Loan Fund in 2011. In 2014, she became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and began working directly with borrowers on financial statements and loan documents. Willow has a MS in Education from City University of New York and a BS in Sociology and Education from SUNY New Paltz. She is a volunteer Girl Scout leader, empowering girls to become leaders and to provide outreach in their communities and the world. She also serves on various financial and education committees. Willow and her family reside in rural Greene County.

 

 

Development and Community Relations

Linda Chandler, Director of Development

Linda Chandler, Director of Development

Linda Chandler, Director of Development (518) 436-8586 x.806
Linda Chandler joined the Community Loan Fund in March 2008 with more than twenty years of experience in management and business development in the banking industry and advertising sales in the field of print media. A graduate of the University at Albany, she has an M.A. and B.A. in Education, majoring in French. She has served as a board member of Senior Services of Albany, a volunteer at Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc., Community Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and Maimonides Day School. Linda secures donations and grants sufficient to support the organization’s annual goals and activities and manages the socially concerned investor loan portfolio to secure new investments (loans) to fuel our lending capital fund.

 

 

 

Lissa D'Aquanni, Director of Community Relations

Lissa D’Aquanni, Director of Community Relations

Lissa D’Aquanni, Director of Community Relations.  (518) 436-8586 x.807
Lissa D’Aquanni joined the Community Loan Fund in January 2010.  As a former borrower and small business owner, she has a unique perspective of the value and importance of CDFIs.  In 2002, Lissa purchased and rehabbed an abandoned building in her neighborhood to create a home for her expanding business as well as two other women-owned businesses.  The Community Loan Fund helped leverage the funding to make the project a reality.  As a result of her efforts, Lissa received the Albany-Colonie Chamber’s Women of Excellence Award as well as the Capital District Business Review’s Forty under Forty Award.  Lissa works with borrowers to help publicize their businesses and programs, as well as publicizing the programs and services of the Community Loan Fund.  Lissa has a BS in Engineering from RPI, an MPA from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Administration and is completing her Certification in Economic Development. Lissa lives in the City of Albany.

 

Administration

Tina Ross, Office Administrator

Tina Ross, Office Administrator

Tina Ross, Office Administrator. (518) 436-8586 x.810
Tina Ross brings more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Her office management and customer service expertise greatly contribute to the Community Loan Fund’s ability to further its mission. Tina lives in Watervliet with her two dogs and two cats.