“Everyone connected with Imagine Housing shares an understanding and appreciation that we are building a stronger community by ensuring that people on the Eastside have access to affordable housing and on-site supportive services. We offer the best of ourselves — our passion, talents, generosity, optimism, vision, creativity and tenacity — to support the work of Imagine Housing, enabling us to achieve great things.”
Ann Levine, Executive Director
Ms. Levine leads the 16-member staff and works with the Board of Directors on strategic planning, budgeting, asset management and fund development. Under Ann’s leadership, Imagine Housing has undertaken and completed complex housing development projects with multiple local, state and federal funders and effectively has managed affordable housing communities with housing tax credit investments and other complicated funding sources. During Ann’s tenure, Imagine Housing has expanded the on-site supportive services program and strengthened relationships with other nonprofits to serve more than 1,000 low-income residents, including those transitioning from homelessness.
She has worked for Imagine Housing since 2009, with past experience at Levine Consulting Services in Washington and California, Seattle Housing Authority, and United Way of Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake and the LFSV Mental Health Advocacy Project, both in Northern California. A licensed attorney in California, Ann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and received her juris doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco.
“I love being part of a dynamic staff that creatively sets out to meet and even expand upon the mission of the organization. Imagine Housing meets core critical requirements of all human beings: shelter and security. I feel privileged to be part of an organization that seeks to discover the needs of the people in our community, and then sets out to meet those needs.” Sue Bliven, Director of Finance
Ms. Bliven is responsible for preparing and overseeing Imagine Housing’s $4.3 million annual budget, managing the organization’s financial assets, managing all financial functions — including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax and treasury — and designing and coordinating a variety of accounting and statistical data reports. She also directs the work of others to plan, establish and maintain the business organization of Imagine Housing to efficiently carry out its mission.
With the organization since 2001, Sue has built more than a decade of experience in nonprofit financial and asset management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Clemson University.
“I am honored to uphold the guiding principles of Imagine Housing. We truly believe that our projects and organization are strengthened when we engage the public in our work. We endeavor to develop innovative housing solutions that become long term housing resources to our community and those we serve.” Eric Evans, Director of Housing Development
Mr. Evans is responsible for helping Imagine Housing make informed, responsible real estate investment decisions. He also manages all aspect of the organization’s real estate development activities.
He has worked with Imagine Housing since 2009, bringing more than 20 years of experience in acquisition, development and construction management throughout the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.
“I love everything about what I do, from maintaining buildings to arranging roof repairs, solving drainage puzzles, providing excellent customer service to residents and figuring out how to make money stretch the furthest it possibly can. I strongly believe there is a fundamental human right to adequate, secure and affordable housing for everyone, available in areas where people work, have family and friends, and have developed community and support. Imagine Housing is helping to provide that on the Eastside, and we’re constantly striving to improve on the model.” Suzanne Koval, Director of Assets
Ms. Koval oversees property operations, property financial health and outlook, and capital needs for Imagine Housing, focusing on sustainability, asset preservation and resident satisfaction.
With more than 20 years of market-rate and nonprofit affordable housing management experience, Suzanne has a proven track record of managing complex assets serving diverse populations, and her past work includes managing more than 2,500 residential units throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Human Rights, along with a Master’s degree in Policy Studies from the University of Washington-Bothell. She also has her Certified Property Manager designation through IREM.
“I love learning from our residents, the supportive services team and my co-workers. I enjoy getting to be creative about how best to support our residents and assist in building a sense of community throughout our properties. Having stable housing allows our residents to provide more for themselves and their families, discover new opportunities for their futures and grow as strong community members. Getting to be a part of this amazing solution to poverty and getting to know the unique and gifted residents we serve is an honor and a privilege for me.” Rachel Mathison, Director of Supportive Services
Ms. Mathison leads the supportive services team, which supports residents by offering a variety of resources at Imagine Housing communities.
With Imagine Housing since 2009, Rachel has been involved in providing services to those in need since 2000, through activities and jobs ranging from community organizing to program design and implementation. Her work has involved single adults, families, youth in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and permanent supportive housing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.