Opportunity Resource Fund Staff

Christine Coady Narayanan


Christine Coady Narayanan, President/CEO.  Ms. Narayanan joined the OppFund team in 1989, became its Executive Director in 1997, and in 2004 was appointed President/CEO.  She is responsible for implementation of the Strategic Business Plan and all policies and programs of OppFund.  Ms. Narayanan has more than 28 years of experience working for and volunteering with nonprofit corporations and the public sector, is a former elected official, and currently serves on a number of boards and commissions.  She was appointed to the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis as a public interest director in 2008 and continues this service.  She holds a B.A. in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University, is a graduate of the National Internship in Community Economic Development and Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy and has completed certification through the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy.

Email Christine: ccoady@oppfund.org

Jane E. Carpenter

Director of Donor and Investor Relations

Jane E. Carpenter, Director of Donor and Investor Relations,  has 28 years experience in the non-profit field with economic and social justice issues. She worked for the Michigan McGehee Interfaith Loan Fund before the merger with the Michigan Housing Trust Fund in 2004. Jane is responsible for developing and maintaining communication with investors and donors, promoting the work of OppFund to increase the awareness of the public and increase the number of investors. She is totally committed to the population that OppFund serves to rebuild communities and lives. She has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations and currently serves on three boards including the Michigan Skeet Association.

Email Jane: jcarpenter@oppfund.org


Financial Accountant – Assets



Jennifer Dennis

Loan Underwriter/AnalysT

Jennifer Dennis, Loan Underwriter/Analyst,  began working with OppFund in February 2013 and joined our team in September 2014.  Jennifer likes to travel with her husband and has been to New Zealand, Russia and Hawaii among other places.  She enjoys puzzles.  Ms. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Email Jennifer:  jdennis@oppfund.org

Debra G. Fedewa, CPA, CGMA 

Vice President of Finance/CFO

Debra Fedewa, CPA, CGMA, Vice President of Finance/CFO, joined the OppFund team in May 2006 and is responsible for the finance, risk management and loan servicing areas.  She has more than 28 years of experience in various areas and industries, which includes nonprofits, tax, employee benefit plans, insurance, and publicly traded companies.  Ms. Fedewa holds a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University, is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant, and is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  She has held several volunteer positions, including past Board chair and Finance committee chair for Highfields, Inc. Board of Directors.

Email Deb: dfedewa@oppfund.org

Mary Fox

Financial Accountant - Liabilities

Mary Fox, Financial Accountant - Liabilities,  joined OppFund in April 2014 and is responsible for accounts payable, notes payable accounting and maintaining the loan servicing software.  She has more than 20 years of hands-on finance and accounting experience with nonprofits in the development, construction and management of multi-family housing.  Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.

Email Mary: mfox@oppfund.org

Karen R. Gasperoni

Office Manager

Karen Gasperoni, Office Manager, joined the OppFund team in May of 2006. She has over 25 years experience in various areas of office administration, including human resources and operations. Most of her career has been spent in the not-for-profit sector allowing her work to be her biggest reward. Karen manages the Detroit office.

Email Karen: kgasperoni@oppfund.org

Michele James

Loan Processor - Administrative Assistant

Josh Smith

Loan Servicing Specialist



Melodie Balzer Stacey

Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

Melodie Balzer Stacey, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison,  joined Opportunity Resource Fund in 1999. Ms. Stacey has more than 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and Office Management. Since joining OppFund, she has earned her Expert Certified Administrative Professional (ECAP). Ms. Stacey has been active in Parents Against Drugs, SADD and other organizations. She loves to travel and is married with 2 grown children.

Email Melodie: mbalzer@oppfund.org

Tim Strasz

Vice President of Lending


Tim Strasz, Vice President of Lending.  Mr. Strasz joined OppFund in June 2011 and his responsibilities include originating and underwriting loans, and supervision of the loan team.  In addition, he oversees the loan portfolio to ensure compliance with approved loan policies and procedures.  Mr. Strasz has more than 35 years of experience in community development banking and prior to joining OppFund he worked most recently at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.  In addition, he has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations and helped to start a loan fund for assistive technology for people with disabilities.  Mr. Strasz also served as the President of the Lansing Neighborhood Housing Corporation, a nonprofit organized by eight local banks that made loans and grants for low-to-moderate income housing developers.  He holds a B.A. in professional communication from Sienna Heights University.

Email Tim: tstrasz@oppfund.org

Charles Turner

Loan Officer

Charles Turner, Loan Officer. Mr. Turner joined OppFund in April 2014 and his responsibilities include originating Fresh Opportunity Mortgages, providing financing to individuals denied credit by traditional financial institutions and mortgage companies. He has more than 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry originating loans and managing other brokers. A resident of Detroit, Mr. Turner is an advocate of home ownership and small business development. He holds a B.A. from Wayne State University and is a licensed mortgage broker in Michigan and several other states.

Email Charles: cturner@oppfund.org

Updated January 19, 2017