Our Staff

Christine Coady Narayanan

President & CEO

Christine Coady Narayanan, President and 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

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


Mary Fox

Manager of Accounting

Mary Fox, Manager of Accounting,  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

Charles Turner

Manager of Homeownership Programs

Charles Turner, Manager of Homeownership Programs. 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


Melodie 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


Karen Gasperoni

Detroit Office Manager & Loan Processor

Karen Gasperoni, Office Manager and Loan Processor, 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

Jennifer Dennis

Loan Underwriter & analyst

Jennifer Dennis, Loan Underwriter and 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


Anne Girvin

Financial Accounting, Assets

Kaci Jackson

Loan Processor

Michele James

Loan Processor

Tyler Petersen

Small business lender

Josh Smith

Loan Servicing Specialist

Tracey Booker

Loan Processor