Roxanne Case, Grant Manager
As the Land Bank Grant Manager, Roxanne manages the Land Bank's contracts with both the funding agencies and contractors involved demolitions, rehabs, and new construction projects. She believes the Land Bank’s work is important because, “It brings neighborhoods back to life -- eliminating blight and remodeling for sale properties gives momentum to neighborhoods and moves the county forward.”
Roxanne enjoys working with demolition properties and finds the responsibility of turning around a blighted structure into green space rewarding. “It’s always a happy day when we can improve the safety of our neighborhoods,” she says.
Karl Fofana, Property Maintenance Specialist
As Property Maintenance Specialist, Karl conducts maintenance on homes awaiting both demolition and renovation. Karl enjoys all Land Bank initiatives and the variety his job brings day-in and day-out.
Karl believes the Land Bank’s work is important because, “It helps increase homeownership and improves the appearance of the county.” For the future of Ingham County, Karl would like to see a reduction in foreclosures.
John Krohn, Garden Program Manager
John manages the Land Bank Garden Program, which provides technical assistance to empower urban residents to manage vacant lots as household or community gardens, urban farms, or enhanced green space. The Garden Program, with the help of a team of AmeriCorps members and volunteers from the community, is able to eliminate most of our maintenance obligations at many of our vacant parcels, turning those liabilities into assets for our community. As a Lansing resident, John sees the Land Bank’s work as vital to supporting neighborhoods hard hit by the foreclosure crisis, transforming problems into opportunities to create healthier, vibrant, and inspiring spaces for people to live and work in.
John is proud of the Land Bank’s community food assets, which include a u-pick raspberry patch, a u-pick sweet corn patch, and an orchard. John looks forward to helping provide Lansing’s urban core with some of the same opportunities for active outdoor recreation, food security, and natural beauty that rural and suburban residents enjoy."
Tony Olivarez, Construction Manager
Tony develops cost estimates and bid specifications, then manages the contractors hired to rehab foreclosed houses and build new on vacant lands. To Tony, “The Land Bank provides opportunity for home ownership for many, while improving the landscape of the Ingham County community.” Of all the projects Tony is involved in, he enjoys his daily interaction with residents, vendors and community leaders the most. As a Lansing native, one of Tony’s passions is the continued rehabilitation of properties, providing affordable housing for first time homeowners.