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Marco Mariani, Executive Director, 574-289-1066 ext. 1216

Marco joined South Bend Heritage as Executive Director in January 2011. Marco brings over 17 years of experience in community and economic development to SBH. As Executive Director he manages all financial performance within a $5.8 million dollar budget, directs a staff of 16 (FT & PT) and is responsible for all operations.

Prior to joining South Bend Heritage, Marco served as the Executive Director of Downtown South Bend, Inc. (DTSB). In his capacity as Executive Director, he managed the organization’s day to day operations (hospitality, safety and beautification). He also provided fiscal management and discharged all marketing, public relations and business assistance activities. For many years, Marco was the Assistant Director for the City of South Bend Division of Community Development and managed a wide variety of projects and programs ranging from annexation, housing development and commercial corridor revitalization.

A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Marco received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an alumnus of the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Program. He enjoys playing racquetball, fishing and kayaking. He and his wife, Eileen, live in South Bend with their two children.

Elizabeth Leachman, Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives, 574-289-1066 ext. 1215

Elizabeth joined South Bend Heritage as the Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives in February 2019. In this role, Elizabeth oversees the annual marketing, communication, and fund development strategies and implementation. Additionally, she manages SBH events and organizational programming. Prior to joining SBH, Elizabeth worked as the Events Coordinator for Venues Parks & Arts, where she managed all departmental events, including the week-long Best. Week. Ever. festival. She comes to SBH with a host of knowledge in event management, community outreach, marketing strategy, and graphic design.

Elizabeth grew up in South Bend, and was top of her class at Indiana University South Bend, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is currently working on her Master’s of Science from the University of Southern California in Applied Psychology. In her free time, she loves to hike, backpack, and climb mountains, and most recently climbed Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Elizabeth is also a classically trained ballet dancer and loves to teach in the community. She currently lives in DTSB with her two cats, Orson and Jyn.



Stephanie Ball, Director of Home Ownership, 574-289-1066 ext. 1204

Stephanie works with families to purchase new and rehabilitated SBH homes and to retain homes during the threat of foreclosure. She offers group and one-on-one counseling sessions, homeownership and budgeting workshops and partner with local agencies to help families build assets through homeownership. Stephanie joined SBH in October 2011 bringing vast knowledge in community resources, self-sufficiency programs and property management. Stephanie is a lifelong resident of South Bend and currently resides with her family in the northwest corridor where she actively engages in community service.

Stephanie earned her Masters of Public Administration degree from Indiana University South Bend and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University. She also holds an Accredited Residential Manager® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Anthony Clark, Marycrest Building Supervisor

Anthony worked part time for SBH from 2002 until 2007 when he was hired as a full time employee. He gained his high school diploma from Redlands, CA, and attended Ivy Tech College in South Bend. In 1991, he was employed as a security officer at the University of Notre Dame and in 1996, he also was employed as a security officer at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. He still holds these positions, but with reduced hours. Anthony has full responsibility for maintenance and security at the Marycrest Building, a four story building that was once a part of the Singer Manufacturing Company. He assists with acclimating new tenants and is skilled in dealing with complaints. He is the liaison between the Marycrest and SBH.

Mary Gibson, Director of Property Management, 574-289-1066 ext. 1211

Mary is in charge of Property Management for South Bend Heritage. Her experience includes but not limited to; Section 811, Section 202 PAC/PRAC, Section 8, Section 515, HOME, and LIHTC.  Mary attends annual training related to LIHTC, HUD, and USDA compliance to remain knowledgeable and to ensure the portfolio of affordable properties successfully remains compliant. She has over eighteen years’ experience in affordable property management. Her background includes working as a Compliance Specialist for Quadel where she performed Management and Occupancy Reviews.  Mary is an academic honors graduate of Harrison College where she earned an A.A.S. in Business Management.  She earned her B.S. in Management from Western Governors University in 2014 and is presently working toward her MBA.   She earned the Assisted Housing Manager designation through Quadel and Management & Occupancy Review Specialist through National Center for Housing Management.  She holds the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) and Site Compliance Certification (SCS) for LIHTC.  She also earned her Spectrum Training Award Recipient (STAR).  She holds and Indiana Associate Broker’s License. 

Rosalinda “Rosie” Leyva, 574-855-1603

Rosie joined SBH as the Assistant Director of Property Management in July 2018. Rosie has over 10 years experience working in affordable housing, particularly property management and grant writing and administration.  She is familiar with affordable housing programs such as LIHTC, HOME, USDA, FHLBI, BEP, and private grants.  Rosie has worked throughout northern Indiana as a senior project manager, implementing affordable housing rehab and new construction projects since 2006.  Rosie currently manages South Bend Mutual Homes, an affordable housing cooperative on the near West Side of South Bend, and the newly acquired Gemini Apartments near downtown South Bend. 

Rosie is from the West Side of South Bend and graduated from Washington High School.  She then earned a Bachelor’s of Art Degree from Indiana University in 2006.  Rosie lives in South Bend with her three children.  She is a volunteer coach at her children’s Catholic school for soccer, basketball and tennis. Rosie is a sports enthusiast and is always looking for a challenge!  She enjoys playing competitive soccer and also enjoys playing tennis and kayaking.   

 Her favorite quote is, “You must do the thing which you think you cannot do!” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Patrick Lynch, Staff Architect / Project Manager, 574-289-1066 ext.1203


Pat is a licensed Architect in Indiana. He develops commercial, single family, and multi-family residential projects. He provides the initial design, creates the construction documents and issues bid packages. He then awards the work and manages the construction process. Pat joined SBH in 2003, but before that he worked with us as an intern for 2 years while earning his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. He brings to the job a variety of related experiences including: employment with a corporate interior designer; a finish carpenter; and at architectural firms in the Pacific Northwest. Before coming to South Bend Heritage he ran his own architectural practice and moved and renovated his own home in the West Washington Historical District.

Jackie Martin, Literacy Center Facilitator/CMYC Assistant


Jacqueline (Jackie) M. Martin. Jackie was an Americorps Volunteer at the Charles Martin Youth Center from 2001-2003 with responsibility for the After School Program. She was hired part time in 2007 as an assistant to Gladys Muhammad. She has a BA in Psychology (1980) from Valparaiso University; 14 years in banking; 3 years as the Associate Director of Youth Program at the Robinson Community Learning Center; has been an Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech College in Managing Personal Finance; and participated in / coordinated numerous community events and workshops. Besides assisting Gladys Muhammad, Director of the Colfax Campus and Associate Director of South Bend Heritage, Jackie has, for the past 4 years been the facilitator for the CMYC’s After School Literacy Program.

Gladys Muhammad, Associate Director / Director of Colfax Campus, 574-280-7092 or 574-289-1066 ext. 1205

Gladys joined SBH in 1987 as a Community Organizer with the specific responsibility to engage residents in the SBH targeted areas in the critical issues affecting their neighborhoods drugs, crime, physical condition of properties and public works. Since then she has become the Associate Director and the Director of the Colfax Campus. While managing the Colfax Campus buildings (Colfax Cultural Center and Charles Martin Youth Center), she has acted a catalyst for holding meetings / events around issues that suddenly become of importance to the health of the neighborhood. Gladys earned a B.A. in General Studies and an A.S. in Early Childhood Education from IUSB. She trained in community organizing with the Gamaliel Foundation and the Change Agent Project (Center for Community Change, Washington D.C.). She was the first director of the YWCAs Battered Women’s Shelter and a founder of the Martin Luther King Foundation.

Safa Saddawi, Senior Project Manager, 574-289-1066 ext. 1206

Safa joined SBH in 2016 with 20 years of construction and facility management. Safa manages the SBH Permanent Supportive Housing development and provides guidance on day to day management of other construction activities. His previous employment includes Manager of Facility Resources and Plant Operations for St. Joseph Health System where he oversaw an annual budget of $5 million, 220K square feet of facilities and supervised all facility personnel. In that time Safa was awarded Best Water-Loss Prevention and Program Risk Quality Rating Award and the Trinity Health Culture of Safety Award. Safa implemented an energy initiative resulting in annual reduction of over $142K over the period of the program. Safa received his Associates Degree in Building Construction & Contracting Technology from Purdue University.