Meet Our Team

The team at South Bend Heritage is a diverse and well-rounded staff that is committed to enhancing our neighborhoods and engaging with our community members and residents. In addition to our core leadership team, SBH is committed to maintain diversity and inclusion across the contractors and companies we hire. 

Marco Mariani

executive director
Contact for:
-Organizational Inquiries

Brandon Gerlach


Contact for:

-High Level Financials
-Human Resources

Elizabeth Leachman

Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives

Contact for:
Most things. If you’re not sure who to contact, just e-mail Elizabeth. 🙂
-Marketing, Web & Social Media
-Rebuilding Together
-Donations & Fundraising
-Colfax Gallery
-Volunteers & Internships
-Homeownership Opportunities

Rosie Leyva

director of property management

Contact for:

-General Property Management
-South Bend Mutual Homes

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Ashley Northern

Accounting & programs specialist

Contact for:

-Commercial Properties
-Accounts Receivable/Payables
-IDA Accounts
-Financial Counseling

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
(Albert Einstein)

Patrick Lynch

architect / project manager

Contact for:
-Open Bids

Safa Saddawi

senior project manager

Contact for:
-New Home Construction

Maria Velazquez

PROPERTY MANAGER: Washington-dunbar homes
& New Heritage Homes se

Contact for:
-Washington Dunbar Apartments
-New Heritage Homes SE Apts

Gloria Murphy

Property Manager: Robertson's senior apts. 574.280.7098

Contact for:
-Robertson’s Senior Apartments

“Team work makes the dream work!”

Rakea Sanders

Property manager: Historic Rushton, Gemini Apts, Scattered Sites 574.400.0998 Contact for: -Historic Rushton -Gemini Apartments -Scattered Sites

Gladys Muhammad

Community liaison - volunteer (retired)


Contact for:
-Charles Martin Youth Center

Jackie Martin

charles martin youth center literacy coordinator


Contact for:
-CMYC Literacy Center

Chris O'Niell

Resident Assistant
Oliver Apartments

Sydney Forrester Jr.


Brian Martin

Maintenance Technician

“If I can help someone along the way, then my living is not in vain.”

Kevin Colbert

Maintenance Technician

Robert Wrzesien

Maintenance Technician

Anthony Clark