About Us

Who we are

Velair is a service company and our mission is “delighting residents and communities by providing exceptional homes and service.” The measurement of our success is not only financial. It is also measured in the longevity of our employees, the welcome of the communities in which we work, and in the customers that come to Velair to find their home.

The way that we serve together, grow together, and succeed together is called the Velair Way. The Velair Way is as much as system of people as it is a system of processes. Everything that we do, and how we do it, mirrors our character as a company.

Debra Godtland

Debra Godtland

Director of Property Management

Debra has been with Velair Property Management since 2016. In 2020 she was promoted to Director of Property Management.  She brings a strong background in both market rate and affordable housing. This includes a 17-year career working as Director of Property Management and subsequently Senior Vice President of a portfolio of 8,000 units that included a 1,303-unit complex serving as the largest Project Based Section 8 complex in HUD Region Five. Debra holds a degree in Real Estate/Property Management and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker who before coming to Velair Property Management worked as the Primary Broker and Vice President of Property Management for a portfolio of affordable, market rate and commercial properties located throughout Minnesota. Debra is a Certified Occupancy Specialist in both Section 8 and Section 42 housing and is also a Certified Property Manager Candidate through the Institute of Real Estate Management.  In addition, she has held the designation of RAM Dean through the National Association of Home Builders. As an active member of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association, she has served on the Board of Directors (2014-2016) was named Outstanding Board Member – 2015, past Committee Chair of the Professional Education Committee and serves on the Career Networking Task Force.  She has served on the Real Estate Advisory Group for UW – Stout and on the Business Management Advisory Committee for Dakota County Technical College, where she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Property Management program for three years. Debra is passionate about affordable housing and proud of her life-long career in the property management industry.

Dan Westendorf

Dan Westendorf

Manager of Environmental Services

Dan joined Velair in 2017 as a property manager, transitioning to Regional Manager in 2019 and to Manager of Environmental Services in 2020.  Dan oversees all aspects of maintenance operations for the Velair portfolio and works closely with asset management, adjustors, inspectors and contractors for the needs of the property including capital expenditures. Dan brings decades of experience in the housing industry to his role. 

Dan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University and has earned the Certified Residential Manager, Housing Credit Certified Professional and Certified Maintenance Manager Designations. 

Dan facilitates a collaborative working environment with his proven leadership, teamwork, innovation and creative processes and was named the 2022 Velair Corporate Associate of the Year.

Krista Dinsmore

Krista Dinsmore

Regional Property Manager - Rochester

Krista brings over 10 years of Property Management experience to her role as Regional Property Manager of the Velair Rochester, Minnesota Portfolio. In this time, she has served in many roles including caretaker, assistant property manager, property manager, and Regional Property Manager. Krista joined the Velair Property Management team in March of 2020 and brought experience in Market Rate, Section 8, and Rural Development housing. Krista holds her Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) designation.

She is proud of the Rochester team and their hard work that has lead the region to have high occupancy and leasing percentages that exceed industry average AND Velair’s excellence goals. She is looking forward to the opening of the region’s newest property, Northern Heights, in summer of 2023.

Krista also serves as the Secretary for Partners for Housing, a local non-profit that helps to end homelessness in the Mankato, Minnesota. She is passionate about finding housing for all and believes that comfortable and safe housing is the foundation to a successful life.

Krista loves creating cookies and memories with her family, including her dogs, whenever she can.

 

Rachel Rebnord

Rachel Rebnord

Regional Property Manager - South Metro

Rachel came to Velair Property Management through our internship program in the summer of 2019. She soon transitioned into a Property Manager at two of our sites in the metro area; then became Velair Property Management’s Roving Property Manager and now is the Regional Property Manager for our Southern Metro Region. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a bachelor’s degree in Property Management. She also has CPM & ARM Certifications. Day to day you can find Rachel at any one of our Velair sites helping both staff and residents to ensure our apartment communities are the best they can be. Rachel is looking forward to growing in the housing industry and delighting people along the way.

Heather Barness

Heather Barness

Regional Property Manager - North Metro

Heather Barness (“bar-ness”) started with Velair Property Management in March 2016 as an Area Manager. She supported the Iowa properties while completing the lease-up for 1st Avenue Flats in April 2017. Heather is proud to have held the roles of Property Manager, Senior Property Manager, Mentor, Lead Roving Property Manager and is very excited to now be the North Metro Regional Property Manager with Velair.

Heather attended Iowa State University where she got her degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Women’s Studies. She holds her Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) designation. For 10 years, she has worked in student, senior, luxury market-rate, and Section 42 Tax Credit housing programs. Heather graduated from the Rochester Chamber Leadership Greater Rochester program. She currently serves on the Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and Executive Committee and Rochester Multi-Housing Association (MHA) management committee.

In her free time, she spends time with family and friends going to concerts, exploring the outdoors through the eyes of her children, and enjoying the seasons as much as possible. Heather looks forward to continuing to help Velair grow in the best way possible and supporting her team along the way.

Stacy Menke

Stacy Menke

Compliance Manager

Stacy has been the Compliance Manager for Velair since 2018 and has over 15 years of compliance experience. Stacy specializes in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, but has experience in Project Based Section 8, Rural Development, HOME, Bonds, and other local PHA programs. Stacy has her designation in Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), TaCCs through Quadel Consulting, and Housing Compliance Manager of HOME Funds (HCM-HF). She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Business with emphasis in Property Management. Stacy loves helping people find low income housing and providing a safe place to live.

Stacy was named 2022 Velair Corporate Associate of the Year.

 

Jacob Terpstra

Jacob Terpstra

Senior Compliance Coordinator

Jacob became a full time compliance technician in the fall of 2018, but worked for Velair as an intern for several previous years; in 2023 he became a Senior Compliance Coordinator. Jacob works closely with the property managers to maintain compliance of Velair’s portfolio. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Classical Humanities from UW-Madison and was recipient of the Blugold Fellowship from UW Eau Claire. Jacob is the EIV coordinator Velair Property Management and has been TaCCs certified by Quadel. He specializes in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and has experience in HOME, Section 811, and LTH programs. Jacob is eager to provide affordable housing for households as housing is the foundation for success.

Latoya Hill

Latoya Hill

Corporate Roving Property Manager

Latoya started with Velair Property Management in 2019. Her hard work and dedication led her to holding multiple positions within the company. Latoya started as a Caretaker in 2019 and worked her way up while holding positions such as Property Manager, Senior Property Manager, Roving Property Manager, and currently she is Velair’s Corporate Roving Property Manager. Latoya brings over 10 years of customer service and management experience to her role. Latoya was awarded Velair’s Property Manager of the Year in 2022. Latoya takes pride in working with others and traveling to help other Property Managers succeed/grow in their roles. Outside of work life, Latoya enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family!

Courtney Carlson

Courtney Carlson

Customer Relationship Manager

Courtney joined Velair in September of 2020 as a Property Manager and transitioned into the Customer Relationship Manager Role in April 2022. She brings over 7 years of Property Management experience into this role, including Market Rate and Tax Credit Communities. She proudly holds her certificate with the Davenport Police Department for L.E.A.P. Courtney works closely with Property Managers and members of the Corporate Team to act as a resident advocate and helps handle the marketing and social media platforms for our growing portfolio. Courtney is committed to provide exceptional customer service to our future, current, and past guests and residents.

Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker

Customer Relationship Manager

Hannah joined Velair in the fall of 2022 with the goal of expanding the delightful customer service experience Velair is known for, by bringing her creative person-centered philosophy to every future resident, current resident, and staff member she works alongside. Currently, she is working to expand Velair Property Management’s brand through visual print materials and social media storytelling.

Hannah believes that home is the foundation for so many great stories and strives every day to connect Velair’s future residents with their next home. She brings to Velair experience in supporting affordable housing operations for nearly a decade and nearly twice that in customer service years. Hannah holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Seminary.

When Hannah is not creating connections between people and homes, she likes to pick up new craft projects to not finish and create memories with her family.

Nikki Hauck

Nikki Hauck

Director Human Resources

As Director Human Resources, Nikki is responsible for all Human Resources functions related to Velair Property Management. Nikki ensures continued relationships and confidence with local universities, insurance brokers and benefits providers.

Nikki credits her experience of 15+ years in Human Resources for building the skills of the associates, the vision of Velair and leadership driven associates to provide a meaningful impact upon Velair.

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day Human Resources issues, Nikki promotes mentoring, learning and personal development at all levels of the organization. In 2020, Nikki studied for and passed the Professional Human Resources (PHR) exam. She is currently studying for the Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) exam as well.

Nikki’s goal at Velair is to work with management to provide an excellent place to work.

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