Colleen Ritter, Executive Director
has lived in State College since late 1999. She has worked in the affordable housing field for over 30 years, most of them in PA, except for 7 wonderful years living and working in England. Colleen earned her BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. She has certificates in Non-Profit Management and Housing Development Finance. Colleen spends her free time reading, hiking and walking her dog.
Tiffanie Cortazzo, Marketing & Office Assistant
has resided in State College since 2001 when she moved here to attend Penn State University as a History major. She and her husband have been SCCLT homeowners since 2009, and are truly grateful to be raising their two young daughters in the Borough. Tiffanie enjoys gardening, photography, and has a passion for family history. She also enjoys volunteering for her daughter’s school where she has been the President of the Parent Teacher Organization for the last 4 years.
Jennifer Jourdan, Outreach & Development Coordinator
has called Happy Valley home for several years since moving from Chicago. New to affordable housing, she is a seasoned assistant and copywriter with a BA in sculpture and German. You might catch her wandering around the farmers market, public library or state park. Jennifer enjoys gardening and learning about plants and somatic practices.
Lorie Waters, Real Estate & Stewardship Coordinator
The board created this new position to (1) support Executive Director Colleen Ritter in managing properties and (2) be a resource for SCCLT homeowners as they maintain their land trust homes. A Penn State grad and SCCLT homeowner herself, Lorie has been a bakery manager, volunteer treasurer for two parent associations, and member of SCCLT’s maintenance committee and board.
Meet the volunteers who serve on the committees that do much of the behind-the-scenes work of creating permanently affordable homes in State College, and consider joining! We welcome new volunteers anytime! Click here to contact us and volunteer.
Serves as liaison between Board and Homeowners; recommends policy modifications, and works with committees to increase outreach, homeowner education and positive outcomes.
Outreach & Development Committee
Works to increase awareness of the mission of the SCCLT and promote homeownership and affordable housing opportunities; Develops coordinated outreach, marketing, fundraising, and development initiatives and materials.
Real Estate & Rehab Committee
Identifies and considers properties for acquisition, provides Board with an analysis and recommendation; Liaises with Outreach & Development Committee to develop marketing strategies for SCCLT properties; Assists staff with sales of SCCLT properties; Reviews and revises Ground Lease; Oversees/coordinates volunteer rehabilitation activities at SCCLT properties; Analyzes housing and neighborhood issues related to Borough initiatives, zoning and strategic plans.
This ad-hoc committee comprised of SCCLT homeowners and volunteers is developing a set of policies to address the long-term maintenance of land trust homes, to maintain the homes and support homeowners to the benefit of all.
Old Boalsburg Road Townhomes Joint Subcommittee
Committee to inform and guide the shared acquisition, rehabilitation and stewardship of the Old Boalsburg Road Townhomes project being developed by a joint effort between SCCLT and The HOME Foundation.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Subcommittee
Committee dedicated to creating concrete and measurable goals to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion within all aspects of the organization to comply with the strategic plan update adopted by SCCLT in March of 2021.
View our 2023-2028 Strategic Plan