Our Team

Barbara Dacy, Executive Director

Barbara Dacy oversees all aspects of the CDA's programs and services, including management of its housing portfolio, development and financing of new affordable senior and family housing, and administration of the CDA’s rental assistance and homeowner assistance programs. She has thirty years of experience in community planning, housing development finance, redevelopment planning and implementation, and economic development.


Barbara earned a master’s in urban and regional affairs from Minnesota State University - Mankato, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hamline University. She has obtained community development certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners, the National Development Council, and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. In 2005, Barbara was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials in 2005.


Barbara previously served as community development director for the City of Fridley. She also worked as a city planner for the communities of Palm Bay, Florida, and Chanhassen, Minnesota.


Melissa Taphorn, Deputy Executive Director

Melissa Taphorn directs the administration of all community development, capital improvement, and homeownership programs. She is responsible for underwriting development proposals including the issuance of tax exempt bonds, tax increment financing and other federal, state and locally funded programs.


Melissa has 18 years of housing, redevelopment and community development experience in the public sector. Her experience includes nine years at the Dakota County Community Development Agency, six years at the Plymouth, Minnesota, Housing and Redevelopment Authority and two years at the Richfield, Minnesota, Housing and Redevelopment Authority.


Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1999 Best Practices award for family self-sufficiency programming), the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (2003 Award of Merit for gap financing), and the National Association of County Community and Economic Development (2010 Award of Excellence for redevelopment grant programming). 


Melissa has additional experience in structuring affordable housing financing, administering Community Development Block Grant programs and projects, managing Housing Choice Voucher programs, and managing locally funded gap financing programs. 


She earned a bachelor’s degree in housing from the University of Minnesota. 


Bill Lightner, Project Manager

Bill Lightner is the team lead on the CDA's capital improvement program and federal procurement processes. He is responsible for development activities in the northern communities of Washington County, including the Piccadilly Square redevelopment in Mahtomedi. Bill administers the CDA's sub-allocation of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.


In January 2010, Bill was promoted from Development Associate to Project Manager. In his time at the CDA, he has helped to develop the CDA's Capital Improvement Plan while administering over $8 million of capital improvement projects. In addition, he also revised the CDA Procurement Policy, implemented its Section 3 program, developed a foreclosure information service for local cities, and helped to secure over $3.5 million of outside funding for capital improvement projects including a $2 million Qualified Energy Conservation Bond.   


Bill was a part of the team that received the 2013 Multi Housing Achievement Design Advertising and Community Support Award for Complete/Total Building Renovation from the Minnesota Multi Housing Association for the Whispering Pines exterior and interior rehabilitation project that Bill managed.


Bill earned a master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, a master’s in education from St. Thomas University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster. He is currently completing his Housing Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council. He has competed trainings on CDBG/HOME, HUD procurement, as well as trainings from other HUD programs.


Kathryn Paulson, Project Manager  

Kathryn Paulson is responsible for development activities in communities in south Washington County including the Red Rock redevelopment site. She provides oversight of the park management at the community of Landfall and is assigned to Senior Living issues at the CDA. 


Her 30-year career includes affordable housing development, home improvement program implementation, and community and economic development. She most recently served for ten years as Housing Program Manager for Two Rivers Community Land Trust in Washington County. Before that, she was the Housing Director at East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC). She has also worked for the City of Saint Paul Home Loan Program. She has a strong background in construction and program management. 


Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management with a minor in project management from Metropolitan State University. She has completed the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional Certificate and a Project Development Program Certificate from Development Training Institute, Inc.


Kristen Scobie, Project Manager

Kristen Scobie provides development services for the Two Rivers Community Land Trust, including the acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family homes, budget management and funding applications, and regulatory compliance and reporting. She oversees capital improvement projects at CDA multi-family rental properties and works with city staff to meet their economic and community development needs. She also administers the Washington County Septic Repair Loan program and the GROW Fund, a gap financing program that supports affordable housing.


Kristen has seven years of experience with housing development finance programs, property and asset management, construction project management, and affordable and supportive housing partnerships. Before joining the HRA, she served as the projects manager for Project for Pride in Living, a nonprofit community developer and human services agency in Minneapolis.


Kristen earned a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies with concentrations in anthropology, Chicano studies, and global studies from the University of Minnesota. She is also pursuing a Housing Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council. She has been designated as a Certified Residential Manager and Certified Occupancy Manager Specializing in Section 42 Housing by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association.


Angie Shuppert, Community Development Programs Manager

Angie Shuppert manages the CDBG and HOME programs on behalf of the CDA and Washington County. She is responsible for providing technical assistance to funding recipients, coordinating and managing selection processes, and ensuring that Washington County projects meet all federal guidelines and requirements.

Angie has seven years of experience in the housing industry, spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to her current position, she was a Homeownership Specialist for the CDA and served as a certified housing assistance rental specialist at Dakota County Community Development Agency. She has also worked as a small business loan specialist for U. S. Bank. She has a strong background in affordable housing programs, underwriting, and program management.    

A Washington County resident, Angie completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in human services, both at Concordia University in St. Paul. She has completed trainings in CDBG and HOME and is also pursuing a Housing Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council.