Tom Simonton has been named director of housing and community development, Devon Hyde as director of business development, Lacey Adams as director of accounting and finance and Nina Heck as advocacy director and assistant to the president with Baltimore-based nonprofit Guidewell Financial Solutions.
Prior to his advancement, Simonton worked as a housing counselor and has served as Guidewell Financial’s director of housing since 2003. His new duties reflect the agency’s growing emphasis on place-based services and community involvement. Simonton’s team conducts group education classes and individual one-on-one counseling to help prepare clients for the home buying experience. They also counsel seniors on Reverse Mortgages and help clients facing mortgage default and possible foreclosure. Simonton is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and currently holds 13 active Housing Counseling Certifications from NeighborWorks America and the National Council of La Raza. Tom is also chairman of the board of directors of the Eastside Community Development Corporation, a not-for-profit housing counseling agency.
Hyde will work closely with the CEO to develop new partnerships and growth opportunities and has worked at Guidewell Financial for more than three years. Prior to joining the agency, she worked with Public Allies Maryland. Her professional experience is in workforce development, service learning, and financial social work. Hyde is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who plans to use her knowledge of human behavior and social work interventions to help individuals and families overcome barriers and reach financial stability. She has a masters of social work in social action and community development from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Boston University.
Heck brings nearly 27 years of progressively responsible personal finance, consumer credit, and housing counseling experience to this position. She initially started at the agency in 1987 working as a branch/telephone counselor. She later successfully managed 10 branches and was director of counseling and client services prior to this advancement. In her new role, Heck serves as an officer of the company and is its primary spokesperson. She also manages creditor relations and the agency’s IT vendor and will expand its key partnerships.
Adams is an accounting and financial professional with more than 15 years of experience in public, nonprofit, and government accounting. She worked the past four years at Healthcare Access Maryland. With expertise in budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and risk management, Adams is responsible for overseeing the agency’s general accounting and financial reporting functions. She holds an accounting degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey.