Board of Directors

NHR is staffed by an Executive Director and part-time Assistant Executive Director and is governed by a 6-member Board of Directors. All are housing industry professionals covering the disciplines of building, residential land and commercial development, housing law, and real estate.

Ward F. Hoppe

Hoppe Law Firm

Ward F. Hoppe is a member at The Hoppe Law Firm and he also owns and manages Hoppe Homes, LP, and, as a builder and developer of affordable and low-income tax credit housing, is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP); he is also President of Hoppe, Inc., a real estate ownership, operation and development company; he has participated in all facets of the development of low income housing tax credit projects throughout Nebraska; Hoppe has been active with leadership positions in the National Association of Home Builders for over 35 years. He has twice served as President of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln.

Tyler Reynolds

Woods Brothers Realty

Tyler Reynolds is a Realtor® with Woods Brothers and the son in the father/son team, the Reynolds Group; he is an active member of the Lincoln’s Young Professionals Group and the Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s Young Building Professionals.



Travis Gunderson

Midwest Bank

Travis is Vice President at Midwest Bank and has over 15 years of banking experience. Along with his construction lending experience, Midwest Bank is committed to helping the affordable housing need in Nebraska.

Thomas Judds

Lincoln Housing Authority

Thomas Judds is the Planning and Development Manager for the Lincoln Housing Authority; prior experience includes nearly 20 years in affordable housing with a non-profit syndicator of low-income housing tax credits and financial manager of a property management/development company; he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness.

Lea Barker

Lincoln First Realty & Hartland Homes

Lea Barker is Managing Broker of Lincoln First Realty and co-owner of New Traditions Home & Realty (dba Hartland Homes) a second-generation home builder; Barker’s father started Hartland Homes in 1984 with the idea of making homeownership affordable; Hartland Homes has been one of Lincoln’s best known affordable home builders for many years.

Matt Kinning

Kinning Design Build

Matt is Chief Operating Officer for Kinning Design Build. He joined his parents in the business in 2010 with his primary duties including sales, estimating and materials ordering and he has a realtor’s license. Matt is a past president of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. He served as the chairman for HBAL’s Young Building Professionals Council.