Executive Management Group
President and CEO
Ms. Garvin joined CDCLI in 1992, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2001. As the leader of the organization, Ms. Garvin is responsible for implementing the vision and strategic direction of the corporation. With more than 30 years experience in the housing and community development industry, her expertise is often called upon by national organizations and media for advice and commentary. Ms. Garvin was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council in 2011; serves on the board of the New York Housing Conference; and on the board of Community Housing Capital, a national CDFI that provides interim and permanent capital for multifamily development across the country. In her commitment to accelerate effective change on Long Island, Ms. Garvin is fully engaged in a number of initiatives, both professionally and through her extensive civic and community involvement, that tackle Long Island’s many challenges. Among them, advancing Long Island’s need for energy efficiency and green jobs, developing affordable housing and responding to the needs of families impacted by superstorm Sandy. Ms. Garvin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration, Planning and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Jill Rosen-Nikoloff, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Rosen-Nikoloff joined CDCLI as Chief Operating Officer in 2015, and has more than 30 years experience in both law and government.
Prior to joining CDCLI, Ms. Rosen-Nikoloff was the Director of Real Estate for Suffolk County, and was responsible for the Divisions of Real Property Acquisition and Management, Affordable Housing, and Community Development. She also had a significant role in the County’s disaster response to Superstorm Sandy, organizing the emergency housing plan and assisting residents with shelter needs. During her tenure with the County, Ms. Rosen-Nikoloff was an accomplished developer of affordable housing, working closely with both public and private sources in connection with the funding, creation, and monitoring of approximately 2,000 affordable units in an effort to revitalize Suffolk County with mixed use developments. In addition, she assisted in formulating and implementing a new Suffolk County law, Housing Our Homeless Heroes, which calls for Suffolk County to partner with non-profit agencies to rehabilitate designated tax defaulted properties for our veterans.
Previous to her position with Suffolk County, Ms. Rosen-Nikoloff had a successful 15-year career in the private sector as a partner in two of Long Island’s premier law firms, where she engaged in a broad based corporate/commercial practice with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, lending and finance, and real estate transactions. She has served as a Board Member of the Suffolk County Land Bank, and was recently awarded the Key of Excellence Award by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless for her efforts in creating affordable and stable housing, advocating for housing for veterans, and her commitment to improving the lives of those in need. Ms. Rosen-Nikoloff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from Adelphi University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law.
L. Von Kuhen, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Dr. Kuhen joined CDCLI in 1992, and has more than 30 years experience in housing and community development with both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. In his role as Senior Vice President for Real Estate Development and Housing Rehabilitation, he has developed and administered a variety of innovative community development and housing programs and is also responsible for the management of the organization’s rental housing units. Dr. Kuhen currently serves as chair of the Steering Committee of the NeighborWorks Alliance of New York State. Dr. Kuhen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University.
Alan C. Heitner, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Heitner joined CDCLI in 2014 with 20 years of experience in leading, advising and auditing the financial operations of diverse organizations. After 7 years of public accounting experience at a Big 4 firm, he has devoted most of his career to leading mission-based not-for-profit organizations that serve Long Island communities. Mr. Heitner holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Albany and an MBA from Hofstra University.
Mr. Fink joined CDCLI in 2014, and is responsible for marketing and development. With over 35 years’ experience in the housing and community development industry, he has coordinated the development of more than 600 units of affordable housing and 90 units of special needs housing. Mr. Fink worked with investment bankers in the issuance of $55 million in tax exempt bonds for public and non-profit projects involving housing production and educational institutions. He previously served as president of Islip’s Housing Development Fund Company, president of the Long Island Community Development Organization, vice president of the New York State Association of Renewal and Housing Officials, and was a board member of the National Community Development Association. Mr. Fink has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Michigan.