James Douglas Harsany Jr. (Doug), AICP
Founder and President
Doug founded Harsany & Associates, LLC as a consulting firm in 2010. His role is both to provide leadership to the firm and to provide technical assistance, project management, product development, research and evaluation, and training services to states, local governments, non-profits and other entities involved in housing and community development. Doug recognizes the important connection between the leadership and management of an organization and its effectiveness in accomplishing its goals, and excels at integrating a holistic approach that seeks to uncover and fix the underlying core organizational or structural difficulty that led to the identified problem, as a means of preventing this problem in the future.
Doug has deep experience in housing and community development spanning over 25 years, beginning as a contractor and developer, and continuing with his management of federal programs at the State of Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). For a number of years, Doug was responsible for managing all Housing Programs administered by ODOD, including both homeownership and rental projects, with a diverse set of eligible activities. Projects received funding from a number of sources, such as the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), the Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC), and the Ohio Housing Trust Fund program (OHTF). Doug is experienced in working with Federal, State and local government agencies, non-profits, and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).
Doug has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, completed the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is also a Certified HOME Program Specialist for Administration, Regulations, and Rental Housing Compliance and a National Development Council Housing Development Finance Professional.
Cynthia Y. Harsany (Cindy), MBA
Executive Director of Business Development
Cindy has in-depth knowledge of financial systems and organizational structure. In her role with Harsany & Associates, LLC, she makes use of her financial background to lead out in project elements requiring primary expertise in financial management, strategies and/or accounting systems; and uses her management and leadership experience and expertise to provide guidance to organizations in a variety of areas including impact planning, team collaboration, and goal attainment. She also works to create and maintain our organizational structure, and to develop and improve our business model.
For the past seven years, Cindy worked as the Executive Director of Administration and Development for a faith-based non-profit with 100 employees and a $4.7 million-dollar annual budget and an $8 million-dollar Foundation. Her Executive role required collaboration with boards, councils, executive committees, directors, staff and other stakeholders. During her time there, she restructured all areas of the organization to increase efficiency and focus on mission. This required assessment of each leadership role and of the structural efficiency of each program area. Defining what was needed with each department often led to restructuring the area for continued growth and goal attainment. She provided oversight of needs for Capital projects, including management of owner’s representatives and contracts. She also collaborated with development staff and a Stewardship Committee to guide anticipated giving and assess ways to increase stewardship within the organization. She worked closely with the board and a variety of committees.
Prior to her non-profit work, Cindy was involved in housing development. She was a co-owner of a development/construction business for seven years, and acted as an accounting manager for a large developer for 10 years. She managed other accounting staff, completed complex financial statements for 21 separate companies, and successfully transitioned all accounting systems to an automated environment.
Cindy has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on finance.
Crystal Yvonne Stitzer, MS
Crystal has been involved in project management, data analysis, regulatory compliance and risk management for many years. She started out working in environmental law and sustainability during her graduate internship as a research assistant for the Tennessee Aquarium Research Institute. Upon finishing her graduate program, she was hired as the environmental health and safety coordinator for Southern Adventist University (SAU) in Tennessee.
Crystal assumed SAU’s director of risk management position, where she continued to work with environmental compliance and sustainability. She also promoted and monitored safe study and work conditions on campus, including compliance with Federal, state and local regulations. She was responsible for identifying and correcting loss exposures, part of which involved working with government agencies and administering insurance policies, such as property, liability, auto fleet, workers’ compensation and student insurance.
After working for Southern Adventist University for seven years, Crystal became a project manager with Harsany & Associates, LLC. We are excited to have Crystal on our team. She is applying her years of experience in technical assistance, her knowledge of environmental compliance and sustainability, and assisting in the management of various programs and projects.
Crystal has a master of science in environmental science, and has a number of professional trainings and certifications. These include environmental compliance, environmental management systems, FEMA multi-hazard emergency planning, FEMA introduction to the incident command system, hazard communication, hazardous materials awareness, safety management institute I and II, OSHA 10-hour general industry safety and health, information security awareness, creative problem solving and strategic thinking, multiple risk management conferences, and multiple American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) conferences.