Catherine (Cathy) Sperrick joined Home Leasing in 2004 and represents the second generation of the Nelson Leenhouts family. Cathy serves as Chairman for Home Leasing and Home Leasing Construction and focuses on long-term strategic planning and asset management. She also leads the Family Council and sits on the Board of Directors. Cathy is passionate about ensuring that Home Leasing continues to fulfill its mission and maintain its values as the company successfully grows and changes. She was instrumental in obtaining Benefit Corporation certification for both Home Leasing companies, which required rigorous evaluation of each company’s social and environmental impact by the non-profit B Lab.
Cathy has served in various leadership positions within the company including Property Management, Vice President, and President/Chief Operating Officer. Before Home Leasing, Cathy worked as a Property Manager for Home Properties and then Conifer Realty, managing affordable properties. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the affordable housing industry and of compliance programs such as HUD, DHCR, Tax Credit, and Quadel Consulting Mixed Finance Training. That experience, along with her expertise in property management, has made her a well-respected leader in her work with senior, special needs and multi-racial populations.
Cathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government & Secondary Education from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Science degree in Management from Liberty University. Cathy has been actively engaged with a variety of non-profit organizations in the past and has coordinated several charity events. Having lost her son to Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Cathy has a passion for maintaining and developing a quality of life for those that are diagnosed with dementia and supporting the caretakers who care for them. The Rochester Business Journal recently honored Cathy with the Women of Excellence award to recognize her outstanding leadership, community involvement, professional experience, and dedication to mentoring.