Cathy Sperrick joined Home Leasing in 2004 and represents the second generation of the Nelson Leenhouts family. Cathy serves as Vice 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 participates on the Board of Advisors. Cathy is passionate about ensuring that Home Leasing continues to fulfill its mission and maintain its values as the company grows and changes. She was instrumental in obtaining Benefit Corporation certification for both Home Leasing companies, which required rigorous evaluation of each company’s activities and policies 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. She is a member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and the National Housing Rehab Association as well as the Institute of Real Estate Management where she has previously served as Vice President. Cathy has been actively engaged and charity organizations in the past and has coordinated a number of charity events. Cathy dedicates a significant amount of time at the Homestead at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, located in Penn Yan, where her son is a resident. There she is actively involved in maintaining and developing a quality of life for those that are diagnosed with dementia, and eager to support the caretakers who care for them. As a result, Cathy and her family have raised funds to rebuild the Snoezelen multisensory room at the Homestead, as well as create an education fund to support the staff in furthering their training and education.