Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland is built on a solid foundation of human capital. Our team is comprised of community development industry professionals, who bring skill, experience, dedication, and enthusiasm to service our clients. They work collectively to advance our mission to provide programs to buy, fix, and keep homes. As a charter NeighborWorks® America organization. NHS of Greater Cleveland prioritizes clients’ needs and goals with excellence in professional service delivery. We strive to improve housing for the individuals and families we serve and the community at large.

Leadership Team

Gretchen Bowman, Client Attorney

Ms. Bowman joined the staff at NHS of Greater Cleveland in 2009. As Client Attorney, her practice includes representing borrowers in all stages of the foreclosure process including mediations, motions for post-judgment relief, and defense against post-judgment evictions. She has also litigated Fair Housing, Civil Rights, and Consumer Protection claims in front of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Prior to joining NHS of Greater Cleveland, Ms. Bowman worked for The Housing Advocates, where she practiced foreclosure defense. Ms. Bowman holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Economy and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. She earned her J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2003 and is admitted to practice in Ohio and California. To contact Gretchen Bowman, please call 216.774.2369  ext 154 or email

Program Team

Becky Geier, Reverse Mortgage Counselor

Ms. Geier joined NHS of Greater Cleveland in 2008.  Ms. Geier has been involved with NeighborWorks® America and its development for over 25 years. Throughout this time she has received training and certification in 23 areas of home ownership counseling, including but not limited to Reverse Mortgage, Advanced HECM, and Credit Counseling. Ms. Geier’s experience also includes Community Lending, Loan Servicing, Financial Fitness, Project Management, Home Ownership Counseling, and Foreclosure Prevention among others. Ms. Geier also has more than 20 years of neighborhood organizing experience in her community, where she currently volunteers to help seniors. To contact Becky Geier, please call 216.774.2365 ext 411 or email

Jose Lopez, Lending Specialist

Mr. Lopez Joined NHS of Greater Cleveland in 2015. As a member of the Lending Team, he assists customers in applying for different lending programs offered by NHS of Greater Cleveland. Prior to joining NHS, Jose’ worked in the mortgage banking industry for over 15 years. He brings years of experience in default resolution, loss mitigation, foreclosure prevention and community outreach. To contact Jose’ Lopez, please call 216.774.2365 ext 148 or email

Mary Nighswander, Operations Manager

Ms. Nighswander joined NHS of Greater Cleveland in 2016 as a member of our Lending Team. Prior to joining NHS, Ms. Nighswander has worked the last 20+ years in the banking/mortgage industry. Her background includes title/escrow work, loan processing, loan closings and underwriting. Ms. Nighswander received her BA in Political Science from Cleveland State University. To contact Mary Nighswander, please call 216.672.3543 ext 219 or email