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BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the hiring of Brandiann Russin as Outreach Coordinator. Russin is the primary outreach and marketing representative for VHFA’s Homeownership Department. She promotes VHFA’s homeownership programs in Vermont through training and marketing with mortgage lenders, real estate professionals, homebuilder organizations, non-profit organizations and consumers. Before joining VHFA, Russin worked in accounts payable as an Office Assistant at MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health in Williston. Before that she was Mortgage Processor/Team Leader at Homebound Mortgage Inc. in Colchester, and a Financial Assistant in the Trust Department of Banknorth Investment Management Group Inc. in Burlington. Russin holds an Associates of Science earned in 2001 at the New England School of Communications in Bangor, Maine. VHFA is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. It recently passed the $2 billion bonding mark in August. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA on April 11, 1974, to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped almost 25,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 7,000 families into affordable rental units.