Laura Burns


Laura E. Burns has 31 years experience in the affordable housing development business. She is a nationally recognized expert in the affordable housing finance business. As CEO and a founding Partner of the Eagle Point Companies, Ms. Burns has acquired and renovated affordable housing properties and raised and invested private equity in existing housing across the country. In addition, Ms. Burns directed the strategic start up of Eagle Point’s property management division which now oversees over 5,000 apartments. She continues to oversee the 20 year old consulting division – The Signal Group – whose clients include federal agencies and private sector owners, lenders and mangers. Ms. Burns continues to be actively engaged in acquiring additional assets and ensuring that all new acquisitions and Eagle Point’s existing portfolio perform at the highest possible levels.

Ms. Burns worked at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) from 1985 until 1992 where she coordinated neighborhood development projects using low income housing tax credits. From 1992 to 1995, she assisted in the set-up of a nationwide asset management company, based in Portland, Maine, that liquidated affordable housing under contract to the Resolution Trust Corporation (a federal agency) and was subsequently named Chief Operating Officer of its affiliated development company.

Ms. Burns serves on the Board of the National Leased Housing Association, the Editorial Advisory Board of Affordable Housing Finance and is a frequent speaker at the national industry conferences. Her role in helping to develop housing policy includes testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services and participating in policy development working groups with HUD/GSE’s and Treasury. Ms. Burns has a BA degree from Lehigh University. 


Jennifer Dionne

Vice president

Jennifer Dionne is responsible for the oversight of the operations of The Signal Group. Since joining The Signal Group in 2006, Ms. Dionne has prepared or overseen the submission of more than six hundred rent comparability studies and market analysis projects. Ms. Dionne manages all client relations which include both private companies and government contracts. As a licensed real estate appraiser—appraising residential property since 2002-- her experience bridges the appraisal and valuation process with an understanding of affordable housing programs and current HUD policy. She is a tax credit Certified Credit Compliance Professional (C3P). Since 2010, Ms. Dionne has been one of the lead underwriters for Section 232/223f and 232/223(a)(7) loans for healthcare facilities under a contract with HUD. In the past few years, Ms. Dionne has also been one of the leading market analysts providing market studies for proposed developments seeking Maine’s Tax Credit financing.

Prior to becoming an appraiser, from 1989 to 1996, Ms. Dionne gained experience at a Portland, Maine based law firm, and from 1996-2002, she preformed due diligence for acquisitions, divestitures and corporate financings for a publicly-held corporation. Her involvement included the company’s $265 million initial public stock offering, a $150 million capital infusion and Ms. Dionne directly managed and oversaw more than 650 real estate closings worth in excess of $130 million.

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Brandon Simpson

Certified General Appraiser

Mr. Simpson is responsible for production of rent comparability studies and market analyses for The Signal Group.  Mr. Simpson is a certified general appraiser that was first licensed in 2007.  Before joining The Signal Group, Mr. Simpson worked for the State of Alaska appraising various property types throughout the state.  Mr. Simpson has experience in the financial industry previously working for Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab as a licensed stock broker and investment consultant.  Mr. Simpson is a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. 

Channa Eberhart

Certified General Appraiser

Channa Eberhart is responsible for production of rent comparability studies and market analyses, having joined The Signal Group in 1999. Ms. Eberhart assisted the company in 2000 to re-draft HUD’s guidelines for the preparation, submission and review of rent comparability studies, the analysis tool that determines rents for owners of Section 8 properties at contract renewal. Ms. Eberhart is a certified general real estate appraiser and has been involved with real estate investment, finance and valuation since 1970.

Previously a Vice President of a Boston-based equity fund, Ms. Eberhart was involved in investor relations, due diligence and closing tax credit acquisitions. Ms. Eberhart worked for investment, insurance, and appraisal companies and holds a degree from Barnard College.

Sara Fizur

Project Manager

Sara Fizur joined The Signal Group in 2010. Since that time, she has assisted with the market analysis of more than 150 rural development properties, including site inspection, collection and analysis of market data. In addition, since 2011, Ms. Fizur has been the lead closing coordinator for healthcare facilities financing under the 223/232(f) and 223/232(a)(7) HUD Loan Program. Ms. Fizur is a 2009 graduate of University of Southern Maine, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology.


Key Staff

Mary Ellen Carignan

administrative assistant

Mary Ellen Carignan  joined The Signal Group in 2013. Since that time, she has assisted with the licensing and collection of market data on more than 50 rent comparability studies and market studies. Ms. Carignan is a 1992 graduate of Boston College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.


Kathy McCallum

Market Analyst

Kathy McCallum joined The Signal Group in 2011. Since that time, she has assisted with Rent Comparability Studies and Market Studies, including site inspections and collection and analysis of market data.  Ms. McCallum became a licensed and active Real Estate Broker in the State of Maine in 1984 and a licensed Residential Appraiser in 1992.

Her previous work experience includes owner/operator of Management One, specializing in property management of multi-units and single family properties.  Ms. McCallum attended Utica College and the University of Southern Maine.