who we are

at hope+door we’re committed to helping families avoid homelessness. our leadership team has a wealth of knowledge in the multi-family housing industry and they are passionate about putting their experience to use to help serve families in need.

leadership bios

dan berger

President: Board of Directors

dan berger

one of the founders of hope+door, the mission of helping families avoid homelessness is a true passion of dan’s. as the ceo of berger rental communities, dan knows the macro picture of the multi-family housing industry inside and out. the hope+door process and the way we serve stem from dan’s vision to give back to our community by working directly with families who rent their homes.

steve berger

Board of Directors

steve berger

steve knows how to build things. as a co-founder of berger rental communities, steve is keenly aware of what it takes to grow an organization from the ground up. a true philanthropist, steve dedicates much of his time and energy to helping several nonprofits make transformative impacts in the communities they serve. steve has been in the multi-family housing game for 50 years!

anne-marie niklaus

Secretary: Board of Directors

anne-marie niklaus

with over 20 years in multi-family housing and currently serving as the president of brc, anne-marie knows how to get things done. getting the best out of processes and people is where anne-marie shines. on top of that, nobody networks like anne-marie does, it’s good stuff.

michael licata

Treasurer: Board of Directors

michael licata

all things finance. mike is brc’s chief financial officer in his professional life, and is dedicated to making sure hope+door’s funds are managed responsibly, efficiently, and in a way that makes the biggest impact for families in need. budgets, reports, analysis, contracts, mike can do it all.

brian miller

Board of Directors

brian miller

brian is a marketing wiz. he works as the vice president of brand strategy at brc and believes “renting shouldn’t be hard”. he brings that mindset to hope+door and helps the organization position itself as a leader in the fight against family homelessness. in addition to hope+door, brian lends his talents to the zillow rental advisory board.

sean daudelin

Executive Director

sean daudelin

with a background in the family services nonprofit industry, sean brings front line experience and a passion for helping families to the daily operations of hope+door. communicating directly with the families we serve, raising funds, and creating strategic partnerships are a few of the things sean works on day in and day out.

dan berger

President: Board of Directors

dan berger

one of the founders of hope+door, the mission of helping families avoid homelessness is a true passion of dan’s. as the ceo of berger rental communities, dan knows the macro picture of the multi-family housing industry inside and out. the hope+door process and the way we serve stem from dan’s vision to give back to our community by working directly with families who rent their homes.

steve berger

Board of Directors

steve berger

as a co-founder of berger rental communities, steve is keenly aware of what it takes to grow an organization from the ground up. a true philanthropist, steve dedicates much of his time and energy to helping several nonprofits make transformative impacts in the communities they serve. steve has been in the multi-family housing game for 50 years!

anne-marie niklaus

Secretary: Board of Directors

anne-marie niklaus

anne-marie has acquired diverse experience across the multi-family industry. she now brings over 20 years of experience to brc, where she serves as president. anne-marie’s skills are highlighted in her efforts to optimize processes, staff function, and networking. her skillset helps shape hope+door operations and vision for the future.

michael licata

Treasurer: Board of Directors

michael licata

serving as chief financial officer for brc, mike brings dedication to financial responsibility to the hope+door board. he oversees all aspects of financial management including budgeting, analysis, reporting, and contracts. efficient and effective use of funds are a key to hope+door’s success.

brian miller

Board of Directors

brian miller

brian works as the vice president of brand strategy for brc and believes “renting shouldn’t be hard”. he brings that mindset to hope+door and helps the organization position itself as a leader in the fight against family homelessness. brian ensures that data-driven analysis, creativity, and innovation help guide the hope+door brand and efforts.

sean daudelin

Executive Director

sean daudelin

with a background in the family services nonprofit industry, sean brings front line experience and a passion for helping families to the daily operations of hope+door. communicating directly with the families we serve, raising funds, and creating strategic partnerships are a few of the things sean works on day in and day out.
our origin

hope+door was founded by dan and steve berger, a father-son duo with over 50 years of experience in providing rental housing. dan and steve both currently serve in leadership roles at berger rental communities. throughout their careers in the multi-family housing industry it became clear to dan and steve that a specific need exists for responsible families who fall on difficult times. there are many great programs that exist to help people who are currently experiencing homelessness, but what about families who have a rental home, typically pay their rent on time, make ends meet, but experience a financial emergency that was no fault of their own? what if family homelessness could be prevented, instead of being addressed after the fact? enter hope+door

managing a successful property management company has led to the insight, experience, and network that are necessary to launch a nonprofit like hope+door. berger rental communities, their team members, and their supplier partners are uniquely tuned in to the lives of families who rent their homes. to provide solutions for families who rent and face financial emergencies, berger rental communities has developed a comprehensive plan to help their own residents in times of need. but what about families who live elsewhere? hope+door was created to bring this type of support to families across the multi-family housing industry.

officially a 501(c)(3) as of 2021, the board of directors at hope+door is made up largely of like-minded professionals from the multi-family housing industry who desire to see families get back on their feet quickly and sustainably. dan and steve tapped their network of trusted allies to develop a plan, process, and brand that can transform the family homelessness crisis one family at a time.

our mission
our mission is to make a transformative impact one family at a time. we do this by providing rental assistance to families who are facing homelessness as a result of an unforeseen life event beyond their control. we envision a bright, prosperous, stable future for families with children that eliminates the worry of housing insecurity, moving children out of their schools, or other difficult choices.  by mitigating these issues, we hope to provide stability and set these families on a trajectory for success beyond the current circumstance.