Our Leadership

Our leadership team works closely with the Board of Directors to implement the goals and objectives of Abode Services, and to ensure that all agency activities are focused on our mission to end homelessness.

Senior directors bring decades of experience in non-profit service and leadership, with special expertise in program development, housing placement, mental health services, and community outreach. 

Louis ChiconeLouis Chicoine

Executive Director
(510) 657-7409 ext. 206

Louis has led Abode Services for more than 20 years, helping the organization grow into the leading provider of housing and services to residents experiencing homelessness in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties. During his tenure, Abode Services has grown from a local “start-up” with one shelter serving 66 adults and children into a regional organization that owns and operates hundreds of supportive housing units and provides services to more than 4,400 adults and children each year.

Louis is responsible for the overall management of the more than 200-employee organization, making sure it grows responsibly and maintains its mission of improving the health of the community by implementing programs that end homelessness.

Louis has been elected to serve as President of the Alameda County Council of Mental Health Agencies and chosen to be on the board of directors for Destination:Home.

Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Holy Names University in Oakland and Master’s degrees in social work administration and pastoral ministry.

VivianVivian Wan

Chief Operating Officer 
(510) 657-7409 ext. 212

Vivian is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Abode Services. Through close collaboration with directors and community stakeholders, she helps advance the mission of Abode by overseeing all programs and securing strategic opportunities to increase the supply of affordable housing options.  

Vivian’s rich history and experience at Abode Services are a crucial benefit to the organization. She began working here in 2006, becoming director of housing in 2008 before being promoted to associate director in 2012. Vivian formerly worked in the areas of foster care, hospice, and international community development.

She currently serves on the board of Kidango, an agency providing childcare, nutrition, and mental health services to low income families.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California- Davis and a Master’s degree in social welfare management and planning from the University of California- Berkeley.

Maureen Vittoria

Maureen Vittoria 

Chief Financial Officer
(510) 657-7409 ext. 234

As CFO, Maureen oversees an annual budget of $29 million and a finance team committed to ensuring that Abode Services continues to grow and provide services and housing to the most vulnerable in our community.

With more than 24 years of financial leadership and management experience, Maureen has extensive knowledge in building and leading finance and administrative functions that support high-performing organizations. Maureen served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Committee on the Shelterless, a Petaluma-based nonprofit, and she held several financial leadership positions at Intel Corporation.

Maureen holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University. She currently serves as the Board Treasurer for Family Connections, a San Francisco-based nonprofit.

CaroleCarol Arata

Director of Development
(510) 657-7409 ext. 203

Carol oversees all fundraising activities and community relations initiatives. She is also charged with effectively communicating Abode Services’ mission to our stakeholders. Carol’s duties include directing and planning our annual Journey Home Breakfast, building our legacy giving and Home Builders’ donation programs and planning special events throughout the year.

Carol uses her more than decade-long experience in nonprofit administration to ensure Abode Services receives the community support necessary to continue its mission of ending homelessness. In addition to her fundraising duties, Carol runs Abode Services’ marketing initiatives and public relations activities.

Carol was a former court reporter in the Alameda County Superior Courts and holds a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

JonJon White

Director of Real Estate Development 
(408) 941-1851 

Jon oversees Abode Services/Allied Housing’s development projects from conception to completed construction and lease up. Jon leads his project management team through every aspect of both new development and acquisition rehabilitation projects - finding an appropriate location for a new project, securing the necessary governmental approvals, securing the necessary capital and subisidy funding, managing the construction or renovation work, and working with property management and services to lease up the development at the end of construction.

In addition to the construction of supportive housing apartment buildings, Jon's team has been involved in several innovative methods for creating new affordable and supportive housing opportunities including motel conversion, partnering with Habitat for Humanity to renovate a boarding house for homeless veterans, and using factory-built single-family homes for cost-effective shared housing.    

Jon was a licensed civil engineer for 11 years prior to joining Abode, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Karen EricksonKaren Erickson

Director of Evaluation and Policy 
(510) 657-7409 ext. 240 

Karen provides guidance to Abode Services to ensure that the agency continues to operate high-quality, impactful programs. Karen oversees Abode's program evaluation team; follows important policy developments associated with housing, health care, and other fields related to homelessness; and serves as the project manager for Project Welcome Home, the first Pay for Success program in California. 

Karen previously worked for more than 10 years at Catholic Charities in San Francisco, where she supervised the Homelessness Prevention Programs, which serve families and individuals facing homelessness. In addition, for three years Karen served as Manager of Program Development and Training, a position where she led the agency in new program development, training, and program evaluation. She acted most recently as Director of Assessment and Learning and led the agency-wide Impacts Initiative, which identifies metrics and tools to measure the impact that program services have on their clients.

Karen has more than 30 years of work experience in social services serving disadvantaged individuals and families. She earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from UC Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Social Welfare from UCLA.

Sherice Youngblood

Director of Social Services 
(510) 657-7409 ext. 202 

Sherice oversees Abode's emergency shelter, supportive housing, and work force development programs. Her work will span throughout Alameda, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. 

Sherice has more than 15 years of experience leading social services programs, most of which was spent working in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood as a member of then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s "Care Not Cash" program. This Housing First program model focused on some of the city’s highest need people experiencing homelessness. Sherice’s direct services experience includes providing intensive case management to people with high needs, including those with chronic mental, medical, and substance use episodes. She also has experience working in acute care settings. Sherice continued her work managing a HIV Services Program as a skilled facilitator in harm reduction techniques. She eventually became the director of support services for Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she oversaw supportive services within 19 housing sites, as well as for a family subsidy program. 

Sherice has earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State East Bay, a Master's degree from San Francisco State University, and is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Social Worker (ASW).

Juana Nunley

Director of Property and Asset Management 
(669) 245-4122 

Juana oversees the property operations team for Abode Services/Housing for Independent People. She also manages a number of Abode's most important asset management initiatives inlcuding rent collection; facilities maintenance; compliance monitoring; brokerage; and capital improvements. She's responsible for maintaining the positive reputation earned by an organization that insists on resident satisfaction, strategic financial planning, financial reporting, and operational excellence to ensure the sustainability of every asset.

Juana oversees the property and asset management department, which operates more than 30 residential properties and 16 commercial properties as supportive, affordable housing throughout the Bay Area, from Oakland to Watsonville. 

She has a Bachelor's degree in business management and accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and a Master's of Business Administration degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix. Juana has seven years of experience as a licensed broker with the State of California Bureau of Real Estate. She brings to Abode more than 15 years of experience in affordable, supportive, public, and conventional housing.  

Jason BlairJason Blair

Director of Housing Programs, Alameda County 
(510) 657-7409 ext. 227

As Director of Alameda County Housing Programs at Abode Services, Jason brings over 10 years of experience with program implementation, development, and financial oversight in the non-profit sector.  Before coming to Abode Services in January 2014, Jason was Director of Finance & Administration at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, and also served as Director of Athletics at Moreau Catholic High School. In these positions, Jason utilized and built on his strengths in financial administration, budgeting, strategic planning, program evaluation, and property management.

Jason oversees Alameda County-based housing programs for individuals, emancipated foster youth, veterans, and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. He works closely with program managers to build relationships with landlords, promote housing stability among participants, and foster relationships with program partners. He also collaborates with the Directors of Social Services and Health and Wellness to ensure a consistent Housing First approach across all agency programs, and to provide all participants with the supportive services needed to overcome their barriers to housing stability.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State University Hayward. 

Lynn MorisonLynn Morison

Director of Housing Programs, Santa Clara County
(510) 657-7409 x107

Lynn joined Abode Services in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience in providing supportive services to vulnerable children and families. In several senior positions at the Bill Wilson Center, she successfully developed and implemented transitional housing programs and a permanent housing program for homeless transition age youth and young families, and advocated on local, regional, and national levels for best practices in serving homeless youth.

At Abode Services, Lynn oversees a large and rapidly growing housing program portfolio in Santa Clara County. Her department works closely with the County, landlords, and service providers to effectively re-house families, people with significant disabilities, veterans, and other vulnerable groups. Lynn brings her background in strategic planning and program design to our efforts to end homelessness in the context of Santa Clara County’s cost-prohibitive housing market.

Lynn holds a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Chico and an M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University. She is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Kara

Kara Carnahan

Director of Health and Wellness
(510) 270-1150 ext. 405

As Director of Health and Wellness, Kara oversees and implements programs that serve our most at-risk participants with a focus on physical and mental health. The programs overseen by Kara help a wide variety of individuals, including emancipated foster youth, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and people with disabilities.

Through her role, Kara supervises program staff and works to build and maintain key relationships with community partners and funders. Kara oversees our HOPE Project Mobile Health Clinic, a partnership with Tri-City Health Center that brings critical services to people who may have difficulty reaching traditional service sites.

Kara has been with Abode Services since 2004 after working as a case manager and site supervisor at the Fred Finch Youth Center in Berkeley. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University – East Bay.

Jean Morgan

Jean

Community Outreach Director 
(510) 657-7409 ext. 804

Jean is one of the longest tenured employees at Abode Services, with more than two decades working in community outreach. In that time, Jean has become our most recognized and popular community ambassador, often representing Abode Services at meetings and community events.

Jean is responsible for organizing our more than 800 volunteers, carefully orchestrating various volunteering efforts, including finding groups to cook and serve three meals a day at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter. Jean also works with local schools and businesses to foster volunteering efforts that benefit all of Abode Services’ sites and programs.