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.
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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.
Chief Operating Officer
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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.
Director of Real Estate Development
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 subsidy 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 modular construction for cost-effective supportive 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.
Director of Community Relations
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As a member of the executive team, Bronwyn oversees all communications and development activities for Abode Services, leading a department that acts as a liaison with community groups, media, government leaders, and volunteers. She also manages Abode’s social media posts, website content, and overall online presence. She leads efforts to raise funds that go to programs that helps Abode with its mission to end homelessness. She helps plan and execute Abode’s community meetings, grand opening ceremonies, and other events. Her department writes press releases and articles for print and email newsletters, and manages Abode’s media strategies by working closely with newspapers, TV news stations, and other journalists.
Bronwyn has spent 25 years working in communications and media outreach, working in managerial positions at several nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Throughout her career, she has focused her efforts primarily in the field of nonprofit health care, channeling her passion for working to improve the lives of the vulnerable and those less fortunate. Bronwyn grew up overseas – including Belgium and in several countries in Africa – which gave her well-honed skills in languages and an empathy for diversity, and other cultures.
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University.
Director of Social Services
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Sherice oversees Abode's Sunrise Village emergency shelter, supportive housing, realignment program 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 such as San Francisco General Hospital and San Leandro Hospital. 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 SRO's, as well as for a family subsidy program. Sherice currently holds a seat on the City of Alameda's Social Services and Human Relations Board providing counsel on homelessness.
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).
Director of Property and Asset Management
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.
Director of Programs
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As Director of Programs, Kara oversees the program operations of 50+ housing and service programs at Abode Services. She is committed to program delivery that is low- barrier, serves the most vulnerable people in our communities, and is a staunch advocate for programs delivered using the principles of housing first and harm reduction. Through her role, Kara supervises Director level staff and works to build and maintain key relationships with community partners and funders.
Kara has been with Abode Services since 2004 after working 10+ years managing programs and working with youth experiencing homelessness and/or with disabilities at Easter Seals of the Bay Area and Fred Finch Youth Center. For the past, 10 years while at Abode, she has been the Director of Health and Wellness launching Project Welcome Home, the first Pay for Success program in California, Greater HOPE Full Service Partnership, and THP+FC foster care placement program. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University – East Bay.
Director of Health & Wellness, Alameda County
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Denah oversees and implements programs that serve Abode Services’ most at-risk participants with a focus on mental and physical health. These programs help a wide variety of individuals, including emancipated foster youth, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and people with disabilities.
Denah supervises program staff and works to build and maintain key relationships with community partners and funders. She oversees our HOPE Project Mobile Health Clinic, a partnership with the Tri-City Health Center that brings critical services to people who may have difficulty reaching traditional service sites. She also supports the Coordinated Entry process in Alameda County for Abode Services.
Denah joined Abode Services in 2014 as a case manager for one of our mental health teams, Wellness Connections, and then was promoted to the position of Program Manager. Since 2015, she has managed our Greater HOPE FSP Program serving adults experiencing chronic homelessness and severe mental health challenges. Prior to working at Abode, she spent five years as a mental health clinician assisting children and families with reunification, probation, and adoption services.
Denah holds a Master’s degree in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Director of Health & Wellness, Santa Clara County
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As the Director of Health and Wellness, Gale oversees all of Abode's clinical care provided to the most at-risk chronically homeless population of Santa Clara County. She is primarily responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of all mental health and wellness services that include Project Welcome Home, the state’s first Pay for Success program. Gale works alongside a multidisciplinary team of licensed and pre-licensed mental health clinicians, peer counselors, harm reduction specialists, a clinical supervisor, and a psychiatrist, aiming to provide the most efficient and cost-effective services to improve the quality-of-life and health outcomes for program participants.
Gale joined Abode in October 2017. She spent the bulk of her 10+ years as a service provider in San Francisco City and County non-profit organizations; in 2004, she began as a residential counselor and later as an intensive care manager for Progress Foundation, providing innovative mental health services. Her direct service experience led her to administrative and leadership roles in 2011 for the Institute On Aging (IOA), which included clinical supervision, administrative oversight, and budget and contract management. As regional director of community living services, her role involved administrative and financial oversight of social service programs funded and governed by San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services, the California Department of Aging, and San Francisco Health Plan. Gale holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology.
Director of Housing Programs, Alameda and San Mateo Counties
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At Abode Services, Katie oversees Housing Programs in Alameda and San Mateo Counties, working with programs to house those with the highest barriers to housing. This includes oversight of permanent housing programs and Rapid Re-Housing programs for diverse populations including transition aged youth, seniors, those who have been chronically homeless, who may be dealing with significant mental health or physical disabilities, and a growing population of those struggling to find and maintain housing in extremely expensive Bay Area communities.
Katie joined Abode Services in 2015 as a Program Manager in San Mateo County, where she helped launch Abode's new programs. Katie was promoted to Director of Housing Programs in 2017. Her work experience includes 17 years in the nonprofit sector. During that time, she served as executive director of an East Palo Alto nonprofit organization that provided housing for young mothers ages 19-22. She also provided program direction and management at nonprofit groups, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Rosa Elaine Garcia
Director of Housing Programs, Santa Clara County
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At Abode Services, Rosa Elaine oversees a large and rapidly growing housing program portfolio in Santa Clara County. Her department works closely with the Office of Supportive Housing in Santa Clara County, landlords, and multiple service providers and nonprofit groups to effectively re-house families, people with significant disabilities, veterans, and other vulnerable groups. She analyzes an organization's critical funding requirements, identifies deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develops innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance efficiency and improve services.
Rosa Elaine joined Abode Services in 2012 as a volunteer, and was hired as a Housing Service Coordinator. For the last 23 years, she has worked in executive and managerial roles at Bay Area nonprofit groups. She has been passionate about helping improve the welfare of disadvantaged members of our community. Most of her professional experiences have required substantial skills in conflict resolution, program coordination, training, partnership building and developing and maintaining financial reports.
Rosa Elaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Universidad Femenina Sagrado Corazon, Lima, Peru, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from The Anderson School of Management, UCLA.
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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.
Community Outreach Director
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Jean has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 24 years, and 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; she is a sought-after speaker by numerous organizations, while representing Abode Services.
Jean maintains many organizational partnerships and coordinates community outreach and team-building opportunities with corporate groups, faith organizations, school districts, and community groups to increase awareness of and support for Abode Services.
Jean has recruited, organized, and trained more than 1,200 volunteers for Abode Services. She continues to serve as an Abode liaison, developing and sustaining community relationships with leaders of the City of Fremont and others throughout Alameda and Santa Clara counties. She also orchestrates a wide range of special projects to foster efforts that benefit all of Abode’s sites and programs. Jean serves as a member on the Ohlone College Presidents Advisory Committee, and is an alumna of Women’s Unlimited, Inc., a women leadership network.