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The Continuum of Care Board

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Board is an independent body made up of local stakeholders who are committed to ending homelessness in Sacramento. They are responsible for advising Sacramento Steps Forward on matters related to the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and the associated federal funding awarded to local service providers each year. For more details about the CoC Board history, accomplishments, responsibilities, and more, please review the CoC Board Member Orientation presentation.


2022-2023 CoC Board Recruitment

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 – Monday, January 30th, 2023

The annual Continuum of Care (CoC) Board recruitment for new members is accepting applications Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 through Monday, January 30th, 2023. Review the CoC Membership Application today! All CoC Board applications are due Monday, Jan. 30th, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

Share the application link with your network and community today. In addition to applying to join the CoC Board you can apply to join the CoC Committees. Please see the beginning of the application for details. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Charlton.

CoC Board Members

Erin Johansen


Executive Director, Hope Cooperative

Representing: Mental Health

Angela Upshaw

Vice Chair

Associate Director of Programs, Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Representing: Veterans

Pixie Popplewell


California Homeless Youth Project

Representing: Transition-Age Youth, LGBTQ Community

Alexis Bernard

Director of Housing, Turning Point Community Programs

Representing: Mental Health

Amani Sawires Rapaski

Chief Operating Officer, Volunteers of America-NCNN

Representing: Substance Abuse

Amber Kemp

Vice President, HealthNet

Representing: Healthcare

Christie M. Gonzales

Director of Behavioral Operations, Wellspace

Representing: Mental Health Service Organization

Deisy Madrigal

Prevention & Intervention Coordinator, Lutheran Social Services

Representing: Social Services

Emily Halcon

Director of Homeless Initiatives

Representing: County of Sacramento

Fatemah Martinez

President, South Sac HART

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

Jameson Parker

Director of Advocacy & Capital Improvements, Midtown Association

Representing: Business Community & Street Outreach

Jenine Spotnitz

County Health Services

Representing: Mental Health

Jenna Abbott

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Sacramento Metro Chamber

Representing: Business Community

John Kraintz

Board Chair, SHOC

Representing: Lived Experience; Formerly Homeless (individual)

Joseph Smith

Advocacy Director

Representing: Coalition/Network

Julie Davis-Jaffe

Workforce Development Manager, SETA

Representing: Employment Development

Julie Hirota

CEO, Saint John's Program for Real Change

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

Kimberley Rae Berry


Representing: Person with Lived Expertise

MaryLiz Paulson

Management Analyst, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Representing: Housing Authority

Mason Gizard

Sacramento Youth Center

Representing: Person with Lived Expertise

Mike Jaske

Volunteer Advocate, SacACT

Representing: Faith Community Advocate

Monica Rocha-Wyatt

County Behavioral Health Services

Representing: Mental Health

Nicholas Golling

Program Manager, Department of Community Response

Representing: City of Sacramento

Nicole Piva

Grants and Housing Technician II

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Sarah Bontrager

Housing and Public Services Manager, City of Elk Grove

Representing: Local Government

Stefan Heisler

Housing Manager, City of Rancho Cordova

Representing: City of Rancho Cordova

Tara Turrentine

Coordinator, Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Representing: Education