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.

Call for Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) & Data Committee Applications

The Sacramento CoC Board is recruiting members for its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Data Committee.  Applications are due by Friday, February 26, 2021 by 5:00 PM and the committee slate will be approved by the CoC Board on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021.

In partnership with the HMIS Lead Agency, the Sacramento CoC HMIS & Data Committee is responsible for ensuring privacy, security, and data quality standards that comply with HUD requirements and local expectations are established, supporting HMIS users’ compliance with these standards, and providing the CoC Board and community with reports and data necessary to fulfill system and program level planning and evaluation efforts. Additional description of the scope of work for the HMIS & Data Committee can be found in the application and more details can be found in the CoC’s Governance Charter.

CoC Board Members

Sarah Bontrager


Housing and Public Services Manager, City of Elk Grove

Representing: Local Government

Erin Johansen

Vice Chair

Executive Director, Hope Cooperative (aka TLCS)

Representing: Mental Health

Emily Halcon


Homeless Services Manager, City of Sacramento

Representing: Local Government

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

Angela Upshaw

Senior Program Manager, Roads Home Program

Representing: Veterans

April Wick

Executive Director, Resources for Independent Living

Representing: People with disabilities & older adults

Bridgette Dean

Interim Director, City of Sacramento Community Response Office

Representing: City of Sacramento & Law Enforcement

Christie M. Gonzales

Director of Behavioral Operations, Wellspace

Representing: Mental Health Service Organization

Cindy Cavanaugh

Director of Homeless Initiatives

Representing: County of Sacramento

Jameson Parker

Director of Advocacy & Capital Improvements, Midtown Association

Representing: Business Community & Street Outreach

Jenna Abbott

Executive Director, The River District

Representing: Business Community

John Foley

Executive Director, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Representing: Homeless Services Provider

John Kraintz

Board Chair, SHOC

Representing: Lived Experience; Formerly Homeless (individual)

Julie Davis-Jaffe

Workforce Development Manager, SETA

Representing: Employment Development

Julie Pederson

Lieutenant, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

Representing: Law Enforcement

MaryLiz Paulson

Management Analyst, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Representing: Housing Authority

Mike Jaske

Volunteer Advocate, SacACT

Representing: Faith Community Advocate

Pixie Pearl

California Homeless Youth Project

Representing: Transition-Age Youth, LGBTQ Community

Stefan Heisler

Reinvestment Analyst, City of Rancho Cordova

Representing: City of Rancho Cordova

Stephanie Cotter

Development Specialist, City of Citrus Heights

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Tiffany Gold

Youth Action Board

Representing: Youth Action Board