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.

Friday, December 1, 2023 to Thursday, February 1, 2024


The CoC Board is accepting applications to recruit up to three new members starting Friday, December 1, 2023 through Thursday, February 1, 2024. Explore the CoC Membership Application to learn about the application process, access helpful resources, and more! Be sure to 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

Angela Upshaw


Chief Operating Officer, Insight Housing

Representing: Veterans

Pixie Popplewell

Vice Chair

California Homeless Youth Project

Representing: Transition-Age Youth, LGBTQ Community

Julie Hirota


CEO, Saint John's Program for Real Change

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

Alexis Bernard

Director of Housing, Turning Point Community Programs

Representing: Mental Health

Amber Kemp

Vice President, HealthNet

Representing: Healthcare

Brian Pedro

Director, Dept. of Community Response

Representing: City of Sacramento

Christie M. Gonzales

Director of Behavioral Operations, Wellspace

Representing: Mental Health Service Organization

Darrell Rogers

HPS Trainer, Trauma Informed Care Expert

Representing: Advocate, Partners with Lived Expertise Committee (PWLEC)

Dawn Basicano

Regulatory Manager, CDPH

Representing: Sacramento, Partners with Lived Expertise Committee (PWLEC)

Deborah Hicks

Director of Community Development, HeartLand Child & Family Services

Representing: Support Services

Deisy Madrigal

Prevention & Intervention Coordinator, LSS

Representing: Social Services

Elizabeth Jimenez

Person with Lived Expertise

Representing: Person with Lived Expertise

Emily Halcon

Director of Homeless Initiatives

Representing: County of Sacramento

Fatemah Martinez

President, South Sac HART

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

Haimanot Ashenafi

Housing Administrative Analyst, City of Elk Grove

Representing: City of Elk Grove

Jameson Parker

Director of Advocacy, Midtown Assoc.

Representing: Business Community & Street Outreach

Jenine Spotnitz

County Health Services

Representing: Mental Health

Jenna Abbott

Snr. VP of Strategic Initiatives, Sac. Metro Chamber

Representing: Business Community

Joseph Smith

Advocacy Director

Representing: Coalition/Network

Julie Davis-Jaffe

Workforce Development Manager, SETA

Representing: Employment Development

Julie Lo

Senior Director of Grantmaking + Capacity Building, Tipping Point

Representing: Person with Lived Expertise

Ken Cooley

Attorney at Law

Representing: Attorney

Mason Gizard

Sacramento Youth Center

Representing: Person with Lived Expertise

Mike Jaske

Volunteer Advocate, SacACT

Representing: Faith Community Advocate

Monica Rocha-Wyatt

Behavioral Health Services

Representing: Mental Health, Sac. County

Nicole Piva

Grants and Housing Technician II

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Stefan Heisler

Housing Manager, City of Rancho Cordova

Representing: City of Rancho Cordova

Tara Turrentine

Coordinator, Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Representing: Education

Tifni Vettel, Sgt.

Homeless Outreach Sgt.

Representing: Sac. County, Sheriff Dept.

Troy Lynch

Program Manager, SHRA

Representing: Housing Authority Management

Vacant Seat

Representing: Wilton Rancheria

Vacant Seat

Representing: Youth Action Board (YAB)