The Continuum of Care Advisory Board

The Continuum of Care Advisory 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.

Advisory Board Members

Joan Burke

Board Chair

Director of Advocacy, Loaves & Fishes

Representing: Local Homeless Coalition/Network

Beth Hassett

Vice Chair

Executive Director, WEAVE

Representing: Domestic Violence

Bill Knowlton


Chair, Stockton Blvd PBID

Representing: Homeless Advocate

Emily Bender

Director of Programs, Sacramento LGBT Community Center

Representing: Youth & LGBT

Sarah Bontrager

Housing and Public Services Manager, City of Elk Grove

Representing: City of Elk Grove

Cindy Cavanaugh

Director of Homeless Initiatives, County of Sacramento

Representing: County of Sacramento

Katherine Cooley

Development Specialist II, City of Citrus Heights

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Cathy Creswell

President, Sacramento Housing Allaince

Representing: Homeless Advocate

Lisa Culp

Executive Director, Women’s Empowerment

Representing: Homeless Employment Services

Dion Dwyer

Community Service Director, Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Representing: Business Community

John Foley

Executive Director, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Representing: Homeless Services

Katie Freeny

El Hogar Guest House Homeless Clinic

Representing: Mental Health

Emily Halcon

Homeless Services Coordinator, City of Sacramento

Representing: City of Sacramento

Jason Henry

Regional Director- Northern California, Veterans Resource Centers of America

Representing: Veterans

Todd Henry

Lieutenant/Operations Commander North, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Representing: Jail/Law Enforcement

David Husid

Director Community Development, Cottage Housing

Representing: Formerly Homeless

Erin Johansen

Executive Director, TLCS

Representing: Mental Health

Olivia Kasirye, MD

Public Health Officer, County of Sacramento Public Health

Representing: County of Sacramento Public Health

Patty Kleinknecht

Executive Director, The River District

Representing: Business Community

Lt. Dan Monk

Police Department Central Division, City of Sacramento

Representing: Law Enforcement

Jonathan Porteus,PHD

Chief Executive Officer, WellSpace Health

Representing: Social Services Provider

Amani Sawires Rapaski

Chief Operating Officer, Volunteers of America-NCNN

Representing: Substance Abuse

Holly Wunder Stiles

Director of Housing Development, Mutual Housing California

Representing: Nonprofit Housing Developer

Sarah Thomas

Assistant Director, Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency

Representing: Housing Authority

Charles Ware

Representing: Formerly Homeless