CoC Advisory Board

The Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) operates as an unincorporated association (also referred to as the CoC Advisory Board), while the RTFH supports the RCCC as a separate legal entity, serving as the HUD Collaborative Applicant, the Unified Funding Agency, and the Administrative Entity for all funding related to the HEARTH Act.

The nomination and selection of the CoC Advisory Board Members is the prerogative of the members of the RTFH through the election process.  These members should provide an appropriate mix of skills to provide the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to meet the Board’s responsibilities and objectives. The Board also aims for a composition that will appropriately represent the interests of RTFH stakeholders, the local community, and will reflect diversity in its composition by recruiting members with varied geographical, social, economic, environmental, business, and cultural backgrounds. The Board should maintain a reasonable balance with respect to age and gender and must also include at least one homeless or formerly homeless individual. More information about the federal requirements of a CoC Board can be found here.

3oC Advisory Board Members

CoC Board Chair: Richard Gentry, San Diego Housing Commission
Secretary: Deacon Jim F. Vargas – Father Joe’s Villages / SVdPV

Seat Designation Board Member CoC Organization Seat Term
Business Benjamin Moraga Sharp HealthCare Foundation 2/2021 – 6/2021
Business Betsy Brennan Downtown Partnership Clean & Safe 2/2021 – 6/2021
Business Sean Spear Community Housing Works 2/2021 – 6/2022
Collective Impact Paul Downey Serving Seniors 2/2021 – 6/2021
Education Carlos O. Cortez College of San Diego Continuing Education 2/2021 – 6/2022
Elected Official Stephen Whitburn Councilmember: District 3 2/2021 – 6/2021
Elected Official Nora Vargas Councilmember: District 1 1/2019 – 6/2021
Faith Community Reverend Rolland Slade Meridian Baptist Church 7/2019 – 6/2021
Flexible Seat John Brady Voices of our City Choir 7/2019 – 6/2021
Flexible Seat Michael Hopkins Jewish Family Services of San Diego 7/2019 – 6/2021
Flexible Seat Jo Barrett HEAL Network 7/2020 – 6/2022
Funder Representative Amy Denhart Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego 4/2019 – 6/2021
Funder Representative Keely Halsey City of San Diego 7/2019 – 6/2021
Health Dimitrios Alexiou Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties 7/2019 – 6/2021
Health Karen McCabe Scripps Mercy Hospital 7/2019 – 6/2021
Health Jeff Gering Family Health Centers of San Diego 7/2020 – 6/2022
Homeless Advocate Jonathan Castillo People Assisting the Homeless 7/2020 – 6/2022
Homeless Service Provider – Central Walter Phillips San Diego Youth Services 7/2019 – 6/2021
Homeless Service Provider – East Laura Tancredi Baese Home Start, Inc. 7/2019 – 6/2021
Homeless Service Provider – General Deacon Jim F. Vargas Father Joe’s Village 7/2020 – 6/2022
Homeless Service Provider – North Coastal Greg Anglea Interfaith Community Services 7/2020 – 6/2022
Homeless Service Provider – North Inland Laura Otis-Miles Mental Health Services 7/2021 – 6/2023
Homeless Service Provider – South Bay Kathryn Lembo South Bay Community Services 7/2020 – 6/2022
Homeless/Formerly Homeless Ellis Rose n/a 7/2020 – 6/2022
Law Enforcement Paul Connelly City of San Diego Police Department 7/2019 – 6/2021
Public Housing Authority David Estrella County of San Diego, HCD 7/2019 – 6/2021
Public Housing Authority Richard Gentry San Diego Housing Commission 7/2020 – 6/2022
San Diego Workforce Partnership Shaina Gross San Diego Workforce Partnership 7/2019 – 6/2021
SD County HHSA Nick Macchione County of San Diego, HHSA 7/2020 – 6/2022
Technology Business Camey Christenson 211 San Diego 7/2020 – 6/2022
US Dept. of VA Jessica Chamberlain Veterans Affairs San Diego 7/2019 – 6/2021


Download the CoC Advisory Board Members List

CoC Advisory Board Meetings

With some exceptions, board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Upcoming meetings will appear on this page’s sidebar or you can view them on our events calendar.


Working Group

The Working Group is made up of staff members of the Executive Committee that meet monthly to set board meeting agendas. Meeting materials can be viewed in the document management system.

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