RTFH Board of Directors Members

Ray Ellis

RTFH BOARD CHAIR

Since 2005, Ray Ellis has focused his energies on community and public service. Ray currently serves on several Boards in San Diego, CA. These include: The Parker Foundation, Neighborhood House Association, Regional Task Force on Homelessness and the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Group. In addition to these volunteer activities, Ray is the Principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, an investment firm. Ray also manages the activities of the Ellis Family Foundation, which is a private foundation funding other non-profit organizations. Prior to his current activities, Ray was the President of the Marketing Services Division of Protocol Communications, Inc. As part of the executive management team of Protocol, Ray was responsible for all activities within his Division and participated in key strategic, integration, financial and management decisions for this privately held $260 Million marketing services enterprise. Prior to joining Protocol through an acquisition of Ray’s firm in June 2001, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MC Direct. Ray has extensive experience in a wide range of direct response programs, with an emphasis on direct mail and digital programs.

Richard Gentry

CoC BOARD CHAIR

Richard C. Gentry has 47 years of service and leadership in affordable housing and community development.

The President & Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) since September 19, 2008, Mr. Gentry leads an agency with more than 340 employees and an annual budget of $452 million. SDHC, including its nonprofit affiliate, owns/manages more than 3,700 affordable housing units and provides federal rental assistance to more than 15,000 low-income families who live in the City of San Diego.

SDHC is an affordable housing developer, investor, and lender to affordable housing developers—creating more than 18,000 affordable housing units since 1981.

As a leading partner in addressing homelessness in the City of San Diego, SDHC developed HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s Homelessness Action Plan. Programs in the first three years of this plan (2014-2017) provided housing for more than 2,900 formerly homeless San Diegans. New programs in the current phase of this plan (fiscal years 2018- 2020) have created more than 4,200 additional housing opportunities for San Diegans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The current phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO achieved its three-year goal in just 18 months.

In addition, Mr. Gentry committed SDHC as a federal “Moving to Work” (MTW) agency, which provides SDHC the flexibility to implement new programs to provide housing assistance in the City of San Diego. SDHC is one of only 39 public housing authorities, out of 3,400 nationwide, to receive an MTW designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Gentry serves on the national MTW Steering Committee.

In October 2017, Mr. Gentry received the M. Justin Herman Memorial Award, the highest recognition awarded by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), for lifetime service to the affordable housing industry. Mr. Gentry is a Fellow with both NAHRO and the National Academy of Housing and Cities. In October 2008, NAHRO awarded Mr. Gentry the John D. Lange Award for his achievements in expanding the organization’s stature and influence internationally. Mr. Gentry also currently serves on the Board of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities.

Born in Elkin, N.C., Mr. Gentry holds a master’s degree in religion from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University.

Stephanie Kilkenny

Secretary

Stephanie Kilkenny takes a vision and makes it reality through step-by-step strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization and brings them together into a coherent whole. She is an inspirational leader who inspires action based on facts. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, Stephanie earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Stephanie holds a BS, Psychology from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and relocated to California immediately upon earning her degree. She began her post-college career in Client Services at the corporate offices of Mail Boxes Etc. and as an Operations Manager at the corporate offices of Insurance Express Services. After a few years in the corporate world, Stephanie returned to the classroom to study photography and acquire an AA, Interior Design from Mesa College; and then opened her own photography and design firm, Adair Interiors, LLC.

Stephanie serves on several Boards of Directors including as the President of the Lucky Duck Foundation. She is also a Founding Member of San Diego’s Tuesday Group.

Karen Brailean

Treasurer

Karen is COO of Barc, Inc., an Internet company enabling discovery and interaction. Previously, Brailean was the CEO of Perseus Wireless, and was marketing vice president of mobile video products for Alcatel, and for Packet Video. She also held engineering and marketing positions with Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, and Eastman Kodak. She has eight mobile communications patents. She served as board chair for La Jolla Music Society, 2007–2009; as founding member/board chair of San Diego Social Venture Partners, 2003–2005; and as a member of the San Diego Grant maker’s Homelessness Working Group, helping to bring $13 million to aid the homeless in San Diego.

David Baker

Lived Experience

David Baker is an advocate for equitable housing policy across the nation and works as a Youth Systems Navigator for the YMCA of San Diego County. As a survivor of extreme-poverty and intergenerational homelessness, he uses his experience to guide the creation and implementation of realistic solutions to address social issues like youth homelessness. His mission in life is to promote agency, access, and hope for marginalized populations in society.

Janet Carson

With over 20 years of experience, Janet Carson is an accomplished contracts executive. She currently holds the position of Senior Manager in Contracts at Qualcomm Technologies, were she has managed procurements in excess of $100 million annually and served as the Founding Chair of the Qualcomm African & African-American Diversity Employee Network. Before coming to Qualcomm, Carson worked as the Director of Business Law at Mindspeed Technologies and the Manager of the Small Business Program at Rockewell International Corporation. She considers herself a lifelong learner, attending numerous courses and seminars for the purchasing, licensing, and legal disciplines. Carson is a 2013 LEAD San Diego Impact graduate, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Veronica Dela Rosa

Veronica Dela Rosa has spent over 25 years in the health care industry. Veronica currently is the Executive Vice President of Operations at San Ysidro Health, Her responsibilities include overseeing Clinic Operations, IT, Population Health and Performance Excellence, HR, Compliance and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Prior experience includes over 20 years as a health care administrator for Kaiser Permanente where her oversight encompassed the medical group’s Primary Care Services Division focusing on quality, access and innovative health care delivery services to over 600,000+ patients.

In both her career and community involvement, Veronica has a long history of advocating for: women’s health, social justice and health equity. She has helped shape multiple non-profit organizations as a board member, and continues that work today.

David Deng

David Deng is a Vice President and Banker in the La Jolla, California office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He provides tailored strategies to address the totality of his clients’ financial lives, helping them realize their ultimate goals.

Immediately prior to joining J.P. Morgan, David was a Private Wealth Advisor with U.S. Bank, working with high-net-worth individuals, families and nonprofit organizations. Before that, he spent 14 years honing his craft as a Private Banker with Wells Fargo.

David holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. A fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, he also holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

When he’s not helping clients achieve their fin ancial goals, David is an avid golfer and road cyclist. He is passionate about community participation and volunteers with both Junior Achievement and the Ronald McDonald House. A San Diego native, David and his wife now reside in Poway, California. David is a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, and serving on its finance committee.

Amy Denhart

Amy Denhart is the Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) at San Diego Grantmakers, where she supports FTEHSD’s strategic grantmaking and advocacy in systems change and permanent housing opportunities to reduce homelessness. For the past 22 years, Amy held positions in fundraising, public policy, and community engagement. During more than a decade as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood, she worked with donors and the Board of Directors to advance public policy in support of reproductive health care. Prior to that, she was Area Director for US Senator Barbara Boxer, serving as the Senator’s liaison to the San Diego community, connecting constituents to the Senate and other government bodies. Just prior to joining FTEHSD, Amy worked closely with the City of San Diego and County governments as the lead finance and contract management staff for a local community engagement and design firm. She has served on the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation committee and is currently a board member on the Regional Task Force on Homelessness.

Nancy Sasaki

For over 38 years, Nancy has demonstrated leadership, compassion, innovation, and excellence in the nonprofit sector, profoundly affecting the lives of the underserved: the poor, working poor, children and homeless. She currently serves as the CEO of United Way of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization which works in partnership with others to align goals, leverage resources and expertise to resolve inequities to transform the lives of children, young adults and families. Her 38+ year professional career has been exclusively served in the nonprofit sector. Her strengths include leadership and strategic thought partnership that advances the mission of the organization. She has also served as the Chair of the Funders Together to End Homelessness-San Diego, and is a member representing collective impact on the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless’ governance board. She is an advisory board member of San Diego Impact Investors, and a volunteer for National Philanthropy Day. She works to make a positive difference in the community through collaboration & partnerships, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. 

Ken Sauder

Ken Sauder is Wakeland’s founding CEO and began his tenure at the organization in 1999. Under his leadership and assisted by a strong staff and solid Board of Directors, the organization has developed 7,500 affordable homes in 51 developments throughout California, including more than 200 units of supportive housing designed to help stabilize formerly homeless individuals.

Mr. Sauder has more than 40 years of affordable housing experience at the national, international and local level. Throughout his career, he has developed strong relationships with business leaders, elected officials, affordable housing decision-makers and administrators of funding sources to create affordable housing. Due to his dedicated efforts, Mr. Sauder has been awarded numerous accolades, including the San Diego Housing Federation’s Housing Champion honor. His expertise has made him a sought-after speaker and resource, leading to his participation in numerous industry panels, as well as various research efforts on the topic of housing affordability.

Mr. Sauder previously held a variety of positions in affordable housing development. He served as the founding director of the Latin American Program for Habitat for Humanity International and the first director of Tijuana-San Diego Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Sauder holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the Boards of the San Diego Building Industry Association, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the California Housing Consortium.

Joel John Roberts

Service Provider

For 23 years, Joel John Roberts has led PATH, and its housing development agency PATH Ventures, as the Chief Executive Officer. PATH serves 140 cities in California in four major regions: Los Angeles/Southern California, San Diego/South, Santa Barbara/Central Coast, and San Jose/Silicon Valley. Since 2014, PATH has moved more than 8,500 formerly homeless people into permanent apartments. PATH Ventures has 20 supportive housing communities completed or in development that includes more than 1,300 housing units. Roberts is currently a member of San Diego’s Regional Task Force For the Homeless (Continuum of Care) Board of Directors, San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, Destination: Home’s (Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care) Board of Directors and recently was the co-Chairperson for the Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve Homelessness Sub-Committee.

Lindsey Wright

Lindsey Wright is the Community Health Manager at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, where she oversees efforts to improve the health and social conditions of under resourced populations and impact community-based social disparities of health. This work includes philanthropic programming, non-profit management, strategic planning, social impact development and evaluation, advocacy, and community mobilization. She currently serves on the LISC San Diego Advisory Board, the Hunger Free San Diego Advisory Board, and the Funders to End Homelessness Together San Diego Committee.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Lindsey worked at the County of San Diego as a Health and Human Services Policy Advisor and in the San Diego offices of two prominent California Assembly Members. At the County and in the Assembly, Wright was responsible for assessing and recommending policy in all areas of health, housing, behavioral health, and social services. She cultivated strong relationships with and led coalitions of hospitals, community clinics, non- profits and business groups. Lindsey served as President of the California Women Lead San Diego Chapter, was Committee Consultant for the Select Committee on Homelessness and has served on several other committees, task forces, and advisory groups.

Lindsey’s twelve years of experience in local government and non-profit settings has given her extensive knowledge of the workings of state and local policy and a vast personal network of community leaders. Lindsey is a change maker and has a life-long commitment to ensure socio and economic access, mobility, equity, and inclusion for the underserved populations in San Diego County.

Born and raised in Oceanside, Wright graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. She lives in San Diego with her husband, a Naval Officer of 23 years and their two young children. Her personal interests during the COVID-19 pandemic include listening to podcasts, trying new recipes, and eating donuts on the beach with her family.

Are You Homeless?

DIAL 2-1-1

If you need immediate assistance, please visit this website or call 2-1-1 for information on resources and services near you.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!