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

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 Coordinator, City of Sacramento

Representing: Local Government

Peter Beilenson, M.D.

Director, Sacramento County Department of Health Services

Representing: County Mental Health

Emily Bender

Director of Community Engagement, The Social Changery

Representing: Youth & LGBT

Alexis Bernard

Director of Housing, Turning Point Community Programs

Representing: Mental Health

Cindy Cavanaugh

Director of Homeless Initiatives, County of Sacramento

Representing: Local Government

Alyson Collier

Coordinator, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Sacramento County Office of Education

Representing: School Administrators/Homeless Liaisons

Stephanie Cotter

Development Specialist, City of Citrus Heights

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Julie Davis-Jaffe

Workforce Development Manager, SETA

Representing: Employment Development

John Foley

Executive Director, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Representing: Homeless Services

Christie Gonzales

Director of Behavioral Operations, Wellspace

Representing: Substance Abuse Service Organizations

Stefan Heisler

Reinvestment Analyst, City of Rancho Cordova

Representing: Local Government

Mike Jaske

Volunteer Advocate, SacACT

Representing: Faith Community Advocate

Noel Kammermann

CEO, Loaves and Fishes

Representing: Local Homeless Coalition/Network

John Kraintz

Representing: Formerly Homeless (individual)

Lashanda McCauley

Representing: Formerly Homeless (family)

Dan Monk

Lieutenant, Sacramento Police Department

Representing: Law Enforcement

Jameson Parker

Director of Advocacy & Capital Improvements, Midtown Association

Representing: Business Community & Street Outreach

MaryLiz Paulson

Management Analyst, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Representing: Housing Authority

Julie Pederson

Lieutenant, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

Representing: Law Enforcement

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