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Jan Stokley

Executive Director

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Christine Nguyen

Staff Accountant/Office Manager

I was born in South Vietnam and moved to Bay Area 14 years ago.  After moving here, I attended San Jose State and earned my B.S. in Accounting.  I love to cook Vietnamese food and hang out with my family in my spare time.  Working at Housing Choices has been rewarding because of the relationships I’ve built with my team.  I have become very close with my coworkers over the years and love supporting them as they work with clients.

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Dennise Jauregui

program manager

I grew up in Southern California playing competitive soccer and attended UC Santa Cruz where I graduated with a BA in Psychology. Attending UC Santa Cruz meant leaving family and friends to experience something completely new. Upon graduation I stayed in the area for job opportunities and have been living in the area since then.  I started working as a Housing Coordinator at Housing Choices and was the only Housing Coordinator for much of 2013.  When the organization began growing, I eventually became the Program Manager and now oversee the Housing Coordination Team.  Over the years, I have seen the organization grow and improve in so many areas.  Since working here, I have developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and am passionate for helping others in need.

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Jessica maldonado

housing coordination program manager

 

Rebecca Anderson

Resident Coordination Program Manager

I graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Recreational Therapy.  Since then I have had the opportunity to learn through a variety of jobs working with populations including Veterans, ESL preschoolers, individuals with Alzheimer and Dementia, children with Autism, and adults with developmental disabilities.  The part of working at Housing Choices that I enjoy the most is seeing children, families, adults and seniors happy in their lives because they have their own place to live where they feel comfortable and have autonomy.  In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my adorable pets (dog, three cats, two chickens), painting and being in nature as much as possible.

 
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Betty Rosas

Housing Coordination Program Manager

I graduated from San Jose State University  with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. During my free time, i enjoy watching baseball and hockey as well as spending quality time with family and friends.  Working at Housing Choices has been an enriching experience that has allowed me to grow as an individual. I enjoy being able to make a difference in my clients’ lives and help them reach their housing goals.

Caitlin Moore

Communications Coordinator

 Born and raised in the Crossroads of America, I grew up in the small town of Avilla, Indiana. I then studied at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where I graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Spanish and a minor in Music. Following graduation, I volunteered with AmeriCorps City Year at Overfelt High School, which is what brought me to San Jose! As the Communications Coordinator for Housing Choices, I connect clients and staff to information on upcoming and recent events in the community pertaining to housing development. I help others advocate for themselves and I also advocate for our clients at community and city hall meetings in the counties we serve. I love working at Housing Choices because I get to combine my love for serving others, advocating, and communicating effectively. In my free time, you'll find me singing jazz in a local big band, tutoring high school students, reading historical non-fiction, and gushing over cat videos.  

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Veronika Martinez

Housing Assistant

I was born and raised in San Jose and am currently attending De Anza College, pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. As the Housing Assistant my goal is to get potential clients to receive our services as soon as possible by giving then the right information and steps required to get them housed in a new home. After receiving my degree I hope to become a housing coordinator here at Housing Choices to be more involved in the process of helping our clients. In my spare time I dance folklórico with Grupo Folklórico Luna y Sol de San José State University and try to go to Disneyland as much as possible.
   

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Cindy Baez

Housing First Case Manager

Hello! I was born and raised in East Side San Jose and I attended San Jose State University, where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Health Science. While at SJSU, I participated in a school integration expedition to Oaxaca, Mexico, where we volunteered in a Health Fair for the small community of Arisola. It was there that I discovered my passion and realized I wanted to be in the public service field.  As a Housing First Case Manager at Housing Choices, I work primarily with our homeless clients by assisting them in finding a temporary shelter or place where they can reintegrate and develop their rental history while we waitlist them for an ideal residence.  Being part of an organization that makes a difference and gives a voice to a marginalized population has brought a new meaning to my life- so much so that I am planning to persue my Masters in Social Work to develop skills to better serve my clients. I love all things Disney, Sailor Moon, and in my spare time you can probably find me with my boyfriend at Game Kastle playing some type of board game, painting, or role playing as a magical gnome in DnD.

Vanessa Fierro

Housing First Case Manager

 I am a California native raised in the busy city of San Jose and am always seeking different types of adventure. I pursued higher education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with B.A.s as a triple major in Legal Studies, Feminist Studies, and Forensics with a minor in Politics. During my time at UC Santa Cruz, I interned at the San Francisco District Attorney's office as a legal aid and then ventured off to Washington, DC to be a congressional intern. Having first-hand experience drafting different types of legislation on Capital Hill was thrilling and stressful- hence a piece of me remains in the DC area. In the near future, I plan to begin my legal career as law school is looking more and more appealing to me. As the Housing First Case Manager here at Housing Choices, I enjoy being able to provide different resources and information that can assist our clients in bettering their quality of life. In my spare time I enjoy reading by the pool or ocean side as well as attending concerts and rodeos.  

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Cynthia Tran

Housing Coordinator

 I was born and raised in San Jose in a bilingual household where I learned to be fluent in Vietnamese and English.  After high school, I attended San Jose State University and earned my Bachelor of Arts  in Communications with a minor in Business Administration.  My dream is to use my Communications degree as well as my bilingual skills to help people in challenging situations.  I love that at Housing Choices everyday is different and full of surprises.  The United States is a country composed of immigrants and for many people English is not their first language.  I am grateful for working with clients where this is the case.

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Jose Martinez

Housing Coordinator

 I was born and raised in San Jose and attended San Jose State University where I graduated with a degree in Spanish and two minors in Mexican-American Studies and Portuguese. I consider myself a “Disney Geek” because I have watched every movie more than once.   In my free time, I enjoy learning new languages, watching movies, and listening to different genres of music.  Working at HC has helped me develop and grow as an individual. Every case is unique and it helps me come up with creative methods to help each individual or family. This job has inspired me to return to school and obtain a Master's in Counselor Education.

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Juan Garcia

Housing Coordinator

 I was born and raised  in Watsonville, CA. I attended California State University, Monterey Bay and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences and with a minor in Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy reading mystery novels and hanging out with my spouse.  Working at Housing Choices  has helped me to develop new skills and establish good relations with clients and San Andreas Regional Center Coordinators.

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Martin Cruz

Housing Coordinator

Born and raised in San Jose, CA. I studied at California State University East Bay in Hayward, CA where I graduated with a B.S in Criminal Justice. While working towards my Bachelors Degree, I was working as a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the Bay Area. What I like the most about working as a Housing Coordinator for Housing Choices is I love being part of something larger that makes a difference. My coworkers at this company are a pleasure to work with and make coming into work enjoyable. Through Housing Choices I am allowed to grow and show my fullest potential. In my free time, you'll find me traveling, watching stand up comedies, and hanging out with my family and friends. 

 

Luis Gonzalez

Housing Coordinator

I grew up in San Jose, CA, in a bilingual household that taught me to embrace both my Mexican Culture and American one. I obtained my A.A. degree from De Anza College in Liberal Arts (Emphasis in Human Behavior), and obtained my B.A. in Sociology (Emphasis in Law & Society) at UC Davis. The reason that I like working at Housing Choices is because they are flexible with me when I have emergencies or other duties, and I love working here because my coworkers and my manager make me feel welcomed and support me with my work. Housing Choices has helped me become more professional and given me the skills that I need for my future employment. I will be attending University of San Francisco in the Fall of 2017 to pursue a Graduate Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and I am hoping to one day become a school counselor or advisor. I also hope to obtain my PhD in Chicano Studies and become a part time professor. Things I love to do are workout, play soccer, dance all types of Latin Music and collect shoes,. I also love DC and Marvel Superheroes. 

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Lizzy Speece

Housing Coordinator

I moved to Watsonville in 2013 from Pennsylvania after graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in Latin American Studies and Public Policy. I completed two terms with AmeriCorps in Watsonville before starting my position here at Housing Choices. I'm really glad to continue to be involved in the community and to provide such a needed service! I believe that housing is a human right that all people deserve.

Diana Montoya

Housing Coordinator

I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and moved to United States when I was 7 years old and since then I’ve lived in Salinas, Ca. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies in 2009. I love helping people in need and working for Housing Choices would definitely get the best of me in helping the community. Before working for Housing Choices I worked 7 years in retail and it was great experience when it comes to customer service. On my free time I enjoy cooking, listening to music, dancing, hanging out with family and friends, taking pictures and exploring new places. 

Marisol Torres

Housing Coordinator

I was born and raised in San Jose. Due to my unwillingness to move out of my hometown, I graduated from San Jose State University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology.  Although my ultimate goal is to become an attorney, this experience has been extraordinarily rewarding.. There is nothing more extraordinary than helping wonderful families achieve such an essential goal: a house to call their home.

Jennifer Escobedo

Housing Coordinator

I was born and raised in Watsonville, CA, where I grew up seeing the need in my community for affordable housing. I went to San Jose State where I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Psychology. Following my graduation I started working with adults with developmental disabilities. I like working for Housing Choices because I get the opportunity to work with the community in their housing needs. During my free time, you’ll find me at the beach, amusement parks and hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

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Nora Ibarra

Housing Coordinator

I was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and moved to the United States when I was 13. Since then, I have lived in Salinas. I graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Being a Housing Coordinator at Housing Choices has being rewarding since I am able to help a community that needs help with their housing needs. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts traveling, and enjoying life to the fullest.

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Omar Vigil

Housing Coordinator

 I was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States when I was 12.  Since then, I have lived in Watsonville. I attended California State University, Monterey Bay and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business. I enjoy watching movies, trying new things, and meeting new people everyday. During my free time I like to go to the gym and spend time with friends and family.  My experience working at Housing Choices has been rewarding because I get to learn about the housing market but even more importantly, I get to help the community.  Housing Choices doesn't just allow me to provide a valuable service to the community, I also get to develop new skills and methods to work with people more effectively.

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Perla Rivas

Housing Coordinator

 I was born in Mexico, but grew up in the Bay Area. I attended Evergreen Valley College and received my A.A in psychology. I then transferred to San Jose State University and majored in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies.  I enjoy being able to help people therefore want to further my education by entering a Master's program in Social Work. I applied for Housing Choices because I knew it would be a great opportunity and would help me progress in my career. It is a great feeling knowing you are doing something significant to help others.

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Sergio Garcia

Housing Coordinator

I grew up in Hollister, CA, a very small town, most people confuse it for the clothing store. I attended Gavilan College in Gilroy, and earned My A.A. degree there. I then transferred to San Jose State University and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. Working as a Housing Coordinator with Housing Choices is very rewarding; it gives us the opportunity to change the lives of individuals as well as families. I personally enjoy helping people, which is why working here is fun and enjoyable. During my spare time I am a really boring person: I enjoy going to the gym, and watching movies. My favorite actor is Leonardo Dicaprio and my favorite movie is The Departed. When I am not doing those things, I enjoy being with my beautiful baby son, Leonardo.

 

Angel Salinas

Resident Coordinator

I was born and raised in Salinas, CA. I attended San Jose State University and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I am currently working full-time and obtaining work experience while considering pursuing a master’s degree. During my spare time I watch DIY videos in order to acquire new set of skills. I enjoy working at Housing Choices because I have the opportunity of creating relationships with the clients and their support team. As a Resident Coordinator, I ensure my clients keep and maintain their housing conditions. My overall goal is to assist my clients and help them develop new skills that will allow them to continue living in a stable household.

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Cathy Lu

Resident Coordinator

I attended UC San Diego and graduated with a degree in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. I like to watch movies, TV shows, and listen to music when I have free time.  I love working for Housing Choices as a Resident Coordinator because I'm able to meet one on one with the residents and assist them with their housing needs. Seeing residents smile and hearing that they are happy really make my day.

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Monica Franco

Housing Coordinator

I grew up  in the Bay Area, but I have spend significant time in Jalisco, Mexico, which I also call  my hometown. I am grateful to have been raised in Mexico and the Bay Area because  I acquired Spanish alongside English, which helps me to serve the Spanish speaking community in the area. The Bay Area has provided me with many things- one being an education and another a close knit community. Having an education has given me the tools to give back to my community, and is why I earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with a minor in Mexican American Studies. These studies help me tremendously in the work I do here at Housing Choices. I love working for Housing Choices because helping out the community is my calling and I have a need to advocate for those that need their voice heard and help fighting for their rights. Seeing my clients housed is also why I do the work here at this agency.  An interesting fact about me is that I love to dance; I dance all types of music, but my favorite is dancing to Mariachi music. I spend my spare time dancing to  Mexican folk dance, representing my culture in an artistic form. Later on I plan on developing my Reiki skills to become a Reiki healer, to help the community even more with my talents!

Ofelia Arruiza

Resident Coordinator

 

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Priscilla Marquez

Resident Coordinator

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Rothar Ly

Resident Coordinator

I am currently going to school at Mission College, pursuing a degree in Management Information System. My current hobbies are rock climbing, backpacking, hiking and playing computer games.  I enjoy working as a Resident Coordinator.  Being with Housing Choices has taught me a lot and has helped me grow personally and professionally.

 

Erika Ameca

Resident Coordinator

Hello my name is Erika Ameca, I am 25 years old and I was born in Mexico City but raised here in the Bay Area. I have my A.A. from De Anza College in Social and Behavioral Sciences and I am currently attending San Jose State University pursuing my bachelor's degree in Sociology. I love working at Housing Choices for so many reasons, such as the clients we work with who have taught me so much in this short time I have worked with them as a Resident Coordinator. I love my Housing Choices Team and everything that we do in order to support people with developmental disabilities. I think something interesting about me is that I look younger than my actual age and when I tell people I have a 4-year-old daughter they are shocked. I love being a mother and I also love my job! 

 

Jackie Sarellano

Resident Coordinator

I am originally from San Jose and attended San Jose State University, where I obtained my BA in Psychology. I am now in the process of getting my Master’s of Social Work. I like working for Housing Choices because I love helping and advocating for clients in order to empower them, while at the same time meeting their needs. Something interesting about me is I love to dye my hair and always try to find different things to do with it. Now that I have to be professional you will no longer see me with different hair colors and styles, but I'm sure one day I will have some kind of hair salon for people who are willing to let me experiment with their hair. I would say I have had my hair dyed every color of the rainbow. I also love Pandas.

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Luisa Curiel

Resident Coordinator