Staff


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Dennise Jauregui
Housing Coordination 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

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Beatriz Rosas
Housing Coordinator

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.

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Cynthia Train
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 fiance. 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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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 before starting my position here at Housing Choices. I'm really glad to continue to be involved in the community in Watsonville and to provide such a needed service! I believe that housing is a human right that all people deserve.

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.

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Nora Ibarra
Housing Coordinator

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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 attended San Jose State University and graduated with a B.A. in sociology. I love to work out and am a big fan out fitness bloggers, “The Hodge Twins”. I love working for Housing Choices Coalition because helping people is something I always wanted to do. I feel that all people should have a chance to be happy in life and having a suitable and stable home is a necessary part of that.

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Tommy Van Veghel
Resident Coordination Program Manager

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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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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Gini Lilani
Resident Coordinator

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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Julie Tram
Resident Coordinator

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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Luisa Curiel
Resident Coordinator

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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Michael Woodward
Resident Coordinator

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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Ofelia Arruiza
Resident Coordinator

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Priscilla Marquez
Resident Coordinator

I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. I earned my B.A. in psychology and eventually my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. I have a lifetime commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and often try new workouts. Housing Choices has been rewarding because I love interacting with the residents. Supporting our clients and building a sense of community at our various partner properties is something I am very passionate about.

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Rothar Li

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 a lot and has helped me grow personally and professionally.

Natalie Holbert
Housing First Case Manager

I grew up in Seaside but moved to San Jose area where I attended San Jose State University. I received my degree in Spanish World Literature and Science. I enjoy traveling, hiking, surfing and spending time with my family and friends. My job as a Housing First Case Manager with Housing Choices Coalition is very rewarding. I am passionate about building others up and being part of their success story. This role allows me to empower my clients by helping them in their housing search. It gives me an opportunity to advocate for them in the community and then connect them with valuable community resources. It's crucial that individuals and families with developmental disabilities have a voice in their choice of housing!

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Rebecca Byrne
Housing Development Advocate

I grew up in San Jose and lived here until I moved to the East Bay where I attended UC Berkeley for my undergraduate studies. After I graduated with my B.A. in philosophy, I moved back to the South Bay to be closer to friends and family. In my spare time, I enjoy doing puzzles, watching netflix, and exploring different hiking spots throughout the Bay Area. Being the Housing Development Advocate has been an incredibly enriching experience. Speaking at City Council meetings about the importance of affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities makes me feel like I am really making a difference!

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Christine Nguyen
Bookkeeper

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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Jan Stokley
Executive Director

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