Board


Rick Dill
President

I'm retired from an almost 50 year as a research engineer in computers and high tech, much of it with IBM. I've believe in serving as part of a full life and have had multiple roles in my life from being on the board of qa 300,000 person engineering society to being a Special Olympics coach to keep gymnastics and alpine skiing active in our area. I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, now many years ago. I came to Housing Choices board somewhat in payback for the wonderful help that had given my daughter shortly after she moved California. I see the strong need to create as many living opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities as possible, knowing that we have a long way to go. I am impressed with the accomplishments of this organization created about 20 years ago by parents and supported by San Andreas Regional Center and numerous other agencies. Although we need much more housing, the number of people served and the number of apartments long term devoted to our population seems immense compared to any other. Still, we have to continue moving ahead because the need is so far beyond what we have accomplished so far.


Ron Soto
Vice President

I earned both my Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Over the last 35 years, I have established a rich and diverse education and professional track record in the Public and Nonprofit service sectors. Throughout the duration of my career, I have consulted and worked with city and county municipalities/public services, large and small nonprofit service agencies, as well as, funders of service, such as Foundations, United Way and public grant making programs. I have been part of challenging assignments in such fields as; Juvenile and Adult Justice, Foster Care Services, Youth Gang Prevention-Intervention, School-Based Services, Community Health and Mental Health Services, Early Childhood Development, Youth and Family Services, Developmental Disabilities, and Community Development. I consider myself blessed to have been able to combine my passion with my career. I got involved with Housing Choices through Rick Dill, my neighbor and current Board Chair. During our neighborly visits, Rick and I would discuss his work at Housing Choices. Having lead an agency that focused on outreach to low-income Hispanic Families with developmentally disabled children, I was interested in his work. Eventually, Rick asked me to join the Board - which was his plan all along. I am honored to serve on the Board for such a worthwhile purpose. On a personal note, one of my grandchildren was diagnosed with Autism in childhood which sparked my interest and my search for help which was very limited in those days.


Sue Campbell
Director


David Pope
Director

David joined Housing Choice’s Board of Directors in 2013 and is an Assistant Controller at an international multiline insurance company. He holds a BA in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Housing Choices met all of David’s criteria for joining a non-profit’s Board: He was impressed by housing Choice’s mission to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by creating quality, affordable housing options. In addition, Housing Choices is active in the community which David grew up in and makes excellent use of its capital and resources. David enjoys traveling abroad. He is interested in exploring new cultures the perspective it affords


Sam Dennis
Director

I'm retired from an almost 50 year as a research engineer in computers and high tech, much of it with IBM. I've believe in serving as part of a full life and have had multiple roles in my life from being on the board of qa 300,000 person engineering society to being a Special Olympics coach to keep gymnastics and alpine skiing active in our area. I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, now many years ago. I came to Housing Choices board somewhat in payback for the wonderful help that had given my daughter shortly after she moved California. I see the strong need to create as many living opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities as possible, knowing that we have a long way to go. I am impressed with the accomplishments of this organization created about 20 years ago by parents and supported by San Andreas Regional Center and numerous other agencies. Although we need much more housing, the number of people served and the number of apartments long term devoted to our population seems immense compared to any other. Still, we have to continue moving ahead because the need is so far beyond what we have accomplished so far.


Gloria McCandless
Director

Gloria states, “HCC not only seeks housing, it also provides awareness, education, and assistance in making it possible to get the developmentally disabled population into affordable housing--definitely a very worthy cause”. Gloria joined the board of HCC because the organization has been successful in achieving the goal of partnering with residential developers to provide affordable apartment rentals to individuals with developmental disabilities.


Kathy Weitsman
Director

I am a parent of a 34yr old son with disabilities. I've also spent 8yrs. working as a Parent Liaison at Parents Helping Parents. Currently I am enjoying some at home time and working on paring down some of our "collections" by selling on eBay. 7 years ago.Housing Choices came along with a housing option that fit my son's needs perfectly. When I was given the opportunity to join the board of HCC I felt that this was a chance for me to share what I had learned from our experience of "Independent Living".


Michael Ojeda
Director

I am a recent SJSU graduate with a BA in History and an Art History minor. For seven great years the Briarwood co op property has been my place of residence along with four other roommates. As of right now I have worked to obtain my teaching credential by passing all necessary exams to pursue on a career as an instructor for special education or secondary education. Housing Choices provided me the opportunity to live and learn on my own. The services provided by the HCC staff were more than I could ever ask for as I developed my "Independant living Skills!" I am proud to announce that my long involvement with HCC has encouraged me to seek a career in teaching individuals with special needs.


 

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