Sam Dennis, President
Sam Dennis earned an AS degree from Mesa College, San Diego, a BS degree from Humboldt State, and has completed MBA coursework in Natural Resources Public Administration at Lewis and Clark University in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Sam has three children, including a daughter with developmental disabilities who currently lives at Gish, one of Housing Choices’ partner properties. Sam currently works as a driving instructor for Economic Driving School and is retired from the Department of Defense, where he worked primarily with the National Environmental Policy Act in support of military construction and training facilities.
RON SOTO, VICE PRESIDENT
Ron earned both both a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Ron has had a 35 year career in the public and nonprofit sectors. He now consults with city and county municipalities and public agencies, large and small nonprofit service agencies, and funders such as foundations, United Way, and public grant making programs. Ron previously served on the Board of Directors of the Regional Center of the East Bay and also led an agency that focused on outreach to low-income Hispanic families with children with developmental disabilities, One of Ron’s grandchildren was diagnosed with autism in childhood, which adds to his passion for the mission of Housing Choices. Ron currently chairs Housing Choices’ Personnel Committee where he oversees the policies, salary structure and benefits programs of the organization’s employees.
KATHY WEITSMAN, BOARD SECRETARY
Kathy is a parent of a 34-year-old son with disabilities. She spent 8 years working as a Parent Liaison at Parents Helping Parents. Kathy currently chairs Housing Choices’ Program Committee and is working hard on helping the organization evaluate customer satisfaction and also measure the impact of its services on outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. In explaining why she volunteers for Housing Choices, Kathy notes: “Eight 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 Housing Choices, I saw it as a chance for me to share what I had learned from our family’s experiences with our son’s journey to independent living and to help Housing Choices grow and improve.”
Andrea Van Den Haak, Board TREASURER
Andrea Boock is passionate about the mission of Housing Choices, especially in light of so many valuable and diverse, yet underserved communities in the Bay Area. She holds a BS in Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a MSc. in Engineering from the Robert Gordon University in Scotland, UK. She has traveled extensively, has worked on almost every continent, and has been influenced by observing both disparity and opportunity in many communities. She brings a global perspective and extensive technical, operations, and strategic program management experience to the board in order to positively impact the local community. She currently works for Google, after previously working in the energy industry. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys volunteering with a local girls' robotics team and researching the origins of antique silver with her family.
DAVID POPE, BOARD MEMBER
David joined Housing Choices' Board of Directors in 2013 and is an Assistant Controller at an international multi-line 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 nonprofit Board of Directors. He was impressed by Housing Choice’s mission to enhance the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities by creating quality, affordable housing options. In addition, Housing Choices is active in David’s home community and he sees the organization making excellent use of its capital and resources. David enjoys traveling abroad and is interested in exploring new cultures and the perspective it affords. David chairs Housing Choices’ Finance Committee and has been active in the development of a financial dashboard to support the board in its oversight role.
WAYNE JASPER, BOARD MEMBER
Wayne is a parent of an adult with developmental disabilities and has a long history of nonprofit management, focusing on people with developmental disabilities and their families. Wayne has been very active in supporting Housing Choices’ housing advocacy, especially in Sunnyvale where he and his family live, and has also fostered Housing Choices’ connections with the programs that serve transition-age youth.
SEAN STREBEL, BOARD MEMBER
Sean works at First Tech Federal Credit Union in Cupertino, having moved to California after a five-year stint as a legislative aide to Congressman Jim Matheson. Sean first got to know Housing Choices when he helped a current Board member with the financial management needs of her adult son with developmental disabilities. Since that initial introduction, Sean has volunteered at a number of Housing Choices events, attributing his passion for our cause to his personal commitment to equity and inclusion for all.
TODD MARANS, BOARD MEMBER
Todd Marans is a journeyman real estate professional with 35 years of multi-faceted experience in commercial real estate and finance. Most of his career has involved financing multi-family and healthcare-related construction and refinance loans with HUD/FHA. He has also been the Director of Asset Management for a prominent affordable housing organization. Through these experiences, Todd has developed a passion for the development and preservation of affordable housing. Additionally, he has a developmentally challenged son and is well aware of the special needs of children and adults with similar or greater disabilities. Serving on the Board of Directors affords Todd the opportunity to utilize his professional skills, life experiences, and passion to contribute to the mission of Housing Choices.