Department: Board of Directors

Julissa Peña

Julissa Peña is the Executive Director for the County Immigrant Legal Defense Center, she serves on the Center for Refugee and Gender Studies Immigration Advocates Network and is also a member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Julissa is associated with the Fund for SB, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Hutton Parker Foundation. Bringing… Read more »

Yesenia Beas

Yesenia Beas is a Community Organizer with CAUSE and is a LoyalTeach Academic Counselor. While studying at Allan Hancock Community College, she served as a Student Trustee, was the President of the Dream Club and additionally served as the Director of Student Advocacy. As a former PSHH resident she brings a unique perspective by her ability… Read more »

Sonia Kroth

Sonia Kroth is the Community Relations Manager with the County of Ventura Human Services Agency. She is a current board member with the Partnership for Safe Families and Communities of Ventura County and volunteers with the Farmworker Appreciation Support Caravans. Sonia is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, recognized for her relationship studies between cultural and… Read more »

Hazel Davalos

Hazel Davalos, is currently the Community Organizing Director for CAUSE in Santa Maria. She was previously associated with the North County Coalition Fair and the Fund for Santa Barbara and has received a Latino Legacy Award in 2019 and the Santa Maria Women of Excellence in 2013.Hazel is passionate about grass roots organization, she interprets… Read more »

Kevin Clerici

Kevin Clerici currently serves as the Executive Director of Downtown Ventura Partners and has associations with the International & California Downtown Associations. In addition to PSHH, Mr. Clerici serves on the Board of the Ventura Community Partners Foundation, Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, and the Ventura County Continuum of Care.   Mr. Clerici is… Read more »

Nick Tompkins

Nick is a sixth generation Central Coast native and Fresno State University graduate. He brings more than 38 years of entrepreneurial experience to the organization. Tompkins founded Apio, Inc. in 1979, and grew the business into the largest manufacturer and marketer of pre-cut value added vegetables to the club, retail, and food service sectors in… Read more »

Karol Schulkin

Retired Homeless Program Coordinator, Human Services Agency for the County of Ventura.  She was a board member of Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara, Housing Works in Los Angeles and the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition.  Her community activities include United Way of Ventura County, Co-Chair of Basic Needs for the Community Impact Council, Council… Read more »

Paula Johnson

Paula Johnson served on the Board of Directors of Goleta Valley Housing Committee (Villa la Esperanza) for over 15 years.  She has served as the chair of Starfish Housing Committee since it started in 2013.  Paula considers herself an advocate of the “Housing First” approach to ending homelessness. She retired as a bookkeeper at Family Service… Read more »

Shelly Higginbotham

Shelly Higginbotham is retired and was the former Mayor of the City of Pismo Beach, having served three terms. She has been associated with the League of California Cities, League of Women Voters, the 5Cities Homeless Coalition, the Child Development Resource Center, the Children’s Resource Network and the Women’s Legacy Fund (SLO County Community Foundation. She… Read more »

Vito Gioiello

Vito Gioiello is a Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management. Prior to joining First Republic in 2008, Mr. Gioiello was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Manchester Capital Management, where he actively managed portfolios, client relationships and worked closely with specialists in new business development efforts. Before that, Mr. Gioiello was a… Read more »