Welcome New Steering Committee Members and 2018 Chair

On December 6, 2017, the General Body voted to elect its new Chair and members to the Steering Committee. Join us in welcoming:

CHAIR

Mary Jones*, Board Member of Denton Affordable Housing Corporation
I’ve been a member of the Denton County Homeless Coalition since 2015 and served as Secretary of the Coalition and the Steering Committee since 2016. I’ve been an active volunteer with the PIT count during this time and most recently, I serve on the Coalition’s Barriers Fund committee. I have leadership experience through serving as an academic department chair at UNT for 12 years and through serving as Council Secretary for the leading academic association in my field. I am interested in the Chair position because I believe in the work of the Coalition and believe I bring strengths to the Chair role that will help the Coalition continue to meet and expand its objectives in the ever evolving landscape of homelessness service and prevention.

MEMBERS

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Hope Nordon, Giving Hope, Inc.
As the Permanent Supportive Housing case manager at Giving Hope, Inc., providing services for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and are living with HIV/AIDS allows me to see behavioral health as a collection of social, familial, economic, and physical influences. Working with this highly stigmatized population, it’s especially important to me that the relationship between behavioral health and housing is understood and advocated for, and serving in this capacity would provide a platform for sharing the importance of a holistic approach to viewing homelessness.

COMMUNITY MEMBER
Jennifer Bekker, Denton Public Library
I have been in public service as a librarian in for 17 years. I have worked at public libraries in Lewisville and Denton and is familiar with building and providing services, programs, and resources for people from all backgrounds and economic status in Denton County. I am interested in serving on the DCHC Steering Committee to use my experience and skills to develop service and programs to assist people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity and build community support for homeless support initiatives.

EDUCATION
Roxanne Del Rio*, North Central Texas College
I currently serve as Dean of Student Affairs. Serving on the Denton County Homeless Coalition would give student’s experiencing homelessness a voice at the table and I would like to be that voice.

EMERGENCY SERVICES – POLICE/FIRE
Frank Padgett*, City of Denton
While serving on the committee I have been able to bring a new understanding of homelessness to the police department. I have also been able to build a relationship with our homeless citizens by facilitating the creation of a homeless outreach team including Denton police officers, Giving Hope Inc, MHMR, and Denton fire paramedics.

HEALTH CARE
Alice Masciarelli*, Denton Community Health Clinic
I founded Denton Community Health Clinic in 2011 to provide health services to the homeless and those with low income and do not fit the criteria that many other organizations have. It is a health care first and payment second (if they can afford to pay the discounted fees). The clinic provides services to the homeless at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen at least twice a week. I am a registered nurse with a doctoral degree in health executive leadership. I have managed a primary care health practice for the last 21 years and the last 6 years running a non-profit health practice. My extensive knowledge and compassion for the populations who get forgotten has enabled the clinic to help many keep their jobs and improve their income to remain housed. “Not possible” is not part of my vocabulary. Where there is a will there is a way is my philosophy.

RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED
Dawn Shapley, Next Steps Center, a ministry of Valley Creek Church
It’s an honor to be nominated… this issue is important to me and I’d like to help how I can. I’m not certain I’m qualified but willing to step into this if it works out. My role is the Director of the Next Steps Center which is a ministry of Valley Creek Church. Our strategy in the community is to engage with those in need, advocate for the underserved, build strategic partnerships, develop community leaders and equip and release people to meet the needs they see. I have a Business degree with a focus in Information Systems from Texas A&M University. I married my college sweetheart in 1990 and we have three amazing children. I have served since 1997 in various roles at Valley Creek Church including the Children’s Pastor for many years. My heart and passion is to see people set free from the things in life that entangle them and to help them take their next step towards freedom, wholeness and healing.

WORKFORCE/EMPLOYMENT
Chris Marchbanks, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
I’m with Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, and I’d like to serve in this capacity because since starting with Goodwill, I meet face to face with people experiencing literal and imminent homelessness almost daily, and as such I feel like I have a decent idea of the needs and barriers that these people face on a daily basis. Further, Goodwill’s Goodwill Works Program, which provides comprehensive Employment Services to those experiencing homelessness and imminent homelessness, is a service that few other organizations in Denton provide, so I feel that we can provide a somewhat unique and valuable perspective to this issue.

*Second Term

They will be joining current elected members and annual appointments.

CHECK OUT THE 2018 MEETING CALENDAR and JOIN US IN 2018 in WORKING to MAKE HOMELESSNESS RARE, BRIEF and NON-RECURRING!