The Executive Board
The NorCal Executive Board is the official committee working to address mandates and/or topics of critical importance to the CoC and specifically referenced in the HEARTH Act. This committee meets quarterly and is made up of CoC Advisory Board members that represent local jurisdictions and sub-populations. The Executive Board Members include:
Bobbi Sawtelle served as Executive Director for three years for Self Help Home Improvement Project supplying housing rehabilitation and energy conservation services to low-income households. She left to work at the City of Redding Housing Authority where she managed Section 8 housing voucher programs, as well as federal, state and local programs and long-range planning functions.
She joined NVCSS in 1996, participating in the development of seven NVCSS housing projects serving low-income families, seniors, and special populations funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 811 Program for Persons with Disabilities. Additionally, she has received a certification as an Assisted Housing Manager, as well as certifications in Financial Management Requirements for HUD Assisted Multifamily Housing, Financial Compliance for Tax Credit Projects, and Tenant Crime Prevention. Bobbi currently supervises property management activities over a four county area for twelve affordable housing complexes including three tax credit complexes for special needs and low income families and two affordable housing complexes in Redding and Lewiston.
She has participated on committees to update Housing Elements for Shasta County and the City of Redding. She is a current member and Chair of the Shasta County Community Action Agency Board and member of the Continuum of Care Executive Board.
Nicole Smith is the Housing Program Supervisor for the Housing Authority of the City of Redding, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, including the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning. Over her 19 year career at the City of Redding, she has not only been involved with the Housing Choice Voucher Program, but the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programm the Redding Electric Utility’s Lifeline Discount Program, loan servicing and large project development.
J. Brandon Thornock is currently the Director of Clinical Operations at Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) in Redding, CA. Prior to working for SCHC he was a Clinic Manager at the largest multi-specialty clinic in the Intermountain Healthcare System based out of Salt Lake City, UT. Before his career in healthcare administration he spent 8 years in the for-profit banking industry and consequently is acutely aware of the difference between serving the shareholders of a company versus serving those in need and the sense of satisfaction that comes from the latter. One of his proudest accomplishments was when he spent 2 years as a young man in the province of Andalusia in Spain on service mission teaching principles of provident living and helping those in need. Brandon acquired a B.S. in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, a MBA from the University of Utah, and a MHA from Weber State University. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and achieved Fellowship status in December of 2015.
Housing and Community Programs Specialist Torri Cardilino has worked for the Shasta County Department of Housing and Community Action Programs for 12 years. During that time, she has been responsible for housing rehabilitation program for Shasta County utilizing both CDBG and HOME program funds, the homebuyer and demolition programs utilizing Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants, a tenant-based rental assistance program utilizing HOME funds, and the NorCal Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). She also participates in the administration of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and the Community Action Agency’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).
Brad Long has been the Site Director at the Redding Veterans Resource Center for 4 years. Mr. Long recently also took over the position of Regional Director for VRC overseeing the Sacramento, Chico and Redding operation sites. Prior to VRC he was the Admissions Director at Skyway House Rehab Center in Chico. Mr. Long has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and an M.A. in Theology from Claremont. He has served as an institutional Chaplain and as an Ecumenical Director. Mr. Long also served four years in the US Navy. After the Navy, he worked in defense contracting and manufacturing prior to moving into the Social Services fields. For the last 16 years Mr. Long has served on multiple boards and committees with the intent of streamlining and simplifying methods for delivering assistance to the neediest of our community members in both Butte and Shasta Counties.
Steve Bade has worked for the City of Redding for more than 19 years, working in the Housing Division and the Redding Redevelopment Agency. Currently, he is the Housing Manager for the City of Redding Housing Division, overseeing a staff of 11, where he administers federal, state and local affordable housing grant resources, including the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. He has coordinated community development projects, affordable housing projects, target neighborhood analysis and revitalization efforts throughout the City and has been deeply involved with homeless issues through the Continuum of Care. He also acts as the City’s downtown liaison for community stakeholder groups and assists with event coordination and revitalization projects.
Angela Jones has dedicated the past 14 years to assisting victims of domestic and sexual abuse after leaving her own 10-year abusive relationship. She currently serves as the Executive Director of One SAFE Place, formerly known as Shasta Women’s Refuge. Her personal background experiencing domestic violence lead to her heart and passion for the mission of One SAFE Place. Angela received the “Ruby Award for Women Helping Women” in March 2013 from Soroptimist International of Downtown Redding. Angela received her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Development through National University. Before coming to One SAFE Place, she owned a traffic control company for 8 years and still holds a C-31 specialty contractor’s license. Angela was born and raised in Central Valley, CA by her father, Delbert Jones
Charles Menoher (Charlie) is a graduate of Brigham Young University. After graduation, Charlie spent thirty-five years serving in a teaching or administrative capacity for the Shasta County school system; Charlie also served as former associate faculty for National University-Educational Administration. Mr. Menoher spent nearly ten years diverting thousands of youth from the juvenile justice system by enrolling them in the Shasta County Youth Peer Court. Charlie is a community advocate and has served on dozens of boards, in many different capacities, throughout his career.
Melissa Janulewicz RN, PHN is the Director of Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Regional Services Branch. Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and has worked in the field of Human Services and Public Health for 30 years. As Director in the Regional Services Branch of the Health and Human Services Agency she administers social services, public health, and behavioral health and human services programs including a number of homeless services projects that connect individuals and families that are applying for public assistance programs with housing and related resources. Melissa has worked for Shasta County for 16 years and is knowledgeable of the public assistance eligibility process as well as strategic planning, change management, resource development, project planning and evaluation.
Michael Thomas and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Redding in 1987 and raised four children here. He spent most of his career with the Redding Police Department and retired as a Police Sergeant in 2011. He worked a special project for Redding PD from 2015-16, serving as the Homeless Outreach Officer on the RPD Code Enforcement Team. He teaches at Butte College and serves on the volunteer staff of Leadership Redding.
Cathy Rahmeyer is the Program and Grant Compliance Officer with the Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, a non-profit organization serving as the leader in homeless services in Plumas County for over 35 years. Cathy began with PCIRC in 1999 and has served the agency in various capacities since that time. Cathy is also a private consultant an owner of High Sierra Grants, a fund development and grant writing agency working throughout the North State for over 18 years. Cathy contracted as a fund development consultant with the Plumas County Community Development Commission (PCCDC) and the Lassen-Plumas-Sierra Community Action Agency in 2001, developing and launching a regional grant development program which has brought in over $11 mikkion dollars to rural communties and counties, non-profit and grassroots organizations across the three county region. Cathy has been associated with Continuums of Care since 2009. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal Justice and has worked sereving the homeless, foster youth and other vulnerable populations for over 44 years.
Jonathan Anderson moved from the Bay Area to Redding, CA in 2002. He studied biblical theology at Simpson University and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary (Redding, CA), Jerusalem University College (Mt. Zion, Israel), and graduated the California POST Law Enforcement Academy. Guided by his beliefs and love for humanity, his purpose statement in life is to, “create a community of love where oppression cannot exist.” Jonathan is a licensed minister and the Executive Director at the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding, CA where he is focused on restoring economic vitality by helping others to break the cycle of poverty.
Suzi Kochems, CoC Coordinator, oversees all CoC operations, administration and grant development for a seven county CoC. Suzi is passionate about her role in the community and takes every opportunity to drive the CoC mission to improve the health outcomes of those that we serve and the community around us. Suzi’s tenacity comes from her commitment to ensuring that local entities have the tools that they need to do their jobs successfully; she strives for improved health and community outcomes in the counties that she coordinates and collaborates with. Suzi is a graduate of Chico State University with two Bachelor’s degrees and a minor in special education.