The Washtenaw County CoC Board is the lead decision-making body of the Washtenaw County CoC comprised of up to 25 member representatives. Agencies and community representatives have been selected to form a robust group of mainstream service providers whose agencies impact and are impacted by homelessness, those with access to critical resources, and those who bring homelessness and housing expertise. This Board make-up will provide the CoC with the guidance and influence needed to effectively implement policies, strategies and activities toward ending homelessness.
The members of the Washtenaw County CoC Board shall serve two-year terms.
The Washtenaw County CoC Board shall have two co-chairpersons and a secretary, selected into leadership by the CoC Board members annually by a majority vote. These officers shall serve as the CoC Executive Committee. Co-chairs and secretary serve one-year terms.
- Attend regular monthly meetings and contribute to informed dialogue on actions the group undertakes
- Serve on at least one committee of the Washtenaw County CoC Board
- Provide overall direction and leadership of the CoC process
- Provide strategic planning, goal-setting, and formal decision making on behalf of the CoC
- Establish, monitor, and evaluate system and program outcomes for evaluation purposes
- Establish priorities for and making decisions about the allocation of CoC resources
- Receive reports and recommendations from sub-committees and task groups
- Establish sub-committees and task groups as needed to perform CoC functions
- Provide official communications from the CoC, including advocacy and public education efforts.
All voting members gain membership to the Board through an appointment process defined as follows:
- DHS, CSTS, OCED, WHA, Public Health, Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency, Washtenaw County Sheriff or Ann Arbor Police, Washtenaw County Board Chair, City of Ann Arbor, and city/district/township will assign its representative(s) to the Board.
- Homeless/previously homeless individuals, CoC nonfunded agencies, local businesses/merchants, Homeless and Housing service providers, representatives from the faith community, the private funder representative, and at-large organizations are nominated by the CoC and selected by the CoC Board by the following process: (a) Any individual or organization interested in serving on the CoC board shall be nominated, either by self-nomination or through nomination by another person; these nominations may be submitted up to the day of the CoC meeting; (b) the CoC board shall select board members from each category by a vote of the appointed CoC members.
Currently/Formerly Homeless Representatives
Homeless Or Housing Program Representatives
Katie Doyle, Executive Director Of Ozone House (Board Executive Committee Co-Chair)
Ellen R. Schulmeister, Executive Director Of Shelter Association Of Washtenaw County
CoC Nonfunded Agency Representative
TBD- Contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes if interested.
Local Business/Merchant Representative
Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Development Authority
Faith Community Representative
Wendy Hatem, Board President of Religious Action for Affordable Housing (RAAH)
Private Funder Representative
Neel Hajra, COO & VP for Community Investment of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Zachary Fosler, Director of Ypsilanti Housing Commission
Shawn Dowling, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator of The Veteran's Administration of Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County Board Chair or designee
Diane Heidt, County Administrator Designee
City of Ann Arbor Mayor or designee
Former Mayor John Hieftje
Washtenaw County Sheriff/Ann Arbor City Police or designee
Deputy Chief James Baird, Ann Arbor Police Department
WHA Board Members
Carole McCabe, Director of Avalon Housing (Board Executive Committee Secretary)
Jean Carlberg, Community Member
Public Health Director or designee
Stephen Wade, Washtenaw County Health Plan Designee
OCED Director or designee
Brett Lenart, Interim Director of Office of Washtenaw County’s Community and Economic Development
CSTS Director or designee
Trish Cortes, Director of Community Treatment and Support Services (Board Executive Committee Co-Chair)
DHS Director or designee
Another Township or City Highest Elected Official or designee
Renee Smith, Board Chair of Ypsilanti Housing Commission
Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency Director or designee
Marci Scalera, Director of Lenawee-Livingston-Washtenaw Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency