BKRHC is led by a nine-member Executive Board with fiduciary and legal responsibility for the operations of the organization and managed by a full-time professional staff. The work of the Continuum of Care (CoC) is maintained and conducted by a sixteen-member Governing Board, authorized by the Voting Members of the CoC to conduct the work and structure defined in the CoC Governance Charter. The Executive Board and Governing Board fulfill unique and important roles in managing BKRHC and meeting different corporate and policy requirements.

Executive Board

The Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative (BKRHC) Executive Board is responsible for appointing and overseeing the Executive Director, BKRHC finances, contracts and media relations, with the goal of ending homelessness in Kern County’s communities. The Executive Board was established in 2019. The nine-member Executive Board includes two representatives each from the County of Kern and City of Bakersfield, four subject matter experts and one at-large member appointed by the Governing Board.


Regular Meetings of the Executive Board are held on the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 P.M. They are open to the public to attend.

Executive Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Materials are available here

Carlos Baldovinos


Executive Director

The Mission at Kern County

Traco Matthews

Vice Chairman

Chief Health Equity Officer

Kern Health Systems

James Zervis

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

County Administrative Officer

County of Kern

Anthony Valdez


Assistant to the City Manager

City of Bakersfield

Carol Beecroft

Executive Director

Women's Center High Desert

Christian Clegg

City Manager

City of Bakersfield

Stacy Kuwahara


Kern Behavior Health Services

Rebecca Moreno

Chief Executive Officer

Kern Medical

Deborah Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

California Veterans Assistance Foundation

Governing Board

The work of the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative is maintained and conducted by a twenty-one member Governing Board, authorized by the Voting Members of the collaborative to conduct the work and structure defined in BKRHC’s Governance Charter. The Governing Board directs the work of BKRHC, conducts hands-on work and facilitates committees and task groups necessary for the proper and efficient functioning of BKRHC, the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program (Bakersfield/Kern County CA-604) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program support.


The Governing Board meetings monthly (except December) on the last Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM. Meetings are open to the public.

A full list of Governing Board committees and working groups is available here.

More information regarding Governing Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Materials are available here.

Steve Peterson


Director of Programs

The Mission At Kern County

Theo Dues


Program Manager

Mercy House

Heather Kimmel


Assistant Executive Director

Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Michelle Cooley

HMIS Lead Agency

Special Projects Manager

Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Vanessa Webster

Veteran Representative

County Veterans Services Officer

Kern County Veterans Services Department

Gennessa Fisher

Youth Advisory Board

Renee Garcia

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Funding

Shelter Director

Women’s Center–High Desert

Curt Williams

Education Representative


Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS)

Louis Gil

CES Lead


Community Action Partnership of Kern

Andy Miskiewicz

Lived Experience

Bitwise Industries

Adriana Kessler

At Large Service Provider

Kern County Department of Human Services

Giovanna Fournier Ocampo

At Large Service Provider

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance

Sergei Shkurkin

At Large Service Provider


Ilene Parra

At Large Service Provider

Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Diane Contreras

At Large Service Provider

Director of Operations

Flood Ministries Bakersfield


At Large Service Provider

Amanda Ruiz

At Large CoC Non-Funded

Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst

County of Kern Administrative Office

Nina Carter

At Large CoC Non-Funded

Homeless Services Principal

City of Bakersfield

Mari Perez-Dowling

At Large CoC Non-Funded

United Way of Kern

Angel Galvez

At Large CoC Non-Funded

Bakersfield American Indian Health Center


Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative is managed by a full-time professional staff, led by an Executive Director who reports to the Executive Board.

Rick Ramos

Executive Director

Mary Scott

Programs Administrator

Destiny Reveles

Compliance Coordinator

Cassandra Denna


Jenny Chavez

Healthcare and Homeless Project Coordinator

Career Opportunities

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