Leadership

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 Monday 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

Stephen Pelz

Chairman

Executive Director

Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Carlos Baldovinos

Vice Chairman

Executive Director

The Mission at Kern County

Ryan Alsop

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

County Administrative Officer

County of Kern

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Secretary

Carol Beecroft

Executive Director

Women's Center High Desert

Christian Clegg

City Manager

City of Bakersfield

Louis Gill

Executive Director

Bakersfield Homeless Center

Russell Judd

Chief Executive Officer

Kern Medical

Jim Wheeler

Executive Director

Flood Bakersfield Ministries

Governing Board

The work of the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative is maintained and conducted by a sixteen-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.

Deborah Johnson

Chair

President/CEO

California Veterans Assistance Foundation

Steve Peterson

CO-Chair

Director of Programs

The Mission at Kern County

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Secretary

Rhonda Barnhard

HMIS Lead Agency

Special Projects Manager

Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Joshua Dhanens

Veteran Representative

County Veterans Services Officer

Kern County Veterans Services Department

Genessa Fisher

Homeless Consumer Representative

Jennifer Quinton

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Funding

Shelter Director

Women’s Center–High Desert

Curt Williams

Education Representative

Director

Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS)

Mari Perez-Dowling

Executive Director

United Way of Kern County

Heather Kimmel

Assistant Executive Director

Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Margarita Rosson

Homeless/Respite Coordinator

Clinica Sierra Vista

Diane Contreras

Director of Operations

Flood Bakersfield Ministries

Giovanna Fournier Ocampo

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance

Barbara Vadnais

Business Services Manager

Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Theresa Trujillo

Program Director

Kern County Department of Human Services

Amanda Ruiz

Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst

County of Kern Administrative Office

Staff

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

Anna Laven, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Anna.Laven@bkrhc.org

Rick Ramos

Administrative Analyst

Rick.Ramos@bkrhc.org

Jalila Jones

Program Coordinator

coordinator@bkrhc.org

Career Opportunities

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