Boards of Commissioners

Fresno Housing is governed by 14 Commissioners

Seven of whom are appointed as City Commissioners and seven of whom are appointed as County Commissioners

BOARD DOCUMENTS

  • 7

    Five of the City Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Fresno to serve 4-year, staggered terms. Two are appointed to 2-year terms from among residents receiving housing assistance from Fresno Housing.
  • 7

    Similarly, five of the County Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and two are residents receiving assistance from Fresno Housing.
City Board
  • Adrian Jones
    Adrian Jones

    Chair

    A.A., Fresno City College
    B.S.W. (Social Work), California State University, Fresno

    Born in Fresno, Adrian Jones began her tenure as a commissioner on the Fresno Housing Board when she was a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher program.  Adrian is currently completing clinical hours as a Marriage and Family Therapist at North Star Wellness Center, providing mental health services.

    She has first-hand knowledge of Fresno’s affordable housing situation – having been both a voucher holder and also a former staff member at Fresno Housing. This unique combination of experience makes Adrian an especially valuable part of the Board.

    Adrian serves, or has served on professional and service organizations and committees, including:  Take a Stand, Men in Motion, the Mayor’s Citizens Academy, SEIU Local 521 Committee Action Team, District Three Planning Implementation Committee, National Association of African American Social Workers (NAASW), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, City of Fresno Police Reform Commission, and the Fresno City College Police Academy Task Force.

  • Caine Christensen
    Caine Christensen

    Vice-Chair

    M.S.W. California State University, Fresno

    Caine Christensen is the Director of Student Support Services for Fresno Unified School District.  Student Support Services provides social-emotional and mental health supports through various services and staff that include: School Social Workers; Restoring the Learning Environment Counselors providing support to Southeast Asian students and families; Attendance/SARB in addressing Chronic Absenteeism; Project ACCESS providing services to homeless/foster students and families, and; Contracted counseling providers, mental health and substance abuse partnerships.

    Previous to his work in education, Caine provided direct services and social work administration in the field of healthcare in the HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cardiac, and Pulmonary clinics as well as an 11-year span with Child Protective Services.  He also serves as Adjunct Faculty with Fresno Pacific University teaching in the Department of Social Work.

  • Sabrina Kelley
    Sabrina Kelley

    Commissioner

    M.P.H. (Public Health), California State University, Fresno

    A longtime Fresno resident, Sabrina Kelley has a family legacy of work in holistic, equitable community development. She has spent more than 10 years of her career in housing, community development and social impact sectors in Fresno, CA where she has been an advocate for equity, inclusion, and alleviating public health and community development challenges disenfranchised neighborhoods. She holds a Master of Public Health from California State University, Fresno and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Inter-Disciplinary Research Leaders Fellow.

    Sabrina is the community relations consultant and foundation officer for Wells Fargo Bank where she guides philanthropic investments for the Central Valley region from Stockton to Bakersfield, CA.  Sabrina’s work focuses on equitable community development and prioritizes

  • Stacy Vaillancourt
    Stacy Vaillancourt

    Commissioner

    B.S. University of New Hampshire
    M.B.A. New Hampshire College

    Stacy Vaillancourt is Chief Administrative Officer for Saint Agnes Medical Center.  Stacy has more than 20 of experience as a marketing executive, serving a variety of healthcare organizations, including Sutter Delta Medical in Antioch, California, and several hospitals in the Boston area.

    Stacy has a BS in Health Administration and Planning from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA from New Hampshire College.

  • Sharon Williams
    Sharon Williams

    Commissioner

    A.A., Fresno City College

    Born and raised in Fresno by a single mom, Sharon Williams values the importance of owning a home in a diverse neighborhood.  Some of her favorite childhood memories are in West Fresno listening to live performances by Tina Turner, B.B. King, or going to the drive-in movies.

    Sharon’s first job out of the grape fields was at the Downtown Fresno library. While her career spanned a variety of trades, it was her time spent as a group home counselor she became known as “Mama Sharon” and found her true calling working with troubled youth as a truth-teller, with the mantra that “this is not the end of your story.” In 1996, Sharon retired from her dream job as a counselor with Fresno Juvenile Hall.

    As a Fresno Housing resident, Sharon’s lived experience with redlining and white-flight makes her an especially valuable member of the Board.   Additionally, she believes that ownership is the foundation to achieving your dreams, building wealth, and leaving a legacy for those you love and care for.

    To Sharon, family always comes first.  She has five children, 23 grandchildren, two-dozen great-grandchildren and is committed to being involved in their lives, whether it is providing guidance or attending field trips.  She stays very involved in the community, including the Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life program and as a local youth minister.

  • Ruby Yanez
    Ruby Yanez

    Commissioner

  • Vacant
    Vacant

    Commissioner

County Board
  • Cary Catalano
    Cary Catalano

    Chair

    A.A., Fresno City College
    B.A. in Public Administration, California State University

    Born and raised in Fresno County, providing families with the necessary tools to be as successful as possible has always been at the fabric of Cary Catalano’s community involvement and his daily work.

    Since starting his firm nearly 20 years ago, Cary has grown his business from a two-person operation to a team of public/government affairs, marketing, and resource development firm serving numerous clients in industries throughout the Central Valley and the western United States.

    With more than 23 years of experience in public and government affairs with a specialty in communications and organizational development, Cary has proven results in helping all industries he serves to reach their intended goals. Before establishing Catalano Fenske & Associates, Cary was the Chief Operating Officer of the Community Food Bank for four years. The Fresno Advertising Federation awarded him the prestigious JU Berry Award for his commitment to charity work in the community. He was recognized as one of the top 100 alumni from Fresno City College. Additionally, Cary served as the president of the corporate board of directors for Girls Scouts of Central California South in which he served for three years and oversaw a complete organizational restructure. Cary also served a commissioner on the City of Fresno Planning Commission from 2014 to 2017 in which the City adopted a new General Plan focused on community revitalization.

    Cary holds a BA in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno and an Associate’s Degree from Fresno City College. He is also a graduate of Leadership Fresno. Cary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fresno State Alumni Association and the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Chair of the General Plan Review Committee for the City of Fresno. He has been appointed to the Mayor’s Fresno Recovery Committee, an advisory panel formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist in the community’s economic recovery without jeopardizing the health of residents. Cary’s commitment to providing working families with quality housing, job opportunities, and a safe community has been at the cornerstone of his community work now and in the years to come.

  • Nikki Henry
    Nikki Henry

    Vice-Chair

    B.A., Central Washington University
    M.P.A., California State University, Fresno

    Nikki Henry was born and raised in the Fresno/Clovis area and is committed to advancing the success of our community. Nikki graduated with honors from Central Washington University with a degree in Psychology where she was recognized for her many contributions to violence prevention and sexual assault awareness on her campus. Nikki later enrolled at California State University, Fresno where she completed her Master of Public Administration.

    Nikki is the Chief Information Officer with Fresno Unified School District — a large urban school district serving over 74,000 students and 10,000 staff. She guides the strategic planning of the district and oversees the district’s communications department and Parent University.

    She has worked in victim advocacy, workforce development, social services, economic development, education and philanthropy. Nikki currently serves as a Commissioner for Fresno Housing, a Board Member with the Child Care & Development Local Planning Council, and a member of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals.

    Her prior experience includes increasing opportunities for low-income families to increase their job skills and move into careers that would bring their families self-reliance. Nikki currently works to ensure the Fresno Unified Family is engaged and informed in our community’s education journey. Additionally, Nikki spent several years working in victim advocacy for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors through the Navy and the university system.

    Nikki and her husband, Jake Henry, live in Clovis and are both active in the Fresno community. Nikki and Jake love being Auntie and Uncle to their niece and nephew, love traveling the world (when a global pandemic isn’t keeping them home), and are currently expecting their first child, Betty Mae, in March 2021.

  • Joey Fuentes
    Joey Fuentes

    Commissioner

    Joey Fuentes was born into what he describes as a traditional, Selma family.  As a youth, Joey yearned for an “adventurous” life.  Unfortunately, despite having a solid family, Joey found adventure in the drugs, fighting, and criminal aspect of the gang lifestyle.

    Joey spent most of his teen years in and out of juvenile hall before moving on to the California Youth Authority, and finally transferring into prison. He realized that he didn’t want to end up like the incarcerated older men that surrounded him. At age 30, he walked out of the prison’s doors and knew he would never return.

    Joey is completing his education to become a counselor, specifically focused on youth in gangs. An honors student, he has maintained his position on the Dean’s List every semester. Additionally, Joey is a trainer and mentor to the kids at Fresno’s Main Event boxing.

    Joey credits his wife and partner of 20 years, Norma, with helping him keep his commitment to his family, his community, and remaining drug free. Together, they are parents to five children, two girls and three boys. Norma is currently a candidate for her Master’s Degree at Fresno State.

  • Valori Gallaher
    Valori Gallaher

    Commissioner

    Raised by entrepreneurial parents on a dairy farm, Valori Gallaher is no stranger to hard work.  She is the middle child of a WWII veteran, and has lived experience supporting a special needs sibling.  While Valorie spent several years in banking, she is now an office manager for a local agriculture and irrigation company.

    Living in the rural community of Caruthers, Valori adds a unique rural perspective in her role as a commissioner.  She recognizes that not all neighborhoods are wealthy, and brings a strong belief that even when individuals live paycheck to paycheck, or are unable to work, a strong sense of home is important to everyone.  Valori is inspired by the effort staff puts into the agency, and is committed to ensuring that residents have access to quality housing and economic opportunities, in the place that matters most to them. She is especially committed to helping those who may not be able, or know how to ask for the help they need.

    After the tragic passing of her husband, Valori was inspired to step into public service, and ultimately elected to fill his seat on the Caruthers School Board where she continues serving today.  She is also the proud mother to an only son and enjoys every moment with her daughter-in-law and three fabulous grandchildren.

  • Edugiben Ortiz
    Edugiben Ortiz

    Commissioner

    Born in Texas, Edugiben Ortiz and her family moved to Fresno County when she was a young girl at the age of 11.  Her family worked in farm labor throughout the Central Valley and she graduated high school from the rural community of Caruthers.  Her career provided her with experience ranging from cashiering, packing houses, and ultimately supervision.

    Edugiben now enjoys living in the Firebaugh community and is one of two resident commissioners appointed to the Fresno Housing County Board.  She is a lifelong learner, and appreciates the opportunity to continue her journey as a commissioner, bringing the perspective of both a resident, and a policy maker.  Edugiben is especially proud to be a part of the agency’s comprehensive efforts to help the homeless, develop new housing, and be part of managing such a complex budgeting process.

    Committed to putting in the hard work necessary as a commissioner, Edugiben wants to be seen as a representative of all Fresno Housing residents, whether they are voucher recipients, disabled, farm workers, or living at a Fresno Housing managed development.

    Edugiben is very proud of her family, and has six daughters, one son, eight grandsons and four granddaughters.  Outside of her commitments with Fresno Housing, and dedication to family, she spends all of her remaining time avidly enjoying sports, all of them.  Her favorite is football where her loyalty remains true to her roots back in Texas!

  • Sophia Ramos
    Sophia Ramos

    Commissioner

    Fresno City College

    Sophia Ramos was born and raised in Fresno. She started her career in the medical field as a medical assistant after attending an adult program through Duncan Polytechnical High School. She continued her studies at Fresno City College completing their innovative paradigm program through Community Hospital. Her 15-year career as a registered nurse includes rotations within the cardiac floor, emergency room, and radiology.

    Sophia understands the value of education to provide better job opportunities. As a young woman, she worked two jobs while obtaining her prerequisites for the nursing program.

    Sophia is grateful to serve on the board and looks forward to sharing her unique experiences.

  • Stacy Sablan
    Stacy Sablan

    Commissioner

    B.A., University of Northern Iowa
    J.D., St. Louis University School of Law

    Firebaugh resident Stacy Sablan is principal and owner of Sablan Legal Services. Prior to co-founding Sablan Law, Stacy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

    Stacy helps her clients develop appropriate estate plans and assists with probate and trust administration. Stacy has worked extensively in family law and dependency courtrooms, guiding her clients through difficult family transitions. She also is a frequent facilitator of strategic planning and goal setting workshops for Boards of Directors and presents to business clients and their employees about relevant topics in the law.

    In addition to her role at Fresno Housing, Stacy serves on the Firebaugh Regional Health Council (FRHC). Through her work with FRHC, she has been able to support local residents in their endeavors to live healthier lifestyles by providing a forum to facilitate multi-agency collaborations that address health, safety, and quality of life issues. These collaborations serve to enhance educational opportunities and the health care infrastructure, and also to assist in the development of the economic and employment base in Firebaugh and the surrounding communities through the creation of new – and the expansion of existing – businesses. Stacy’s experience and background, along with her commitment to Fresno County’s rural communities, brings valuable insights to Fresno Housing.

    Stacy is also an active member of the St. Joachim School Parent Club.

Audit and Executive Committees

The Boards of Commissioners’ Audit Committee and Executive Committee are comprised of each Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, an appointee of each Chair, and the CEO/Executive Director. The Audit Committee meets with auditors each year prior to an annual audit, reviews the audit plan and identifies areas of operations to be reviewed.  The Executive Committee meets monthly to determine board agenda items, and discuss administrative, development and operational matters.

COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS

Audit and Executive Committees

The Boards of Commissioners’ Audit Committee and Executive Committee are comprised of each Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, an appointee of each Chair, and the CEO/Executive Director. The Audit Committee meets with auditors each year prior to an annual audit, reviews the audit plan and identifies areas of operations to be reviewed.  The Executive Committee meets monthly to determine board agenda items, and discuss administrative, development and operational matters.

COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS

Silvercrest

Established on July 14, 1998, Silvercrest, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresno Housing and a California nonprofit public benefit.. corporation that was formed as a vehicle to own and operate affordable housing developments throughout Fresno County, primarily in a limited partnership arrangement with local developers. Silvercrest, Inc.’s Board of Directors is comprised of two members of the City Housing Authority and County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

 

Silvercrest

Established on July 14, 1998, Silvercrest, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresno Housing and a California nonprofit public benefit.. corporation that was formed as a vehicle to own and operate affordable housing developments throughout Fresno County, primarily in a limited partnership arrangement with local developers. Silvercrest, Inc.’s Board of Directors is comprised of two members of the City Housing Authority and County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

 

Housing Relinquished Fund

Established on August 24, 1987, the Housing Relinquished Funds Corporation (HRFC) receives, invests, and maintains funds on.. behalf of Fresno Housing. It is… comprised of five board members, two being the Chairpersons of the Board of Commissioners for the City of Fresno and the Board of Commissioners for the County.

Housing Relinquished Fund

Established on August 24, 1987, the Housing Relinquished Funds Corporation (HRFC) receives, invests, and maintains funds on.. behalf of Fresno Housing. It is… comprised of five board members, two being the Chairpersons of the Board of Commissioners for the City of Fresno and the Board of Commissioners for the County.