Board & Leadership
CJ Nava, Board Member
Primerica, Inc. Representative; Registered Representative of PFSI
Reaching a new plateau usually takes modifying how you think about your daily life and, especially, your daily choices. I am dedicated to presenting solutions to the fundamental financial problems preventing families in our community from creating debt freedom and financial independence. I truly believe that anything worth achieving in life takes planning and effort.
Crystal Mourad, Board Member
In my youth I worked as a full charge bookeeper. For 28 years I was a healthcare worker. Two years ago I joined CHAT and the Mayor's Task Force, later joining North Valley Housing Trust. Although I am no longer attached to CHAT I still participate in Safe Space and I am still involved in the Greater Chico Homeless Task Force.
Guillermo Sandoval, Treasurer
CRA Officer and Vice President, Tri Counties Bank
Guillermo Sandoval grew up in the small town of Dayton in Eastern Washington. He started his banking career at Banner Bank in 1995, running the bank’s CRA program for the past 16 years. Prior to coming to Tri Counties Bank in Chico, Guillermo served as Board Chair of Hacienda CDC in Portland, Board Chair of Impact Capital CDFI in Seattle and Secretary of the Washington Community Reinvestment Association also in Seattle.
He holds an Economics degree from Whitman College and certificates from the ABA Compliance School and the National Community Development Lending School provided by the Federal Reserve Bank. He has had the honor of being a panelist at statewide housing conferences and has also served as presenter at local CRA Roundtable events sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Jennifer Wilking, Secretary
Assistant Professsor, Department of Political Science, CSU Chico
Professor Wilking researches and teaches in the field of Comparative Politics, specializing in developing countries, broadly, and China, specifically. She is committed to understanding and addressing issues surrounding poverty, both at home and abroad.
Lauren Kennedy, Executive DirectorIncoming executive director Lauren Kennedy has over a decade of experience working in sustainability and housing systems. A Realtor with previous experience in birth-work and local food, she believes healthy thriving community depends on having enough safe and secure spaces to meet the needs of all. She is thrilled to be working as part of a dream team at NVHT to make this a reality for her beloved home in the North State. Her full-time focus is housing, but she also loves reading sci-fi, romping the wild spaces in and around Chico, making food for loved ones, and scheming at her local coffee shop in South Chico. She is a volunteer for Safe Space Winter Shelter and serves on the Board of Directors at Chico Natural Foods Co-op.
Meagan Meloy, Board Member
Meagan has a MPA from CSUC in 2009 and a BA from Western Michigan University in 1999. She has over 15 years experience providing support to homeless students and families. She has been the School Ties program coordinator for 10 years, providing educational support services to families experiencing homelessness and foster youth in Butte County. In addition, Meagan served as the Butte County Contiuum of Care Coordinator from 2010-2013.
Mike Sealey, Board Member
Founder & CEO Aircraft Extrusion Co.
Mike Sealey joined NVHT in the summer of 2017 and is an active participant in the Chico community, volunteering at the Torres Shelter and participated in a number of local fundraisers and committees. As a business owner and entrepreneur he brings a unique business perspective to the group focusing on marketing strategies and long term growth.
“It is a privilege to be involved with NVHT, an organization that shows not only what we can achieve individually, but also how much we can accomplish as a community when we support each other. I try to understand the problems and life stressors of local individuals experience through homelessness I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual.”
Nancy Evens, Vice President
Nancy Evens, MA, is a long time resident of Butte County who retired in 2011. During her career as a counselor in Chico's public schools and as a social worker in foster care, Nancy worked with children and families who struggled with housing issues. Nancy is an active member of the Congregation Beth Israel Social Justice Committee, the Greater Chico Homeless Task Force, and volunteers at the Torres and Safe Space Shelters.
Roberto Rojas, Board Member
Roberto A. Rojas has had over 26 years of experience as a Property Manager in the housing industry. This consists of managing student housing, implementing high-end market rate housing, and creating affordable/low income housing for apartment communities. He has managed eight different apartment communities with varying layered regulatory requirements with a total of 14 team/ staff members.
He was elected to Board President of Gridley’s Improvement District. Throughout working with Community Housing Improvement program he has learned about subsidy program requirements.
While working with Hignell & Hignell he has coordinated remote site software and marketing as well as being involved directly with individual property owners to help them reach their goals and objectives for pertaining properties. At Hignell & Hignell he was personally responsible for six projects totaling 497 units under his management. Roberto is currently working for Winn residential which is one of the largest affordable housing management company in the United States.
Sherry Morgado, President
Assistant Director with Butte County Public Health Department
Sherry has nearly 30 years of experience working in the areas of social services, housing, and community development, all focused on serving low-income individuals and their families. She served as the Director of Housing & Neighborhood Services for the City of Chico for 6 ½ years, and is now an Assistant Director at the Butte County Department of Public Health. Having worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors in those 30 years, she brings a holistic perspective to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. She is especially interested in the intersectionality of how housing, economic security, and health and well-being are all supported by each other and how communities can come together from a strengths-based approach to deal with these challenges.
Siana Sonoquie, Outreach Director
Siana Sonoquie is a creative director who has focused her work on projects related to housing, homelessness and the development of thriving healthy communties. She brings over ten years of experience from the consumer products industry and is deeply involved in local efforts within the public sector in response to the housing crisis, working as a consultant for homeless service providers and as acting as an advocate for those experiencing homelessness throughout Chico. She is driven by compassion and the power of community and is commited to creating a more just and liberated world.
Sonia Aery, Board Member
Sonia was born in Chico and grew up in Yuba City, CA. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Community & Regional Development at UC Davis and a Masters Degree in City & Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
After four years in the nonprofit world working on housing, workforce development, and financial stability issues, Sonia joined her father's Allstate agency in Yuba City. She now serves as an Exclusive Agent for Allstate here in Chico. Her agency's mission is to ensure the highest level of protection and financial stability for every customer while providing excellent customer service.
Sonia is currently a member of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and an affiliate member of the Chico Association of Realtors.
News & Announcements
July 7, 2017
Our 2017 Spring Masquerade was a great success!
Over 100 people attended. All enjoyed a fun night of great food, wine, Casino games, Art Silent Auction, a Light show and DJ Dancing!
May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 24 from 11:30am-1pm Valley View Apartments | 103 Silver Dollar Way | Chico, CA Valley View Apartments is an affordable permanent supportive housing community for low income Mental Health Services Act eligible adult
February 3, 2017
We are kicking off our Valley View Fresh Start Campaign! This is an effort to provide furniture for the new residents at Valley View Apartments, NVHT's first housing project.
February 3, 2017
So many lovely people came out to support NVHT's event Storied Streets Movie night, on Jan 22! We couldn't have done it without some amazing talents!!
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