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Morgan became the Executive Director in the spring of 2016. Previously she had served as the Development and Community Relations Director and led the coordination of signature fundraising events including the annual Run for Shelter 5K, and Tastes & Treasures. She continues to engage with the community, speaking with groups of all ages and affiliations, and helping to coordinate volunteer efforts. In addition, she supports the efforts of staff and clients in our programs to work toward long term solutions to housing challenges and crises in our community. Morgan also coordinates our First Time Homebuyers Program along with the Borough of State College. Please contact her with your questions about how to help, how to donate, and how Housing Transitions works.
As the Executive Director, nearly since its inception until 2016, Ron provided vision and stable guidance through program growth and adjustment based on the needs of Centre County. His leadership maintained the integrity of Housing Transitions and allowed for the flexibility necessary to address new challenges throughout his tenure. He can be looked to for expertise on affordable housing in the area, coordinating efforts with all levels of government, and connecting with other human service organizations, and housing related services in the Centre Region.
Annette has been meeting needs and filling a number of different roles in Housing Transitions since 1997. She started in the Centre House shelter, and eventually moved behind the scenes to provide supervisory and program support to our staff. She took on more and more of the financial workings of the organization, and her attention to detail has made her adept and efficient at ensuring compliance with our grants. Recently, in 2017, her position was renamed to Finance Manager to reflect a focus on finances and compliance as our organization has grown. While she provides less of a supervisory role, members of our team continue to seek her experienced knowledge and educated opinions.
“I love what I do. I love interacting with our clients and watching their lives change. They do all the work, we are just here when they need us.”
Kendra has worked with Housing Transitions for over a decade. She started as the Centre House manager, and then worked in a number of roles, filling in where we needed. Her extensive skill set and expertise have fit well into her newest title as Program Manager, earned in early 2017. She now provides supervisory support to all of our program staff including those working in Centre House shelter, in transitional housing, and adult services case management. She also provides support to our Supportive Services Coordinator.
After years as the Housing Case Manager, Jennifer was promoted to Centre House Shelter Manager. In this role, she works directly with residents in Centre House, home to the shelter and Housing Transitions offices. In addition to working with clients, helping them set goals, and providing support and guidance during their stay, Jennifer provides leadership support to the Centre House Case Manager and the night shift supervisors who ensure the shelter is professionally staffed 24/7 all year.
“This is a very challenging job. Helping clients overcome their particular barriers and learn how to navigate safety net services, for longterm stability is rewarding.”
Ainsley regularly meets with clients in our transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing programs to work on goals, budgeting, job searches and whatever else the client might need to successfully maintain or work toward stable housing. She performs apartment inspections and juggles furniture to make sure that the apartments are kept in good condition and providing a safe, supportive environment for our clients.
As the Adult Services Case Manager, Jan helps people, from 18-59 years old, stay in their homes. A master at resource coordination, she assists people on an individual basis to address their unique needs. Often, her clients are challenged with illness or disability affecting their ability to maintain and care for their current homes.
Kristen joined Housing Transitions in the summer of 2016 as our Development and Community Relations Coordinator. In addition to leading coordinating outreach and volunteer opportunities, Kristen has led the way in creating new and fun events for all different demographics. The family tea party was a fun new addition to our winter line up of activities designed to raise awareness and funds for our organization. Coming soon, expect to see more new events like the Food Truck Rally in the Valley. Kristen will be happy to talk with your organization about ways to help Housing Transitions and our community!