OUR TEAM

Lauren King

Executive Director

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Lauren is the Homeless Coalition’s Executive Director and works to further community engagement and help our community reimagine what a place to call home can look like. Lauren works hard to get people to understand that homelessness is something that happens to people and not something that defines them. Her passion lies in programs addressing homelessness and poverty and she is certain that we can figure this out. Lauren is a proud social worker who bleeds purple, but may also have a touch of burnt orange in her as well. When she’s not working to end homelessness, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, traveling as much as possible, and cheering the Frogs on at every opportunity.

Alex Dunn

Director of CoC Planning

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Alex is the Homeless Coalition’s Director of CoC Planning and is in charge of all management activities for our local Continuum of Care. Alex is responsible for fostering community-wide alignment and partnerships to ensure our community continues to perform well and at the national and local level. She oversees our annual collaborative grant application to HUD, submissions to the Housing Inventory Chart, Point in Time Count, and Annual HMIS Performance Report. Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree from TCU and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UTA. She is the mother of two children, and enjoys walking, boxing, great food and reading.

Anthony Hogg

Director of CoC Operations

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Anthony is the Director of CoC Operations and has designed and managed database systems for nonprofits for more than 10 years. Anthony implemented ETO for the Homeless Coalition in 2011, and has extensive experience with local, state and federal funding sources including HUD grant programs such as SHP, ESG and HPRP, all of which aim to prevent and end homelessness. When Anthony is not solving the world’s problems with data, he like longs walks on the beach, star gazing and giving sarcastic answers to personal things that he likes to do.

Debra Johnson

Director of Administration

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Debra is the Director of Administration at The Homeless Coalition! With over 6 years of experience working in nonprofits, hospitals, and higher education, Debra does a little bit of everything to keep us on track here at the office every day. She graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and is passionate about serving in a place where she makes a difference for the greater good. When she is not working, you can catch her outdoors in her garden enjoying the sun!

Shannon Barnes

Director of Training and Special Initiatives

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Shannon is the Director of Training and Special Initiatives here at the Homeless Coalition, and makes sure all of our community trainings, general meetings, and Boot Camp are in order and go well while also facilitating special initiatives in our Continuum. She is passionate about nonprofit work because she finds joy in helping others. When she’s not ensuring that everyone in our continuum is trained up, she enjoys working out, hiking, camping, indoor rock climbing, and anything else that is adventurous and outside.

Ash Campbell

YHDP Manager

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Ash is the YHDP (Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program) Manager at The Homeless Coalition and oversees the development and implementation of our community approach to ending youth homelessness. Ash holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tarleton State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UTA. With over 10 years of experience working in non-profits in Tarrant County, Ash is passionate about ensuring the most vulnerable in our communities have access to holistic resources to ensure an improved quality of life. In their free time, Ash enjoys traveling, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and San Antonio Spurs, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching The Office on repeat.

Bambi Bonilla

HMIS Manager

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Bambi is the Homeless Coalition’s Information Services Manager. She works closely with the Homeless Coalition’s Assessors, ensuring that processes at the entry points of homelessness are streamlined and work well and our community’s data gives valuable insights to providing services. When she’s not streamlining and working with data, Bambi loves to read and enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

Kimberly Doty

Landlord Engagement Manager

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Kimberly is one of the Homeless Coalition’s CoC Operations Managers and is our go to team member on all things Landlord Engagement and Employment Resources. Every day she is strategizing new or unique housing solutions for every single person that comes through our Continuum. She is continually engaging new properties on why it is important to house those most vulnerable, while also brainstorming with developers on what it looks like to create new housing through city and nonprofit partners. She is motivated because she believes that everyone deserves to have someone in their corner that is encouraging positive solutions to get them back on their feet. She believes in being there for case managers and their clients through every step and is always there to coach them through the sometimes trickier parts of the rental process. Ensuring the best outcome for their clients. When she is not breaking down barriers to housing in our community, you can find her enjoying family time through sports, girl scouts and boy scouts, 4H shows, camping, or just searching for the best hole in the wall spots here in Texas!

Nathan Crites-Herren

Coordinated Entry Manager

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Nathan is our CoC Operations Manager at the Homeless Coalition and is responsible for helping quickly and accurately match people to housing that best meets their needs. He works extensively with our community partners and primarily focuses on streamlining the coordinated entry process and maximizing diversion and rapid exit programs. When he’s not working to improve system services, Nathan enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books and engaging in community actions related to the issues of social justice and poverty.  He also loves playing baseball in an independent adult baseball league.  An avid outdoorsman, Nathan enjoys backpacking, canoeing, hunting, rock climbing and romping through the woods with his two dogs.

Rachel Amerson

Outreach Manager

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Rachel Amerson is our Outreach Manager here at the Homeless Coalition. She works directly with the outreach teams in Tarrant and Parker County, coordinating the various efforts to get unsheltered folks connected with resources. She is passionate about breaking down barriers and increasing access to services. Before working at TCHC, Rachel spent four years on the JPS Street Medicine team as a Community Health Worker, helping patients navigate the healthcare system and community resources. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES ®), has a B.S. in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and will start an MPH program at UNT-HSC this summer. When she is not working to increase access to healthcare and housing for people in her community, she enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time at home with her husband and cats.

Audrey Klein

Communication and Development Coordinator

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Audrey is the Homeless Coalition’s go to team member for how to get involved in our community! You can find her working hard with community members and our partners to ensure they have the resources they need to better serve those experiencing homelessness in our community. Audrey is a proud TCU Horned Frog, and always been passionate about engaging her community through volunteering, and is excited to do exactly that everyday to serve those experiencing homelessness. In her free time you can catch her reading a good book, baking, or hanging out with her friends at almost any TCU Sporting Event.

Casey Davis

Program Support Specialist

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Casey is the Homeless Coalition’s Program Support Specialist, and you can catch her doing everything she can to ensure our office continues to run smoothly and efficiently. She provides everyday support for both boards of directors, stakeholders, Homeless Coalition staff, and our partners. Her motivation comes from wanting to do something that makes a lasting impact, instead of just putting a Band-Aid on the issues surrounding homelessness. When she is not doing a little bit of everything to keep us moving forward here at the Homeless Coalition, you can find her shuttling at least one of her kids to events, sports, you name it. Through all of the busy, she still finds joy in travelling, camping, or going outdoors to just spend time with her family!

Charlotte Wiig

Coordinated Entry Coordinator

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Charlotte is one of the Homeless Coalition’s Operations Coordinators. She assesses people who are experiencing homelessness for housing and employability and gets them linked to appropriate resources. Charlotte is mobile, which allows her to really meet people where they are. When she is not working to end homelessness, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her cat and travelling.

Joel Marshall

Assessor

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Joel is the scan card guy at the Homeless Coalition. He makes scan cards so clients can access services at the local shelters and assessments to make sure clients are on the housing list. When he’s not helping clients access services, he likes to go camping with friends and family. He works in the nonprofit field because many years ago his dad told him to be a giver not a taker. Joel feels he’s lived a privileged life, and it is his duty to give back to the community.

Jenny Finley

Training Coordinator

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Jenny is our Training Coordinator here at the Homeless Coalition, and is responsible for ensuring all of our community trainings, staff trainings, general meetings, and Boot Camp are running smoothly. She has worked in the nonprofit world since 1999, and is very passionate about helping others. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from UTA, but bleeds a little purple too. She loves country music; Luke Bryan is her celebrity crush. When she is not working, you can always find her spending time with family, cooking, baking, or generally just in the kitchen at night and on the weekend – always rockin’ to some country tunes.

Justin Quick

SOAR Benefits Coordinator

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Justin is our SOAR Benefits Coordinator here at the Homeless Coalition. He works with our Continuum to engage and advocate for disability benefits on behalf of our clients. He is passionate about breaking down barriers and increasing access to services. Before working at TCHC, Justin spent over two years on the PNS Housing Solutions team as a Journey Home Guide. Prior to that, Justin worked in both New Mexico and Colorado as a SOAR Benefits Advocate for multiple years. He has his Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado Denver in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University. Outside of work, Justin enjoys camping, skiing, softball, video games, and going for hikes with his wife and dog.

Karmyn Livings

HMIS Coordinator

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Karmyn is the Homeless Coalition’s Information Services Specialist. She assists in the evaluation, development, maintenance, implementation and modification of user needs and requests that come through ETO, Green River, CAS, and Talent LMS. She is motivated to serve those experiencing homelessness because of her awareness that we could all experience the same things they do, and that everyone needs someone in their corner. If she can assist and send love to anyone that doesn’t have it, that is what she will do. Karmyn is a graduate student at UNT, studying Health Services Administration with a concentration in Health Data Analytics. When she isn’t working hard every day to ensure we are constantly improving our user experiences, you can find her catching a nap, shopping, or finding her next great travel adventure!

Katie Welch

Planning Data Analyst

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Katie is one of the CoC Planning Coordinators at the Homeless Coalition. She assists with the monitoring and evaluation of housing programs, data analysis, and policy research.  She loves working with people and advocating on behalf of those who aren’t given the opportunity to do so. She believes all people have value and deserve a safe environment to thrive and live a happy life. In her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, volunteering, and watching lots and lots of Netflix.

Laura Benitez

Outreach Benefits Specialist

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Laura is our Outreach Benefits Specialist here at The Homeless Coalition and is responsible for providing direct-client assistant for disability benefits. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in Social Work with a Business Administration Minor, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work as well. She has a passion for serving vulnerable populations and those that are stigmatized by society. She wants to help them navigate and connect to resources that will allow them to make a difference in their lives. Outside of work, Laura enjoys doing outdoor activities, watching documentaries, trying new restaurants, and doing some photography.

Lindsey Smith

Landlord Engagement Coordinator - Arlington

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Lindsey is our Arlington Landlord Engagement Coordinator here at the Homeless Coalition. She works to promote access to housing by building positive relationships with Arlington landlords, partners, and community members. As an Arlington Native, she brings over 18 years of experience in property management to our team. Lindsey has a B.B.A in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is inspired by seeing others triumph over adversity and witnessing her fellow humans come out on the other side. When she is not breaking down barriers to housing, she can be found painting and hiding rocks with her son at local parks, planning her next road trip to the beach, or soaking up the local culture around town.

Stella Pratt

CoC Planning Coordinator

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Stella is one of the Homeless Coalition’s CoC Planning Coordinators. You can catch her assisting with monitoring and program evaluations, working on and assisting with grant management, onboarding new agencies into the CoC, and facilitating the committees for our community priority populations and Advisory Council Committees. She got into nonprofit work because she enjoys being around people and organizations who aren’t scared to do something different to make change. Stella enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, music, shopping, binge watching Netflix, seeing the latest movies, trying new things, meeting new people and keeping up with the latest dance moves.

Stephanie Cairo

Coordinated Entry Specialist

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Stephanie is our Outreach Benefits Specialist here at the Homeless Coalition. She has been passionate about homeless services since she was 12 years old, always questioning why people didn’t have a home. She has been working in homeless services for over 13 years and cannot imagine herself doing anything else. Her experience comes from working with a variety of agencies like True Worth Place as an outreach journey home guide, LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services) Outreach and Crisis Call Center staff,  PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) outreach case manager metro transit lines, Midnight Mission Supervisor for their case management team and HMIS data. She started her career outreaching in the LA Skid Row area and worked all the service plan areas in LA and Orange County. When she is not working hard to connect clients with what they need to succeed, she enjoys gaming with her children and spending time with her Granddogs and Grandcats.

Teimesha Holland

Business Manager

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Teimesha works as the Homeless Coalition Business Manager, and is a big part of keeping us on track. She ensures that not only our internal office is running smoothly by supporting staff and stakeholders, but that our partners and their clients are connected to the resources needed to help with prevention and diversion. Teimesha is inspired by the kindness of others and believes it can be very contagious if you let it. In her spare time, Teimesha loves to read, bake, cook, craft, play bingo and anything else that she can do with her family.

Tia Goss

HMIS Specialist

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Tia is a member of the Homeless Coalition’s HMIS team. As an HMIS Specialist, she ensures compliance is being met for system access for user accounts throughout the CoC, maintains help desk ticket requests, and assists with Direct Client Services Funds. She graduated from Alcorn State University with a Bachelors in Computer Science. Tia gained experience with homeless services and HUD data standards from working with a CoC in Mississippi in a similar role. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, crafts, and hands-on activities.

Lisa A.

Helpline Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR
Krystle Gandhi
JPS Health Network

VICE-CHAIR
Jerome Johnson
Fort Worth Housing Solutions

SECRETARY
Tiffany Kutch
JoCo Community Radio

TREASURER
Lyn Scott
Guardianship Services, Inc.

PAST CHAIR
Nathan Davis
Aspen Wealth Management

Amanda Cooper
Sente Mortgage

Deborah Kratky
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Devon Armstrong
JPS Health Network

Dr. DiAnn Sanchez 
Sanchez & Associates

Dr. Frank Lonergan
JPS Health Network

Jay White
Higginbotham

John Avila 
Byrne Construction

Dr. Kapreta Johnson
Dallas College

Steve Tatum
Cantey Hanger

Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers
City of Arlington

Y’londa Finley
North TX Area Community Health Center