CONTROLLER: Priscilla Smith brings over twenty years of accounting experience in property management and non-profit accounting. Prior to joining VCH, Priscilla was the General Ledger Supervisor at Goldrich & Kest Inc (G&K). She has also held accounting positions at Maguire Thomas Partners, Lowe Industries and was the Chief Financial Officer at DOVES of Big Bear Lake. While at G&K Priscilla worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the California Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) where she taught training sessions in government accounting for HUD seminars. Priscilla received her BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: Paola Fontana joined the staff of VCH in 2008 and brings over nine years of experience in management, affordable housing, property management, and information technology. Paola worked for six years at Project New Hope, the largest operator of housing for people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County, as Program Manager for Resident Services. Paola shaped the agency’s data collection, reporting, and documentation from pencil and paper to an online database tracking system that with a simple click of a mouse generates reports for various private and government funding sources. After Project New Hope, Paola was recruited as Account Manager by Domus Systems, a web-based program for data collection and reporting requirements for the affordable housing and non-profit industries. Paola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: Myrna Bohan is a trusted advisor, community leader, a person with a strong work ethic and an energetic spirit. Myrna began her career teaching 3rd grade and Jr. High remedial reading. She then entered the corporate world in the field of Human Resources where she spent over 13 years cultivating the best in internal customer service and human relations. She then made the decision to marry her personal beliefs with her professional life and began her foray into a professional position with Girl Scouts. Myrna spent eight years in Fund Development for the iconic organization, raising financial resources, community awareness, and creating strategic and successful community collaborations. She joined VCH in 2011. Myrna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Cal State Fullerton and a MBA in Non-Profit Management from Chapman University.
DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: Bernel Williams
DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROGRAMS: Bridgett Bell brings a wide range of experience working in various academic and community service environments to her position at Venice Community Housing, where she works daily to connect clients with the programs and services they need. Bridgett oversees the Study Lounge, Teen Court, and Supportive Services programs. Through her domestic work at 1736 Family Crisis Center and Haven Hills, Inc. she provided staff supervision, program administration, and client services to families with challenging case needs. Bridget holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Jackson State University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS: Kevin Michini received his BFA in photography from the Academy of Art San Francisco in 2002 and is currently working on a second degree in Art History and Visual and Performing Arts Education from UCLA. He has been working in youth development at Venice Community Housing for the past 10 years, starting as the organization’s Youth Program Coordinator for LA Bridges afterschool program at Mark Twain Middle School. Kevin has constantly and creatively pursued his passion to work with undeserved children and their families, developing a photography-based arts program to connect students to their community through awareness and advocacy. He brought his passion for the arts and building community to Venice YouthBuild in 2010 as Case Manager for the program, and helped support the youth as they created the program’s first arts show and fundraiser. Becoming the program’s Transition Coordinator in 2014, Kevin helped develop youth career plans that reached placement measures for the program well above the national average during his first year of coordination. Now as the Venice YouthBuild Director, Kevin will continue to use his passion for the arts and experiential learning to create partnerships that will support life-long learners and a future of active young advocates of the YouthBuild movement.
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER: Anup Patel worked for Abode Communities prior to joining VCH. In that role, he helped bring major affordable housing developments into the pipeline leading the team of architects, financial consultants, and community planning groups. One key project was a mixed-use development of 60 family units, 25,000 square foot commercial grocery, and 6,500 square foot public park in the historic Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Anup also managed a joint venture team of four developers for the Rancho San Pedro Revitalization Project redeveloping 478 affordable housing units into a 900 mixed-unit community on a 23-acre lot; involving complex financial structures, phasing plan, and site design to accommodate mixed-use, mixed-income master plan development. Anup is well versed in securing entitlements, financing, design, and overall project management. Anup holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture, a BS from NYU, and a PMP Certificate from Project Management Institute.