Senior Leadership Team
Becky Dennison, Executive Director
Becky Dennison began her tenure as Executive Director with Venice Community Housing in January of 2016. She brings over twenty years of experience in non-profit management, organizational development and community organizing to VCH. Prior to joining VCH, Becky was the Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) where she worked alongside low-income and homeless leaders in Downtown and South Los Angeles to promote social and racial justice through community organizing, civic participation, and public policy development. She held prior positions in other homeless services and advocacy organizations, and is a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous colleges and universities on topics such as housing policy, criminalization of poverty, and equitable development. A former resident of Venice, she has been active in the neighborhood to ensure the historic diversity and vibrancy is protected and long-term residents can remain in the changing community. Becky graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s
Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
Erika Lee, Deputy Director
Erika joined VCH in July 2020. Erika was previously with Venice Community Housing from 2011-2015 serving as its Associate Director of Development. Erika brings a unique skill set to VCH with a strong background in fund development, public health, and community advocacy. Erika was instrumental in leading VCH to reach its 1 million dollar fundraising goal in 2017. In her role as Deputy Director, Erika oversees VCH’s Westside Youth Academy, Roots to Grow and Policy and Program teams. Erika earned her Bachelors Degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Northeastern University and her Masters of Science Degree in Communication, Health and Life Sciences from Wageningen University and Research.
Allison Riley, Sr. Director of Housing Development
Allison joined VCH in March 2020 with nearly 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and finance. Most recently as Managing Director of Real Estate Development for PATH Ventures (PV) a nonprofit developer focused on supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. She led the real estate team that expanded PATH Ventures portfolio by nearly 1,000 units and supported the organization’s shift to develop independently. Allison spent two years as a Senior Housing Finance Consultant at the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC), where she provided financial consulting services and training to nonprofit affordable
housing developers throughout California. Prior to CHPC, she was Senior Project Manager at LINC Housing Corporation where she spent over 5 years financing and developing a wide range of affordable housing developments including homes for families, seniors, and special needs populations. Her previous five years were focused on financing, in project management roles, at WNC and Associates, Inc. and HUD’s Multifamily Development Department in Denver. She got her start in affordable housing development at the Boulder County Housing Authority where she was responsible for securing public and conventional financing to acquire small apartment buildings. She earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.
Kathy Montazemi, Sr. Director of Asset Management
Kathy joined Venice Community Housing in November 2021, bringing over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial property management.
Kathy joined the field of Affordable Housing in November 2013 and oversaw portfolio of 1200 units under various programs including HUD, Rural Development, LIHTC, HOME, and Permanent Supportive Housings. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business with emphasis on Leadership and Dispute Resolution. Kathy oversees the properties’ operations and asset management of VCH’s whole portfolio.
Myrna Bohan, 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.
Paola Fontana, Director of Operations
Paola Fontana joined the staff of VCH in 2008 and has over twenty 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.
Yannis Oliver, Finance Director
Yannis joined Venice Community Housing as its Director of Finance bringing over 10 years of non-profit accounting and finance experience. Prior to joining Venice Community Housing, Yannis spent 10 years at Community Build Inc. as its Controller. During his tenure with Community Build, Yannis oversaw and managed its Accounting/Finance team, prepared and monitored all budgets, financial statements, and financial analysis. Yannis holds a MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Antonio Tate, Director of Resident Services
Antonio Tate joined Venice Community Housing in 2022 bringing over 15 years of intensive case management and clinical supervision experience. Antonio has honed his skills with both national and local organizations; focusing on developing effective strategic plans, clinical oversight, program administration, crisis intervention and assessments. Antonio has served as a Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Associate Director and a Director of Services. Antonio holds a Masters of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois.