With over three decades of experience in managing, streamlining, and enhancing the operations of enterprises, Sheila excels at identifying complex issues and creating innovative solutions that drive organizational performance. Leaving the corporate world, Sheila joined Front Porch to fulfill her passion for serving older adults. As Senior Director of Home Match and Market Day she has been able to blend her passion and expertise to help combat food insecurity and the severe housing crisis in California. Sheila loves working collaboratively with teams to bring visions into fruition. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, reading and spending quality time with family, especially her grandchildren!
Luke completed his BA in International Relations at San Francisco State University and his MA in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia where he also taught as a Sessional Lecturer and advanced to candidacy in the Human Geography PhD program conducting research on the history of cities and critical pedagogy. Luke’s participatory research into health and wellbeing in urban communities led him to transition from his university career into non-profit community work with organizations in Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Luke brings a deep understanding of the history of cities and urban planning to bear in developing creative solutions for contemporary urban issues like housing shortages and environmental degradation. Outside of work Luke carries on his passion for philosophy and poetry in conversation with the liminal spaces between natural and urban landscapes.
Lucie received a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Master of International Forestry with a focus on community forest management from the University of British Columbia. She has 14 years of experience working for non-profits in diverse environments, and a passion for engaging with the public via varied mediums. Though Lucie’s studies and career have been diverse, they have all been grounded in service to and strengthening of communities. In her down time Lucie enjoys walking in the woods, spending quality time with friends, and exploring philosophy across disciplines.
Languages: English, German
Susie brings 20+ years of experience engaging communities in San Francisco with a focus on environmental justice, transitional age youth workforce development, and racial equity. She believes in empowering residents via strong partnerships and equity-based community building. Recent roles include managing the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, an environmental education center on the southeast shoreline of San Francisco Bay, and leading a team with Friends of the Urban Forest in pursuit of climate resiliency and community health. These roles laid bare the need to work towards affordable housing options for San Francisco residents of all ages and especially to prevent the displacement of seniors, as health and justice begin with a stable and happy home. When she’s not at work you can find her playing pinball or tending to her carnivorous plant collection.
Brenna completed her BS at Illinois State University and her JD at Suffolk University Law School. Brenna’s previous roles include working on behalf of wrongfully convicted individuals in the criminal legal system as well as with survivors of violence. Home Match is Brenna’s first role in the Bay Area and she is excited to work within the communities of Alameda County. In her free time, Brenna enjoys reading, yoga, and attending concerts.
Originally from Oakland, Rachel lived in Los Angeles working in the music industry, from being a personal artist manager, to record label owner, to VP at Disney, launching their pop label Hollywood Records. After 25 years, she felt a new calling in life: working with seniors. First, she was a Program Director at Rebuilding Together Oakland, then for St. Vincent DePaul, and on to Director of Acting Living and Transportation at Lake Park Senior Community. Finally, she has landed at Home Match! She recently moved to San Leandro, and likes spending her time on long walks with her dogs, and considers herself a voracious reader and experiential cook.
Logan completed her BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her MBA in Organizational Leadership from University of California-Davis. She has over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations through social work and non-profits. Logan finds motivation and drive through the ability to help individuals in the county she grew up in—Contra Costa County. In her free time Logan enjoys spending time with her two dogs and her family as well as doing anything creative from crafts to singing.
Languages: English, Spanish
Joey received a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Joey has been working in applied social work for the past 4 years focusing on low-income, and neuro-divergent communities. With Home Match, Joey is excited to apply his knowledge to support program participants as they seek secure housing. In his down time Joey enjoys spending time with his dog and exploring everything the Bay Area has to offer.
Languages: English, Spanish
Alfonso Gutierrez is a current master’s student at California State University East Bay in Public Administration. Alfonso’s previous roles include working as a Case Manager with homeless or at risk people. On Alfonso’s down time, he enjoys jogging, reading, watching horror movies or anime, and spending as much time as possible with his two dogs.
Languages: English, Spanish
Merrie graduated from U.C. Davis in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Since then, she has gathered experience in behavioral health assisting adults in re-entry as well as working with children with autism. With Home Match, Merrie is excited to support older adults with their housing needs and goals. In her free time, Merrie enjoys spending time with her pug, exploring new places and restaurants in the Bay Area, and cooking new recipes.