Richard Cho

Chief Executive Officer 
Dr. Cho joined CCEH in November 2018 and brought 20 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector. From 2013 to 2016, Cho served as the Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the federal agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness. At USICH, Dr. Cho was responsible for coordinating the efforts across 19 federal departments to implement Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to end and prevent homelessness in America, and played a key role in the national push to end veteran and chronic homelessness.He also held several positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where he spearheaded the development of supportive housing models and policies for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, justice-involved populations, and other vulnerable populations. For the last two and half years, Cho has been helping to lead national efforts to improve police interactions with people with mental health needs, and to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, including helping to increase connections to stable housing. He currently serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force, as well as the Kings County/Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Justice 2020 Committee, Mental Health Subcommittee. He brings a breadth of national and regional experience to the role.

Carl Asikainen

Waterbury-Torrington, Central CT Community Impact Coordinator
Carl Asikainen comes to CCEH with 20 years of experience working to address food insecurity and homelessness. Most recently, Carl worked as a Food Systems Manager at TEEG, a human service organization that lends aid and support to communities of Northeastern Connecticut. Prior to that, Carl worked as an outreach worker for End Hunger CT! and for Project Home in Philadelphia. Currently he is the Youth Systems Coordinator at CCEH and is working throughout the state helping to advance community capacity building efforts to end youth homelessness.“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 

Mike Apotsos


Research Analyst
Mike Apotsos is a Research Analyst for CCEH. He is responsible for assisting the data team with evaluating data for system performance measures, and will eventually be coordinating the annual PIT Count. Prior to his current position, Mike worked as a Market Researcher for various private companies across Connecticut. Mike received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and his M.S.M.R. from Michigan State University.“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr. Seuss

Ryan Beach

Marketing and Development Coordinator
Ryan comes to CCEH from The Connecticut Forum. His background is in non-profit development and marketing for arts and cultural organizations, but volunteering for organizations focused on ending homelessness helped him to realize his true passion for that cause. He has a B.A. in English Literature from The Ohio State University.“Take a sad song and make it better” – The Beatles

Tashmia Bryant


Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Tashmia Bryant is a proud native and current resident of Hartford, CT. Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCONN, Tashmia has taught Career Competency Development training to Hartford’s youth, helped locate safe and affordable housing for families at risk of homelessness, and coordinated rental subsidies through a Housing Assistance Fund. She has a keen interest in addressing homelessness and other housing concerns in her community and beyond, as she feels everyone deserves a safe place to call home.At CCEH, Tashmia coordinates training and technical assistance on topics related to ending homelessness, organizes and creates topic-specific webinars on best practices, assists in statewide projects related to ending homelessness including writing, developing print and digital materials, and supporting local efforts . She also updates and creates content for website resource pages related to training and technical assistance and creates guidelines and tools to assist providers.Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. – Shirley Chisholm

Sarah Fox, LMSW

Director of Advocacy and Community Impact
Sarah Fox is the Director of Advocacy and Community Impact for CCEH. She is responsible for managing statewide advocacy initiatives and advancing community capacity building efforts. Prior to her current position, Sarah worked as a Project Coordinator in New Haven and Norwalk, helping to provide leadership, technical assistance, and project management to reach regional, state, and federal goals to end homelessness. Before joining the CCEH Team, Sarah worked as a family violence victim advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven and as a recovery and advocacy advisor working with individuals living with chronic mental illness at Fellowship Place, Inc. Sarah received her B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Program Planning and Development from Cornell University and her M.S.W. with a concentration in Policy Practice from UCONN School of Social Work. In her graduate career, Sarah interned in the Office of Congressman Christopher Murphy, the Office of State Representative Toni Walker, and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work.“Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. ” – Goethe

Roy Graham

Youth Special Projects Coordinator
Roy joined CCEH in October of 2018. He works on the Youth Homelesss Demonstration Project (YHDP) by coordinating the Youth Shelter Diversion and Rapid Exit programs, supporting the Youth Navigators, supporting housing inspections, and providing general training and technical assistance to youth homeless providers.Roy has been working with youth and young adults for over 15 years. He was a Consultant for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, partnering with mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and True Colors. He worked for the Center for Children’s Advocacy as their Outreach Coordinator where he conducted youth outreach and case management. Roy came to CCEH from the Women & Families Center where he was a Residential Coordinator for the Project REACH Transitional Living Program housing six youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness.

David Gonzalez Rice


Eastern CT Community Impact Coordinator
David Gonzalez Rice comes to CCEH from the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, where he developed a supportive housing program and supervised coordinated intake and street outreach staff. While at NLHHC, he also supplied key leadership to regional efforts to end chronic homelessness. A former educator and researcher, David holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. His research focused on grassroots social justice movements, and in school he worked as a community organizer and international human rights observer. In 2013, seeking a more direct role in service to those most in need, David transitioned from academia to human services.At CCEH, David serves the Southeast CT Coordinated Access Network, where he facilitates inter-agency collaboration toward the goal of ending all forms of homelessness.“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” – Jean Vanier

Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley

Deputy Director
Mary Ann Haley joined the CT Coalition to End Homelessness in May 2015 as Deputy Director. Some of her roles include overseeing statewide training and technical assistance, leading the Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative, the Taskforce on Re-entry, and the organization’s efforts to end youth homelessness. She has also led the organization’s efforts to build the state’s capacity to integrate diversion into its coordinated entry process. She has been trained as a trainer by Ed Boyte of the Cleveland Mediation Institute in shelter diversion and has been training for the last two years both across CT and in other communities. Haley also has an extensive history working in social service organizations with a background in program development, quality assurance, compliance, and advocacy. Haley is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Ph.D. from New York University.“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Ann Frank 

Julia Minchew

Program Development Coordinator
Julia Minchew is a native of Ohio. She holds a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Masters of Nonprofit Administration & Leadership from Cleveland State University. Over the past 8 years, Julia has worked for nonprofits that seek to meet their community’s basic needs. She comes to CCEH from a community health center in New Hampshire where she supported marketing, events, grants, fundraising, and volunteer coordination. Julia’s past experiences include being an AmeriCorps VISTA in Ohio and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique. She’s also worked for Family Promise, a hospice, and an NGO in Honduras. Julia is dedicated to developing long-term solutions for poverty and homelessness.“If you move though the world with only your intellect, then you walk with only one leg. If you move though the world with only your compassion, then you walk with one leg. But if you move through the world with both intellect and compassion, then you have wisdom.” – Maha Ghosananda

Stephanie Moise

STICH AmeriCorps Member 

Stephanie Moise begin serving as a STICH AmeriCorps member through the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut at CCEH in October 2018. Stephanie was born in Haiti and raised in Connecticut. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Post University and has an Associate’s degree. Stephanie will be working to further build our state’s homeless response system through partnerships and trainings with an emphasis on working with school-based health centers around youth homelessness.

Folashade Orimogunje

Data Coordinator
Folashade “Shade” joined CCEH in March 2019 as the Data Coordinator responsible for analyzing and synthesizing data sets as well as ensuring data quality before sharing with stakeholders. She comes to CCEH with a diverse background ranging from being a product manager in a private company in Nigeria to a Research Assistant at the University of Bridgeport. She also volunteered at Save the Children in Fairfield, Connecticut conducting peer review analysis and became very passionate about working in the non-profit sector. Shade holds an MS in Analytics and Systems from the University of Bridgeport and looks to help end homelessness through efficient and effective solutions. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou

Madeline Ravich

Development Advisor and Director of The BE HOMEFUL Project
Madeline Ravich is a Connecticut-based development consultant who is currently overseeing CCEH’s fundraising efforts. She has more than a decade of experience managing development initiatives for a wide range of nonprofits and has also provided corporate responsibility consulting services to companies and industry associations. Madeline holds a BA in Art History and Linguistics from University of Chicago and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Hamden with her husband Scott and her daughter Lilo.“There’s no place like home.” – The Wizard of Oz

Brian Roccapriore

Director of Homeless Management Information Systems and Strategic Analysis
Brian Roccapriore comes to CCEH with a diverse background ranging from a process control engineer in the aerospace industry to executive leadership in the nonprofit sector. He has worked in the nonprofit workforce development arena for over a decade, most recently with Career Resources, Inc. as their Vice President of Special Programs. Throughout the course of Brian’s career he has been improving the direct service work of his programming through the collection and analysis of data. He has overseen design, implementation, and continual improvement processes of statewide client data tracking systems for a variety of workforce development programs. Enhancing programmatic outcomes and assisting individuals on their path to self-sufficiency is his focus and passion in this field.Brian holds four earned college degrees, the most recent of which is a Masters in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.  He lives in Clinton with his wife Abigail and their three children.“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

Elena Simoes

Director of Finance and Administration 
Elena Simoes joined the CT Coalition to End Homelessness in October of 2018 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Elena graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Accounting and has 25+ years of finance and accounting experience in the public, non-profit and corporate sectors. She is a US Army Veteran and currently serves on the board/advisory committees of two non-profits.

Joanne Vitarelli


Accounting Project Coordinator 

Susan Walker

Senior Research Analyst
Susan joined the CCEH team in 2019 after completing her graduate thesis on youth experiencing homelessness in southern New England, the last requirement for a Master’s in Public Health from Brown University. Susan managed data collection and reporting for the 2017 and 2018 Rhode Island Youth Counts, and previously monitored data quality for Rhode Island’s Homeless Management Information System. Before embarking on a public health career, Susan addressed homelessness through activism, fighting unnecessary policing of people experiencing homelessness. She currently volunteers her time gathering survey data for a renter protection initiative in Providence, RI, and organizes a community garden. Susan has made a moral commitment to end homelessness through advocacy based on sound data. She also has 20 years of experience buying and selling antiques. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead