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.
Youth Systems 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.
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
Program Manager for Prevention and Exit Strategies
Diana Berube is a resident of Bristol, CT where she lives with her three beautiful children. Diana began work in the homeless services field in Connecticut in 2015 as a Grant Coordinator providing McKinney-Vento services to unstably housed students and families for Bristol public schools. In this position, she joined her local task force to end homelessness and quickly realized her passion for the work. This task force saw a need for homeless outreach in Bristol and created a new position through a grant from the Main Street Community Foundation. Diana gladly accepted the position. As Housing Coordinator for the task force and later as Navigator for St. Vincent DePaul Emergency Shelter, Diana enjoyed working out in the community identifying literally homeless individuals and helping them navigate homeless and housing services. Her most recent position has been conducting CAN assessments as Housing Support Specialist for CHR at the Central CT Coordinated Access Network Diversion Center. Diana is thrilled to be taking her experiences in working on the front lines of homeless services to her new position as Program Manager for Prevention and Exit Strategies.
Director of HMIS and Strategic Analysis
Linda brings more than twenty years of management and information systems experience in the private sector, leading strategic product planning and delivering innovative solutions. With experience in diverse environments ranging from healthcare technology start-ups to mid-growth and established organizations, Linda has collaborated with pharmaceutical companies, military and government agencies, international telecom companies, and hospital systems to solve business challenges through the use of technology and organizational efficiencies. Linda holds a BA in French from Cornell University and an MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University School of Business. She recently completed the Master of Public Health at UCONN that leverages her data and analytical skills with her passion for improving the lives of others.
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. ”
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.
“While common people like you and me, we’ll be builders for eternity. Each is given a bag of tools, a shapeless mass and a Book of Rules.” – R.L. Sharpe
David Gonzalez Rice
Senior Program Manager
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
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
Director of Finance and Administration
Carol Thomas comes to CCEH with more than 15 years of experience in both the non-profit and municipal accounting sectors. Carol was appointed and served two Rhode Island municipalities in the capacity of Deputy Finance Director, as well as the Town of Monterey, Massachusetts, as Town Accountant. Most recently, Carol served as Finance Manager for the Brattleboro Housing Authority in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Carol attended both Howard University in Washington, DC and Johnson & Wales University in her hometown of Providence, RI earning a BS in Accounting. Carol also earned an MBA in Global Business Leadership & Forensic Accounting from Johnson & Wales University.
Carol is passionate about community service and social justice and often renders her training and skill sets to organizations and causes that represent her values. Carol has served as Treasurer of the NAACP in Providence, RI, as well as the Springfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service organization) and has worked with Crossroads Rhode Island and the Urban League of Rhode Island training staff and volunteers to provide free income tax preparation services through the Internal Revenue Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Carol is the mom of three amazing children, enjoys traveling, cooking, live music and her fur baby (cat) Cinnamon.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Amber Freeman comes to CCEH with over fifteen years of experience in the human service and behavioral health field, with the last eight years being in management positions. At CCEH Amber is our Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and because of her expertise she also leads our Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative and assists with the coordination and compliance of other projects and initiatives. Over the years Amber has worked in various capacities with individuals and families in diverse settings. Amber has experience working with and managing programs for individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring diagnoses as well as individuals experiencing homelessness and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most recently, Amber was a Program Manager where she managed community support case management programs and permanent supportive housing programs. Amber is a two time graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA where she received her BA in Psychology Education and her MA in Community Agency Counseling.
“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
Allan is a native of Caracas, Venezuela but has lived a great part of his life in Hartford. From a young age Allan discovered a passion for helping others. He was a Community Organizer at the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice where he organized community members around the closing of the Hartford landfill. Around this time Allan discovered a passion for communications. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Communications. For the last few years Allan has been working in direct services for agencies such as AIDS CT and The Village for Families and Children. Most of the people Allan has helped are experiencing housing issues and for this reason he decided to work for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness in order to help alleviate his community.
Project Coordinator for the Re-entry Housing Assistance Program
Patricia came on board with CCEH on September 9, 2020. Patricia is passionate about connecting individuals and families to resources in their communities. Patricia is aware of the vast cultures and languages that make up our society and how difficult it is for individuals and families to translate or communicate what their needs are to thrive. Armed with her determination and knowledge of resources, Patricia spent several years as an employee of UNICEF an international non-profit organization based in New York City. After moving to Connecticut to pursue new initiatives, Patricia was also employed with LifeBridge, The Salvation Army and The Workplace Inc. all non-profits located in Bridgeport, CT. Patricia considers herself a life-long learner. Patricia believes people should be passionate about the life they have been given and it is her goal to make people feel better after they have interacted with her.
Data Analysis Intern
Michelle joined CCEH in September 2019 as a Data Analysis intern. She graduated that same year with a degree in mathematics from Yale. At CCEH, Michelle has been helping put together the results from the 2020 Point-in-Time count, and have also worked with criminal justice data from the CT Department of Corrections. Aside from housing, Michelle has done research into voting rights and the math of gerrymandering, and has been involved with immigrants’ rights organizations in New Haven.