Our Staff

Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Shannon Nazworth has been the Executive Director of Ability Housing since 2003. She brings more than 19 years of experience in the affordable housing sector to the organization. She is the former Associate Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Jacksonville Beaches, Inc.; Regional Administrator for Habitat for Humanity International; and Chief Financial Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. She has a B.S. in Political Science from Boston College.  In addition to leading the agency’s operations, she is involved with the following organizations

• Florida Affordable Housing Workgroup, Gubernational Appointee
• Chase Community Advisory Board, Member
• State of Florida Council on Homelessness,Chair (2012-present)
• Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, Board President (2010- present)
• Florida Community Loan Fund, Policy Advisory Board (2013-present)
• National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Housing Trust Fund Advisory Group Member (2013-present
• Florida Affordable Housing Study Commission (Former Gubernatorial Appointee)
Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers (Former Board Member)
• Southeast Institute of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (Advocate of the Year, 2011)
• Corporation of Supportive Housing (Eastern Region Advocate of the Year, 2014)

Micheal Cochran, Operation Director

Mike manages the support services for all supportive housing programs at the agency’s properties and has oversight of asset management activities for all Ability Housing properties. Mike has over 14 years of experience in supportive housing. As a person who has experienced homelessness, Mike is especially attuned to the needs of those Ability Housing serves. He has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Florida.

Kimberlee Riley, Central Florida Regional Director

Kimberlee serves as the Regional Director in Central Florida. Riley is leading Ability Housing’s expansion into the Central Florida community developing a regional funding strategy, communications plan, and strategic partnerships with programmatic partners, aligned systems of care, local government, and community partners essential to fulfilling the mission. She brings more than 25 years of business development and private-public partnership experience with federal, state and local agencies. Kimberlee adds capacity to the community’s system of care, advocates and gives voice to the clients we serve through her positions of Orlando, Inc. Board of Directors, Commission on Homelessness Youth Committee, FL-507 Continuum of Care Youth Committee (Chair), FL-507 Continuum of Care Governance Committee, and League of Women Voters Orange County Affordable Housing Committee (Chair). She has a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University.

Wendy L. Steve, Finance Director

Wendy provides strategic and ongoing leadership and direction in key operational areas with a special focus on financial policy and management, long-term financial planning and overseeing of agency’s overall financial position.  Honored as an Ultimate CFO by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Wendy has deep roots in the Jacksonville community and received her Master’s Degree in Business from Jacksonville University.  She has extensive financial and leadership experience in non-profit and for-profit health and wellbeing sectors.  Wendy is involved with the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and lives in Jacksonville Beach with her family.

Michelle Tappouni, Property Development Director

As Property Development Director, Michelle brings over 25 years of construction experience to Ability Housing. She is responsible for site identification of future projects, project development including design and construction and project management. She has a strong focus on sustainability and has worked as a project manager, risk manager and general manager for several Florida-based firms. Her credentials include LEED AP, OSHA Authorized Trainer, and NCCER Master Trainer. Michelle is involved in the community, serving on several boards including the ACE Mentor Program and the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board.

Tanya Adams, Communication and Outreach Manager

Tanya has over 20 years' of communication and marketing experience working in for-profit and nonprofit agencies. Her responsibilities include; increasing and effectively communicating the agency's mission, and positioning Ability Housing as an industry leader. Tanya will proactively promote the agency through all appropriate social media and traditional media outlets. She received her certificate in New Media Promotional Marketing from The University of North Florida.

Antonio Alexander, Asset Manager

As Asset Manager Antonio brings over 10 years of property management experience working for both for profit and nonprofit organizations. His responsibilities will include; ensuring all assets are operating effectively and economically. Managing the organizations portfolio, overseeing the performance of the third-party managed firm. He will also be responsible for CASA property management responsibilities. Antonio’s credentials include being a Certified Tax Credit Specialist (CFS), Certified Financial Specialist (CFS), Affordable Housing Manager (AHM), and Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS).

Jenna Emmons, Property Development Administrator

Jenna administers the agency’s property development activities. She assists in all activities related to identification, examination, and development of future projects and opportunities; as well as assisting with activities related to obtaining funding for property development. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in journalism; has received a Certificate in Community Real Estate Development from the University of South Florida’s Collaborative for Children, Families & Communities and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government.

Kathryne Jones, Executive Assistant

Kathy offers administrative support to the Executive Director by effectively managing her schedule, complex and confidential administrative, secretarial, analytical, research and project management duties. She carries out functional responsibilities on behalf of the Executive Director, communications to the staff, the public and various agencies; and representing the Executive Director when appropriate.

Joe Johnson, Housing Program Manager

Joe Johnson, Housing Programs Manager, oversees the agency's Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Shelter Plus Care, Finally Home Nassau, Giving Hope a Home, Villages PSH and support services at Renaissance Village, Mayfair Village, Oakland Terrace and Village on Wiley. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida and is trained as a Targeted Case Manager, HIV/AIDS educator, and SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access & Recovery Initiative (SOAR) Case Manager. He is currently a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Jacksonville University.

Katie Kilpatrick Development Administrator 

In her role as Development Administrator, Katie assists grant related activities for Ability Housing. Her responsibilities include: identifying grants; writing funding proposals; assisting in grant management procedures; and managing the donor database. Katie has a Bachelor of Health Science in public health from the University of North Florida.

Maureen Medved, Housing Program Manager

Maureen is essential to increasing the agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission and assist more persons in need. She provides administrative support in order to maintain an efficient office environment. She has over 10 years of office management experience.  She is responsible HR administrative duties and for providing general administrative support to agency staff to increase overall agency efficiency. She responds to all voicemails and emails to the company general mailbox; and greeting, directing and assisting visitors.

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