Our Staff

Shannon Nazworth, Executive Director

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 Council on Homelessness (Chair)
• Florida Supportive Housing Coalition (Board President)
• Florida Community Loan Fund (Board Secretary)
• National Low Income Housing Coalition (National Housing Trust Fund Advisory Group Member)
• 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.

Martha Cox, Strategy and Development Director

Martha will lead the implementation of the Board approved Strategic Plan to fulfill the mission of building strong communities where everyone has a home. In addition, she will be responsible for leading the fundraising and development efforts to ensure that Ability Housing has the needed dollars so that the most vulnerable members of our community live in safe, decent and stable housing and are able to become contributing members of our society. Martha has spent over 20 years in the private sector, most notably as a Senior Manager at SBC/Pacific Bell as well as over 10 years in the nonprofit sector in Jacksonville. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Long Beach and was awarded her Masters of Business Administration as a Dean’s Scholar from University of California, Irvine.

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.

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.

 

Jenna Emmons, Property Development Administrative

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.

Tia Keitt, Resident Engagement Coordinator

Tia primarily supports Ability Housing’s Asset Management and Programs divisions. She works primarily in the field and community, through direct, person to person, resident outreach, and contact within Ability Housing’s properties and general target area neighborhoods. Tia actively working in EastJax, representing Ability Housing as a neighbor, and works with other community partners to support residents (churches, schools, nonprofits). She continually works directly with residents to empower them to be civically engaged. She graduated with a Masters in Education and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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