Our Staff

Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Shannon Nazworth has been the President & CEO 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)

Tanya Adams, Strategy and Development Director

Tanya is responsible for shaping Ability Housing’s emerging resource and business development strategies in support of the agency’s overall strategic plan. She is responsible for development and implementation of strategies to raise awareness of the organization and the issues it addresses and increase and diversify sustainable streams of revenue and capital.  She is responsible for leading the process to recommend appropriate revenue strategies and effective implementation of the process, securing the resources necessary to sustain and grow the organization.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of an annual communications and engagement plan; including development of all marketing materials and coordination of events as appropriate. Tanya received her certificate in New Media Promotional Marketing from The University of North Florida.

Stan Fitterman, Special Projects

For the past 25 years, Mr. Fitterman has worked in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, focusing his efforts on creating or improving affordable housing and community development programs, expanding the capacity of nonprofit organizations, and training local governments in the designing of effective public policy related to community development, economic development and social services.
Mr. Fitterman has substantial experience providing nonprofit developers and local governments with hands-on assistance and advice on organizational development and operations as well as project-specific assistance on the development of affordable single-family and multi-family housing. He has experience with multiple sources of financing including LIHTC, Bonds, HOME, CDBG, CDBG-DR and housing trust funds. He has developed and delivered training to local governments and nonprofit organizations on the development of both home ownership and rental housing, business planning, marketing, financial management topics and federal and state compliance and monitoring issues. He currently teaches “Using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program”, “Advanced Rental Finance” and “Real Estate Nuts and Bolts” courses for NeighborWorks at their NeighborWorks Training Institutes.

Joe Johnson, Programs Director

Joe Johnson, Programs Director, 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 also holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville University.

Elizabeth Deutsch,  Office Manager

The Office Manager is essential to increasing the agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission and assist more persons in need. Elizabeth provides administrative support in order to maintain an efficient office environment.  She is responsible for 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.

Lou Dougherty,  Housing Programs Manager

Lou helps oversee 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.  Lou has over 5 years’ experience working in supportive housing and had the honor of serving Northeast Florida Veterans with Changing Homelessness Inc. as their Community Engagement Coordinator and Veteran Outreach Programs Manager.  Before working in supportive housing, Lou spent five years helping military families cope with the rigors of wartime deployments as the Florida National Guard Child, Youth and School Services Manager.  Lou is a retired US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer with over 26 years of military service.

Kathryne Jones, Executive Assistant

Kathy offers administrative support to the President & CEO 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 President & CEO, communications to the staff, the public and various agencies; and represents the President & CEO when appropriate.


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