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)

Tanya Adams, Strategy and Engagement Director

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.

Micheal Cochran, Program 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.

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.

Stan Fitterman, Acquisition and Development Director

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.

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.

Lou Dougherty, Assistant Housing Program 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.

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, Office 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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