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.

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.

John Turton, Finance Director

John brings over 25 years of experience in the Accounting and Finance fields. He has experience in for-profit as well as non-profit organizations. John is responsible for maintaining efficient systems, policies, and processes that meet the current and future business requirements for financial, compliance, and risk management of the organization. John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and continued his studies in the MBA program at Florida Atlantic University.

Lou Dougherty,  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.

Edlin Fernandez, Asset Manager

Edlin's role is to monitor and oversee the day to day operations and financial status of assigned properties. This includes taking on the role of Property Manager for our residential homes, assisting in the administrative, financial, and operational needs of the properties, as well as working closely with third party property management companies. Edlin has over 9 years of experience in Property Management, Risk Management, Accounting, and Compliance. With a background in working with The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), she is knowledgeable of Affordable Housing programs such as Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP), Tax Credit, Public Housing, Elderly Housing, Section 8, and more. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting through the University of Johnson and Wales in preparation of becoming a licensed CPA.

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 Director

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.


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