Our Team

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:

  • State of Florida Council on Homelessness, Chair (2012-present)
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition Policy Advisory Committee, Member (2013 – present)
  • National Supportive Housing Coalition, Member (2017 – present)
  • Chase Community Advisory Board, Member
  • Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, Board President (2010- 2018)
Shannon lives in St. Johns County with her husband, and is the proud mother of two sons. 

Tanya Adams
Strategy and Development Director

Tanya Adams is passionate about giving everyone choices and resources to live their best life.
As Ability Housing’s Strategy and Development Director, she achieves her goals by making every donor feel valued, demonstrating a clear line between their investment and its impact and showing them how their contributions allow us to develop properties that change people’s lives in positive ways.

Tanya lives in Neptune Beach with husband Rob and their dog and cat. She also has three grown children.

Joe Johnson
Programs Director

Joe Johnson has been with Ability Housing since 2014 and currently serves as the Programs Director. Joe has over 20 years of experience working in multiple arenas of the social services field including with those experiencing homelessness, the developmentally disabled, persons living with mental illness, addiction and HIV/AIDS in a variety of community, institutional and home-based settings.

Joe has a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville University.

Michael Neff
Director of Finance and Operations

Michael Neff oversees Ability Housing’s Finance, Operations, and HR functions in his role as Director of Operations. With over 15-years of leadership experience across several industries, a strong business background, and desire to improve the quality of life of those underserved, Michael sees opportunity where others may see obstacles.

Pricilla Becks
Office Administrator

Pricilla Becks loves helping her community by being a part of Ability Housing. In her role as Office Administrator, she supports the Finance and Operations team, and helps ensure the office is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

She also very passionate about health, fitness and her family.


Elizabeth Deutsch
Property Development Administrator

Elizabeth Deutsch’s flexibility and strong work ethic allow her to balance a broad coordination of responsibilities as Property Development Administrator for Ability Housing. She works with the rest of the Property Development team to make sure that all development activities are handled appropriately and on schedule. 

As a mother of two, she practices a solid work life balance and stays engaged in many activities.

Abby Doan
Development Assistant

Abby Doan is proud to be a part of an organization that is actively making a difference in communities and individual lives each day. In her role as Development Assistant, Abby works directly with the Development team to create meaningful and fruitful relationships with donors and achieve the goals that are crucial to Ability Housing’s capacity to continue their mission.

Abby lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two dogs – one big, one small.

Lou Dougherty
Programs Manager

Lou Dougherty is committed to helping those experiencing chronic homelessness find a home, hope and a sense of stability that most have not experienced in years. As Ability Housing’s Programs Manager, he works directly with our front-line staff and partner organizations to equip our clients with the tools needed to achieve their goals.

Lou lives in Orange Park with his wife Lee Anne, has three adult children and three amazing grandchildren.

Kathryne Jones
Assistant to the President & CEO, Shannon Nazworth

Kathryne Jones has been with Ability Housing acting as Shannon’s assistant since 2013. She works directly with Shannon on a variety of special projects, as well as handling high level administrative duties, acting as a Board liaison, and ensuring coordination of advocacy activities.

Kathy has two children and two cats. Sometimes she likes her cats more.

Becky Montenegro
Finance Assistant

Becky Montenegro has more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector from managing organizational development in Latin American organizations to supporting finance and development teams in different organizations in the US. As Finance Assistant, she focuses on supporting the Finance Department to help ensure Ability Housing achieves its goals and mission.


Becky lives in Jacksonville and enjoys gardening in her free time. 

Melanie Owens
Assistant Director of Finance

Mel’s passion for helping others can be traced back to her early years as a child of missionary parents serving in the Belgian Congo. As Assistant Director of Finance, Mel brings more than 20 years of experience working in all areas of accounting for nonprofit organizations that help those who are homeless, hungry, and living with addiction. 

Mel lives in Jacksonville with her slightly spoiled Golden Retriever.

Onix A. Sosa, CAM, PHM
Asset Manager

Onix Sosa has more than two decades of experience in the affordable housing industry. As Asset Manager for Ability Housing, he coordinates the relationships between our management, investment, and servicing partners to ensure the long-term viability of our residential properties. He is a certified Public Housing Manager and a Certified Apartment Manager.

Onix enjoys coaching his sons Youth Basketball Team, and currently serves on the board of the Urban Youth Alliance International and on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the National Apartment Association (NAA).