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:
Director of Development and Engagement
Tanya Adams is passionate about giving everyone choices and resources to live their best life.
As Ability Housing’s Director of Development and Engagement, 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.
Cody is passionate about ending homelessness and supporting households so that they can achieve self-sufficiency. As Program Director, he ensures that all program participants have access to quality case supportive services that reflect Ability Housing’s high standards.
Cody lives on the Westside of Jacksonville with his 2 children, husband Jonathan, and five dogs.
Property Development Manager
Andy Fink brings over 12 years of multifamily experience in development, property & asset management. As Property Development Manager for Ability Housing, he ensures all housing developed by Ability Housing meets the organization’s community and mission impact.
Andy lives at the beach and enjoys being active with his wife and two Labrador Retrievers (Chase & Daniel).
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.
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.
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.
Resident Engagement Coordinator
Sheronda has been involved in affordable housing and case management for over 5 years and brings a lot of enthusiasm and valuable experience to the programs team. As Resident Engagement Coordinator, Sheronda is an integral part of the Programs team who works to develop programmatic partnerships and engage with residents and support service staff.
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.
Central Florida Program Manager
Deb comes to Ability with 15 years of experience in the non-profit community, specifically in the fields of homeless services and supportive housing in Florida and in Connecticut.
Deb brings experience, knowledge and a resident centered approach to her work with Ability. In her role as Central Florida’s Program Manager, Deb coordinates property management and case management teams to ensure a seamless flow between Ability Housing, residents, case management and property management services.
Deb lives in Central Florida and has the privilege of being a mom to a great son and a fantastic cat! Deb enjoys restaurants, reading, the beach, creative writing, golf and watching college sports.
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
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).
Ed is a fifth generation Floridian from St. Petersburg Florida. He is a graduate from the University of North Florida receiving a BBA, with a major in accounting. His experience encompasses over twenty years of real estate development in the Jacksonville, FL region. Ed has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and is past president of the Mandarin club.
He is married to Lola, has two grown children and a relatively “new,” 9 year old dog (Thor) they recently adopted. Ed enjoys scuba diving, fishing, hunting and hiking. Always up to a challenge, he recently started drum and piano lessons.