Our Team

Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Shannon Nazworth is President and CEO of Ability Housing, a position she has held since 2003. Ability Housing is dedicated to building strong communities where everyone has a home. Its vision is a society where housing is a right, not a privilege, and all individuals have safe, affordable housing in vibrant communities.

Nazworth brings more than 19 years of experience in the affordable housing sector. In addition to leading Ability Housing, Nazworth is Chair of the State of Florida Council on Homelessness, immediate past president of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, and was a gubernatorial appointee to both the Florida Affordable Housing Workgroup and Affordable Housing Study Commission. She also serves on the Chase Community Advisory Board, National Low Income Housing Coalition Policy Committee, and many other state and national organizations; most recently joining the Advisory Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Prosperity Initiative. In 2020, she earned national recognition as Multifamily Executive Magazine’s “Executive of the Year.”

Nazworth is a native of Massachusetts, but has resided in Northeast Florida for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Political Science, having graduated magna cum laude from Boston College; a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard Business School; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

 

Tanya Adams
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.

Pricilla Becks
Asset Management Administrator

Pricilla is excited to bring her strong administrative background skills to her new role in Asset Management. Pricilla is passionate about helping others achieve and succeed at their goals.

She loves being active and has great passion for health, fitness, and Fashion.

Elizabeth Deutsch
Operations Manager

Elizabeth Deutsch’s flexibility and strong work ethic allow her to balance a broad coordination of responsibilities as Operations Manager for Ability Housing. She works with the rest of the Finance and Administration team to ensure smooth and efficient operations. 

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

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.

Andy Fink
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).

Sheronda Holzendorf
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. 

Kathryne Jones
Manager of Executive Administration

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.

Zane Marfiak

Property Development Administrator

Zane is focused on helping Ability Housing achieve success and is excited to continue his career with a company dedicated to helping improve the lives of residents in the community.

Zane has 17 years of combined work experience in the financial and the real estate industries. Before joining Ability Housing, Zane spent 5 years as a financial advisor at a large investment firm and had a 12-year career in real estate that included property management, investment, and traditional brokerage services.

Zane is a Florida native, and he’s lived in Jacksonville since 2003. His hobbies include fishing, jogging, and camping.

Deb Moffa
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.

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.

Olivia Smith
Development Assistant

Despite not being born in Jacksonville, Olivia is a Duval devotee. She has lived in Jacksonville for most of her life and has a deep love for the Duval community. Olivia is dedicated to the non-profit sector and is a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice both in her community and around the world. As the Development Assistant, Olivia infuses her passion, creativity, and knowledge into her efforts to engage the community in providing affordable housing for all people.

Olivia is married to her best friend David and is the mother of two young children. Together, they love to spend time supporting local businesses and exploring Florida State Parks.

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).

Cody Spencer
Program Director

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.

Mendy Thompson
Senior Finance & Administration Director

Mendy is a Florida CPA with 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, administration and operations oversight primarily related to real estate investment, development and management.  Mendy has worked with a variety of product types including office, industrial, multi-family and senior living.  She has worked closely with equity investors, lenders and operating partners with a focus on the full cycle of real estate.  Her experience includes public, private and nonprofit environments.  Mendy held senior positions with Whitehall Realty Partners, Flagler Development and St Joe prior to joining Ability Housing.  She began her career with Deloitte.

Ed Washington
Acquisitions Manager

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.