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NCAB Steering Committee

Art Rios Sr.

Art Rios Sr.

Chair | Portland, OR

Art Rios Sr. believes that a change is needed and that if we use our voices together we can achieve this change together, and for the last 20 years he has been using this drive to advocate for people experiencing homelessness. He has been on the Health Services Advisory Council (HSAC) at Central City Concern for several years and has been the Chair since October 2014.  As HSAC Chair, Art is also a member of the Central City Concern Board of Directors and was recently appointed to the board for our local “plan to end homelessness” efforts, the Home for Everyone Coordinating Board.  He believes that everyone’s voice deserves to be heard and ensures that he listens to what is needed.

David Peery

David Peery

Co-Chair | Miami, FL

David Peery is passionately seeking an end to homelessness throughout Florida while advocating for homeless rights; and David knows a thing or two about rights, as David holds a law degree. When David experienced homelessness, he was led to Camillus Health Concern where he became a member of the struggling CAB and attempted to regain the consumer voice in governance, focusing on educating and empowering consumers to take control of their health care. In his deep commitment to advocacy he is a class representative in a federal class action lawsuit that establishes the rights of people experiencing homelessness in Miami, and works to combat the criminalization of homelessness.

Valarie Dowell

Valarie Dowell

Peer Advocate| Cincinnati, OH

Valarie Dowell has been strong advocate and front line worker for people experiencing homelessness for over 13 years. She believes her personal experiences of being homeless and in recovery enables her to serve the homeless population with compassion, understanding and empathy. She was one of the first consumers to become a Community Health Worker as a front line worker and will received her BA in Health and Human Services in May, 2015. She is currently a contract worker with the Hamilton County Office of Reentry making sure that individuals returning from prison and local jails into the community have their basic needs are met; and works closely with the Cincinnati Consumer Advisory Board by sharing information about NCAB.

Joanne Guarino

Joanne Guarino

Member at Large | Boston, MA

Joanne is a formerly homeless woman who credits Boston Health Care for the Homeless with restoring her sense of self-worth after decades of illness, addiction, and mistreatment off and on the streets. She is a speaker, a counselor, a supporter and a true champion. Joanne joined the Consumer Advisory Board and its subcommittee over ten years ago, and is currently the CAB Chair and sits on the Board of Directors. Joanne has also represented consumers on the National HCH Council’s Respite Care Providers Network Steering Committee. Joanne’s most recent pride and joy was working to develop the “Housing Guide” for newly housed patients to help share skills, tools, and tips to manage the independent life in their apartment and have a successful housing experience. Joanne is single-minded in advocating for access to quality care to those that we serve. She is always thoughtful and a staunch activist for our patients.

Kendall Clark

Kendall Clark

Member at Large | Newark, NJ

Kendall Clark is a member of a co-applicant board for the City of Newark Mary Eliza Health Centers, where he has served for over 10 years. He currently works as the Director of Wellness Programs at St. James Social Service Corporation. He also is involved in a number of other organizations supporting people living with AIDS and working to remove lead in Newark.

Sarah Lombard

Sarah Lombard

Member at Large | Worcester, MA

Sarah has served on the Consumer Advisory Board at Community HealthLink for 6 years. Since then, she has spent a lot of her time doing outreach to people living outdoors trying to support those who are still out there struggling. Sarah also went back to school to receive her Certification in Substance Abuse and is finishing up her practicum.

Derek Winbush

Derek Winbush

Regional Representative 1&2 | Boston, MA

Derek has been member of the Boston HCH Program CAB for 13 years, several times as Chair. He has been a Board of Directors member for 3 years. Derek has presented workshops at conferences and trainings. He is proud to have presented the Ellen Dailey award at the 2013 National HCH Conference and to serve on the NCAB Steering Committee.

Elving Caraballo

Elving Caraballo

Regional Representative 3&4 | Miami, FL

Elving became involved with the CAB at Camillus Health Concern several years ago and began chairing the education committee, which sponsors health education activities. Last year, he was elected as chair and since then he has helped organized the Brownsville Project to help frail seniors clean their apartments and the Good Neighbor Project to help clean the streets around the homeless shelter. Elving also serves on the Board of Directors at Camillus Health Concern.

Keith Belton

Keith Belton

Regional Representative 5 & 7 | Chicago, IL

Keith Belton had a thirty year career in janitorial services, yet after some personal challenges and a traumatic accident, Keith began a 12 year experience with homelessness. Keith has sat on the CAB at Heartland Health Outreach since 2013 and also sits on the Board of Directors. He works tirelessly to distribute information about HHO’s programs anywhere that people experiencing homelessness are found throughout Chicago. Keith would use that same drive and determination to help the NCAB succeed in their objectives, as well as contributing new ideas and energy to something he is extremely passionate about. His nominator says he is diligent, proactive and compassionate; and that his ability to establish a trusting relationships with consumers and staff is possible by his kind and humble spirit.

Oliver Coleman

Oliver Coleman

Regional Representative 6&8 | New Orleans, LA

Oliver is a member of his local CAB at Health Care for the Homeless New Orleans, where he currently serves as co-chair. He has been doing this work for 4 years, but has been a longtime volunteer with local community based organizations focusing on how to live and be well.

Sandra Delarosa

Sandra Delarosa

Regional Representative 9&10 | Portland, OR

Sandra has served as a member of her local Health Services Advisory Council at Central City Concern for 2 years, and is currently the Vice-Chair. She is also involved with Multnomah County’s; Transportation Advisory Council, Adult Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Council, and Partner for a Hunger Free Oregon. Her experiences with the local and national CABs have empowered Sandra to understand that she has a voice and given her spaces to use that voice to advocate for herself and others.

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To contact NCAB’s leaders, please write to ncab@nhchc.org.

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