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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.

Deidre Young

Deidre Young

Co-Chair | Houston, TX

Deidre is a member of the CHANGE committee at Health Care for the Homeless Houston, and has served on NCAB as a Regional Representative and Co-Chair. She believes this opportunity has been a great learning experience and has allowed her to make a positive change for the community.  Deidre brings a unique skill set and perspective to the work with her photography and videography, which she uses to make sure NCAB materials are accessible to all people and learning styles. Deidre also serves as the Designer and Editor for the Consumer Voice. 

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.

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.

DeeDee Blanchard

DeeDee Blanchard

Member at Large| Atlanta, GA

DeeDee Blanchard serves on the Client Advisory Council and Board of Directors at MercyCare in Atlanta Georgia. She has worked with the National HCH Council on diabetes projects and is actively engaged in advocacy at the local level. She is very interested in growing with the organization and is willing to work where she is needed. 

Joanne Guarino

Joanne Guarino

Regional Representative 1&2 | 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.

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.

Rodney Dawkins

Rodney Dawkins

Regional Representative 5 & 7 | Chicago, IL

Rodney Dawkins was referred to the Consumer Advisory Board at Heartland Health Outreach after he asked his provider about ways to protect clients from state budget cuts. He then served over 5 years as a member, including a term as chair. For the last seven years, Rodney was employed as a Community Health Worker at Heartland, and also works with a local campaign for fairness in public housing. He has previously served as an NCAB Member-at-Large, Co-Chair, and Chair; and feels he can contribute by representing the voices of the members and advocating for the value that housing is health care.

Charlotte Gardner

Charlotte Gardner

Regional Representative 6&8 | Houston, TX

Charlotte has a sincere gratitude for the support she had while experiencing homelessness that compels her to give back. Charlotte has served with her local CHANGE Committee at Health Care for the Homeless Houston for over 8 years, and is currently the chair. She is also currently working on her Masters in Non-Profit Management. She has a desire to enhance her knowledge, so she can better serve her community. .

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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