Staff


Richard Cho

Chief Executive Officer
rcho@cceh.org 
Dr. Cho joined CCEH in November 2018 and brought 20 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector. From 2013 to 2016, Cho served as the Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the federal agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness. At USICH, Dr. Cho was responsible for coordinating the efforts across 19 federal departments to implement Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to end and prevent homelessness in America, and played a key role in the national push to end veteran and chronic homelessness.He also held several positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where he spearheaded the development of supportive housing models and policies for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, justice-involved populations, and other vulnerable populations. For the last two and half years, Cho has been helping to lead national efforts to improve police interactions with people with mental health needs, and to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, including helping to increase connections to stable housing. He currently serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force, as well as the Kings County/Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Justice 2020 Committee, Mental Health Subcommittee. He brings a breadth of national and regional experience to the role.


Carl Asikainen

Waterbury-Torrington, Central CT Community Impact Coordinator
casikainen@cceh.org
Carl Asikainen comes to CCEH with 20 years of experience working to address food insecurity and homelessness. Most recently, Carl worked as a Food Systems Manager at TEEG, a human service organization that lends aid and support to communities of Northeastern Connecticut. Prior to that, Carl worked as an outreach worker for End Hunger CT! and for Project Home in Philadelphia. Currently he is the Youth Systems Coordinator at CCEH and is working throughout the state helping to advance community capacity building efforts to end youth homelessness.“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 


Mike Apotsos

 

Research Analyst
mapotsos@cceh.org
Mike Apotsos is a Research Analyst for CCEH. He is responsible for assisting the data team with evaluating data for system performance measures, and will eventually be coordinating the annual PIT Count. Prior to his current position, Mike worked as a Market Researcher for various private companies across Connecticut. Mike received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and his M.S.M.R. from Michigan State University.“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr. Seuss


Ryan Beach

Marketing and Development Coordinator
rbeach@cceh.org
Ryan comes to CCEH from The Connecticut Forum. His background is in non-profit development and marketing for arts and cultural organizations, but volunteering for organizations focused on ending homelessness helped him to realize his true passion for that cause. He has a B.A. in English Literature from The Ohio State University.“Take a sad song and make it better” – The Beatles


Tashmia Bryant

 

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
tbryant@cceh.org
Tashmia Bryant is a proud native of Hartford, CT. Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCONN, Tashmia has taught Career Competency Development training to Hartford’s youth, helped locate safe and affordable housing for families at risk of homelessness, and coordinated rental subsidies through a Housing Assistance Fund. She has a keen interest in addressing homelessness and other housing concerns in her community and beyond, as she feels everyone deserves a safe place to call home. At CCEH, Tashmia coordinates training and technical assistance on topics related to ending homelessness, organizes and creates topic-specific webinars on best practices, assists in statewide projects related to ending homelessness including writing, developing print and digital materials, and supporting local efforts . She also updates and creates content for website resource pages related to training and technical assistance and creates guidelines and tools to assist providers. Additionally, Tashmia leads CCEH’s racial equity efforts – identifying and addressing racial disparities leading to the disproportionate number of people of color experiencing homelessness in CT. Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. – Shirley Chisholm


Linda Casey, MS

Director of HMIS and Strategic Analysis
lcasey@cceh.org
Linda brings more than twenty years of management and information systems experience in the private sector, leading strategic product planning and delivering innovative solutions.  With experience in diverse environments ranging from healthcare technology start-ups to mid-growth and established organizations, Linda has collaborated with pharmaceutical companies, military and government agencies, international telecom companies, and hospital systems to solve business challenges through the use of technology and organizational efficiencies.   Linda holds a BA in French from Cornell University and an MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University School of Business.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at UCONN that leverages her data and analytical skills with her passion for improving the lives of others. ​​


Sarah Fox, LMSW

Director of Advocacy and Community Impact
sfox@cceh.org
Sarah Fox is the Director of Advocacy and Community Impact for CCEH. She is responsible for managing statewide advocacy initiatives and advancing community capacity building efforts. Prior to her current position, Sarah worked as a Project Coordinator in New Haven and Norwalk, helping to provide leadership, technical assistance, and project management to reach regional, state, and federal goals to end homelessness. Before joining the CCEH Team, Sarah worked as a family violence victim advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven and as a recovery and advocacy advisor working with individuals living with chronic mental illness at Fellowship Place, Inc. Sarah received her B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Program Planning and Development from Cornell University and her M.S.W. with a concentration in Policy Practice from UCONN School of Social Work. In her graduate career, Sarah interned in the Office of Congressman Christopher Murphy, the Office of State Representative Toni Walker, and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work.“Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. ” – Goethe


Roy Graham

Youth Special Projects Coordinator
rgraham@cceh.org
Roy joined CCEH in October of 2018. He works on the Youth Homelesss Demonstration Project (YHDP) by coordinating the Youth Shelter Diversion and Rapid Exit programs, supporting the Youth Navigators, supporting housing inspections, and providing general training and technical assistance to youth homeless providers.Roy has been working with youth and young adults for over 15 years. He was a Consultant for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, partnering with mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and True Colors. He worked for the Center for Children’s Advocacy as their Outreach Coordinator where he conducted youth outreach and case management. Roy came to CCEH from the Women & Families Center where he was a Residential Coordinator for the Project REACH Transitional Living Program housing six youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness.


David Gonzalez Rice

 

Eastern CT Community Impact Coordinator
dgrice@cceh.org
David Gonzalez Rice comes to CCEH from the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, where he developed a supportive housing program and supervised coordinated intake and street outreach staff. While at NLHHC, he also supplied key leadership to regional efforts to end chronic homelessness. A former educator and researcher, David holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. His research focused on grassroots social justice movements, and in school he worked as a community organizer and international human rights observer. In 2013, seeking a more direct role in service to those most in need, David transitioned from academia to human services.At CCEH, David serves the Southeast CT Coordinated Access Network, where he facilitates inter-agency collaboration toward the goal of ending all forms of homelessness.“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” – Jean Vanier


Mary Ann Haley (Mimi)

Deputy Director
mhaley@cceh.org
Mary Ann Haley joined the CT Coalition to End Homelessness in May 2015 as Deputy Director. Some of her roles include overseeing statewide training and technical assistance, leading the Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative, the Taskforce on Re-entry, and the organization’s efforts to end youth homelessness. She has also led the organization’s efforts to build the state’s capacity to integrate diversion into its coordinated entry process. She has been trained as a trainer by Ed Boyte of the Cleveland Mediation Institute in shelter diversion and has been training for the last two years both across CT and in other communities. Haley also has an extensive history working in social service organizations with a background in program development, quality assurance, compliance, and advocacy. Haley is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Ph.D. from New York University.“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Ann Frank 

Folashade Orimogunje

Data Coordinator
forimogunje@cceh.org
Folashade “Shade” joined CCEH in March 2019 as the Data Coordinator responsible for analyzing and synthesizing data sets as well as ensuring data quality before sharing with stakeholders. She comes to CCEH with a diverse background ranging from being a product manager in a private company in Nigeria to a Research Assistant at the University of Bridgeport. She also volunteered at Save the Children in Fairfield, Connecticut conducting peer review analysis and became very passionate about working in the non-profit sector. Shade holds an MS in Analytics and Systems from the University of Bridgeport and looks to help end homelessness through efficient and effective solutions. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou


Madeline Ravich

Development Advisor and Director of The BE HOMEFUL Project
mravich@cceh.org
Madeline Ravich is a Connecticut-based development consultant who is currently overseeing CCEH’s fundraising efforts. She has more than a decade of experience managing development initiatives for a wide range of nonprofits and has also provided corporate responsibility consulting services to companies and industry associations. Madeline holds a BA in Art History and Linguistics from University of Chicago and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Hamden with her husband Scott and her daughter Lilo.“There’s no place like home.” – The Wizard of Oz


Elena Simoes

Director of Finance and Administration
esimoes@cceh.org 
Elena Simoes joined the CT Coalition to End Homelessness in October of 2018 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Elena graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Accounting and has 25+ years of finance and accounting experience in the public, non-profit and corporate sectors. She is a US Army Veteran and currently serves on the board/advisory committees of two non-profits.