Board of Directors

Darlene Canepa (President)
Retired Businesswoman

Charles Keen, Jr. (Vice President)
Retired IT of Stockton Unified

Holly Stanco (Treasurer)
Assistant VP at University of Nevada, Reno

Mary Aguirre (Secretary)
Deputy District Attorney

Emily Ballus (Immediate Past President)
GM, Fulton-El Camino Recreation & Park District

Greg Alves
Retired Property Manager of Affordable Housing for Seniors and Families

Natalie Bay
Government lending Relationship Officer, Greater Lending

Terry Cope
Retired Mediator

Jennifer Held
VP Marketing & Communication Manager at Bank of Marin

Angel Jimenez
Administration, CNSU

Robert Leonard
Bob Leonard & Associates- Residential and Commercial Construction

Radhika R. Rao
Social Worker

Jerry Ruiz
Retired Teacher

Nadeja M. Steager
Executive Director of the Community Health Leadership Council in San Joaquin County

Toni Taboada
VP/Branch Manager, CVCB Bank

Joan Wilhoit
4 Seasons Travel Agency

Lead Staff Members

Ted Leland- CEO
40 years intercollegiate athletics including 29 as a division 1 athletic director. He was on the board of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, Sutter Health Central Valley Region, and was a University Professor for 25 years

Elizabeth Skinner- Operations and Development Manager
Has been at the shelter for 12 years now working as a thrift store manager, executive assistant, and now the operations and development manager. She loves how at the shelter there is always a new challenge every day, and that we get to help others get their lives back on track. When she is not working Liz like to watch Anime, as she is an avid Anime fan.

Kay Tiffany- Bookkeeper
Kay has been at the shelter for almost 6 years and has been a bookkeeper for 40 years. Previously she has worked for a local private non-profit, a farm, a radio station, a restaurant, and a church. At the shelter is the also the caregiver for all the cats and even adopts some of them as she has many cats she cares for at home.

Mick Davis- Director of Programs (Oversees HOPWA, Women’s Low-barrier, Veteran’s Shelter, & on grounds pet program)
Mick has been at Stockton Shelter for almost three years but has been working for non-profits and in behavioral health agency environments for over 15 years. He received a basketball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. His passion for serving the homeless population has spanned throughout his career in leadership roles and working with transitional aged youth in the foster care system. When Mick is not working, he likes the spend time with family and friends, fish, and watch sports.

Heidi Schatzman- Family Shelter Director
Heidi was a Social Worker for 25 years for foster children before coming to work at the shelter. She has been working in the Family Shelter here for almost two years now. In her job she especially enjoys working with the clients and she loves the staff she works with as well. She truly appreciates the teamwork that surrounds the Family Shelter as it makes for a fun and collaborative work environment. When she is not working, she is cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Gage- Men’s Drop-in Supervisor and Intake Specialist
Ralph has been working of the field of helping the homeless for over 25 years and has been at Stockton Shelter for 13 years. Working to help the homeless is a passion of Ralph’s because he was homeless at one point in his life. Through working at the shelter, he feels like he can give back to the community and help those in need in during one of the hardest times of their lives, just like someone did for him. When Ralph is not working, he likes to spend his time fishing, going to church, and watching San Francisco’s sports teams.

Mark Kuns- Men’s Shelter Supervisor and Lead Shelter Aid
Mark has been working at Stockton Shelter for 18 years and has been a supervisor for 17 of those years. Mark himself once lived at the shelter. Therefore, can relate to many of the men he works with and know what their thinking and going through. That is why he loves his work so much, because he is able to help people like others have helped him. In his spare time, Mark loves to read and hang out with his two dogs and partner.

Marcus Hopkins- Case Manager
Marcus has been working at Stockton Shelter for 3 years now. Prior to working at the shelter as a Case Manager, he was a diesel mechanic, working on boats for over 17 years. He came to shelter because he wanted to start helping people. He loves every bit of what he does at the shelter, but his favorite part is helping clients find housing.