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Board of Directors

Stephen Woolery, Chair

Stephen Woolery has over thirty years of experience in investment and commercial real estate. He has provided marketing consulting and direct transaction negotiating services for several private and not-for-profit companies and developers of mixed-use urban infill developments with affordable housing elements. He was instrumental in developing and executing the leasing strategies for the retail and office space at Fruitvale Village in Oakland California. This award winning project was developed by Fruitvale Development Corporation and was nationally recognized as a prime model for successful mixed-use Transit Oriented Development.  Mr. Woolery attended the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the US Naval Justice School and Naval Aviation Training Command. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

Ortensia Lopez, Vice Chair

Ortensia Lopez is the Executive Director of El Concilio of San Mateo County (El Concilio), a non-profit coalition of organizations and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for underserved communities by increasing leadership, education, and employment opportunities, and access to quality and appropriate health care in San Mateo County.  Previously she was a co-founding member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bay Area Latino Non-Profit Association, and CEO of the North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center.  Ms. Lopez was responsible for developing and managing successful and innovative programs for the poor and disadvantaged. She serves as Chair of the CPUC Low-income Oversight Board and on the Advisory Committees for Comerica Bank and One California Bank. Ms. Lopez also on the Board of Directors for the Greenlining Institute and volunteers with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, California Energy Efficiency Commission, California Community Business Partnership on Diversity. Ms. Lopez attended  California State University of Los Angeles and obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. She also is a graduate from the Institute for Executives of Non-Profits from Springfield University in Massachusetts.

Hector A. Fernandez, Secretary/Treasurer

Hector A. Fernandez has extensive experience in policy and program development in housing, community development, and organizational capacity.  He worked for over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, developing programs for Farmworker housing and health, and researching/advocating for rural, affordable housing.  Hector brings practical experience in developing organizational capacity, funding strategies, strategic planning, community assessment, and grassroots rural leadership.  Mr. Fernandez has previously served on statewide boards including: Housing California, the California Coalition for Rural Housing, and the California Reinvestment Coalition.  He attended: Cal Poly, SLO, and CSU, Fresno.  Currently, Mr. Fernandez works as a legislative advocate at Fernandez Government Solutions.

Charles Rabamad, Director

Charles Rabamad is the Assistant Director of Recovery at the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Mr. Rabamad was an engineer and project manager at the California Department of Water Resources since 2009. He also held multiple positions at the California Emergency Management Agency from 1991 to 2009, including program manager, public assistance officer, and disaster assistance program specialist.

Doyle Wiseman, Director

Doyle Wiseman is the CEO of The Wiseman Company.  The firm and its affiliates own, manage and lease professional office buildings in a tri-county area.  For thirty-five years Mr. Wiseman has been recognized as a leading provider of quality office space in Solano, Napa and Yolo Counties.  He has served as the Vice President and Controller of Itel Container Corporation in San Francisco and former manager of the audit division for the Arthur Anderson & Co., in San Fransisco.  Mr. Wiseman’s expertise and knowledge of real estate and property asset management are valuable additions to CHOC.  Mr. Wiseman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and Certified Public Accountant.

Rahn Carmichael, Director

Rahn Carmichael recently retired after having completed over thirty-seven years of distinguished service in law enforcement.  Mr. Carmichael was instrumental in developing several community based programs such as community based policing, crime prevention thru environmental design and the advancing concepts of officer training, focused on a problem based method of policing.  Mr. Carmichael brings extensive relationships with municipalities redevelopment teams as well as HUD funded communities and ability to successfully create community collaborations that increase relations and enhance public safety efforts.  Mr. Carmichael is a graduate of Diablo Valley College, University of Phoenix and the Union Institute and University.

Teresa Courtemanche, Director

Teresa Courtemanche is the President of The Matt Garcia Foundation, a non-profit organization in honor of her son, Matt Garcia who was one of the youngest city councilmen in the history of California.  Matt was murdered in 2008 after only 10 months in office.  The Foundation empowers youth to change the culture of violence and crime in the city through positive youth involvement.  Teresa has worked for Kaiser Permanente for over fourteen years.  She has also been a small business owner.  She is married to a loving husband and has two amazing daughters.