Membership on the CoC is broad and inclusive, with representation from the private sector, public sector, homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, public housing agencies, schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, law enforcement, and other stakeholders.

According to its Governance and Policy Statements, the Columbus & Franklin County Continuum of Care reviews and approves its membership, including new members, each spring. The CoC Board considers all nominations and makes recommendations to the full CoC. The full CoC votes on the recommendations and new memberships take effect July 1.


Call for membership nominations

The Columbus & Franklin County Continuum of Care (CoC) annually reviews and approves its membership, including new members. The nomination period for 2022-2023 CoC membership is now open and will remain open until May 2, 2022.

The CoC is seeking diverse candidates across a range of characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, LGBTQ+ identity, socio-economic status, disability, and lived experience in the homelessness system and other systems of care.

During the May 18, 2022 meeting, the CoC Board will consider all nominations and make recommendations to the full CoC. The full CoC will vote on the recommendations at the CoC meeting on June 9, 2022. The June 9 meeting is open to the public. New memberships take effect July 1, 2022.

The current membership list is below. Please send nominations to Gillian Gunawan ( by May 2, 2022. Include the nominee’s name and organization or affiliation. Self-nominations are also welcome. Please feel free to share this opportunity widely.

Continuum of Care Members

Entity Organization Member
Non-profit homeless assistance providers
(rotating consideration)

Community Shelter Board

YMCA of Central Ohio

Michelle Heritage

Sue Darby

Youth homeless organizations
(rotating consideration)

Homeless Families Foundation

Beth Fetzer-Rice

Victim service providers
(rotating consideration)

Lutheran Social Services CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence Kenya Taylor

Faith-based organizations
(rotating consideration)

Church and Community Development for All People Reverend John Edgar
Local Governments

Columbus City Council

Columbus Mayor’s Office

City of Columbus

Franklin County

Priscilla Tyson

Emerald Hernandez-Parra

Kim Stands

James Schimmer

Street Outreach

(rotating consideration)

Mount Carmel Health System Street Medicine

Ben Sears

(rotating consideration)

The Columbus Foundation

CSB Board Member, Safelite AutoGlass

CSB Board Member, Cardinal Health

CSB Board Member, Community advocate

Emily Savors

Jon Cardi

Andy Keller

Sheila Prillerman

Advocates and other homeless subpopulation advocates (rotating consideration)

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless

Corporation for Supportive Housing 

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Keith McCormish

Terri Power

Donna Mayer

Agencies that serve survivors of human trafficking (rotating consideration) Sanctuary Night Hannah Estabrook
Public Housing Authorities Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Charles Hillman
School Administrators/Homeless Liaisons Columbus City Schools – Project Connect Felisha Lyons
Employment Services (rotating consideration) Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio Lisa Patt-McDaniel

Social Service Providers

Franklin County Children Services & Committee to End Youth Homelessness          Chip Spinning 
Franklin County Dept of Job and Family Services    Mason Laurie
Franklin County Office on Aging    Joy Bivens
United Way of Central Ohio    Lisa Courtice
Disability service organizations/Disability advocates

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Jeff Pattison

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Organizations (rotating consideration)


Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare

Erika Clark Jones

Frank Beel

(rotating consideration)

OhioHealth Debbie Donahey
Universities (rotating consideration) Columbus State Community College

Lisa Phillips

Affordable Housing Developers

Affordable Housing Trust Corporation

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Lark Mallory

Jon Welty
Law Enforcement

Columbus Police Department

Lt. Dennis Jeffrey

Local Jails/Courts

Office of the Columbus City Attorney

Tiara Ross
Veterans Organizations

Veterans Administration

Veterans Service Commission

Carl Landry

Robert Bramlish

Homeless or formerly homeless persons

Citizens Advisory Council

Citizens Advisory Council

Jerome Johnson

Dion Ronbinson

Youth Advocates

Youth Action Board


LGBTQ+-serving Organization or Advocacy Group (rotating consideration)

Equitas Health

Kelsey Strausbaugh