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Bay Area Housing Corporation primarily serves people with intellectual/developmental disabilities* and their families.
A “developmental disability” is a condition that originates before an individual reaches age 18; continues, or can be expected to continue indefinitely; and constitutes a substantial impairment in three or more areas of major life activity. Areas of major life activity include self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. Substantial impairment reflects the person’s need for a combination of special, interdisciplinary, or generic support services.
At Bay Area Housing Corporation, we have a team of board members, staff members, and partners who make what we do possible.
Leadership-Board of Directors
Clare McDermott (Chair of BAHC’s Board), the mother of two young women with developmental disabilities, saw a need for housing options in the community for this population seventeen years ago. She drew together a coalition of local agencies to address this problem and Housing Choices Coalition was born. After chairing HCC for 7 years, she then went on to chair BAHC.
John Kirby is the father of an adult daughter with Down Syndrome and has been active in many organizations advocating for the developmentally disabled for over 40 years. He has served two terms on the San Andreas Regional Center board, including one as the Chair of the Board of Directors. He also was a founding board member of Housing Choices Coalition and has also been a founding member of Bay Area Housing Corporation. John is retired from the County of Santa Clara and is a native of Santa Clara County.
Ted Moorhead is the father of a daughter that has a developmental disability. He is the First Vice-President of Merrill Lynch in Cupertino and has a very strong interest in housing and finances. His expertise has been very valuable to BAHC.
Kathy Robinson is currently the Director of Development for Charities Housing, a non-profit housing development corporation located in Silicon Valley. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in developing affordable housing for low income families, seniors and individual with special needs. Serving on the Board of the Bay Area Housing Corporation is an honor and a privilege.
Irma Velasquez is an educator, artist, life coach and social entrepreneur. Her love for her son, Aaron, who is diagnosed with autism, and her understanding of the needs of the individuals and families affected by autism, inspired her to start Wings Learning Center in 2001. In 2005 she was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for her work in community and public service. This is a calling that continues to drive her commitment to non-profit Boards that educate, support, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. In 2014 she co-founded Rident Park, a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the housing shortage for individuals with disabilities. Irma lives in San Mateo, with her husband, Sherman and son Aaron.
Tim Towers, a 3rd generation Californian born in Southern California has been a property landlord for 20 plus years, renting rooms to people with disabilities. Tim has worked in a variety of positions with Motorola, Honeywell, and Digital Equipment Corporation and is now retired.
Uday Kapoor works for Sun/Oracle as the Director of Engineering, and he is the father of an adult son with a developmental disability and mental illness. Uday has been a caregiver, helper, and advocate for the cause of understanding and providing support to the community with mental health issues. He wants a safe, clean, and loving environment for his son to live in. Uday joined BAHC to help create more homes to transform more lives, and he represents NAMI in the Community Living Coalition (CLC) that addresses the issue of supportive housing for the mentally ill.
Anne Hare is the mother of four. Her eldest child, John, is a young adult with autism and developmental disability. Anne and her family have worked with autism communities on the east and west coasts, and currently she is grateful to have most of the family in the greater bay area. She is a Board member and Treasurer of the Autism Society-SF Bay Area and understands from her involvement in the community that housing is one of our most crucial concerns. Anne currently works with a Research Program in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She holds a Masters from the University of Michigan, and has held positions in research, university admissions, start-ups, nonprofits, and as an editor for academic and non-profit newsletters and publications. Anne’s current life goal is to help build and then live in an inclusive community where adults with developmental disabilities live alongside a diverse and robust population, and where support, neighborly concern, interaction and growth are rampant.
Jon Gundersen is the father of two teenaged children and co-founder of United Mechanical (UMI), Jon is a Silicon Valley success story who had a big vision for a top-notch heating and air company. He grew UMI from seed to a $60M company.
We’re thrilled to have Jon on board and look forward to his contribution to the BAHC mission!
Staff of BAHC
BAHC’s staff members possess important expertise in nonprofit administration, housing development, advocacy, property management, plus maintenance and financial accounting. In addition to owning our own properties, we have developed an outstanding property management and maintenance system for our own properties.
Kris McCann, who serves as the Executive Director of BAHC, has worked in creating homes for people with developmental disabilities since 2000. She is recognized throughout the State as a leader in the housing field and has a background in organizational development, nonprofit management and real estate. Kris has a daughter with a developmental disability, is sensitive to the needs of this population and wants to make a difference. She is the founding Executive Director of BAHC and Housing Choices Coalition. Her Master’s Degree is in Organizational Development from USF and she is a licensed real estate agent in the State of California and in New Mexico.
Carol Turner serves as the Assistant Executive Director and Financial Administrator for BAHC. Carol brings a tremendous background in financial management to the BAHC Team. After attending the University of Alberta she spent several years in public accounting in Canada before moving to California. Her career has been focused on Financial and Operational Management in Professional Services. Carol has a passion for providing opportunities to those who need a helping hand. As a business owner, she strategically recruited from NPO organizations. She has been recognized for her leadership by the Business Journal in 2002 and 2003, when they included her company on the list of the Top 25 Woman Owned Businesses in Silicon Valley. She brings a professionalism that is an asset to our organization.
Regina Reilly is the Chief Storyteller for BAHC. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area since 1993. Regina has significant experience in program launches, expansion, service delivery and nonprofit administration, as both a board member and staff member. She has a deep interest in creating a new model for housing for people with developmental disabilities where they can live safely and age in place.
Octavio Farfan is the Project Manager and IT Manager for BAHC. He oversees the development, construction and maintenance of all of our properties. He has a significant background in construction and ensures that all contractors we hire perform exemplary work. He supervises repair personnel and technicians working on the homes, and at times does basic maintenance. Octavio has a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and provides technical expertise to the BAHC team.
Reggie Vega is the Property Manager and AP Coordinator. He researches products and materials, handles the monthly reports for billing and vendor payments for completed work orders. He schedules repair technicians and facilitates access to the properties. Reggie provides the organizational structure that keeps our records and communications clean and tight.
Agustin Romero is the Maintenance Repair Technician and he is a highly skilled handyman with expertise in carpentry, irrigation and light plumbing and some electrical work. He is responsible for most of the repairs at the properties and completes bi-annual maintenance in each home.
The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and support available to individuals with I/DD and their families. There are 21 regional centers that work with the Department of Development Services.
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers.
San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) serves Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.
Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) serves Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and exists as a result of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and the California Early Intervention Services Act.