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Providers Council


The membership of the Providers Council includes representatives from homeless/at-risk service providers and other organizations that are actively involved in services that affect homeless/at-risk target groups in Pinellas County.

  • Make recommendations on homeless/at-risk services system issues, concerns and needed actions, either in response to Board requests or on issues raised by Providers Council members.

  • Address the needs of all target groups, such as individuals, families, Veterans, unaccompanied youth, etc., for permanent housing. 

  • Annually review and make recommendations on activities and priorities that enable the Pinellas system of services to meet and exceed HUD/Continuum of Care and other performance standards.

  • Coordinate planning and recommendations with other community-wide planning groups.


April Lott, Chair

President and & CEO, Directions for Living

Next Meeting

+ Meeting Agendas

9/20/19 - Agenda

8/16/19 - Agenda

7/21/19 - Agenda

6/21/19 - Agenda

5/17/19 - Meeting Canceled

4/19/19 - Meeting Canceled

3/15/19 - Agenda

2/15/19 - Agenda

1/18/19 - Agenda

12/21/18 - Meeting Canceled

11/16/18 - Agenda

10/19/18 - Agenda

9/21/18 - Agenda

8/17/18 - Agenda

7/20/18 - Agenda

6/15/18 - Meeting Cancelled

5/18/18 - Agenda

4/20/18 - Agenda

3/19/18 - Agenda

2/16/18 - Agenda

1/19/18 - Agenda


Micki Thompson, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares

Jennifer Stracick, Alpha House

Gary MacMath, Boley Centers

Pam MesmerBrookwood Florida

Lariana Forsythe, CASA

Danielle HusbandCatholic Charities

Gabe Parra, City of Clearwater

Theresa JonesCity of St. Petersburg

Jane WalkerDaystar Life Center

Lisa DavisFamily Resources

Steve ClevelandFlorida Dream Center

Ashley Lowery, HEP

Jaclyn BolandIntercultural Advocacy Institute

Shirlene Lightsey ManuelMetro Wellness and Community Centers

Dianne ClarkeOperation PAR

Jerry WennlundPEMHS

Michael JalazoPERC

Debbie JohnsonPinellas County Housing Authority

Daisy RodriguezPinellas Human Services

Christine CantrellPinellas Schools

Lt. Zach HaischPCSO Safe Harbor

Kevin ChinaultSalvation Army Clearwater

Lt. Gary HauptSalvation Army St. Petersburg

Michael RaposaSt. Vincent DePaul

Christopher Ortiz, The St. Petersburg City Refuge

Pam QuallsUMCM Suncoast

James DatesWestCare Foundation


Funders Council


Make recommendations to the full HLB on funding of homeless/at-risk programs and services, either in response to HLB requests or on issues raised by Funders Council members.

  • Make recommendations on strategically aligning funding resources available for homeless-at-risk programs and services based on HLB-approved priorities, to make the most effective use of scarce resources.

  • Annually review and make recommendations to the HLB on the best use of funds from specific resources and activities that enable the Pinellas system of service to meet and exceed applicable performance standards as approved by the HLB. Such resources may include the HUD Continuum of Care, Sate of Florida homeless funding and/-or local public or private sources.

  • Coordinate funding planning and recommendations with other community-wide funding and planning groups.

  • Research and recommend potential common activities, requirements, and contract language across local funders that will advance a more coordinated system of services. (An example: current multiple local funders require that any service provider receiving funds for homeless services will enter consumer data into TBIN, the Pinellas Homeless management information system.


Duggan Cooley, Chair

Executive Director, Pinellas Community Foundation

Brian Jaruszewski, JD

Chief Financial Officer, JWB

Next Meeting

+ Meeting Agendas

9/20/19 - Agenda (8/30/19 meeting rescheduled)

6.28.19 - Agenda

4/26/19 - Agenda

2/22/19 - Revised Agenda

9/14/18 - Learning Session on Housing Focused Shelter

6/22/18 - Agenda

4/27/18 - Agenda

2/23/18 - Agenda


Anderson, Matt

Housing Manager, City of Largo

Rodriguez, Daisy

Director, Human Services, Pinellas County Human Services

Kochen, Robert P.

Chief, City of Tarpon Springs Police Dept

Laycox, Michelle

Section Chief, Homeless Programs, Bay Pines VA Health Care System

Parra, Gabe

Community Development Manager, Economic Development & Housing, City of Clearwater

Murphy, Patrick

Assistant City Manager, City of Pinellas Park

Fernandez, Celeste

Community Development Administrator, Florida Dept. of Children and Families

Jones, Theresa

Veteran, Homeless and Social Services Manager, City of St. Petersburg

Steinocher, Chris

CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Stricklin, Carol

Director of Community Development, City of Largo

Rocco, Julie

Program Officer, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg