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Co-Applicant Board Roster

Public Health Clinic Services
2500 Bates Ave., Suite B
Concord, CA 94520

The mission of the Health Care for the Homeless Co-Applicant Board is to oversee, guide and assist the Program in its efforts to deliver high quality health care to a diverse and medically underserved community. The Co-Applicant Board will use its skills, expertise and life experience to make policies and operational decisions which will provide the best benefit to the Program and client.


Dr. Wendel Brunner (Board Chair)
Past CCHS Public Health Director

Wendel Brunner was the Director of Public Health for Contra Costa from 1983 until he retired in 2015. As Public Health Director, he was responsible for the County's Homeless Programs as well as for Health Care for the Homeless. Currently, he is the PI for the California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project, a state- wide endeavor of Public Health Directors and Health Officers to address chronic disease and health inequities in California. From 1979 to 1983, he was a primary care physician for the Health Services Department at the Richmond Health Center.

Larry Fairbank Sr.
CCHS Respite Care Center
Public Health Foundation Enterprises

For the past 11 years, Larry Fairbank Sr. has worked as a Peer Counselor with the Concord Respite Shelter. Larry was formerly homeless and a drug user for 28 years. As of today, he is 16 years clean and working in a field where he provides encouragement, self-esteem enrichment, and motivation to homeless clients residing in the Respite Shelter. Working with the homeless, who Larry sees not only as clients but also as peers, helps him to be compassionate when dealing with clients in tough situations, especially mental health. Larry’s experience in homelessness makes him an ideal peer counselor as he better relates and understands the needs of the homeless population. He looks forward to learning more that will allow him to best serve the Contra Costa County’s homeless population.

Robin Heinemann
Retired Concord Police Department Lieutenant

Lt. Robin Heinemann retired from the Concord Police Department after 28 years in law enforcement service. Like many with a long law enforcement related background, she held a myriad of assignments during her career and had the distinct honor to serve the citizens of Concord as a Police Lieutenant, more specifically in the capacity as the City's Northern District Commander. It was during these years where she felt truly blessed as she was given most assignments that had a significant "community" focus and where she developed a passion for advocating for those experiencing homelessness.

Ms. Heinemann has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, coursework towards a Master’s degree in psychology, as well as a BS and AA degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Ms. Heinemann teaches at Diablo Valley College where she has been teaching part- time since 1997. She joined John F. Kennedy University in May 2015 as a core faculty member in the Criminal Justice Leadership program.

Teri House
Federal Grants & Affordable Housing Consultant

Teri House is a federal grants and affordable housing consultant in Contra Costa and Solano Counties. She has worked with and for municipalities for over 22 years, including the cities of Pittsburg, Concord, Richmond, Fairfield, and currently with Antioch. Teri was a formerly homeless transitional aged youth for two years, and is passionate about establishing and maintaining quality services to help people who are without housing in our community. She has been a member of the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness for over 23 years and has held numerous leadership positions. Prior to working in government, she was the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Habitat for Humanity, and Development Director of Shelter Against Violent Environments in Alameda County. Teri holds a MS in Counseling Psychology, BS in Psychology, BA in Apparel Design, and a post graduate certification from USF in Fund Development.

Bill Jones
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Bill Jones is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified end of life counselor who has provided direct services to underserved populations for about 20 years, as a case manager, mental health provider and support group facilitator. He has developed and managed mental health, case management, housing advocacy, and permanent supportive housing programs, and currently serves as Director of Operations for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing while maintaining a small private psychotherapy practice. He lives in West Contra Costa County, and he is honored to serve on the Health Care for the Homeless Co-Applicant Governing Board.

Shayne Kaleo
Anka Behavioral Health

Shayne Kaleo is the Regional Director for Contra Costa Homeless Services for Anka Behavioral Health, responsible for the oversight of the homeless services in the region and collaboration with the County. She has worked in various roles for the organization, most notably as an Outreach Worker serving the homeless population previously for Project HOPE and currently with the CORE team night outreach team in conjunction with Contra Costa County Homeless Services.

Ms. Kaleo has been in the Behavioral Health field for over 15 years, serving diverse populations and playing a significant role in the County planning process to increase housing access for the homeless. She is a vital resource for agencies to educate on topics such as cultural sensitivity to effectively serve the disenfranchised. Ms. Kaleo is the current Pro Act (Professional Assault and Crisis) Certified Trainer for Anka. Her previous roles include a State Certified tester/counselor with the Office of HIV/AIDS and guest lecturer for the Diablo Valley College, AOD Studies, and Dual Diagnosis Course. Shayne is honored to be a part of the HCH Co-Applicant Governing Board.

Nhang Luong
CCC Employment & Human Services Department

Nhang Luong is a resident of Pleasant Hill. She currently manages the Information and Assistance (I&A) helpline for seniors at the Employment and Human Services Department. She brings almost two decades of experience in government and non-profit organizations, with a focus on program development, community partnership creation, and advocacy to address the needs of seniors in Contra Costa County. She is currently active on the Fall Prevention Program Steering Committee and Advisory Council on Aging Housing Work Group.

Jennifer Machado
Chevron Federal Credit Union Board Chair & Member of Walnut Creek St. Paul’s Commons low income housing project

Jennifer Machado is a finance executive with 25 years of experience at Chevron Corporation. She is currently the Chevron Federal Credit Union Board of Directors Chairperson and a Member of Walnut Creek St. Paul’s Commons Low Income Housing Project. Jennifer is a strong supporter of organizations promoting education, social justice, and economic empowerment.

Jonathan Perales
Past CCHS Health Care for the Homeless Employee
Jonathan Perales, now retired, previously worked in the CCC Public Health, Health Care for the Homeless mobile clinic for 19 years as a Financial Counselor. He brings an awareness of the special medical care needs for the homeless people of Contra Costa County to the board.

Bill Shaw
Winter Nights Shelter

A native of Berkeley California, Bill has been with Winter Nights since 2010 when he was hired as a site supervisor. In 2014, he was promoted to Program Manager. Bill holds a BA in Child Development and an MA in Spirituality and Culture.

Belinda Thomas
Reach Fellowship International

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Belinda attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), where she graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing Degree in 1996. Then after, relocated to the Bay Area through travel nursing, Belinda began her ministerial studies at the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW), where she obtained her Masters of Divinity Degree. She is the VP and Co-Founder of Reach Fellowship International a gender-equity program that has offices based in North Richmond, Antioch, and Berkeley, California which is focused on helping women stabilize upon their release from jail.

Staff to the Committee
Linae Young Healthcare for Homeless Coordinator