Hector Hinojosa, President
A technical consultant in the semiconductor industry, Hector was afforded opportunities for extensive travel throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe and Asia, and through that experienced the good and bad aspects of many countries. From those experiences, he brought forward ideas of how to take care of others right here at home.
Settling in Vancouver in 1993, he now considers himself a native. Hector is a co-owner of JoFoody Catering. With the help of countless volunteers, he began Stone Soup Community Meal in Fall of 2014, as a way to bring the community together to discuss possible solutions to homelessness while communing with unhoused friends. Community Roots Collaborative is a direct result of the conversations and input over the years.
Nicolette Horaites, Vice President
Nicolette is currently finishing her B.A. in Anthropology (with a minor in English) at WSUV. She has previously attended Clark College, Antelope Valley College, and California State University Dominguez Hills. As part of her active commitment to others, she has tutored and mentored students in campus Learning Centers.
She strives to help better the community by focusing on the current housing crisis as well as the services that help our neighbors stay in their homes. She is eager to put in the time and work that such a goal requires.
Her professional experience has earned her leadership aplomb, organizational savvy, genuine diplomacy, and strong interpersonal communication skills.
Paul Stevens, Treasurer
Dan is a lifelong resident of the great, and ever changing Vancouver USA. He was born, raised, educated and employed right here before starting his own business and professional career. He now owns and manages a fast growing, local staffing firm, A.L. Merryman Company, located in downtown Vancouver. His firm specializes in the search and placement of management and executive level professionals in the Engineering/Construction/Legal/Accounting & Technology industries. He is actively involved on several local nonprofit boards and Clark College business school. He acquired his BS in Psychology and Business Management from Washington State University Vancouver and is a graduate of Leadership Clark County, Class of 2017. Outside of business and civil activities he enjoys spending time with his beautiful, thoughtful wife Elin, his exuberant 4 year old son Loudon, and mystifying 12 year old daughter Cadence. They travel as much as they can. He enjoys drinking wine, listening to his vinyl collection, and participating in recreational sports. Recognizing that Vancouver is experiencing a changing landscape with newer, larger city demands and problems, Dan felt the need to step up to help make necessary changes that come with providing our neighbors with dignity through affordable housing options.
Kacee Cohen has over 20 years advocating and providing support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence. They participated in the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Just Futures Project joining other leaders from grassroots programs to articulate bold moves towards ending domestic violence. They have been instrumental in the development of protocols in response to crisis and integrative services.
Kacee leads interactive group-based discussions to engage members in preventing and responding to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender based violence, and houselessness. They continuously strive to effectively create positive social change in their community. Kacee has experience working closely with multi-disciplinary teams to provide direct services to individuals who are facing multiple barriers to health care, stable housing, and gainful employment.
Kacee strongly advocates for a “Housing First” model to address the increasing need for individual and family stability. “Housing is not a privilege, it’s an individual’s right. Without stable housing, any meaningful progress towards health and well-being is already greatly challenged. It’s not just about more housing; it’s about affordable and sustainable housing and utilizing our community’s available resources to provide necessary supportive services.”
Adam has taught 10 years in Evergreen Public Schools, serves as the Evergreen Education Association Secretary/Treasurer, has been re-elected to the Washington Education Association’s Board of Directors & Executive Committee, and is a small business owner of The Potted Elephant. His civic activism has helped to elect dynamic leaders, improve middle-class wages in the education profession, develop aspiring leaders, and coalition build in his community.
After witnessing triple digit percentage increases in student homelessness in his classroom, along with struggling to afford to live in the community he teaches in, Adam has joined Community Roots Collaborative to make a change. He understands that C-Roots is offering the solution to the affordable housing crisis, reimagining sustainable development, and ultimately eliminating homelessness. To this cause, Adam lends his skills to the board in governance, budget & finance, community organizing, public policy, campaigning, networking, professional development training, and public speaking.
Linda Garcia, Executive Director
Born and raised on the East Coast, Linda studied Social Work at Western Wyoming College and University of Wyoming before moving to the Pacific Northwest. After raising two children in Vancouver, she returned to work as an Outreach Coordinator for a local nonprofit. Looking to best understand and help meet the needs of the homeless community has always been one with which her heart most closely aligned. When recruited to become Executive Director of Community Roots in May, 2017, she eagerly accepted, and began working right away to help eliminate, through their very innovative approach, the staggering number of unhoused neighbors throughout Clark County.