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Leadership

Jacob Fox
Executive Director
Jacob Fox, Executive Director

Jacob Fox joined Homes for Good in 2013 and became Executive Director in 2015. He is passionate about transforming organizations in order to better serve communities. Jacob began his career in the mid-1990s and is a national leader and advocate for affordable housing.

Jacob has worked for three different housing authorities in numerous capacities including resident services, property management, asset management, development and executive management. Before joining Homes for Good, Jacob worked for the City of Portland where he directed investments in ending homelessness, affordable homeownership and affordable housing developments. Jacob is active in housing policy deliberation and legislative advocacy at the local, state, regional and national levels.

He feels strongly that housing is a basic human right and he believes in our ability to create stronger communities by linking affordable housing residents with health care, education, employment and other supportive services. When Jacob isn’t working he enjoys traveling, and fishing in Alaska.

Jeff Bridgens
Finance Director
Jeff Bridgens, Finance Director

Jeff Bridgens serves as the Finance Director for Homes For Good. Jeff moved to Eugene from Phoenix Arizona in November 2016. Prior to joining the agency, he worked in public accounting specializing in governmental clients. Jeff has over 16 years of experience working with municipalities, counties, college and universities, foundations, non-profit agencies, transportation, state and local pension plans, financial services and dealerships. With the encouragement of friends and peers, Jeff also served a two-year rotation with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) located in Norwalk, Connecticut. He helped to research and develop new accounting standards applicable to state and local governments. While at GASB he served as the project lead for Statement No. 69 Government Combinations and Disposals of Government Operations. Jeff also assisted GASB with the development of the exposure draft for Statement No. 68 Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions –an amendment of GASB Statement No. 27 and was responsible for helping GASB’s outreach efforts through public speaking forums throughout the United States. While in public accounting Jeff also served three years on the American Society of CPA’s (AICPA) State and Local Government Expert Panel helping to establish audit guidance for practitioners in the United States. Grateful for the opportunity to serve organizations, Jeff makes sure to develop understanding and solutions for complex areas of accounting and reporting.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Oregon, a CPA, a proud father of two children, passionate duck fan, and Cross-fit enthusiast. Jeff also loves music, drawing, art, ballroom dancing, college football, hiking, and of course science fiction and superheroes!

Beth Ochs
Rent Assistance Division Director
Beth Ochs, Rent Assistance Division Director

Beth Ochs oversees the implementation of over 3,000 housing subsidies within Lane County. She has worked in public service for over 15 years; working with Section 8 Programs, Home Ownership Programs, Veteran housing programs and other affordable housing endeavors in Oregon. She believes that housing should be accessible to all and everyone should strive to be an excellent partner in the process; whether landlord, tenant or community agency. As part of her devotion, she serves on the Board of the Rental Owners Association, working to build partnerships that benefit renters and owners.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Beth has been in Eugene since the mid-1990s and loves the outdoor spaces and beauty of the county.

Darlene Kelly
Property Manager Division Director
Darlene Kelly, Property Manager Division Director

Darlene Kelly started her career in affordable housing in the 1980s, working for the Department of the Navy on a Marine Corps Base. In 1991, she began working for our Public Housing Division (now referred to as the Property Management Division). She returned to Homes for Good after spending 15 years working for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

Darlene is passionate about building strong teams and a strong workplace culture. She is certified in Enterprise Change Management and believes that investing in employees has a huge benefit for our customers and the agency. Darlene has spent most of her career striving to improve customer access to high quality services and benefits – experience that we’re grateful for. She also has an extensive background in Project Management, Communication, Business Process Redesign and Process Improvement.

Darlene is a member of the Board for the National Staff Development and Trainers Association. Darlene is an Oregon and Lane County native.

Steve Jole
Energy Services Director
Steve Jole, Energy Services Director

Steve Jole manages our energy services division, bringing low-income weatherization and advocacy experience to residents across Lane County. He is enhancing our partnerships with local and regional utilities, as well as Lane Community College’s Energy Management program.

Steve spent two decades working in residential construction before settling into a workforce program position at Community Services Consortium (CSC) in Corvallis. There, he was instrumental in developing a weatherization training center that partnered with Lane Community College’s Energy Management program where he worked as an instructor. Steve became CSC’s weatherization program manager in 2008 and served on Oregon’s green jobs task force and national weatherization curriculum standard committees.

When not at work Steve enjoys outdoor adventures, partially those that take place on the water. He is a native of Eugene and has a BA in Industrial Education.

Steve Ochs
Real Estate Development Director
Steve Ochs, Real Estate Development Director

Steve Ochs oversees Homes for Good’s development team to finance and build new affordable housing. He also oversees and implements capital improvement projects for existing affordable properties. Steve has been active in the field of public service for over 17 years; working in Planning and Development for Salem and Eugene prior to this position.

Steve loves working with and around people who care about their community and are willing to work to make it a better place for all. He is a proud Army veteran, father of two amazing daughters and a graduate of the University of Oregon. Steve enjoys running, all things outdoors and following Duck athletics.

Wakan Alferes
Resident Services Director
Wakan Alferes, Resident Services Director

Wakan Alferes oversees the Resident Services, Family Self-Sufficiency and Permanent Supportive Housing programs that help residents increase stability and success in housing and in life. Wakan graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004, served in the PeaceCorps in Panama and has spent the better part of the last 15 years working in homeless services, affordable housing and resident services in Oregon.Her introduction to social services began as a Transitional Resource Counselor with ShelterCare and her most recent role was as a Resident Services Supervisor with Home Forward in Portland.

She has a passion for building community, increasing resident leadership and developing strong partnerships to meet the needs of residents in our communities. Wakan also enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, playing in her vegetable garden, practicing photography and rooting for the Oregon Ducks.

Bailey McEuen
Human Resources Director
Bailey McEuen, Human Resources Director
Ela Kubok
Communications Director
Ela Kubok, Communications Director

Ela Kubok is our Communications Director, responsible for all communications efforts and outreach at Homes for Good. Born and raised in Katowice, Poland Ela has spent the latter half of her life residing between the United States, United Kingdom and Belgium. She holds a BA in International Politics from the University of Stirling, Scotland; MA in Human Rights from University College London and Msc in Economics from University of Economics, Katowice, Poland.

She is a passionate advocate for the right to housing and is glad to be working towards solutions that help house residents of Lane County. She has previously held positions at the European Parliament and represented music writer’s rights in Brussels. Ela loves to ski and travels extensively.

Valerie Warner
Finance Manager
Valerie Warner, Finance Manager

Valerie Warner is originally from New York City, where she worked in the private sector in the shipping industry. Valerie and her family moved to Oregon in 1989 and after a year of public accounting, she went to work for the City of Springfield Finance Department. She joined Homes for Good as Finance Director in 2013, and became Deputy Director in 2015. Over the years, Valerie worked on utility fees, bond issuances, ballot issues, financial statements and budgets, often interacting with city councils, chambers of commerce and other community groups.

A lifelong volunteer, Valerie is currently involved with the Community Veterinary Center, an organization providing low-cost veterinary care to low income pet owners. Valerie also enjoys gardening and hiking in Oregon’s beautiful wild areas.

Beth Gyde
Asset Manager
Beth Gyde, Asset Manager
Curtis Wyant
IT Director
Curtis Wyant, IT Director
Jon Wild
Property Management Supervisor
Jon Wild, Property Management Supervisor
Andrea Bishop
Property Management Supervisor
Andrea Bishop, Property Management Supervisor
Ron Glover
Property Management Supervisor
Ron Glover, Property Management Supervisor
Kurt von der Ehe
CAP Project Manager
Kurt von der Ehe, CAP Project Manager
Dave Akins
Maintenance Services Manager
Dave Akins, Maintenance Services Manager
Christi Champ
Rent Assistance Supervisor
Christi Champ, Rent Assistance Supervisor
Tia Politi
Property Management Supervisor
Tia Politi, Property Management Supervisor