Chuck started his career in social services in 2009 with Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa, serving as Homeless Services Manager and then Executive Director. In 2014, he became the CEO for Catholic Charities in Oakland, where he helped grow the agency budget from $5.5M to $11M in four years and expand services in Immigration, Refugee Resettlement, Mental Health, and Housing Counseling.

Prior to his social services career, Chuck worked for large organizations and held positions such as Manager, Director of Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and Deputy Director. He started his career as a C.P.A. and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Information Systems, and Organization Development.

Chuck is excited to return to social services where he started – serving the homeless in Sonoma County. He has been living in Sonoma County for almost 40 years. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife Denise and their two dogs.

David joined the COTS team in 2018, bringing to the organization a broad range of financial and operational expertise. He began his professional career while still in school, working as a part-time bookkeeper for his family’s construction company. Since then, he’s worked as a finance professional in a wide range of industries: from environmental policy to private equity; from domestic healthcare to international advertising.

Community service and engagement have always played central roles in David’s life. His volunteer experience includes working with families to resolve immigration issues, teaching English to non-native speakers and helping small, local businesses set up their finance and accounting departments. David’s life-long love of both learning and teaching continue to influence his activities outside of his work at COTS.

David was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and presently lives in Petaluma.

Cathleen “Cat” Higgins

Director of Human Resources

Cat has been in love with housing since she was a wee lass. She grew up spending hours with graph paper, drawing homes until her fingers went numb. She attempted to be an architect, but her math skills did not meet the mark. Not to be one to let a little thing like that stop her passion for housing, she decided to obtain a degree in graphic design and work in administrative roles in new construction marketing departments, supporting real estate sales teams, and eventually landed in property management.

In her property management job, she took on Human Resources and obtained her PHR, SHRM-CP certifications (like CPA exams), launching an entirely different career as an HR Professional working within housing.

Cat wanted to work for COTS in 2018, when her 10-year stint at the property management company was ending due to closure. COTS posted their HR Manager opening the same month her company closed. Kismet. Cat is serious about her duties to ensure each COTS’ employee has a supportive environment to find professional success and make a HUGE difference in the lives of others through housing.

Paul Cummins

Director of Programs

Bio coming soon

Kiera Stewart

Director of Grants

Bio coming soon