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.

Cathleen “Cat” Higgins

Chief Personnel Officer

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.

Jamieson Bunn

Chief Development & Communications Officer

Jamieson comes to COTS after learning the ropes of fundraising in east coast museums and San Francisco independent schools. A small-town North Carolina native, Jamieson never truly felt at ease in the urban fog, however – and in 2018, she moved to Petaluma with her husband and daughter to find a sunnier, more neighborly place to call home. 

One night that December, she stumbled on COTS’ website while researching local nonprofits and hoping to put an end to her city commute. There, she read a blog post about our business supporters which quoted the Christmas Carol (“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business…”) and applied for the Director of Development job that night. She loves supporting the work of her colleagues at COTS because every day she gets to witness the tremendous impact that work has on the lives of her neighbors. In her spare time, Jamieson enjoys quilting and exploring the many kid-friendly activities Sonoma County has to offer.

Jules Pelican

Director of Support Services

Jules is delighted to return to COTS as Director of Programs after spending two years as Program Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority. As Program Specialist, Jules oversaw the City’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. The knowledge she gained from this experience has been invaluable in her work supporting COTS clients.

Jules also worked at COTS from 2013 thru 2017. Prior positions include Program Director, Program Manager, Case Manager, and Benefits Advocate. In addition, Jules worked for Homeward Bound of Marin as Resource Counselor at the New Beginnings Center, an 80-bed homeless shelter located in Novato, CA. She received her Masters of Counseling from Cal State East Bay.
In a previous life, Jules was employed as manager of several fabulous independent bookstores in the Bay Area, including Copperfield’s, Mockingbird Books, and Pegasus Books. She misses being part of the independent bookstore community but is heartened by the connections she has maintained over the years with her old coworkers (as well as the Advanced Reading Copies they still provide for her!).

Jules lives in Petaluma with her husband, a woodworker and professional clown, and their two mischievous cats.

Corinne Neuman

Chief Financial & Admin Officer

Corinne Neuman brings over twenty years of experience in non-profit finance to COTS along with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Her strong knowledge of finance and administration is used to create processes and systems that meet our complex financial needs and lead us into brilliant solutions that allow us to focus on our service needs and organizational values.  Prior to joining COTS, Corinne spent ten years with Sonoma Land Trust and six years with the Community Foundation Sonoma County. She is passionate about advancing the work of Equity and Inclusion in the non-profit sector, socially responsible investments, and trust-based philanthropy.

As a Sonoma County native, Corinne has a deep understanding of Sonoma County.  Raising her kids and keeping them housed while completing her education as a young single-parent is her greatest accomplishment. It gave her a deep appreciation for the challenges our clients face. When not investing her time in the non-profit community, she can usually be found working on her equestrian performance and horsemanship with her Quarter Horse, Miley.