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 People 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.

Maureen Vittoria

Chief Operating Officer

Maureen has held leadership positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors, bringing more than two decades of experience in the fields of finance, accounting, HR, program development and management, construction, facilities management, and information technology.

Most recently, Maureen was the COO at Impact Justice, a national justice reform organization, where she provided legal, fiscal and compliance oversight and developed and implemented the infrastructure necessary for organizational health and the development of innovative programs from concept to full implementation.

Maureen also served as CFO for Abode Services, the largest homeless services nonprofit in the Bay Area. She led Finance and HR for four nonprofits under Abode’s umbrella, strengthening the organization’s infrastructure during a period of intense growth.

Maureen started her nonprofit career in 2013 with COTS, as their CFAO. She guided the organization through a transformational period and strengthened the financial and organizational accountability systems.
Prior to her nonprofit work, Maureen was a financial leader with Intel, where she held a variety of positions focused on delivering business and financial results, while maximizing performance, output, and cost. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, both from Arizona State University.