CEO Habitat for Humanity
T. VanHook, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Tucson is a University of Arizona graduate who has spent more than 20 years implementing community-based human services, neighborhood, housing, and transit programs for public, private, and non-profit organizations. Her lifelong commitment to equality and empowerment for everyone manifests in her many roles—from policy maker and Chief Executive Officer to community partner and mentor, or as the instigator of social justice initiatives. One of her favorite roles is a laborer, swinging a hammer to build affordable housing alongside future Habitat homeowners and volunteers.
VanHook served as the first President/CEO of RISE, a Community-Based Development Organization, that launched socially responsible enterprises providing training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2006, she became the town of Marana’s Community Development and Neighborhood Services Director receiving the 2010 Thomas A. Swanson Regional Leadership Award from the Pima Association of Governments for her support of regional transit initiatives and development of innovative outreach programs. In 2014, VanHook became the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Tucson, dedicating herself to leading innovative solutions to the crisis of affordable housing in Pima County.
Jennifer Schowengerdt is President of the Nourish Board of Directors and has served on the Board since 2014. She was involved with the organization to support families who receive therapy for feeding challenges.
She was first introduced to the work of pediatric feeding therapy as a result of her son having feeding difficulties and she received therapy from highly trained and skilled occupational, speech and physical therapists. She understands first hand the emotional and physical stress that parents undergo when trying to help their child learn to swallow, chew, or drink from a straw.
She now works on behalf of Nourish to develop awareness in the community and to grow Nourishes feeding therapy scholarship fund.
Chief Executive Officer
Casa De Los Niños
She has over 30 years of experience in the child welfare, early childhood, behavioral health and family support fields including 16 years at senior management level, well versed in effective organizational management of a child welfare agency; staff coaching and professional advancement; program development and implementation; community needs assessment; community, family and child-based support services; and state and federal child welfare legislation and public policy. Also, some of her accomplishments are for being responsible for initiating the community’s first infant and toddler mental health clinic, and subsequently, launched a public behavioral health network integrating child welfare practice and trauma-informed care focused on the special needs of children in the foster care system.
She devised a service continuum incorporating evidence-based and best practice models through the application of prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to effectively address the needs of at-risk children and their families within the community.
She has a collective multi-level approach geared toward strengthening families through engagement at all stakeholder levels (individual, family, community, and societal) in order to effectuate positive change.