Director of Emergency Housing-Patchogue Office
Savitri Choon has been with CHI since 2006, when she first joined the agency in the role of a shelter Case Manager, assisting individuals and their families during their residency at one of the many emergency shelter homes managed by Community Housing Innovations. Savitri oversees 16 properties throughout Suffolk county. Some of the properties are geared for families, others offer housing and case management for single men or single women with children. Her day to day assignments is to manage the shelter staff with direction and compliance matters that will help clients navigate through their challenges with poverty, substance addiction, and other issues that have also compromised their ability to secure permanent and independent housing. Savitri completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Director of Emergency Housing-Moreland Family Shelter-Commack
Nicole Falkman, LMSW, holds a Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s in Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College. Nicole recently received her Certification in Excellence in Nonprofit Management through Adelphi University in March 2019. Nicole is also the recipient of the Fay Honey Knopp Award in 2018 for her work and advocacy within the forensic population. Nicole is currently the Director of Emergency Shelter programs. and joined Community Housing Innovations in February 2012. With over 10 years of leadership experience in the for-profit public and nonprofit sector. Nicole oversees CHI’s Moreland Family Emergency Shelter and The Resource Center, which is a separate program offering housed at a facility in Holbrook. At Moreland, Nicole assists homeless families and single adults who are referred to CHI from DSS in Suffolk County. CHI Moreland, with the capacity to house 100 families per night, and provides client residents with housing, meals, case management, and community-based resource referrals to assist clients with their individual challenges and help them set goal-oriented objectives as they strive towards renewed independence and economic stability. The Resource Center, located in Holbrook, is available to any client currently served by CHI. Opened in late 2013, this program offers clients access to a wide range of services such as On-site child care, educational and vocational resources/applications/training/certifications as well as free, informational workshops geared to the needs of clients challenged by poverty, mental illness, substance abuse or other issues that require intervention and guidance.
Director of Hudson Valley Programs
Scott Mendelson has a Master’s in Education. Since he joined CHI in March 2002, he has created, implemented eight emergency housing programs in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counites. In 2020, six programs remain important resources in Dutchess and Orange Counties for single people and families. He is a leader in the local CoC and coalition groups.
Director of Human Resources-Long Island & Westchester Offices
Director of Operations- Long Island and Westchester Offices
Robert Nocera joined Community Housing Innovations in October 2019 as Director of Operations. Prior to his affiliation with CHI, Robert held a similar role of responsibilities at Family Service League in Huntington, NY. As Director of Operations, he manages the oversight of all administrative, facility, technology and fleet functions. His duties will help to ensure connected, coordinated and compliant infrastructure for all of CHI properties and programs.
Director of Emergency Housing
Director of Training and Compliance- Patchogue Office
In 2006, Kibby Samuel joined the Community Housing Innovations (CHI) team. In her role as the Director of Training & Compliance, Ms. Samuel and her team work diligently to further employee access to education and training, while simultaneously ensuring that CHI exceeds agency and funder standards. Ms. Samuel works closely with all departments and leadership members to establish Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) protocols. Ms. Samuel has a master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Stony Brook and possesses over 20 years of experience in the Human Services field. In addition to obtaining licensure as a Social Worker, Ms. Samuel holds certifications as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). When Ms. Samuel is not conducting audits and qualitative analysis on program performance, during her leisure time, she enjoys traveling.
Paul A. Stermer
Director of Development and Communications
Paul joined CHI in 2021 as Director of Development and Communications, overseeing fundraising and marketing-communications, including individual giving, foundation, government and corporate support, special events, and donor engagement, as well as print, digital, social, and earned media. He has more than 25 years of experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York and Michigan. Paul earned a degree in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. He is a published author and editor, a former journalist, and an avid hiker and gardener.
Director of Homeownership and Foreclosure Programs- Long Island and Westchester Offices
Julie Stern joined CHI as the First Time Homeowner Grants Administrator in April 2012 and was promoted to Director overseeing both the Homeownership Grants and the Foreclosure Prevention programs. Julie has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.