Kyla Holtsberry, She/Her
Healthy Beginnings at Home Project Coordinator, Ext 154
Kyla Holtsberry joined COHHIO in April 2023. Kyla comes to us most recently from the Toledo/Lucas Homelessness Board where she managed operations. Before working to end homelessness, Kyla was with the YWCA of Northwest Ohio in their Youth Development department doing teen pregnancy prevention programming and provided leadership in I Rise, the YWCA’s social justice coalition that organized multiple years of Women’s Marches as well as assisted teens in organizing the Lucas county March for Our Lives. Before working with the YWCA, Kyla worked with Access Ohio, providing mental health case management. Kyla received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from BGSU.
Director of Training and Equitable Practice, Ext 131
Prior to joining the COHHIO team in June 2022, Aubre worked with partners and stakeholders across Franklin County as part of the Community Shelter Board’s comprehensive, coordinated response to young people under age 24 facing homelessness. Aubre also worked with street outreach partners who engage people living outdoors to help them get to the safety of shelter or housing, facilitating access to benefits and targeted financial assistance, among other services. Aubre also oversaw continuing education program for professional development in the homeless system, as well as the annual point-in-time count effort. Aubre began her career as a clinical therapist working in early childhood mental health where she specialized in working with 3–7-year-olds with behavioral and mental health challenges. She became certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy while working with youth in foster care. Aubre is a licensed, independent social worker and earned her master’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Housing Information Coordinator, Ext 121
Damon joined COHHIO in February 2024 after 5 years of housing justice organizing, advocacy and policy research with United Athens County Tenants, and three local electoral campaigns he used to agitate for housing issues. A grassroots organizer and independent journalist for over 25 years – and a longtime tenant with experience taking predatory landlords to court – Damon has campaigned for and written about racial and economic justice, LGBTQIA+ and women’s rights, environmental justice, student press rights, government transparency and accountability, and more just foreign policy. He grew up in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and has spent most of his adult life in Southeast Ohio, outside of shorter stints in Portland, Oregon; Atlanta, Georgia; and Pittsburgh. A lover of travel and the outdoors, he lives in Athens with his wife and their two cats.
Continuum of Care Director, Ext 118
Erica Mulryan joined COHHIO in August 2006. Previously, Erica worked as a policy associate with the Mid-America Institute on Poverty of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, a service-based human rights organization in Chicago, where she coordinated their immigrant asset-building research project. Erica’s professional and academic background has largely focused on anti-poverty research and policy analysis as well as issues involving violence against women. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Kansas State University and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work (A.M.) from the School of Social Service Adminstration at the University of Chicago.
Finance Support Coordinator, Ext 127
Manuel joined COHHIO in August 2018 as a canvasser for the Ohio Votes program. He brings administrative experience from previous positions with The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Manuel earned his bachelor’s degree from Capital University and a master’s degree from UCLA.
Director of Communications & Development, Ext 111
Marcus joined COHHIO in 2015 after a decade of reporting on Ohio’s state government for Gongwer News Service, where he covered ongoing debate over tax policy, health care, voting rights, predatory lending, clean energy and a host of other issues. Prior to moving to Ohio, Marcus lived in Virginia, New York City and Spain, where he worked as a freelance journalist, photographer and stonemason. Originally from Philadelphia, he earned a BA in English literature from the University of Virginia. Marcus, an avid cycling advocate, rides to work on his bike and is a board member of Franklinton Cycle Works in Columbus.
SOAR Ohio and HNHF Director, Ext 137
Candace joined COHHIO in October 2020 as the coordinator of SOAR Ohio and the Housing Now for Homeless Families program. Before joining COHHIO, she was a SOAR Specialist at Community Support Services, a multi-service mental health agency in Akron. For over five years, Candace helped homeless individuals with disabilities apply for Social Security benefits. Prior to SOAR, she worked at the Haven of Rest Ministries, a faith-based shelter serving men, women and children in Summit and surrounding counties. She assisted women with case management, housing placement, faith-based counseling, and small group activities. She also contributed to the development of the Future Story job training program to help women overcome barriers to employment. Candace earned a degree in Community Services and a Bachelor degree in Social Work at the University of Akron.
System Administrator, Ext 144
Monica joined the COHHIO HMIS team in February 2022. Before joining COHHIO, she spent 17 years working for the nonprofit organization, Family & Community Services, Inc. in northeastern Ohio, where she served as their Assistant Director of housing and homeless services and managed several homeless and housing programs. She also spent seven years working with victims of domestic violence. Monica has a B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University.
Amanda E. Wilson, LISW-S, CDE
Youth Housing Initiative Director, Ext 115
Amanda is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with more than twenty years of social services experience in a variety of settings, including violence against women, developmental delays, mental health and early childhood education. She has been working in housing and homelessness for ten years. After eight years on the HMIS team she moved to the CoC team to focus on improving coordinated entry systems throughout the 80 county Balance of State Continuum of Care. Then, in 2023 Amanda was tapped to lead COHHIO’s Youth Housing Initiative. In addition to her work with COHHIO, Amanda enjoys reading, dancing and doing the New York Times crosswords.
Advocacy Director, Ext 139
Gina joined COHHIO in November 2017 after managing lobbying efforts with CRN Consulting, Ltd. for the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in the state budget. Gina previously served over a decade as senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, and has worked for the Ohio Association for Justice and the Centers for Independent Living. She also has experience as a real estate agent. A native of Botkins in Northwestern Ohio, Gina graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications and Political Science.