Hannah Basting, MSW, LSW
Continuum of Care Coordinator, Ext 117
Hannah joined COHHIO in February 2018 as part of the Ohio Balance of State Continuum of Care team. Before coming to COHHIO, Hannah completed two terms of service with the AmeriCorps program at the YWCA Family Center, in Columbus. She also previously worked as a Case Manager with Health Care for the Homeless, and as a Grants Administrator with National Church Residences. Hannah earned her undergraduate degree in History from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.
Maria Bruno, Esq.
Ohio Votes Coordinator, Ext 121
Maria joined COHHIO in May 2018 to coordinate the Ohio Votes program for the 2018 election. She has a diverse background in community organizing, voting rights, and criminal law. Maria previously served as the Director of the Voter Protection Program for America Votes Ohio in the 2016 election, advocated for criminal justice reform at the ACLU of Ohio, and has worked in the criminal court system on both the prosecution and defense sides, having interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and also the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office. Maria earned a JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Pittsburgh with minors in Economics, French, and Spanish. She is licensed to practice law in New York. Maria currently serves as the VP of Communications for the American Constitution Society, Columbus Lawyers Chapter. Born and raised in Medina, Maria is passionate about helping low-income Ohioans participate in democracy through the electoral system. She loves Buckeye football and Cleveland sports, even the Browns.
Finance Director, Ext 114
Chuck was most recently the Director of Operations and CFO for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the primary funder organization for civil legal aid in the state of Ohio. He helped establish the Foundation in 1994 and managed its administrative and financial systems, as well as led the oversight of grantee performance through periodic peer assessment. He established one of the most comprehensive education loan repayment programs in the nation for Ohio’s legal aid lawyers. Chuck began his legal aid career at the Northeast Ohio Legal Services program as its Program Administrator. Subsequent to that, he was the Director of Administration for Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma. He holds a MPA from Kent State University.
HMIS Data Analyst, Ext 123
Genelle joined the HMIS team at COHHIO originally in 2010 to help implement the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP). She brought 10 years’ of database and report design experience to the position, and used these skills to greatly increase the effectiveness of the Balance of State HMIS. She continues her work as HMIS Data Analyst, helping the Balance of State CoC use HMIS data to driving it decisions. Genelle has a degree in English Literature from Louisiana State University, plays fiddle for contra dances and in old time jams, and enjoys watching roller derby with her family.
HMIS TA&T Support Coordinator, Ext 120
Matt joined the COHHIO HMIS team in November 2011 after 10 years working for the US Postal Service. During that time and for several years prior he worked as a consultant, a trainer and technical assistance provider for The Community Revitalization Training Center, a national training and technical assistance provider that focuses on housing rehab and community development. He spent 10 years as a software developer and was lead support for Oberon Resources, an educational software company, which provided research and bibliographic tools for academics and students alike.
Coordinated Entry Specialist, Ext 119
Chloé joined COHHIO in June 2016 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a dual Masters in African American and African Studies and City and Regional Planning. She most recently worked for Franklin County Economic Development and Planning as a Planning Assistant, and is actively involved in various social justice and community development efforts in Columbus. Chloé holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and African American Studies from the University of South Carolina and is a University of South Carolina Honors College Graduate.
Melissa Humbert-Washington, MSW, LSW
Youth Initiative Coordinator, Ext 132
Melissa joined COHHIO in March 2018. She previously worked at The Salvation Army as Regional Housing Coordinator of Ohio Planning Region 10 housing programs, including Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Youth Counts, Rapid Re-Housing, Homelessness Prevention, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Senior Assistance Program. Melissa began her work in housing as a case manager for the Stable Families Program at Gladden Community House. She also has social work experience in mental health and foster care. Melissa received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in social work from The Ohio State University and is a proud lover of all things Buckeye.
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Ext 131
Josh Johnson joined COHHIO in May 2016 as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator. Previously, Josh worked as the Family Advocate Team Lead at the YWCA Family Shelter of Columbus. He began his career in the Mental and Behavioral Health fields working with adolescent clients in Richmond, VA and later with Southeast, Inc. of Columbus, OH as a Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment Case Manager serving adults with severe mental illnesses and/or alcohol or other drug addictions. Josh is a graduate of Hampton University and Iowa Central Community College with degrees in both Psychology and Elementary Education and is a former captain of the Hampton University Football program.
SSI Ohio Program Coordinator, Ext 128
Amy joined COHHIO in September of 2016. She currently coordinates and manages the SSI Ohio Project, which works to assist individuals experiencing homelessness with potential SSI/SSDI benefits. Amy previously worked as a Veteran’s Case Manager in the SSVF program and Housing Specialist for Faith Mission, in Columbus, OH. There, she worked in both Men’s and Women’s shelters, assisting with coordination of services in mental health, substance abuse, and rapid rehousing using the Housing First and Critical Time Intervention Models (CTI) with single adults. Amy attended the Ohio State University in Columbus for her Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Minor in Sociology with a Certification in HIV/AIDS Education. She then received an Accelerated Masters in Social Work with a focus in Administration, Policy and Clinical Diagnosis from OSU. During college, she interned for the Ohio Department of Health in the HIV Care Service Section. There, she assisted in agency audits to maintain compliance with state grant funding regulations. She also co-developed and administered HIV educational seminars for HIV/AIDS Community Agencies who received ODH funding. She also worked as a Program Assistant for Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in client services, grant proposals, community outreach, and educational awareness for the LGBT community.