Executive and Managing Directors

Amy M. Riegel
Executive Director, Ext 148
Amy was selected to serve as COHHIO’s Executive Director in June 2022 after serving as the Senior Director, Housing for managed care organization CareSource, where she initiated and led the deployment of $50 million strategic investments in affordable housing across multiple states and helped to launch and replicate Healthy Beginnings at Home, a nationally recognized research study looking at the relationship between housing stability and healthy birth outcomes. Amy is an accomplished housing advocate with over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits and governmental entities, including the City of Dayton, where she provided policy leadership and designed programs in the areas of housing development, asset-based community development, community engagement, education, and homelessness. She serves on numerous boards in Ohio and nationally that are focused on poverty elimination, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization. Amy lives in Dayton with her husband and three daughters. She is a graduate of Wright State University. She loves attending sporting events, especially when her daughters or the UD Flyers are playing.

Douglas Argue, MSW, LISW
Managing Director, Ext 113
Douglas Argue joined COHHIO as managing director in October 2005. Douglas brings vast managerial experience to COHHIO, having promoted decent, safe, fair and affordable housing for more than 15 years. His previous work includes being the shelter director for Daybreak in Dayton, a homeless youth shelter; serving as the director of housing and emergency assistance for The Damien Center,  an AIDS service organization in Indianapolis; practicing as a psychiatric social worker serving both adult and youth populations in inpatient and outpatient settings; and, doing managed care for mental health and substance benefits for an insurance company. Douglas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, holds a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University; is an LISW in the state of Ohio and is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church.


COHHIO Staff

Hannah Basting, MSW, LSW
Continuum of Care Coordinator, Ext 117
hannahbasting@cohhio.org
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.

Lisa Brooks
Youth Housing Initiative Director, Ext 132
lisabrooks@cohhio.org

Lisa joined the COHHIO team in March 2020. Prior to becoming a part of the COHHIO team, Lisa was a senior leader at a non-profit serving multi-system youth. She led a team of street outreach workers in meeting the crisis needs of rural youth and supervised a team of Bridges liaisons to meet the needs of Ohio’s foster youth. She has experience building new supports for youth as well as sustaining existing supports. Lisa is a key member of a regional leadership team that planned and implemented a rural round one U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Youth Homeless Demonstration Project  (YHDP). Lisa is connected to YHDP at local, state and national levels and deeply values YHDP lessons learned. Lisa was introduced to Health and Human Services, Runaway and Homelessness Youth programs as a street outreach worker and grew to writing and implementing RHY programs. She has developed a distinctive understanding of the assets and needs of multi-system youth with a special affinity for Appalachian youth through her lived experiences and systems change work. Lisa is certified by the Tri-State Trauma Network in trauma responsive care. Lisa holds a BFA in Fine Arts with and a degree in Psychology from the University of Rio Grande. Brooks lives on a 100-acre nature preserve and spends her free time exploring wild Ohio with her son Ryland.

Chuck Cook
Finance Director, Ext 114
chuckcook@cohhio.org
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.

Erica Copley
SOAR Ohio T&TA Coordinator
ericacopley@cohhio.org
Erica, a Columbus native, joined the SOAR Ohio team in 2021 after teaching virtual English classes for learners in China. Erica graduated Ohio State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, studied graphic design, and interned at Homeport, where she gained experience with outreach and community engagement in the nonprofit affordable housing sector. With her background in instructional design, virtual education, and her lived experience navigating social services as a person with disabilities, she helps to deliver equity-focused educational materials and support for SOAR specialists throughout Ohio.

Ami Diallo
Youth Housing Initiative Specialist
amidiallo@cohhio.org
Ami Joined the COHHIO team in January 2022 as the Youth Housing Initiative Specialist. Before joining the COHHIO team, Ami spent 12 years with the Godman Guild Association in Adult Education where she played a central role in the development and expansion of the program. A portion of her efforts resulted in Guild’s receipt of Best Practice from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for excellence in remote testing, (as a result of COVID). She enjoyed her work with participants from all over the world and has a special empathy for them. She worked hard assisting in barrier reduction and the achievement of goals. She is passionate about equity in opportunities and education for marginalized communities. Her mantra is to ” Always leave people in a better state than when I meet them.” Ami earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications in Marrakech, Morocco. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and singing off-key.

Matt Dicks
HMIS TA&T Support Coordinator, Ext 120
mattdicks@cohhio.org
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.

Peter E. Fowler
Equity & Training Coordinator, Ext 141
peterfowler@cohhio.org

Pete joined COHHIO in July 2021 and assists in the development and implementation of COHHIO’s agenda by coordinating training and technical assistance that reduces and ends homelessness and moves us toward greater racial equity. Pete has previously worked in workforce development, adult education, corrections, and homelessness. He has also taught in academic settings in the U.S. and internationally. Pete has a passion for anti-racism work, which he began in earnest in the 1990s. Pete earned the BSSW from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.

Evelyn Garon
Youth Housing Initiative Specialist
evelyngaron@cohhio.org
Evelyn joined the COHHIO team in April 2022 after completing a Community Engagement Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Community and Governmental Relations, where she worked to connect community organizations and residents to university resources. Evelyn additionally completed a term of service with AmeriCorps at an environmental health non-profit in Pittsburgh. During her service year, she provided technical assistance to schools to decrease the risk of environmental hazards and empowered youth to make sustainable choices in their homes and schools. Evelyn is passionate about fair and affordable housing, empowering youth to success, and equal opportunity. A Virginia native, Evelyn earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from James Madison University and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Joe Maskovyak, Esq.
Affordable and Fair Housing Coordinator, Ext 133
joemaskovyak@cohhio.org
Joe Maskovyak started at COHHIO in August 2014 after having served on the COHHIO board for many years. He is a long time housing advocate, starting his career at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) where he became the managing attorney for housing and worked on behalf of low income housing clients in Franklin County. In 2007 he moved to the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) where he pursued legislative work around housing on the state and national level. He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Political Science and a master’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to attending law school, he spent 4 years teaching in the Political Science Department at BGSU. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida.

Erica Mulryan
Continuum of Care Director, Ext 118
ericamulryan@cohhio.org
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.

Manuel Quintero
Administrative Assistant, Ext 127
manuelquintero@cohhio.org
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 holds degrees from Capital University and UCLA.

Marcus Roth
Director of Communications & Development, Ext 111
marcusroth@cohhio.org
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.

Candace Talty
SOAR Ohio and HNHF Director, Ext 137
candacetalty@cohhio.org
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.

Monica Tillis
HMIS Support Coordinator, Ext 144
monicatillis@cohhio.org
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, CDE
CoC Coordinator, Ext 115
amandawilson@cohhio.org
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.  In addition to her work with COHHIO, Amanda enjoys reading, dancing and doing the New York Times crosswords.

Gina Wilt
Advocacy Director, Ext 139
ginawilt@cohhio.org
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.

Ken Williamson
Housing Policy Associate, Ext 140
kenwilliamson@cohhio.org
Ken joined COHHIO advocacy team in 2021 after serving 12 years as a Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, where he focused on housing and community development issues in Northeast Ohio. Prior to his work at the federal level, Ken served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Ken, a Cleveland native, graduated The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science.

Photos by Ray LaVoie