staff and board

The Board of Directors are comprised of nine members service staggered terms. These elected leaders of the Alliance volunteer their time for the homelessness cause.  Their main responsibilities include setting the annual budget and administering the affairs of the Alliance according to the bylaws and policies established by the membership.

Our Board

Suzy Ward
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Lateena Ling
Community Stakeholder


Becky Huber
Salvation Army

Charles Felix
Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
Member At Large

Esam Abed
Kings County Human Services Agency
Member at Large

Nate Henry
Visalia Police Department
Member At Large

Stacy Heaton
California Dairies
Member At Large

Consumer Representative
Member At Large

Member At Large

Our Staff


Machael Smith - Executive Director

Machael has worked with the Alliance since 2007 when she served as a consultant tasked with implementing the local Homeless Management Information System.  She has provided leadership on several strategic initiatives such as the local 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, the Coordinated Entry System, annual Point in Time counts, and System Performance Measurements. 

Machael is passionate about ending homelessness and is committed to improving system performance through data-driven solutions.  When not working, she spends time gardening, beekeeping, paddle boarding and hiking with her husband and three children.

Earl Nielsen - Accounting/Grants Specialist

Earl was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming.   From an early age Earl was taught how to work with his hands to make, fix, repair and build things.  After high school Earl spent 11 years in the Navy, and was medically discharged after a knee injury and reconstructive surgery.  After discharge, Earl got an A.A. degree in business, a B.A. degree in Business Economics , and an M. A. in Organizational Management.  Earl started his career in Government accounting and finance with the City of Lemoore, worked at Coalinga and then Visalia where he moved up into management.  After 17 years with the City of Visalia, Earl retired, only to return to work a year later with KTHA.  He just wasn’t ready to retire yet!

Earl currently lives in Hanford, CA with his wife Anecita, father-in-law, and two children, Brittany and Brice (on and off). He enjoys working on and going on road trips in his Corvette, going to concerts and sporting events, and working around the house.


Leticia Hinojosa - Coordinated Entry Manager

Leticia grew up in the Central Valley.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from UC Davis.  Leticia spent some time in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer developing youth empowerment projects, teaching English at a university, and leading volunteer groups during the summer in sustainable development projects. 

Since moving back to the Central Valley, She has worked with the Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance on various projects including Registry Week, Point in Time homeless census, Project Homeless Connect, and streamlining services for those experiencing homelessness through Coordinate Entry Systems. She enjoys coffee, late night runs, and going to local baseball games.


Veronica White - Housing Navigator II

Veronica White was born in Porterville, CA, but grew up in many different cities throughout the Central Valley. She finally came to settle in the big city of Visalia in 2007. Veronica has always had a passion for helping people and in 2008 she began her journey in the non-profit sector by working as a certified substance abuse counselor. There, Veronica specialized in working with individuals who struggled with addiction as well as mental health and homelessness.

Today Veronica’s passion continues as she thoroughly enjoys being a Housing Navigator, which she has been doing since 2016. During her spare time Veronica loves bonding with her family by going on trips and riding quads.


Laura Fisher - Community Engagement Coordinator

Laura Fisher grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she knew from a young age that she wanted a career in non-profit work.  After attending a small liberal arts college in Michigan, Laura spent two years traveling the country with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps working for nine different nonprofit organizations.  Following AmeriCorps, Laura settled in San Francisco where she lived for seven years doing volunteer management for the Presidio Trust and Project Open Hand. 

Laura moved to the Central Valley in September of 2017 and is enjoying life outside the big city.  On the weekends Laura spends her time hiking or kayaking with her husband Barnaby and her dog Magellan, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.