Navigator Susan Buckley, President Sue Walker, Operations Director Becky Beavers, and Navigator Tyne Henry of the Mountain Homeless Coalition.
Mountain Homeless Coalition announces board and staff changes
Since June 2022 there have been several board and staff changes at the Mountain Homeless Coalition.
Sue Walker, the former vice president, is now the MHC president. A founding member of the MHC, Walker has decades of nonprofit experience including Soroptimist, Sierra Club and the Senior Affairs Commission. She is the alternate for MHC board member Wendell Wilson, who is the representative on the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Her career was in education for 28 years.
Walker’s goal is to involve the community in solving the homelessness situation on the mountain.
Becky Beavers has been the treasurer for MHC since 2017 and filed the original paperwork to make MHC a 501c3 nonprofit. She and her husband, Michael, have been residents in Cedarpines Park for over 30 years and have enjoyed getting involved in the mountain community. Becky has served through volunteering with Rotary, Rebuilding Together and the 4th of July picnics at the San Moritz ballfield, sharing her golden retriever with students through a local reading program at VOE elementary and particularly teaching local children and youth at several mountain churches for decades.
Now Beavers takes the staff position of operations director for the MHC where she will coordinate the work of the MHC’s housing navigators; plan and implement company budgets and financial reporting; ensure company compliance with government grant requirements; and oversee the MHC website and IT needs. Board member Helen Bonanomi will take over as the new MHC treasurer.
The Mountain Homeless Coalition has been able to hire two housing navigators to assist mountain residents who are currently homeless or are at risk of falling into homelessness.
Tyne Henry is the housing navigator for the Big Bear area and has been a mountain resident for several years. With a degree in psychology, and experience working with families and youth, she is well prepared to serve those in need in our communities. Before joining the MHC, Tyne was a parent partner with Lutheran Social Services in Big Bear Lake. She has a son in the Bear Valley Schools and enjoys 4-wheeling and restoring her mother’s 1983 CJ 8 Scrambler Jeep in her spare time.
Susan Buckley is the MHC’s most recent addition and serves as the housing navigator to the Rim of the World communities. With her five years of experience with LightHouse Social Service Centers, most recently as program manager of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, Buckley has important connections throughout the county system of care and will be very well equipped to help our homeless veterans as well as all of our Rim area homeless. She also has a degree in psychology. She and her husband enjoy camping and exploring the great outdoors.
“We are excited to have both Tyne and Susan on our growing team,” said Walker.