About Us

Our Team!

Meet Angela

Angela Hogan is the CEO of the Gulf Coast Partnership and Lead Agency for the Charlotte County Homeless Continuum of Care. Angela’s focus is on guiding strategic planning and capacity building to better serve our community’s most vulnerable populations. Over the last five years, the Gulf Coast Partnership has granted over $5.2M in grants and aid for vital services from non-profit organizations and individuals in need. In 2021 the Gulf Coast Partnership was one of only 33 communities nationwide selected to participate in the HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project which will bring Charlotte County the leadership and resources necessary to build a system to end youth homelessness. Angela is passionate about making system-wide change through starting or supporting projects that raise the community’s capacity to help people in crisis.   
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Angela is a proud graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with degrees in Social Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. Angela has served as CEO/ED of non-profit or government agencies for the majority of her 30+ year career including Mental Health, Substance Use, Nuclear Power, Literacy, Homelessness, and Child Welfare Organizations.  Angela currently serves on Local Boards for FEMA-EFSP, Affordable Housing, Community Action, and Disaster Response. 

Outside of work, Angela is a native Vermonter, Anglophile, and has eclectic musical taste including classical chamber performances, 1920 – 1950 blues, and 80’s grunge. She enjoys treasure hunting at estate sales, swooning over bulldogs, collecting antique silver, connecting with her children all over the country, lazy days with her husband, the beach, and watching British Crime Dramas (currently binge watching the 11 seasons of Death in Paradise).
Angela Hogan (she/her)
Chief Executive Officer
Tracy Hille (she/her)
Chief Operating Officer

Meet Tracy

Tracy Hille is the dedicated Chief Operating Officer (COO)of the Gulf Coast Partnership, where she spearheads the seamless functioning of our organization. With a keen focus on human resources, accounting, and insurance, Tracy ensures that every facet of the operation aligns with the overarching goal of minimizing homelessness, making it rare, brief, and one-time.

Tracy's passion for problem-solving has been instrumental in establishing and sustaining the Gulf Coast Partnership as the Lead Agency on Homelessness for Charlotte County. Her commitment knows no bounds, consistently giving 150% to every endeavor. Tracy is a steadfast champion for those in need, embodying a fierce advocacy that resonates through her work. 

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Tracy has excelled in progressively challenging roles including administration, law enforcement, finance, contracts, and housing. Her diverse background and innate curiosity have positioned her as one of our community's most dedicated and passionate leaders, serving as a repository of invaluable system knowledge, program expertise, and best practices.

Meet Lex

Lex is the Youth Action Coordinator at the Gulf Coast Partnership, or GCP. In 2021, Lex founded the Charlotte County Youth Action Board, upon which she serves as the current chair and acts as one of its lead decision makers for all matters concerning homeless youth. Acting in her current position, both she and her team aim to help enact change in the community by working closely with GCP leadership, CoC Stakeholders Council, and youth-serving providers. She is excited to see tangible change in Charlotte County and is confident the community can rally together to get the work done. Lex’s passion for helping homeless youth was sparked after she became homeless just prior to her senior year of high school. Her drive to end youth homelessness has provided her opportunities to advocate for LGBTQ+ homeless youth on a state and national level. Having experienced the same challenges as those she is empowered to help, Lex is steadfast in her mission to end youth homelessness and increase accessible services for those who need it. If asked about her proudest achievement, Lex would talk about the first grant application she cowrote with the GCP which resulted in 1.1 million dollars to help homeless youth in Charlotte County.
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Native to Punta Gorda, Florida, Lex graduated from Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School where she was in the top 10% of her class. While in high school, she worked at a few different restaurants in Punta Gorda. She contributes her experience in the service industry for teaching her patience and teamwork. After graduating from high school with her associates degree, she moved 1200 miles away to Pennsylvania where she currently attends Lehigh University. Pursuing a B.S. in Management and Business Information Systems, with a minor in Computer Science, Alex plans on going into the tech field to work as a project manager after obtaining her degree.

Although Lex remains busy with both her work and school careers, when she is granted some personal time, her primary focus is relaxation. Surrounded by a sizable and growing collection of vinyls, listening to music is one of her favorite ways to decompress. In addition to music, Lex also has what she describes as an unhealthy obsession with drag queens, and as such she can often be found watching Rupaul’s Drag Race on repeat and never misses a new episode. On the days where she chooses to venture out into the wild, it is typical to find a nice spot on the beach where she can sunbathe and take in the UV, or living it up at local drag shows.
Lex Damm-Loring (she/her)
Youth Action Coordinator
April O’Rourke (she/her)
Program & Administrative Support Specialist

Meet April

April is the Program and Administrative Support Specialist.  Her responsibilities at the Gulf Coast Partnership include HMIS data compliance, CIS trainings, data analysis and submitting reports.  

She was born and raised in Charlotte County, Florida. April spent most of her career working for her father’s construction company as a secretary.  She has 3 children and 1 grandson. Her family started a non-profit organization for school-aged girls to play softball.  April was on the board for Miss Englewood’s Girls Fast Pitch Softball and coached young girls for about 10 years.               

April enjoys spending time with her family, boating, fishing, camping, and occasionally taking a ride on the motorcycle.  She also enjoys playing softball on a women’s senior league on Wednesday nights.

Meet Chris

Chris is the SAMHSA Services Coordinator of the Gulf Coast Partnership. Chris’s focus at the GCP is Mental Health and Substance Abuse Homelessness.  Chris works very closely with a team of professionals to assist vulnerable participants access safe affordable permanent housing.  Chris has a background in MH and SA Targeted Case Management at Charlotte BehavioralHealth Care where he was the Mental Health Court Case Manager for 5 years.  Chris is very passionate about his role at the GCP. He enjoys outreach and advocating for his participants.
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Chris returned to college at the age of 40 earning his BA in Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University in Arizona. Before that Chris enjoyed his career working with developmentally disabled individuals.  Chris has always enjoyed and thrived while helping others with disparities.

Chris is the proud owner of two furry children with four legs both of which talk back with a loud bark.  On his down time Chris enjoys Netflix and relaxing.  He also enjoys boating and fishing when given the chance.  Chris has two more goals to achieve.  First, he would like to own a no kill shelter for unwanted dogs and second, he would like to purchase and run Sober-Living houses in Charlotte County Florida.
Chris Oester (he/him)
SAMHSA and Coordinated Entry Director
Hal Trejo (they/them)
Director of Grants & Compliance

Meet Hal

Hal Trejo (they/them) is the Director of Grants & Compliance at the Gulf Coast Partnership. Their goal is to build and strengthen systems at GCP to better serve community partners and vulnerable populations across Charlotte County. Hal began working for the GCP as a member of the Charlotte County Youth Action Board, a coalition of young people dedicated to ending youth homelessness and building leadership pathways for youth 18-24. In their time on the YAB, Hal co-presented at two national conferences on addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, directed the strategy and goals of the YAB, and directed funding towards rapid rehousing and diversion programs for youth in Charlotte County. Hal is dedicated to centering justice, equity, and self-determination as actionable values of Charlotte County’s social services and crisis response systems.
Hal Trejo is a nonprofit leader with over seven years of experience in project management, nonprofit administration, coalition building, and development.
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They have secured over $6 million in support of LGBTQ+ justice, housing access, and health equity across the state of Florida and the U.S. Hal is a graduate of New College of Florida, where they focused on anthropology and indigenous archaeology and completed their thesis on the history of gender and sexuality diversity in Florida. They are also the board president and co-founder of All Rainbow and Allied Youth Inc., a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ+ youth connect with the resources, support, and love that they need to survive and thrive.

In their free time, Hal likes snuggling with their dogs Bella and Juno, crocheting while wearing a dorky headlamp, and writing the queer sci-fi novel they’ve always wanted to read. Hal loves music from the 50s to now and is always looking for new albums and sub-genres of music to listen to. They also love hiking, kayaking, fishing, naps, and asking very out-of-pocket icebreaker questions to strangers.
Deb Houck (she/her)
Long Term Recovery Director

Meet Deb

As the Long Term Recovery Director Deb collaborates with both government and nonprofit agencies in the community to address unmet needs following HurricaneIan. Her passion is to help, empower, educate, and advocate for others. This has been evident throughout her career.
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Deb moved to Florida from New York State in 2015. She has spent her career working with non-profit agencies. While in NY, just out of college she worked with both adults and children with a wide range of developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. She worked at a group home and in a day program with adults. Then at a school with children of all ages – newborn to age 21. Her professional life evolved when she joined the Alzheimer’s Association and then later at the National MS Society. Her roles at these agencies involved case management, program management, program planning, education, training, and volunteer engagement. Once she relocated to FL she worked at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care as a Targeted Case Manager certified by theState. She also worked as a certified Health Coach doing diabetes education.Deb graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport with a BS in Psychology.

When she’s not at work Deb enjoys her down time.She loves to read, both fiction and nonfiction, and makes sure it’s part of her routine every day. She also enjoys outdoor activities, especially anything todo with water. Deb has visited many of the Florida cold springs, she enjoys boating, and she goes to the beach to find shark teeth and go shelling. Her and her husband have always had pets, currently they have a cat and a dog but Deb would also love to foster kittens or Great Danes some day. Additionally, Deb likes to spend time with friends and family, travel, listen to live music in small venues, and watch terrible TV.
Kelly Hunter (she/her)
Director of Development & Marketing

Meet Kelly

Kelly Hunter is the Director of Development and Marketing at the GCP. She is a dedicated professional with a strong passion for addressing homelessness and advocating for vulnerable populations. With extensive experience in the field, Kelly has made a significant impact during her tenure at the Gulf Coast Partnership. Having served as the Director of Coordinated Services from March 2018 until August 2023, she oversaw the planning and implementation of the One Charlotte Coordinated Entry Process, providing essential support and training to CoC-funded agencies serving Charlotte County residents facing housing crises. Kelly's commitment extended beyond her responsibilities as she actively worked with the Youth Action Board (YAB) to develop a youth-specific Coordinated Entry Process and Best-Practices tools for serving homeless youth in the community. Under her leadership, the One Charlotte Housing and Outreach Team successfully ended chronic homelessness in Charlotte County in 2021. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, she formed a Regional Coordinated Entry Leadership Committee with neighboring CoCs to ensure equitable access to housing and services for homeless individuals, no matter where they present for services. Now assuming the role of Director of Development and Marketing, Kelly continues her mission of creating positive change and raising awareness about homelessness in the community. Her dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to helping those in need have left a lasting impact on the organization and the community at large, and she remains driven by the vision of ending homelessness for all individuals and families facing housing crises in Charlotte County, Florida.
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Kelly is a former Florida Board Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager, who began volunteering in homeless services when she was 18 years old and after becoming homeless and stranded in the heart of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. It was there that she met a chronically homeless gentleman named Robert, who looked after her and made sure she was safe. Getting to know Robert and hearing his story forever changed Kelly’s perspective on life. For nearly 30 years, Kelly has worked with individuals and families with various lived experiences like mental health, substance use, and homelessness and has no plans of stopping until every person in the country has a safe place to call home and access to services they need and want.

When she's not advocating for others, she greatly enjoys spending her free time listening to music and being creative through various forms of artistic expression. Kelly loves to be outside and is trying to learn how to grow her own food, with the hopes of one day being able to homestead with her adult children and future grandchildren.

Meet Noami

Noami Guy is the Community Empowerment Coordinator at the GCP, where she is working to empower Charlotte County residents through HUD housing counseling, financial literacy, and Bridges Out of Poverty classes to break the cycle of poverty, foster economic stability, and create opportunities for a stronger, thriving community. As the former Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Coordinator for the GCP, Noami worked tirelessly to ensure that survivors were connected to appropriate services. Under her leadership, a Domestic Violence Committee was formed to explore and develop solutions to ensure safe, fair, and equitable access to services. Noami is a passionate advocate with more than a decade of experience working with some of the most vulnerable community members.
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Noami is a proud wife and mother of 3 incredible adult children. She is a loving grandmother of a 2-year-old grandson and expecting the arrival of her first granddaughter in late 2023. Noami graduated from high school in 1995 and attended Everest University to get her medical billing/coding certificate.

Something you probably don't realize about her is that she loves painting murals and writing poetry because it calms her anxiety. She enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and watching all thrillers and crime films as her fantasy when she grows up is to become a Forensic Investigator.
Noami Guy (she/her)
Community Empowerment Coordinator

Meet Maria

Maria Guerrero is the newly hired Childcare Center Director. Maria Guerrero is a graduate from University of South Florida where she obtained her Early Childhood Education degree. Maria has a current FloridaDirector’s Credential and her 45 mandated childcare course and numerous trainings in childcare education. Maria is passionate in ensuring that all children meet their milestones and  receive the proper education  and to get them ready for the public school setting.
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Maria has dedicated her career in working with children for the ages of birth to 5 years old. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of childhood education and working with children with disabilities. Maria also has experience working as a Family Service working providing services to children and families.

Outside of work Maria enjoys the outdoors and family time.Her hobbies are fishing, horseback riding and walks on the beach with her nieces and nephews. Maria enjoys cooking dinner for the nieces and nephews onFriday evening and playing Spanish bingo after dinner. Maria enjoys listening to gospel, county and Tejano music when she is at home relaxing.
Maria Guerrero (she/her)
Childcare Center Director
Maria Muentes (she/her)
Grant and Administrative Assistant

Meet Maria

Maria Muentes is the Grant and Administrative Assistant at GCP. She is responsible for assisting with grant monitoring, scheduling, auditing, and distribution. She shares a passion for making a positive impact on the lives of individuals in need. By fostering a sense of empathy and offering tangible support, Maria aims to continue her contribution to the well-being and resilience to those facing challenges within our community.
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Her previous work in social services consists of overseeing and managing numerous dislocated workers under a federal grant that was distributed in an effort to aid unemployed victims of Hurricane Ian. Maria also has a unique professional background that includes experience in teaching and real estate.

Maria was born in Manta, Ecuador, and was raised in Charlotte County. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Aside from professional and academic achievements, Maria deeply values quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the gym as well as going to the beach to watch sunsets.

Meet Courtney

Courtney Kerry is a passionate force of nature who is currently serving the community as a Resource Navigator for our Long-Term Recovery Department, which focuses on ensuring Charlotte County residents impacted by Hurricane Ian have access to the resources needed to quickly recover from the storm's devastating effects.

Courtney is an avid volunteer and has been serving the community since the age of 16 through her work with local churches and hospitals. She holds multiple certifications in non-profit and marketing essentials and her creative talents bring a fresh perspective to the nonprofit landscape, making her a true asset to our team.

Courtney is also the new Youth Action Board President! Congratulations, Courtney!
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When she's not working, you can find Courtney snorkeling and exploring the underwater wonders that exist in the ocean, or hiking to reconnect with nature's beauty.
Courtney Kerry (she/her)
Resource Navigator
Brandy Fox (She/Her)
Youth/DV/HT - Street Intake/Outreach Coordinator

Meet Brandy

Brandy Fox serves as the GCP's Youth/Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Street Intake/Outreach Coordinator. Her pivotal role revolves around empowering youth and individuals impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking to secure safe and affordable housing. Through her dedicated street outreach efforts, Brandy collaborates with the community to transition young people from the streets to stable and affordable housing, enabling them to rebuild their lives and fulfill their potential.
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Brandy's roots in social advocacy extend back to her alma mater, Cazenovia College, where she began her journey of supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds. With a history of service spanning various communities across the US, from Texas and Kentucky to New York and beyond, Brandy has established herself as a dedicated advocate. Her past roles have seen her making significant contributions, including serving as a Case Specialist and RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) Advocate at Oswego County Opportunity, Inc. She has also worked as a community specialist trained in crisis response and intervention, employing a strength-based approach to her work. In these capacities, she provided vital support through information dissemination, assessments, referrals, and advocacy efforts, positively impacting the lives of those she served.

Brandy finds solace in the tranquility of country life, surrounded by the simplicity and beauty of her rustic surroundings. An avid animal lover, she shares a deep connection with her furry companions. Following Hurricane Ian, Brandy took on the role of caretaker for a mother potbelly and her expanding litter, providing them with love and care until she found them safe homes. One of those piglets remains by her side, adding to the joyful chaos of her household along with her two goofy dogs, Dixie and Jack, and her fiancé.
Kwasi Harrison (He/Him)
Veteran Coordinated Entry Specialist

Meet Kwasi

Kwasi Harrison is the Veteran Coordinated Entry Specialist at the GCP. Kwasi works with the homeless Veteran population and manages the Veteran By-Name-List to assist homeless Veterans identify safe and affordable housing. Kwasi also provides assistance with getting Veterans connected to wrap-around services to include mental health, physical health, substance misuse, alcohol misuse, and legal issues.
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Kwasi is a graduate of the University of Metaphysics in Sedona, Arizona with a degree in Metaphysical Science. Kwasi is also a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He previously worked as a Veteran Case Manager with Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS), and a Veteran Care Coordinator with the United Way of Lee County. Kwasi brings close to a decade of social services experience to the table and is extremely passionate about serving those who served.

Kwasi is an avid researcher of ancient cultures and civilizations with a special concentration on Eschatology. Learning about different cultures and the people they come from is a passion that he has which helps with relating to the special populations that are served throughout the community.

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