David Rout, Executive Director (eight years of service)
David joined Homeward Alliance in 2012 and became the Executive Director in 2014. He holds a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Colorado State University. He represents Homeward Alliance on multiple task forces, serves on Colorado State University’s School of Social Work Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors for Outreach Fort Collins and Homeward 2020.
Linda Nuss, Operations Director (six years of service)
Linda joined Homeward Alliance in 2014 as the Hand Up Program Manager. She is an entrepreneur, former small business owner and certified life coach.
Pam Brewer, Development Director (three years of service)
Pam Brewer holds a Bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology from Syracuse University. She first served as Volunteer and Event Coordinator at Homeward Alliance beginning in late 2016, then transitioned into her current role in 2018. She has over two decades of experience in program development and working with at-risk women and children in school settings and domestic violence programs.
Rachel Kirkland, Employment Services Director (four years of service)
Rachel Kirkland joined Homeward Alliance as a Murphy Center Intake Specialist in 2016. She became the Hand Up Program Manager in 2017 and assumed the role of Employment Services Director in 2018. In addition to the Hand Up program, Rachel oversees the Re-Entry program, which is funded by the State of Colorado’s Work and Gain Employment and Education Skills (WAGEES) program.
Marla Sutherland, HMIS Manager (three years of service)
Marla holds a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina. Before becoming the Housing First Initiative Director in 2017, she served as a Housing Counselor and Property Manager for a local nonprofit focused on sustainable housing and homelessness prevention. As HMIS Manager, Marla oversees the data systems for all HUD-funded programs in the newly formed Continuum of Care, integrating our data system into the statewide HMIS system, and building out the Northern Colorado HMIS platform to better-serve clients and agencies, improve outcomes, and expand funding opportunities.
Jackie Marks, Murphy Center Director (three years of service)
Jackie joined Homeward Alliance’s staff in 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to Homeward Alliance, Jackie served as a Case Manager at Catholic Charities for six years.
Katina Norwood, Housing Services Director (two years of service)
Katina is a graduate of Taylor University and holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work. She has experience in the community mental health field. Katina was the first Case Manager in our Housing First Initiative, in addition to her more recent experience as the One Village One Family Program Manager.
Serena Thomas, Community Programs Director (new in 2020)
Serena oversees Homeward Alliance’s programs that are volunteer-run and community-facing, as well as product procurement and distribution. She has worked at multiple local nonprofits serving children and families facing poverty, and prior to that in high-tech, holding Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Math.