Chief Executive Officer
John Eckstrom has more than three decades of executive, financial and nonprofit leadership experience. John is a former CEO of Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., (a world-renowned San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide primary care, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling to homeless and low-income individuals). He led the organization to a new level of success, developing and expanding two out-patient service centers and creating a new strategic vision for integrated health services. Using his San Francisco experience, John has defined a strategy for SHELTER, Inc. that addresses the growing crisis of homelessness in the Bay Area.
John was born in San Francisco and raised in central Contra Costa County. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Psychology and has extensive coursework in Music, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Early in his career, Mr. Eckstrom was a leading and innovative technology executive and a charter member of the AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence).
Director of Development
Julie Clemens is an experienced leader in the analysis, planning, execution, and evaluation of advancement programs. This includes supervising efforts in fundraising, marketing and communications, admissions, membership, volunteer engagement, and strategic planning.
Julie came to SHELTER, Inc. after spending nearly 30 years in development and institutional advancement in the Bay Area. In addition to more than two decades assisting local schools with fundraising strategies and execution, she also served as the Director of Philanthropy at Lindsay Wildlife Experience in nearby Walnut Creek.
Julie has a collaborative and empowering leadership style. She seeks to help staff and volunteers achieve their potential as ambassadors and fundraisers for each unique mission.
Director of Impact and Data Analytics
Janel Fletcher is a skilled public health professional with 10 years of experience working with systems supporting individuals and families experiencing homelessness and 19 years of collective experience working with health and social services agencies. As Director of Impact and Data Analytics with SHELTER, Inc., she stays abreast of policy change, evidence-based best practices, and formative research to assist Northern California communities with their goals to end homelessness.
Janel believes housing is a human right, and that the rent is too damn high. Her passion, perseverance, and tenacity are personal characteristics that drive her commitment to assist communities to end homelessness. Janel’s experience in project management, data analysis, and program evaluation have led her to believe that data integrity is key for goal setting, accountability, and measurable outcomes. Her experience as a case manager and social services supervisor will always call upon her to demand housing first.
Janel grew up in Delaware, lived in Philadelphia for 15 years, and now calls Berkeley home. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring the beautiful California nature scene. She has a Master in Public Health from La Salle University.
Senior Program Director
Andrea Foti oversees the Eviction Prevention and HUD Programs, and has over 18 years of experience in the public sector. Her areas of focus include community outreach, program development, and management to ensure that the agency meets financial, programmatic, and impact goals. She brings bicultural and bilingual skills and experience working in multicultural environments.
Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia. She also earned a Master of Organization Development from Alliant International University.
Director of Property
Director of Shelter Services
Brandon Wirth has a background as an executive leader and consultant in organizational health, non-profit services, operations management, and educational administration. He has helped groups create and execute strategic plans for immediate and future results.
Brandon exercises executive oversight of all SHELTER, Inc.’s emergency shelter programs in Contra Costa, Solano, and Sacramento counties. He is also responsible for achieving program outcomes, staffing and operational structure, and budget development.
James Worley has worked in the nonprofit housing industry for more than 14 years, gaining experience in homeless prevention through education, employment, case management and housing. He is a strong advocate for the underserved and is passionate about advancing the health and well-being of those in need.
As a seasoned Program Director, James has worked successfully with many different populations, including veterans, reentry, former foster youth, the chronically homeless, and those in need of mental health, substance use, and respite care services. In addition to directing outcome-driven programs, he also develops dynamic programs and systems that address a wide variety of needs in the community.
Adam Eckstrom, IT Director, has over 20 years of experience in IT Systems Administration and support. He has expertise in leading IT departments in various industries, including health care, homeless services, engineering and construction, and data archival systems. Adam works to keep SHELTER, Inc.’s IT infrastructure secure, current and accessible.
Chief Financial Officer
Sarah Spector, CPA is an accomplished senior executive with more than 25 years of success across the healthcare, internet, e-commerce, staffing, distribution, publishing, and entertainment industries. Leveraging extensive experience as a corporate controller restructuring accounting departments, implementing ERP and other financial systems, and leading M&A transactions and integrations, she is a valuable resource for any organization in need of accounting and finance assistance or encountering growth or change management. Her broad areas of expertise include financial accounting, financial management, implementing internal controls, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, tax and business compliance, technology management, business intelligence, system implementations and data conversion, operations, organizational leadership, mentoring, budgeting, financial modeling, and due diligence. Ms. Spector believes in providing personalized service that is often lost in larger
firms, a core principle she learned early in her career.
Ms. Spector has held leadership positions with ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN), Leaf Group (NYSE: LEAF), LEARN Behavioral, Premier Healthcare Services, Autism Learning Partners, Alfred Music, and Ticketmaster. Ms. Spector earned a BSBA in Accounting from The University of Arizona and is a licensed CPA in the State of California. Ms. Spector is a member of the AICPA and the California Society of CPAs. In 2021 Ms. Spector was featured in the Top 100 People in Finance magazine.
Shayne Kaleo is a dedicated, passionate, and skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in implementing and managing responsive programs that serve and empower homeless individuals and families.
Shayne is compelled to action by both her native Hawaiian culture and her personal experience. Shayne was raised in the “aloha” spirit, meaning that she values taking care of her fellow man in community. Shayne’s own journey to overcome adversity is her guiding motivation to make sure all people in need are served with dignity, respect and afforded the same rights as anyone else, regardless of housing or other status.
During her career, Shayne has had direct oversight of homeless outreach teams, multi-service centers, drug Medi-Cal groups, a warming center, a mental health designated shelter, veteran transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and was a State certified tester/counselor with the Office of HIV/AIDS. Currently, Shayne oversees three homeless shelters located in Contra Costa, Solano, and Sacramento counties, and has had direct oversight with the operations of three State PRK (Project Room Key) motel programs.
Shayne is a tireless advocate for staff development and the art of engagement. She spent 7 years as a certified trainer for the Professional Assault & Crisis Training (PRO-ACT) course. She has also trained many local law enforcement officials, local politicians, partnering agencies, and medical professionals in the stages of change, best practices, and engagement with positive results during her many years of service provision.
Shayne is a believer that, together, we can all make a difference, and hope is where it all starts.