Coalition Committees

Our committees are the heart and soul of the Coalition. Through them, we advocate for change and provide a unique forum for inter-agency collaboration. Each Coalition member is required to serve on at least one committee and many serve on several.

Current Coalition committees, and their chairs, mission statements and meeting times, are as follows:


Advocacy comes in all shapes and sizes.  The Coalition is sharing information with membership to assist those of you who are interested in advocating on issues at the Federal, State and Local level.  If you have questions regarding advocacy, please contact

Advocacy Committee Webpage

Behavioral Health

Chair: Rob Weiss, Mentis (fka Family Service of Napa Valley)

The committee identifies behavioral health needs in the community, prioritizes those needs, and then advocates and collaborates to develop and implement strategies to meet those Mental Health/Behavioral Health needs in Napa County.  Membership is open to non-profit service providers, representatives from Napa County Health and Human Services, and to related affiliate groups or organizations.

Behavioral Health Committee Webpage

Development Directors Roundtable

The Development Directors Roundtable is currently on hiatus.


Chair: Marlena Garcia, ParentsCAN

The Disability Committee is taking a winter break, we will have NO December or January meetings, our next meeting will be Feb. 6th 2018.
If you are not currently a member of this committee and are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Marlena Garcia, to confirm meeting time and location.

Disabilities Committee Meeting Minutes

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Meeting address: HHSA - 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building A, Willow Conference Room A116-05 (In the large conference area)

Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Contact:  Please contact Kristin Miller at to confirm meeting time and location.

Economic Self-Sufficiency Webpage

Health and Wellness

The Health & Wellness Committee is currently on hiatus.

Health & Wellness Committee webpage

Healthy Aging Population Initiative

Healthy Aging Population Initiative (aka HAPI)

Co-chair: Celine Regalia, Collabria Care
Co-chair: Naomi Dreskin-Anderson, StopFalls Napa Valley (a program of the Area Agency on Aging)

This committee usually meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at QVMC Community Outreach 3448 Villa Lane, Suite 102.

If you are not currently a member of this committee and are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Celine Regalia at to confirm meeting time and location.

HAPI Committee Webpage

Homeless Services Planning Council (The Continuum of Care)

Chair - Mitch Wippern, HHSA

Meets every month on the first Thursday of the month from 2:30-3:30 at the Queen of the Valley Community Outreach conference room, 3448 Villa Lane, Suite 102.  Board meetings are held on even number months; general meetings are held on odd numbered months.  You are welcome to attend either meeting. 

If you are not currently a member of this committee and are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Brandee Freitas at to confirm meeting time and location.

Our purpose is to assure that necessary and appropriate services are available to Napa’s homeless and potential homeless persons and that, as much as possible, services are unduplicated and well coordinated/integrated.

We have developed Napa’s county-wide plan to end homelessness in 10 years (called the 10 Year Plan) and, in partnership with the new Homeless Policy Council, (an outcome of the 10 Year Plan) are the stewards of the plan. The plan has been endorsed by every municipal government within the County. We also take the lead on the annual application for the HUD Supernofa for McKinney Vento Funds through HUD including the implementation of a semi-annual count of Napa’s homeless and various surveys as required by other funders as well as HUD.

Continuum of Care Webpage


Chair: Kathleen Dreessen, Napa Valley Community Housing

The goal of the Housing Committee is to advocate for the development and preservation of low-income and special needs housing. The committee proposes policy changes at the local government level and strategies to ensure that positive changes occur. The committee encourages and promotes housing developments that assist this targeted population.

The committee meets quarterly, the last Wednesday of the month from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at Pecan Court, 2020 Clay Street, Napa.  If you are not currently a member of this committee and are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Kathleen Dreessen at to confirm meeting time and location.

Housing Committee Webpage


The Outdoor Committee consists of organizations that work on expanding access to the Napa County outdoors.  The Committee meets quarterly.  For more information, please contact

Safety Net Food

Chair: David Busby

  • Hands Across the Valley is a nonprofit organization whose primary role is to facilitate the actual HAV event, and with the proceeds, to benefit feeding programs in Napa County.
  • Some agencies do not serve only the indigent. There are seniors (Senior Nutrition Program), AIDS patients, chronically ill (Queen of the Valley Community Outreach) and those marginalized by domestic violence (NEWS) who may not be impoverished, merely victims of their circumstances.
  •  Additional agencies include the Salvation Army, Napa Valley Food Bank, Area Agency on Aging……
  • There is no one organization functioning as The Sunday Feeding Program anymore. Several churches and individuals have been alternating having food available (sack lunches) on weekends for the homeless.

If you are not currently a member of this committee and are interested in attending a meeting, please contact David Busby at to confirm meeting time and location.

2018 Meeting Schedule

From 9:00– 10:30 am at 433 Soscol Avenue, Napa in the Gasser Foundation Conference Room

January 8, 2018
April 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 8, 2018 - Columbus Day
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018


The Youth Committee consists of organizations that work with youth.  We meet once a month.  For more information, please contact co-chairs Jennifer Stewart at or Jennifer Fotherby at

Youth Committee Webpage