Coming Home connection

Staff

Ellen London

Executive Director

Ellen’s twenty-five years in non-profit and community service covers California, DC and now New Mexico.  She has worked collaboratively to build systems that maximize the resources of public and private agencies, businesses and faith-based organizations. With a deep commitment to the value of each voice, she believes the best way to ensure the effectiveness of services is to listen to the people being served, partners, funders and policy makers.  Ellen is delighted to lead an organization that is dedicated to serving the community with compassion and dignity and to continue the tradition of excellence in care.

Tony Jacquez

Manager of Caregiving

Tony knows Santa Fe very well, having worked at The Life Link doing outreach and assessments with a wide range of clients and previously spending several years as the Program Manager of the Albuquerque Rescue Mission.  He also worked as a caregiver for private clients, providing in-home care and monitoring client progress in conjunction family and medical professionals.  He rounded out his skill sets with management positions in key hospitality venues while he earned his BA in Criminal Justice from UNM.  Tony leads the work with clients and caregivers, and is helping to launch key pilot programs to increase our service to older adults in Santa Fe.

Jami Cowan

Health Navigator

Jami has worked for twenty-two years to empower vulnerable populations and connect them to the resources they need to live their lives comfortably. She has expertise in assessment and case-management for older adults, helping them navigate systems in housing, benefits (particularly Medicare and Medicaid), substance abuse and nutrition.  Ms. Cowan works collaboratively with clients to build personalized plans for meeting goals of stability and self-sufficiency or individual service plan (ISP).  She often offers emotional support, coping and life skills development and symptom management techniques that promote an individual’s self-sufficiency. Ms. Cowan has a B.A in Psychology from the University of Colorado and is certified in CPR, AED and Heart Saver First Aid.

Ruth Vineyard

Manager of Client and Community Outreach

Caregiving, empowerment and advocacy are at the heart of Ruth’s career.  Through family experience, her caregiving lead to social work and service coordination in Wisconsin and Nebraska.  She spent many years in state government, culminating in her work as Deputy Director, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  Throughout her career, caregiving remained her passion, including guiding clients and families through hospice care.  She has been caregiving in Santa Fe for the past two years, including time with Coming Home Connection.  She brings all of this experience to her new work that will expand our services and deepen our impact as a collaborative partner in Santa Fe’s fabric of care.