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Anne Marie Molina

Anne Marie Molina was born and lives in Pasadena. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 13 years and 7years as a First-time  Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Counselor for Operation Hope and Montebello Housing Development Corporation. She experienced homelessness as a teenager and is a strong advocate for foster youth. With her husband, she has five children, including an adopted child, and together they have fostered twelve children.  Along with her children, Anne Marie hopes to advocate for the benefit of those that are facing challenges.

Rev. Connie Millsap

Rev. Connie Millsap is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church, serving nearly 20 years in urban ministry in diverse congregations in Dallas, TX.  She also served as an Associate Minister from 2015-2017 at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, CA.  She has completed her doctoral studies and project on the Hospitality of the Church.  Prior to her call to ministry she was an executive in real estate related industries of Project Development, Architecture and Construction in Los Angeles, Ca.  She has a passion for social justice ministry and has been an advocate on a variety of issues for over 40 years. She brings her diverse background to the MHCH, as she heads up the Community Land Trust committee.

Dr. Anthony Manousos

Dr. Anthony Manousos is a Quaker peace activist, retired college professor, and author who led AFSC youth groups on service projects in Mexico and edited the official publication of Quakers in the Western USA for eleven years. In 20ll he married Jill Shook, helped her to revise her book, and has become the co-founder of Making Housing and Community Happen. In 2018 he helped lead the successful campaign to convince the City Council to approve homeless housing at Heritage Square South. He is currently chairing the GPAHG Homeless Housing Committee, whose goal is to convince the city to build enough homeless housing to reduce the homeless count by 50% in the next five years.  Anthony also serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Friends Committee for National Legislation and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

Sonja Berndt is a longtime resident of Pasadena.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1978, followed by a Juris Doctor Degree in 1987.  She was employed as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California for over 31 years, spending most of that time prosecuting charity fraud.  Since her retirement in 2018, she has become a passionate advocate for persons experiencing homelessness and is a member of MHCH’s Affordable/Supportive Housing Advocates.     

Sonja Berndt

Jill Shook (Executive Director of MHCH) and Bert Newton (Liaison Network Coordinator are also members of MHCH's Core Group. You can view their bios HERE

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