General Director and Program Director – Joel Adamson: Mr. Adamson is a retired Environmental Engineer (P.E.), and has extensive experience in project management and project management systems, as well as 20+ years experience with property management. Mr. Adamson was on the executive management team of the  $7 Billion Sakhalin-II construction project for ExxonMobil in Sakhalin Island.

Director – Treasurer – Dennis Hobbs – Mr. Hobbs is a retired CPA and worked for over 20 years as the Finaical Director of a large engineering company.

Director – Denise Hughes MSN, RN, GMHS: Ms. Hughes has over 20 years experience working in the field of Geriatric nursing and management.

Director – Barb Buckham: Ms. Buckham has years of experience working in Kitsap County with initiatives to help the homeless and with non-profit organizations.

Director – Dr. Rex S. Adamson, MD Psychiatrist: Dr. Adamson has been in practice over 20 years and is the head psychiatrist at an inpatient facility. He also has many years experience servicing the homeless. Dr. Adamson provides advise to KHOC staff regarding psychiatric questions.

Director  – Peter Merrill – Mr. Merrill worked for Kitsap Mental Health for over 35 years in various positions of leadership.

All KHOC’s board members are volunteers, as is most of its staff.

STAFF: House Managers

Denise Dinkins: Ms. Dinkins is the House Manger for the Gregory Ave women’s home.

Connie Schiltz: Ms. Schiltz is the House Manager for the Weatherstone women’s home.

Dr. Rich Buckham, PhD Psychology: Dr. Buckham is the House Manager for the Watson men’s home.

Charmaine Doherty: Ms. Doherty is the House Manager for the home for formerly homeless mothers with child(ren).

Guy Coe: Acting House Manager for the Marion Men’s House.

Margene Smaaladen: Ms. Smaalanden is the House Manager for the Times men’s home.

Russ Key: Mr. Key of OHannah House Ministries is the House Manager for the Garrison men’s home in Port Orchard.

Corrine Criss: Ms. Criss recruited by OHannah House Ministries will be the House Manager for the first women’s home in Port Orchard

Additional House Managers of men’s homes are: Jeremy Spainhour, Rae Holt, David McVicker, Lawrence Edwards, Dave McMicken, Bob Alderson, and Dr. Jim Baker.

Additional House Managers of women’s homes are: Marcia Trembly and Lynn Harvey.

STAFF: Other Positions

Scott Willard, MA, CSR- Program Manager – Scott comes to Kitsap Homes of Compassion with over 30 years of community-based service experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling.  Scott spent 18 of those years administering substance abuse treatment agencies and county mental health programs in Lincoln and Crook County, Oregon.  Scott is excited to bring his experience in supported employment, supported housing and innovative approaches to serving the chronically mentally ill to Kitsap Homes of Compassion.

Elizabeth French: Women’s Companion & Advocate, assisting women in the mother’s home in Poulsbo.

Kirk Thompson: Men’s Advocate, assisting men in the men’s homes.

Bob Jensen: Handyman/Maintenance.

Bob Keever: Handyman/Maintenance.

Bennie Ross: Handyman/Maintenance.

Peter Pfotzer: Financial book keeper.

Tom Teague: Mr. Teague recruited by OHannah House Ministries is the Men’s Advocate for the Garrison men’s homes in Port Orchard.

Sonja Brown: Ms. Brown recruited by OHannah House Ministries is a Women’s Advocate for the first women’s home in Port Orchard.


If you think you might be interested in volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can talk with you and see if you would be a good fit on our amazing team of volunteers – which we call that “dream team” because we make dreams come true for the homeless. We need a few more good people on our team. All team members will receive job training which includes watching on-line training videos, reading training material, and mentoring by a more experienced staff person.  Every job has flexible time requirements, designed to fit into your schedule because we know you have other responsibilities. But there will be clearly defined expectations, and if you find that after volunteering for a while you cannot continue, we will be grateful for the time you were able to contribute. All positions are part-time, most requiring less than 5 hours per week. Short-term commitments (for a few months), are also fine. You will be joining a team of fun, dynamic individuals who have compassion for the vulnerable.
You can print a Volunteer Application under the “Documents” tab here.

House Manager (HM):  It is the goal of the house manager to assist the home’s residents in adjusting to living peacefully in a shared living environment. The HM must meet with residents on a regular basis at the home to help facilitate their regular resident’s meetings and encourage self-management of their home. The HM must be available to the residents outside of regular work hours via text and/or phone to intervene in case of emergencies. They provide many functions similar to a case manager, and at times coordinate care for the residents of their home. They also provide leadership to the “KHOC Companions/Advocates” working with the residents of their home. Request a complete job descriptions via the ‘CONTACT’ web page.

Men’s Advocate and Women’s Companion/Advocate:  Be a friend and listening ear to those in your assigned home. Be a person of compassion, empathy, and moral support. No experience necessary (we will train you).

Handyman/Maintenance Assistant: Assist, as needed, with making minor repairs and maintenance on program houses.

Accountant: Data entry and quality control for all KHOC accounting system using Quickbooks accounting software. Experience with Quickbooks is required.

Trainer in Computers: We need staff to train our residents (members) in the use of the community computers we provide in the homes. If you could provide beginner training in how to use laptops, how to access the internet, and basics in Microsoft Word and Excel, that would be great. We want to increase the job skills of our KHOC home family members.

Employment Coordinators: KHOC seeks to create an amazing employment program to provide its members – whatever their previous work experience – with job readiness skills, long-term employment acquisition, and enabling them to regain the confidence and the motivation needed to obtain greater economic independence. Employment Coordinators are key to their success, by making contacts with business owners as well as government agencies, and helping create appropriate opportunities.  This would include setting up Transitional Employment (TE) opportunities [this is a part-time work program that sets members up to work in companies around Kitsap County giving them the skills and experience they need to find permanent employment], as well as Supported Employment (SE) [this is a competitive process in which KHOC members contend for jobs at Kitsap County organizations against others that do not face the same challenges]. KHOC Employment Coordinators help members navigate this process by building relationships with employers and providing member training and support.

Risk Management Auditor: As part of the Health and Safety element of our “Supportive Housing Management System,” we must closely manage all risks & hazards associated with our homes to ensure the safety of our residents, the neighbors near our homes, and the community as a whole. We are looking for a professional who can conduct routine audits on our program homes, our processes/procedures/policies to ensure we never have a major incident and that we are continually improving our systems.

Management System Program Head: We need a professional with experience in Management Systems to assist us in further developing our “Supportive Housing Management System,” as explained on our SHMS web page (under the “Leadership” drop down menu).


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