Janna Nichols, Executive Director
Janna Nichols joined the the team officially in July 2012 as Executive Director, following a year-long stint as a consultant to the organization. Previously Nichols served as Marketing Manager for United Blood Services. She was the Chief Professional Officer for United Way of San Luis Obispo County for nine years, overseeing the daily operations for the nonprofit organization and its all-volunteer governing board. Among her efforts at United Way, she spearheaded the development of several key initiatives and collaborative partnerships to address the needs of our county’s most vulnerable populations. She was a founding board member of the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, served as chair of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Human Relations Commission for eight years, and has served on several other community development committees.
Vanessa Greene, Intake & Resource Coordinator
Vanessa Greene has been in the SLO county area for the past 13 years and is dedicated to serving her community. Vanessa’s passion for underserved communities dates back to junior high when she spent time in Mexico, where she helped with eye glass clinics and children’s activities. Since then Vanessa has traveled to many different countries for volunteer work and has been able to use her second language, Spanish. Her fondest memories were the 8 months she spent in the Czech Republic as a conversational English teacher. Vanessa graduated from Cuesta College with a degree in Math and Science, and previously worked as Health Navigator connecting families with young children to local resources. Vanessa is known for her friendly personality and is happy to be a part of the 5CHC team!