AHO Board of Directors

Charles Williams

Board President
Charles began working in financial services in 1991.  He brings 19 years of experience in a variety of inside and outside sales positions, primarily related to mortgage banking and multi-line insurance, and also high-tech sales. Read More

Zara Babitzke

Founding and Executive Director
Zara is a Marin County visionary leader and entrepreneur of social change. She has led the way in spearheading awareness to end youth homelessness in Marin and statewide. Her work has played an instrumental role in the county. Read More

Heather Gordon

Secretary, Treasurer
Heather Gordon is a co-owner of Tamalpais Financial Services (TFS) with her partner Jane Schopplein. TFS is located in Mill Valley and has accounting experience in many fields including construction, landscaping…Read More

Karen Robbins

President Emeritus
Karen brought her wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector as an organizational development and management consultant to the Board of AHO. Throughout her 40+ year career, she has worked in direct service social work...Read More

AHO Council of Investors

Ron Collins

Known as the “Grandfather of AHO” and Co-Founder of the AHO Council of Investors. A longtime supporter of AHO’s unique and comprehensive safety net which offers a hand up for Marin’s homeless youth to succeed. Read More

Vic Rice

Vic is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in International Business Marketing and Management. As an entrepreneur Vic founded Pacific Forest Resources in 1984 eventually acquired by CellMark AB of Sweden.  Read More

Francois Levannier

Francois Levannier is an internationally-recognized coach who helps executives and companies realize their full potential using a methodology that draws on time-tested tools of energy management.
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Johnnie Cleveland

Johnnie has been an AHO Youth Ambassador of Hope and a member of the AHO Youth Team for the past 6 years. As formerly homeless young adult, he found the AHO safety net at the first Youth Connect in 2009.
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Chona Sommers

Chona, has worked in the banking industry for the past 13 years and has been the manager of Westamerica Bank, Mill Valley Blithedale branch, for the past 2 years. Read More

Polly Guy

Polly started her Starbucks career in 2003 in Seattle, WA. During this time, Polly continued her success by helping to build great teams, driving the customer experience, achieving results and connecting within her communities. Read More

Alex Schmotter, DDS

Alex is a dentist by trade and an entrepreneur by fate. Originally from Marin County, CA, Alex is the son of a Dentist and a professional chef. A lifelong athlete, Alex grew up living a healthy and active lifestyle building a passion for people, sports, and problem-solving. Read More

Geraldine Serrano

Geraldine is a Bay Area native. She holds a B.A. in Communication from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Media Management and a minor in educational technology. She is passionate about helping others and a great connector of people. Read More