Homes First Staff


Chief Executive Officer

Trudy Soucoup, MAOL

Trudy joined Homes First as Chief Executive in October 2011, and began leading the organization into its third decade of creating safe, healthy, and affordable rental housing in Thurston County. 


Director of Finance

Candace Wood, CPA

Candace joined Homes First in September of 2020 to help support the financial stability and long term planning which will enhance our ability to provide more homes for our community.  


Director of Operations

Jena Embry Loes

Jena brings her two decades of experience serving in Olympia area nonprofit organizations to her new position as Director of Operations for Homes First. 


Director of Development

Shannon Michlitsch, CFRE

Shannon is a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations over the years, helping them build sponsor and donor support for their programs.


Finance Coordinator

Amy Sewell, MS

Amy joined Homes First in 2009 to support office operations. She has been part of many changes at the organization, and helps ensure that  our finances, and the care of our tenants, stay on track.


Property Manager

Ron Stewart

Ron celebrated his 15th Anniversary with Homes First in 2019. With experience in construction, renovation, and rehabilitation Ron is a stalwart at our organization, supporting the maintenance of both our homes and our tenants.


Tenant Services Navigator

Dyana Todd

Dyana joined Homes First in 2019, bringing a background in social services and a deep interest in housing. Her job is to work with our current and incoming tenants to navigate the many systems in our community; systems that they need to be successful tenants.


Maintenance Coordinator

Keith Garlinghouse

Keith comes to us with a broad background and skills in property maintenance work, including over 10 years' experience working with local property companies.


Maintenance Technician

Felly Giorgianni, Jr.

Felly is a valuable member of the Homes First staff, but also worked with us for years as a skilled contractor. A former tenant, he is a leader in his faith community as well as in the Oxford House International program.