Meet Our Board
The Sacramento Habitat for Humanity board of directors is comprised of local business leaders, involved members of the community, and representatives from each of our partnerships.
Board members give their time, talent, and money to support our mission. They bring years of vocational and life experience to provide fiduciary oversight and resource raising talents to bring hope and homes to low-income families in our community.
If you would like to learn more about Board Membership and making a substantial difference in your community, please contact CEO Ken Cross at (916) 440-1215 ext. 1105.
Rex has been in the insurance industry for 30 years. He worked for Pacific Standard Life Insurance Company for 10 years, followed by 5 years with CalFarm Life Insurance company in Sacramento. He joined VSP Vision Care in June of 1994. He was the Director of Provider Networks up until 2008, when he transitioned to the VSP Optics Group where he is currently the Vice President of Opthalmic Supply Chain. He helped lead the effort of VSP’s Mobile Clinics Program, which officially launched in June 2007. The program’s primary purpose is to provide replacement glasses for anyone who may have lost their glasses during a disaster, such as hurricanes, tornados, and fires. To date, the program has helped over 9,000 people see better.
Theresa is the managing partner and CEO of LPAS Architecture and Design, one of the largest architectural firms in Sacramento. As a Northern California native, Theresa was raised with a large family in Yuba City. She studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Santa Monica. After school, she returned to Northern California to work with a small firm in the Marysville area. Theresa is a licensed Architect with over 34 years of experience in various types of housing, healthcare, and commercial office buildings. She joined the Sacramento Habitat board in 2008.
Paul Ainger has developed over 100 single family homes and over 1,000 apartment units in his 20 year career in affordable housing development. He has developed apartments and subdivisions throughout the California Central Valley from Fresno to the Greater Sacramento area. Through his work, Ainger has raised over $150 million in development capital. He has managed the entire development process, from entitlements through construction to occupancy. His projects include a mix of developments, including new construction, infill development and acquisition and rehabilitation of existing apartments and single family homes. Many of these projects were affordable housing developments in which he assembled complex financing packages that included tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, tax-increment and public funding. Ainger serves on the Boards of the Sacramento Housing Alliance and Solano County Affordable Housing Coalition. He is the treasurer for the California Reinvestment Coalition. He has a Masters of Business Administration from U.C. Davis and a Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
Karalee Browne - Chair
Karalee Browne currently works for the Institute for Local Government. Karalee is the former program manager in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Charitable Contributions department where she was directly responsible for managing the company’s philanthropic solar initiatives including the award winning PG&E Solar Schools Program and the PG&E Solar Habitat Program. Prior to joining Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Karalee worked as a television news writer and producer for Sacramento’s KOVR13 News. Karalee has served on the board of the Sacramento American Women in Radio and Television Association and has held several positions with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life planning committee. Karalee has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Richard G. Fathy
Richard Fathy is a Family Law Attorney. He was born in San Francisco and received his B.A. with high honors from University of California, Davis. Richard attended Harvard Law School. He was admitted as a member of the State Bar of California in 1972 and has been practicing law ever since. His extensive experience prior to starting his own firm, Richard G. Fathy Law, includes working as a Litigation Counselor for the Director of State Department of Consumer Affairs and working as a Deputy State Public Defender. Richard joined the Sacramento Habitat board in 2010. Both he and his wife, Joan Burke, the Director of Advocacy for Loaves & Fishes, are very interested in improving housing issues in Sacramento.
Mark Krausse is a Director at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Mark attended California State University and graduated with a degree in Government. He went on to receive his law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was admitted as amember of the State Bar of California in 1995. Prior to his work at PG&E, Mark has worked as a Senior Consultant for the California State Assembly, the Director of Government Relations for The Doctors Company, a Senior Consultant for the California State Senate, and the Executive Director for the Fair Political Practices Commission. Mark joined the Sacramento Habitat Board in 2011.
R. Miguel Ramirez
Miguel was born and raised in Sacramento where he graduated from Highlands High School before moving on to earn a BS in Finance from the University of Southern California. After a career in commercial and buy side investment banking, Miguel returned to graduate school at Stanford, where he earned his Master’s in Public Policy and an MBA. As a telecommunications executive Miguel worked assignments in the United States, Northern Europe, and the Middle-East. He now serves as the Operations Director for the California Institute for Mental Health. In his spare time, Miguel stays active in his community by rehabilitating and managing affordable housing for families and serving as an external board member of the Elyn R. Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California.
Ken Cross - President & CEO
Ken graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1974 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served as a U.S. Army airborne, ranger, armor officer from 1974-1984. He was a self-employed Financial Partner, sales manager and corporate sales and management trainer serving career military service members with USPA & IRA from 1984-1994. Since 1995, he’s volunteered and worked in the non-profit sector with the Red Cross DAT (Disaster Action Team), UC Davis Hospice as a respite caregiver, and the Spiritual Life Center as the Director of Church Development. He has over 35 years of service in government, business and non-profit organizations making a difference in local communities. Ken has been a member of the Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA) Board of Directors for five years and was recently elected the Board Chair. In addition he has been a member of the Women’s Empowerment Board for six years and he is the Chairman of the Fund Development Committee.
David is currently an Inclusion Officer at Sacramento Municipality Utility District (SMUD), where is he directly responsible for managing the company's inclusion and diversity initiatives. He has worked in various capacities at SMUD for the past 14 years. Prior to joining SMUD, David worked as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. David was a 2010 Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program Fellow, a selective 10-month professional development program desgined to prepare its Fellows for effective and ethical leadership in their companies and communities. David joined the Sacramento Habitat board in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a G.A. and Master's degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Joulia grew up in Melbourne, Australia where she received an honors degree in civil engineering from the University of Melbourne. Shortly after, Joulia began working as a consulting engineer for the next six years on construction projects primarily for the oil and mining industries. In 1998, Joulia moved to California and attended graduate school at the University of California Berkeley where she received dual Masters Degrees in Public Policy and Science in Engineering. After graduating, Joulia moved to New York to work as a senior legislative analyst for the State Assembly Ways and Means committee providing fiscal and policy advice to legislative members on tax issues. She later applied her policy skills to budgeting at the New York State Division of the Budget focusing on housing infrastructure for disadvantaged community groups. More recently Joulia returned to California to work as a research analyst for the California Department of Social Services, conduing fiscal and policy analysis. Joulia has been constantly involved in community activism, working on a wide range of issues ranging from historic home preservation to education. She is currently taking a temporary break from her career to raise her two young daughters.
Jeff vonKaenel is the President and CEO of the News & Review. He has worked with alternative newspapers for over 30 years. Jeff went to college in Santa Barbara from 1969-1973 at UC Santa Barbara. He was involved in one of the first alternative papers in the country in the fall of 1973, The Santa Barbara News & Review, working as a reporter and advertising manager until 1979. In 1980, Jeff took over the Chico News & Review as publisher and in 1989 came to Sacramento and started the Sacramento News & Review. In 1995, he added the Reno News & Review to his collection. In addition to working on his own papers, Jeff also served as president for the AAN, Association of Alternative Weeklies and has been on the board of directors for IMI, the Independent Media Institute since 1995. The News & Review newsweeklies have been recognized for jouranlistic accomplishments in their field since 1987 and have won over 150 awards, including multiple awards for general excellence, outstanding community service, and editorial coverage.
Franklin Jackson is the Store Manager at Walmart Natomas. Franklin currently sits on 4 local boards and is very invested in helping the local Sacramento Community. He joined the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity board in May of 2013.
Lauren Peters was born in Rhode Island and spent her formative years in the East Bay area. She received her BS degree in Health Science in Chico, her BSN degree in Nursing in Idaho, and her MBA while living in Seattle. Her clinical background as an RN has been in the field of labor and delivery. Lauren's career in nursing management has included working for The Sisters of Providence in Seattle and Sutter Health System in Modesto. For the past 13 years, Lauren has also served as the Director of Women's Health at Kaiser Permanente in the Sacramento and Roseville area. In addition to her work life, for the past 10 years Lauren has served on the Board of Directors for Peace for Families, a domestic violence prevention, safe house, and treatment program. Prior to her involvement with Peace for Families, Lauren served on a board dealing with child abuse issues in her community. Lauren joined the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors in May of 2013.
Tai Mamea is the Senior Lending Manager at JP Morgan Chase. Tai has over 20 years of experience in National and Regional Sales, Sales Management, and Marketing and Financial Management. He currently manages a team of over 100 sales professionals for Mortgage Banking in Northern California. Tai has been with Chase since 2002 where he also managed Chase Wholesale and the Homeownership Preservation Division. Tai is a native of Sacramento and is passionate about making Sacramento a better place to live and raise a family. A dedicated husband and father of two, Tai is committed to volunteering, philanthropy, and mentoring Sacramento's youth.