About Us

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) is a collection of agencies and individuals who are working together to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Currently, ECOH operates as the umbrella organization that regulates distribution of federal and state funding to providers that are working to alleviate homelessness in both counties. ECOH also hosts a monthly forum for service providers to share concerns and discuss new services.

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless oversees the Continuum of Care in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The continuum of care model creates a framework for a comprehensive array of shelter and supported services to address varying needs and services of the person who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

ECOH is the lead agency for the Homeless Management information system (HMIS). This system provides communities with the tool to collect and analyze data on people using homeless service programs. This allows prevention of duplicated services.

The Coalition works to eliminate homelessness by supporting individuals who are homeless or at risk, local service providers and other interested individuals and groups through advocacy, education, organizing and networking. Our agency could not operate if it were not for the support of the community and local agencies.


The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) was organized in 1987 by several community leaders to coordinate efforts and access the needs of the homeless in the greater Pensacola community. It later expanded its scope to include both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. ECOH serves as the “hub” of service delivery for the poor and homeless in these two counties.

The mission of ECOH is to prevent and eliminate homelessness.

We are COMMITTED in UNITY with our members to: RESPECT all our constituencies, to treat them with INTEGRITY, to seek INNOVATIVE solutions to the problems we deal with, and to continually execute our VISION with EXCELLENCE in order to eliminate homelessness.


John Johnson
Executive Director

Serene Keiek
Marketing Director

Dianna Moore
Housing Director

Gina Wiley
Office Manager

Adrianna Watson
HMIS Administrator


Agustin Rodriquez
Case Manager


Mya Anderson
CCAS Support Specialist

Michael Wilcox
ESG Outreach Case Manager



Board of Directors

  • Dr. David Josephs, President Lakeview Center, Clinical Director
  • Marsha Travis, Vice-President Internal Affairs Favor House, Residential programs director
  • Dr. Jim Waters, Vice-President External Affairs Friendship Baptist Church, Pastor
  • Andrea Roberts, Secretary Legal Services of North Florida, Staff Attorney
  • Heather Jordan, Treasurer Durst & Jordan CPAs, Certified Public Accountant
  • Dr. Karen Barber, Past President, Santa Rosa Schools Director of Federal Programs
  • Abe Singh, Board Member, Area Housing Commission, Executive Director
  • Dr. Debbie Douma, Board Member, Pensacola State College Dean, Institutional Effectiveness & Grants
  • Dr. John Lanza, Board Member, Florida Department of Health Director
  • Marcie Whitaker, Board Member, City of Pensacola Housing Administrator
  • Devin Simmons, Board Member – Waterfront Rescue Mission, President
  • Tommi Lyter, Board Member – Pensacola Police Department, Assistant Chief
  • Sybil Sahuque, Board Member, NWFL Legal Services – Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Phyllis Gonzalez – Board Member, Department of Children and Families, Circuit 1 Community Development Administrator
  • Sandra Donaldson, Board Member, Escambia County Community Clinic, Inc., Director of Special Programs for Escambia Community Clinic
  • Emmett Walker, Board Member, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Joint Ambulatory Care Center Homeless, Program Assistant Manager
  • Brett Rowell, Board Member, CareerSource ESCAROSA Program Coordinator

Dedicated Members