Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Niklaus has been a strong advocate for children, youth, families, and seniors for nearly two decades. As Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for leadership and strategic direction for the agency, including managing organizational activities, programs, fundraising, and infrastructure. Previously, she served as Director of Senior Community Services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and later as Interim Executive Director and Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs at Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose. Ms. Niklaus also worked for the Support Network For Battered Women, YWCA of Santa Clara Valley, and Community Solutions. She has served as Chair of the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council and Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Social Services Commission. She is also on the Leadership Team of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. In 2004, Ms. Niklaus was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the San Jose Business Journal and in 2013 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence. She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Veuve brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of finance, accounting, and operations positions at high profile for profit and non profit organizations in the Bay Area. He leads the agency’s accounting, finance and information technology functions. Prior to joining HomeFirst, Mr. Veuve served as COO for Stanford Schools Corporation where he set up the administrative function for a new charter school serving East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Previously, he was CFO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Mr. Veuve is a graduate of Washington University with a BS in Sociology and he received his MBA from San Francisco State University.
Chief Program Officer
Ms. Barroga oversees the agency’s client services. Since joining HomeFirst in 1999, has served in a variety of positions including volunteer management, direct client service, fundraising, and communications. Most recently, she served as Compliance Director, and implemented several improvements to the agency’s grant management infrastructure. She is currently a volunteer mediator with the County of Santa Clara’s Dispute Resolution Program, and sits on the Steering Committee of Santa Clara University’s Arrupe Partnerships for Community-based Learning. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Ms. Barroga holds a BS in Psychology.
Director, Property Management
Ms. Provence joined HomeFirst in March 2007 with 18 years experience in property management, and is certified as a Compliance Specialist and Tax Credit Specialist. As Director of Property Management, she is responsible for the operations of the Property Management division. A graduate of Humboldt State University, she holds degrees in Recreation Administration, Business Administration, and Psychology.
Chief Development Officer
Cindy Zbin joined the HomeFirst team after eleven years of managing non-profit development programs throughout the Bay Area. Her specialties include event management, major donor cultivation, corporate and foundation giving, solicitation, and fund development strategic planning. In her previous role as Director of Development at the Alum Rock Counseling Center in San Jose, Ms. Zbin successfully initiated the Major Gifts Program and increased sponsorship and attendance at the annual fundraising event. Ms. Zbin has also held development and management positions at Samaritan House, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and InnVision. She holds a BA in Communications from Santa Clara University, a Non-Profit Management Certificate from San Jose State University, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.