Action Nexus on Homelessness

Harnessing university resources and connecting the efforts of existing systems and agencies throughout the Phoenix area to collaboratively drive solutions forward.

We believe everyone deserves to feel safe, to feel like they belong and to live under the conditions that allow them to contribute to their community and realize their potential. Our Action Nexus team comprises two long-time members of the non-profit management community who are dedicated to using their expertise and passion to advance solutions to end homelessness.

Who we are

Shana Ellis

Shana Ellis, Executive Director

Shana Ellis has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management in the areas of aging, disabilities, fundraising and incubation of new programs.  Most recently, she was a Vice President of Programs and Services at Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix, Arizona, overseeing programs that enable seniors to enrich their quality of life and remain as independent as possible.

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Prior to her work at Area Agency, she was the President/CEO of The Centers for Habilitation, helping individuals with disabilities through employment, housing, transportation and socialization programs.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems/Business and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Arizona State University. She has served on many non-profit boards that focus on youth, transportation, disabilities, leadership aging and homelessness.

Additionally, Shana served eight years on the Tempe City Council, with two years as Vice Mayor. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, has received the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award for community service and was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as an Outstanding Woman in Business.

Krickette Wetherington

Christine “Krickette” Wetherington, Project Manager

Christine “Krickette” Wetherington joined Watts College after serving more than three years as executive director for the Valley of the Sun United Way, where among her responsibilities was to oversee the agency’s work with those experiencing homelessness. Before the United Way, Krickette spent 2 ½ years as executive director of Hope Village Arizona, an intergenerational community of foster children adopted by active seniors and families.

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A 2019 fellow in the university’s Knowledge Exchange for Resilience program, she spent four years as executive director of the Gilbert Community Action Network, and nearly eight years before that as director of programs for Community Services of Arizona Inc.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

About the Action Nexus

Based in ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, the Action Nexus on Homelessness is a team dedicated to connecting efforts across siloed systems and agencies in Maricopa County in order to improve service delivery and maximize effectiveness, bringing ASU resources to bear in the pursuit of lasting solutions.  

The good news is, agencies working toward ending homelessness in Maricopa County are already collaborating. The Human Services Campus and its partner agencies are a national model in collective impact. However, there is room for greater communication, alignment and shared action among the diverse agencies needed to solve housing and healthcare insecurity.

The Action Nexus’s task is to connect existing efforts, identify opportunities for system alignment, boost existing efforts and identify opportunities for new solutions, engaging ASU in research and applied solutions. We are currently asking providers what training could help to boost the quality of service provision. If you have a project you would like to work on with ASU, please contact us.

Contact: actionnexus@asu.edu