Ronald A. Reed, Founder and President, has been a Butte County public defender for 35 years primarily representing youth. Ron has observed that many of his clients suffer from a serious mental illness and often cycle through the criminal justice system instead of receiving the care they need. Before serving as a public defender, Ron spent over 30 years in construction and as a real estate developer. Ron has combined his passion of development with serving his community to form Base Camp Village, Inc. He believes his practical approach of building housing with supportive services for those with a mental illness will have a beneficial impact on Butte County.
Mia Kirk, Executive Director, recently moved back to her hometown of Chico after time away completing a Masters of Public Health and working at a non-profit in the Bay Area. Her expertise lies in bringing people together across sectors to work toward a common goal. Mia believes that by addressing the social determinants of health like employment, education, and housing, we can have the greatest impact on people’s lives. She knows that quality, safe, affordable housing is fundamental to public health and hopes that Base Camp Village, Inc. will be the tip of the iceberg of housing investments in the region.
Bill Woodmansee, General Contractor, left the practice of law thirty years ago to become a contractor. Bill has experience working on all phases and sizes of construction, including projects similar to the structure of Base Camp Village, Inc. His experience and knowledge along with his teaching ability will provide the basis for any willing student to gain construction skills. Bill will act as not just general contractor but construction manager and lead trainer for Bootstrap Workers.