Board of Directors
President & Founder
The November 2018 Camp Fire destroyed 18,000 structures, killed 86 people and left 42,000 people homeless and jobless in a 24-hour timeframe. But it wasn’t the charred landscape that left Alyssa, a single mother of three young children, devastated. It was watching so many elderly and underinsured individuals forced to live in tents and cars after losing everything. Her tragic experience of losing her own home in a wildfire 11 years ago inspired her to do more. Alyssa, who had no construction experience and works a full-time job, was called to build and give away tiny homes. She began researching and watching YouTube videos on how to build tiny homes. She personally built and funded the first tiny home in January 2019 and gifted it to a survivor and her daughter two months later. Since then, she has helped another 20 families by bringing together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based groups to volunteer and donate. There are still more than 500 families in dire need on her wait list.
By creating the Tiny Pine Foundation. Alyssa hopes to continue to expand her mission to give back to communities in need through a variety of projects and partnerships.
Lisa was in Europe when the Camp Fire erupted, and became involved in the Adopt a Family effort. Upon her return, she assisted hundreds of survivors at the Chico shelter, and is still friendly with many today. Lisa and her husband donated their own motorhome to a survivor couple until permanent housing could be found. Lisa acquired donated cars and trailers and found places for the survivors to park their newfound homes. That’s how Lisa met Alyssa and learned about the Tiny Home project. Lisa has organized many salsa fundraisers for Tiny Homes. She was the executive producer of “After Burn”, a documentary about the Camp Fire by Jerry Jensen.
Lisa is a Sacramento-based stenographic court reporter and a perfect fit for secretary of the Tiny Pine Foundation.
Born and raised in California and now a recent resident of Arizona, Lacey fell in love with nonprofits 20 years ago. Inspired by homeless shelter pets, she worked closely with PAL Humane Society and Barstow Humane Society in fundraising, day-to-day kennel operations and fostering adoptable dogs and cats. In 2018, she learned about the need for affordable housing options for survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA. In May 2019, she met Alyssa Nolan-Cain and quickly knew that the vision for affordable housing was a greater need than most realized. Lacey's passion to help find a solution evolved into volunteering at the Tiny Home build site and leading fundraising campaigns. Lacey believes that every human deserves to have a safe place to lay their head at night and call home. In her spare time you can usually find her watching football with her husband or near any body of water where she can enjoy her 2 adult daughters, fur kids and friends and family.
Michelle's support of the homeless community started in 1985 as a board member for Hamilton Families. For 25 years, she has organized a Mother's Day Brunch for moms experiencing homelessness. Michelle has also been mentoring a young woman who, after being homeless for 18 years, has recently published a book entitled "Trapped in the Homeless Hustle"
After the Camp Fire, Michelle traveled to Paradise and Oroville to deliver meals and supplies and joined the Adopt a Family efforts. She heard about what Alyssa was starting and stopped by the job site to deliver a couple of lasagnas. She was so moved and inspired that she purchased a few of the things Alyssa needed and has supported Tiny Pine ever since.
Professionally, Michelle has spent over 25 years as a management and marketing consultant focused on Fortune 500 companies and their executive leadership. She is currently co-producing, with her husband, an online cooking series called "Dads That Cook."
After the Camp Fire, Benita became involved in the Adopt a Family efforts, helping individual families with basic needs, and donating printing for businesses trying to get back on their feet. She learned about the Tiny Home project, volunteered a few days at the build site, and was hooked! She has assisted Lipp Studios with behind-the-scenes work for their upcoming documentary about Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors, and helped with this web site.
Benita is a self-employed graphic designer. She and her husband have a sawmill they use to make lumber for the tiny homes from trees that would otherwise be disposed of. Benita is also involved with various non-profit organizations in Amador County, California, where she lives. She finds it very fulfilling to give directly to those in need.
After delivering supplies to Paradise two weeks after the Camp Fire, Suzi found that her heart was never the same. She vowed to take a year off work to be of service in this terrible situation, and to be the change she longed to see.
When she met Alyssa in Spring 2019, she offered to create the interiors for the homes being built. That was the start of "House in a Box" decor sets for the tiny homes to complete these love-filled spaces. Suzi's an artist and decorator who brags of working on a tight budget to make “a house a home” -- and this was a real test of that! She had only her own funds and her passion for helping in the recovery.
With 18 years in Event Coordination and extensive experience in nonprofit coordination, fundraising and training, she was a perfect fit with Tiny Pine. Suzi has enormous respect and true affection for the creator of this amazing project, and is excited to assist in its growth and success.
Loni built her career with the U.S. Forest Service in Administrative and Financial Management. For 40 years, she has worked on Federal Incident Management Teams all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, responding to wildland fires, hurricanes and floods. Loni gained a wide breadth of experience and learned great compassion for the many people she has served over the years. She volunteered with the Oroville Hope Center right after the Camp Fire in November 2018. She and her husband have assisted numerous people in the Paradise and Concow areas since the fire. She is honored to be a part of the Board of Directors for the Tiny Pine Foundation.