Judy Stillman, Executive Director
Judy has been with Winter Nights for 10 years, first as a Traveling Tutor organizing that group of volunteers, and next as Executive Director for three years. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. She retired from Lafayette School District as a Special Day Class Teacher. She is a mother, grandmother and active member of Lafayette United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Church Council. She lives in Rossmoor and, in addition to loving her work with Winter Nights, she enjoys tennis, golf, pickleball and traveling.
Bill Shaw, Program Director
A native of Berkeley California, Bill has been with Winter Nights since 2010 when he was hired as a site supervisor. In 2014, he was promoted to Program Manager, and to Program Director in 2019. Bill holds a BA in Child Development and an MA in Spirituality and Culture. He currently serves on the Coordinated Entry Emergency Shelter Referral Workgroup and on the board of Health Care for the Homeless.
Kathleen Purdy, Program Manager
Kathleen was a client of Winter Nights for two months in 2010 as single mother with three children. She has a medical assisting background, but with the recession it was so hard to secure stable employment and keep up with rent and bills. As a Winter Nights client, she obtained full time employment and could move into permanent housing. That employment didn’t work out, but she started her work at Winter Nights as a site supervisor in the fall of 2012. Since then, she has worked every shift and was promoted to Oasis Manager in February 2014 and Program Manager in 2019.
Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Rev. Will McGarvey has long been active in Interfaith circles. He served on the Executive Committee of the ICCCC from 2004 to 2010, serving as Vice President for many of those years. He has been a part of East County United, an association of the Council that does programming and events in East County since the march in support of the Islamic Center of the East Bay when it was burned down in 2007. Will has served as the part-time Executive Director of the ICCCC since 2012, while he continues to serve as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg half-time.
Volunteers who make up our team
Executive Director – Oversees all programs of the shelter and confers with the Program Manager to make the program run smoothly. Works with grant writers and office manager to secure financial support.
Grant writers (2) – Write applications to foundations and community organizations for request financial assistance.
Case manager – Meets with families to help them determine goals and move successfully to meet them.
Traveling Tutors coordinator – Organizes the Traveling Tutors who help children with homework and encourage reading. They direct volunteers to do the same.
Employment/GED specialist – Helps adults write resumes, search for jobs and work toward GED’s if needed
Scheduler – contacts all host communities and determines the schedule for the following year.
Life coach – meets with one or two adults to help them move more effectively toward their goals.
Host coordinator – a volunteer from each of the host communities that recruits and organizes volunteers to serve during Winter Nights stay at their congregation.
Truck driver – supplies a truck large enough to hold all equipment of Winter Nights clients, helps load and unload equipment every moving Monday and allows Winter nights to store materials in the truck over the summer.