Women in Leadership: Carol J. Ornelas​

When Carol J. Ornelas, CEO of Stockton-based Visionary Home Builders of California, started her career in the 1980s, she found the industry unwelcoming to women. Ornelas attempted to get a formal construction education, but she recalls being the only woman in class when a professor asked what she was doing there and ridiculed her for wanting to know how to read construction plans, she passed the contractors license exam and earned her general contractors license.​ Read More

A Brighter Future​

Building homes for the people that occupy your heart – your family! For more than thirty years, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. has been committed to building housing for low to moderate income families and individuals. Despite the disruption of COVID-19, we are pushing forward to build a brighter future for Central Valley residents. We are very excited to update you on the progress of these much-needed communities that are at various stages of construction, all within San Joaquin County!​

Annette Sanchez Named Chief Operating Officer

Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. (VHB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Annette Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer (COO). In her new role, Sanchez will lead top management to ensure a high level of organizational management, staffing, infrastructure and governance. She will work closely with Carol Ornelas, CEO of VHB, a non-profit developer, to lead and develop strategy as VHB continues to build new, affordable housing for our community. In her role at VHB, Sanchez will manage daily internal functions, represent the organization on housing and community development issues, and develop effective policies, procedures, and systems.  In addition, she will provide long-term planning to manage the organization’s current activities and future growth and expansion to ensure visibility of the organization, as well as the success of its mission and strategic plan. “We are pleased to welcome Annette Sanchez to the VHB team as Chief Operating Officer,” states Carol Ornelas, CEO of VHB. Annette is a seasoned community leader and is a strong addition to our team. Her expertise in strategic development and project implementation are valuable tools that will help us continue to meet the affordable housing needs of our community.” Previously with El Concilio, Sanchez has more than twenty years of operational and leadership experience in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, including expertise in fundraising, community relationships, and team management. She has been an advocate for low-income and Spanish speaking families throughout her career.  Sanchez resides in Stockton.​

Grand View Village starts to take shape

STOCKTON — Demolition crews were at the ready in downtown Stockton on Wednesday. Ground was broken and the process of building Grand View Village began. The 75-unit affordable housing project five years in the making finally is taking shape, and Carol Ornelas, chief executive officer of Visionary Home Builders, Stockton’s nonprofit purpose built housing specialist, was relieved and excited.​


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