Dale Zuchlewski, formerly of the Office of Strategic Planning in City Hall, is currently the Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance. During his tenure at City Hall, Dale managed 4 federally funded housing programs with 37 non-profits contract agencies. In addition, he has written, drafted and evaluated numerous grants designed to aid the homeless population in Buffalo as well as serving on the Buffalo Common Council for 8 years.
Currently, Dale continues to impact the community through his volunteer activity. As a former board member of the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless and member of the Coalition’s homeless outreach team, Dale’s face is familiar to most in the homeless community. Dale has also showed tremendous initiative in his volunteer efforts. He is a founding member of both the Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance and the Foundation for Arts and Athletics in Buffalo (later the Buffalo Schools Foundation under Superintendent James Williams).
HMIS Bas-Net Coordinator
Rebecca Detlef received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Canisius College in May of 2010, majoring in Sociology. She also had a concentration in Child, Family, and Community Studies.
Rebecca worked throughout college as well volunteered at various non profits throughout the community. She volunteered at Hope Refugees Services in Buffalo. Rebecca also taught religious education for her church for five years. She also volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul and Response to Love soup kitchens, as well as helped many others in need.
Rebecca became interested in housing issues during her senior year of college. She conducted a Needs Assessment for the Gloria J Parks Community Center which introduced her to the housing needs of the city of Buffalo. She is looking forward to beginning her career at the Homeless Alliance, while becoming a more prevalent face in the Buffalo homeless community.
Kexin Ma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from China Agriculture University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo, with a specialization in GIS and economic development.
Her variety of background experience have focused on her interests of data analysis, GIS, design, and planning. Her internships with a construction/design firm and with a private consultant have allowed her to apply and strengthen her designing and planning skills. Her experience as a teacher, research assistant in research methods at UB and intern at UB’s Regional Institute further developed her interest in the data analysis and have given her an understanding of this region from a unique perspective.
Kexin seeks to help people improve their quality of life and help society have a better understanding of its needs. She is very proud to become part of Homeless Alliance and looking forward to joining this organization in their mission of ending homelessness in Western New York.
Director of Operations
Suckie Smith holds Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Oxford Brooks and Business Administration from the Conservatoire National Des Arts ET Meitiers’ International Institute of Management. Prior to that, Suckie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the Polytechnic Institute of Namibia.
Before starting at the Homeless Alliance, Suckie worked in the homeless service provider community as a Case Manager for the Matt Urban Hope Center’s HPRP program. She also has experience in program development and oversight on an international level, as she was an Assistant Program Officer for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In addition, Suckie has always been active in her community through volunteer work. Currently she sits on the Education Committee for the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless. Previously, Suckie had volunteered to provide supportive services to community development projects of Erie County. She also interned and did some volunteer work at Inland Empire Women’s Business Center at California State University, San Bernardino. The experience, Suckie says ‘helped shaped and strengthened her interest in making a difference in people’s livelihood’.
Continuum of Care Program Coordinator
Connie Sanderson has extensive experience working in the field of homelessness. For the past eight years, Connie was the CoC Coordinator for Rochester/Monroe County. Previous to that, she was the Assistant Director of Sojourner House, an organization providing transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless women and women with children. In Rochester, Connie was the former chair of the Homeless Services Network, a member of the Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and member of the Crisis Services Blueprint Committee at the United Way.
Connie is new to Buffalo and very excited to be here. She is looking forward to getting acquainted with all of the homeless program providers and becoming involved in the community.
Megan Bingham graduated from Central Washington University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice with a focus in Correction. She has particular interest in ex-offender re-entry. Throughout her year of service, Megan will be the Community Partnership Coordinator at the Homeless Alliance.
In her free time, Megan teaches English as a second language to Burmese refugee’s and has an interest in photography. After her year of service with the Homeless Alliance, she plans to join the Peace Corps to further peruse her dedication to service.
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