Phone: (716) 853-1101 | 960 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202

Staff of the Homeless Alliance

Dale Zuchlewski

Dale Zuchlewski

Executive Director | [email protected]

Dale Zuchlewski has been the Executive Director since December of 2010. He was hired as the Operations Manager in September 2010 and is formerly of the Office of Strategic Planning in City Hall. During his tenure at City Hall, Dale managed 4 federally funded housing programs with 37 non-profit contract agencies. In addition, he has written, drafted, and evaluated numerous grants designed to aid the homeless organization and the homeless population in Buffalo. He also served on the Buffalo Common Council for 8 years representing the North District.

Dale has a long history of being active in the community through coaching baseball and softball, as an activist for numerous community organizations and causes, educational issues, waterfront reuse, neighborhood planning, and homeless advocacy. Most recently, Dale and the Homeless Alliance were among the lead organizers of Hands Across Buffalo.

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Kexin Ma

Director of Federal Programs | [email protected]

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 is looking forward to joining this homeless organization in their mission of ending homelessness in Western New York.

Suckie Smith

Director of Operations | [email protected]

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 Board of Directors of the AIDS Network of Western New York.  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’.

Nathan Pyzikiewicz

HMIS Administrator| [email protected]

Nathan graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Anthropology.

Nathan worked through college as an instructor of recreational programming.  After graduating, he found himself working in the nonprofit field.  He spent two years serving with AmeriCorps at Tifft Nature Preserve teaching environmental education and followed that by working with Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara advocating literacy education.  He has volunteered with various local organizations through is interests in education, the outdoors, and finding new restaurants.

His experiences serving the community led him to HAWNY where he hopes to continue advocating and using his background to support the reduction and elimination of homelessness in WNY.


Christine Slocum

Research Analyst | [email protected]

Christine has a MA in Sociology and a BS in psychology from the University at Buffalo. In addition, she spent two years receiving doctoral-level training in sociological research methods (qualitative and statistical) from the University of Washington. Her research interests include social and economic stratification. Prior to her time at the Homeless Alliance, she assisted the administration of the King County Shelter Plus Care program as part of Plymouth Housing Group in Seattle, WA. She has also worked with food pantry operations, as a data analyst for a Seattle start-up, as a research assistant for various social science endeavors, for various nonprofits advocating equity and justice, and as a sociology instructor.

Christine’s passion for correcting injustices of economic stratification, in addition to her fondness for data analysis, led her to the Homeless Alliance. She looks forward to using her skills to serve Western New York.

Andrew Dearing

Continuum of Care Monitor | [email protected]

Andrew joins us with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo, focusing on economic development and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, majoring in Psychology.
He has a diverse background working for UB’s Regional Institute, promoting One Region Forward, a broad-based regional planning effort for sustainability in Erie and Niagara counties. There he had the opportunity to work with public and private leaders, along with residents from all over the region.

Andrew also spent a year in Chicago, IL with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. as Outreach Assistant for Lakeview Pantry. He helped manage in-kind donations and the home delivery program. It was in Chicago where Andrew discovered his passion working for distressed communities.

Andrew is a Buffalo native, eager to work towards HAWNY’s mission and create a better region.