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

Staff of the Homeless Alliance

Dale Zuchlewski

Dale Zuchlewski

Executive Director |

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

Coordinator of Federal Programs |

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.

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Rebecca Detlef

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.

Suckie Smith

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 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

Program Assistant |

Nathan received a B.A. from the University at Buffalo in Anthropology with a minor in linguistics.  He is currently completing his Masters in Anthropology with concentrations in environment and health.

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, food, and photography.

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

Christine Slocum

Research Analyst |

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.

Chelsea Colón

Chelsea Colón

Master of Social Work Intern |

Chelsea Colón is currently completing her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University at Buffalo with an anticipated graduation date of May 2015. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2012 from Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Chelsea has been an active volunteer and employee in the nonprofit sector as well as throughout her academic career. She is currently President of the UB School of Social Work Graduate Student Association and a co-leader of a student-run volunteer group. She has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Friends of the Night People soup kitchen in the past.

Chelsea became interested in homelessness and housing during her undergraduate career when she secured her first internship at a women and children’s emergency shelter. Since then she has earned experience working in emergency shelters, transitional housing and as a case manager for a Housing First program. She is passionate about this field of work and looks forward to a career in social work related to housing, poverty, and basic needs.