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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.

She was hired since graduated from UB in the beginning of 2011. She has built great expertise on managing HMIS and had been producing the Annual Reports and other customized reports for users. Since 2013, she took the CoC position and oversees both the HMIS and the CoC programs. She developed a great interest in grant management and program development and able to use her expertise on data analysis to provide funding recommendations.  In 2015, she was awarded by Business First, 30 under 30 for her outstanding contribution to the community.

She is very proud to be part of the Homeless Alliance team and making changes to end homelessness in WNY.


Suckie Smith

Director of Planning and 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, such as providing 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.



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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 ending 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

Program Coordinator, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties | [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 taking a Program Coordinator role at HAWNY that will work closely with communities in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. He will also help orchestrate the update of strategic plans to end homelessness and act the Local Lead for coordinating SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach Access, and Recovery) within the Continuum, a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) designed to increase access to public benefits for eligible adults with confirmed disability and experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

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


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Alicia Clark

Program Assistant | [email protected]

Alicia has a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from SUNY Geneseo. Her educational background gives her experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and in working with diverse populations. While attending the University of Memphis, Alicia worked at the Center for Research on Women and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. She worked on various projects targeting poverty, civil rights, community health, and teen pregnancy.

Alicia is excited to join the team at the Homeless Alliance and hopes to use her experiences and passion for studying social, economic, and health disparities in working toward HAWNY’s mission.


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Mary Fran Kosinski

Program Coordinator, Niagara County | [email protected]

Mary Fran graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. During her college career, Mary Fran volunteered at a number of organizations throughout Niagara County. Along with her volunteer work, Mary Fran also interned at ReNU Niagara, Niagara University’s community outreach arm.

After graduating, Mary Fran served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the City of Niagara Falls. Her year of service focused on developing a one-stop, resource center for the homeless and at-risk population of Niagara Falls. During her year of service, she worked directly with the homeless population throughout Niagara County; gaining firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day challenges of living in poverty.

Mary Fran’s experience with the homeless population in Niagara County and genuine interest in eliminating homelessness in WNY led her to the Homeless Alliance. She is excited to be a part of the Homeless Alliance team and use her position to continue to combat homelessness throughout the region.