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

Staff of the Homeless Alliance

Kexin Ma

Executive Director | [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. After working at the Homeless Alliance for 10 years, she took the position of Executive Director.

She is committed to end homelessness in WNY.

Sukie Smith

Director of Planning and Operations | [email protected]

Sukie joined the Homeless Alliance in 2011. She is responsible for our financial, administrative and HR functions as the Director of Operations of the HAWNY.

Sukie received her MBA from the Conservatoire National de Arts et Métiers (CNAM) University in Paris, France, Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Oxford Brookes in the United Kingdom, and a BA in Public Administration from the Polytechnic of Namibia. She is a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Buffalo.

Meg Honan

Director of CoC Programs | [email protected]

Meg Honan holds a degree in Social Work from Buffalo State College. Prior to working at HAWNY, Meg was working for the City of Norfolk in Virginia for close to 18 years. The last 6 years was as Programs Manager for Housing and Homeless Services. Meg managed multiple local, state, and federal programs to include homeless outreach, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and employment services. During the pandemic, Meg and her team were successful in standing up a healthy hotel program that served the most vulnerable homeless members of the community as well as a low barrier emergency shelter program. 

Now that Meg is working locally, she is committed to using her previous experience to work towards eliminating homelessness in WNY.

 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.

Ariel R. Peters, MSW

Youth Program Manager | [email protected] 

Ariel holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo, a BA in Political Science from Buffalo State College, and an AA in Media Arts from Niagara County Community College. They discovered their passion for social justice while serving in AmeriCorps as a mentor for children in Buffalo Public Schools. Ariel has experience in journalism and academic research (published) as well as clinical experience with children and adults. They’ve has worked in mental health and substance use counseling using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Their passions include progressive social policy, youth empowerment, and family health with a focus on Trauma-Informed Care.

Ariel’s duties at HAWNY include coordination of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project, Coordinated Entry, and co-chairing the Erie County Youth Task Force and Youth Action Board.

Ariel is proud to be part of the team at Homeless Alliance; working with NY-508’s Continuum of Care to promote fair and inclusive housing for all.

Jarrett Steffen

Compliance Coordinator | [email protected]

Jarrett graduated SUNY University at Buffalo with a BA in Philosophy.  After graduation, he studied at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and spent time in the Order of Carmelites novitiate in Middletown, NY.  Jarrett then moved back to WNY to join the Catholic Charities Service Corps and had an AmeriCorps placement at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.  He went on to full-time employment with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and later moved to Niagara Falls to work as Compliance Officer for the City of Niagara Falls Department of Community Development.

Jarrett looks forward to apply his experience with HUD, local non-profits, and community service to contribute to the mission of the Homeless Alliance.

Jeremy Garson

Data Manager | [email protected]

Jeremy is from the WNY area and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University. Colgate selected him to study social inequality in South Africa in the cities of Cape Town and Durban. After graduating Colgate, he helped provide essential banking services to the WNY community at financial institutions while also earning his Master’s of Science in Data Science & Analytics at Buffalo State College. He enjoys using data to create vivid stories that draw in a variety of stakeholders to spark dialogue and action.

Jeremy is happiest when helping people. He’s thrilled to belong to a team paving a path towards eliminating homelessness.

Ryan Trubits

Service Coordinator | [email protected]

Ryan received a B.A. with honors from Canisius College, majoring in Anthropology and History, with a minor in Philosophy. He is a former grant writer for AmeriCorps VISTA and public health volunteer for Peace Corps Guinea (West Africa). Ryan completed his applied thesis at the University of North Texas in collaboration with the Center for Survivors of Torture in Dallas, Texas. After receiving his M.S. in Applied Anthropology, Ryan moved back to Buffalo in 2015 to assist newly-arrived individuals and families through the resettlement process at Journey’s End Refugee Services. For the last five years, Ryan has provided care coordination services to members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals living with HIV, mental health and substance use concerns at Evergreen Health, and later care team supervision at Niagara Falls Memorial Health Home.

Ryan’s case management experience and knowledge of community resources will help holistically reduce homelessness in Western New York.