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.

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 / Niagara County Liaison | [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. 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.


 Ariel Peters

Program Assistant | [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 as well as clinical experience with children and adults. Their passions include social policy, youth, and family health with a focus on Trauma-Informed Care.

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.


Joelle Dyer

Data Analyst/Program Assistant | [email protected]

Joelle graduated with a BS in psychology from the University of Vermont. While attending UVM, she spent a year and a half as a research lab manager for social cognition and intergroup processes which incorporated her passions for data and understanding how differences among people affect everyday life. After graduating, she served for a year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Wheaton College in Massachusetts developing extracurricular STEM programs for local, low-income kids.

She recently relocated to Buffalo and is looking forward to applying her experience and skills to the rewarding mission of the Homeless Alliance.


Mark Coleman

CoC Program Monitor | [email protected]
Mark holds a Master of Arts in American Studies, a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning, with a specialization in Community and Neighborhood Redevelopment, and a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from the University at Buffalo. Mark also hold an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Erie Community College. Mark has academic research experience in the field of Black Masculinities. Where he analyzed how Black men were disenfranchised and emasculated within American society from slavery until present time.

Prior to joining the Homeless Alliance Mark worked as a Corporate Bed Desk Coordinator for Kaleida Health at Buffalo General Hospital. He was in charge of bed placement for incoming patients for the 4 major Kaleida Health facilities. Mark’s passion for joining the Homeless Alliance stemmed from being a former foster care youth who struggled with homelessness in his early childhood years.