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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.
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.
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’.
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.
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 R. Peters, MSW
Program Specialist | [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. Ariel 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 Coordinated Entry management and Coordination of 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.
Data Analyst | [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.
Program Assistant | [email protected]
Ayantu is an Ohio native. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a M.A. in Economics and Education Policy Analysis from University at Buffalo. Her graduate research has mainly focused on how homelessness and mobility along with Adverse Childhood Experiences effects educational outcome of students. She first moved out to Buffalo in 2016 to serve with AmeriCorps: Project S.O.A.R (Success, Opportunity, Achievement and Responsibility), which is an evidence based intervention program meant to decrease chronic absenteeism of low-income, disabled and minority students. As a volunteer of Project S.O.A.R she provided daily academic support, mentoring, daily attendance support, after school academic support, and enrichment on weekend camping retreats to the students on her caseload.
Before starting at Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Ayantu worked at Housing Options Made Easy as a Housing Specialist. She housed individuals with mental health disabilities and completed Individual Service Plans meant to empower individuals to become self-sufficient and integrate into the community effectively after being discharged from Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Data/Research Analyst | [email protected]
Sheldon has a PhD in cognitive psychology and an MS in information technology. He has done both pure and applied research in several different academic settings and has also worked as an analyst in the health care industry. His first experience in the not-for-profit sector occurred in 2016 when he had a 6-month appointment as a tutor with AmeriCorps and the Service Collaborative of WNY, and he is looking forward to using his skills to contribute to the mission of the Homeless Alliance.