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Lynda Schueler
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Lynda Schueler, MPAExecutive Director

Lynda has devoted her career to helping men, women, and families transition from housing crisis to housing stability. As executive director since 2001, Lynda provides strategic vision and organizational leadership at Housing Forward. Her leadership has enabled the agency’s growth from a $450,000 a year shelter provider to a $13M agency offering a full continuum of housing and prevention programs in addition to safety-net services. Over the years, she has formed numerous collaborations whose expertise and resources have guided hundreds of Housing Forward clients on their paths toward self-sufficiency. Lynda is a founder and current board member of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County and a founding member of the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition. She has received awards for her work from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Action Illinois, West Cook Y, the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, the Maywood Chamber of Commerce and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Oak Park Rotary. In 2020, Lynda was named Villager of the Year in Oak Park for leading the agency’s COVID response.  

Lynda has a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Illinois State University.

Favorite Housing Forward value: Innovative Solutions

“We’re not afraid to venture into unknown territory to end homelessness. We look to communities to help feed the innovation and partner with us to solve homelessness.”

In her spare time, Lynda enjoys riding her bike around town and traveling with her family.

Lynda Schueler, MPA

Executive Director
Jane Houle
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Jane Houle, MBAChief Financial Officer

Jane Houle has been with Housing Forward since 2018. As Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for financial management strategy including direct responsibility for the agency’s accounting, finance, forecasting, budget, strategic planning, oversight of all public contracts/agreements, financial compliance, and risk management. 

Jane has over three decades of experience in accounting and financial management. Starting her career with 10 years in banking, Jane switched paths to the nonprofit sector as a grant accountant with a homeless services agency. While raising her family, she spent 15 years as an independent consultant for dozens of nonprofits, providing software training and implementation, process improvement, and serving as interim CFO. Immediately prior to joining Housing Forward, Jane was the Consulting Manager for the nonprofit practice at Net@Work, coordinating the accounting support and training of over 500 organizations. She was also a founding partner and senior advisor with 1st Choice Advisors, a software consulting firm focused on nonprofit organizations.  

Favorite Housing Forward value: Inspired Teamwork

“We don’t make decisions in a vacuum. We have been working more closely than ever and our team is always willing to explore solutions that will achieve the best outcomes.”

Jane has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University and an Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University. She has been an active volunteer with organizations in the Chicago area serving youth, fair housing, and the economically disadvantaged in her community. 
 

Jane Houle, MBA

Chief Financial Officer
Chris Martinez
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Chris Martinez, MBA, CFPChief Operating Officer

Chris Martinez brings more than 25 years of corporate operations, technology, and program management expertise to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Chris was managing director at Oakbrook Solutions, where he aligned people, platforms, and processes to support growth and change, and led the strategic management consulting practice for wealth management and family office clients. Prior to consulting, Chris held leadership roles with The PrivateBank, Wilmington Trust, Bingham Legg Advisers, and Webster Management Group.

Favorite Housing Forward value: Meaningful Impact

“As a former management consultant, one mantra that has resonated with me is, “What gets measured gets improved.” This not only helps emphasize the difference we are making in advancing our mission, but helps us focus on the end goal, develop plans to achieve the intended outcome(s), and be more mindful of how to focus our efforts. For example, in my triathlon training, all of the data from fitness trackers help me discover new PRs, understand and push my perceived limits, be more aware of strengths and weaknesses, giving me both confidence to keep going and humility to adapt as needed. It also validates that I am spending time on things that are important to me.”

Chris has a Bachelors degree in computer science from The University of Southern California, a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and is a Certified Financial Planner™. He is dedicated to housing and human services and is a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Chicago as well as and longtime volunteer for Catholic Charities of Chicago. In addition to volunteerism, Chris keeps active swimming, biking, and running (as a triathlete and guide for paratriathletes) and playing tennis.
 

Chris Martinez, MBA, CFP

Chief Operating Officer
Erik Johnson
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Erik JohnsonChief Development Officer

Erik Johnson brings more than two decades of non-profit leadership experience to his role as Chief Development Officer. He joined the Housing Forward team in January 2020 where he provides strategic and operational direction for fundraising and communication activities. Erik has significant experience building successful development and communication teams; he served as Vice President of Development at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley and Vice President of Advancement at Aspire. Erik is passionate about social entrepreneurship and has created two social enterprises. Prior to the development arena, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Vital Bridges and Executive Director of Community Response. He has served on the Board of Directors of Michael Teolis Singers and AIDS Cycle, Inc., as well as in a wide variety of consultative and volunteer roles in the areas of HIV, housing, developmental disabilities, and the arts.

Erik has a Bachelor of Music and Business degree from Drake University and an Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business in Chicago.

Favorite Housing Forward value: Engaged Community

“When we bring partners and collaborators together to focus on the common goal of ending homelessness, great things can happen.”

Outside of work, Erik is an amateur musician and enjoys a rousing game of fetch with his German Shepherd, Otto. 

Erik Johnson

Chief Development Officer
Armando Smith
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Armando Smith, LCSWChief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Armando Smith is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and oversight of Housing Forward's integrated service delivery system through six program areas – housing, interim housing, medical respite, outreach & diversion, prevention, and wraparound services. Armando has more than 35 years of leadership and counseling experience with prominent social service agencies such as The Night Ministry, Teen Living Programs and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Most recently, Armando was Associate Director of Healthcare Clinical Operations for Vital Bridges, a division of Heartland Health Outreach. In that position, he was responsible for all program operations, quality assurance and improvement, outcome measurement and budget management. He is part time staff at the Cathedral Counseling Center and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers. 

Favorite Housing Forward value: Person Centered Approach

“When we put clients at the center of our work, we are guided by the very reason we exist as an organization: to be of service to those who seek and rely on us.”

Armando, a native of Panama, is fluent in Spanish.

Armando Smith, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

Employment Readiness Program

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Carla Dioume
Employment Navigator
Jeevan Phadke
Jeevan Phadke
Employment Specialist

Interim Housing

Janet Hotch
Janet Hotch, MS, MA
Director, Interim Housing
Adam Axley
Adam Axley
Resident Assistant
Lalema Bakate
Lalema Bakate
Lead Coordinator
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Monica Bobbitt
Resident Assistant
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Reginald Burton
Resident Assistant
Arletta Curtis
Arletta Curtis
Community Health Nurse
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Paul Frierson
Resident Assistant
Housing Forward
Mahogany Harris-Chillis
Case Manager
Calvin Jefferson
Calvin Jefferson
Resident Assistant
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Vincent Johnson
Resident Assistant
Demetrius Lawry
Demetrius Lawry
Program Associate, Weekend Lead
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Laterriaus Lawry
Resident Assistant
Rachel Lockhart
Rachel Lockhart
Case Manager
Aneesha Moore
Aneesha Moore
Program Associate
Mary Rinder
Mary Rinder
Resident Assistant
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Eric Swiecki
Resident Assistant

Medical Respite & Families in Transition

Holly Rotman-Zaid
Holly Rotman-Zaid, MA
Director, Medical Respite and Families in Transition
Crystal Bryant
Crystal Bryant
Medical Respite Case Manager
Housing Forward
Denise Call, RN
Registered Nurse
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LaChaina Conwell, MPA
Engagement Specialist
Tiffany Isom
Tiffany Isom, MA
Engagement Specialist
Ebony Martin
Ebony Martin
Family Support Specialist
Josephine Martey
Josephine Martey
Medical Respite Case Manager
Tamera Russell
Tamera Russell, MA
Medical Assistant
Housing Forward
Rosalind Sellers, MA
Medical Assistant
Veronica Spicer
Veronica Spicer, MA
Medical Assistant
Monica Tolliver
Monica Tolliver, RN
Registered Nurse
Housing Forward
Tamika Watson, MA
Medical Assistant

Outreach & Diversion

Kadima Palles
Kadima Palles, MSW
Manager, Diversion & Outreach
Darlene Bell
Darlene Bell
Diversion Case Manager
Jamil Bey
Jamil Bey
Street Outreach Specialist
Hugh Boswell
Hugh Boswell
Street Outreach Specialist
Jacqueline Powell
Jacqueline Powell
Diversion Case Manager
Dannette Kennedy-Salaam
Dannette Kennedy-Salaam
Community Case Manager
Jennifer McWhorter
Jennifer McWhorter, MA
Street Outreach Specialist
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Michelle Schaeffer
Street Outreach Specialist
Fabia Stafford-Ilevbare
Fabia Stafford-Ilevbare
TAY System Navigator

Prevention

Romiesha Tucker
Romiesha Tucker
Program Manager, Stability Services
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Teneshia Kuykendoll
Homeless Prevention Case Manager
Lauren Lofton
Lauren Lofton
Homeless Prevention Coordinator
Elvis Lomeli
Elvis Lomeli
Homeless Prevention Case Manager
Dorothea Pantelios
Dorothea Pantelios
Homeless Prevention Case Manager

Supportive Housing

Patricia Stokes
Patricia Stokes, MSW
Senior Director, Supportive Housing
Gem Canada
Gem Canada
Housing Case Manager
Shannon Chatman
Shannon Chatman
Housing Navigator
Brian Cody
Brian Cody
VA Case Manager
Gail Diop
Gail Diop
Housing Case Manager
Donna English
Donna English, MS, LCPC
Housing Case Manager
Colin Fagan
Colin Fagan, MA
Housing Case Manager
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Tunisia Frazier, MA
Housing Case Manager
Cedric Frison
Cedric Frison
Case Manager
Tiffani Gardner
Tiffani Gardner
Family Support Specialist
Prentice Hill
Prentice Hills
Housing Navigator
Pamela Howard-White
Pamela Howard-White
Housing Coordinator
Terri Hunter
Terri Hunter
Housing Case Manager
William Jones
William Jones
Housing Navigator
Michael King
Michael King
Housing Case Manager
Porcha Lucas
Porcha Lucas
Housing Case Manager
Tiffany Moore
Tiffany Moore, MBA
Case Manager, Flexible Housing Pool
Cecilia O'Neill
Cecilia O'Neill
Rental Assistance Manager
Aaron Rapoport
Aaron Rapoport, LCSW
Housing Case Manager/Internship Coordinator
Leticia Rodriguez
Leticia Rodriguez
Housing Case Manager
Todd Sher
Todd Sher, MSW
Housing Case Manager
Douglas Smith
Douglas Smith
Housing Coordinator
Jasmin Watson
Jasmin Watson
Housing Case Manager

Administration & Operations

Henry Arevalo
Henry Arevalo
Facilities Manager
Susan Cronin
Susan Cronin
Manager, Human Resources
Chelsea Dare
Chelsea Dare
Coordinated Entry Assessor
Sonya Draper-Potts
Sonya Draper-Potts
Controller
David Flint
David Flint, MPA
Manager, Compliance
Tina Gianapoulis
Tina Gianapoulos
Receptionist
Erin Harmon
Erin Harmon
Data Support Specialist
Cristy Harris
Cristy Harris
Interim Director of Impact and Systems
Sabina Pryor
Sabina Pryor
Executive Assistant
Lorie Reid Fuller
Lorie Reid Fuller
Senior Operations Accountant
Sandra Stillo
Sandi Stillo
Office Manager
Shemika Stinson
Shemika Stinson, MBA
Grant Administrative Accountant
Emmanuel Vazquez
Emmanuel Vazquez
Senior Grant Accountant
Tammy Verticchio
Tammy Verticchio, MBA
Business Systems Coordinator

Development

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Colleen Luckey
Director of Grants
Amy Montgomery
Amy Montgomery
Director of Individual Giving
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Michelle Ptack
Director of Communications
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Sarah Catalano
Events Manager
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Cherrell Jackson
Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager
Lynda Murphy
Lynda Murphy
Development Assistant
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Hana Rafee
Communications Coordinator

AmeriCorps & VISTA

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Kevin Moore
Case Aide, Interim Housing
Joey Peterson
Joey Peterson
Diversion Case Aide
Maria Salinas
Maria Salinas
Case Aide, Interim Housing