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Lynda Schueler
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Lynda Schueler, MPAExecutive Director

Lynda has devoted the past two decades of her career to helping men, women and families transition from housing crisis to housing stability. As Executive Director of Housing Forward since 2001, Lynda has led the formation of a comprehensive solution to homelessness. Her leadership has enabled the agency’s growth from a $450,000 a year shelter provider to a $8.5 million agency offering a full continuum of housing, services 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 of recognition for her advocacy and service 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 named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Oak Park Rotary.  She has Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University.

Lynda Schueler, MPA

Executive Director
Jane Houle
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Jane Houle, MBAChief Financial Officer

Jane Houle has been the Director of Finance & Administration since 2018 and the CFO since October 2020. She is responsible for financial management strategy at Housing Forward 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. Prior to joining Housing Forward, Jane was Consulting Manager for the nonprofit practice at Net at Work, coordinating the support and training of over 500 organizations using the Abila MIP accounting software. She was also a founding partner and senior advisor with 1st Choice Advisors, a software consulting firm focused on nonprofit organizations. She has also served as acting CFO for a number of nonprofits in the Chicago area and spent 5 years on the financial staff of a social service agency. Jane has a BBA from Western Michigan University and an MBA from DePaul University. She has been an active volunteer with organizations in the Chicago area serving youth, fair housing and the economically disadvantaged.

Jane Houle, MBA

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

Chris Martinez joins the Housing Forward team as Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of corporate operations, technology, and program management expertise. 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.

Chris has a BS in computer science from The University of Southern California, an MBA 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 at 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, where he provides strategic and operational direction for Housing Forward’s fundraising and communication strategies and development activities.  Erik has significant experience leading successful development teams as Vice President of Development at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley and Vice President of Advancement.  In addition to fund-raising, 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.

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

Chief Development Officer
Armando Smith
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Armando Smith, LCSWChief Program Officer

Armando Smith, Chief Program Officer, is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and oversight of Housing Forward's integrated service delivery system through six program areas – housing, services, employment, prevention, shelter and outreach. 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 a part time staff at the Cathedral Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Armando, a native of Panama, is fluent in Spanish.

Armando Smith, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

Development

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

Administration & Operations

Henry Arevalo
Henry Arevalo
Facilities Manager
Daniela Carrillo
Daniela Carrillo
Accounting Intern
Susan Cronin
Susan Cronin
Manager, Human Resources
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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
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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
Grant Administrative Accountant
Emmanuel Vazquez
Emmanuel Vazquez
Senior Grant Accountant
Tammy Verticchio
Tammy Verticchio, MBA
Business Systems Coordinator

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
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Paul Frierson
Resident Assistant
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

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

Employment Readiness Program

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Carla Dioume
Employment Navigator
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Jeevan Phadke
Employment Specialist

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
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LaChaina Conwell, MPA
Engagement Specialist
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Tiffany Isom, MA
Engagement Specialist
Ebony Martin
Ebony Martin
Family Support Specialist
Josephine Martey
Josephine Martey
Medical Respite Case Manager

Diversion & Outreach

Kadima Palles
Kadima Palles, MSW
Manager, Diversion & Outreach
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Darlene Bell
Diversion & Intake Specialist
Jamil Bey
Jamil Bey
Street Outreach Specialist
Jacqueline Powell
Jacqueline Powell
Diversion Specialist
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
System Navigator

Supportive Housing

Patricia Stokes
Patricia Stokes, MSW
Senior Director, Supportive Housing
Gem Canada
Gem Canada
Case Manager, Open Door Housing
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
Housing Case Manager
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
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

AmeriCorps & VISTA

Noah Jessie
Noah Jessie
Performance Evaluator & Compliance Assistant
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Julia Kulovitz
Aide, Outreach & Diversion
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Kevin Moore
Case Aide, Interim Housing
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Joey Peterson
Aide, Outreach & Diversion
Maria Salinas
Maria Salinas
Case Aide, Interim Housing