Gail Schechter, Executive Director
Gail will join H.O.M.E. as Executive Director in August 2018. She has been leader in fair and affordable housing advocacy and development, housing discrimination enforcement and investigation, and tenant and community organizing since 1984. From 1993 to 2016, Gail served as Executive Director of Open Communities, the north suburban Chicago area’s housing justice organization. In 2012, the Governor appointed her to fill the “affordable housing advocate” seat on the State Housing Appeals Board, the enforcement body of the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act which she helped to pass. Gail holds a B.A. with Honors in History from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. She lives in Skokie, IL.
Amber Martin, Director of Development
Tricia Mullin, Program Director
Tricia joined H.O.M.E. as the Program Director in September 2017. She brings over 20 years of experience in the field of aging, having worked with one nonprofit, Chicago Methodist Senior Services, for most of her career. While there, she started a private duty home care program and oversaw assisted living and supportive living programs. She has taught gerontology and led various evidence-based programs like Matter of Balance for Seniors. Tricia holds a Bachelors in both Sociology and Gerontology, a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and will have a Master’s Degree in Social Work spring of 2018. For a little fun, she enjoys traveling the world, ice skating, where she pretends to be the next Michelle Kwan, with an eye on the Senior Olympics and traveling to Canada to visit family and friends.
Kevin Horan-Bussey, Business Manager
Kevin became H.O.M.E.’s Business Manager in March 2006. He manages the financial accounting, human resources and information technology. Kevin has been working in the field of nonprofit finance and administration for over ten years. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in ministry from Loyola University, and a certificate in the financial management of nonprofits from DePaul University.
When asked about his career in nonprofits, Kevin says, “I really enjoy working for a place like H.O.M.E. that has such a worthwhile mission. We do a lot of direct service to seniors with the size of our budget. I also enjoy the variety in my position—I get to wear many hats, so it never gets boring.”
Kevin and his wife Pamela, a social worker at The Ounce of Prevention Fund, live with their two sons on the far north side of the city.
Mike Laz, Operations and Volunteer Coordinator
Mike Laz joined H.O.M.E in October of 2004 as the Warehouse Manager, which oversaw the moving and furniture donation program, and took care of the fleet of vehicles. Over the years he slowly took on more responsibilities and at one point managed three of the service programs-moving/furniture, shopping bus and home repairs. Mike has bachelors of education from Northeastern Ill. University, which he obtained in December of 2002. Mike taught for one year in CPS.
Mike reports that, “before working with H.O.M.E I had very little real knowledge of the plight of the low-income senior population. Having been here over five years I have seen and experienced things that have made me realize how important an agency like ours is to the population we serve. In many cases the seniors we have served with our programs had very little if any options and would have done without. These past years have been some of the most trying yet rewarding years of my working life and I hope to continue to be part of this great organization for many years.”
Judy Smith, Business Development Coordinator
Judy joined H.O.M.E. in 2018. She is very excited to be taking on this new role which combines her business experience gained from practicing corporate law for 15 years with her passion for supporting the independence of older adults. Judy is also a recent graduate of the Masters in Gerontology program at Concordia University Chicago. Her work with older adults has focused on providing support to individuals who desire to age in the home of their choice in an engaged manner. She believes that H.O.M.E.’s programs do exactly that.
Upkeep & Repair Services
Pat Crowley House
Nathalie Salmon House