Staff

Gail Schechter, Executive Director

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Gail joined 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.

GailS@HOMEseniors.org, 773.295.2711

 

Kevin Horan-Bussey, Finance Director  

Kevin Horan-Bussey, Business Manager

Kevin joined H.O.M.E. 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 twenty 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. 

KevinH@HOMEseniors.org, 773.295.1564

 

Mike Laz, Community Programs Director

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.” 

MikeL@HOMEseniors.org, 773.295.2709

 

Nikki Moustafa, Housing Director 

nikkiNikki started at H.O.M.E. in December of 2016 as the Good Life Coordinator of the Nathalie Salmon House. In 2019, she transitioned into working as the Housing Director. She is an alum of the Loyola University of Chicago psychology program and has worked most of her career in the nonprofit sector.
 
When Nikki is not at work, she can be found with her husband Ismael, her twin daughters Adelaide and Isabella, and her dog Boo Radley in their Edgewater home. Her favorite hobbies are spending time at the lake, exploring different areas of Chicago, collecting interesting antiques, and spending time with friends and family. 
 

NikkiM@HOMEseniors.org, 773.303.6227

 

Efty Trebicka, Interim Director of Development Trebicka_Headshot

Efty joined H.O.M.E. as the Development Associate in April of 2014. In that role, she is responsible for assisting in the progression and expansion of H.O.M.E.’s fundraising and communications strategies.
Efty is an alumna of Loyola University Chicago where she majored in psychology, social work, and political science. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from DePaul University.
 

EftiolaT@HOMEseniors.org, 773.295.1424


Upkeep & Repair Services

Andre Barnes
Johnny Jefferson
Jesse Haley

Shopping Bus

Ernest Dixon

Pat Crowley House

Nadine West
 

Nathalie Salmon House

Jim Hennigan
Brandon Melby
Nikki Moustafa
Oscar Sanchez
Ronnie Weddington
 

Blackhawk Manor

Jim Hennigan

Moving Program
Judy Taylor