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 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 is now the Community Programs Director, managing the moving, shopping bus, home repair, and volunteer programs. Mike has bachelors of education from Northeastern Illinois 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

 

Cassidy Olson, Director of Development20200426_151914

Cassidy joined H.O.M.E. in April 2020 as its Director of Development, bringing expertise in individual giving, event planning, and board management. She prides herself on being a life-long learner and her belief that fundraising is a form of advocacy. Her focus is to connect individuals and organizations to H.O.M.E.'s mission through personalized engagement. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Roosevelt University.

Cassidy feels right at home at H.O.M.E., as she considers herself to be the product of intergenerational living. Her passion for working with seniors originates in the loving relationship she shares with her grandparents, who she often spends weekends with playing BINGO and watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone. Her other hobbies include making Instagram cooking demos and cycling on Chicago's lakefront trail.

CassidyO@HOMEseniors.org, 773-295-2708


Intergenerational Housing Program
Blackhawk Manor
Jim Hennigan, Property Manager
Oscar Sanchez, Maintenance Supervisor

Nathalie Salmon House
Annette Robertson, Good Life Coordinator
Vernel Butler, Cook
Jim Hennigan, Property Manager
Oscar Sanchez, Maintenance Supervisor
Ronnie Weddington, Custodian
 
Pat Crowley House
Karen Soos, Good Life Coordinator
Jim Hennigan, Property Manager
Oscar Sanchez, Maintenance Supervisor
Ronnie Weddington, Custodian
 
Moving Program
Judy Taylor, Moving Facilitator
 
Shopping Bus
Ernest Dixon, Bus Driver
 
Upkeep & Repair Program
Andre Barnes, Home Repair Specialist
Nate Foggs, Home Repair Specialist
Johnny Jefferson, Home Repair Specialist