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|Meet the Alliance staff.|
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance is a public education, advocacy, and capacity-building organization with a network of over 10,000 nonprofit and public sector agencies and corporate partners around the country. Under her leadership, the Alliance has developed a pragmatic plan to end homelessness within ten years. To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and successful solutions. She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over twenty years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.
Shalom Mulkey, the COO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, oversees the day-to-day operations and directs, administers and coordinates the activities of the Alliance in support of policies, goals and objectives established by the President & Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Shalom brings to the Alliance over 10 years of experience with nonprofit organizations and five-plus years working specifically in administrative and programmatic management of homeless service organizations. She has a strong background in budgeting, financial management, human resources, and project monitoring. Prior to joining the Alliance, Shalom served as the Executive Director of St. Luke’s Shelter and the Director of Administration and Programs for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She holds an M.P.A with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, C.A.
Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, specializes in employment, economic development, and human services, and the crossover between those issues and housing. He came to the Alliance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he worked on state-level welfare reform and employment. Before coming to Washington, he spent 14 years as a legal services attorney in California and Connecticut, working on housing, government benefits, employment and family integrity. His experience includes nonprofit management and staff training and development.
Barbara Anzelmo is the Director of Administration and Finance. She assists the Executive Director in managing the organization’s administrative and financial functions. Her responsibilities include administering fiscal policies and procedures, including internal controls, audit, cash management, account reconciliations, expense allocations, recording contributions, and financial reports. She is also responsible for human resource duties including payroll, employee benefits, and oversight of evaluations; and administrative duties as administering office insurance policies and vender contracts, maintaining inventory of Alliance products and equipment, and maintenance of office equipment. Ms. Anzelmo came to the Alliance with twelve years experience in nonprofit accounting.
Samantha Batko, Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, leads the research arm of the Alliance. In that role, she authors and oversees the publication of reports and research briefs as well as co-chairs the Alliance’s Research Council. Prior to this position, Samantha focused on crafting policy and identifying promising programs that end homelessness for unaccompanied youth and young parents as a member of the Alliance’s policy team. Samantha also served as the Alliance’s lead staff person on issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. She has previous experience helping state and local governments, communities, and nonprofits design and implement rapid re-housing/Housing First systems and programs. Samantha joined the Alliance in February 2006 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology.
Anna Blasco provides project management and coordination to the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building. She is currently helping to coordinate a comprehensive project to build capacity to reduce family homelessness in Virginia, as well as providing support for projects related to rapid re-housing and improving emergency shelter. Anna previously worked on financial accounting and administrative processes for the Alliance. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC.
Emanuel Cavallaro is a Communications Associate at the Alliance. In that role, he is responsible for social media, media relations and helps determine the Alliance’s overall messaging strategy. He graduated from the University of Dayton with BA in Journalism/Communications and minor in Political Science and has a background in print journalism. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Dayton City Paper. He also has done public relations work for his alma mater, the University of Dayton, as well as event organizing, fundraising and public relations for a nonprofit arts organization that he and his friends started in his home town of Dayton, OH, The Dayton Circus Creative Collective.
Julie Klein is the Assistant to the President and Policy Outreach Associate at the Alliance. In her role as assistant, she provides administrative, scheduling, and secretarial support to the Alliance’s President, Nan Roman. In her role as Policy Outreach Associate, Julie assists the Policy Outreach Coordinator in mobilizing advocates to advance policy priorities around preventing and ending homelessness. Julie also contributes to online advocacy newsletters and advocacy-related publications and assists in coordinating the activities of the Alliance’s Leadership Council. Prior to joining the Alliance, she interned with various nonprofits, including the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown, PA. Julie also completed an honors thesis on perceptions of homelessness and researched housing policies at Muhlenberg College, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science.
D'Arcy Klingle, CMP
D'Arcy Klingle is Director of Meetings and Events at the Alliance. She is responsible for planning and executing all special events including annual conferences, the annual awards ceremony, Board meetings, staff trainings, and staff meetings and outings. Prior to the Alliance, D’Arcy worked at The Webster Group (TWG), a DC-based consulting company specializing in event planning, fundraising, strategic planning, and foundation management. Her roles at TWG involved event production and marketing which allowed her to work with various vendors in the DC metro area and learn about and work with local and national nonprofit organizations. D’Arcy has been an active member of the Association of Meetings Professionals (AMPs) since 2008, serving on the Special Events Committee from 2009 through 2012. She was nominated AMPs Outstanding Meeting Professional of the Year for the 2011-2012 year. In 2012, she joined the AMPs Board of Directors where she also served as a Board Liaison and Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, and was nominated to Secretary of the Board for the 2013-2014 season, also serving as Board Liaison and Co-Chair of the Public Relations and Awards Committees. She received her degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University, and received her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation in 2011.
Ian Lisman is a Program and Policy Analyst focusing on veteran homelessness with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. In this role, he advocates for legislation that would end and prevent homelessness among veterans by providing leaders and policymakers with data and outcomes driven by evidence based practices, and building partnerships with other organizations. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ian worked for Denver’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.There, he oversaw operations, supervised staff, provided services for homeless veteran clients, developed program policy, developed grants, and acted as a liaison between the city and private organizations. Ian has a B.S. in Human Services from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is currently seeking a master’s degree in public policy at George Mason University. He served in the U.S. Army and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War.
Kay Moshier McDivitt
Kay Moshier McDivitt is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the Alliance. In this role, she works with the Center for Capacity Building to help communities create, implement, and evaluate plans to end homelessness based on their specific needs. She is the Center’s point person on issues related to retooling transitional housing and the Performance Improvement Clinics, and assists in projects ranging from 10 year plan development to rapid re-housing planning. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2011, Kay served as the Community Homeless Advisor for the Lancaster County (PA) Coalition to End Homelessness, providing leadership for the County’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and Continuum of Care, and as Vice President for Programs for Tabor Community Services, Inc., where she oversaw a number of model program initiatives focused on ending homelessness including prevention and rapid rehousing approaches. She has provided community leadership in the homeless service arena since 1994 both at the local level and national level on best practice models for ending homelessness. She received her degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University.
Sharon McDonald is Director for Families and Youth with a focus on policy and program strategies to address family homelessness. She joined the Alliance in 2001. Prior to joining the Alliance, Sharon was a direct practitioner in a Richmond, Virginia community-based service center for people who are homeless for nearly seven years. She has experience providing service-enhanced housing in a subsidized housing development for low-income families with children and in housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Sharon served as a Social Work Congressional Fellow in Senator Paul D. Wellstone’s office where she focused on welfare and housing issues. Sharon has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991 and holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jennifer Olney grew up in Charlotte, NC before going to Clemson University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Psychology and Nonprofit Leadership. Throughout college she worked with various nonprofits gaining experience in development and communications. Prior to joining the Alliance Jennifer served as a development intern at Orr Associates, Inc.
Martena Reed is a Research Associate with the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. Reed has evaluation experience in the areas of mental health and homelessness. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked at Westat on multiple evaluations of programs for homeless families and on a university-county mental health agency collaboration project where she primarily worked with the agency to enhance its quality improvement efforts, including developing and piloting an instrument to assess organizational capacity to provide mental health consumers with integrated care. She received her Master of Social Work with a focus in policy analysis and evaluation from University of Michigan.
Kate Seif serves as the Policy Outreach Coordinator at the Alliance. In this capacity, she works to mobilize advocates from across the country to advance policy priorities around preventing and ending homelessness. She does this by providing the Alliance's local partners with updates on what is happening in Washington, DC and helping communities to build their capacity to take action through the sharing of effective advocacy tools and practices. Kate also works directly with congressional offices to advance federal policy regarding homelessness. She also works with the Alliance's Leadership Council, coordinating its activities. Prior to her current role, Kate served as the Assistant to President at the Alliance. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in international relations.
Lisa Stand joined the Alliance as a senior analyst in November 2010. She concentrates on policy intersections between solutions to homelessness and access to health care, to inform advocacy and program development, and to support Alliance priorities. She has background in health law, advocacy campaigns, and community engagement. Prior to November 2010, she concentrated on health and aging issues at AARP, and previously worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1987) and a B.A. from Bard College (1980).
Norm Suchar joined the staff of the Alliance in 2002. He directs the Alliance’s Capacity Building Center, which helps communities implement system-wide strategies that prevent and end homelessness. He assists communities with implementation of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). His prior experience includes work on federal policy for the Alliance related to housing and homelessness programs, three years in the Budget Office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on homelessness and community development programs, and two years working in child welfare for the State of Utah.
Kimberly Walker is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Alliance. In this role, she works with the Center for Capacity Building to help communities create, implement, and evaluate plans to end homelessness based on their specific needs. She is the Center’s point person on issues related to coordinated entry, prevention, and diversion, and has assisted in projects all over the country ranging from ten year plan to development to survey assessment of consumer needs. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2010, Kim worked for Beyond Shelter, a nonprofit doing Housing First with homeless families in Los Angeles, and contracted with HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development. She received a Masters degree in Urban Planning with a focus on Community Development and Housing from UCLA in 2009 and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 2006.
Photos taken by David Hills Photography