The Team 2018-05-01T10:43:17+00:00

The Team

Evangeline Semark
Director of Communications & Engagement, Evanston Township High School

Pam Horan-Bussey
Vice President
Early Head Start Senior Program Manager, The Ounce of Prevention Fund

Jack M. Dudek
Vice President, Agile Healthcare LLC

Ronald J. Kramer
Attorney, Labor and Employment Law

Dr. Karen Egenes
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Alicia A. Hart
New Student Transition Coordinator, Evanston Township High School

Lydia Hopper Ph.D. 
Assistant Director, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo

Peter Feit
Options Trader, C.B.O. E.

Rigo Fernandez
Inspector General’s Office, City of Chicago

Torrence Gardner
Strategic Partnerships Director at Black Tech Mecca

Thomas Glowski
Managing Director, The PrivateBank

Marissa Graciosa
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Isaac Jones
Associate at Latham & Watkins

Vernandez Jones
Youth Counselor, Youth Guidance, Becoming a Man, AFLAC Agent

Mary Ann O’Connor
Attorney, Chase Bank

Ann Toland Serb
Public Relations and Communications, Serb & Associates

Michael Tarnoff
EVP & CFO, Jewish United Federation/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (Retired)

Akbar Briscoe
Policy Council Chair, Policy Council Representative

Bruce Rasey
Executive Director
Ex-officio member

UPDATE! HACC Executive Director Announces Retirement

Monday, April 30, 2018

Howard Area Community Center’s Executive Director Bruce Rasey has announced plans to retire at the end of May 2018. A search for Rasey’s replacement is underway with the help of executive search firm Campbell & Company.

“Bruce’s efforts and passion helped strengthen HACC to where it is today,” said Evangeline Semark, Board President of HACC. “He guided Howard Area through seven years of sustained growth and forward-thinking leadership that has positioned us as one of the most responsive community organizations in the greater Rogers Park area of Chicago, meeting the needs of so many who seek our life-changing services.”

Rasey joined HACC in 2010 after spending over thirty years in senior and executive leadership roles in the human services sector. Rasey leaves HACC in strong shape, celebrating a record-breaking fundraising effort during the agency’s 50th anniversary year in 2017, and leaving behind an exceptional team of more than 100 dedicated staff who provide programs and services that support children, individuals and families in the community within the four agency divisions.

Several members of the senior leadership team took time to recall Rasey’s impact on HACC.

“Bruce has been a very supportive executive director, and he has had great passion for the agency,” reflected one team member.

Others mentioned Rasey’s ability to lead using a balance of “compassion and pragmatism” as the reason Howard Area Community Center survived the multi-year Illinois State budget crisis at a time when other community-based organizations were not able to recover.

Reflecting on his management style, several team members stated that Rasey’s “open-door policy allowed staff to feel supported with day-to-day operations,” and said he has “institutionalized the participatory management approach to leadership” at HACC.

Rasey cites the collaborative, compassionate nature of HACC’s employees as one of the organization’s greatest strengths. “I am continually humbled by the dedicated, compassionate and professional staff in all levels of the agency who work diligently to fulfill our organizational mission and strategic plan on a daily basis,” said Rasey.

“I have been honored to work with exceptional Senior Leadership and Leadership teams that ensure that all the important work gets done in both a compassionate and professional manner. Our organization is filled with individuals dedicated to making lives better for those we serve. HACC’s exceptional employees are truly the backbone of the organization and the reason for our successes these past 50 years.”

The staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors at Howard Area Community Center wish the best to Bruce and his wife as they venture forth on their new journey into retirement.

Bruce Rasey
Executive Director

Bruce Rasey, HACC’s Executive Director since 2010, provides executive leadership for more than 100 staff and oversees the services and fiscal operations of more than 40 specific programs within the four agency divisions. Mr. Rasey has over thirty years of experience in senior and executive leadership roles, specifically in the human services sector. He received his Master of Science in Community Mental Health from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University. He also holds a certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bancroft Levy
Director of Finance

Bancroft Levy has been the Director of Finance at HACC since 2012. He received his MBA in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern Illinois University.

Patrick L. Price
Director of Development

Patrick L. Price has more than eighteen years of professional experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. As Director of Development, he uses his expertise in strategic oversight, creation, facilitation and analysis of fundraising programs, prospect research and engagement, donor cultivation and stewardship activities, special community-awareness events, marketing plans and projects, and website and social media communications. Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign languages and linguistics from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He is an active member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the Chicago Council on Planned Giving.

Towana Horne
Human Resources Manager

Towana Horne has been the Human Resource Coordinator at HACC since 2009. She is responsible for all Personnel Files, Health Benefits and Employee’s Compensation. She received her Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Northeastern Illinois University.

Maria Kamenaki
Director of Health and Human Services

Maria Kamenaki, the Director of Health and Human Services since 2012, is responsible for leadership and the delivery of programs and services and fiscal operations of the Health and Human Services Department. She has a Master of Artis in Clinical Psychology and over 20 years of experience in program development and evaluation with expertise in grant management and compliance, social services, employment and education.

Robert Conlon
Director of Youth Services

Robert Conlon, HACC’s Director of Youth Development Services since 2011, is responsible for leadership and delivery of the services and fiscal operations of Youth Development Department. Mr. Conlon has more than nine years of experience in non-profit youth programs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Michigan State University and is trained in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), and the Youth Assessment & Screening Instrument (YASI).

Jason Kaiser
Director of Adult Education and Employment

Jason Kaiser, HACC’s Education and Employment Director since 2017, is responsible for providing leadership and the delivery of programs and fiscal operations of the Adult Education Department and Employment Resource Center.

Stephania Koliarakis
Director of Early Childhood

Stephania Koliarakis has been the Director of the HACC Family Center since 2010. Ms. Koliarakis is responsible for the leadership and delivery of the services and fiscal operations for the Department of Child Development Services. She received her CAS in Infant Studies from Erikson Institute in 2008, her MAT in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from DePaul in 1995. Ms. Koliarakis has also taught at Oakton Community College since 2007 as an adjunct professor in the Early Childhood Department.

HACC Main Center

Health and Human Services
Adult Education and Family Literacy Program
7648 N. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60626
Fax: 773.262.6645

Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center

Home Visiting Program
7500 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Main Building
7510 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Youth Center

1527 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Employment Resource Center

7637 N. Paulina Street,
Chicago, IL 60626