The Team 2018-10-09T11:28:47+00:00

The Team

Evangeline Semark
President
Communications Professional

Isaac Jones
Vice President
Associate at Latham & Watkins

Ronald J. Kramer
Secretary
Attorney, Labor and Employment Law

Mary Ann O’Connor
Treasurer
Attorney, Chase Bank

Akbar Briscoe
Policy Council Member, Policy Council Representative, Early Head Start Chair

Bob Eder
Retired, Vice President-Finance, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Dr. Karen Egenes
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

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

Torrence Gardner
Strategic Partnerships Director at Black Tech Mecca

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

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

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

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

Kortne Potter
Policy Council Member, Policy Council Representative, Head Start Chair

Ann Toland Serb
Public Relations and Communications, Serb & Associates

Amy Skalinder
Executive Director
askalinder@howardarea.org

For more than 20 years, Amy has combined her passion for enriching lives and strengthening communities with deep experience in program development, board relations, fiscal management, fundraising, and general operations. Her career has largely been in the nonprofit sector where she has served in key leadership positions with organizations that focus on serving youth and families and community health. Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, singing in a classical chamber choir, and playing ice hockey.


Towana Horne
Human Resources Manager
thorne@howardarea.org

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
mkamenaki@howardarea.org

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
rconlon@howardarea.org

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
jkaiser@howardarea.org

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
skoliarakis@howardarea.org

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
773.262.6622
Fax: 773.262.6645


Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center

Home Visiting Program
7500 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
773.761.8324

Main Building
7510 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
773.764.7610


Youth Center

1527 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
773.381.3652


Employment Resource Center

7637 N. Paulina Street,
Chicago, IL 60626
773.262.3515

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