Board of Directors
2016 – 2017

 

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

Dr. Karen Egenes, Vice President
Assistant Professor
Loyola University Chicago

John Kambanis, Treasurer
VP Human Resources
Loyola University Chicago
(Retired)

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

Mary Ann O’Connor
Attorney
Chase Bank

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

Ronald J. Kramer
Attorney, Labor and Employment Law

Herbert Sass
Human Resources Consultant

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

Michael Tarnoff
EVP & CFO
Jewish United Federation/
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Jack M. Dudek
Vice President, Agile Healthcare LLC

Cassandra R. Brewer
Child Care Assistant Director

Hirminia Choque
Head Start Chair
Policy Council Representative

H.K. Merriman
Kellogg Graduate School of Management Fellow

Succoro Tecua
Head Start President
Policy Council Representative

Ann Toland Serb
Public Relations and Communications
Serb & Associates

Travis McCurnin
Vice President, Albany Bank & Trust

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

Nancy Sanchez
Policy Council Representative
Chair, Early Head Start

 

STAFF

Bruce Rasey, HACC Executive Director
brasey@howardarea.org 

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
blevy@howardarea.org 

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

Towana Horne, Human Resources Coordinator
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).

Melanie Sampson, Director of Adult Education and Employment
scallahan@howardarea.org 

Melanie Sampson, HACC’s Education and Employment Director since 2016, is responsible for providing leadership and the delivery of programs and fiscal operations of the Adult Education Department and Employment Resource Center. After five years at Howard Area Melanie brings an eye for detail and a tireless spirit. When the State Budget Crisis in 2015 forced extensive lay-offs from the Adult Education program last year, Melanie helped rally support from volunteers and community partners to keep learning opportunities available for our students.

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.

Elizabeth Ulion, Director of Development
eulion@howardarea.org 

Elizabeth Ulion joined HACC as Director of Development in 2015. She is responsible for leading the fundraising and communications efforts that support the vital services HACC provides. Ms. Ulion brings five years of development experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2007, and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in 2010.