Board of Directors
2016 – 2017

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

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

Jack M. Dudek
Vice President, Agile Healthcare LLC

Alicia A. Hart
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

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

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

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

Cassandra R. Brewer
Child Care Assistant Director

Akbar Briscoe
Policy Council Chair, Policy Council Representative

Isabelle King
Policy Council Representative, Policy Council Vice Chairperson 

H.K. Howard
Kellogg Graduate School of Management Fellow

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




Bruce Rasey, HACC Executive Director
brasey@howardarea.orgBruce 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.orgBancroft 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.orgTowana 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.orgMaria 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.orgRobert 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.orgJason 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.orgStephania 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.orgElizabeth 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.