The Board of Directors at Howard Area Community Center (HACC) announced that Amy Skalinder will step down from the position of executive director, effective November 8.

The board has formed a search committee and has retained an executive search firm to conduct a national search for HACC’s next executive director. Harry Wells, an experienced nonprofit executive who has previously led other Chicago nonprofit human services and advocacy organizations, will serve as interim executive director while the search committee completes its work.

“We appreciate Amy’s commitment and service over the last year,” said Board President Isaac Jones. “Our experienced program directors will not miss a beat during this transition. They collectively have more than 40 years’ experience in Rogers Park and manage more than 40 different service programs.”

“Since Amy informed us of her decision, she has been working with our committed staff to be sure plans are in place to keep up momentum delivering high-quality social services in Rogers Park,” said Board Vice President Marissa Graciosa. The board has appointed Graciosa to chair the search committee.


For more than 50 years, Howard Area Community Center (HACC) has assisted low-income individuals and families in and near Rogers Park to stabilize their lives and develop the skills necessary to become productive community members. Experienced program directors deliver high-quality services to benefit early childhood and youth, adults and families, adult education and employment, and health and emergency needs. HACC programs serve more than 8000 people annually in programs made possible by public-private partnerships with a variety of government grants and private donations.

For more information or to find out how you can help, contact

Basia Brown | Development Director

Phone 773-262-6622 ext. 223 | Fax 773-262-6646
Howard Area Community Center | 7648 North Paulina St. | Chicago, IL 60626 |