Oksana Kazharova, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Oksana Kazharova is the Director-Clinical Services and Compliance for Pathways to Housing. Oksana joined PTHPA in 2015 and served as an Assistant Team Leader, Senior VASH Team Leader, and Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Compliance before her promotion to Director of Clinical Services and Compliance in September 2019. Oksana earned a Master’s of Social Work at The Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she concentrated in Clinical Social Work. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University where she teaches Clinical Social Work: Mental Health, Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis, and Clinical Social Work II.
Oksana has conducted training focusing on Housing First and Harm Reduction in the State of New Hampshire. In Pennsylvania, Oksana has conducted state-wide training on a variety of topics that include Housing First, Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, and Motivational Interviewing. She is also experienced in training on Substance Use Disorders, Organizational Compliance, and Staff Training for Skill Development.
Xavior Robinson, MHA
Xavior Robinson joined Pathways to Housing PA as COO in September of 2019. In this capacity, he provides operational oversight and strategic support for our programs and service lines. Prior to joining Pathways, Xavior worked as a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates (HMA). In this capacity he advised managed care organizations, federal and state public health agencies, life sciences corporations, and providers on opportunities to optimize services integration and sustainability for populations affected by mental health conditions, substance use disorders, HIV, and hepatitis C.
Prior to HMA, Xavior provided training and technical assistance to stakeholders at the nexus of public and behavioral health, community engagement, and financing at the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Alliance State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Xavior holds a Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University.
Christine Simiriglia, MS
Christine Simiriglia established Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia in 2008. Pathways houses and serves approximately 500 people who were chronically homeless, in permanent, scattered site housing. The program has had remarkable results with a population that doesn’t usually see a lot of successes.
In 2014, she launched the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB), providing furnishings to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, believing that no one should sleep on the floor. In 2016 Pathways became the first Housing First program to use a scattered site/harm reduction model to work with people who are street homeless with a substance use disorder, primarily opioids. Also in 2016, Pathways established a medication-assisted treatment program, in house, to fill a treatment gap made larger by the opioid epidemic. In 2017, Pathways developed a Housing First Training Program for agencies and communities looking to use the model. Pathways believes that the best trainers are practitioners and that they can answer questions that no one else can. That training has grown into Housing First University.
For fifteen years prior, Chris was Vice-President at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Previous work included Director of the Outreach Coordination Center at Project H.O.M.E., Assistant Director at the City’s newly formed Office of Services to the Homeless and Adults, and Assistant Director for the Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless.
Chris has spent the last decade traveling throughout the US speaking at conferences and symposiums and providing technical assistance to organizations and communities struggling to establish Housing First programs. She believes that great outcomes are achievable for everyone if providers offer choice, kindness and opportunity to the people they serve.
Andrew Spiers, LSW
Andrew Spiers joined the clinical leadership team of Pathways to Housing PA in February 2018, and now serves as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Housing First University. He received his Master’s of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where he concentrated in Community Practice, Policy, & Advocacy. Prior to his work at Pathways, Andrew served as the Lead Therapist at Resources for Human Development’s Morris Home program— a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for members of the transgender community.
Andrew is currently a member of the advisory board for The Bridge Way School and previously participated in the Public Education & Outreach subcommittee of the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic. He is passionate about harm reduction, ending mass incarceration policies and the war on drugs, HIV & the cure, and advocating for LGBTQ equity.