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 of Social Service from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, 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 substance use treatment program for members of the transgender community.
Over the past decade, Andrew has worked and volunteered with organizations such as Prevention Point Philadelphia, The Institute for Community Justice at Philadelphia FIGHT, GALAEI, The Bridge Way School, the Public Education & Outreach subcommittee of the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, and the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club. He has taught human services and sociology courses at Harcum College, and presented at conferences nationwide on harm reduction, Housing First, and behavioral health best practices for LGBTQ+ communities.
Andrew is passionate about helping organizations and communities to create and sustain meaningful change through individualized training, tailored TA support, and collaborative problem-solving.
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.
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.
Oksana Kazharova, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Oksana Kazharova joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2015 as an Assistant Team Leader. Oksana’s leadership skills were recognized shortly after her arrival and she was subsequently promoted to Team Leader; Senior Team Leader; Assistant Clinical Director; and Clinical Director. Oksana is passionate about supporting her staff and helping them to exceed their own expectations regarding professional growth.
Prior to her arrival at Pathways, she developed excellent clinical skills as a Therapist at John F. Kennedy Behavioral Health Center. She received renowned acclaim with her diligent work with persons under the supervision of the United States Federal Probation Department. Oksana is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Social Work and a 2008 graduate of The Rutgers School of Social Work.
Ryan Villagran, LSW
Ryan Villagran joined Housing First University in June 2021 as a Training Specialist. Ryan holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University with a concentration in Communities & Policy. His clinical background includes delivering psychiatric rehabilitation services in the mental health recovery model at a Community Integrated Recovery Center. Ryan also developed and coordinated a training program in a university setting for social workers serving transitional-aged youth and later taught a Human Behavior in the Social Environment course for graduate social work students.
In addition to his professional social work, Ryan is involved in organizing efforts around ending mass incarceration and believes in the power of our collective imagination to dream of a better future centered around the most vulnerable members of our community.
Bill Maroon, MA
Over the last 28 years, Bill Maroon has worked for various nonprofit organizations at the cross-section of housing, homelessness, and healthcare. Bill has experience in street outreach, ACT Teams, Housing First, Supportive Housing, Case Management, and integrated health care. Prior to joining Pathways, Bill was the Director of Business Development and Innovation for Resources for Human Development (RHD) where he was an integral part of negotiating, developing, and implementing Assertive Community Treatment teams, Supportive Housing programs, and other programs focusing on social determinants of health for RHD. Bill is known for bringing hospitals, physical health managed care organizations (MCOs), nonprofits, behavioral health MCOs, and the criminal justice system together to work towards ending homelessness.
Leilani Pritchett, BA
Leilani Pritchett joined Housing First University in January 2022 as a Program Assistant. Leilani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University, and a minor in English studies. Her administrative background includes providing executive support at the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus Arts, as well as interning in the communications and development department at Fleisher Art Memorial. Leilani has also acted as a peer mentor and youth ambassador for young adults in Arcadia University’s ‘Gateway to Success’ Program, designing and conducting events to equip students with the skills to overcome common barriers to degree completion. Leilani is passionate about Pathways to Housing PA’s vision of housing as a human right, and believes in the power of approaching physical and mental healthcare administration from a place of communal love.