Meet our Trainers

 

Christine Simiriglia, MS
President & Chief Executive Officer

Christine Simiriglia established Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia in 2008.  Pathways currently serves approximately 500 chronically homeless people with multiple disabilities 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 outcome measures are achievable for everyone if they really follow the Housing First model, offering choice, kindness and opportunity to their marginalized citizens.

Andrew Spiers, LSW
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
 
Andrew Spiers is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Pathways to Housing PA’s (PTHPA) Housing First University. Andrew joined PTHPA in early 2018 and served as an Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader before launching Housing First University in October 2019. Andrew holds a 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. He has taught Human Services and Sociology courses as an adjunct professor at Harcum College and conducted trainings and workshops all over the country.
 
Andrew has been a featured speaker at Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College, Hunter College, and the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Since 2012, he has presented at conferences nationwide, including: the National Association of Case Management conference, Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Conference, Resources for Human Development’s Trauma-Informed Care Conference, Creating Change, Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association Conference, Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit, the Philadelphia Trans-Wellness Conference, Philadelphia Family Pride Conference, and the Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference. Andrew has also provided trainings for the Philadelphia Public School District, as well as smaller community groups, faith-based groups, and social service agencies.
 
Xavior Robinson, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
 
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.

Oksana Kazharova, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Director, Clinical Services - Compliance
 

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 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.

Matt Tice, LCSW
Director, Clinical Services - Practice
 
Matt Tice has worked his way through the ranks of Pathways to Housing PA, first as an Assistant Team Leader in 2012, then as a Team Leader, and has served as Clinical Director - Practice since 2014. Spending face-to-face time with participants and staff at multiple levels every day informs his constantly evolving practice. Matt is a passionate champion for the models of housing first, harm reduction, and holistic integrated care. His ultimate goal is to join together with the amazing partners, advocates, fighters, and survivors across the city for the eradication of homelessness in Philadelphia. From that day forward he will spend all his time reading science fiction and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his kids.
 
Since 2012, Matt has presented at conferences nationwide, including: the Pennsylvania National Association of Social Workers conference, Housing First Partner’s National Conference, Corporation for Supportive Housing National Summit, National Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit, COHHIO State Housing Summit, and the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition Conference. Matt has also provided trainings for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Substance Use. Matt provides webinars for both national and local providers as well as smaller community groups, faith-based groups, and social service agencies.
 

 

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