Staff Leadership


 

Christine Simiriglia, MS
President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris launched Pathways in Philadelphia in 2008. Under her leadership, the agency has rapidly expanded services to meet the growing and changing needs of our neighbors with disabilities experiencing homelessness. 

Chris most recently worked at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (now Mental Health Partnerships), holding various positions including Vice President for Operations. She has worked in several service systems focused on managing non-profits, and has had several papers and tool kits published related to her work with homelessness. She holds a master's degree in Organizational Management and is a productivity junkie at heart.

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Donna Chiavaroli
Chief Financial Officer
 
Donna Chiavaroli joined Pathways to Housing PA in August 2013, bringing a wealth of experience in non-profit finance and management to this position. She previously held controllership positions at various non-profit agencies that provide behavioral health and intellectual disabilities services, drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation, in-home support, and supportive housing program services.
 
Donna holds a degree in accounting from Philadelphia University. Her skills were enhanced through her subsequent training in public accounting at Asher and Company (now BDO) where she led audits of non-profit organizations and affordable housing properties, and achieved certified public accountant licensure in Pennsylvania.
 

Sandra Romeo, MS
Vice President of Housing First Services
 
Sandra Romeo joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2015. From June 2007 until September 2015, she was responsible for the overall management and administration of grants and contracts at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). She also led MHASP budget planning for all programs, and shared responsibility for ensuring that MHASP’s practices and services were recovery-oriented. 
 
Joining MHASP in 1994 as an Intensive Case Manager, she quickly rose through the ranks. Promoted to Supervisor for Targeted Case Management and Homeless Outreach, she soon took on the management of the Division of Suburban Services, overseeing MHASP’s many peer-to-peer programs serving individuals who are homeless. Next she assumed the leadership of MHASP’s Case Management and Philadelphia Homeless Services as Division Director, before becoming Director of Grants and Contracts. 
 
Sandra earned a BA in Psychology from Temple University and an MS in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Chestnut Hill College. 
 
Albert Curcio
Director, Human Resources
 
Albert Curcio joined Pathways to Housing PA as a Human Resources Consultant and soon became a permanent member of the team as the HR Director in March 2016.  Albert brings with him over 20 years of HR experience.  He previously worked as an HR Professional in diverse industries such as financial management, internet recruitment and real estate development.  
 
Over the previous four years before joining Pathways, Albert supported numerous non-profit agencies and their missions by providing onsite HR support and conducting assessments of their HR practices, policies and procedures. Albert holds a B.A. in Human Resources Management with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 
Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE
Director, Institutional Advancement
 
Valerie Johnson joined Pathways to Housing PA as Director of Institutional Advancement in 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Johnson was the Director of Advancement for Council for Relationships.  She also worked as a fundraiser for Valley Youth House and the American Association for Cancer Research.
 
Valerie, a Certified Fundraising Executive, holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and an MBA from Drexel University. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2012, Valerie serves on their Board of Directors and leads the Program Committee. In those roles, she designs and implements professional development opportunities for fellow fundraisers in the Greater Philadelphia area. Valerie has been a featured speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations and AFP Greater Philadelphia, and contributes to Generocity.
 

John Lambert, MA
Director, Housing Department
 
John Lambert is an avid advocate for the Housing First model, and has served as the Director of Housing for Pathways since 2008.
 
John received his B.A. in Sociology from Ramapo State College; and his M.A. degree from Rutgers University. He came to Pathways to Housing PA with a diverse employment background which includes working as a teacher and a certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
 
In 2000, John moved to the South Jersey/Delaware Valley area and joined the staff of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (MHASP). He received training and certification as a Targeted Case Manager, and later became the Program Manager for a low income housing project for people with mental health issues. After spending several years learning the "ins and outs" of housing alternatives for people dealing with behavioral health/substance abuse issues, he brought his wealth of knowledge to Pathways to Housing PA, where he faithfully serves the chronically homeless population in Philadelphia.
 

Tom Maroon, MBA

Director, Philadelphia Furniture Bank

Tom spent over 12 years coordinating and directing educational community service initiatives. Using leadership development models, Tom lead groups working in community kitchens, homeless shelters, construction projects for homes and schools, tutoring elementary students and organizing summer camps.

After earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Tom worked in Guatemala and Mexico building homes and schools with Habitat for Humanity and Los Ninos. Tom was also a Loan Counselor helping low and moderate income families with financial literacy, credit repair and mortgage acquisition. Prior to working at Pathways to Housing PA and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, Tom was a 7th grade English teacher at DePaul Catholic Elementary school.

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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 then as Clinical Director in 2014. Spending face to face time with participants and staff at multiple levels everyday informs his constantly evolving practice. Matt is a passionate champion for the models of housing first, harm reduction, and holistic integrated care. Matt’s ultimate goal is to join together with all 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.

 
Before coming to Pathways to Housing PA Matt managed the Mentoring Children of Prisoner’s program with Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Southeastern PA. He also served both as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia as a part of the a HIV/AIDS prevention initiative and as an Americorps volunteer founding a non-profit designed to support nonmedical needs of a medical practice in Buffalo, NY. Matt earned his Masters of Social Work from SUNY University at Buffalo and his Bachelors of Social Work from Evangel University.
 

Oksana Kazharova, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Director, Clinical Services - Compliance
 
Oksana joined the 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; and Assistant 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 laid a strong recovery foundation for individuals with substance use and mental health challenges. She received renowned acclaim with her diligent work with persons under the supervision of the United States Federal Probation Department. 
 
Oksana left JFK to build her supervisory skills. She became Clinical Supervisor for a dual diagnosis outpatient facility in New Jersey where she worked for 2 years. 
In addition to her work at Pathways to Housing PA, Oksana is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Social Work.  She enjoys the opportunity to educate and prepare our next generation of Social Workers. Oksana is also a 2008 graduate of The Rutgers School of Social Work.
Oksana’s professional core values are that every person, without exception, deserves a home; and that with proper support, every individual has an innate ability to be the best they can be.
 
Oksana is dedicated to her continued support of her clinical teams on their journey to professional growth. Along the way, she hopes to make Pathways to Housing PA a “dream workplace” for her staff. 
 

 

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