Staff Leadership

Christine Simiriglia, MS, President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris Simiriglia 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, CPA, Chief Financial Office
       

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.

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Xavior Robinson, 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.

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Albert Curcio, Director of 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.

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Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE, Director of Institutional Advancement
      
Valerie Johnson joined Pathways to Housing PA as Director of Institutional Advancement in 2018.  Prior to that, she 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, she 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.
 

Oksana Kazharova, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Director of Clinical Services

      
Oksana Kazharova 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 received renowned acclaim with her diligent work with persons under the supervision of the United States Federal Probation Department. 
 
Oksana left JFK and became Clinical Supervisor for a dual diagnosis outpatient facility in New Jersey where she worked for 2 years. Oksana is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Social Work. Oksana is also a 2008 graduate of The Rutgers School of Social Work.
 
John Lambert, MA, Director of the 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.

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Tom Maroon, MBA, Director of the Philadelphia Furniture Bank
      

Tom Maroon 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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Andrew Spiers, LSW, Director of Training and Technical Assistance
     
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.

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