Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Staff & Board of Directors

Staff

Patricia Fron, Executive Director

Patricia Fron is the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. She began her participation with CAFHA as Membership and Meeting Coordinator in 2010, followed by her tenure as the 2012-2013 John Lukehart Public Policy Fellow, under which she became the lead author of the region’s first Fair Housing and Equity Assessment. Since then, she has held several positions within the organization, including Co-Chair of the Policy & Research Subcommittee, helping to craft CAFHA’s policy agenda and advocacy initiatives at the municipal, county, and regional levels, and member of the Events & Marketing Subcommittee. Previously, Patricia served as Housing Policy Specialist at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) where she managed advocacy campaigns, served as community liaison for policy initiatives, and conducted original research and reporting on issues related to foreclosure, affordable housing, and fair housing. Patricia is a skilled coalition-builder who is passionate about advancing fair housing and equal opportunity in the Chicago region. Patricia also serves on the Board of Directors for Breastfeed Chicago, a breastfeeding education and advocacy non-profit. Patricia received her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Sarah Delgado, Community Engagement and Education Manager

Sarah Delgado serves as CAFHA’s Community Engagement and Education Manager. Previously, Sarah served as a Housing Counselor, then Condominium Program Manager and Interim Executive Director at Lakeside Community Development Corporation. She was responsible for facilitating housing education, technical assistance and counseling, including fair housing laws and best practices to landlords, tenants, homeowners, condominium boards, social service agencies, banking staff, and real estate professionals. Sarah also worked with youth in St. Louis to address community violence as the Youth Program Manager at RAVEN and facilitated research and educational workshops on financial literacy in Mumbai and St. Louis. Sarah received her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

2016 Interns

Alexandra Aguilar, Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Alexandra Aguilar is a policy intern at the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance during the 2016/2017 academic year.  As an intern, she participates in fair housing advocacy and policy initiatives and takes part in program development and administration.  Alex is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus working towards her Master of Social Work degree concentrating on community health and urban development as well as her Master of Public Health degree concentrating on health, policy, and administration.  She intends to graduate in May, 2017.   Alex has interned as a supportive case manager for a caseload of eight participants at Dolores’ Safe Haven of Deborah’s Place.  While there, she engaged with clients spanning all housing programs, facilitated weekly group sessions, and participated in staff development opportunities.

Patrick McIntyre, Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Patrick McIntyre is an intern at the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance.  Previously, Patrick worked as a community organizer at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  He was responsible for coordinating speaking events with community leaders, educating citizens about homelessness, providing support for allies such as the Fight for 15 movement, conducting listening sessions at Chicago shelters, and organizing students for advocacy in Springfield.  Patrick has a BSW from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently earning his AM degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Alicia Wildermuth, Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Alicia Wildermuth is a Policy Intern at Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, joining the team in late 2016.  She is an MSW student at the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams School of Social Work.  Alicia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Benedictine University and has since had a variety of experience in direct service work in the human services field.  The majority of her experience is in health care as a case manager at a skilled nursing facility, providing patients with knowledge about the health care system and a safe discharge home.  Alicia also spent time at a residential facility helping provide a therapeutic environment to adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.  For the 2015 academic year, Alicia was a Violence Prevention Educator with the YWCA of Evanston/ North Shore.  Alicia is excited to be making the switch to policy and advocacy work by joining the team at CAFHA and helping advance fair housing in Chicago.

 

Board of Directors

Anne V. Houghtaling, President

Anne Houghtaling joined HOPE as Executive Director in October 2011. She is an attorney who has worked in fair housing since 1995. Anne has conducted hundreds of rental, sales, insurance and mortgage lending tests. As Director of Enforcement & Investigations at the National Fair Housing Alliance from 2001 – 2011, Anne oversaw two major government enforcement testing contracts. In addition, she oversaw several NFHA initiated investigations, including an investigation of builders for compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s design & construction requirements, and a national investigation of internet housing advertisements. As a result of evidence from these testing and investigation projects, NFHA filed both administrative complaints and federal court litigation. Anne has provided training and consulting services to housing industry members on national, state and local levels. She is proud to currently serve on the Board of the Directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.

Kate Walz, Vice President

Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice, advocates on behalf of low-income individuals living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing. She has served as class counsel in several seminal lawsuits including: Wallace v. CHA, a suit challenging the re-segregation of former CHA residents through the Housing Choice Voucher program; Teresa Davis v. City of Joliet and City of Joliet v. Mid-City National Bank, a multi-case project attempting to stop the taking of a project-based Section 8 development by eminent domain; and Jenkins v. HUD, a suit challenging the proposed demolition of the entire stock of family public housing for Cook County. Kate is also the co-coordinator of the Safe Homes Initiative and spearheads the housing policy work for the Shriver Center, successfully passing legislation protecting low-income renters. She was awarded a Housing Justice Award by the National Housing Law Project, and the Barbara Grau Advocacy Award by the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi, Secretary

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi is an accomplished public service leader with a solid understanding of the housing industry. She currently holds a governor-appointed position to the Advisory Board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund, as well as Chicago mayoral appointments to the Advisory Council on Equity and Language Access Advisory Committee. She is the Director of Housing Counseling & Advocacy department at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA). Previously she worked as Senior Policy Analyst on housing issues at the Latino Policy Forum, Senior Housing Research Analyst at the DePaul University Real Estate Center’s Institute for Housing Studies and as Director of Housing for the Illinois Migrant Council. Juliana also taught English as a second language in Mexico, France and China. Juliana serves as a board member for the Farmworker Landscaper Advocacy Project and the Illinois Association of Agency and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. She received her B.A. in International Studies and a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University.

Andrea Juracek, Treasurer

Andrea Juracek, Associate Director at Housing Choice Partners, has worked in fair and affordable housing advocacy for over 10 years in the Chicago area, beginning as a tenant organizer and policy specialist with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. She previously served as Director of Fair Housing for Open Communities, where she conducted client intake, fair housing discrimination investigations and test coordination, and provided fair housing trainings and educational seminars to a variety of audiences. She also served as Deputy Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center, where she advised on fair housing investigations and complaint filings, and assisted with program and organizational management. Andrea is trained in conflict resolution, fair housing investigation, and fair housing law. . She is currently a member of CAFHA’s Events and Marketing Subcommittee. Andrea received her BA in Women’s Studies from DePaul University and her MA in Contemporary History from University of Bristol, UK

Derick Anderson, Director

Derick Anderson is an Urban Planning and Community Development professional who works as the Housing Director for Northside Community Resources, a community organization based in Rogers Park. The NCR Housing Director oversees the Housing Resource Center, founded in 1967, the Housing Resource Center provides rental counseling, community workshops, and technical assistance to landlords and tenants, and advocates for responsible community development.  Derick also serves on the Board of Directors of the North Side Community Federal Credit Union and on the Chicago Rents Right Committee which educates Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners. He is also an active member of CAFHA’s Events and Marketing Subcommittee. Derick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from DePaul University.

Adam Ballard, Director

Adam Ballard is the Manager of Organizing and Policy at Access Living in Chicago. Adam served as a Fellow in Access Living’s Leadership Training Program in 2012. Since then, Adam has proven to be an emerging leader in the disability community. He has co-facilitated a number of local and national trainings on disability housing advocacy, including for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). He is also featured in Not Home, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Narcel Reedus about children and youth living in nursing homes. Adam has received a number of awards including Progress Center for Independent Living’s Advocate of the Year award in 2013, which recognized his work to amend the County’s Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination against Housing Choice Voucher holders, especially people with disabilities.

Rob Breymaier, Director

Rob Breymaier has been working on fair housing policy over the past 20 years. As the Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, he leads the nation’s most successful effort to promote integration and the affirmative furthering of fair housing in the private housing market. In his role as the past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, Rob directed the production of the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for the Chicago region. Rob has been interviewed by various national and local media outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times, and has written on the subjects of choice, mobility and opportunity in housing. Rob also writes the Fair Housing Futurist blog, discussing topics related to the promotion of more integrated and inclusive communities. Rob has a Master’s degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo.

Abdi Maya, Director

Abdi Maya serves as the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Human Rights. For over 10 years, Abdi has been responsible for coordinating and executing statewide training and educational programming on topics related to the Illinois Human Rights Act, such as equal opportunity in housing and employment. She has worked with and developed meaningful partnerships with numerous organizations and community members across the State of Illinois who are interested in addressing issues related to equality and the protection of individuals against discrimination. Abdi is past Board Vice President of CAFHA and currently serves on the Events and Marketing committee. She is certified Training Generalist and Facilitator. Abdi volunteers much of her time to support community groups working to make a real and positive impact in Chicago. Abdi holds a BA in Politics and Government from Illinois State University with minors in Psychology, International Business and Japanese Studies. She received her MBA from National-Louis University.

John R. Petruszak, Director

John R. Petruszak is the Executive Director of South Suburban Housing Center. He is an Illinois licensed attorney who has worked in fair housing and civil rights professionally for the last thirty-two years. He has been a presenter at a number of fair housing conferences and seminars for a variety of civil rights, realty, legal and civic groups. Due to John’s level of expertise, he has testified before the U.S. House Budget Housing Subcommittee regarding evidence of FHA mortgage product steering by race in the Chicago area. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Washington DC based National Fair Housing Alliance for eight years and was Chairman of NFHA’s National Enforcement Advisory Committee for three years. John has been a dedicated board member of Housing Choice Partners of Illinois since 1995. He is also past President of CAFHA and currently serves on the Enforcement Subcommittee.

Betsy Shuman-Moore, Director

Betsy Shuman-Moore is an attorney and the director of the Fair Housing and Bias Violence Projects of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Betsy’s work with the Fair Housing Project includes educating people about their rights, providing legal representation to discrimination victims, and working to break down entrenched segregation in the Chicago area. Betsy has tried dozens of civil rights cases, brought some of the first sexual harassment in housing cases, and participated in Bloch v. Frischholz, in which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Fair Housing Act covers discrimination that occurs after a housing contract is entered into, reversing a harmful decision to the contrary. Before joining the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, she served as legal director for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. Betsy has a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She is on the board of directors of Metropolitan Tenants Organization.