Meet Housing Families’ Management Team

Photo courtesy of Paul Hammersley

Laura Rosi – Interim CEO, Director of Advocacy and Homelessness Prevention

Laura Rosi began working with Housing Families in 2008. Her passion working on housing and homelessness issues began when she worked as a Housing Advocate helping the families in shelter obtain permanent housing. Working at this level enabled her to understand the families’ needs at a deeper level and identify many systemic inefficiencies and inconsistencies tied to subsidized housing which prompted her to become active in advocacy and policy. Currently, Laura is the Director of Advocacy and Homelessness Prevention. As part of her role, she facilitates a Family Advocacy Group and coordinates the annual Legislative Breakfast to help families get their voices and stories out to the public and advocate for changes to help other homeless families. Laura is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and in her spare time has worked on pro bono Domestic Violence and Special Education projects. She is a board member of Homes for Families, and a member of the Real Estate/Affordable Housing Section of the Boston Bar Association. Laura can be reached at lrosi@housingfamilies.org.

 

 

Barbara E. Schwartz – Director of GREAT Youth & Families Program

In 1990, shortly after graduating from Lesley University with a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology, Barbara Schwartz joined the Housing Families team as a Counselor/Family Life Advocate. After 9 years of working with families living in the shelter, she was asked to run the Children’s Program, now the GREAT Youth and Families Program. Barbara has expanded the program from its beginnings to a full-time program with six full-time staff, ten graduate school interns, and over 100 volunteers. In 2004, Barbara received the Sue Heilman Award for Excellence from Horizons for Homeless Children. From 2005 to 2007, she also taught at Lesley University as an adjunct professor. Barbara is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and has a private practice counseling children, adolescents, and adults.Barbara’s areas of expertise are art and play therapy for children, counseling children and adults with a history of trauma and loss, leading groups and staff trainings as well as employee supervision. She strives to create an atmosphere that creates safety and caring in order for clients and staff to learn and grow. Barbara can be reached at barbaras@housingfamilies.org.

Augustine Frazer – Director of Shelter Services

Dr. Augustine Frazer joined Housing Families Inc in May, 2019 as Director of Shelter Services from Washington DC. Dr. Frazer has a wealth of experience in shelter management and homelessness and the entire spectrum of the continuum of care. Dr. Frazer has background in Crisis and Disaster Intervention and Management and program management background with expertise in designing and implementing programs in human service either for homelessness or in pre and post-disaster reconstructions. Dr. Frazer believes in leveraging resources to meet the needs of the homeless, evaluating programs to adjust to both external and internal challenges and opportunities, advocate with stakeholders to assess strategies to increase program outputs and outcomes. Dr. Frazer’s role at Housing Families Inc. include working with family advocates to enhance housing opportunities for the homeless in Massachusetts, creating empowerment to minimize barriers to housing for the homeless and approach shelter management model from an integrative and collaborative approach. Dr. Frazer is a graduate from Howard University, Walden University and University of Sierra Leone, he holds double masters and a doctoral degrees in Human Services specializing in crisis and disaster intervention. Augustine can be reached at afrazer@housingfamilies.org

Raeann Whalen – Director of Development

Raeann joined Housing Families in January 2019. As a native Californian, she spent the past 14 years living in the Northeast. She is a graduate of Providence College  and comes to HFI with a comprehensive background in nonprofit fundraising and local community engagement. Her work has built relationships with companies and individuals on their philanthropic efforts and community commitments. She is excited to have the opportunity to advance the mission of Housing Families. Raeann can be reached at rwhalen@housingfamilies.org

Siobhan Malady – Assistant Director of GREAT Youth & Families Program

Siobhan joined Housing Families in November of 2010.  She joined HFI as a case manager on the short-term subsidy program and after 1.5 years moved over the GYFP program.  She grew up in Maine and received her bachelors in psychology and women’s studies from University of Maine in Orono.  She is currently finishing up her Masters in Special Education at Salem State University.  She has been working with youth since 2005 in a number of different settings.  This experience and education has led her to creating and implementing trauma informed care trainings within school settings. She can be reached at smalady@housingfamilies.org.

Amanda Sagarin – Associate Director of Stabilization

Amanda began working with Housing Families in 2013. She holds a masters in social work and a clinical social work license (LICSW). Her passion is supporting vulnerable populations while working to reform the systems and policies that create the many marginalized people in our country. She trains Housing Families staff and others in the community on Trauma Informed Care, the impact of trauma on the brain and development, and the intersection of poverty and trauma. She is passionate about team building and staff supervision as tools to better serve clients. She is an ardent believer that everyone deserves and needs a home in order to lead a happy and healthy life. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at Housing Families whose mission is to provide just that – a home for everyone. Amanda can be contacted at asagarin@housingfamilies.org.