Jeff Wieser became Homes with Hope’s second President & CEO in March of 2010, following Pete Powell’s 22 years in that role. He has served the agency as Chair of the Board, Acting Capital Campaign Chair and Head of various Board committees during his more than 15-year tenure on the Board. In his role as full-time President, he will use the skills used in a 30+ career in international banking and in many community positions with not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. Jeff graduated from Princeton University (AB) and New York University (MBA). He has lived in Westport since 1985 with his wife Pat. They have three children who live in New York, Hong Kong and Durham, NC.
Audrey Sparre is Homes with Hope’s Vice President & Chief of Operations and she holds a master’s degree in family therapy. Before accepting this position in June of 1999, she served as the director of a juvenile detention facility at the Vitam Center in Norwalk. She also worked for a number of years as a family therapist, caseworker and substance abuse counselor. Her first career was in advertising and public relations, including five years working for Outward Bound USA. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Audrey moved to Connecticut when she was eight years old. She lives in Westport with her dog and cat now that her daughter Else is off on her own.
Karen Mahar is Homes with Hope’s Director of Resource Development and is responsible for the grant process, organization’s communications and is a key participant in the development of the agency’s permanent supportive housing projects. She holds a BS from Springfield College in Massachusetts and has been with HwH since March of 2004. Karen comes from the corporate sector having held management positions in Marketing, Operations and Sales. She grew up in Westport until going off to college returning in 1996. She currently lives in Westport with her Labrador retriever.
Tom Reech has served as Comptroller of Homes with Hope since 2001. He came to HwH after a career in financial services with GTE. Tom’s responsibilities include oversight of all financial areas of HwH. He reports to the Board Treasurer and is responsible for all financial reports. In addition Tom works with our auditor to prepare the annual audit and our 990 submissions.