Program Staff

Lynn Abramson – MA, Ed., Program Director, Mentoring Program & Youth Initiative

Jennifer Lyn Amon – Program Director, HEAL

Shavonne Dash – LMSW, Case Manager, Gillespie Center & Hoskins Place

Chynna I. Edmond – LMSW, Case Manager, Fair Street Apartments & Hales Court

Wendy Epstein – LCSW, Case Manager, Westport Rotary Centennial House and Hayes Avenue

Tessa Gilmore-Barnes – Program Director, Project Return

JoAnn Hughes – MSW, Case Manager, Permanent Supportive Housing

Paris Looney – MSW, Director of Emergency Shelter Services and Program Director, Bacharach Community

Emily Quigley – MSW, Case Manager, Rapid-Rehousing

Ryan Soto – MA CMHC, Program Director, Gillespie Center & Hoskins Place

Administrative Staff

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 Hong Kong, Connecticut and New York.

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.

Jacqueline Hogan is Homes with Hope’s Director of Finance and Comptroller.  She came to HwH after a career in financial administration, analysis and process improvement.  Jacque’s responsibilities include oversight of all financial areas of HWH including reporting, controls and analysis.

Maureen Liebergall is Homes with Hope’s Community Relations Director providing fundraising, public relations and administrative support to the HWH staff and Board of Directors. Maureen moved to Westport in 2000 with her husband and their two children. She has chaired a variety of committees, served on the Greens Farms School Executive Board and the Board of The Conservative Synagogue. Since 2010 Maureen has participated in the SVA of Bridgeport mentor program. She holds a BA in Social Work and enjoyed careers in social service, sales and management. Maureen joined the staff of Homes with Hope in September 2014.