Program Staff

Lynn Abramson – MA, Ed., Program Director, After School Academic Program & Mentoring Initiative

Jennifer Lyn Amon – Program Director, HEAL

Wendy Epstein – LCSW, Director of Supportive Housing;  Case Manager, WRCH and Hayes Avenue

Lindsay Fabrizio – BA, Family Shelter Case Manager, Bacharach Community

Tessa Gilmore-Barnes – BA, Program Director, Project Return & Bacharach Community

JoAnn Hughes – MSW, Case Manager, Powell Place & Sasco Creek

Brianna Nash – MSW, Case Manager, Fair Street Apartments & Hales Court

Emily Quigley – MSW, Case Manager, Fairfield County 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.

Paris Looney is Homes with Hope’s Vice President & Chief of Operations and Director of Emergency Shelter Services. Paris joined Homes with Hope in December of 2004 as a Case Manager at the Gillespie Center & Hoskins Place, the agency’s shelter for single men and women, and was promoted to Program Director at the Bacharach Community in June of 2006.  Paris was also the Case Manager at Saugatuck Apartments, one of HwH’s permanent supportive housing facilities from December 2004 until March 2012.  In February 2012 Paris was promoted to Director of Emergency Shelter Services overseeing all of HwH’s emergency shelters including the Gillespie Center & Hoskins Place while she continued to serve as the Program Director of the Bacharach Community.  In February 2018 Paris was promoted to Vice President & COO while remaining the Director of Emergency Shelter Services.  Paris brings to the position a Bachelor’s in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.  She came to the job with very relevant experience, having worked with the homeless, with new mothers and children as well as for the Bridgeport Health Department.  Her experience working with the homeless population, specifically those with substance abuse and mental health issues, adds critical strength to this position.

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.