Meet the Staff
Matthew brings both a tremendous breadth and depth of experience to the leadership of Journey Home—in affordable housing, community organizing, international community development—as well as a strong vision and deep commitment to ending homelessness and creating opportunities for those most vulnerable in our community.
In his most recent role Matt has led and supported a diverse range of community development projects and initiatives on behalf of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Prior experience with The McAuley Corporation, Providence, RI and Mercy Housing, Inc. in Sacramento, CA, has deepened Matt’s knowledge about housing—both the importance of housing that is affordable, and the resources and strategies required to create and sustain housing and, by extension, viable and healthy communities.
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Amanda is committed to social justice, collaboration, and solving racial and health disparities. Her work at Journey Home is enhanced with her experience at the Partnership for Strong Communities and the Middlesex County Coalition of Housing and Homelessness. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. In her spare time she works out at the gym, enjoys a good book or spends time with family and friends.
SARA CAPEN SALOMONS
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Since 1995, Sara has committed her life to advocacy and justice within urban communities. Her early work as a VISTA volunteer in Grand Rapids, Michigan shaped her entire life’s work. Sara studied in Chicago and has served three churches in urban communities. She is an ordained minister with a BA from Calvin College and an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary. In her free time she manages the lives of her three boys, cooks, bakes, plays with her two dogs, and officiates weddings.
COORDINATED ACCESS NETWORK OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Kelly began working to improve our communities in 2014. Her passion to help the communities she grew up in began at Interval House, assisting women and children with domestic violence issues. She transitioned to working with the homeless population for Community Renewal Team, Inc. and now Journey Home. She is currently matriculated at Bay Path College, where she is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Foundations with a minor in Human Services and Rehabilitation. Her desire to be part of the solution for many of our social problems is her biggest motivation. Winston Churchill said it best, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
COORDINATED ACCESS NETWORK MANAGER
Mollie began her work at Journey Home as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer focused on the Coordinated Access Network, and was hired as staff at the end of her volunteer term. Prior to working at Journey Home, Mollie attended Gettysburg College where she obtained a BA in Globalization Studies. After graduation, Mollie served a year with City Year serving as a full-time tutor in a public elementary school in Manchester NH. In her free time Mollie enjoys doing yoga, spending time with friends, and knitting.
ECONOMIC SECURITY MANAGER
Roy is a Fellow from the Encore-Hartford Program, who has seamlessly transitioned his strategic planning and operations management skills to the nonprofit world. Roy used his leadership skills and business experience to help homeless individuals navigate employment barriers in greater Hartford with the launch of an aerospace employment program for Journey Home. Roy has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in West Hartford with his wife and he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Deb started her work with Journey Home as a volunteer for our first annual gala in January 2016. As an event planner with several years of experience, she has joined the Journey Home team as our Development Associate, to plan subsequent galas, and assist with other fundraising projects. Since moving to Connecticut several years ago, Deb has been active in the community, helping maintain the group Food4WH, which assists neighborhoods in West Hartford in creating on-going, organized food collections for the West Hartford Food Pantry. She was also on the Executive Board for the non-profit Growing Great Schools, which works to improve health and wellness in West Hartford Public Schools. Originally from New Jersey, she lives in West Hartford with her family and enjoys running, traveling and spending time at the beach.
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE OFFICER
Brian Mullen holds a BS in Economics from Southern CT State University. He spent over 13 years in commercial branch banking in the greater New Haven area, surviving many mergers. Brian left commercial banking for the non-profit world in 2001. Working with several non-profits over these years (some in the faith community), Brian has developed and managed budgets, financial cash flows and human resources functions. Additionally he has worked with Endowment Committees and Boards of Directors as well as managed physical locations and staff. Brian considers it a privilege to be given the opportunity to work with Journey Home!
Away from work, Brian is a pet lover (he has a dog and two cats), enjoys being in his yard with friends and family, has been a league bowler since childhood (has thrown two perfect games) and does fundraising work for Our Companions, a Connecticut-based animal organization.
COORDINATED ACCESS NETWORK HOUSING FACILITATOR
Lisa attended NYIT in NY and plans to continue her studies at Springfield College. Originally from Boston, Lisa now lives in Western Massachusetts but has joined Journey Home in Greater Hartford area to help us in our mission to end homelessness. She genuinely believes in “being the change you want to see.” Her past professional experience includes working at numerous homeless shelters and housing agencies. Lisa loves to travel and explore new places when she is able to but prioritizes spending time with her family as most important.
Tamika brings her passion to solve social problems to her work at Journey Home. She keeps the staff and office organized and is a great resource for the under-served who call Journey Home for help. Tamika has a BA from UConn and she loves to cook and read.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PREFERENCE COORDINATOR
Leana has been providing case management services throughout the state since 2008. She is currently matriculated at C.C.S.U. Where she is completing a BS in Criminology with a minor focusing on sociology within Latino communities. Leana has been dedicated to helping those in the community improve their lives by advocacy and social justice. In her spare time Leana enjoys spending time with her son and family and listening to music because “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato
VOLUNTEER & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Alison started off her work at Journey Home as an intern and has since been hired as a full-time employee at Journey Home. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2015 where she earned her degree in Social Services and from UConn School of Social Work in 2017 where she earned her Masters of Social Work in Community Organizing. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work at Journey Home and serve the Greater Hartford community. When she is not at work you can find her working out, spending time with friends and family, and reading to enhance her knowledge surrounding social justice and community organization.
HOMELESS YOUTH & FAMILY LIAISON
Niya graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College with a BS in Human Services. Originally from the great city of New Orleans, Niya ended up moving around a bit after Hurricane Katrina and finally settled in Connecticut. Over her professional career, she has worked with at-risk youth and families, was a mental health and substance abuse case manager in jail diversion women’s program, worked as an abuse and neglect investigator within child protective services, and also worked as a reunification social worker for children in DCF fostering system. Niya enjoys traveling, advocating for justice issues, reading, oh, and more traveling! Her deepest desire is to never to be silent when there is change that has to happen. Her favorite quotes include:
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”