JOURNEY HOME STAFF

We invite you to read below and learn more about each of our staff members. Staff are listed in alphabetical order by last name.  For any inquiries please reach out to us at info@journeyhomect.org

KENIA FELIZ

HOUSING ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

With over 10 years of experience in property management, Kenia brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to our cause. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Kenia is passionate about making a difference in her community and is committed to fighting homelessness. In her spare time, she enjoys nature, music, and spending time with her pets and husband. Join us in welcoming Kenia to our team as we work together to end homelessness and create a brighter future for all.

THOMAS FISCHER

WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Thomas grew up in Fairfield County with most of his time spent in Easton.  He has a background in heating and air conditioning repair as well as auto parts sales.  He has also dabbled in building cars, stock car racing, and building computers.  If it’s broken, Thomas can fix it!  Thomas is thrilled to be part of the Journey Home team as our Warehouse Operations Specialist.  His desire to have more than just a job, but to be part of a mission-driven agency led him here.  He is excited to not only help those we serve but also help our A Hand Up program be the best that it can possibly be.  If you volunteer with us or spend any time in our warehouse, you will certainly meet Thomas and you’ll immediately know why he is an essential member of our A Hand Up program.

GERILYN HARRISON

COORDINATED ENTRY MANAGER

Geri has worked in the homeless field for 8 years in the Greater Hartford region. Before transitioning to Journey Home, she was the Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army Marshall House, in Hartford CT. Geri enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and playing tennis. Geri can often be found spending time with her family in Southwest Florida.

MICHELLE LIPAR

VOLUNTEER & CLIENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Michelle previously interned with Journey Home as a UCONN MSW student, and is excited to be joining JH as the Volunteer and Client Support Assistant.  She is passionate about increasing access to safe and stable housing and ending homelessness, and loves connecting with people and organizations who are working towards similar social justice goals.  Michelle grew up in Connecticut and has a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and an MSW from UCONN.  She enjoys hiking, baking, reading and traveling with her husband, their two children and their two dogs. Her favorite place is anywhere she can see and smell the ocean.

NADINE MALONE

CAN HOUSING MANAGER

Nadine Malone originally joined the Journey Home team as a social work intern from Central Connecticut State University and she moved into her role as the Housing Authority Preference Coordinator in May, 2019. Nadine has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work. She received her associate’s degree and certificate in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, cats and puppy.

TAYLOR MCCORMACK

CCADV HOUSING SEARCH SPECIALIST

Taylor graduated from the University of Saint Joseph with a Masters in Public Health.  She enjoys helping people in any way she can.  She loves spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends.  Some of her favorite things to do are going out to eat, watching movies and cooking.  She loves to try new things, especially different types of food.

TROY MORAN

HOUSING AND DIVERSION COORDINATOR

Troy graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Since then, Troy has worked in various different roles in the nonprofit sector. He has a passion for helping those in need and making positive change in any way he can. In his free time, Troy enjoys going to the gym, watching sports, and spending time with his friends and family.

MATTHEW MORGAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Matt has almost 20 years of nonprofit experience bringing 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. 

Matt has served as Journey Home’s Executive Director since 2011, and has grown the organization from a staff of 2 to a staff of 16, leading the Capitol Region to reduce chronic homelessness by 90% and overall homelessness by 60%.  Matt has led Journey Home to receive several awards, including the Diane Randall Leadership Award, the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award, the Carol E. Walter Think, Be, Lead Change Award, and he has been recognized by the MetroHartford Alliance for the Hartford Unsung Heroes Award for his service during the Covid-19 pandemic, and by the Hartford Business Journey for the Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Matt is a member of the religious order of Deaconnesses and Home Missioners of the United Methodist Church.  Matt also serves on the boards of directors of the Betty Knox Foundation, based in Hartford, CT, the Cargill Falls Community Development organization, based in Putnam, CT, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.  Matt and his husband Whitney and their three children live in West Hartford.

ADRIANA NEGRON

COORDINATED HOMELESS PREVENTION MANAGER

Adriana is super excited to be joining Journey Home and continuing to make a difference in the community. As a born and raised Hartford native, she comes from a background in Property Management, working with small businesses, community work and event coordination. In her free time, Adriana enjoys cooking, spending time with close friends & family and reading. You can also always catch her at a local farmers market or community events, supporting locals in CT.   

SARAH PAVONE

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Sarah has her degree in Social Work and has worked in homeless services for more than 8 years in the Capital region. Sarah has worked for numerous agencies and has experience managing the full continuum of care including outreach, prevention, diversion, emergency shelter, and permanent supportive housing. Sarah’s passion and work have been committed to system improvement to ensure individuals and families experiencing homelessness have access to quality services and housing. Sarah lives in Hamden with her family and enjoys running, hiking, and coffee.

AUTYM POLLARD

HOMELESS MEDICAL LIAISON

Autym graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. She also holds a Masters Degree in Health Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. Autym enjoys exploring the great outdoors through activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. She also enjoys exploring new cities and countries and spending quality time with family and friends. Autym’s overall passion and work has been committed to improving the health and wellness of individuals by ensuring access to health services.

ALISON SJOBERG

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 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 honored 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 running, doing yoga, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling!

SARA SALOMONS WILSON

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS

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 calling.  She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with a BA from Calvin College and an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Throughout her career, Sara has served churches in Michigan, Illinois and Connecticut.  She has been working with Journey Home since 2014.  Her passion and commitment to the work of ending homelessness is unwavering.  Throughout her many years at Journey Home she has helped raise millions of dollars of essential funding all in an effort to ensure that people who need a home have a home.  She also conceptualized and developed Journey Home’s volunteer engagement program, A Hand Up.

Sara lives in West Hartford and when she is not working she spends lots of time with her husband and three sons, cooks and bakes, and plays with her two pugs.

ANASTACIA WOOLCOCK

DIRECTOR OF HOUSING

Anastacia holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pace University. Anastacia has worked in the housing sector for over 10 years in the Northwest region of Connecticut, playing an instrumental role in creating the foundation of the Northwest CAN. Before beginning her work at Journey Home, she was the Director of Community Services for New Opportunities Inc., a community action agency in Waterbury. Anastacia is recognized in the Northwest Region as a leader in collaboration with other community partners. Anastacia enjoys spending quality time with her son Aidan and often found in Poughkeepsie, New York spending time with her family.

ANDREA YESKEY

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Driven by a desire to make a positive impact, Andrea has devoted her career to working in the nonprofit sector and is thrilled to join the team at Journey Home! She has over 15 years of development experience with prior roles in communications, special events and donor relations at healthcare and social service organizations. Andrea loves the beach, live music, the Yankees and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Suffield with her husband, Peter, and two sons. 

Journey Home Mission: Our mission is to ensure a home for all.

We believe the most powerful way to do this is collectively - by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness in the Capital region of Connecticut. We will build partnerships, advance innovative solutions and achieve enduring, systemic change.

Journey Home

PO Box 260727
Hartford, CT 06126

860-808-0336

info@journeyhomect.org