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Meet the Staff

MATTHEW MORGAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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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.

AMANDA GORDON

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR[email protected]

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
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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.  Sara lives in West Hartford and in her free time she manages the lives of her three teenage boys, hangs out with the love of her life as much as possible, cooks and bakes, and plays with her two pugs.

SOFINA BEGUM

CAN SUPPORT SPECIALIST
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Sofina moved to Connecticut last year from Brooklyn, NY. It was a big transition for her to move from a big city to the quiet suburbs of Bloomfield, CT. She immediately recognized the disparities of her new city, Hartford. She is passionate about helping others in her new community and started the search to join a nonprofit that would better her new city. She has years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and will be using her expertise to help the homeless community of Connecticut. In her free time, she loves to explore new food, travel, and enjoys spending time with her family.

ALEXIS GAYNOR

COORDINATED ACCESS NETWORK OUTREACH COORDINATOR
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Alexis is originally from The Bronx, NY, but moved to Connecticut in 2005.  She holds her bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Central Connecticut State University with a minor in Sociology, and she also has a credential in Family Development from UCONN.  Alexis has a wealth of experience working with marginalized populations in the Hartford area.  She has worked at Salvation Army Marshall House, Community Solutions, CRT’s McKinney Shelter, ImmaCare, Trinity Hill Care Nursing Home, Latino Community Services, and most recently Hartford Juvenile Detention Center.  In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

ROY MAINELLI

ECONOMIC SECURITY MANAGER
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Roy came to Journey Home in 2014 as a Fellow from the Encore-Hartford Program. Over the years, Roy 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.

NADINE MALONE

HOUSING AUTHORITY PREFERENCE COORDINATOR
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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 her bachelor’s in social work. She received her associate’s degree and certificate in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling in 2015. In addition to attending school and interning at Journey Home, Nadine works for Naugatuck Valley Community College managing their tutoring operations in Danbury. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, cats and new puppy.

MARY MCGOWAN

HOUSING LOCATOR
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Mary comes to Journey Home from a background in social service, supportive housing and school guidance in Florida, Boston, CT and New York City along with being a licensed real estate agent in CT and RI. She has joined the team as a housing locator helping to bridge the gap between those in shelters seeking permanent housing and the landlords/property managers with available units needing to be filled. Mary is from West Hartford where she currently lives with her family. She is excited to be part of Journey Home and the effort to end homelessness in our community.

DEBRA MORTON

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
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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.

BRIAN MULLEN

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE OFFICER
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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.

LISA QUACH

COORDINATED ACCESS NETWORK HOUSING FACILITATOR
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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 RILEY

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/CAN DATA COORDINATOR
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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.

ALISON (SCHARR) SJOBERG

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
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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 running, working out, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling!

CHRIS VENABLE

CAN HOMELESS YOUTH LIAISON
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Chris grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, then globetrotted from West Africa to Florida to the Pacific Northwest, and most recently Colorado for the last fifteen years, before settling here in the Hartford area (and though he might miss the mountains, he is happy to be living with his fiancé who teaches at UConn and to be driving distance from his family and the ocean). He comes to Journey Home with many years of involvement working with youth experiencing and at-risk of homelessness- the last nine with Urban Peak in Denver providing education, employment, outreach, business development, and social enterprise opportunities for youth in need. Chris is excited to join the team at Journey Home!

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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.

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