Anne V. Houghtaling, Executive Director
Ms. Houghtaling joined HOPE as Executive Director in October 2011. She is an attorney who has worked in fair housing since 1995. Ms. Houghtaling has conducted hundreds of rental, sales, insurance and mortgage lending tests. Previously at HOPE from 1995 - 2001, she was responsible for complaint oversight including: test execution and design, analysis, site selection, tester training and coordinating client complaints with legal counsel. As Director of Enforcement & Investigations at the National Fair Housing Alliance from 2001 - 2011, Ms. Houghtaling oversaw two major government enforcement testing contracts. In addition, she oversaw several NFHA initiated investigations, including an investigation of builders for compliance with the Fair Housing Act's design & construction requirements, and a national investigation of internet housing advertisements. As a result of evidence from these testing and investigation projects, NFHA filed both administrative complaints and federal court litigation. Both HUD and state administrative agencies have issued charges of discrimination as a result of Ms.Houghtaling's investigations.
Ms. Houghtaling has provided training and consulting services to housing industry members on national, state and local levels. She is proud to currently serve on the Board of the Directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.
June Bishop, Intake Specialist & Program Assistant
June Bishop has been with HOPE since June of 2011. Ms. Bishop manages and tracks HOPE's inquiries, intakes and allegations. She provides information and referral for non-fair housing complaints and conducts an initial intake interview for referral to the appropriate HOPE staff member or other agency. Ms. Bishop also assists HOPE's enforcement staff on various projects, manages and tracks inquiries and intakes, coordinates logistics for on-site assessments and compiles data and documentation for HUD grant reporting. HOPE enforcement staff conducts regular complaint intake meetings, providing an opportunity for intake mentoring and training.
Veronica Burgos, Investigations Coordinator
Veronica Burgos joined HOPEís staff in April of 2015 as the Investigations Coordinator where she is responsible for investigation of incoming housing discrimination complaints and enforcement of fair housing laws in discrimination situations. She is bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish. Before joining HOPE, Ms. Burgos served as the Bilingual Fair Housing Specialist and Satellite Office Manager for the Metro Fair Housing Services in Lilburn, GA, which is outside of Atlanta. In this capacity she was responsible for community outreach, intake and investigation, and recruited and trained English and Spanish speaking market research consultants for fair housing enforcement and tests. While Ms. Burgos was Membership Manager for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Athens, GA, she managed, developed and implemented the Hispanic Outreach and Marketing Plan for the Northeast Georgia Region, along with leadership and financial literacy training programs. Ms. Burgos earned her Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Administration from the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, GA and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens.
Todd Fuller, Programs Director
Todd Fuller started with HOPE as Programs Director in May of 2015. He has an extensive background in Social Service and Community Organizations. As Programs Director, he manages HOPEís enforcement programs as well as educational and community outreach activities. Before coming to HOPE, Mr. Fuller was the Homeless Services Director with the Will County Center for Community Services where he managed homeless service and prevention programs and was the lead for the Continuum of Care beginning in 2008. He also served as a Board Member for the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation in Springfield, IL, focused on fostering partnerships to create affordable housing and development opportunities for individuals and families. Mr. Fuller was with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet at the Daybreak Center for several years where he held various positions and was a Legal Advocate and Domestic Violence Counselor with the Guardian Angel Community Services of Joliet, IL. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia, MO.
Kamal Ganjalikhani, Data Analyst
Kamal Ganjalikhani joined HOPE Fair Housing Center in December 2013 as a Data Analyst. Prior to joining HOPE, Kamal worked as a research fellow at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity council (EHOC) in St. Louis. Kamal has a masterís degree in social work, with a concentration in social and economic development, from Washington University, St. Louis.
Tykeda Smith, Systemic Investigations Coordinator
Tykeda Smith joined HOPE in June 2013 as a Systemic Investigations Coordinator, responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination for fair housing and overseeing systemic testing related to enforcement and/or compliance. Other related activities include recruiting and training testers, and attending local seminars to educate the communities on HOPE fair housing. Tykeda has over 10 years of diverse experience working in the private and government sector of banking. Her expertise includes civil and criminal fraud investigations and banking compliance. She investigated various issues involving high profile cases for violation of federal banking laws. She achieved numerous counts of successful investigations, which resulted into convictions and restitution on behalf of the organization. Tykeda graduated in 2009 from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, with a Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice with emphasis in administration law, management, and public safety. Also, she published an article titled "Bank Investigators Perspective on White-Collar Crime" in 2010. Tykeda has earned a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and possesses a certificate in Six Sigma Green Belt. Currently, she is a member with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), as well as the local Chicago Chapter.
Shirley Stacy, Office Manager
Ms. Stacy joined HOPE in February 1995. Before coming to HOPE Ms. Stacy worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for almost forty years. Her experience as an executive secretary with Sears included Administrative Assistant to: the Vice President of Menswear, the Vice President of Specialty Sales and secretary to several different National Merchandise Managers of various buying departments at Sears Headquarters. She worked on Chicago's West Side and in downtown Chicago in the Sears Tower, and then in Hoffman Estates when Sears moved their headquarters from the Loop. In 1990, Ms. Stacy became a Product Liability Administrator in the Law Department of Sears, where she maintained and managed product liability files involving property and personal injury claims and law suits against Sears. Ms. Stacy is responsible for the administrative operations and logistics management of HOPE.
Fran Strebendt, Webmaster
Ms. Strebendt started working with HOPE Fair Housing Center in 2007. After retiring from Lucent Technologies where she helped develop software for electronic switching systems, Ms. Strebendt now enjoys the change of pace designing, building, and maintaining websites for several organizations in the area.