Executive Staff

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Dan McGuire

CEO

Dan McGuire joined Homeless Solutions' Housing Development division in May 2004 and was named Director in October 2005. In August 2016, he was named CEO.  Dan has managed neighborhood planning and revitalization efforts and affordable housing projects that have garnered recognition at the state and national levels. His housing development experience includes new and rehabilitated for-sale housing. Dan has a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Housing & Community Development Network’s Housing Development Training Program.

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Stephanie Cicale

Chief Development Officer

Stephanie Cicale joined Homeless Solutions in September 2011 as Director of Development and was named CDO in September 2015. For more than 20 years, Stephanie has been raising funds and building comprehensive Development programs at various non-profit organizations including the Summit Speech School, Holy Name Hospital and Family Service (now Cornerstone) of Morris County. She directed Family Service’s first-ever capital campaign, raising over $6 million for their new facility in Morristown. Stephanie holds a BS in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and has achieved the status of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). She is a member and former Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, NJ Chapter.

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Christine Sutherland

Director of Finance

Christine comes to us with over 25 years of experience in Finance and Information Technology Services with and a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University.  She first joined our team in 2016 as the Accounting & Grants Manager and was promoted to Director of Finance in October 2020.  Christine started her professional career in public accounting and moved on to the corporate finance team of a specialty manufacturing company.  Positions there included Financial Analyst and later IT Manager, specializing in business process improvement.  Recognizing technology as a driver of business performance, Christine moved into IT consulting, working in accounting software implementation/support and managed IT services.

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Wesley Gaynor

Director of Programs & Services

Wesley Gaynor joined Homeless Solutions in February 2015 as the Associate Director of Programs & Services, and was named Director of Programs & Services in June 2015. Wes has extensive experience helping traumatized and underserved children and families throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. This includes teaching therapeutic theory and skills to families struggling with a wide range of needs, providing advocacy for adolescents involved in the NYC justice system, serving as Coordinating Manager of Community-Based Services at a family service agency and as Director of a Transitional Independent Living Housing program. Wes holds a BA in Sociology from Hampton University and studied Foundations in Family Therapy at The Ackerman Institute for the Family.  He has been a member of the Morris County Human Relations Commission since 2015.

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Awilda Perez

Director of Asset Management

Awilda Perez joined Homeless Solutions in February 2020 as the Director of Asset Management.  Throughout her career, she has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors and she has more than 20 years of multifamily management experience in Compliance and Affordable Housing. Awilda played a key role in the first home ownership programs with La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc. She gained asset and compliance experience while serving as a Contract Administrator with New Jersey Housing mortgage and Finance Agency. Additionally, she received the Excellence in Housing and Management Award from NJHMFA for her collaborative efforts to strengthen Senior Housing and Multi-family low income communities in Somerset and Middlesex Counties.  Awilda is certified as an Accredited Residential Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management. She achieved the status of Certified Credit Compliance Specialist (CP3) from Spectrum Enterprises and is working towards her CMPⓇ (Certified Property Manager) designation.

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Kari Szary

Director of Human Resources

Kari Szary joined the staff Homeless Solutions in 2007, after supporting the organization for 5 years as a volunteer.  She has overseen all aspects of HSI’s human resources and talent management since 2013, and was named Director of Human Resources in 2020.   Kari’s favorite experiences in her career with Homeless Solutions involve working collaboratively with our compassionate and dedicate staff who directly impact the lives of those in need.  Kari began her career in corporate finance, serving various roles across the Accounting, Finance and Legal functions for Dun & Bradstreet. She holds a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and has held SHRM certification (Society of Human Resources Management ) since 2017.  Kari is an active volunteer and Board member for several community non-profits supporting the advancement of affordable housing and the enhancement of opportunities for low income families and individuals. 

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