Contact our staff
DeAnna Eason, Executive Director
Executive Director DeAnna Eason has been with HOME since 2000. With a master’s degree in mental health counseling, she began as HOME’s Mobility Counselor and has held a total of five positions during her tenure including: Mobility Counselor, Fair Housing Investigator, and Associate Director of Programs.
Daniel Corbitt, Esq., Associate Director
Dan Corbitt joined HOME in the summer of 2015 as our fair housing attorney. Before this, he spent eight years with the US Marine Corps, then moved on to study anthropology as an undergraduate. Dan earned his law degree from the University at Buffalo and was first introduced to HOME as an intern during law school.
Nichelle Brown, Senior Counselor
Nichelle is our Senior Fair Housing Counselor. Her job requires her to be at the forefront of housing counseling to both tenants and landlords who may have some questions or concerns regarding their rights or may just need emotional support. Nichelle came to HOME with vast experience from nonprofit organizations such as Community Action Organization (CAO), Fillmore Leroy Area Residents (FLARE), and Martha Mitchell Community Center. She has an Associate’s degree in humanities and attended Daemen College to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in social work. Nichelle also volunteers at Crisis Services as a crisis counselor helping those in need with emotional and emergency situations.
Kibrett Facey, Education Specialist
Kibrett Facey is our Education Specialist at HOME. Before assuming this position, she received her B.S. in Communication at Cornell University and spent some time supporting Buffalo’s grassroots economic development as a High Road Fellow. She also worked as a Leadership Executive for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. She joined HOME in the fall of 2016.
Miata Wright, Business Manager
Miata Wright is HOME's Business Manager. She joined HOME in November 2013 as the Administrative Assistant and has been the go-to person for IT issues and special projects. Miata has a B.S. from the University at Buffalo in Aerospace and Mechanical engineering, and she currently serves as Children's Activities Chairperson for Juneteenth Festival and president of her community's block club.
Craig Douglass, Mobility Counselor/Community Housing Center
Reverend Craig W. Douglass has been our mobility counselor for the Community Housing Center since Spring 2015 and works one-on-one with clients who are trying to move to areas of higher opportunity. He is a graduate of Excelsior College of Albany, receiving a B.S. in human resource management. He has also earned a master’s in theological studies from Northeastern Seminary and a master’s in social work from Roberts Wesleyan College. Reverend Douglass has worked as a Social Worker in the Cheektowaga Central School District, and for Jericho Road Community Health Center as a Parent Child Home Program worker.
Jim Dahlberg, Bookkeeper
Karen Gawlak, Oxford Commons Property Manager
HOME's Board of Directors
Diana C. Cooke, Chair of the Board
Special Education Teacher at Bennett High School
Master of Science in special education, D’Youville College
Nancy Blaschak, Senior Vice Chair
Principal, Blaschak Consulting
Former Regional CEO, American Red Cross
Board Member, Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Member, Advisory Council for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Buffalo.
Janet Barnes, Vice Chair
Former principal and administrator, Buffalo Public Schools
Vice-President, The Links, Inc. of Erie County
Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Treasurer, District President of The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs
Kathleen Haggerty, Vice Chair
Manager, Jewish Federation Apartments
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Roycroft Realty
Leslie A. Vishwanath, Secretary
Housing and Community Development Director, Matt Urban Center
Serves on the Buffalo Green Code Community Advisory Committee
Housing Court Appointed Receiver
Masters in Urban Planning, University at Buffalo
Bachelors in Policy Studies, Indiana University
Philippe P. Deterville, Treasurer
Chairperson, HOME Finance Committee
Former Vice President, Community Development at HSBC Bank
Board Member, Erie County Fair Housing Partnership, HomeFront, Inc.
2010 Recipient of HOME’s Director’s Award for Distinguished Service
Marcus O. Brown
President, Juneteenth Festival
The Fabulous Old School B Boys
Buffalo Crusaders Drill Team
Charles H. Cobb, Esq.
Attorney, William Mattar, P.C.
Juris Doctor, SUNY Buffalo Law School|
Bachelor of Arts, Syracuse University
Board Member, Coalition for Economic Justice
Founding Member and Former Board Chairperson, The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
Former Executive Director, WNY Peace Center
Charles E. Colston
Program Officer, The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
Gilbert R. Hernandez
Retiree, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
Board member, Community Access Services, The Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York and Treasurer of St. Paul's Cathedral
Howard K. Hitzel, Ph.D.
President, Lakeshore Behavioral Health, Inc.
Andrea D. Mays
President, ADM Management Group, Inc.
Todd G. Vaarwerk
Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Western New York Independent Living, Inc.
Bradford R. Watts
Community Relations Coordinator, People Inc.
Chairperson, Parent Network
Mentor, ECC’s Pathways to Success Program
President of the Community Council for Buffalo Promise
Board of Director Member, Buffalo Urban League
Servant, Trustee of Dayspring Church of God of Prophecy
Registered NYS Chaplain
DeAnna Eason, Ex officio