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 (NFHA) 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 as President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA).
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.
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 master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in social and economic development, from Washington University, St. Louis.
Vicki Bailey started with HOPE as Investigations Coordinator in October of 2017. She has a diverse background in social service work and education. Vicki Bailey was previously employed with the Will County Center for Community Concerns as a Housing Advocate Coordinator/Family Support Specialist for 12 years before joining HOPE. As Housing Advocate Coordinator, she was responsible for case management, helping families become self-sufficient, HUD-certified housing counseling, and conducting many of the educational classes held at the Will County Center for Community Concerns.
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.
Carol O’Neill joined HOPE in July 2011. She had worked as a bookkeeper for 15 years prior to HOPE. Ms. O'Neill is HOPE’s financial manager and is responsible for all bookkeeping tasks as well as HR and building management.