Tasha joined the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) in June of 2009. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director, providing oversight and leadership to all of HAND’s programs and services as well as serving as an advocate to the area’s homeless population.
Previously, Tasha served as HAND’s Program Coordinator. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating nearly $25 million annually in funding applications from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for homeless programming in the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
Prior to joining HAND, Tasha served as a Program Manager for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). At CSH, Tasha provided technical assistance and led workshops and trainings on developing, financing, and operating permanent supportive housing for homeless populations. Prior to CSH, Tasha was employed as an Assistant Project Manager with Skid Row Housing Trust, where she worked to develop permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.
Tasha has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.
Kiana L. Harrison, LMSW
HMIS System Administrator
Kiana started working on the HMIS project in 2009 as the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing (HPRP) Project Coordinator. She currently serves as one of the three System Administrators who provide technical and user support for Service Point software, including account set-up, system monitoring/testing, problem diagnosis and resolution. Kiana supports the quality, accessibility and functionality of HMIS for assigned agencies.
Previous to working for HAND, Kiana served as an Options Counseling Manager for the Detroit-Wayne County Long Term Care Connection initiative for Michigan’s Department of Community Health. Kiana trained, supervised and managed registered nurses and social workers who assisted seniors or adults with disabilities to access long term care services via Medicaid Waiver or other viable support services. The project used Bowman Systems Service Point as its database platform for tracking and referring clients as they navigated through various settings. Kiana served as the Detroit representative on the Core Functions workgroup that helped plan and operationalize this new statewide initiative as well as helped coordinate partnerships with DHS, MRS, Disability Network, 13 Nursing Facilities in Detroit proper as well as Henry Ford Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center.
Kiana has a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Minor in Economics from North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Kiana is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in Clinical and Macro practice since 2004.
Amelia joined the HAND staff in 2016. In this role she provides support to the Continuum of Care (CoC) Board of Directors, assists in building and maintaining relationships with community stakeholders and partners, and assists with performance monitoring and contract management.
After interning with HAND in 2014 during her BSW program, she went on to work for Wayne State University on their Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. In this position, Amelia acted as a support to the Program Manager, and provided court and precinct based advocacy to women and men who were survivors of intimate partner violence in the city of Detroit.
Amelia is a life-long Detroit resident. She was educated by the Detroit Public School system, and has obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Wayne State University.
Alexis joined the HMIS team as a System Administrator in September of 2015. In this role she provides technical and user support for ServicePoint software, including account set-up, system monitoring/ testing, problem diagnosis and resolution. Alexis supports the quality, accessibility, and functionality of HMIS for assigned agencies.
Prior to working with the HMIS team, Alexis worked for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, supporting a variety of projects on their Community Impact Team. Alexis managed data and reporting for the Little Steps Hospital Initiative and trained program staff in the use of the Refer data system to capture client interactions and record follow up activities. As manager of 2-1-1 On the Go!, Alexis led a team of outreach associates dedicated to engaging and coordinating resources for individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets of Detroit.
Alexis has a Bachelor’s degree in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
HMIS System Administrator
(313) 964-3666 ext.102
Selwin joined the HMIS team as a System Administrator in July of 2004. In this role, he has helped to implement and manage the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) at homeless service agencies throughout the Detroit Continuum of Care. Selwin is responsible for training end user’s, creating reports, providing help-desk support and coaching user’s. In addition, Selwin supports and maintains the local HMIS for the Detroit CoC which includes reporting, maintaining system integrity, and communicating software changes to the Detroit CoC partners.
Prior to joining the HMIS project, Selwin worked at the City of Detroit as the Lead Trainer for the City’s Technology Learning Center. Selwin trained City employees in Computer Technology software applications and hardware. Also, Selwin helped to develop course materials, create custom database applications and maintain the Technology Learning Center’s website.
Prior to working at the City of Detroit, Selwin worked as a Database Administrator for Detroit Edison and helped to launch Edison’s new Customer Service Billing System. Prior to that Selwin worked at Ford Motor Company as their lead IT Trainer and as a Database Administrator.
Selwin has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Detroit and is certified in various Microsoft platforms and certified as a UNIX Systems Administrator.
In May of 2014, Allyson joined the staff of HAND as the Administrative Assistant. She provides general office management and all-purpose support for the administrative functions of the organization. In addition, she is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the agency’s staff in reporting, record keeping, database management, communication functions, and other general office functions which have also included her participating with the Detroit Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Before joining HAND, Allyson worked for the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) as a Registry Management Associate. She helped facilitate the process of finding qualified, available Home Help Providers for Medicaid Home Help recipients through the Department of Human Services' Home Help Program. She was instrumental in leading various trainings, meetings, and other organizational functions.
Allyson is a graduate of Wilberforce University, with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. Allyson is currently working toward completing her Master of Science in Administration with a focus in Public Administration at Central Michigan University. She is also a Veteran of the United States Army, where she served as a Mental Health Specialist (91X).
Performance Management Analyst
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Amanda has been with the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) since 2007. In late 2011, Amanda transitioned into the Performance Management Analyst role. In this role, Amanda focuses on developing and implementing a systems-wide performance management process, aligning CoC funding with program performance, monitoring programs funded through the Continuum of Care process, and developing reports on data on performance.
Before entering the field of homelessness, Amanda worked for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health, providing community-based case management services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Practice and Social Action from Wayne State University in Detroit. Amanda is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.