Damien Haussling (He, Him, His) grew up outside of Washington, D.C., in Loudon County, Virginia., and has lived in Baltimore since 2011. One of the co-founders and the current President of the Baltimore Furniture Bank, Haussling is a 2019 Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow working to establish Baltimore’s first furniture bank to serve the community. Before his venture with the Baltimore Furniture Bank, Haussling worked in Operations and Office Management at Baltimore Corps, served as an AmeriCorps/VISTA coordinating outreach and operations of the Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau, in various service jobs and, earlier in his career, as a high school math teacher. An avid music afficianado, Mr. Haussling also enjoys helping to educate others by tutoring subjects including upper-level university math classes as well as leading SAT and GRE prep courses. Mr. Haussling graduated from the University of Mary Washington (then known as Mary Washington College) in Fredericksburg, VA., with a degree in Psychology.
Tony Simmons (He, Him, His) came to Baltimore from rural South Carolina as a little boy. Tony is one of the co-founders of the Baltimore Furniture Bank. He has called Baltimore home for over 50 years now. Simmons was class valedictorian at City College High School in 1979 .Mr. Simmons later joined the military and served for about 15 years returning to Baltimore in 1994. After a serious injury at work, he has spent most of his professional time working in housing advocacy efforts. He volunteered at Word On The Street with Devecka and Haussling, with the Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau and has worked as an organizer with Right To Housing Alliance since 2014. He co-founded The Baltimore Furniture Bank with Devecka and Haussling in 2017, serves on its Advisory Board and as its Warehouse Manager. Simmons enjoys hanging out with friends while watching the Ravens kick butt.
John Devecka (He, Him, His) is originally from the Philadelphia area but has lived in Baltimore since 2002. Mr. Devecka is one of the co-founders of the Baltimore Furniture Bank and serves as a member of its Advisory Board. As the operations manager for Loyola University Maryland’s national-award-winning and top-college-radio station WLOY, Devecka became directly involved in homeless issues in Baltimore, spearheading a homeless interview program called Both Feet In in 2010. This program led to the support and the creation of Word on the Street, a homeless newspaper and training program. In addition, WLOY has supported the annual BBQ for homeless that feeds 400-1,000 people each year and also assists with the Homeless Persons Memorial Project . With the hobbies of listening to music, collecting old records and seeing live shows, Devecka feels his wife, three children and their dog are his inspirations and motivations for making a difference in the local community. Devecka graduated from Bucknell University with a double major in East Asian studies and History.
Camille Mihalic (She, Her, Hers) is a native of Johnstown, Pa., and has lived in Baltimore City since 1976. A member of the BFB Advisory Board since 2018, Ms. Mihalic helps the organization with development of its mission, its organizational structure and with developing financial reporting. Prior to joining the BFB, Ms. Mihalicworked at various local banks and equipment leasing companies at a senior executive level before beginning her career at GE Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of General Electric Company, as a financial risk executive. Outside of her commitment to BFB, Ms. Mihalic keeps active as a political activist and does civic outreach at local, regional and national levels to fight for equal rights. She has organized various food and clothing drives and has helped distribute the donations to numerous city organizations that serve those in need. When not working on clothing drives or other humanitarian efforts, she likes to work out with weights, go to yoga classes and take long walks with her adorable dog, Lexie. Ms. Mihalic graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in finance.
Jonathan Prozzi (He, Him, His) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., but has lived in the Baltimore area consistently since 2007. He has been involved with the Baltimore Furniture Bank as a member on the Advisory Board since March 2018. Mr. Prozzi works on issues related to technology infrastructure and hopes that with his experience in technology and user experience design, he can help the BFB meet community needs. To that end, he is currently building an inventory web app to help the BFB best meet community needs. In five years, Mr. Prozzi sees the BFB model addressing fundamental issues in Baltimore and being funded and sustainable to help reach more people. With his main interests in reading and philosophy as well as in music, Mr. Prozzi feels his family also inspires him to continually learn, apply his knowledge and skills to organizations committed to social good, and empower organizations like the BFB to meet their goals in serving the community. Mr. Prozzi graduated from Loyola University with a double major in philosophy and history.
Eva Wingren (She, Her, Hers) hails from Seattle and came to Baltimore in 2016 for a Baltimore Corps fellowship, where she met Damien. Her professional career has been largely spent addressing housing, homelessness, and community development issues through policy advocacy, systems reform, and resource development. Through an experiment in socially-motivated real estate investment, she became Damien’s landlord and got involved in some of the very early days of the Baltimore Furniture Bank. Ms. Wingren has a BA in Anthropology from Arizona State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Ms. Wingren currently works in development at Paul’s Place here in Baltimore. In her free time you will find her riding bikes, sailing, or playing board games.
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