Asa Bass

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Asa joined Deborah’s Place in 2012. She held different positions within the Property Management department before becoming the Director of Property Management In 2015. Her primary responsibilities are securing contracts with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), maintaining leases and obtaining rent, leading the eviction prevention program and leading compliance with vendors. Asa has over 15 years’ experience working in social service settings. Asa earned a Master’s in Human Services Counseling from National-Louis University.

Kathy Booton-Wilson

CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

Kathy joined the Deborah’s Place staff in 1987. In 1991, she received her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University. Formerly serving in several staff positions, including as COO, Director of Supportive Housing and Clinical Director, Kathy is integral in developing innovative approaches to homeless services, such as the eviction prevention program, and creating new policies and procedures to enhance services. Kathy is also an Adjunct Faculty at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, where she teaches social work. She serves as Co-Chair for the Evaluation Instrument Subcommittee and is a member of the System Performance and Evaluation Committee for the Chicago Continuum of Care (All Chicago).

Nicole Crowder

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Nicole joined the Human Resources department in 2014 after working in the finance department of Deborah’s Place for many years. She is responsible for staffing and recruitment, payroll, compensation, employee relations, performance management and interpretation and implementation of agency policies and procedures. She has more than ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in finance and administration. Nicole received a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Nicole is also a member of the Greater Chicagoland Non-Profit Human Resources Directors Group.

Susan Gries

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Sue is responsible for agency fiscal planning and the oversight of business operations, including human resources and information technology. She first joined Deborah’s Place as a volunteer organizer when the Marah’s Supportive Housing Program moved into the Lakeview neighborhood. In 2002, she left her career in the private sector to join the Deborah’s Place finance staff. Sue serves on the Leadership Council at O.N.E. Northside, which organizes around local and statewide issues, including affordable housing and economic justice. She is co-chair of Fair Economy Illinois. Sue earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit.

Tiffany Isom

CLINICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Tiffany has been working in social services for 18 years, providing services to the most vulnerable populations including youth, families and single adults. Tiffany is dedicated to helping single women who are experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing and maintain housing once they have reached their housing goal. She believes that housing is a human right for all. Tiffany joined Deborah’s Place in 2007 as residential staff and in 2012 she became Program Manager of the Teresa’s Interim Housing Program. In 2014, she earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University. In 2019, she was a part of the Willie’s Warriors Women  Leadership Initiative for Black women in Chicago. In 2020, Tiffany became the Clinical Services Director where she  provides oversight to Case Management and Health Services.

Michelle Patterson

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Michelle joined Deborah’s Place in September 2015. She has more than ten years of nonprofit development and communications experience in a wide array of social service and healthcare nonprofits, as well as many years of corporate and legal experience. She leads the Development Department in all aspects of fundraising and communications to raise more than $1 million in private revenue annually. Michelle received her Bachelor’s in Communications from Cardinal Stritch University and her Master’s in Public Administration from Roosevelt University.

Audrey Thomas

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Audrey came to Deborah’s Place as a volunteer in 1985 and joined the staff in 1986. She has held several positions in the organization, including COO, before becoming CEO in 2004. Audrey has over 35 years of experience in the field of human services. She has worked extensively both in direct service and in the development, management and evaluation of human service programs. Audrey earned a Master of Arts degree from DePaul University’s School for New Learning in 2005. In 2008, she completed the Executive Scholar Program through Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management. Audrey is also a founding member of the Logan Square Cooperative, a limited equity-housing cooperative dedicated to keeping housing affordable in Chicago.

Betty Washington

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Betty has over 15 years’ experience working with disenfranchised populations and in social service settings. Before becoming Director of Residential Services in 2014, Betty held several direct service and management positions at Deborah’s Place. She holds a Certificate in Addiction Studies from Harold Washington College and is an expert in the implementation of Harm Reduction principles in residential settings. She received her Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science and her Master’s in Psychology from National Louis University.