Madeline Bacchus, Intake and Outreach Specialist
Ms. Bacchus has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University. Prior to working at the FHJC, she spent multiple years in the non-profit field working on women’s rights and access to resources. At the Cambridge Women’s Center, she developed a passion for fair housing while working with low-income women in Boston.
Paul Carlson, Financial Manager
Mr. Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Environmental Studies and has also studied accounting and database management at NYU. He has over 20 years of experience with New York-based nonprofits including fair housing testing, door-to-door canvassing, environmental education, computer programing, database management, and bookkeeping.
Lizette Carrion, National Projects and Investigations Coordinator
Ms. Carrion has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics. She has worked as an actor in television, film, and theatre since 1994. Throughout her acting career, she has contributed her time and talents to various community action groups and civil rights organizations and previously worked as a tester with the FHJC’s Acting for Justice program. Ms. Carrion is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ms. Carrion has coordinated systemic testing investigations that have resulted in the filing of numerous federal fair housing cases. She has also developed and implemented effective testing protocols for investigating lending practices.
Charlotte Cohn, Investigative Coordinator
Ms. Cohn holds an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and has enjoyed an extensive career in theatre as an actor, director, and commercial producer. Her most recent play Church & State, which centers around gun violence in America, will have 59 productions across the U.S. by the end of 2020. Ms. Cohn started working as an FHJC tester in 2016 before joining the staff in 2019 as a full-time Investigative Coordinator.
Stuart de Butts, Intake Analyst
Ms. de Butts has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of Virginia where she also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Before joining FHJC, she gained experience in civil rights law and housing policy as an intern at the Department of Justice, through her graduate thesis about a local non-profit’s emergency assistance program, and as a fellow for a community redevelopment effort created in response to the August 11th and 12th violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alaine Dungee, Senior Investigative Coordinator
Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Dungee worked as a Court Advocate for a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice reform. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern University of Arizona in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree from Vermont Law School. During her law school career, Ms. Dungee interned for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) in Washington DC as well as the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office in Chelsea Vermont.
Fred Freiberg, Executive Director
Prior to co-founding the Fair Housing Justice Center in 2004, Mr. Freiberg worked for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he directed a national testing program that he helped to establish in 1992. From 1999 – 2002, Mr. Freiberg directed the field work in two national research projects conducted by The Urban Institute involving testing – a study of mortgage lending practices and the national Housing Discrimination Study (HDS). During the 1980s, Mr. Freiberg worked as a fair housing consultant for private and public fair housing organizations. Mr. Freiberg was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council from 1977-1981. Mr. Freiberg’s professional activities for fair housing span more than forty years during which time he has testified in dozens of fair housing cases, published articles on fair housing, and received numerous awards for his accomplishments in the fair housing field. He was also the Executive Producer for the documentary, A Matter of Place. Mr. Freiberg is one the nation’s leading experts on the use of testing as an investigative tool to enforce civil rights laws.
Sheana Laughlin Kleist, Legal Director
Prior to joining the FHJC, Ms. Kleist worked as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Practice Group at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago, IL, where she litigated housing related cases. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University and a Masters of Science in Global Affairs from New York University. She graduated from University of Washington School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Thomas O. Rice in the Eastern District of Washington.
Britny McKenzie, Policy Coordinator
Ms. McKenzie has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Molloy College. During her studies, she discovered her passion for social justice and now focuses on housing, education, and healthcare. Prior to working at FHJC, she gained experience in both a government agency and a non-profit organization.
Frank Oleszko, Investigative Coordinator
Mr. Oleszko has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management from the State University of New York College at Purchase where he received the Senatorial Appreciation Award in recognition of outstanding service as Chairman of the Public Arts Council and School of the Arts Senator. Prior to working at the FHJC, Frank spent six years working in Arts Administration in fundraising, development, marketing and production for various performing arts centers in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Oleszko is also a musician, playing drums and percussion in various genres of music.
Mauricio Alexander Tscherny, Office Manager
Mr. Mauricio Alexander Tscherny is a graduate of Oberlin College and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. A 2018 Actors Fund Push Grant recipient and 2019 NYU Performance and Politics EMERGENYC resident artist, Mauricio’s theatrical and musical work explores immigration and gentrification in the United States. A SAG-AFTRA member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, his original film work has appeared at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival, on television, and in new media. He formerly worked as a tester for the FHJC’s Acting for Justice program, and as a skills trainer for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Columbia University Law School’s Mediation Clinic.
Craig Waletzko, Community Engagement Coordinator
Mr. Waletzko worked as an FHJC tester from 2009 to 2019 and then joined the staff as FHJC’s full time Community Engagement Coordinator. He holds a BFA degree in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked extensively for over 30 years in film, television, regional theaters, national tours and on Broadway. Mr. Waletzko has also helped produce several independent theater productions, and has worked as production coordinator for large-scale corporate sales and training events.