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The Future of Housing Search
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Founder Bios

Daniel Curley

Daniel Curley is an innovator and leader in the field of human service program development and management, strengthening government and non-profit structures and providing leadership capacity building for staff, consumers of services and community members. His experience includes work in the fields of disability, poverty, housing, public health, substance abuse, mental health and research services, disease prevention and care along with service models targeting families, children & youth; often poor, disabled, homeless and/or addicted to substances. Along with these efforts Daniel provides cutting edge web based resources focused on affordable housing, client record data recording and reporting across local, state and national systems.

Daniel is a veteran organization development consultant providing services throughout New England and abroad. Most recently Daniel held the position of Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, agency serving one-in-eight individuals in the Commonwealth as the department prepared for dramatic upgrades and replacements to legacy client record, program integrity and financial data systems. Prior to this, he served as Executive Director of JRI Health, a large human services organization providing, youth and adult services along with training, organization development and research services. While managing the organization, Daniel provided CEO Coaching and Organizational Consultation to a variety of individuals and organizations within and outside of the United States. His existing and past clients include here in Massachusetts: Project Hope, Boston Public Health Commission, SPAN, Dimock Community Health Center, and Massachusetts Departments of EOHHS, to name a few. International consultations include: Partners In Health, Haiti, Avenue Clinic Botswana, and NFSC Uganda/USA most recently. Never one to concentrate on singular career paths, he also co-founded HousingWorks, Inc. a web-based national for-profit corporation providing client record, search and data collection services to organizations providing shelter, safe haven from domestic violence, and affordable/special needs housing.

Daniel attended the University of Massachusetts and holds a B.A. Special Education, and a M.A. Education with an emphasis in Adult Education and Organizational Development. Throughout his career, civic involvement has been a primary focus. His philanthropic work has resulted in numerous recognitions, including Boston Public Health Commission's Certificate of Achievement and Appreciation, Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation for Outstanding Leadership, and the designation of a Daniel Curley Day in Boston in 2004.

A guiding principle in Daniel's philosophy of inherent potential is the core belief that each individual and organization has the capacity for learning, participating and serving. He brings this philosophy to his work in the development of pioneering programs, the turnaround of underperforming organizations, and the necessary development of collaboration among human service and health care organizations to insure creative, and successful service models. His accomplishments embody the spirit of public service.

Daniel Curley - Honors and Achievements
  • Mass Department of Public Health, HIV/AIDS Bureau
    Appreciation for work in the field of HIV/AIDS Services 2005

  • Boston Living Center
    Appreciation Award for years of service coordinating Thanksgiving Celebration of Life Dinner 2004

  • Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, Massachusetts
    Certificate of Achievement and Appreciation, 2004

  • Massachusetts State Senate, Boston, Massachusetts
    Official Citation for Outstanding Leadership, 2004

  • City of Boston, Massachusetts, Tomas M. Menino, Mayor
    Designation of Dan Curley Day, November 19, 2004

  • Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (M.A.S.S.), Sturbridge, Massachusetts
    Recognition Award for Self-Advocacy Support Consultant Work, 2000

  • Vinfen Corporation, Special Projects Division, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Divisional Employee of the Year, 1991

  • AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts
    Recipient of Community Recognition Award, 1991

Daniel Curley - Research, Presentations, and Publications
  • Cambridge Health Department, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999
    Principal Investigator - Street Youth in Metropolitan Area: Risk behaviors, service needs, model service elements

  • National Institute of Drug Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), 1998
    Grant Recipient - Definition of work history, reasonable accommodations provided and additional supports needed for individuals with HIV/MI/Addiction histories" 1995 & 1998, and subsequent white paper.

  • University of Massachusetts, School of Nursing Research Grant, 1997
    Co-Investigator "Women with the Dual Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and Addictions: Investigating addiction service needs such as detoxification and barriers to these services when managing symptoms of pain, depression and anxiety"

  • AIDS Housing Corporation Homeless Service Collaborative, 1996 - 1997
    Principal Investigator - Barriers and Supports Needed for homeless adults with HIV/AIDS to Accessing Housing; focus group discussions within area shelters and transitional housing programs

  • Thresholds National Research Center, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
    Focus Group Facilitator and Research Consultant "People with HIV/AIDS and Mental Illness

  • IAPSRS National Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, 1995
    "Developing Continuing Educational Programs within Human Service Agencies"
    "Psychosocial Rehabilitation in HIV/AIDS and MI Supported Housing."

  • AIDS Housing Corporation State Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, 1995
    "Medicaid Funding for Continuing Care in HIV/AIDS & Addiction Service Models"

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 17, Number 4, April 1994
    "An Approach to Supported Housing for People with Mental Illness and HIV Disease"

  • AIDS Housing Corporation State Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, 1993
    "Development, Funding and Operation of HIV/AIDS and Addiction Supported Living Models"

  • Annual US Design and Construction Industry Convention. Boston, Massachusetts, 1993
    "Service Needs and Design Implications for HIV/AIDS Supported Housing Developments"

  • National Institute on Mental Health Paper, August 1993
    "Supported Housing for People Living with HIV Disease: Applying Psychiatric Rehabilitation Approaches to Development and Operation"

  • Mayor's Housing Task Force Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 1992
    "Developing Supported Housing for People with AIDS"

  • AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts New England Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 1991
    "Development and Support of Peer Driven Program Models in the HIV/AIDS Community"

  • National HIV/AIDS Update Conference, San Francisco, California, 1991
    "HIV/AIDS Supported Housing Models" and - Planning & Supervision of Staff with HIV/AIDS

David Kokorowsi

David Kokorowski is a physicist turned entrepreneur who has a passion for using technology to improve science education. David is also the co-founder of HousingWorks, a company that provides online tools to streamline application, waitlist management, and compliance reporting for the affordable, subsidized, and special needs housing market. While working on his Doctorate, he supplied all the programming and much of the interface for HousingWorks.net.

After obtaining his PhD in experimental atomic physics from MIT, David spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow developing and studying the effectiveness of a prototype online homework system. Based on this work, David joined Effective Educational Technologies (EET) and helped to develop MasteringPhysics--a personalized learning application now available across the higher-ed science curriculum and used by 30% of all US undergraduate science students. EET was acquired by Pearson Education in 2006, where David has continued guiding the expansion and evolution of the Mastering product line as well as helping define the future of Pearson's higher-ed learning technologies.

David lives in Jamaica Plain, and outside of work, spends most of his time with his wife and two young, very energetic boys.

John LaBella

As co-founder of one of the first 100 public access websites on the 'net, John's passion has always been for websites that connect people in healthy and equitable ways. The structure and philosophy of HousingWorks.net owes itself to John's belief that large and balkanized Helping Systems are so often the major obstables to effective help, but a well-designed website could ensure that these broken networks are instantly converted to a functioning and beneficent Ecosystem model, regardless of any service provider's willingness or ability to participate on an equal footing with their service populations. HousingWorks.net truly is the Future of Housing Search and the Future of Waitlist Management Software. John's work history includes:
  • 1992-Co-founder/Webmaster, HIV Infoweb, eventually funded by Massachusetts Department of Public Health - one of the first 70 public websites: received 6 million hits/year in its heyday.

  • Staffed one of first computer education centers for homeless and dually diagnosed persons, funded by MA DPH (direct service)

  • Founder and Webmaster, HousingWorks.net* (NE Regional database of all subsidized/affordable housing for more than 15 years: currently serving over 200,000 applicants, 1600 housing advocates, and providing a super-efficent waitlist software for more than 100 Subsidized and Affordable properties.

  • Webmaster, Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (international focus).

  • Webmaster, Harvard Global Reproductive Health Fund (international focus).

  • Developed the initial HMIS for Housingworks in 2003.

John LaBella - Honors and Achievements
  • Co-created the first HIV and Discrimination Self Help manual, which was later distributed nationally by a federal agency in the OMB

  • Created and Distributed (internationally) a Video and Power Point versions titled: "How to Find AIDS Information on the internet - which was subsequently used on four continents by hospitals, advocacy, and policy groups.

  • City of Lawerence, MA was first CoC in Country to acheieve 100% reporting through an HMIS system

  • Designed an HMIS software for Housingworks in 2003. It is one of the most successful HMIS systems in the country (as measured by accuracy and timeliness of reports)

  • Developed a communications network for grass roots activists for AIDS.

  • Developed a statewide advisory panel of housing experts. It was this group of Housing Authority E.D.s, Privately Managed Property Management Companies, shelter workers, and reviewers from Mass Law Reform Institute as well as other experts and direct service staff, who together are responsible for the success of HousingWorks as a housing search/apply/waitlist management/data collection tool)

  • Developed efficiency criteria and recommendations for the Mass Commission against Discrimination (MCAD), and educated the incoming Director of that organization; our recommendations were later implemented and publicized as successful initiatives by that Director.

HousingWorks, Inc.
P.O. Box 231104
Boston, MA 02123-1104