Our Team

Heather Hoffman, Executive Director


With almost 15 years of experience in social services/non profit work, my passion is working to end homelessness city by city through working with local agencies to create a clear and quick path to permanent housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Marqueia Watson, MSW

Director of Programs

Marqueia is a social worker and the Director of Programs at The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, home to one of the largest year-round homeless populations in the U.S., she recalls from childhood feeling a sense of moral urgency to do something about this human rights crisis. This sentiment has been a driving force in both her personal and professional endeavors and was her primary motivation to become a social worker. As a homeless advocate, Marqueia’s goal is to engage community partners in open and honest dialog about the conditions that cause homelessness and real-world strategies to end it.

Alyxandra Gideon, MSW

Entry Systems Coordinator

Aly Gideon, Entry Systems Coordinator for GKCCEH, grew up in rural Oklahoma before attending Chapman University in Southern California where she was inspired to create social change through various social justice and interfaith initiatives. She received her Masters in Social Work with a Macro concentration from the University of Kansas in May 2018. Relying on her background of providing both hands-on and indirect services to a wide range of populations, Aly prides herself on work that prioritizes the needs of clients and communities. 

Cayla DeChane

Policy and Procedure Coordinator


GKCCEH Board of Directors

Our diverse and highly-qualified GKCCEH Board of Directors is working to pave the road forward in the fight to end homelessness.

Matt T Watkins, Reece Commercial Real Estate, Board Chair
Hillary Beuschel, Kauffman Foundation, Board Vice Chair
Brian McKiernan, PhD, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Board Treasurer
Cara Hoover, Kansas City Power & Light, Board Secretary
Michael Barrett, Attorney, Consultant
Dan Doty, City Union Mission
Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook, Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Aric Anderson, Kansas City, MO Police Department
Precious Stargell Cushman, Community LINC
Christy McMurphy, Kim Wilson Housing
Heather Bradley Geary, Vecino Group
Greg Porter, Catalyst Group

board of directors meeting

Meets the first Friday of every month from 8:30am-10:00am

Next meeting: Friday, December 6, 2019

GKCCEH - 2200 Wayne Ave

Kansas City, MO 64109

Ruth Anne Harper Conference Room

Interested in applying for Board of Directors membership? 

Board of Directors Job Description

Board Member Application