Patti Abbott, Operations Manager
Patti grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin and lived there until she went to college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She graduated from UW-Madison in 1982 and was soon hired to be the founding Executive Director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. After spending six years traveling the state in that position, Patti moved to the Twin Cities where she worked as a crime victim advocate until 1995 when she returned to southern Wisconsin to be closer to family. In 1995, Patti was hired by Hope House as a Represented Payee Case Manager where she worked with 30 adults who received Social Security benefits for mental health issues. During her 20 years with Hope House, Patti has held several different positions including Case Management Coordinator. She has held her current position, Operations Manager, for the past 10 years. In her free time Patti enjoys golf, painting and sports card collecting.
Jim Farrell, Development Director
Jim is happy to be working at Hope House, helping to end homelessness in Milwaukee. Previously, in New York City he served as the Development Director at Abingdon Theatre and The Pearl Theatre. Here in Milwaukee, he has been the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Skylight Music Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director at Splinter Group. Jim holds a BA degree from the University of West Florida and an MFA in performing arts management from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Xuyen Vo, Accountant
After the collapse of South Viet Nam and its takeover by the Government of Hanoi, for safety and good future, Xuyen's family fled the country in 1975 by South Vietnamese navy ship. Out at sea, they were led by an American Navy ship and were situated in an American military base that was temporarily set up for Vietnamese Refugee Camps waiting for sponsors for four months. A couple from a church assembly sponsored her family. They arrived in Whitewater, WI on August 16, 1975. Whitewater is a second home where Xuyen grew up and went through school. She graduated and got her Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. With her degree, she was able to work as a Case Manager, Job Developer and Accountant in nonprofit agencies for 15 years, helping southeast Asians during that time. When the funding for the project ended, fortunately she came to Hope House and continued her nonprofit accounting experience. She believes in the mission of helping people in need.