MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
EACH OF OUR DIRECTORS BRINGS DEEP EXPERIENCE IN HIS OR HER FIELD OF EXPERTISE AND STRONG PASSION FOR OUR MISSION.
SHELLY FELT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shelly Felt was selected by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services (YSFS) in April 2017. She had previously worked with the organization as Director of Finance since July 1, 2015, so was able to step into the ED role with a robust knowledge of the YSFS programs. Shelly has worked with local not-for-profits since she and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2002. She holds an undergraduate degree from University of Iowa and a master’s degree from University of Virginia. Shelly completed her Certified Public Accounting (CPA) coursework at University of Maryland University College while working full time at an accounting firm in Washington, DC. After obtaining her CPA, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 12 years. Shelly has served as a member of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing and the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness. She is committed to working with the community in New Mexico toward making youth homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
Beth Chirdon, Director of Finance
Beth Chirdon brings a strong financial and contracts background to our organization. New to Santa Fe, she began with Youth Shelters in December 2018. Her financial background includes being a CPA for Ernst and Young, operational audit work for General Electric, and complex commercial financing for GE Capital, to name a few. Most recently, she worked on proposals and contracts for over 15 years with the US Air Force at the Los Angeles Air Force Base. She has an Aerospace MBA from the University of Tennessee. Beth has worked as a volunteer with non-profits in various capacities, including as a cooking volunteer in a homeless shelter in Chicago, as Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as a newsletter writer for C.A.R.E. in Chicago, and as tutor for children in Los Angeles, Utah, and currently here in Santa Fe. She feels gratitude to be able to work toward the goal of ending youth homelessness in northern New Mexico.
ALISSA BYRNE, HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR
Alissa graduated from UNM with a degree in Sociology and Women's Studies. She has been working with the organization for more than 6 years. Alissa began as a Service Coordinator with the Transitional Living Program, where she helped implement a HUD grant which transitioned into the STAR program.
KORINA LOPEZ, YOUTH SHELTER PROGRAM DIRECTOR
As the Program Director for the Emergency Shelter, Korina oversees and manages the Youth Shelter, which is a co-ed state-licensed program with 8-beds serving eligible youth between the age of 10 to 17 who need a temporary place to stay until they are able to find a stable living environment.
SEBASTIAN ADAMCZYK, TRANSITIONAL LIVING & STAR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Prior to his work at Youth Shelters, he was a curriculum developer and trainer for the University of New Mexico Hospitals focusing on training primary care teams in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Sebastian served in the United States Army as a behavioral health technician and obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2014.
PAIGE KITSON, STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Paige Kitson has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Education and Leadership from Sterling College in Vermont. Ms. Kitson has been in the social services industry for nearly a decade, with the majority of her time spent with the at-risk and homeless population.
Paige is a member of the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance. Before joining Youth Shelters and Family Services, Paige worked at Interfaith Community Shelter and La Familia's Healthcare for the Homeless as a Case Manager. She also spent a few years at St. Elizabeth's Shelter as a Shift Supervisor. As the Program Director of our Street Outreach Program, Paige provides general oversight and management of Street Outreach program activities and staff; participates in external relations, resource development, strategic planning and program design.
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