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 new Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services (YSFS) in April 2017. She had been working with the organization as Director of Finance since July 1, 2015, so she was able to step into the new role with a robust knowledge of the YSFS programs. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has been working with local not-for-profits since she and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2002.
TERRI PERRY, RELATIONSHIP CULTIVATOR
Terri Perry joins the YSFS team as our Relationship Cultivator. She and her husband have moved from Frederick Maryland where she was actively involved in her community raising awareness on relevant issues. Terri has proven success in developing and maintaining strong relationships with donors and business partners. My recent employment with United Way of Frederick County from 2012 – 2016 under the leadership of Josh Pedersen will guide me in my new role as Relationship Cultivator. In that 4 years we raised over 1.5 million dollars a year, opened the first Prosperity Center in Maryland, created 3 successful signature fundraisers and enhanced the workplace giving campaigns. I am known for not leaving a room without a donation, volunteers or educating the audience. If you don’t ask they won’t give. I am an avid golfer, so I can be part of a scramble anytime. I have a passion for fashion with an interior design background. My best asset is listening and being part of the solution. My tag line has always been, “what can I do to help!” I was a member of Rotary for 4 years where I was in charge of organizing meet and greets, served on the Historical Society of Frederick, MD in charge of events and I am a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick, MD. At my going away party my friends could be heard saying , “I am not sure Santa Fe is ready for you, but our loss is their gain!” I am looking forward to being part of the solution to end youth homelessness.
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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