EACH OF OUR DIRECTORS BRINGS DEEP EXPERIENCE IN HIS OR HER FIELD OF EXPERTISE AND STRONG PASSION FOR OUR MISSION.
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.
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.
Priscilla Roberts, Ph.D. worked for many years at the First Judicial District Court with families dealing with divorce and separation, as well as families involved with Children, Youth and Families Department. She was the Clinical Director at YSFS from 2007- 2009 and returned to the position in 2017. Priscilla has a special interest in adult development and group dynamics and gets a big kick out of the youth as well as the staff associated with YSFS.
Michelle George was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked with multiple community organizations throughout her career and retired from the Children, Youth and Families Department. She has also sat on various community service boards and commissions and organized the Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Event for the past 6 years to broaden awareness of child abuse prevention and to bring together community organizations and community partners.
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.
Badi Brigolin was born in Italy and grew up in Croatia. He earned a Master’s degree in environmental science before turning his focus to ‘at risk’ youth. In 2015, he moved to Santa Fe with his wife and began working for the YSFS ACCESS program. When that program ended Badi managed a restaurant, became a licensed real estate agent, and ran a childcare program. In 2018, Badi returned to YSFS as a Service Coordinator. He is now the Director of the STAR program and Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project with offices in Gallup, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe.
Heather Lavallee is the Director of the Transitional Living Program. She has a background in education and has worked and taught at high schools and libraries for 15 years before coming to Youth Shelters and Family Services. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in clinical social work. Heather enjoys sharing her love of music, art, and writing with the youth involved in YSFS programs.
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.