EACH OF OUR DIRECTORS BRINGS DEEP EXPERIENCE IN HIS OR HER FIELD OF EXPERTISE AND STRONG PASSION FOR OUR MISSION.
Shelly Felt has served as Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services (YSFS) since 2017 and previously worked with the organization as Director of Finance. 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. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. 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 actively involved with members of the community who are together working toward ending homelessness in Northern New Mexico.
Alissa Byrne is Human Resources Director for the organization. She provided case management at our Transitional Living Program for multiple years and also has experience in grant reporting. She helped implement a HUD grant which transitioned into the STAR program and Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). Alissa graduated from UNM with a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies.
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.
Caleb Hernández, Interim Transitional Living Program Director, joined Youth Shelters and Family Services in 2019 when he relocated to Santa Fe with his family to attend graduate school at St. John’s College. He worked as Service Coordinator in our Rapid Rehousing Program for one year and was then promoted to Interim Transitional Living Program Director in 2020. Caleb worked with clients for three years when he was with Catholic Charities in Dallas, Texas.
As the Program Director for the Emergency Shelter, Jennifer oversees and manages the Youth Shelter, which is a co-ed state-licensed program with 10-beds serving eligible youth between the age of 10 through 17 who need a temporary place to stay until they are able to find a stable living environment.
Badi Brigolin is the Director of the Supportive Transitions to Adulthood (STAR) Program and Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project with offices in Gallup, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe. Badi 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 and upon launch of the Northern New Mexico YHDP in 2019 became Program Director.
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 joined Youth Shelters and Family Services in December 2015 as our Street Outreach Program Director, overseeing the drop-in resource center and streets-based outreach team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Education and Leadership from Sterling College in Vermont and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Santa Fe. She brings nearly 15 years of social services experience to her role, including positions at St. Elizabeth’s Shelter and Supportive Housing, Interfaith Community Shelter at Pete’s Place, and La Familia’s Health Care for the Homeless.