David Grabosky, Board Chair
T & G Constructors
Jan Vrins, Board Vice-Chair
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
T & G Constructors
Donald J. Lunny
Brinkley Morgan, Attorneys at Law
President, Young Professionals for Covenant House
Dr. Chanda Torres
University of Central Florida
Douglas M. McIntosh
McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.
Michael S. Long, Executive Director
Michael S. Long has joined Covenant House Florida as Executive Director, overseeing the statewide operations for Florida’s largest charity dedicated to children and youth who experience homelessness in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Long comes to Covenant House Florida with a strong knowledge of homeless issues, funding and solutions, having served as Chief Development and Communications Officer for Broward Partnership for the past six years.
Long currently serves as a Lighthouse Point City Commissioner, a post he has held since 1999 including as commission president for six years and vice president for three years. He formerly served as President and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation for nine years and as President and CEO of the Broward Health Foundation for two years. His connection to Covenant House Florida goes back to the mid-90s: he was one of the early members of Young Professionals for Covenant House, the first young professionals support group founded in Broward County.
Long’s many civic and volunteer activities include Leadership Florida, Leadership Broward, Broward County Housing Authority, Florida Atlantic University’s President’s Broward Council, FAU National Alumni Association, FAU Foundation, Broward County Planning Council, Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale, and the Winterfest Boat Parade. Long earned an Associate of Arts from Broward College and a Bachelor of Science from Florida Atlantic University. He was recognized by Broward College as an outstanding alumnus in 2016, inducting him into the Broward College Hall of Distinction
Renée Trincanello, Associate Executive Director (Fort Lauderdale)
Reneé began as a masters level intern in the Covenant House Addiction Management Program. She was hired full time in September 2002. Renée has worked in a variety of clinical roles including Family Counseling Therapist, Residential Floor Therapist, Clinical Services Coordinator and Director of Special Services. She became a licensed clinical social worker in 2007. Reneé currently serves as the Associate Executive Director and has direct oversight of all program services, clinical services, training and grants administration. She also provides support to the Human Resources, Finance and Development departments.
Cathy Branch, Director of Grants & Administration
Cathy has been at CHF since March 1985. She has a B.S. in Public Administration from University of D.C. In her role she oversees grants and contracts for the agency, as well as administrative services. Cathy lives in Coconut Creek and has three children and five grandchildren
Nelson Bogren, Director of Training (Fort Lauderdale)
Nelson has been with Covenant House Florida since 1997, he has over twenty three years of experience in the human services field working with at-risk youth. He holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in English from Indiana State University. In Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Nelson is responsible for ensuring a culture of trauma informed care within the agency and delivering skill based training to Covenant House Florida employees.
Laurie Noel-Leon, Director of Human Resources
Laurie has been with the CHF since 1993. Her service background includes years of progressive experience in program services, having first worked in direct care with our youth. Instrumental in the opening of the Orlando shelter in the late nineties, she has served as Director of Human Resources since 2003.
Elisa Stone, Director of Development (Fort Lauderdale)
Elisa oversees all the funding development efforts at the organization, including direct mail, fundraising, special events, public relations and marketing. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. She has been with Covenant House Florida since 2011. Elisa lives in Fort Lauderdale.
Betsy Syprien, Director of Special Services (Fort Lauderdale)
Betsy has been with Covenant House Florida since 2003. She has over 14 years of experience working in the Human Services field.Betsy oversees the Rights of Passage Apartment Living Program (ROPAL), Health Services, Parenting Education Services, Life Skills programming and Education program.
Michael Stanislaus, Director of Residential Service (Fort Lauderdale)
Michael has been with Covenant House Florida since 2012. He has worked for 16 years at different Residential Treatment Programs and Community Based Agencies in various capacities.Michael is responsible for the oversight of the Intake and Residential Teams.
Maria Shorkey, Associate Executive Director (Orlando)
Maria is responsible for ensuring that the services provided to homeless and runaway youth in the Central Florida community are in alignment with the agency’s Mission. She is also in charge of obtaining financial support for the life-saving programs provided at the Orlando Crisis Shelter, by cultivating relationships with community partners and local donors. Maria serves as a voice for homeless and runaway youth, managing community relations and advocacy efforts. She holds a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton. Maria has been with Covenant House Florida since 2004.
Anne Lee, B.S., Director of Development (Orlando)
Anne has been with Covenant House Florida since December 2017. Her background is in government grant administration and monitoring. Anne is responsible for grant writing for the Orlando programs, cultivating relationships with funders, and giving tours to the Central Florida community. Anne obtained her B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.
Libby Nieves, Director of Program Services (Orlando)
James M. Gress, Florida Capital Campaign Director
Jim has been with the agency since its opening in 1985, beginning in direct care with our youth. Jim helped establish our Community Service Center, CHAMP(Addiction Management Program) and was the first Director of Special Services. Later, as Associate Executive Director, he assisted with opening a shelter program in Orlando in 2000. Since he took over the role of Executive Director in 2003, Jim has implemented many fundraising and business management strategies that have helped the agency thrive financially, all while overseeing a healthy program which has helped thousands of youth. Starting in April 2018, Jim will oversee the Florida Capital Campaign. As Capital Campaign Director, his goal will be to raise $10 million to implement new programs in both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and to build a new building in the Fort Lauderdale area.. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University and an M.S.W. from Barry University. Jim and his wife, Cindy, live in Plantation.