Board of Directors & Executive Management

Board of Directors

David Grabosky, Board Chair
T & G Constructors

Jan Vrins, Board Vice-Chair
Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Leonard Bass
Valencia College

Matthew Brennan
Iberia Bank

Michelle Clark
GoConvergence Agency

Lavern Kelly
KNA Services

Mark Knott
T & G Constructors

Donald J. Lunny
Brinkley Morgan, Attorneys at Law

Christine Molloy
President, Young Professionals for Covenant House

Josh Polsky
Bernstein/Polsky, P.A.

Susan Selimos

Scott Sherman
Tricera Capital

Patrick Sniffen
Signature Flight Support and ASIG

Ken Thirtyacre
President, Toll Brothers

Dr. Chanda Torres
University of Central Florida

Douglas M. McIntosh
McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.
Legal Counel

Executive Management Team

James M. Gress, Executive 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. 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.


Renée Trincanello, Associate Executive Director

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.  


Olivia Hilton, Director of Finance

Olivia joined the agency this past June and has over 30 years' experience in the nonprofit financial management arena. She is responsible for accounting, budgeting, finance, and all other business aspects of the organization.

She is passionate about "empowering youths" and dedicates much of her spare time mentoring at-risk youths to rise above their challenges.



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.




Maria Shorkey, Associate Executive Director, Orlando

Maria serves as a voice for homeless and runaway youth in the Central Florida community. She is also responsible for obtaining financial support for the life-saving programs provided at the Orlando Crisis Shelter through grant funding, special events, and by cultivating relationships with community partners. She has been with Covenant House Florida since 2004.




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.  





Fort Lauderdale

Covenant House Florida 733 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 561-5559 | Fax: (954) 565-6551 | Toll-Free: (800) 683-8338


Covenant House Florida 5931 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: (407) 482-0404 | Fax: (407) 482-0657 | Toll-Free: (800) 441-4478