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
Signature Flight Support and ASIG
President, Toll Brothers
Dr. Chanda Torres
University of Central Florida
Douglas M. McIntosh
McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.
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 and her husband live in Coconut Creek and have three children and four 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.
Barry Fuentez, Director of Program Services, Orlando
Berardo “Barry” Fuentez began at CHF in Fort Lauderdale in 1986 and moved to Orlando to help open the new shelter in 2000. Barry oversees all youth-related program departments in Orlando to include shelter care, community services, facility maintenance, and dietary services.
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.