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
Professional Bank

Lavern Kelly
KNA Services

Mohamed (Mo) Khalil

Mark Knott
T & G Constructors

Greg Lonsway
Dimension Data

Donald J. Lunny
Brinkley Morgan, Attorneys at Law

Christine Molloy

Josh Polsky
Bernstein/Polsky, P.A.

Susan Selimos

Scott Sherman
Tricera Capital

Dr. Chanda Torres
University of Central Florida


Executive Management Team

Renée Trincanello, CEO

Reneé began as a masters level intern in the Covenant House Addiction Management Program.   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.  Formerly the Chief Operating Officer in Fort Lauderdale, Reneé currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and has direct oversight of all program services, clinical services,  training, grants administration, human resources, finance and development departments.  



Fort Lauderdale Campus

Steven Henriquez, CPA, CFO

Steven J. Henriquez is a Florida Certified Public Accountant with comprehensive experience servicing
clients since 1993. Mr. Henriquez has extensively counseled and aided not-for-profit entities,
public corporations, wholesale and retail distribution operations; real estate interests
(commercial and residential developers, managers, contractors); transportation logistics; and telecommunications companies. He lives in Miami and has 2 children.




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. 




Betsy Syprien, Director of Support 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.       





Orlando Campus

Maria Shorkey, Chief Operating Officer (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., Grants Development Officer (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)

  •  Libby has been with Covenant House Florida since the opening of the Orlando Crisis Shelter in 2000,   beginning in direct care with the youth. Her service includes years of progressive experience in                   Residential, Community Services, and Human Resources. She has served as the Director of Program       Services in Orlando since 2017, overseeing the Residential, Special Services, and Community                   Services teams. Libby holds a B.S. in Social Work and a master’s degree in Public Administration.             Libby lives in Kissimmee, with her husband and three boys.


Florida Capital Campaign

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.

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