Each of our Directors brings deep experience in his or her field of expertise and strong passion for our mission.
David Block, Executive Director
David Block received his Bachelors degree from Queens College in New York and his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. Mr. Block has over 15 years' of experience working in the CEO/Executive Director capacity in human service agencies. Before working as the Executive Director for Youth Shelters and Family Services, David worked at the American Red Cross of Wyoming as the CEO for eight years.
David ensures the fulfillment of the organizational philosophy, mission, annual goals, and objectives. He oversees all operations of the agency. David works closely with the Board of Directors and the Leadership team to ensure successful delivery of service operations."Through our continuum of services, we meet immediate needs of homeless, runaway, and in-crisis youth and family members - food, water, warm clothing, toiletries, emergency shelters. We provide life-time solutions - education, job training, counseling, transitional housing, community service and much more. This is possible because so many people care. Some give their time as mentors. Others make sure we have enough healthy food. Still others make donations to ensure our programs remain strong. Together, we create pathways for youth to succeed."
Dan Bailey, Development Director
Dan Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Management Studies at Antioch College, and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Social and Economic Development at Washington University. He came to Youth Shelters and Family Services in 2012. He has raised funds for more than 20 years in social services, higher education, medical research, and patient care settings.
Dan is in charge of fundraising and public relations for Youth Shelters and Family Services. He develops and directs the overall funding plan for the agency, which includes individual support, government and foundation grants, corporate support, capital projects, direct mail, sponsorships and underwriting. He meets with individual donors, writes and submits proposals, coordinates special events and public relations, and directs evaluation and reporting. “It would not be possible to do our work without the support of so many people in the community. We are truly grateful.”
Melissa Bown, Access! Program Director
Melissa Brown has a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Ms. Brown has been in pre-secondary education for 10 years, with the majority of her time spent as the Director of Desert Montessori School here in Santa Fe. Melissa is a member of the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Sustainable Santa Fe Taskforce.
Melissa is the Program Director for Access!, a training and education community collaborative, which is funded from the Department of Labor. As the Director for the Access! program, she oversees a program providing and connecting adjudicated youth ages 14 to 24 to their basic needs, community resources, education, and training.
"As a student enrolled in the Access! program, you will be part of a community focused, job skill and educational development program that will launch you toward more opportunities in work and income. Access! provides training, education, and hands-on support in partnership with you, your dreams, and ... your community. The program also provides training in the areas of sustainability, the arts and media, parks and recreation, equine therapy, computer technology, and culinary arts and/or area of students' interest and passion in order to nuture and grow all of the incredible possibilities in their lives!"
Bonny Esquibel, Human Resource Director
Bonny Esquibel has 26 years of diverse HR Management experience, attended NM Highlands University and Kaplan Professional School. Bonny’s expertise includes Employment Law, Recruiting, Classification, Compensation, Policy Development, Training, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Audits, Compliance, Payroll, Benefits, NEO and Backgrounds. She also taught classes for all levels of management on Employment Processes and Behavioral Interviewing. Prior to joining our team, she held positions such as HR Director, HR Bureau Chief, and HR Employment Manager at some of the larger Departments within State government, the City of Albuquerque and in the private sector. She also was the Registrar for 10 years at the Armand Hammer United World College where she met and worked with students from over 65 countries.
At YSFS, Bonny directs and manages all HR functions, provides guidance to all programs, is a resource for staff, monitors all trainings, onboards our volunteers and interns, and is the Safety Officer for the Safety Committee.
Bonny is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), a previous member of Central New Mexico Community College’s Office Technology Advisory Board, a previous member of NM State Human Resources Management Council, International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA) and Human Resources Management Association (HRMA).
Korina Lopez, Youth Shelter Program Director
As the Program Director for the Emergency Shelter, Korina oversees and manages the Youth Shelter, which is a co-ed state-licensed program with 8-beds serving eligible youth between the age of 10 to 17 who need a temporary place to stay until they are able to find a stable living environment
Madigan Chandler, Transitional Living & COC Program Director
Madigan Chandler has a Masters in Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Madigan has over six years’ experience working with youth in the foster care system who experienced acute and severe behavioral and emotional issues and a total of 1o years working with at-risk and homeless youth and families. Ms. Chandler worked with court ordered programs providing individual and family counseling, often for those with dual diagnosis. She has led substance addiction support groups, and worked with court ordered youth through the three strikes program as well as providing individual counseling in various area High Schools over the years.
Madigan is a member of the American Counseling Associationand a Certified Instructor in the Nurtured Heart Approach. As the Program Director for the Transitional Living and the Supporting Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing (STAR) Programs, she oversees a program which serves homeless and at-risk youth ages 17-24 with finding permanence and stability in their lives through apartment living and case management.
"I am privileged to oversee a team of hardworking and committed employees who provide residents with care, guidance, and much needed Life Skills Training. Our work allows us to have daily contact with residents where they live and engage them in real life opportunities for growth and development. Most importantly, we help residents to learn how to be safe and stay safe."
Youth Shelters and Family Services incorporates the concepts and philosophies taught within the Nurtured Heart Approach into all of our programs. By providing clear and consistent boundaries for behavior and performance, staff are able to focus on the strengths, triumphs, and greatness of each youth. This emphasis allows for each youth to have an opportunity to break the negative cycle that circumstances, family choices, and behaviors have made real. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a dynamic relationship-focused methodology that builds up the inner strengths of each young person, empowering them to channel their intensity into productivity and a more successful future.
Shelly Felt, Finance Director
Shelly Felt has a Masters from University of Virginia and her Bachelors from University of Iowa. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ms. Felt has over 20 years of accounting and auditing experience.
Ms. Felt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants. Addtionally, she serves on the Audit Commitee and is a Parent Representative for the New Mexico School for the Arts. Shelly has worked with established nonprofit organizations, local regional firms, and national corporate firms. Her diversified and extensive experience allows her to provide fiscal and operations management, analysis, and consultation for Youth Shelters and Family Services.
Paige Kitson, Street Outreach Program Director
Paige Kitson has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Education and Leadership from Sterling College in Vermont. Ms. Kitson has been in the social services industry for nearly a decade, with the majority of her time spent with the at-risk and homeless population.
Paige is a member of the Homeless Youth Taskforce and Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance. Before joining Youth Shelters and Family Services, Paige worked at Interfaith Community Shelter and La Familia's Healthcare for the Homeless as a Case Manager. She also spent a few years at St. Elizabeth's Shelter as a Shift Supervisor. As the Program Director of our Street Outreach Program, Paige provides general oversight and management of Street Outreach program activities and staff; participates in external relations, resource development, strategic planning and program design. "I am thrilled to be part of such a strong, mission driven organization. At Street Outreach, we strive to create a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for homeless and at-risk youth to feel supported and to be connected with resources and kindness."
Rosemary Nowak, Director of Clinical and Program Services
Rosemary Nowak has a PhD in Human Services from Capella University and a Masters in Counseling from Southwestern College. Ms. Nowak is also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Additionally, she holds certifications in CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) and HIPPA certified. Ms. Nowak has over 15 years of experience in clinical and mental health.
Before joining Youth Shelters and Family Services, Ms. Nowak worked with CYFD for over 5 years and also worked as a Psychotherapist with Santa Fe County Corrections for 3 years. Rosemary has been a Hospice Volunteer since 2001 and a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator since 2001. As the Director of Clinical and Program Services, Rosemary provides clinical supervision, consultation, and oversight for Youth Shelters and Family Services’ programs; conducts clinical case reviews; reviews and provides oversight of program clinical policies and procedures; provides counseling services for programs; develops and implements staff training and education; and assists the Executive Director in managing managed care contracts.