Our Management Team

Directors

Paula_Paust_SPaula Paust , MSW, Executive Director, leads the day to day operations of The Women’s Home and works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the agency’s objectives are met. Since her appointment in 1992, she has overseen two major capital campaigns that expanded the agency’s bed capacity from 37 to 144. In addition, the WholeLife treatment model was developed to ensure the success of the residents. Before coming to The Home, Paula served as Executive Director of The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center (now Houston Hospice). She was a member of the founding staff at The Hospice. Paula attended the University of California at Los Angeles and received her master degree from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She serves as a field instructor for master level social work interns. In 2011, the Texas Homeless Network presented her with their Outstanding Community Service Award for her work in helping to end homelessness. If you ask Paula what she likes best about her job, she will tell you that she likes being the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Contact Paula at 713.328.1955 or ppaust@thewomenshome.org


Ellen

Ellen Eudy, Director of Finance, is responsible for the financial affairs of The Women’s Home, including strategic planning, budgeting and Human Resources. She joined the organization in 2014 with over 20 years of experience in senior financial management in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, government contracting, nonprofit and real estate development. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a certified Rental Housing Finance Professional. Contact Ellen at 832.431.5452 or eeudy@thewomenshome.org


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Michael Shirl, Chief Operating Officer, has been with The Women’s Home since 2012. He has worked in nonprofit leadership for over 30 years. In his role with the agency, he oversees facility operations, information technology, safety and the permanent supportive housing program. Additionally, he provides leadership expertise to special projects, capital improvements, strategic initiatives and organizational design/change management, including the future WholeLife® Service Center. He serves as staff liaison to the Board Facilities Committee. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor from 1984 until 1995. His community work includes serving on the board of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries; Chair of the Professional Advisory Group for the Clinical Pastoral Education Program of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System; and Deacon at South Main Baptist Church. Contact Mike at 713.328.1965 or mshirl@thewomenshome.org


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Staci Sewell Young, MA, LPC, Director of Programs and Training, joined The Women’s Home in March 2016.  She has over 24 years of direct service and management experience in mental health services and over 14 years in leading collaborative projects in urban communities with specializing in start-up programs and program evaluations.  In her current role with The Women’s Home, she provides overall management for the treatment program which includes clinical, residential and support services.  Ms. Young is also responsible for overall program design, implementation and staff training.  Prior to coming to The Women’s Home, Ms. Young was the Director of a comprehensive early education intervention program based in several Houston urban communities.  There she was responsible for overall program design, implementation and evaluation of a multi-partner collaborative program.  Ms. Young has been in non-profit administration in Houston for 14 years.  Prior to that, she served the community in Chicago, IL where she spent over 9 years of working with children impacted by trauma and adult survivors of violent crimes. In addition, she worked on a research project, led by the University of Illinois, in a Chicago housing facility aimed at reducing HIV/AIDS.   Ms. Young holds two degrees: B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology; both from Boston College and a certification in non-profit management from Roosevelt University.  She is also a licensed professional counselor.  Contact Ms. Young at 713-328-1953 or syoung@thewomenshome.org.

 

Management

Nelda_AllenNelda Allen, MSW, Manager of Residential Services, oversees the day-to-day management The Home’s 24 hour residential program for homeless women who have mental illness, addiction, and trauma histories. She has over 16-years of experience in the field, working with various client groups and social matters. She has worked as a reunification worker with Child Protective Services in Houston, over 9 years management experience combined through positions at the City of Chicago’s Chicago Department (CDHS) of Human Services and the Near North Health Service Corporation in Chicago, and 5 years at the Julia C. Hester House, Inc. after returning to Houston in 2007. Nelda’s passion is improving the lives of others through the work she does. After graduating from Bellaire High School, Nelda received a Bachelor’s of Art with a concentration in social work from Texas Southern University in 1993. And later, in 1997, she obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration where her focus was in social service management and homeless issues. In 2002, while at CDHS, Nelda won an award which recognized her work in the area of management, and was also awarded staff person of the year. Nelda was born in Bryan, TX, and is the oldest of three children. Contact Nelda at 713.522.8035 or nallen@thewomenshome.org


Cheri_Barton_-_websiteCheri Barton, LPA, Manager of The Cottage Shop, oversees The Women’s Home’s resale shop. She has over 20 years of experience in visual merchandising and retail management. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of Texas and previously worked in the mental health field for a private practice. She has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American. Contact Cheri at 713.328.1957 or cbarton@thewomenshome.org


Bethany_FieldsBethany Fields, Grants Manager, has been with The Women’s Home since 2007. With almost a decade of experience in the field of development, she is responsible for researching grants, managing the grant timeline and reports, and writing proposals to private and government funding sources. In addition, she serves as the liaison to the agency’s Young Professionals group, oversees The Home’s donor database and provides crucial support to all development activities including special events. Bethany began her career in nonprofit development as a work-study student in the development department at Reformed Theological Seminary. She has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Houston. Contact Bethany at 713.328.1951 or bfields@thewomenshome.org


Pearly_Fontenette3Pearl Fontenette, Property Manager, manages the day to day operations at our permanent supportive housing community Jane Cizik Garden Place. She is responsible for the leasing office and ensures that the tenants feel safe and welcome at JCGP. She has been in property management for over 25 years and really enjoys her work. She has previously held positions as a compliance monitor, area and regional supervisor. Contact Pearl at 713.574.2445 or pfontenette@thewomenshome.org


Jerry_GauvinJerry Gauvin, Manager of Operations, has been with The Women’s Home since 1999. He oversees the day-to-day facility maintenance operations of all buildings. He has over 20 years of experience in building maintenance engineering. He has an EPA Certification and is an A/C refrigeration technician. He is a member of the Facilities and Safety Committee. He has an Associate in Applied Science and is currently completing his Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology at the University of Houston. Contact Jerry at 713.328.1979 or ggauvin@thewomenshome.org


chelseygChelsey Gutierrez, MS,  Manager of Support Services, supervises the case management, and vocational teams and coordinates the program’s volunteer groups. Originally a Floridian, Chelsey relocated to Houston from Orlando where she served as the Assistant Residential Coordinator at Covenant House Florida, a crisis shelter for homeless young adults and their children. At Covenant House, she supervised a team of case managers, led Case Management Appreciation Week, and planned the annual youth prom. Chelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a gender studies minor from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 and is a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award recipient. While at FGCU, she founded the campus’ first Latina based sorority, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc., and continues to be an active member. Chelsey went on to earn a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University in 2016. She previously worked at assisted living facilities for the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities as well as at a medical clinic for low-income working families. Chelsey enjoys exploring Houston and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes. Contact Chelsey at (713) 328-1960 or cgutierrez@thewomenshome.org