Our Management Team

Directors

Anna Dragsbaek, Chief Executive Officer, brings many years of non-profit experience and a passion for empowering families to The Women’s Home. With a background in social work, public health and law, Anna has pursued her passion for building healthy, strong communities. She has served women in a wide range of roles from working with rural women in West Africa to helping women make smart decisions about health care. Most recently, Anna served as President and CEO of The Immunization Partnership for 9 years. 
 
Anna holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Marquette University and earned her law degree, specializing in Public Health Law at the University of Houston. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, and has received numerous awards, including the Healthcare Hero award from the Houston Business Journal, the Community Health Leadership Award from the Episcopal Health Charities, and the Childhood Immunization Champion Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
 
Active in the local and international health communities, Anna has held board positions on the American Immunization Registry Association, The Confederation of Meningitis Organization, and the Texas Lyceum.  Anna is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.  She is also the excessively proud parent of two outstanding young men. 

Contact Anna at 713.328.1955 or adragsbaek@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, Chief Program Officer, 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. Staci is also responsible for overall program design, implementation and staff training.  Prior to coming to The Women’s Home, she 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. Staci 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.   Staci 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 Staci at 713-328-1953 or syoung@thewomenshome.org.


Julie Comiskey, Chief Development Officer, joined the Women’s Home team in July 2017.    In her position she will be a guide and champion for the Development team.  The Development team works tirelessly to nurture and deepen relationships with individual donors, foundations, cottage shop patrons, and corporations to build a solid and long term foundation of support for the organization thus ensuring TWH has the financial strength to continue its mission and implement the organizations plan for strategic growth.  

Prior to joining TWH, Julie was with The Immunization Partnership. Julie brings vast non-profit professional experience as well as volunteer experience to the organization.   She was a Development Director for the Memorial Hermann Foundation and previously was in pharmaceutical sales. During her professional career and volunteer experience she has gained a wide breadth of experience and thrives on new challenges. 

Julie has a passion for helping others and feels a calling to give back to the community, holding past and present board positions on Arms Wide Adoption Services, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership board, and the Junior League of Houston. She has chaired various events in Houston, such as the Charity Ball for the Junior League of Houston, Oscar Night America for the Ronald McDonald House, Razzle Dazzle Pink for Memorial Hermann and the auction for the Regis school. 

 Julie is a graduate of Baylor University.  Contact Julie at 713.328.1975 or jcomiskey@thewomenshome.org.

Management

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) 328-1972 or cgutierrez@thewomenshome.org


Shari Balouchi, Development Manager, is responsible for organizing The Women’s Home’s annual fundraising events and working closely with the Chief Development Officer to develop meaningful relationships with supporters of The Home. Though originally from Toronto, Ontario, Shari grew up amidst the breathtaking views of the Tennessee Mountains. Previously, Shari has partnered with several women’s empowerment organizations and groups in Tennessee (Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Blue Monarch, and Thistle Farms), and she is looking forward to advancing the mission of a cause close to her heart. Shari earned her Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South with a minor in Physics/Astronomy. Contact Shari at 713.328.1965 or sbalouchi@thewomenshome.org.