Meet the Staff

Take some time to learn about those involved with Shared Support Maryland, Inc.!

Gail Godwin is the Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, Inc. Gail’s MA is from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Program in Severe Disabilities – educational, employment & community inclusion. For over 27 years, she has been an advocate in collaboration with people with disabilities & has worked in service provision organizations at a direct support staff, middle manager, administrator, and in training & development. Gail is a Founder and Officer of the global Alliance of Citizen Directed Supports. She served 10 years (ended June 17) as a Board Member of The Maryland Association of Community Services, a graduate and faculty member of the Leadership Institute Consortium on Developmental Disabilities. Gail formerly served 10 years on Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Council as an Executive Member. She is the co-founder of the New York Downstate Person Centered Consortium and a Founder and Officer of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports Gail’s extensive experience is in Self Directed Service Provision, Positive Supports, Person Directed Planning & Individualized Supports Organizational Development.

Melonee Clark is the mother of a teenage daughter with autism & a Support Broker for Shared Support MD. Her focus is supporting people & their families with disabilities obtain access to services, supports, & programs through out Prince George’s County Community. She is a Commissioner for the Prince George’s County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities. She is a 2000 graduate of The Arc of MD Partner in Policy Making Leadership Program & the Parent Coordinator for The Children Developmental Clinic Parent Session. Melonee also works with the Arc of Prince George’s County as the Outreach Program Administrator.

Irene Souada has 22 years of experience working within systems that support people with developmental disabilities. She holds a degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Irene started out as a direct service professional in a traditional day program and a residential group home in New York. In Maryland, she gained experience working with people of varying abilities and support needs in her roles in direct service, management, and resource coordination. Irene is knowledgeable of the service delivery system in the Southern Maryland area and has expertise in person directed planning and conflict mediation. She looks forward to expanding her services to the Latino community in Maryland and continuing to help people transition from institution level of care to community based supports.

Kristi Culbreth has worked for people with disabilities in Maryland since moving to Baltimore from South Carolina in 2013.  Before joining Shared Support, she worked in employment services doing customized and supported job development and coaching.  Kristi is certified in Customized Employment services through the Association of Community of Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) and loves to support people to find employment that works for them.  She holds an undergraduate degree in English from Erskine College.

When she’s not working, Kristi enjoys knitting, hammocking, and waiting in anticipation for the Orioles to win the World Series.

Kelly Herring has known ever since she was a little girl that she has wanted to help people in some capacity.  She has been working with people with developmental disabilities since 1991.  Her experience includes resource coordination, assisting with facilitating a self-advocacy group, and working as a case manager/supervisor for a program which provided in home supports.  Kelly took a break from the field, but knew it was time to get back in the ring when she was case managing her Uber customers!  When she’s not working, you may find Kelly swing or zydeco dancing, doing water aerobics, or threatening to read.

Elena B Hartley was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland for Business Administration. She was a Director/Cultural Navigator of a non-profit organization where she became well informed about the government and private sector options available to immigrants. This included organizing fundraisers, educational activities, and providing interpretation services. She was also involved with the community through St John Catholic church. Her Hispanic background offers relatable experiences to help the immigrant community. She also enjoys visiting other countries to learn about their cultures. Working hard to pursue her goals and keeping a positive attitude are the qualities that help her when she is required to maintain a level-head in times of success and failure.

Pamela Hodge has been part of SSMD since 2014 as a bookkeeper and has expanded her role to support broker in 2018. Pamela is the mother of 2 teenage daughters and she grew up in with parent with disabilities, In 2015 Pamela received a associates degree in general studies- Business emphasis from Howard Community College and since then applied the knowledge in banking, accounting, and non-profit organization. Past non-profit experience includes treasurer for The Open Hearth Foundation and Vice President for Maryland Saddle Association. Pamela is very excited to mix her finance and business background with her desire to help people live meaningful and happy lives. With the free time she sometimes finds she enjoys dancing, sewing, animals, and anything nerdy.

Chelsea Leigh Murphy has been working for people with disabilities since 2010, and was certified to be a Support Broker in December 2017. Her interest is in person centered planning, as she believes the focus should be on the person and their goals. She enjoys seeing her people live the life they choose. Chelsea currently works for the Maryland State Legislature, and often works closely with advocacy groups representing a wide array of disabilities. These interactions increase her determination and passion to support and better the quality of life of those with disabilities. In her free time, Chelsea can be found taking long walks on the beach with her husband Matthew, and enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading mysteries.

Shared Support Maryland, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations (minus the fair market value of any goods or services received by the donor) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available on request. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage. Tax ID #20-5302788.