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 26 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. Gail’s extensive experience is in Self Directed Service Provision, Positive Supports, Person Directed Planning & Individualized Supports Organizational Development. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mona Gomaa is a certified special education teacher who graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with both a Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in Special Education. She has worked in both Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County Public Schools as a general educator and special educator. She has been in the education field for over 17 years, working with young adults who have mild, moderate and severe disabilities. She is currently an IEP facilitator with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Mona became interest in the special education field after her younger sister was diagnosed with Autism. Mona was certified as a support broker in February 2017, and has started working with Shared Support MD in January 2018. She lives in Howard County with her family. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reda Sheinberg is a longtime advocate for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Thru long term advocacy, expanded her expertise in working with many service providers and advocates in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. Gained extensive personal experience in Self-Direction since her son has been self-directing DDA services since 2008. Reda founded a grassroots group MCTransitions.org, which has more than 500 members, for families to have a venue to network and share information on supporting their adult children with disabilities. Reda has been a Certified Support in Maryland since 2008 with last renewal in 2016. She is retired from a 35+ year career as a Computer Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard in December 2015 and hold a BS and MS in Computer Engineering and a PMP Certification in Project Management. Reda@sharedsupportmd.org
Dan Janssen started as a direct support professional and job coach in 2009 working with families throughout MD. After two years of doing and learning multiple aspects of direct support he got his Support Broker License and began Brokering for SSMD. Dan has gotten his ACRE certification in Employment Development and has presented on community based employment at the Leadership Institute, MACS conference, TASH and the Direct Support conference. He has a degree in Visual Arts from U of MD but considers the field he is in now his true calling. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com