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Susan Finlaw-Dusseault, MA

Director of Continuum of Care Services

Susan Finlaw-Dusseault is the Director of the Continuum of Services for the Homeless Leadership Board. Susan brings to the HLB over 25 years of experience with the not for profit and public health sectors. She has a strong background in program development and implementation, system design, policy development, grant writing, contract and grant management, data management, developing performance measures, quality improvement, and program monitoring and evaluation.  Prior to joining HLB she worked at the Pinellas County Health Department and the YWCA of Tampa Bay. Susan holds a M.A from the University of South Florida and a B.A from the University of West Florida.


Ginny Bodkin

Executive Assistant

Ginny Keeter-Bodkin is the Executive Assistant for the Homeless Leadership Board.  Ginny provides administrative assistance to the CEO, manages office operations, accounting, grant reporting, and works with HLB Councils and Committees.  Ginny has a strong background in office organization and operations, business-specific reporting, and project related work.  Prior to joining the HLB, Ginny was an Executive Assistant with the Nestle Purina PetCare Company for ten years and a Legal Assistant with Gallagher & Associates Law Firm for five years.  Ginny attended Georgia State University and the Art Institute of Atlanta and holds a degree in Visual Communication.

 

Alex Strieder, BPA

Housing Specialist

Alex Strieder is the Housing Specialist for the Homeless Leadership Board. Her experience includes property management of public and affordable housing, compliance, procurement, community development, case management, and advocacy. In the non-profit sector, she has volunteered at a variety of social service organizations to serve specific needs of the community. Prior to joining HLB, she worked as a Certified Public Housing Manager for the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

 

Avery Slyker, Ph.D

Performance Improvement Manager

Avery Slyker is the Performance Improvement Manager for the Homeless Leadership Board. Her background is nonprofit management with experience in research, grant and contract management, project, organizational, and  leadership development, along with grant writing. Prior to joining the HLB, Avery worked the University of South Florida’s  Florida Covering Kids and Families program as project manager, overseeing outreach, navigation, and application assistance statewide for Florida KidCare and the Affordable Care Act. She has over sixteen years of experience administrating and managing social service programming; advocating on behalf of women, children, and families; marketing social services; and administering healthy client relations. Avery has a Ph.D. and MS in Nonprofit Management from Capella University and a BSW from the University of South Florida. 

 


Susan Myers, M.Ed.

 Chief Executive Officer

Susan Myers joined the Homeless Leadership Board in 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer. She has over 30 years in the field of health and human services, including 22 years working as a public administrator in county government agencies. Her experience includes: administering programs for children and adults in the areas of mental health and substance abuse, anti-poverty, housing and homelessness, aging and disabilities, developmental disabilities, veteran’s services, primary healthcare, HIV, domestic violence, sexual assault, and adult protective services. Susan previously worked in Alachua and Broward Counties in Florida and Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master degree in Counseling Education from the University of Florida.




 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Garrett, MA

Project Manager

Jack Garrett is the Project Manager for the Coordinated Entry System. He has a background in industry and nonprofits, with experience in management, research, project development, operations, and customer/client relations. Prior to joining the HLB, Jack worked with community-based, non-profits that assist public and private agencies in the development of strategic planning and model programs that respond to the economic, housing, and social needs of communities.  He has managed a homeless shelter, homeless prevention projects, and CoC projects (including HMIS and CoC funded programs). Jack has a MA in Applied Anthropology and a BA in Anthropology both from California State University Long Beach, and Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

 

Victoria Sailer, JD

Grant Accountant

Victoria Sailer is the Grant Accountant for the Homeless Leadership Board. Vicky brings to the HLB about 20 years of experience working at non-profit agencies.  Her non-profit experiences include accounting, grant management, volunteer coordination and crisis line advocacy.  Prior to joining HLB she worked at The COVE Center, Inc. and The Women’s Center of Rhode Island. Vicky holds a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law, a B.S. from Western Governors University and a  B.A from Bryn Mawr College.

 

 

Joe DeSantiago, BA

System Navigator

Joe DeSantiago is the Community System Navigator for the Coordinated Entry System in Pinellas County. Mr. DeSantiago has worked with people with mental disabilities both in California and Colorado since 1989 and 1995 until 2004.  He has worked with the homeless population in Florida with the Salvation Army and Center of Hope overnight shelters since 2005. He has also worked with the homeless Veterans and the Pinellas County Veteran Treatment Court as the Veteran Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities since 2014. Mr. DeSantiago is a Veteran who joined the Army in 1990. Mr. DeSantiago has a BA in Communication and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

 

Chris Drummond

System Navigator

Chris Drummond joined the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board in late-2016 and currently serves as a Coordinate Entry System (CES) Navigator. Prior to the HLB, Chris spent nearly nine years in the United States Army and worked the last seven with multiple indigent, elderly, and veteran entitlement programs. His experience includes emergency shelter management, rapid and permanent supportive housing case management, and community outreach and education. He is currently matriculating at Florida Southern College and working toward a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Business Administration.