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  • Elly Bludworth

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    Elly is the Director of Youth Housing at SMYAL. She is originally from Sanford, Florida, but has lived all…

  • Kalea Matsakis, LICSW

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    Kalea is the Clinical Case Manager at Roman's House, Extended Transitional Housing, coming to SMYAL as a licensed independent clinical…

  • India Mercedes

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    India was born and raised in Washington, DC and loves her city. India previously worked for the Salvation Army…

  • Mariana Velazquez

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    Mariana is the new Housing Case Manager at Roman’s House Extended Transitional Housing Program. Prior to coming to SMYAL,…

  • Q Garcia-Geary

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    Q is a clinical services intern for the housing program. They provide case management to our Spanish-speaking clients, as well…

  • Ty Kitchen

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    Taryn Kitchen (Ty for short) joined the SMYAL team in 2021 as the Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager.…

  • Jhirbron Tonge

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    Jhirbron is the Health & Wellness Coordinator at SMYAL. He works with 5-10 youth to increase understanding and access…

  • Chyna Johnson-Owens

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    Chyna Johnson-Owens is the Clinical Case Manager for SMYAL. Prior to joining the team, Chyna has worked in the…

  • Samantha Nolet, MS, MSW

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    Samantha was born in New England (Go Patriots!) and raised in Florida. She attended Florida State University for her…

  • Keith Pollard

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    Keith Pollard was born and raised in rural West Virginia and in 2014 his passion for advocacy/activism moved him…

  • Samia Lalani

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    Samia comes to SMYAL with over six years of experience as a researcher, clinician, and case manager in the field…

  • Connor Hegel

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    Connor is the new LGBTQ Services and Outreach Specialist for Montgomery County, Maryland.  He will be based out of…

  • Hancie Stokes

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    Hancie is the Communications Manager for SMYAL. She works with SMYAL's staff and community partners to coordinate effective social…

  • Rebecca York

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    Rebecca is the Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager for SMYAL. She works with SMYAL’s youth leaders and community…

  • Tim Saxton

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    Tim is SMYAL's Director of HR & Operations. Originally from the small town of Defiance, Ohio, he earned his…

  • Addison Moore

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    Addison Moore is a graduate of Paul Public School in NW Washington, DC. Addison has always had a passion…

  • Sultan Shakir

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    Sultan is the Executive Director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that works to…

  • Adalphie Johnson, MDiv

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    Adalphie Johnson comes to SMYAL with over 8 years of program experience in the non-profit arena specifically in the…

  • Jason Laney

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    Jason Laney comes to SMYAL with more than 10 years of experience working in the non-profit industry as both…

  • Sharifa Love-Schnur

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    Sharifa is the Development Manager for SMYAL. Before arriving at SMYAL Sharifa held a variety of positions both inside…

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For over 35 years, SMYAL has worked to empower LGBTQ youth.

By moving youth programs online, we will continue providing safe and
affirming spaces for youth
to build community and connect to supportive services
that remind us in a time of physical distancing, we are not alone.