Lotus House Team

 

The Lotus House Team is an award winning, multidisciplinary team of professionals in wide ranging fields from behavioral health, social services, education and programming to building services, engineering, accounting, information management, and the culinary arts. Over a third of this dedicated team consists of alumni of the Lotus House Program supporting in-take, operations, culinary services, programming and health and wellness. Lotus House possesses the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator and Platinum Status with GuideStar. It has received accreditation in Behavioral Health - Community Housing for Adults, Children and Adolescents from CARF, the internationally recognized, independent accrediting nonprofit organization setting the gold standard in health and human services providers committed to continuous improvement.

Executive Team

Constance Collins

Founder and Executive Director

Yaisy Catalan

Chief Financial Officer

The Executive Team of the Lotus House Program is led by Constance Collins, President and Executive Director of the Sundari Foundation, Inc. dba Lotus House Women’s Shelter (Lotus House Program), and supported by its Chief Financial Officer, Yaisy Catalan, and the esteemed Board of the Foundation. The Board of the Foundation includes a diverse range of professionals and community leaders that bring a wealth of experience, expertise, time, treasure, compassion and passion to the Foundation’s mission.

Executive and Operations Support Team

Etta Akoni

Associate General Counsel

Yonaira Hernandez

Human Resources Director

The Executive and Operations Support  Team includes a passionately dedicated, experienced team of professionals with wide ranging expertise and backgrounds. 

Community Outreach Team

The efforts of the Community Outreach Team, led by Director Beatrice Gonzalez, BA, are essential to the Foundation’s mission to raise awareness of the special needs of women, youth and children experiencing homelessness, the innovative ways in which Lotus House addresses those needs, and enlightened public and social policies to bring an end to homelessness in our community and our country.

Intake and Victim Services Team

The Intake and Victim Services Team, led by Director Laura Klinefelter, LMHC, and Acting Director Melisa Alonso, MHC, provide a trauma-informed welcoming process for accessing Lotus House’s life saving program and connecting victims of domestic and intimate violence and other crimes to life changing resources.

Children's Services Team

The Children's Services Team, led by Program Director Shana Cox, LCSW, PsyD, provides evidence based, individual assessments for every child upon entry into the shelter to gain a deep understanding of the developmental status, social and emotional needs and trauma history of every child so that services can be tailored to their individual needs.

Families Team

The Families Program Team, led by Program Director Stephanie Padro, LMFT, and supported by Assistant Director Kathleen Ortuno, LMHC, and Diagnostic Specialist Michele Fiorot, PhD, and a team of professional counselors, conduct special needs assessments for every family upon entry into the shelter to gain a deep understanding of their overall health and wellbeing, mental health needs, strengths and challenges, histories of victimization and trauma, education and employment status, and housing goals so that services can be tailored to their individual needs.

Singles and Youth Team

The Singles and Youth Program Team, led by Program Director Gabrielle Contreras, LCSW, and supported by Assistant Director Melisa Alonso, MHC, and Diagnostic Specialist  Michele Fiorot, PhD, and a team of professional counselors, conduct special needs assessments for every woman and youth (both single and parenting youth) upon entry into the shelter to gain a deep understanding of their overall health and wellbeing, mental health needs, strengths and challenges, histories of victimization and trauma, education and employment status, and housing goals so that services can be tailored to their individual, and, in the case of youth with children, family needs.

Community Health and Recovery Support Team

The Community Health Team, led by Director Debbie Salomon, RN, BSN, and supported by Assistant Director Meliss Cabrera-Matiz, RN, BSN, advances the safety, health and wellness of our entire Lotus House community, conducting critical public health screening for contagious diseases, linkages to medical and mental health providers, and important public health and wellness education.

Operations Team

The Operations Team, led by Operations Director Katherine Roth, BS, EIT, LEED AP: BD+C, and supported by Assistant Directors Carole Jordan BA, Monyia Knights, Georgette Madison, Sharonee Delevante, Dominique Cooney and Lenora Feldor, continuously strive to provide a trauma informed and welcoming environment for the women, youth and children sheltered in the Lotus House Program.

Culinary Team

The Culinary Team, led by Culinary Center Director and Chef Genivieve Blair and supported by Program Director Chef Betty Forcer and Culinary Education Director and Chef Mark Scharnitz, lovingly prepares and serves healthful, nutritious meals to over 490 women and children daily, as well as a few extra meals for our impoverished neighbors in Overtown.

Employment and Education Team

The Education and Employment Team, led by Director Nichole Burke, BA, empowers women, youth and children with knowledge, tools and resources in the state of the art computer center, known as the Lotspeich Education Center at Lotus Village.

Programming Team

The Programming Team, led by Director Margo Hannah, BA, offers women, youth and children holistic pathways for healing, creative expression, social engagement and empowerment as a vital component of the supportive services of Lotus House. We know that “play” is a child’s work, and that enriched play can offer opportunities for developing trust, self-esteem, conscience, empathy, problem solving, focused learning and self-control.

Quality Assurance, Data Management and Reporting Team

About Quality Assurance, Data Management, and Reporting Team

The Quality Assurance, Data Management and Reporting Team (Quality Assurance Team), led by Director Grants Management, Quality Assurance and Reporting Marta Vega, BS, and supported by Assistant Director of Quality Assurance Marie Alcineus, BA, is responsible for assuring the highest quality in the Foundation’s data management and timely, accurate, and full performance, compliance, and reporting for all grants, contracts, and funding sources of the Foundation.

Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Team

The Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Team (Fiscal Team), led by Yaisy Catalan, MAc, supports the Lotus House Program by providing the highest level of transparency and fiscal accountability in its business and operations, carefully stewarding its resources with valued oriented procurement and maximizing utilization of grants and other contractual funding sources in accordance with their terms.

Lotus House Donations Center and Thrift Team

The Lotus House Thrift Store, LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of the main Foundation, is led by Director Ligia Sosa, BA, and supported by Donations Managers Ronide Blanc and Radhames Hernandez. Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique serves as a bright and cheery donations center for Lotus House at the same time it is an innovative retail job readiness training program.