Our Team

Chloe Perez, LICSW, LCSW-C, President & CEO

Chloe first came to Hearts & Homes in 2000 and worked for two years as a Social Worker while she was working on her Masters. She returned in 2010 and was hired as the Program Administrator, responsible for oversight of all Residential Treatment Care Programs and was a driving force behind projects that enabled us to better serve the varied and changing needs of our young people. She is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker and Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. She serves on two non-profit boards and sits on the Commission for Children and Youth.

Chloe has been working with children, adolescents, and families in the state of Maryland for the past 8 years, with over 20 years of experience in social work and child welfare. She is committed to providing the best behavioral and mental health services for the youth in our care and to find ways to better serve youth and families who are at-risk. Chloe is continuing to grow our footprint and move our work forward in new and dynamic directions, while ensuring that we stay true to our mission.

 

Melanie Geddings-Hayes, LCSW-C, Program Director of Group Homes

Melanie is the Program Director for Group Homes and has been with the agency since September 2015. Melanie has her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland and is a graduate of the Title IV-E Education for Child Welfare program. She is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor. Prior to joining Hearts & Homes, Melanie worked for the Department of Social Services (DSS) in various programs. She began as a student intern in 2002 in the family preservation unit and after graduating she practiced as a Social Worker in various components of child welfare including reunification foster care and adoption. Melanie spent four years as the supervisor for the Adoptions and Out-of-Home services unit. In addition to her work at DSS she has worked as an outpatient child and family therapist and was the director of an after school program.

 

Jarrell McRae, MSW, LCSW-C, Chief Administrator – Damamli/TFC

Jarrell is the Chief Administrator for Family Ties Treatment Foster Care & Damamli Teen Mother-Baby Program. He has been a part of the Hearts & Homes family since July 2018. Jarrell obtained his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and his Masters in Social Work from Morgan State University, and is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor. Prior to joining Hearts & Homes, Jarrell worked for the Department of Social Services (DSS) in various counties, and supported Private Sector child welfare organizations as well. He began his career supporting research initiatives within the Baltimore City Public School System and then transitioned to a local Residential Treatment Center after obtaining his B.S. in 2007. Jarrell has practiced as a Masters Level and Clinical Level social worker in various components of child welfare, social justice and public policy. His areas of focus include treating victims of trauma, advocating for vulnerable populations and supporting endeavors associated with youth in foster care who identify as LGBT.

 

Paul Clement, Senior Vice President / CFO/CAO

Paul has worked for Hearts & Homes since 2010, managing finances and budgets. Paul began as the organization’s Controller and was promoted to the position of CFO in 2013. In his role as CFO, Paul assures that the organization maintains financial stability, complying with contracts and licensing requirements with state agencies.

Paul holds a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Paul’s favorite part of working for Hearts & Homes is “seeing the success of our adolescents and watching them grow within our programs.”

 

Olu Bright, Director of Human Resources

Olu has been in charge of efforts to recruit well-seasoned staff for Hearts & Homes. As VP of Human Resources, Olu manages all efforts related to organizational development, policy development and documentation, employee relations, personnel records, training, recruitment, and staffing. Olu oversees adherence to COMAR regulations, keeping personnel records in compliance with staff licenses and managing employee relations.

Olu received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration and Policy from University of Maryland Baltimore County.

When asked about her work for the agency, Olu remarks, “my work is driven and inspired by the staff who invest their hearts into their work and go beyond the call of duty.”

 

Valerie Snogren, Chief of Staff

Beginning her career with Hearts & Homes as an Executive Assistant, Valerie has been with the agency since 2009.  Now Chief of Staff, Valerie manages annual events, including Hearts & Homes Charity Golf Toutnament and Annual Charity Gala  and oversees all fundraising campaigns.  She is the glue that holds Hearts & Homes together, applying her passion and determination every day.

Valerie received her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Valerie notes, “It’s very rewarding to support those who are diligently working to make a difference in the lives of young people.”