Chloe Perez, 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 victimized, underserved, and emotionally troubled youth across the state of Maryland and the greater Mid-Atlantic region. She is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker and maintains board approved Supervisor credentialing.
Chloe has been working with children, adolescents, and families in the state of Maryland for the past 5 years, with over 18 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.
Paul Clement, CFO
Paul has worked for Hearts & Homes for the past three years, 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.”
Valerie Snogren, Chief of Staff
Beginning her career with Hearts & Homes as an Executive Assistant, Valerie has been with the agency for seven years. Now Chief of Staff, Valerie manages annual events, including Hearts & Homes on the Green and Honors 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 disadvantaged adolescents.”
Jessica McKinnie has been a part of the Hearts and Homes family since 2009, starting as a Social Worker with the Family Ties Therapeutic Foster Care Program. The agency would often receive feedback from youth and various individuals that Jessica collaborated with, expressing the impact that she made in their lives and an unparalleled work ethic. In 2014, Jessica was promoted to Clinical Placement Specialist (Intake Coordinator) for both Family Ties and the Damamli Mother Baby Program. During this time she worked to build strong partnerships and enhanced communication with social service departments throughout Maryland. Currently, Jessica’s leadership in the foster care department reflects the belief that we must work to facilitate a nurturing and healing family environment for each youth we serve and provide youth with opportunities to build skills that will prepare them for independence.
Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore and her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from Oakwood University. She is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker and maintains board approved Supervisor credentialing.
Maureen Rodgers, Assistant Program Director
Maureen Rodgers is the Assistant Program Director of our Therapeutic Foster Care and Young Mothers Programs. Maureen first came to Hearts & Homes in 2009 and as the Foster Parent Recruiter. Maureen’s position with Hearts & Homes has developed over the years and she has maintained her passion for matching youth facing adversity with foster parents who can provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home.
Maureen has been working with you in group homes and independent living settings as well as youth on probation with Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and child welfare for over 11 years. Maureen has a BA in Mass Communications from Towson University and a Masters in Contemporary Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Catholic University.
Maureen enjoys working at Hearts & Homes and seeing our youth succeed. “I like being part of a family striving to help youth succeed.”
Olu Bright, Vice President of Human Resources
For nearly five years, 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.”
Melanie Geddings-Hayes, Program Director for 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.