At Malta House, we take pride in not only providing exceptional care to pregnant mothers and their children, but also in maintaining the integrity our women deserve while ensuring real hope for their future. Please take a moment to learn more about our staff.
Carey Dougherty joined Malta House as Director of Development and Strategy in March 2017, and was appointed Executive Director on January 1, 2019. Carey is a nonprofit professional whose experience includes serving as Director of Development for Recovery Network of Programs, a behavioral healthcare agency in Bridgeport, CT, as well as founding and serving as Executive Director of Her Haven, a nonprofit that designs trauma-informed spaces of healing and hope for women and families in need.
Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Carey worked as an interior designer, an Account Executive for an international Fortune 500 company, and as a teacher of Japanese and high school English. She has served on several nonprofit boards and works with other volunteer organizations that focus on helping women and children. Carey holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in Advanced Japanese from Keio University in Tokyo, and a Residential Interior Design Certificate from Fairfield University.
Jasmin Noel is a Social Services professional who rejoined Malta House as Case Manager in February 2019. Jasmin is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Having worked extensively with at-risk adults and families, Jasmin is passionate about providing quality support services to the most vulnerable population in our communities.
Jasmin began her career working with clients with developmental disabilities in a residential setting and went on to manage a Permanent Supportive Housing and Homeless Outreach Center, providing services to chronically homeless and dually-diagnosed individuals.
As a rejoined member of the Malta House staff, Jasmin is excited about helping to fulfill the organization’s mission to provide hope to pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. It is her philosophy that every person has incredible potential to thrive, in even the most adverse circumstances.
As a dedicated family and community advocate, Jasmin is committed to the success of her clients and affecting change in the greater community.
Shavon Wright joined Malta House as a Resident Advisor in August 2009. Shavon comes with several years of managerial experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, working with The Sheraton Stamford Hotel and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport. She diligently serves her faith community in many capacities such as you & young adult coordinator, Street Evangelism & Outreach team.
Debi joined Malta House as a temporary Business Manager in June 2017. She has been an office administrator and bookkeeper since 1986. For the last 12 years, Debi has dedicated her experience and skills to the nonprofit business community. Debi joined Malta House as a full time Human Resource specialist and Business Manager in December 2017. Debi was named Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Malta House in January 2019.
Valerie Vincent is our Mental Health & Spirituality Director. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2018 from Fairfield University. As a Catholic family therapist, Valerie has provided therapy to individuals, couples and families from all socio-economic and religious backgrounds in various settings including CatholicPsych Institute in Greenwich, CT, St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services in Westport, CT and Catholic Charities-Behavioral Health in Norwalk, CT.
Even before she converted to the Catholic Faith in her early twenties, Valerie understood that service to the poor and the sick gave meaning to her life. As a Dame of the Order of Malta, she takes to heart the mission of the Order “to defend the Catholic Faith, the Poor and the Sick” and has been very active in her parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Stamford, and in the diocese of Bridgeport, CT. Valerie’s vocation to work with individuals and families on relationship issues, conflictual communication, parenting challenges, and obstacles to emotional well-being is grounded in her Catholic Faith and her experience as a wife and mother.
Valerie has been married for 26 years and is the blessed mother of seven beautiful children. She is a native of France and thoroughly bilingual.
Natalie Schanne grew up in a family being the oldest and only girl of six. She is a recent graduate of Franciscan University, and worked in finance for three years before joining Malta House. She graduated in 2016, with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. Natalie learned about people and culture, which she feels has been invaluable. She always had an interest in business and finance, and immediately after graduation started working for Bridgewater Associates.
Natalie has always been very committed to empowering women to become not only incredible leaders, but incredible mothers. So after three years at Bridgewater, she decided to make her passion of empowering women and public relations her full time career. Natalie is a very dedicated self-starter who works extremely hard, and continues to break the norms of the traditional career path. She is an old soul with a strong knowledge in the fashion industry and old Hollywood film.