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.
Aleksandra Gedal has been a financial professional for over 20 years. She has broad experience in all aspects of accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, leadership and management. Aleksandra received a BS in Financial Accounting and an MS in Business Administration from Mercy College. She fell in love with the nonprofit world in 1998 while working at Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester for over 12 years. Aleksandra was surprised to learn about Malta House's services and wanted to participate in the mission in assisting young moms through their difficult times.
Kim Killoy joined Malta House in February of 2020. Kim has a strong non-profit background and spent the last five years as Development& Communications Director for the Human Services Council, another Norwalk non-profit. Prior to that, she spent five years with Newtown's PreventionCouncil coordinating their community coalition and executing a Drug FreeCommunities grant. Kim had been an independent business owner providing professional fundraising, public relations, and event planning services to local Fairfield County businesses and organizations. She also worked for Unilever North America in the Trade Marketing and Financial Services areas. Kim is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield. She lives in Monroe with her husband Tom and their four children.
Shannon McClure leads Malta House’s fundraising and marketing functions and assists with long-range planning. Shannon’s career has been dedicated to nonprofit management, primarily for performing arts organizations and faith-based organizations across the nation. Before joining Malta House, she worked as a capital campaign consultant, guiding organizations through successful large-scale fundraising campaigns. In 2019, she served as the campaign manager for Malta House’s $4 million "New Home" campaign. Shannon earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Tulsa. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and was educated by the Sisters of Mercy. Shannon is passionate about empowering women, protecting children, and caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Laila Bravo has joined Malta House as our Volunteer Coordinator and shares the mission of Malta House speaking at the parishes in Fairfield County. Laila is always ready to greet you with a smile and offers a warm welcome to our home. Laila has years of office experience in business with an associates in accounting and after a career change earned a Bachelors in Behavioral Science. Laila brings a unique balance to her position because of her personal experience ten years ago when she was a Malta House mom. Laila knows Malta House inside and out and shares her testimony and the love she was given while at Malta House offering her the support she needed to be the strong and independent mother she is today. Now Laila gives back by offering support to our current moms and sharing her story with our new friends who want to learn more about Malta House.
Jasmin Noel is a Social Services professional who rejoined Malta House as Director of Case Management 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.
Mia Reichl joined the Malta House staff in September 2020 and has loved working with children all her life. In 2009, she fulfilled her lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. She is committed to providing children with the solid foundation of trust, consistency, love and stimulation that they deserve, always ensuring that expectations and surroundings are developmentally appropriate. Along the way, the daily joys bestowed upon her by our Malta House babies are evidence that she chose the right career. Mia lives with her husband in Danbury, where she grew up and raised our two wonderful children. In her free time, she likes to crochet and be involved in her church.
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.
Valerie Vincent 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, St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services in Westport and Catholic Charities-Behavioral Health in Norwalk. Even before she converted to Catholicism 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. 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.