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.
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.
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.
Brianna Fearon joined Malta House as our Case Manager in March 2021. She has experience as an employment specialist with Career Resources, and facilitated a career readiness course to a group of mothers from the Liberation Program, a behavioral healthcare agency in Norwalk. Additionally, Brianna has experience as a Group Home Manager in a residential setting with a group of 6 individuals with developmental disabilities. Once a week she mentors at-risk youth students with the Norwalk Human Services Council, which she finds rewarding because it gives her an opportunity to connect and share with the next generation of doctors, nurses, pilots, and Automotive Technicians. Brianna is dedicated to serving the families we support by providing the tools and resources needed to become empowered and self sufficient. Brianna is a Norwalk native, where she lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, DIY projects, and going on vacation.
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.
Kathleen Rowland comes to Malta House after 25 years in the financial services industry. She spent many years in customer relationship management and data integrity and brings that knowledge and experience to Malta House’s development group. Working in the non-profit sector has always been a dream of Kathleen’s and working at Malta House and its mission is the perfect fit.
Kathleen holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of CA, Santa Barbara, and a certificate in Executive and Organizational coaching from NYU. In addition to her desire to support mothers, babies and at-risk youth, Kathleen is also involved with a dog rescue organization.