Leadership

Board of Directors

President:  Dottie Paxton

Vice President:  Joe Stellone

Secretary:  Rochelle Michaux Conway

Treasurer:  Libby Boswell

Members:

Captain Justin Baker

Rochelle Michaux Conway

Larry Froman

Kristine Harshaw

Lisa Kittleman

Nicholas Langhauser

Gail Makode

Brooke McCauley

Chitra Raghu

Steve Sternheimer

Dr. Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director

Dr. Mariana Izraelson joined Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in October 2020 as the Executive Director. Dr. Izraelson brings years of clinical and managerial experience in the medical outpatient and behavioral health setting. She previously worked as the CEO for the Federally Qualified Health Care Center La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Other professional roles include Executive Director for Shepherds Clinic in Baltimore City, Director of Outpatient Services for Ashley Addiction Treatment in Harford and Cecil County, and Director of Recovery Care Services for HealthCare Access Maryland managing State Care Coordination, Maryland Recovery Net, and Women and Children programs for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.

Through her professional roles over the past ten years, Dr. Izraelson has strengthened her knowledge of professional procedures, research, and an understanding of a myriad of evidence-based treatment program deliveries. From her experience in rural Maryland to working in Baltimore City, Dr. Izraelson have been dedicated to providing high quality public health prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations.  As a clinician, and program director, she developed skills in working with clients who had multiple health and social needs including substance use and mental health disorders. Serving this population provided her with direct experience addressing substance use disorders during pregnancy as well as the unique concerns that affect pregnant women while in recovery.

Dr. Izraelson has a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Argosy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition, Dr. Izraelson is a certified Project Management Professional. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness. She is also a member of the Project Management Institute, and the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Association.

Tina Field, Director of Homeless Services

Before being named Director of Homeless Services, Tina Field served as Grassroots Hotline Manager, supervising the daily functioning of the crisis hotline and walk-in counseling services and managing the single point of entry for homeless service. She is certified through the American Association of Suicidology as a Crisis Worker and has participated in numerous trainings, including QPR Master Trainer Certification, ASIST Trainer Certification, SOAR Case Management Protocol, Rapid Rehousing and others. She has extensive volunteer leadership experience with local organizations.

She graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and minored in Gender and Women’s Studies. She is the co-author of the Grassroots Safe Space Certification Program, which is designed to help learn how to provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.