Board of Directors

President:  Dottie Paxton

Vice President:  Joe Stellone

Secretary:  Rochelle Michaux Conway

Treasurer:  Libby Boswell


Captain Justin Baker

Rochelle Michaux Conway

Larry Froman

Kristine Harshaw

Lisa Kittleman

Nicholas Langhauser

Gail Makode

Brooke McCauley

Chitra Raghu

Steve Sternheimer

Meet Dr. Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director

Dr. 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.

Meet Marcia Reichert, Business and Finance Manager
Marcia Reichert joined Grassroots in November 2016 as the Business and Finance Manager.  Marcia has over 25 years experience working in Business and Government Accounting.  Previously she worked as Senior Accountant, Controller, Account Manager, and Accountant with other companies.  Marcia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an MBA at Columbia Union College, and a Associate Degree (AA) and Certificate in Accounting from Montgomery College. Marcia is also a CPA Candidate and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).  She is currently Lead Accountant and Board Member at Jesus Tabernacle Church, and Treasurer for Jesus Tabernacle Holdings.  Marcia was a former Treasurer for Christ Community Church for six years.  Marcia is very passionate about helping less fortunate girls and women excel in the workforce.  She utilizes her business skills on a volunteer basis to mentor, train, and prepare women to be ready for change and to be empowered in the workforce.

Meet Kathie DiNoto, Director of Shelter Services
Kathie DiNoto has 30 years experience working with homeless individuals and families. After graduation from Towson State University in 1977, she joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and worked with the chronically homeless population at Project PLASE in Baltimore City. She has coordinated the shelter programs at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center since 1981. Ms. DiNoto has also volunteered at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital, Baltimore New Directions for Women, and Baltimore Neighborhoods. She is serves and the SOAR Program leader for Howard County.

Meet Sara Smoley, Director of Clinical and Crisis Services

Sara Smoley is an LCSW-C in the state of Maryland and has worked with a variety of populations including people with mental illness, people with substance usage disorders, and victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College, New York in Behavioral Science in 2000. Sara went on to receive a Master’s in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration and Mental Health Specialization from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2005.

Her work experience includes the following: psychotherapist in an Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance usage disorders; Assistant Director of a Targeted Case Management Program providing services to individuals experiencing mental illness and homelessness; psychotherapist in private practice providing outpatient therapy for individuals and couples; and Clinical Director at an agency providing services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Sara has been the Director of Clinical and Crisis Services at Grassroots since June 2018.