Board of Directors
Describing Family Service Foundation, Inc. in just a few words can be challenging. We are dedicated to meeting the mental health and social service needs of our community. We specialize in serving individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, and individuals with developmental disabilities. We are active and diverse.
I feel privileged to Chair Family Service Foundation, Inc. Board not only because we reach out to help so many, but also because of how we support the individuals in need. Our organization is excellently managed, and highly rated and valued by families and the individuals we support. We address root causes of human issues, focus on what works, and always extend our support and services to the person’s entire circle of supports in a person-centered focus.
Our programs exemplify what Family Service Foundation, Inc. is all about. Since 1936, we’ve designed effective ways to meet the most pressing human needs in the communities we serve. We assist people who are heartbroken, who have no place else to go, and we figure out a way to provide genuine assistance that transforms their lives.
We have an exciting, beneficial organization that is a great place to invest your talents and your resources.
Thanks for your interest in Family Service Foundation, Inc. We are proud of our mission and the work we do for people with Developmental and Mental Health Disabilities.
Raquel Peat, PhD
Chairman, Board of Directors
2014 Board Members
Paula Walker, Vice-Chairman
Ina Ramos, Secretary
Lori Rheubottom, Treasurer
Sylvia Loatman-Omer, Member
Christian Rodriguez, Member
Mary Mitchell, Member
Andrea Pacelli, Member
Dr. Raquel Peat
Chair, Board of Directors
Dr. Peat serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Family Service Foundation. Dr. Peat’s entire professional career has been in service to the United States, in the United States Army and subsequently in the United States Public Health Service- 24-year career dedicated to the advancement of health. She serves in a leadership position and is responsible for providing scientific and regulatory subject matter expertise for advancing, promoting and protecting the public’s health and the improvement of health.
Dr. Peat has served in numerous volunteer positions to include as the Director and Adjunct Professor for the Adult Health and Development Program at the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus. In this capacity, she supervised staff in the training for 140 participants on health educational aspects of gerontological health which includes developing programs for the elderly, consisting of members within the Maryland community, veterans, foreign born individuals and those with developmentally disabilities. She participates in medical missions with non-profit global public health organization assisting host countries in free vision care.
Dr. Peat participated in multiple deployments to provide healthcare to disadvantaged and underserved populations, and has received numerous citations for her efforts, including but not limited to the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal and the Joseph Garcia Jr. Award for extraordinary excellence, contributions to public health in general, and continuous leadership in multiple roles.
Degrees received from University of Maryland (BS, PhD), Johns Hopkins University (MS) and George Washington University (MPH).
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Paula Walker serves FSF as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee. Ms. Walker has been a public health professional and manager for over 25 years, with comprehensive experience and success in contracting and procurement, grants management, community relations, health promotion and financial management. During her career Paula has established policies and procedures, and instituted process improvements that have created efficiencies, eliminated duplication of effort and saved money. Her efforts in the public sector have helped to grow and promote numerous community-based organizations and small businesses. She is an effective trainer, facilitator and team builder who is focused on motivating and supporting others to succeed.
In addition to her other work, Paula has a background in real estate and real estate education, as well as event planning and voice over work. She plans and directs special events for her church and serves as an usher.
Ms. Walker is a native Washingtonian, who now resides in Prince Georges County. She received both her BS and MBA from Mt. St. Mary’s College (now University).
Ina A. Ramos
Secretary, Board of Directors
Dr. Ramos serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Family Service Foundation and on the Human Resources Committee. She has more than 10 years of behavioral, community and academic experience in the field of public health focusing on community health initiatives, health disparities and program planning and evaluation. Her research focal areas include HIV prevention in minority women; community based participatory research; health disparities and qualitative and mixed methods approaches.
Dr. Ramos currently serves as the Director of Programs and Finance for a nonprofit organization, where she provides management of all grants, contracts and programs and manages the fiscal operations of the center’s portfolio. In this capacity, she also oversees subgrantee awards to community based organizations; conducts focus groups on minority disparity issues; conceptualizes, plans and implements health events (workshops, trainings, conferences, seminar series, etc.); and conducts research and evaluation. Dr. Ramos also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Bowie State University where she educates students on general and sexual health. She is committed to researching, constructing and implementing innovative solutions to address disparity issues that negatively impact minority communities.
A native of Prince George’s County, Ina earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University, a Masters of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland College Park.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Lori Rheubottom is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland having attended Washington Adventist University (Bachelors in Business) and Trinity University where she obtained her Masters in Community Counseling. She has worked in various Human Resources positions over the last 20+ years and has a gift for administration, mediation and problem solving.
Lori currently works for the Dimensions Healthcare System as Manager, Employee & Labor Relations, is a Mediator for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Treasurer for the Family Service Foundation, and leads the Women’s Ministry and People-4-People Employment Assistance Program and also serves on the Budget & Finance Committee for Resurrection Baptist Church.
Dalian A. Washington Sr.
Dalian Chair’s the FSF CEO Search and Fund Raising Committees. He also serves on the FSF Finance and other FSF ad hoc committees. Dalian has over 18 years of mid to executive level management experience leading diverse work forces in the various areas of human resources, training, advertising, marketing, customer service, financial management, process improvement and change management. Dalian has been directly responsible for leading organizations of 15-550 personnel along with being directly responsible for operating budgets ranging from $50,000 to $10,000,000 and managing assets ranging over $50,000,000.
Dalian currently serves as a Branch Chief in the United States Air Force. Dalian has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English, a Master’s of Science in Management degree specializing in leadership and organizational effectiveness as well as a Master’s of Art degree in international relations and policy.
Dalian has served on youth scholarship boards in O’Fallon IL and he has been an active leader/participant in Habitat for Humanity, Department of Defense Children’s Toy Drive, New Life Enterprise’s East St Louis Project 2011. Dalian has also coached multiple youth sports teams and mentored numerous teenagers and young adults in various locations throughout the United States.
Sylvia serves as the Board of Directors’ Human Resources Chair. She is a Nationally Certified Mental Health Counselor. Sylvia received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Howard University and Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
Sylvia has extensive experience in both the mental health and human resources fields. Sylvia has provided individual, marital, couples, group therapy and crisis interventions to a diverse client populations using a variety of treatment models. In her current position, Sylvia oversees the human resources operations . She develops organizational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues; contributing information, analysis, and recommendations to organization strategic thinking and direction.
Christian Rodriguez, MA serves as Chair of the Finance Committee at Family Services Foundation. In that capacity he provides guidance and counsel on budget matters related to the Corporation.
Christian brings over 10 years of financial and strategic planning experience to FSF from the military and public sector. His experience ranges from managing budgets exceeding 350 million dollars annually to strategic planning of multi-million dollar public health initiatives.
Christian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University’s Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Public Management concentration. He earned his MA from Northern Arizona University’s Master of Administration Program, Public Executive concentration.
Mary Mitchell, LCSW-C, BCD
Mary Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors’ Human Resources, Fund Raising and CEO Search Committees. She is a Board Certified Diplomat in clinical social work, is licensed at the clinical level in Maryland, and is a registered clinical supervisor with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mary received a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin.
Now retired from a 42 year career in the mental health field, Mary worked in both publically and privately funded human service organizations as an individual, family and group therapist, supervisor and program coordinator, and has expertise in working with people who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disability. She was a faculty member in the Bachelor of Social Work programs at two universities/colleges in the Midwest, and also provided graduate social work student supervision throughout much of her career. She worked in Family Service Foundation’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinics as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor.
Her volunteer roles have included activities in the Prince George’s Public Schools, the former Human Rights Advisory Committee in Prince George’s County, development and coordination of several emergency shelter programs through her church, and teaching in the church’s child and adult programs.
William (Bill) Surrey, PMP
Bill serves on the Finance and multiple ad hoc committees. He currently leads a division acquiring rapid capabilities for the US Air Force. His background in business includes positions as a program manager, contracting officer, international project officer, and human resources director. He has previously worked with multiple countries, including Russia, France, and Italy, to establish anti-terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation programs. He led a division in Iraq overseeing training and logistics for Iraqi police officers and special forces. The portfolio of programs he’s overseen includes space, aircraft, personnel, and software projects.
Bill has a masters degree in international policy and a masters degree with honors in program and acquisition management. He is a certified Program Management Professional by the Program Management Institute and a certified Level 3 program manager/Level 3 contracting officer by the Defense Acquisition University. He has received additional certifications in change management, Six Sigma, and space-lift operations.
Bill previously served on a Board of Advisors for a youth charity in Dayton, OH. He has coached multiple youth sports teams, mentored at-risk teenagers, served as the Director of Security for a 2,000-member church, and overseen security for an inner-city youth program. He currently volunteers as a Sunday School teacher and a scorekeeper for two youth sports teams.