Gordon A. Raley, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining Family Service Foundation as CEO, Gordon Raley served as the Director of Public Policy for Family Health International (FHI), and has more than 25 years of experience in health and human services in the Washington metropolitan area. Eight of those years were spent as Staff Director for the U.S. House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Human Resources, which had legislative responsibility for programs like the Office of Economic Opportunity (the remnants of the War on Poverty), Head Start, the Older American’s Act, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. He joined FHI immediately from the National Mental Health Association where he was Vice President for Federal Partnerships for four years. He has also headed public policy for the Child Welfare League of America and the American Vocational Association. For eleven years, he was the President/CEO of the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations, a collaborative body of 58 national voluntary nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the American Cancer Society.
Prior to coming to the Washington metropolitan area, Gordon worked in local government with the New Orleans City Health Department as project director for the New Orleans Cooperative Health Information System, after receiving his Master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning from Tulane University School of Social Work. He holds a BA degree from Baylor University.
Thomas Valayathil, EdD, NCC, LCPC, ACS
Director, Behavioral Health Services
Thomas Valayathil is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Family Services Foundation. He holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University in Northern Virginia and a Master’s Degree from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Board Approved Supervisor for the State of Maryland. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor for the District of Columbia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Grief Recovery Specialist. He has received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Thomas has fifteen years of experience in the mental health field and worked in various capacities such as case management, intake specialist, therapist, team lead, and program director of outpatient mental health. He is very active in the American Counseling Association, Maryland Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Jaleesa Myles, BS
Assistant Director for Quality Assurance
Jaleesa Myles’ joined Family Service Foundation after eight years work in the human services field. Her passion for the field was ignited when she began as a camp counselor at Easter Seals’ Camp Fairlee Manor, working with adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, she has provided by direct support and managerial expertise for Saint Coletta of Greater Washington in their adult day habilitation program and served as Coordinator of Community Services Quality Assurance Specialist with Montgomery County, where she developed extensive training programs and materials used throughout County programs. Earlier she was a Program Manager at Total Care Services, Inc., in Maryland. Jaleesa holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services with a focus in Counseling and is currently completing her Masters of Human Service Administration. She also holds a Support Broker Certification for the Central and Southern Regions in Maryland. Before starting her career, she was an avid volunteer with a local unit of the NAACP, the Milford Delaware Food Bank, and the Special Education Department of the Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury Maryland.
Jennifer Ngetha, BA
Assistant Director for Residential Services
Jennifer Ngetha has been serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the Family Service Foundation family for fifteen years. She has learned the profession from the ground up, starting as a Residential Counselor, then moving up to Medical Support Staff in 2008, and becoming Residential Manager in Frederick County, Maryland, in 2011, with responsibility for Community Supportive Living Assistance. In 2017, she became our Assistant Director for Residential Services. Ms. Ngetha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, and has a teenage son who is active in Band and musical pursuits.
Donald Webster, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Donald Webster brings over twenty years of financial leadership in the nonprofit sector to his position with Family Service Foundation with organizations ranging in size from a large, multinational organization to a local developmental disability agency. Most recently, he was financial director for the Head Injury Rehabilitation and Referral Services (HIRRS), where he designed and developed that agency’s accounting and financial system from the ground up. He also has served with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, St. Johns Community Services, End Poverty.org, and CRU. Donald has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s of Science, also from University of Maryland, where he concentrated in CPA track accounting and economics. Donald is married and lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland. He has two sons, one of whom is “differently abled” as Donald likes to put it.
Juanita Aubertin, BA
Deputy Director of Human Resources
Juanita Aubertin brings extensive experience in human resources, management, and accounting, to her role as Deputy Director of Family Service Foundation’s Human Resource Department. With over fifteen years nonprofit administrative experience in the field of developmental disabilities, she provides support for personnel matters, organizational change, strategic planning, staff scheduling, and benefits management, and has been a key contributor in developing policies and procedures to improve organizational and employee quality, while maintaining efficiency. Juanita is a graduate of University of Maryland, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Resources there as well.
William Mori-Ramos graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master of Social Work, specializing in services for children and families. He immediately began working in the Developmental Disability field as a Coordinator of Community Services for Service Coordination Inc., and subsequently spent a time as the Director of Day Services at CIS&H Inc. Mr. Mori-Ramos joined the FSF team in October 2016 as the Entitlement Manager, and he assists residents of both of FSF’s residential programs with managing finances and applying for and maintaining federal and state benefits.