Christopher J. McCabe, MBA (Chris): Executive Director
For over 30 years, Chris McCabe has demonstrated his passion for helping others, especially children and families from disadvantaged circumstances. He has extensive executive experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in health and human services. During three terms in the Maryland General Assembly, Senator McCabe was a leading voice for children, adolescents, and teens in the state’s foster care system. As former secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Chris guided 24 local offices of social services to support those in need of assistance, protecting children, and encouraging economic independence for those able to work. Chris has also served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and led development efforts with the Johns Hopkins Health System for nearly 20 years.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the father of four, and is married to Deidre Nerreau McCabe, Director of Communications, Maryland Department of Health.
Pamela J. Cann: Deputy Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Pam Cann has over two decades of experience in financial management, in both the private and public sectors, with a special expertise in cost accounting. She comes to Chrysalis House from Robison International Inc., a DC-based consulting firm where she held various positions including Comptroller of the company. Pam has also held senior financial roles in the aerospace industry. In addition to her expertise in all aspects of financial affairs, Pam has devoted her time and passion to nonprofit causes, including Hospice of the Chesapeake and Riverdale Baptist Church and School. She also served as Treasurer for an incumbent US Senator re-election campaign.
Pam holds degrees from Radford College and the University of Maryland. She resides in Prince George’s County with her husband and son.
Carressa Christian, CSC-AD: Deputy Executive Director, Programs and Transitional Services
Carressa Christian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Transitional Services at Chrysalis House. As a model alumna (2002) of Chrysalis House, Carressa has held almost every role within the organization. In her role in leading Outpatient Services at Chrysalis House, she directs the 26 week Intensive Outpatient Program at Crownsville, which has grown dramatically. In the continuum of recovery services, she oversees the four Supportive housing units for women with children continuing their recovery. Carressa holds a degree in Human Services and is working towards a degree in Psychology. She is a certified Addictions Counselor and is active in the Maryland substance use treatment and recovery field. Carressa is committed to the mission of Chrysalis House because it saved her life and it offers her the opportunity to serve as a role model for other women going through the same circumstances.
Karen Hoyer: Performance Improvement Director
Karen came to Chrysalis House in November of 2019. She holds an Associates Degree in Human Services from Anne Arundel Community College. Karen has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years, and feels passionately about giving back to the community. Her role is to assist the agency in providing the necessary supports to help women transform their lives and the lives of their children. She resides in Anne Arundel County.
Amy Myers, SHRM-CP: Human Resources Director
With 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources in the hospitality, healthcare and retail industries, Amy brings diverse knowledge and broad experiences to Chrysalis House. Before joining Chrysalis House in December 2019, Amy worked in all aspects of Human Resources Management with a focus on employee relations and staff development. Amy is in the process of completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Human Resources from the University of Maryland. Residing in Anne Arundel County, Amy is committed to helping women and their children through recovery by supporting the staff of Chrysalis House.
Todd Poorman, CAC-AD: Director of Program Support Services, Chrysalis House Crownsville
In his role of Director of Program Support Services, Todd Poorman serves as the organization's contact for all treatment service referral requests. A lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, Todd is a graduate of James Madison University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Todd brings a unique and valuable background to Chrysalis House with experience working with children with special needs and adults in the area of anger management, domestic violence and substance use treatment in residential and outpatient settings.
Jacqueline Ritz, LCPC, CAC-AD, ADS (Jackie): Clinical Director
(Jackie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor through the State of Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Her passion from an early age was to be instrumental in enhancing the lives of those vulnerable in society. Jackie has been in the Human Service Field for over 25 years working with many diverse populations. She began her career in the field working with incarcerated juveniles in Maryland and later working for Catholic Charities in Baltimore with children and families through the Head Start Program.
Her past employment includes Addiction Counselor at the University of Maryland Medical System, Clinical Supervisor at Tuerk Recovery House in Baltimore, Substance Abuse Coordinator at Christopher’s Place Academy, and Psychology Associate in the Maryland State Prison System providing counseling to incarcerated men. Jackie was also as an Addiction Counselor for Federal Ex-Offenders in a pilot program that began in Baltimore, Maryland. Jackie spent many years working with the homeless population, including homeless veterans in Baltimore City and Howard County.
Jackie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. In her spare time She enjoys sports, both participating and as a spectator. Jackie’s other passion is adopting and caring for rescue animals, she currently has four rescued dogs.
Denise Spencer, MS: Early Childhood Development Director
Denise has over two decades of experience working with children and families. She has worked with a variety of populations including children and families with psychological disorders, the medically fragile and special needs population, and typically developing pre-kindergarten children. She comes to Chrysalis House with strong knowledge about early childhood development. A resident of Anne Arundel County, Denise is committed to supporting the women at Chrysalis House by strengthening their interactions with their children and educating them on ways to have long-lasting, positive relationships. Denise earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from McDaniel College.
Debra L. Tribble, MS: Program Director, Chrysalis House Healthy Start
Debra Tribble has been the Program Director of Chrysalis House Healthy Start (CHHS) since the its founding in 2007, overseeing all aspects of the program. CHHS is a CARF-accredited Community Housing program for pregnant women (or those with a child under age 3) who have completed a higher level of treatment for substance abuse. The program, located in Baltimore City, is a recognized model for the integration of addiction treatment, mental health counseling, trauma services, and parent training. Debra brings over 32 years of experience in treatment services to Chrysalis House Healthy Start, as a clinician, program analyst and administrator in both the public and private sectors.
Debra earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and holds a Master's Degree in Community Health from Trinity College of Vermont.
Loren M. Weisman: Development Director
Loren Weisman brings many years of marketing and development experience to her position at Chrysalis House. During the course of her career, she has worked in for-profit companies as well as nonprofit organizations. Prior to coming to Chrysalis House, Loren worked in the development office at Maryland Therapeutic Riding, coordinating fundraising activities and special events. A native of White Plains, New York, Loren is a graduate of Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of
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