Administration

Everett McElveen

Chief Executive Officer
2019

As the Chief Executive Officer, I am responsible for the overall success of the organization and, in conjunction with our board of directors, I lead the implementation of the organization’s short and long term strategy. I ensure we have the tools and resources to support the organization’s mission and vision.

What makes me show up each day? My first job after college was with a homeless women and children shelter. Later, I became involved with the homeless men’s shelter with the same organization. I met people from various family backgrounds and from all over the country. One day I saw one of my best friends from childhood that I had not seen in several years at the shelter waiting outside to enter. He did not acknowledge knowing me in any way. After his stay at the shelter I have never seen him or heard of him again. The kid I knew was gone. I only hope that the man was helped along his way to a better future. We all know someone who can use the services CHS offers to the community. The people assisted through the services of CHS is someone’s son or daughter, or in my case, someone’s best friend. I know that each day we are helping individuals and families in meaningful ways to live with dignity and respect.

Trish Romano, MS

Trish Romano, MS
Interim Chief Operations Officer
2016

As Chief Residential Officer, I engage with staff, participants, funders, and the community to ensure we are providing high quality residential and shelter services that match our mission and values each and every day. 

Why do I show up each day? The answer is pretty simple. I care about people. I was lead into social work because of a close friend from high school. She was a teenager who was in an abusive relationship and pregnant. I remember driving down a back road and seeing her walking alone. As I got closer to her, I saw she was sobbing, her clothes were torn and bloody. I stopped, and we sat in my parent’s car talking for hours about all of the things that occurred that day. It’s funny how your memory holds certain events so closely that you remember for a lifetime. I tried desperately to get her to leave her boyfriend. I was young and thought that I had all the answers. We graduated high school, and I went off to college. She went off to marry him. From the moment I realized she was going to stay in that relationship, I felt defeated and helpless. I wanted to save her because, after all, she was my friend and deserved so much better. From that experience, I decided that I was going to volunteer at a domestic violence agency to see if I could do anything to change the world around me. I volunteered while obtaining my bachelor’s degree and decided that helping people was going to be my life’s work. Today, I see the world in a similar way, but I also have realized that people can only save themselves. I enjoy CHS because we meet people where they are at, we try to be as non-judgmental as possible, we offer services to anyone who reaches out to us, and we strive to help those who need services the most. I have had many people touch my life and teach me wonderful lessons. Most of those people have been a part of a homeless or domestic violence program I have worked in over the years.  As one resident’s father told me, “Thank you for not giving up on my son, because I gave up on him a long time ago.”  CHS is the agency that never gives up and that is why I am proud to be a part of such an amazing and dedicated organization.

Colin McWhertor, LCSW

Colin McWhertor, LCSW
Chief Service Officer
2018

I oversee all of the Health, Food, Youth and Family programs at CHS. I work with staff from each area to support high quality service delivery to those we serve as well as resource coordination with other agency programs.

What makes me show up each day? I show up because the work we do has the daily potential to be transformative. We never know what moment may be life-changing for someone. We don’t know when someone will need help or be ready to take the next step. If we don’t show up we may miss the opportunity to make a positive impact. 

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