SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Chris_smChris Ryer, President

Chris Ryer began working in community development over 25 years ago as an intern at the Baltimore City Department of Planning.  After ten years as a community planner with the Department, he moved to the non-profit sector where he worked for the Trust for Public Lands and a community based organization in southwest Baltimore.  In 2002 he returned to the Baltimore Planning Department where he served as Chief of Comprehensive Planning and Deputy Director.  He has been the Director of the Southeast Baltimore Community Development Corporation since 2007.

Contact Chris
chris at southeastcdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 33


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Lisa_smLisa Clayton, Director of Finance and Administration

Lisa joined Southeast CDC in September 2003 and serves as the CFO and Director of Administration. Prior to the Southeast CDC, Lisa worked five years for the Associated Catholic Charities, and ten years for the United Way of Central Maryland. She holds a Master’s of Science in Finance and a Master’s of Science in Non-Profit Management from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and is the owner of Three Degrees Accounting Services, LLC.

Contact Lisa
lisa at southeastcdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 27


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Greg_smGreg Couturier, Community School Coordinator

Greg joined the Southeast CDC in August 2015 as the Community School Coordinator at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237, working alongside the school staff, the students and their families to build a community culture where everyone feels supported and valued. Greg served in the Peace Corps in northern Peru, and still considers the small town of Oidor as his second home. Greg is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a proud, grateful alumnus of the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program.

Contact Greg
greg at southeastcdc dot org


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Andy_smAndy Dahl, Manager of Neighborhood Programs

Andy joined the Southeast CDC in October 2014, and currently serves as the Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs. He’s originally from California but has worked as an Urban Youth Development Worker with the Peace Corps in Paraguay and public school art teacher in New Orleans. Andy received his MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts where he focused on utilizing the bicycle as a vehicle for community development and personal expression.

Contact Andy
andy at southeastcdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 32


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Shannon_smShannon Darrow, Manager of Neighborhood Programs

Shannon Darrow joined the Southeast CDC in 2016 to manage neighborhood revitalization projects funded through the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI). Prior to coming to the Southeast CDC, she helped launch Retrofit Baltimore, a project of Civic Work’s Baltimore Center for Green Careers that connects homeowners with weatherization and solar services, while creating green job opportunities. Shannon has a BA in American Studies from the University of Maryland-College Park, and has done community based work in Baltimore for the past ten years. She is an active member of Baltimore Heritage, and an advisory committee member of Neighborhood Voices, which uses storytelling to explore racial identity and promote social justice.

Contact Shannon
shannon at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 35


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Meg_smMeg Elseroad, Housing Counselor

Born and raised in Baltimore, Meg has worked in  family services for Baltimore City and the nonprofit sector for the last 30 years. She began at the Southeast CDC as a volunteer and realized how she loves helping people learn about buying their own home and helping with foreclosure intervention. Meg works with all types of housing counseling clients but specializes in reverse mortgage counseling.

Contact Meg
meg at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 30


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Margie_smMargie Hatch, Community School Coordinator

Margie joined the Southeast CDC in June 2015 after graduating with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Margie is the Community School Coordinator at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, working alongside the school staff, the students and their families to build a community culture where everyone feels supported and valued. Margie loves Baltimore and can be seen biking around the city, running in Patterson Park, or taking photos at the various community events.

Contact Margie
margie at southeast cdc dot org


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Kate_smKate Jakuta, Family Stability Case Manager

Kate joined the Southeast CDC in October 2016 as the Family Stability Case Manager. Kate is part of the community school team at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237 and provides support to families at this and two other local schools who are at risk of becoming homeless. With the exception of some short periods studying and volunteering abroad in Latin America, Kate has lived her whole life in Baltimore. Prior to joining the Southeast CDC, Kate worked at Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) and House of Ruth Maryland.  Kate holds a M.A. in Intercultural Communication with a concentration in Hispanic Studies from UMBC.

Contact Kate
kate at southeast cdc dot org


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Nikki_smNikki McNeil, Community Outreach Coordinator

Nikki began her studies with a Bachelor’s degree in math, but during a semester living and volunteering in Valparaíso, Chile, she decided to make the switch to social work. Having gotten to know Baltimore through volunteering experiences, going to school and working in the city was a natural choice. Now, Nikki is a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Maryland and interning with the Southeast CDC.

Contact Nikki
nikki at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 23

SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Yvette-3_smYvette Murray, Senior Housing Counselor

After several years in the private sector, Yvette has found her fit as a housing counselor for a nonprofit organization. She began at Southeast CDC as an Administrative Assistant, and is now the Senior Counselor of the housing counseling staff. Yvette has two loves: her grandchildren and odd cell phone ringtones.

Contact Yvette
yvette at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 23


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Ismael_smIsmael Quezada, Housing Counselor

Ismael is originally from Honduras. He left the private sector to become a housing counselor at Centro de la Comunidad. Since 2006 he has been a housing counselor at the Southeast CDC. Ismael is the healthiest eater in the office, always bringing in freshly prepared lunches. And he loves to share with the staff!

Contact Ismael
ismael at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 24


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Glenda_smGlenda Sierra-Schulz, Housing Counselor

Glenda has been working as a certified, bilingual (Spanish & English), NCHEC housing counselor for the past four years.  Glenda enjoys working with the residents as a mentor on homeownership, financial planning, and foreclosure intervention.  Glenda is grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many families and individuals and make a different in their life.

Contact Glenda
glenda at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 31


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Amanda-2_smAmanda Smit-Peters, Highlandtown Main Street Manager

Baltimore native Amanda Smit-Peters has been working and living  in Southeast Baltimore for several years. Amanda lives in Canton and has the most fun stoop sitting with friends in Highlandtown, singing karaoke at Walt’s Inn, grabbing a bite to eat at Annabel Lee’s, and making lanterns and tutus for the Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park!

Contact Amanda
amanda at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 26


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Kari_smKari Snyder, Director of Neighborhood Programs

Before joining the Southeast CDC, Kari worked for Healthy Neighborhoods, a partnership of community organizations, foundations, banks and city government that helps  neighborhoods increase home values, market their communities and forge strong connections among neighbors. Kari joined the Southeast CDC in 2009, focusing on neighborhood revitalization programs and marketing. Kari’s favorite neighborhood stops are the Laughing Pint, Cinco de Mayo, DiPasquale’s Italian Market and Hoehn’s Bakery.

Contact Kari
kari at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 29


SECDC_Headshots_December2016-SQ_Claudia_smClaudia Wilson Randall, Director of Housing Counseling and Operations

Claudia Wilson Randall is a former Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development where she oversaw federal and state funding for Foreclosure Prevention.  Prior to her state service, she was the Deputy Director at the Maryland Center for Community Development. Claudia has provided training and technical assistance to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the state of Maryland.  Claudia holds a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contact Claudia
claudia at southeast cdc dot org
410-342-3234 x 34