SHAL is led by a hard-working group of volunteers from the community who bring their talent and diverse experience to ensure the organization’s effectiveness.

Officers (Executive Committee)

  • Robert S. Gold, Chair
  • (open), Vice Chair
  • Steve Black, Treasurer
  • (open), Secretary 


SHAL Treasurer Steve Black joined the SHAL board in 2019. From a small farming town in New Mexico, Steve attended college at the University of New Mexico, then spent four years on active duty with the US Navy.  After earning an MBA at the University of North Florida, he worked for 30 years in financial analysis and management in the rail and aviation agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation. During that time Steve also continued serving in the Naval Reserves and continued his education, taking courses to attain the equivalent of a bachelor’s in accounting and was designated a CPA in the District of Columbia.  He has been the Treasurer and then Vice President of the Old Island Restoration Foundation since 2009. He attended the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy, the City of Key West Ambassador’s Academy, and the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys‘ Leadership Success Academy.  He joined the SHAL Board to work to improve the quality of life for homeless and other residents of the community.

SHAL Past Chair Peter Dswonyk is a formerly homeless disabled veteran who served his country in the United States Marine Corps, which included a tour in Vietnam. He is currently a full-time volunteer Resident Manager with Volunteers of America in Key West, where he helps supervise and counsel homeless veteran participants at the 15-bed facility. He also serves the membership of VFW Post 3911 Key West as the Post Service Officer, advising and assisting members with obtaining records and benefits, as well as updated information on changes in Veterans Administration policies. Mr. Dswonyk earned a GED while in the military and is a graduate of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys‘  Leadership Success Academy and the City of Key West Ambassador’s Academy.

SHAL Chair Robert S. Gold joined the SHAL board in 2013. In over three decades of executive-level management consulting, he has advised and enabled the leaders of over one hundred global and national corporations and organizations in such disciplines as strategic planning, business performance improvement, and information technology management. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In the Florida Keys, he is a graduate of the City of Key West Ambassador’s Academy and Community Foundation of the Florida Keys‘ Leadership Success Academy, and serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Key West Library. He was previously on the board of FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe), and the steering committee of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee. He also volunteers in support of Old Island Restoration Foundation and Equality Florida.

M.-J. Taylor joined the SHAL board in 2021. 




Meetings of the Board of Directors are normally scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month and are open to the public (although portions of meetings dealing with sensitive personnel or other matters may be closed). The Chair may schedule special meetings at any time.

The next meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18th via teleconference. Members of the public wishing to attend should send an email to or leave a voicemail message at (305) 747-1492.  This schedule is subject to change without notice.