Board of Directors
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)
Rick Casey, Chair
SHAL Chair Rick Casey is Program Manager for Volunteers of America of Florida, providing transitional housing for homeless veterans in Key West since 2017. He is also the Executive Director of the Middle Keys Community Land Trust, a non-profit organization developing and preserving affordable housing in the Florida Keys since 2005. Previously, Rick worked for the Monroe County Housing Authority and Heron-Peacock Supported Living, an assisted living facility for adults with mental illness. Having lived in the Keys for the past twenty years, Rick has had the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations and been appointed to numerous public committees, all in support of affordable and workforce housing efforts throughout Monroe County. Rick is a licensed Florida Community Association Manager, and earned a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
Peter J. Dswonyk, Vice Chair
SHAL Secretary 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.
Michael J. Rogers, Treasurer
SHAL Treasurer Michael J. Rogers, MA, MCAP, PhD candidate, is President and Research Clinical Director and Founder of Key Bridge, Inc. a 501(c)3 Community Mental Health Agency in Key West, FL. Mike is a Master Level Addiction Professional and a Certified Sex-Offender Treatment Provider. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the Florida Drug Court Professionals, and the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). Additionally, he has a research certification through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Saint Leo University, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and is currently completing his dissertation for the PhD in Psychology requirements from Keiser University. Additionally, he has over 35 years of managerial experience in the private sector, and has shown to be an effective and proven leader of clinical staff.
Alan Teitelbaum, Past Chair
SHAL Past Chair Alan Teitelbaum had a diverse career a medicine and psychiatry in California. For over 30 years he also actively participated in a number of medically and psychiatrically-related nonprofit organizations. He has been a part-time resident of Key West since 1990 and a full-time resident since 2008. Alan graduated from the City of Key West Ambassador’s Academy in 2010. He joined the SHAL Board in 2011 and credits joining the Board to his desire help our efforts to improve the lives of the Homeless members of our community. He is also a Board Member of the Rural Health Network of Monroe County. He is committed to improving health care and reducing medical expenses for everyone in Monroe County.
- Keena B. Allen is the Director of Inmate Programs and Services Division with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. She is a Certified Detention Deputy and has worked in correctional environments for over 16 years. Keena works in the community with many groups including the Key West Goombay committee, Key West Express “working non-stop for children” group, Florida Keys Sea Turtle Nesting Volunteers, Children’s Day, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and Relay for Life, and local churches. Keena is a Conch, born and raised in Key West, the mother of three and the proud grandparent of three. Keena joined the SHAL board in 2015, upon the retirement of longtime board member Tommy Taylor.
- Robert S. Gold joined the SHAL board in 2013. In nearly 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, is on the steering committee of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee, on the boards of directors of FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) and Friends of the Key West Library. He also volunteers in support of Old Island Restoration Foundation and Equality Florida.
- David Zamlich brings a rich portfolio of life experience to his membership of SHAL’s board of directors. He plied his trade as a journeyman union carpenter for decades in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He served his country with pride and distinction in U.S. Army Military Intelligence, which brought him to numerous foreign countries. He was rated 100% disabled after his service in Operation Desert Storm in 1992. No longer able work as a carpenter because of his disability, David became a homeless veteran living in the streets of San Francisco. As a participant in the Veteran’s Administration Compensated Work Therapy program in San Francisco, he helped lead “Operation Dignity,” a transitional community dedicated to re-integrating homeless veterans into the workforce and into stable housing. As a Decedent Affairs Specialist in the VA’s Patient Advocacy Program, he trained each new first year medical residents in the correct preparation of death certificates, and spoke on this sensitive subject at multiple VFW, AMVET, DAV, and American Legion facilities. While living in San Francisco, he served as a representative to the Council of Neighborhood Libraries of the San Francisco County Public Library Commission. Beginning in 2004, David traveled with his service dog through the United States and Mexico, searching for the perfect place to live. He first found Key West in 2010, and after seasonal visits, became a permanent resident of Stock Island. He became a tutor and is now a board member for Literacy Volunteers of America – Monroe County, Inc.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are normally scheduled on the third Thursday 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 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22nd
at a location to be announced soon.
Upon request, appropriate auxiliary aids and services will be provided free of charge, including but not limited to qualified sign language interpreters and printed material in alternative formats. Please notify the SHAL Executive Director at 502.876.5092
at least two days prior to the meeting. This schedule is subject to change without notice.
2019 Meeting Schedule (subject to change)
- Schedule for 2019 will be determined in January