Our Board of Directors
Founder & CEO
Remy Gordon, LCSW, MSW, B.Ed
Remy Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the President and CEO of Seeking Shelter Inc., a non-denominational 501c3 organization. Alongside her responsibilities of leading the organization, Remy is also an active therapist. She graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis with a MSW in 2017. Before pursuing social work, Remy was an elementary school teacher. Over the years, Remy has encountered numerous instances where mental health, trauma, and homelessness intersect. She has worked in schools, psychiatric units of hospitals, community-based mental health centers, and homeless shelters. Remy has selflessly dedicated much of her personal and professional life to this cause and has done so on a volunteer basis. In the coming fall, she will embark on her doctoral studies at Tulane University with the goal of researching more effective treatment modalities for individuals facing homelessness with mental health issues.
Susan Gordon earned her Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Education from the University of Miami. Susan raised two children and was an incredible stay at home mother. She has actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors, including her involvement with Cancer Link. Susan's journey with Seeking Shelter began through a personal connection, as her daughter Remy is the organization's founder. Inspired by Remy's passion and driven by a desire to support her daughter's vision, Susan joined the cause. As a vital member of the Seeking Shelter team, Susan holds the role of Treasurer. Since day one, she has taken charge of bookkeeping and financial matters, ensuring the organization's resources are efficiently managed. Susan's meticulous attention to detail and financial expertise have been instrumental in the smooth functioning and growth of the organization. Her invaluable contributions as Treasurer have played a significant role in the organization's success, empowering it to provide support and aid to those in need.
Willis Scott is a devoted local of Miami, Florida and is a witness to the damaging effects of gentrification in his community. As a chef at a local 5-star hotel, Willis has had a productive career, working at various restaurants around the city. Over the years, Willis has grown in his commitment and dedication to helping individuals in need. He has played a huge role in the SIP / outreach program and in the Coconut Grove community and its prevention initiatives, particularly those focused on children. Willis has the unique skill of building connections with people and creating strong relationships with them, enabling them to overcome many of their challenges.
Melissa Cruz, LMHC, MSed
Melissa Cruz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) practicing in South Florida. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida International University. Melissa’s therapeutic approach includes building a collaborative relationship with her clients; empowering them to make the necessary changes in their lives. While working at a residential substance abuse treatment program, Melissa witnessed the devastating impact that lack of adequate housing had on her clients recovery and their mental health. This connection between mental health and homelessness inspired her to become involved with Seeking Shelter and its mission to provide safe and secure shelter for our unhoused neighbors. Her hope is that by providing folks with adequate shelter and housing, we can begin to address the current mental health crisis for those especially in need.
Youth Advisory Director
Lenox Balzebre is a dedicated and accomplished upcoming senior at Coral Gables Senior High. With a passion for leadership and community involvement, she actively participates in her school's clubs including National Honor Society, Interact, Science National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate National Honor Society, Project GREEN and Alpha Mu Theta showcasing her commitment to making a positive impact within the school community. Beyond her school's boundaries, Lenox is also a valued member of the organization "Twenty Little Working Girls" and “Symphonettes” where she contributes her time and efforts to meaningful causes outside of her academic pursuits. As a talented soccer player representing both Gables Senior High and Key Biscayne Soccer Club, Lenox demonstrates her determination and teamwork on and off the field. Lenox's contributions extend beyond her personal achievements, as she has played a crucial role in expanding the reach of Seeking Shelter to her high school. Through her efforts in community service, raising awareness, and promoting education, Lenox has successfully engaged her fellow students in the mission of Seeking Shelter, fostering a culture of compassion and making a lasting difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.
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Stephen Montalto, PLLC
Steve Montalto is a licensed and practicing attorney in Miami since 2011. Steve went to Ransom Everglades for High School before attending Muhlenberg College on a football scholarship. Steve then returned to Miami and attended F.I.U. for his law degree. Steve joined the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a "Big Brother" for 7 years. It was this experience that first showed him how true poverty and a lacking family unit can really affect our youth and society as a whole. Steve Montalto is also actively involved in Lawyers to the Rescue and Habitat for Humanity.
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