Mariah Hayden, MA, MBA, Executive Director
Mariah joined the New Life Village team in 2016 after being introduced to the charity as a volunteer. Familiar with the effects of childhood trauma from her graduate work and personal experiences, as well as with the impact that mental health challenges have on a family, Mariah found “home” in the dynamic mission of New Life Village. She is entirely dedicated to the safety and stability of children affected by both of those realities. In the government, private and academic sectors, Mariah has worked in marketing/communications, project management, community relations, branding, training, instruction, diversity programs management, event management and educational programming since 2000. Mariah has volunteered for the University of Tampa Alumni Association, the University of Tampa Board of Counselors as well as the Los Angeles and Tampa Chapters of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.
She received her Bachelor’s in Communications and minor in Marketing from the University of Tampa. She went on to earn her Master’s in Communications from San Diego State University and her MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Mariah has completed a Certificate of Change Management and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Tampa. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College. Mariah lives in Brandon with her husband Christian and their four children, Christiane, Anya, Nick and Marley. Mariah loves great food, traveling, live music her giant mastiffs and the outdoors. Email Mariah
Christopher (Chris) McCabe, Director of Development & Community Outreach
Christopher J. McCabe (Chris) has an extensive record of executive, legislative and philanthropic success in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors and is especially excited to use his background in child welfare services to help the children and families of New Life Village
Chris initial experience in child welfare came as a member on the first Howard County (Md) Foster Care Review Board. Years later McCabe was elected to the Maryland Senate; the chamber’s youngest member at the time. Over three terms in the Maryland General Assembly, Chris became a point person on foster care and adoption issues. In this role he successfully authored legislation to expedite state adoptions and provide adoptive parents easier access to much needed medical records.
After his state service and in collaboration with the local Guardian Ad Litem program, Chris introduced Fostering Futures ; an online resource network of caring individuals and organizations working together to support teens aging out of foster care at age 21.
Chris comes to the Tampa Area after nearly eight years as Executive Director of Maryland based Chrysalis House, Inc.; a 501C3 nonprofit agency which provides substance use and mental health treatment services for women 18 years of age and older, while allowing their children to live onsite during their mother’s program of recovery. A major objective of the program was to facilitate reunifications of children with their biological mother when feasible.
Chris also spent seventeen-years raising funds for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Howard County General Hospital; a member of the Johns Hopkins medical system
McCabe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Business Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University. He is married to Deidre McCabe, a writer, and public relations professional and former Director of Communications for the Maryland Department of Health. Mr. and Ms. McCabe have four adult children, ages 23 to 32, all living and working in the greater Tampa area. He re-located to St. Petersburg in April, 2023. He feels blessed by the opportunities he has been given and looks forward to helping in the mission of New Life Village.
Chris is an avid college football fan and can be found walking three to five miles a day in the beautiful Florida sunshine. Email Chris
Natalie Gomez, Program Director
Natalie oversees strategy and implementation of New Life Village’s onsite Trauma Informed Wellness, Resilience & Character Development Program. Upon welcoming residents to the Village, Natalie works to ensure all residents are connected to requested resources and supports needed to experience safety, stability, healing and growth. In partnership with NLV residents, the community, and our amazing team, Natalie strives to foster a culture which encourages community, volunteerism, and organic, healthy relationships. Prior to joining the NLV team, Natalie worked domestically and internationally in education, cultural exchange and program management.
Natalie has a background in Business and a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Natalie enjoys trying new things, staying active, and spending quality time with her loved ones. Email Natalie
Spiros Kapsaskis, Grant & Compliance Director
Spiros is the Grant & Compliance Director at New Life Village. His responsibilities include co-leading the Development Team, managing the grant application and compliance processes (including tenant income certification), and overseeing program metrics. Spiros has a Masters of Arts from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and moved to Tampa from Raleigh, North Carolina in 2020. He enjoys trail running, pinhole photography, and discovering the natural world. Email Spiros
Liz Haslob, Resident Events & Volunteer Manager
Liz graduated from Mississippi State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating, Liz moved to Bermuda Dunes, California when an opportunity was presented to work with children with disabilities. Through this and her own life experience, Liz’s passion for having an impact on the lives of children grew. She moved to Tampa to pursue her role as an Americorps VISTA with New Life Village and then transitioned into her full-time role as Resident Events & Volunteer Manager. Liz is an advocate for mental health and has always felt drawn to make an impact in the life of children who have experienced trauma. She has witnessed the difference that just one adult can make in a child’s life. Liz would one day like to have a non-profit of her own. She plans to return to school in the future to get a Master of Social Work. Liz lives in Tampa with her partner and two pets, Luna and Circe. In her free time, Liz enjoys traveling, reading books, going to concerts, being outdoors, doing yoga, and baking.
Annie Hammond, Property Manager
Annie serves as the Property Manager at New Life Village; guiding families through our application process and ensuring their transition to their new home at New Life Village is a smooth one. As the liaison between New Life Village, vendors, and residents, Annie prioritizes excellent customer service and prides herself on the upkeep of our beautiful Village. She is known for her ‘glass half full’ perspective and positive attitude. Outside of New Life Village, Annie loves spending time with her family, all things DIY, and paying life forward by giving back to the community through organizations such as Tres Dias Tampa Bay, Fish & Company, The Hive Inclusive Community, and her local church Reach City Church.
Fritz Sincell, Maintenance Director
Fritz Sincell has his Bachelors in Communications Spring Hill College. Fritz has lived in Tampa all his life. In addition to working with New Life Village, Fritz owns a Handyman and Interior Design Services Business. Fritz enjoys bike riding, watching TV, traveling, design and spending time with friends.
Edison Graham, Marketing & Development Manager – AmeriCorps VISTA
Edison graduated from the University of Tampa in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He is also pursuing his Florida real estate license. Edison’s role at NLV is to build capacity by supporting marketing, stewardship and donor relations efforts to raise more funds and awareness for the organization. Edison lives in Tampa with his 2 dogs, Hudson and Delilah. In his free time, Edison enjoys spending time at the Davis Island dog beach, walks along Bayshore Blvd, and spending time with family and friends.
Imari Earley – MSW Intern
Imari graduated from the University of South Florida in 2022 with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology. At NLV, Imari is part of the Resident Support Team as a social work intern. She is currently a daycare teacher while pursuing her master’s in social work at the University of South Florida. Imari has a passion for helping others and enjoys working alongside children and their families. In her free time, Imari enjoys going to the beach, traveling, painting, and hanging out with friends and family.
Bella Guerreo – MSW Intern
Bella graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2022. She decided to further her education with the goal of becoming a licensed therapist with a special interest in trauma. She is currently working towards her master’s in social work at the University of South Florida and is a part of the Resident Support Team at New Life Village. Bella is very passionate and dedicated to community-based work and service. She has previous experience working with unhoused individuals in food desert areas and children with disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, painting, and spending time outside in the sun at the beach.
Henry Lam-Kuo – Maintenance Staff
Henry is a seasoned professional with 28 years of expertise at Hillsborough County Public Schools in the Maintenance Department. He is a recently retired multi-traded technician. Over the last 18 years, his focus has been on commercial kitchen equipment showcasing. Originally from New York, Henry moved to the vibrant city of Tampa decades ago and now calls Bloomingdale home. When not immersed in his professional pursuits, he finds joy in working on his hot rod and boating. Henry is excited to join the NLV team and emerge out of his recent retirement and back into giving back to the community.