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

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 is currently obtaining a Masters in Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida. 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

Kyle Ryan-Kristopher Smith, AmeriCorps VISTA: Development Support Manager

Kyle Ryan-Kristopher Smith graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Gender Studies. Post-graduation Kyle plans to make a career working for LGBT+ rights and equality within the various facets of multimedia. His drive and passion for helping others made New Life Village a natural starting point for his career in the humanitarian and communications field. Having grown up a former military child, Kyle spent his childhood throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. During these years he created a strong bond with the films, television shows and music his parents grew up with. It was this friendship and love of pop culture that would funnel into his aspirations of furthering LGBT+ inclusivity within the various channel of multimedia. In his personal life, Kyle enjoys producing music, going to concerts, playing video games, cooking and spending time with his fiancé and their two cats, Chandler and Cheddar. Email Kyle

Harlow Steele, Finance Manager

Harlow graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.  Prior to joining the NLV team, she accumulated experience working and volunteering for a handful of nonprofits including the Red Cross.  She moved to Florida in 2017 to escape the cold seasons and to be closer to family.  She currently holds the title of Finance Manager, overseeing all things pertaining to NLV’s daily financial activities.  In her free time, Harlow enjoys reading novels, cooking up new recipes, and going for long runs.  She hasn’t gotten around to adopting a pet (yet).  But when she does, it will likely be a Russian Blue.  She would name said cat Cornelius.

Liz Haslob, Americorps VISTA: Resident Events & Volunteer Manager

Liz graduated from Mississippi State Univerisity in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Liz moved to Bermuda Dunes, California in January of 2021 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. Liz has always felt drawn to make an impact in the life of children who have experienced trauma and 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, and plans to return to school to get a Master of Social Work. Liz lives in Tampa with her partner and two pets, Luna and Shay. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading books, going to concerts, being outdoors, meditating, and baking.

Zarifeh Shalabi, University of South Florida School of Social Work MSW Intern

Zarifeh is a Master of Social Work Student at the University of South Florida. Currently, Zarifeh is interning at New Life Village where she takes part in the Resident Support Team offering community resources to ensure residential families feel stable and safe. Prior to NLV, Zarifeh earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from California State University of San Bernardino. She is a strong mental health and wellness advocate, and has served previously by supporting children in schools, children with disabilities, and students among the prison-to-college pipeline. As a means of self-care, Zarifeh loves to jog/walk outdoors during sunset, and enjoys trying different foods and supporting small local businesses.

Isabel Capp, University of South Florida School of Social Work MSW Intern

From St. Augustine, Florida, Isabel joins New Life Village as a Social Work Intern. She is simultaneously pursuing her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Florida. As a part of the NLV Resident Support Team, Isabel assists in goal setting, resource connecting, and overall support. Prior to joining NLV, Isabel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama (UA) with a major in Human Development & Family Studies, with a concentration in child development. During her time at UA, she worked at the local hospital on the pediatric unit. It was there she provided child-friendly medical education and mental health interventions for children admitted into the pediatric unit. In high school, Isabel began coaching recreational gymnastics for school-aged children and has had a passion for working with kids ever since! In addition to serving at New Life Village and pursuing education, she is now working part time as a preschool teacher. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, and watching Harry Potter.