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 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

Kyle Smith, Marketing & Corporate Events Manager

Kyle graduated from the University of Maryland in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Gender Studies. Post-graduation Kyle served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year at New Life Village and now serves as the Marketing & Corporate Events Manager. His drive for helping others made New Life Village a natural landing spot for his career in the humanitarian and communications field. During his youth Kyle formed a strong bond and passion for the art of film, television, video games and music. It was this exposure and love of pop culture that would funnel into his aspirations of furthering efforts of LGBTQ+ inclusivity and diversity within the various channels of multimedia. In his personal life, Kyle enjoys listening to records, reading Fantasy novels, playing video games, cooking and spending time with his fiancée 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, 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 Shay. 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.

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.

Travis Walters, Pepin Transition Program Job Coach

Coach Walters supports and supervises a group of young adults from the Transitional Program as they complete various maintenance and landscaping projects at New Life Village. Coach Walters and the students he mentors cultivate the beautiful Village campus. Coach Walters has been with Pepin since 2022 and in partnership with New Life Village since July 2022. Coach Walters is a graduate of University Of South Florida with a BA in History and a minor in Libral Arts. Alongside his education, Coach Walters served 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. He has been coaching in the Tampa area since 2017 and coaches his two son’s Easton and Colton’s youth football teams. He has been married to his wife Amanda for 12 years, and they enjoy traveling and working out on their spare time.