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Senior Executive Leadership Team


Dr. Ted Greer, Jr., Chief Executive Officer

HOPE South Florida (HSF) is pleased to announce Dr. Thomas “Ted” Greer, Jr. has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Ted brings more than 30 years in ministry as a senior pastor and CEO of non-profit organizations in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. He has been a leading force in community and faith-based initiatives including homelessness,  mental health, community health, child welfare and truancy prevention. He is a strong advocate and a believer in working from people’s strengths rather than their weaknesses. Ted is also uniquely skilled in the area of community engagement and has developed strong strategic community partnerships with places of worship and key community, political, Faith and private-sector decision makers throughout South Florida. Under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Directors, there is no doubt Ted will most certainly take HOPE South Florida’s mission to the next level.



Steve Werthman, Chief Operating Officer

Steve Werthman grew up and currently lives in Hollywood, FL and has been a leader in the field of homeless services, both with faith-based and community-based organizations, as well as in County government, since the mid-1980s. Since 2010, he has served at HOPE South Florida, currently as Vice President of Operations and was previously Director of Program Development. For 12 years prior to that, he was the Homeless Initiative Partnership Administrator for Broward County. There, he oversaw $21 million in federal, state and local contracts for homeless housing and services, countywide. Prior to that position he opened the Miami Rescue Mission’s Broward Outreach Center shelter in Hollywood and served as Resident Manager of the county’s first transitional shelter for homeless families, operated by The Salvation Army. He was also the county’s first outreach case manager for the homeless mentally ill at Henderson Behavioral Health.

Steve’s volunteer experience includes having served as President of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, Chairperson of the Greater Hollywood Task Force for the Homeless and President of the Board of Faith Farm Ministries. He has also served in appointed positions on the Broward County Planning Council, as Vice-Chair of the City of Hollywood Planning & Zoning Advisory Board and as Vice-Chair of the Hollywood Housing Authority.

Steve has presented on homeless services at annual conferences for the National Alliance to End Homelessness and US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). In 2001, he was invited to present at HUD’s Florida Statewide Faith Based Conference, “Transforming and Renewing Communities.” And in 2004 he was invited to the White House Conference Center to present to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness on Broward County’s response to chronic homelessness.



Jackeline Alers, Chief Development Officer




Sheneka Spencer, Assistant Vice President, Development




Gisselle Williams, Assistant Vice President, Housing




Pery Canan, Senior Director of Share Meals




Jaid Jones, Director of Faith in Action




Chania Somarriba, Assistant Director of Housing




Laura Mutnick, Executive Assistant