Executive Staff

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Carson E. Henry III , YMCA Youth & Family Services’ Executive Director, has worked and volunteered in the field of nonprofit youth development for over fifteen years.

Mr. Henry has held various leader, mentor, and volunteer positions. Most recently, Carson Graduated from the the 2016 CORE class of Leadership Montgomery while serving as President of the Downtown Silver Spring Rotary. He currently serves as the on the steering committee for Montgomery County’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative  and the Program Committee for Leadership Montgomery. Club. In 2014, Mr. Henry accepted the role of mentor for the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Future Executive Director Fellowship Program. In 2013 and again in 2014, he was appointed to vice-chair of Montgomery County’s Commission on Children and Youth by the County Executive where he has served since 2010. In 2013, Carson joined AmerCorps. alumni across the country as an “Alumni Champion” for the Pipeline Project in addition to mentoring through the YMCA of the USA’s Multicultural Mentor Program. Within the national YMCA movement, Mr. Henry serves as a steering committee member for the YMCA of the USA’s Emerging Leaders Resource Network, the Opportunity-youth Task Force  and the Multi-cultural Executive Career Advancement program.

Carson Henry received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and his Master of Public Administration with a specialization in organizational leadership from the University of Delaware, where he received the United Alumni of Urban Affairs Outstanding Student Award. While in Delaware, Mr. Henry also prepared young people for college through AmeriCorps. as a Public Ally.

Mr. Henry is well-regarded by his peers for his skill in volunteer management, program development, youth development, and project management. In his current role as executive director, Mr. Henry leads the development and operations for social service programs including, but not limited to one-on-one mentoring, academic enrichment, mental health therapy, family support and therapeutic outdoor adventure. YMCA Youth & Family Services is a social services branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington D.C.

Stephanie Shirey

Stephanie Shirey

Stephanie Shirey is the Youth & Family Services Associate Executive Director.  Ms. Shirey focuses on management of all aspects of branch and program operations including fiscal management, annual support campaign, staff supervision, managing the day-to-day operations of administrative and business services including all internal financial controls, budgeting process, and human resources.

With more than a decade of executive leadership in non-profit organizations, Ms. Shirey brings to the organization her expertise in business operations, strategic planning, and financial management.  Her career has spanned many industries including insurance, access to healthcare, real estate, affordable housing, and delivery of social service programs.  Ms. Shirey received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Albright College.  In addition to her work at Youth & Family Services, Ms. Shirey does pro bono work with organizations that are starting up or growing, advising on inception-to-growth stage operations and strategic planning.  In her free time, she can be found on the golf course or on the water boating with friends.

Kirsten Andersen

Kirsten Andersen, LCSW-C

Kirsten Andersen is the Youth & Family Services Director of Clinical Services.  Kirsten is responsible for providing programmatic direction to YFS’s social service, outreach, case management, community develop and mental health programs.  She supports the Directors, represents that Y in collaborative program development with outside organizations, integrates and coordinates multi-disciplinary programs, and leads collective impact strategies to advance our cause.

Kirsten has over 16 years of experience working with teenagers involved in the probation and child welfare system through her work in residential treatment programs in Los Angeles County.  She also has 3 years of experience working on homeless Veterans issues at the Veteran’s Administration, both in Los Angeles and the Washington DC area.  Kirsten has worked as a therapist, case manager, admissions coordinator, clinical supervisor, director of a day rehabilitation program, clinical director of a residential treatment program, and supervisor of government contracts.  Her areas of expertise are adolescent development, LGBTQ youth, domestic human trafficking, homelessness, program development for children and adolescents, and clinical supervision.  Kirsten participates in various community groups, including Safe Silver Spring, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), and Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureaus (MAYSB).  Kirsten received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Psychology from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, Phi Kappa Phi.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maryland and California and is a Board Approved Social Work Supervisor.