Meet Our Team
Tracey Scherrer Friedman
“People often don’t believe me when I speak about how many youth experience homelessness and housing instability on their own. This issue often goes under the radar, not spoken about and the support is almost non-existent. For years I have worked, advocating for unaccompanied youth in the city of Lynn. The Haven Project is really the only organization in this area solely dedicated to supporting and empowering homeless young adults. The work that this agency does has changed the lives of so many for the better. I am so excited to be a part of that change.”
Tracey is a lifelong resident of Lynn and a graduate of Lynn Classical. She has a BS in psychology from Suffolk University and an MS in mental health counseling and psychological services from Salem State University. Tracey has a background in the fields of mental health, education, and housing. She has experience in providing mental health counseling, direct care with homeless populations, grant writing and grant management. Tracey is the chair of the Youth Subcommittee for the Lynn Continuum of Care, collaborating with other agencies in the area with the goal of removing barriers for homeless populations.
Director of Client Services
“Being able to transform someone’s life at a critical point is as meaningful as it gets.”
Angelica was born in Dominican Republic and migrated to the U.S. in 2017. She attended North Shore Community College and graduated in May 2019 with an Associates in Criminal Justice. She then attended Salem State University and completed her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Minor in Psychology and Legal Studies in 2020. Angelica started with The Haven Project as a Case Manager, and quickly proved herself to be an integral part of the Haven Project team. Her passion to work in the social services field doing meaningful work with youth, coupled with her strong team, organization and administration skills make her an effective leader.
“Working with The Haven Project Staff who are so dedicated, determined, and optimistic about helping our young clients is inspiring. I am thrilled to be here!”
Jamie’s work as a lead fundraiser includes grant writing, event planning, and strategizing for all agency fundraising. She has spent the last 10 years working in a variety of roles related to addressing poverty and vulnerable populations. She is excited to bring her experience to The Haven Project to help young adults find safety, support, and security. Jamie holds a B.A. in Sociology.
Lead Case Manager
“Everyday we deal with obstacles. Obstacles that may seem unbeatable, but if we surround ourselves with people who want to help us, people who will push us to be our best self, then you can overcome what feels insurmountable. The Haven Project team consist of these types of people; people who will do their best to help you succeed.”
Gary works directly as the first point of contact for clients in the Drop-in Centers; he helps lead the case management team and facilitates the daily Drop-in Center operations. His background is in psychology and has 18 years of management experience in the human service field. Among many qualifications, Gary is bilingual, a Driver Education Instructor, and a certified Crisis Prevention Instructor.
Outreach and Job Training Manager
“One of the things I really like about the Haven Project is how we, as case managers, never give up. We are flexible with our clients; if they miss a meeting, we will make it work tomorrow. We have high expectations for our clients. Yes, we are there to support them, but there is a shared understanding that we will work together to make sure the work that needs to happen, happens.”
Ramey has a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Theology. At The Haven Project, Ramey serves as our Outreach and Job Training Coach. He is charged with overseeing and building our Job Training Program, and bolstering our internal/external outreach. His language skills, his passion for social justice and tackling systemic issues, and his experience working in Lynn make him a perfect fit for the job! He is grateful to be given the opportunity of planting roots in Lynn where he can work with us to end the cycle of poverty.
Land of a Thousand Hills Café Manager
“One of the things that has most impressed me during my time at Land of a Thousand Hills is the firm commitment to serving our customers and our clients. It is truly special to walk into work every morning knowing what I do positively impacts the lives of young people experiencing homelessness in our community.”
Ian’s years of experience working in the coffee industry and his background in political science give him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities a social enterprise cafe like LOTH presents. He has happily called the north shore his home for a decade and graduated from nearby Gordon College. Ian loves creating unique drinks for customers to enjoy. His favorite coffee bean is Rwandan Peabody.
Rosalma Pineda Taveras
“I’ve always had a passion for helping people in need. Working with The Haven Project, allows me to show people that they are seen, understood, and worth the effort. I want to help people realize that there is an incredible power within themselves to take ownership of their lives and overcome obstacles. I will believe in them until they can believe in themselves.”
Rosalma brings nearly a decade of experience to her role as Case Manager. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to NYC in 2011. There she obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Criminology. Rosalma is excited to be part of The Haven Project and uses her vast professional and volunteer experience everyday to help our young clients see their potential and meet their individual goals! She also guides our clients in professional development workshops.
“I’ve quickly seen how The Haven Project lives up to its name. This is truly a safe space, a haven, for those who come in contact with it. I’m honored to be a part of that.”
Rachel is our newest team member! She holds a degree in Communication Arts and Intercultural Relations and is passionate about languages. As a Case Manager, Rachel puts her passion and cross-cultural experience to good use every day at The Haven Project, where so many of our young clients speak multiple languages. She also uses her event-planning and leadership skills to help plan and orchestrate fun events for our Drop-In Center hours.