Matthew Ladika – Chief Executive Officer

Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Marquette University. Prior to coming to HomeSafe, he spent five years as a Senior Accountant and Assistant Controller with progressively responsible positions at the YMCA of the USA. Matthew started working at The Children’s Place at Home Safe on January 7, 1998 as Director of Finance. He became Chief Financial Officer in January 2005. In September 2006, Matthew was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer, and on January 1, 2007, was promote to CEO of HomeSafe. His management style, vision, energy are all key elements to help lead the agency’s mission of protecting abused children and breaking the cycle of abuse. Matthew’s strength as a leader for this organization stems from his longtime tenure at HomeSafe, and his pure dedication to the well-being of the children in our care.

Mike Tomczak – Chief Operations Officer

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He possesses more than two decades of program and agency management experience. Prior to joining HomeSafe, Mike worked for private providers contracted with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide specialized mental health and delinquency intervention services to high and maximum risk youth.

Diane DelBene – Chief Financial Officer

Diane DelBene received her BA in Accounting from North Central College in Illinois. Diane has a background of 30 years’ experience in managing accounting and finance. Prior to joining HomeSafe, Diane worked as the Senior VP/CFO at the Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches where she provided strategic planning and financial oversight for the agency.

Billy Van Ee  – Chief Human Resources Officer

Billy holds a BBA in Human Resources Management from Grand Valley State University and has more than 20 years of human resources experience. He is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute, and a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) from the Society for Human Resources Management. From 1997 to 2001, Billy worked for HomeSafe as the Director of Human Resources and returned to the position in April 2010. Prior to rejoining HomeSafe, he held the positions of Director of Benefits and Administration and Recruiting Director for two international management consulting firms headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens. He’s a member of the national Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and HRPBC, Palm Beach County’s local SHRM chapter. Billy strongly believes in HomeSafe’s mission, and is the proud father of two young children that he fostered through HomeSafe – and ultimately adopted.

Paloma Prata  – Chief Program Officer

Paloma Prata currently serves as Chief Program Officer and oversees the Healthy Beginnings department at HomeSafe. She began her career at HomeSafe in 2009 as a Program Supervisor and was quickly promoted to Assistant Director and became Director of the program in 2011. Since then, she has spearheaded the growth of the department and became CPO in 2018. In her current role, Paloma led the expansion and has doubled the size of the Healthy Beginnings program within the agency, developed and established programs to track developmental achievements of children and protect them from abuse and neglect, and presently serves on the executive management team.

With over 20 years of experience in social services, Paloma has worked as a clinical in-home Parent Educator for Children’s Home Society, a Care Coordinator and Hospital Liaison at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, and served on the board of the Fair Housing Center of the Treasure Coast.

Paloma holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology, and an MBA in International Business from Florida Atlantic University. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and enjoys learning and embracing cultural backgrounds by traveling globally.

Shannon Wayte, CFRE – Chief Advancement Officer

Shannon joined HomeSafe as Chief Advancement Officer in December 2019. She manages the comprehensive advancement program for HomeSafe including major gifts, annual giving, foundation and corporate relations, development communications and budgeting. With more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Shannon has served in progressively responsible positions in advancement for organizations including Florida Grand Opera, Barry University and Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Most recently, as Senior Director of Development at NSU, Shannon led an integrated development program for eight high-priority colleges within the Health Professions Division. In June 2018, Shannon attained her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credentials, a designation earned by less than 15% of advancement professionals. Shannon holds leadership appointments with various community boards and professional associations, among them, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Royal Dames for Cancer Research. Shannon resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and two children.

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