OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
CEO, Clarissa Mitchell is an experienced leadership strategist who started her career in the disability sector as a college recruit. It was through this experience that she developed a love for what has now turned into a thirty plus year career, where she has a passion for supporting and advocating for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Following her first position as a Direct Support Professional, she amassed leadership experience by leading Quality Assurance Departments at both the Kennedy Institute, Division of Catholic Charities and Ardmore Enterprises. Following her time in Quality Assurance, Clarissa became the Deputy Director of EPIC before promotion to its Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, as a member of the first inaugural class of the Non-Profit Roundtable Future Executive Directors and a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium Institute on Developmental Disabilities, Clarissa continues to develop well-regarded organizational philosophies that continue to inspire her leadership today.
Currently, Clarissa is a Board Member and Board Secretary of the Maryland Association of Community Service (MACS), a Board Member of the Prince George’s Provider Council, and the Board Member of the Maryland Inclusive Housing Corporation (MIH). She is also a graduate of Bowie State University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Chief Operating Officer
COO, Karen Lopez has over 20 years of knowledge and experience in special education and health and human services. She has spent her career dedicated to helping children and adults with special needs be successful, both in school settings and in their communities. Karen started working at EPIC in April 2019 and works diligently to help lead, educate, motivate, and encourage her team so that EPIC continues to provide excellent customer care to the people we support.
Chief Financial Officer
CFO, Francis J. DiSalvo, CPA, has served on EPIC’s Board from 1987 until he joined our finance team in 2005. With over twenty years of experience developing and implementing financial systems, Frank provides guidance in establishing accounting systems and best practices for the organization. His role extends to maintaining relationships with our auditors, lenders, and suppliers. More importantly, each day he takes a personal interest in the financial affairs of the individuals EPIC supports.
Day Support Services Director
Christina Wilson, Day Services Director, has been working in the human services field for 16 years. She started at EPIC in May 2016 and works diligently to help lead, educate, motivate, and encourage her team to help the people they support to gain independence and enhance their quality of life.
Residential Support Services Director
Myles Sheffey, Director of Residential Supports Services, has been working in the human services field for almost 20 years. He started at EPIC in June 2016 and is passionate about ensuring that the health and safety of people supported are attended to 24/7, providing his staff with the tools and resources they need to carry out the mission of EPIC, and maintaining the compassion and motivation he needs to be an effective leader every day.
RN, Nursing Director
Marcia Burrell-Odeyemi, RN has been the Director of Nursing Services at EPIC for over 18 years. Prior to becoming the D.O.N, Marcia also worked as a Direct Support Professional in EPIC’s residential homes. Marcia and her nursing team provide premier health management and supportive healthcare services to promote, protect, and preserve the health of EPIC’s individuals.
Human Resources Director
Vonté Boyd, SHRM-CP, began her career in the human services field in 2014. Joining EPIC in 2022 as the Human Resources Director, Vonté utilizes her experience and certification in Human Resources Management to oversee Benefit Administration, Employee Relations, and Training and Development for over 200 employees.