Our Staff

Tracy Sharp - Executive Director

Tracy Sharp came to Central United Methodist Church as the Director of Homeless Ministries in September 2003. Since then Tracy, as Executive Director of Saranam, has guided Saranam into a strong non-profit organization with a record of success, compassion, operational efficiency and transparency.  Saranam has expanded from serving four families in 2004 to serving 30 families in 2015.  Previous experience in working with homeless includes setting up two similar residential programs as a US-2 missionary – The Shepherd’s Way, a program for homeless families in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Exodus House, a re-integration program for ex-offenders and their families in Oklahoma City.  Tracy has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and was in private practice in Oklahoma City before moving to Albuquerque.  Tracy enjoys working with people, and has a passion to put together a program that meets the many and varied needs of homeless families.  She is married to Scott Sharp, and they have three daughters, Nora, Scarlett, and Lucy who bring much joy and laughter to the world! Together they enjoy the outdoors, traveling, being entertained in many ways by the family!

Jennifer Mullen - Case Manager

 Jennifer has her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Jennifer’s career has focused on working with special needs children and their adoptive families, as well as working with emotionally disturbed adolescents.

She has been an active volunteer in the community, giving her time to local schools, Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, and the NACAC. Jennifer and her husband spend their spare time with their teenage children and their activities.

Debra Maese - Director of Education

Debra Maese is a highly experienced training professional whose deep and varied background encompasses both the private and public sectors. Debra owns NM Consejo Services, an Albuquerque-based training, and consulting business specializing in people skills for the workplace. Her expertise includes programs that range from helping the unemployed reenter the workforce to customer service skills and executive leadership instruction. Ms. Maese has written curriculum for numerous organizations and has facilitated classes for major corporations as well as small and mid-sized businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Training, she has earned Facilitator and Master Facilitator certifications from a number of notable organizations including the Covey Leadership Center, Keirsey Corporation, Development Dimensions International (DDI), Achieve Global, Love and Logic, Synergy Leaders LLC and the Forum Corporation. Debra enjoys helping client organizations and teams with conflict resolution, hiring right, effective communication, non-violent communication, customer service, teamwork, and other supervisory and leadership skills, as well as parenting and life skills training.

Sue Rzendzian - Director of Development

Sue has worked at Albuquerque Academy for the past 17 years in administration. She continues to direct the Community Academy Lecture Series and the Community Builders program.

Her passion for the Saranam mission was strengthened as she moved from a volunteer decorating apartments to a Board member.  Saranam became an integral part of the Community Builders program and received funding numerous times in the past 11 years. She became the Development Director for Saranam in September 2013,  pursuing her lifelong passions of education and building healthy communities.

Sue’s experience prior to the Academy included careers in teaching and corporate administration. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting.

Sue Campbell - Family & Volunteer Services

 Sue Campbell is a native of Albuquerque and her home growing up was on Walker Drive which is the street next to Saranam. She worked at Asbury United Methodist Church for 21 years as the Family Life Director.

Sue has a BS of Ed from NMSU with a major in Elementary and Music Ed. Several years ago Sue and her husband built their own home in the east mountains. They have three grown children living in Australia, Dallas and Albuquerque.

Olga Shapavalova - Administrative Coordinator

Olga Shapovalova was born and raised in the Ukraine. She graduated from State Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk) receiving her PhD in metallography. Olga worked for 26 years as a professor in the same Academy (State Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine) before moving to the United States in 1997.  For the last 15 years (2001-2016) Olga worked for Intel Corporations as a Senior Process Engineer and in the New Mexico Material Laboratory. Olga has 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. A passionate team player with strong results orientations, she has years of experience in providing customers with analytical information, helping to interpret findings, and suggesting alternate or complementary approaches. Olga was involved in lab sustaining and development activities, including safety, analytical equipment and technique training. She retired from Intel in June 2016 and worked at Saranam as an ENCORE Fellow to asses and strategically develop systems for building organizational infrastructure, and joined our team as a staff person in Sept 2017.