Gary Frye joined Woodley House as executive director in 2007 and has spent his 35-year career advancing the field of Mental Health as a leader in progressive adult and children’s mental health programs. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he was adjunct faculty in Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, instructing in Abnormal Psychology and maintained a private practice in cognitive behavioral therapy from 1983 to 1992. In 1988, Gary became the CEO of Maple Shade Youth and Family Services, the premier regional community-based agency for emotionally disturbed children. Gary was past vice president of the Maryland Association of Resources for Youth.
Edward Barnett, PhD, joined Woodley House in 2009 as residential supervisor, becoming residential director in 2010. In this position, he oversees the running of Valenti House (our transitional home), Crossing Place (our crisis home) and Holly House (our long-term group home), as well as our Supported Independent Living Apartment Program with apartments throughout the city. Before coming to Woodley House, Ed worked at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.
Maria Paipa Farias joined Woodley House in 2004, becoming its clinical director in 2007. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology and completed her residency in clinical psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to Los Angeles, California to continue her career. She provided individual and group therapy while with Excelsior House, the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center and Step Up on Second in Santa Monica, California. Moving east to New York City, Maria worked with a diverse population with the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, among others.
Tyrone Cartwright joined Woodley House in 2000 as Director of Finance & Administration. In 2009, he moved to the Transitional Housing Corporation. In 2015, Mr. Cartwright returned to Woodley House as Finance Director. He is past president of the DC Behavioral Health Association, a coalition of 26 community-based mental health agencies in the District. Prior to Woodley House, he served as the President/CEO of Public Health Service FCU. A native of Newark, NJ, he graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a BS in Business Administration.
Linda Meixner joined Woodley House as its development director in 2008, following a move to Washington, DC after living more than 20 years in Los Angeles, California. Before coming to Woodley House, she served for eight years as director of development for TEEN LINE, a nonprofit teen hotline and community outreach program affiliated with Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, she was development director for Harbor Interfaith Shelter and a consultant to the Southern California Psychiatric Society. Linda also served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 15 years in California for children in the dependency system.