Leadership Team

Darlene Newsom
Chief Executive Officer

Darlene Newsom has worked in the non-profit sector in Arizona for over 35 years. She has served as the Chief Executive Officer at UMOM New Day Centers since 2002. Under her leadership UMOM has expanded its capacity and improved the services offered to families experiencing homelessness. Darlene oversees the entire $8 million agency budget and 178 employees. Before coming to UMOM Darlene was the Director of a shelter for homeless youth in Tucson and also founded a homeless shelter for families in Yuma. In 2011 Darlene was honored with the Public Sector Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She is widely recognized as an expert on issues affecting homeless families and recently served on the Transition Team for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. In 2012 she participated in the Piper Fellow program to focus on honing her leadership skills and learning new strategies for UMOM’s success. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and her Masters at the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, Darlene enjoys spending time with her family and time at their mountain cabin.

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Daniel Gottry

Daniel Gottry
Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Gottry came to UMOM in 1992 serving initially as the sole Development staff member, establishing a direct mail program and an effective program to secure grant funding for the agency. Currently he serves at the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the agency’s finances, facilities, human resources, I.T., and Performance Quality Improvement. Daniel brings extensive experience in administration, finance, development and marketing from his experience in a major national publisher and two advertising and marketing agencies who served the non-profit community. He studied both education and business at the University of Minnesota. Daniel enjoys his hand bike and computers. He and his wife are active in their local church, have had a long term ministry to newly married couples and enjoy being a regular part of the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Mattie Lord

Mattie Lord
Chief Program Officer

Mattie has been the Chief Program Officer for UMOM since June 2010. She currently oversees all program services and support services at all UMOM campuses. She has been instrumental in streamlining case management and expanding services for residents. She also works with partners at the local, state and national levels to coordinate services, research outcomes, and brainstorm innovative approaches to ending homelessness. Mattie previously served as the State Homeless Coordinator at the Arizona Department of Economic Security as well as the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth at the Arizona Department of Education and for ten years as a public school teacher. Mattie holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Education with a Curriculum & Instruction focus from Chapman University. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two young sons.


Melissa G. Steimer, MPA, CFRE   
Chief Development Officer

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in leadership and development with a variety of non-profit organizations across the United States.  Melissa started fundraising for her undergraduate University as a student caller calling alumni and ended up doing this all four years of college and even became a student manager for her last two years.  This really sparked her career and interest in nonprofit fundraising and leadership.  Melissa took her first full-time job in an organization dedicated to serving children and their families.  Since that time, she has raised funds for both local and national animal welfare organizations, hospitals and senior living communities, performing arts, a museum and now is excited to come full circle in her role as Chief Development Officer for UMOM to raise funds for families and their children.

Melissa has been very active in the communities in which she lived.  She sat on the boards of Leadership Omaha, the Junior League of Omaha, Friends of Joslyn Castle, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Kane County Hospital Foundation.  She has also actively volunteered for organizations like Junior Achievement, the Junior League, Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.  She has a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Creighton University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha , a Certificate in Fundraising Management and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.   She is married to her husband, Scott, and has two children Charlie and Grace.