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Monica Beckham

Monica Beckham

Monica Scott Beckham, Esq. served as Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Staff Attorney of United Planning Organization (UPO), the not-for-profit community action agency for Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. UPO’s extensive network of agencies, organizations and special programs provides core services for low income residents in neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia. Services and programs include specialized youth services, job training, weatherization training, homeless services, Head Start early learning, substance abuse treatment and counseling, and housing initiatives. Ms. Beckham represented and advised UPO on a range of legal matters, including corporate issues, general litigation, board development and governance, labor and employment, collective bargaining negotiations, contracts, and real estate development, and not-for-profit governmental regulations and compliance training for board, staff and other not-for-profit representatives. She is a graduate of Howard University Law School, served on the board of the Historical Society of Washington D.C. and as an advisor to Decatur House.

Monica Y. Brame

Monica Y. Brame

Monica Brame is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 15 years of project management experience and more than 18 years of Federal contracting and accounting experience with multiple government agencies including Montgomery County, MD County Government, Department of Defense (Army), Department of Education; Department of Agriculture; Internal Revenue Service; and several inter-agencies of Health and Human Services agencies such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Ms. Brame has volunteered for more than 18 years with the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). She has served in multiple leadership roles including Eastern Region Representative on the National Board of Directors; Eastern Region Vice President; Eastern Region Student Conference Chairperson and past president of the NABA Metropolitan Washington, DC Chapter. She also serves as an active volunteer in numerous church and community affairs.

Louis Cardenas

Louis Cardenas

Lou Cardenas grew up in Northern Virginia, though he spent much time in Colombia, where the majority of his family still resides. He graduated from Georgetown University, and has enjoyed a 30 year successful career in real estate in the DC area and Miami. After 25 years in commercial real estate, he made the switch several years ago to residential and is currently Vice President at Compass, and serves realty clients throughout DC, Virginia, and Maryland. He has always believed in giving back to his community and has served as President of the Board of Sitar Arts Center, a local after school and summer arts program serving inner city children. He also supports several animal rescue organizations in DC and Costa Rica.

Darryl E. Christmon, CPA, MBA

Darryl E. Christmon, CPA, MBA

Darryl Christmon is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Georgetown University’s main campus. Darryl previously served from 1997 until 2014 as Vice President and Chief Finance Officer for the main campus. Prior appointments include Vice President for Fiscal Affairs at Jackson (Mississippi) State University, Comptroller at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Budget Director at Howard University. Darryl held earlier positions at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Darryl received his MBA from Howard University and his BS in Accounting from Jackson State University. He is a certified public accountant in the states of Maryland and Mississippi. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Darryl is a former Vice President of the Metro-Washington, DC chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. He has also served on the Washington Research Library Consortium’s Board of Directors. Darryl has been a member of the Hoya Federal Credit Union Board of Directors since 1998. He served as President from 1999 until 2007 and has since served as Treasurer. On House of Ruth’s Board of Directors, he is the Finance Committee Chair.

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Deborah Epstein, JD

Deborah Epstein, JD

Professor Deborah Epstein has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic for over 20 years. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the DC Superior Court’s effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. She was a founding Co-Director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center. She serves on the NFL Players’ Association Commission on Violence, and has served as Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Director of the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, and is a member of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Unit Rules Committee, as well as the Board of Directors of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has published numerous articles on domestic violence law and policy, and consulted nationally and internationally on issues of legal and policy reform. Her most recent book in the field is Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice (APA Press 2009).

Carolyn Gruber, PhD

Carolyn Gruber, PhD

Carolyn Gruber is an adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work, and is currently retired from private practice working with children, adolescence and adults. She was President and Dean of the Clinical Social Work Institute, as well as on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work. She has published in clinical social work journals. She is a past President of GWSCSW. Dr. Gruber has served extensively as a social work consultant and a professional volunteer throughout the Metropolitan Washington region.

Elaine Horn, JD

Elaine Horn, JD

Elaine Horn is an attorney who represents clients in a broad range of complex civil and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis in the areas of employment disputes, products liability, and commercial contracts. She is a partner at the law offices of Williams & Connolly LLP where she serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Litigation and Counseling practice group. Elaine grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and received degrees from Texas A&M University in journalism and English. She received her JD, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was on the Editorial Board of The University of Chicago Law Review. She lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Andrew Kentz

Andrew Kentz

Andrew Kentz formed Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP in 2009, a law firm specializing in international law and international trade law. Previously, Andrew had been a partner with Dewey Ballantine LLP, and earlier had served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Hon. Byron L. Dorgan. Andrew is Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has served on the Board of Advisors of the Legal Network, an organization that provides legal services to the poor, and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Georgetown University Alumni Association.

Stephanie Kushner

Stephanie Kushner

Stephanie Tavill Kushner has served on House of Ruth’s board since 2014. She brings to the board over 20 years of experience leading highly successful development programs at national political advocacy and nonprofit organizations working on behalf of the environment and women’s issues. She is an expert in the development and management of multi-faceted c3, c4, PAC, Super PAC, and bundling fundraising programs. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Development at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Vice President of Development for NARAL Pro-Choice America. She began her fundraising career as a Loaned Executive for United Way Services in Cleveland, OH, and her first job out of graduate school was as Director of Development for Women in Community Service, Inc., a nonprofit organization helping women and youth overcome poverty. Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland, OH, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Stephanie and her family live in Bethesda, MD.

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis is Co-Principal and Executive Vice President of ALTA Consulting Group, Inc., a management and consulting firm with extensive experience in health care and community development. Ms. Lewis serves as Chair, Board, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, which is responsible for the insurance marketplace through which individuals, families and small businesses have access to health insurance. Ms. Lewis also serves on the Board of the HSC Foundation Board which works to improve access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability and chronic illness. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of City College of New York and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Anne Zummo Malone

Anne Zummo Malone

Anne Zummo Malone is the Chief of Schools at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School. In this role, Anne supervises the overall operations and instruction of ten charter schools serving preschool and pre-kindergarten students in Washington, DC. Anne has worked for AppleTree for the past ten years, serving in a variety of roles including literacy coach, Principal, and Director of School Leadership. Prior to moving to DC, Anne taught second and fourth grade in Connecticut then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Penn State University. Anne is a mother of two little girls who keep her very busy!

Patricia A. Massey, PHR, CBP

Patricia A. Massey, PHR, CBP

Patricia Massey is the Vice President of Human Resources for Clark Construction Group, LLC, one of the nation’s most experienced and respected providers of construction services. She specializes in human resources, benefits and compensation and has served in a leadership capacity at major corporations including Scientech, LLC, Primark/Disclosure as well as the National Standards Association. Patricia’s community activities include serving as an election judge, mock interviewer for naturalization preparation and an assistant volunteer coordinator.

Pamela M. Pinkett, CPA, CGMA

Pamela M. Pinkett, CPA, CGMA

Pamela Pinkett is a Management/Accounting Consultant who assists organizations in need of hands-on senior level accounting and financial expertise. She analyzes financial systems and develops and implements solutions to increase efficiency and profitability. Formerly, Pamela was the Chief Financial Officer of Delon Hampton & Associates, managing all financial aspects of the structural and civil engineering firm, and auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP in Washington, DC. A long-time HR board member, Pamela’s other memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chartered Global Management Accountants, Maryland State Board of Accountancy and the National Association of Black Accountants.

Kalise Robinson

Kalise Robinson

Kalise Robinson graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Since graduating in 2010 she has had the pleasure of working with a variety of populations that included homeless families, homeless individuals, TANF recipients, and foster children. While matriculating at UDC she was a part of the signing of President Bush’s College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. Kalise graduated from Howard University in December 2016 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is currently a case manager with her chosen population, homeless males at the Coalition for the Homeless-Emery Work Bed Program. Kalise has five children and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her favorite television shows, and reading in her spare time.

Gina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer is the Co-Founder and CEO of 12 Ace Hardware stores located in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Alexandria, VA. She joined House of Ruth’s Board of Directors in 2009. Gina is a passionate entrepreneur who grew her company from one to eleven stores in a twelve-year period, and with her husband leads a multi-million dollar small business that employs 260 people. Gina has tirelessly focused on the “Return to Main Street” movement in DC to promote Shop Local campaigns and community revitalization projects in urban areas. This has resulted in partnering with many local entrepreneurs and creating a DC-based program to sell locally made goods from prime shelf space in her stores. She serves on the CCA Global Partners, Inc. Board of Directors and is a member of the Ace Center for Excellence. She also serves on the non-profit boards of Jubilee Jobs and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Julie Shroyer

Julie Shroyer

Senior Policy Advisor and Polsinelli Shareholder, Julie Shroyer, has more than 27 years of federal health policy experience including service on Capitol Hill as committee staff and in senior positions in both the non-profit and private sector. A respected advisor to congressional and presidential campaigns, she is sought after for her recognized expertise in health care and public policy.  Julie’s current clients’ include several health care provider organizations (e.g., nurse educators, nurse practitioners, physician assistant educators, social workers, etc.), hospitals and biotechnology companies.   Julie also serves as the head of the Polsinelli DC Women’s Initiative Committee reinforcing her commitment to attract, retain and promote the success of women throughout the firm.

Julie is married to David G. Shaw. They are the proud parents of two daughters Claire (16 years old) and Emily Shaw (13 years old) and reside in Washington, DC.  She has been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill for 25 years and currently serves as a member of the Youth Minister Advisory Committee.

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