House of Ruth

Sandra Jackson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Sandra Jackson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

An executive with more than two decades of experience in social services management in the DC area, Sandra Jackson’s tenure at House of Ruth began in 2013 when she became Director of Operations. Ms. Jackson was promoted to Interim Executive Director in January 2016, and then became Executive Director in November 2016. In September 2020, the House of Ruth board unanimously promoted Ms. Jackson to President and CEO of House of Ruth. Prior employers include the Child and Family Services Agency and Catholic Charities of Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University, and a BA from George Washington University.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ms. Jackson was recognized at the Kennedy Center with Georgetown University’s 2020 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award, which highlighted her inspirational leadership and passionate drive to make House of Ruth’s new Kidspace developmental childcare facility a reality.

Garikai Beverly

Garikai Beverly joined House of Ruth as Director of Finance in April 2017, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2021. Prior to that he worked at Clark Construction in their corporate accounting department from 2007-2017. Garikai earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, he and his wife still live there with their four children. When he’s not organizing House of Ruth finances, he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

Elizabeth Kiker

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Elizabeth Kiker has been a donor to House of Ruth since 1999, and she joined the staff as their Director of Development in February 2017, and was promoted to Chief Development Officer in March 2021. An association executive with more than 20 years’ experience, she worked in national and local bike advocacy, fundraising and communications from 2005-2016, most recently serving as Executive Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle, WA. A resident of Arlington, VA, she has a degree in English from Texas A&M University (class of 1996!). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, commuting to work by bike, and baking with her husband and three children.

Sharon Knight, LICSW

Sharon Knight, LICSW, is the Clinical Director at House of Ruth. She started in 2020, and has been contracting with House of Ruth since 2018. She is a highly experienced clinical manager who enhances the clinical behavioral health services to the individuals and families in all of House of Ruth’s housing programs.