Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director Mercedes Lemp has served as Executive Director since April 2018. Prior to joining MSP she worked at Montgomery Hospice and twice served as the Executive Director of Washington English Center, from July, 2011 to March 2015 and September 2002 through the end of 2005. In between serving as Executive Director at Washington English Center she was appointed as the Director of the Washington DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs by Mayor Adrian Fenty and served as a Cabinet member from January 2007 through December 2010. In addition to her government and non-profit experience, Mercedes was the Marketing Director at the Council of Better Business Bureau’s BBBOnLine website program, and worked as the Channels Program Manager for Latin America Sales at Netscape Communications Corporation in Mountain View, CA and in Florida. She holds an MBA in International Marketing from George Washington University and a BA in Business and Management Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Washington, the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, and served on the DC Public Schools Joint Advisory Council from 2007-2010, and on the Mayor’s Adult Literacy Council from 2007-2009.

Administrative Staff

Toshira Monroe, Deputy Director

Email | (202) 540-1056 | Bio

Angela Cavanaugh, Volunteer and Move-In Manager

Email | (202) 540-1049 | Bio

Lorin Kleinman, Director of HR & Administration

Email | (202) 540-1046 | Bio

Joviah Ndahayo, Director of Finance and Grants

Email | (202) 540-1048 | Bio

Elena Romanova, Director of Development

Email | (202) 997-6156 | Bio

Gabby Deutsch, Development and Communications Manager

Email | (202) 880-2531 | Bio

Jey Fell, Data and Impact Manager

Email | (202) 880-2206 | Bio

RISE Transitional Housing Program

Shannon Simms, RISE Program Manager

Email | (202) 499-0356 | Bio

Gabriela Deleon, Bilingual RISE Community Advocate & Latino Outreach Liaison

Email | (202) 540-1054 | Bio

Leise Gergely, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-1675 | Bio

Tiara Troxler, RISE Admissions and Advocate

Email | 202) 770-5120 | Bio


RISE Plus Program

Camesha Harris, RISE Plus Program Manager

Email | (202) 897-7884 | Bio

James Hubbard, RISE Plus Community Advocate

Email | (202) 924-4286 | Bio

Sonte DuCote, RISE Plus Community Advocate

Email

FRSP

Sojonia Gordon, FRSP Community Program Manager

Email | (202) 515-6906 | Bio

Jackie Foster, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-4007 | Bio

Rosemary Weathers, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 815-2912 | Bio

Angelique Rice, Community Advocate

Email | 202-515-6638 | Bio


Sanctuary Plus Shelter

Linda Akunwafor, Shelter Program Manager

Email | (240)-814-0391 | Bio

Khircelle Forde, Social Worker

Email | (202) 669-2311 | Bio

Crismeily Maloney, Children’s Program Manager and Shelter Advocate

Email | (202) 568-1578 | Bio

Theresa Price, Aftercare and Fresh Start Fund Administrator

Email | (202) 924-4286 | Bio

Elissa Blackwell, MSW, LGSW, Sanctuary II Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-3521 | Bio

Residential Services Staff at Sanctuary Plus

Avril Palton, Manager of Facilities and Residential Counselors

Email | (202) 540-1064 | Bio

Barbara Matthews, Overnight Residential Counselor

Email | (202) 540-1064 | Bio

Raymond Simmons, Chef/Kitchen Manager

Email | 202-540-1055 |

Indiah Taylor, Evening Residential Counselor

Email | 202-607-6957 |

Part-time Residential Counselors:

Deboria Allison

Kimberly Astorga

Tashaunya Blake

Shara Hayden

Victoria Robinson-Hines

Pascale Jeannot

LaTasha Osei

Saisha Smith

Gloria Taylor

Patricia Walker

Diane Watkins