Kim Davis – Program Associate
Kim joined Reach in the fall of 2015 as our newest Program Associate. She will focus on our work at Anacostia Senior High, Beacon House, Dunbar Senior High, and Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS. Following work with City Year and For Love of Children (FLOC), Kim will bring her skills related to academic support and college access to the growing Reach team. Kim is a New York native and a graduate of George Washington University.
Mark Hecker MSW, Ed.M – Executive Director
Mark Hecker is a social worker and educator with extensive experience in secure and community-based settings, working primarily with teenagers facing significant academic and social challenges. He has been leading Reach since its founding in 2009. A former DC Social Worker of the Year, Mark’s work has been recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Aspen Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s in Education from Harvard University.
Mark also serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Selamawit “Sully” Mulugeta – Development & Operations Associate
Sully joins Reach as the first employee focused on building the organization’s fundraising capacity. Prior to joining Reach, Sully worked with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Earlier in her career, she spent time working in politics with a specialty in marketing and communications. Sully is a native of DC and Northern Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Linsey McCombs – Program Associate
Linsey joined Reach during the summer of 2016. A teacher with 10 years of experience in high school classrooms, she is excited to contribute her teaching knowledge to Reach’s work in DC. A native of Connecticut, North Carolina, and Maryland, Linsey studied Education at Boston College and NYU. So, basically, she’s lived everywhere. Overseeing four of our program sites – Ballou, Eastern, EL Haynes, and H.D. Woodson - Linsey will help us to improve instruction, support instructors, and ensure quality is consistent for every Reach tutor and student.
Lori Pitts – Curriculum & Creativity Coordinator
Lori joined Reach in 2013 as an instructor at Eastern Senior High. A year later, she joined the staff to focus on enhancing the curriculum. Lori brings significant experience as a teaching artist and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner. Outside of Reach, she continues to work to use the arts to foster empowerment and social change. Originally from Texas, Lori is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.
Kelly Wardle – Program Manager
Kelly joined Reach after serving as the Director of Site-Based Programming with Living Classrooms. In her position, she will supervise programming at all five program sites across the District of Columbia. Prior to her work at Living Classrooms, Kelly developed her leadership and organizational skills at REAL School Gardens. Kelly was raised in New Mexico and Charlottesville, Virginia. She’s a graduate of Elon University.
Board of Directors
A strategist and business developer, Leslie brings her corporate experience to our growing nonprofit organization. Ms. Adler will use her experience in strategic planning, business development, and brand management to effectively position our organization in a crowded market. Leslie’s keen business sense will contribute to our conversations about growth planning and program development.
A marketing executive with experience in brand management, sales management, and product marketing, Michelle will contribute to the development of Reach’s marketing and messaging strategy. Her experience managing brands and leading teams will be extraordinarily valuable as Reach experiences significant growth.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
A professional fundraiser with experience in a variety of nonprofit organizations, Nia brings both skills and knowledge to our efforts to grow Reach’s fundraising capacity. A DC native, Nia’s experience in fundraising and development strategy will help propel the organization forward during a time of significant growth.
Housing Capital Advisors, LLC
For over 25 years, Rick has been involved in the development, acquisition, and financing of affordable housing properties. His experience will prove invaluable as Reach begins to explore the public-private partnerships necessary to sustain our growth over time.
Ann Marie Habershaw
Bully Pulpit Interactive
The former Chief Operating Office of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, Ann Marie is an expert in finance and operations. In this most recent role, she managed a $1.1 Billion budget while supervising operations at 815 offices across the country. Ann Marie’s significant experience in building operational infrastructure will prove extremely helpful as Reach pursues organizational growth.
Lanae J. Holmes LICSW
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
A social worker with experience in clinical work and non-profit administration in the DC Metro Area, she brings with her a full understanding of the issues confronting students in The District. Lanae will use her knowledge to ensure that Reach appropriately addresses social issues to ensure that our students can fully access the academic skills necessary for future success.
A skilled professional with extensive experience in the political world, Karin brings a strong understanding of communications, coalition building, and strategy. As Reach positions itself for organizational growth, Karin will contribute to the development of both the strategy and the community needed to sustain organizational growth.
Felix Brandon Lloyd
The 2000 DC Teacher of the Year, Felix was the Founder of Money Island – an online game that teaches financial literacy – until its acquisition by Bancvue in 2010. Currently, Felix is Chief Dad at Zoobean (his second entrepreneurial venture), an online curation and subscription service for children’s books and apps.
The Advisory Board Company & Clean Decisions LLC
Graham is the Director of Community Impact at The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm. He is also the co-founder of Clean Decisions, a local company run by returned citizens. Graham brings high-level network building skills and a deep commitment to the District of Columbia.
A results-oriented business development leader, Dan brings excellent problem-solving abilities and the strategic acumen for long-term social value creation. His management experience in growing organizations will contribute to Reach’s success as we pursue organizational growth.
Independent Nonprofit Consultant
A seasoned nonprofit professional, Mike brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit administration. His leadership experience with For Love of Children and Hope and a Home will prove valuable in guiding organizational growth and development.