Our Team

Staff

Kim Davis – Site Manager: Anacostia, Dunbar, and Thurgood Marshall

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Kim joined Reach in the fall of 2015. She will focus on our work at Anacostia Senior High, 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.

 

Luisa Furstenberg-Beckman – Site Manager: Beacon House, Coolidge, and EL Haynes

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Luisa joined Reach during the summer of 2017. She oversees our programs at Beacon House, E.L Haynes, Coolidge Senior High School and runs the Summer Leadership Academy. Previously, Luisa worked at Food & Friends, running workshops for youth on HIV/AIDS prevention. Prior to that, she taught cooking and nutrition to DCPS High School students at Brainfood Inc. In between jobs, she spent a year working and living on a permaculture farm in South America. Originally from Philadelphia, in her free time Luisa loves being outdoors, cooking, and finding interesting ways to grow and create food in her tiny apartment. A graduate of Clark University, Luisa brings her experience in youth development and workshop facilitation to the Reach team.

Mark Hecker – Executive Director


Mark 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.

 

Linsey McCombs – Site Manager: Ballou, Eastern, and HD Woodson

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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 three of our program sites – Ballou, Eastern, and H.D. Woodson -  Linsey will help us to improve instruction, support instructors, and ensure quality is consistent for every Reach tutor and student.

William Ross – Development Manager

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William joined Reach in 2017 as the Development Manager. He will help to build the organization’s fundraising capacity through database management, prospect research, donor stewardship, and more. Previously, he worked at both Truist and Frontstream in sales and operations positions, honing his high-level customer service and communication skills. William is a devoted fan of the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Bucs. He was also once the front man of a good-for-high-school, heavy metal band. William is a graduate of the University of Tampa.

Kelly Wardle – Program Director

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Kelly joined Reach after serving as the Director of Site-Based Programming with Living Classrooms. In her position, she will supervise programming at all nine 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

Leslie Adler

Hilton Worldwide

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.

Rick Edson

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.

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.

Patrick Howard

Howard Insurance

An insurance professional with expertise in underwriting strategy and risk management, Patrick is part of the third generation of leadership at the helm of the company his grandfather launched. He has helped lead his family’s company through a period of fast growth, and that experience will help Reach as it works to achieve our ambitious growth goals.

Karin Johanson

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.

Graham McLaughlin

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.

Dan Taylor

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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.

Mike Young

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.