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. Prior to his work with Reach, Mark was a social worker and teacher at the National Center for Children and Families. In 2006, he was named the Consortium for Child Welfare’s DC Social Worker of the Year – he was the youngest person to ever earn this honor. Mark is a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow. 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.
Marianne Montalvo Ed.M – Program Director
An educator, trainer, and manager with experience in Costa Rica, India, Macedonia, Malawi, and the United States, Marianne brings extensive international experience to the local context. Previously, she has led teams, managed multi-million dollar budgets, and empowered local leaders. Closer to home, Marianne has worked as a high school Spanish teacher, SAT tutor, and a mentor with the Higher Achievement Program. Building on her experience in the international sector, Marianne will oversee Reach’s programming and curriculum development while supervising our team of Program Fellows. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Marianne brings endless energy and an intense interest in community-driven interventions.
Jusna Perrin – Program Associate for Evaluation & Improvement
Jusna is a 2011 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors College. While in college, she lauched FAMUS, an organization aimed at increasing the college completion rates for under-served communities. During the summer of 2010, Jusna was an Intern at DC Public Schools. She worked in both data analysis and program implementation. During her final year at UMass, Jusna completed a Senior Thesis. Her advisor explains, “She examined first the history of public education in the United States, with an emphasis on how its purpose has been articulated, and then the range of current reform movements, their connections and implications for democratic education.” Jusna’s advisor generally works only with graduate students, but was impressed enough with Jusna to work on an undergraduate thesis. The advisor concludes, “Reach Incorporated will be fortunate to have Ms. Perrin’s commitment, critical thinking and work ethic as part of your team and to be the place where she starts what promises to be an active, thoughtful and meaningful career in education.”
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.
Ann Marie Habershaw
Independent Operations Consultant
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. Ms. Holmes 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.
Felix Brandon Lloyd
A 2007 Echoing Green Fellow and the 2000 DC Teacher of the Year, Mr. Lloyd 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.
Samuelson Educational Consulting, LLC
An educational scholar with expertise in learning challenges, Ms. Samuelson has worked in education as well as management consulting. Ms. Samuelson’s analytical skills and research background will ensure that Reach’s growth is driven and supported by the most recent educational research.
A results-oriented business development leader, Mr. Taylor 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, Mr. Young brings 25 years of experience in program management and nonprofit administration. His leadership experience with For Love of Children (FLOC) and Hope and a Home will prove valuable in guiding organizational growth and development.
Melinda Hightower – Skadden Arps
Karin Johanson – Dewey Square Group
Crystal Moore – Accenture
Irwin Sentilles – Shady Hill Studios
Meghan Walters – CB Richard Ellis, Inc.