Our Team


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. 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.

Mark also serves as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Selamawit “Sully” Mulugeta – Development & Operations Associate

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Sully joins Reach as the first employee focused on fundraising. As the organization grows, her efforts will support our ability to serve a growing number of tutors and students. Prior to joining Reach, Sully worked with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation in Los Angeles. Earlier in her career, she spent time working in the political realm with a specialty in marketing and communications. Sully is a native of DC and Northern Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Jusna Perrin – Program Associate for Evaluation & Improvement

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Jusna is a 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. Jusna has been with Reach Incorporated for more than three years and, more recently, has taken leadership over our growing summer program.

Lori Pitts – Curriculum & Creativity Coordinator


Lori joined Reach in 2013 as a Program Instructor at Eastern Senior High School. More recently, she joined the staff on a part-time basis. Lori brings significant experience as a teaching artist in the theater community. Outside of Reach, she continues to work with organizations like Imagination Stage and Youth Playwrights’ Theater to bring the dramatic arts into the classroom. 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

Leslie Adler

Choice Hotels

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.

Nia Davis

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.

Ann Marie Habershaw

United States Office of Personnel Management

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.

Dianne Samuelson

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.

Dan Taylor


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.

Mike Young

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.

Past Members:
Melinda Hightower – Skadden Arps
Karin Johanson – Dewey Square Group
Crystal Moore – Accenture
Irwin Sentilles – Shady Hill Studios
Meghan Walters – CB Richard Ellis, Inc.