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Christy Respress has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and living with complex behavioral health challenges. She has worked with Pathways to Housing for 17 years, and has been in the role of Executive Director of Pathways to Housing DC since January 2011. She has extensive knowledge of Housing First and has provided technical assistance to agencies and communities around the world to implement this innovative model. She is also the President of the Board of Directors of the DC Behavioral Health Association. Christy received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and her Masters in Social Work from Howard University.
Christy Respress, MSW
Rachel Pierre joined Pathways to Housing DC as Senior Director of Programs in December 2015 with a wealth of experience working in social services and managing nonprofit organizations. Rachel was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer of Pathways to Housing DC in July 2016 and is responsible for the day to day leadership and general Contract and Programmatic oversight of the organization.
Prior to joining Pathways to Housing DC, Rachel spent three years as the Director of Clinical Operations at Lutheran Social Services where she managed multiple foster care programs. Rachel has over 15 years of experience working in different capacities with organizations serving vulnerable populations in the Washington DC area. Rachel has a Bachelors in Finance from James Madison University, a Masters in Social Work from Howard University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
A. D. Rachel Pierre, LICSW, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Lawrence Greene came to Pathways to Housing DC from a career supporting organizations dedicated to serving individuals and families in health care, homeless services, housing, preschool, child care and disaster recovery, just to name a few. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Lawrence began his career with the NY City Human Resources Administration, where he saw firsthand the issues and challenges facing a disadvantaged population. Additional stops included NeighborWorks America and the American Red Cross, where he supported their disaster response and emergency preparedness departments. Prior to joining Pathways to Housing DC in July 2015, Lawrence worked with Allegiance Relocation Services, where he built the human resources department from the ground up. Lawrence holds a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Long Island University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Lawrence D. Greene, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Director
Carla Lester is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with more than 20 years of combined experience in Medicaid, Medicare, home, hospital, and community-based health care, education, and social services. Prior to joining Pathways, Carla served as the Associate Director of Interim Programs at N Street Village where she provided oversight of the largest women’s shelter in the District of Columbia, a women’s recovery program, and a 31 bed night shelter. Carla also served as the Director of Care Management for AmeriHealth Caritas DC. Carla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Springfield College.
Carla Lester, LICSW
Senior Director of Programs
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Sara Brown currently serves as the program manager for the Veteran’s Housing First Team at Pathways to Housing DC. She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having begun her career in her first social work internship placement at a transitional housing center for homeless women and families, Sara has always been passionate about helping people find permanent housing. Sara is also extremely passionate about veteran’s issues and has been working with homeless veterans at Pathways since 2012. She is proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to end veteran homelessness throughout the country, and especially here in Washington DC.
Sara Brown, LCSW-C
Veterans Housing First Team Program Manager
Dr. Joel Cohen
Will Doyle joined Pathways as an MSW intern in August 2006 and has been a part of Pathways ever since then. He is a founding member of the DowntownDC BID Outreach Team. He has been the Program Manager of the Permanent Supportive Housing Program since October 2008 and transitioned to his current role as Director of Housing Operations in July 2017. He has also supervised the Community Support Team and Golden Triangle BID Outreach Team. Prior to joining Pathways, Will worked in accounting and was a Conventual Franciscan Friar. He earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Boston College in 2000 and a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2008. Will has his LICSW in DC.
Will Doyle, LICSW
Director of Housing Operations
Jaline Gilliam is a LICSW/LCSW-C and received her MSW from Howard University with a special emphasis on mental health and the black experience. Jaline completed her BS from Towson University in Family Studies and Community Development. While in Baltimore, she spent time planning meaningful curriculum and providing services to children and families in the inner city. Jaline’s work in Baltimore and her experience as a Washingtonian ignited her passion for serving people experiencing homelessness, and underserved populations. Jaline has experience overseeing Forensic Community Support, ACT, PSH, CABHI, and 24 hour On Call services. Further Jaline has managed a team of Outpatient Therapists, and oversaw Crisis Homes Clinical Treatment. Jaline’s mission as our new Clinical Director is to cultivate a team of dedicated mental health professionals, provide them with the tools to assist our clients in their chosen Person Centered Recovery, while supporting a healthy work-life balance. Jaline brings a commitment to ending homelessness in DC as well as supporting our community to develop a meaningful life of connection, hope, and well being. In Jaline’s spare time she enjoys camping, concerts, spending time with family and friends, and connecting with her community.
Jaline Gilliam, LICSW
Julian (Jay) Forth joined Pathways to Housing DC as the Director of Street Outreach in 2019. Jay received a Masters of Divinity from Duke University in 2009 and since 2010, has enjoyed both working and volunteering in the DC area. His broad experience includes nonprofit management, tenant organizing, direct service, and community activism.
Director of Street Outreach
Andrew has over 13 years of experience working with the justice system in DC, Maryland, and Virginia in community and institutional settings. He is passionate about improving the lives of underserved individuals, especially those facing increased barriers due to their behavioral health or criminal history. He has served as a subject matter expert in this field for many years with consultations on local and national efforts. He received his BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice and Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Andrew Lautar, LICSW
Urgent Care Clinic Director
Adam Maier, a native Washingtonian, joined Pathways to Housing DC in 2011 and serves as the Director of Housing Partnerships. Adam and his team have successfully created relationships with over 150 Washington landlords who rent to our tenants. Adam brought over 27 years of experience with the City Council of the District of Columbia and 5 years’ experience at the United States Senate. At the Council, he oversaw the operations of thirteen human service and public works agencies. Among many responsibilities, he served as Staff Director of the Committee on Human Services and as Staff Director for the Committee on the Environment and Public Works. He was also the Executive Director of Independent Living for the Handicapped that provided housing in Washington, DC for adults with severe physical disabilities, and has been an owner of commercial real estate for over 40 years. For eighteen years Adam has been a member of National Community Church where he is an active member of their international mission teams, homeless and youth ministry. Adam is a Joslin Diabetic Center 50 year Medalist, a Mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission, and is a former Board member of The Arc of DC. Adam received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Public Administration and Philosophy from the University of Maryland.
Director of Housing Partnerships
Quality Improvement and Assurance Director
Lina Permut, a native Washingtonian, joined Pathways to Housing DC as the Donor Relations Office, with a focus on major gifts in 2018. With over 10 years of international, national, and local non-profit experience, Lina brings diverse knowledge to the development team. Before her role at Pathways to Housing DC, Lina served as the Individual Giving Development Manager for Free the Slaves and spearheaded the development of the major gifts program. She believes we all are responsible for the least among us, that change is only as good as the people who support it, and that we can end homelessness, together. Lina received her Bachelor of Arts in English Communications from Saint Francis University.
Donor Relations Officer
Pascal A. Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington D.C. and Maryland. He currently works at Pathways to Housing DC as the Program Director of Project Home in Montgomery County MD. He administers SAMHSA and HHS/HUD grants to accomplish Project Home’s goals: providing housing and wrap-around support services to homeless individuals with chronic mental health disorders and co-occurring substance abuse. Additionally, Mr. Peterson: is a certified Comprehensive Crisis Manager Trainer facilitating monthly staff training; coordinates Pathways monthly psychiatric Grand Rounds to review and assist with difficult cases; co-chairs Pathways Safety Committee, and; is an Officer Agent for the District of Columbia to assess clients at risk of harm to self and others in the community for involuntary commitment. He is also a Clinical Supervisor for MSW students and maintains a private practice in Silver Spring, MD.
Mr. Peterson graduated from Barry University in Miami, FL, with a BS in Hospital Services Administration, then his MSW, and has worked in social services since 1988. He has successfully worked at the following agencies: North Portland Youth Services Center, to support newly arrived Southeast Asian refugees to transition/integrate into US society; at Pacific Northwest Outward Bound Wilderness School, to help marginalized inner-city youth process abuse while rebuilding trails in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area; at Volunteers of America at their Women’s residential drug and alcohol treatment program; at Cascade AIDS Project, as an outreach worker and AIDS educator during the AIDS crisis in the 1990s.
Upon relocating to San Francisco, CA, Mr. Peterson worked as a coordinator and manager at St. Anthony Foundation in their Dining Room, which served 2,100 meals a day to homeless and marginalized populations. He developed and implemented a comprehensive educational and employment rehabilitation program that provides employment training, and reentry support services, as well as managed a USDA congregate feeding site in Tenderloin neighborhood.
He later relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he worked at Broward House as an Out-Patient Behavioral Health Counselor. While there, he also managed, evaluated and implemented program quality assurance for five government grants: SAMHSA: minority youths, CDC:HIPHIV Testing, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC): HIV Testing, Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS): linkage to care, and FDOH STD Testing. While completing his MSW he completed internships at Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Broward Health Medical Center on their psychiatric receiving Unit.
In September of 2016, he joined Pathways to Housing DC to work as a Clinical Supervisor on an ACT team. A year later, he was asked to help implement a new program in partnership with Montgomery County, MD . While not at work, you might find Pascal embracing his Scandinavian heritage teaching folk-dancing or cooking.
Pascal A. Peterson, LICSW, LCSW-C
Director Project Home
Tonya Ridley came to Pathways to Housing DC to manage and reestablish the Evidence-Based Supported Employment program in September 2014. Coming from the DC Department of Behavioral’s Homeless Outreach Program, and a native Washingtonian, Tonya has always wanted to give back to her community in a very powerful way. Tonya Ridley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She holds a Masters of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She also has specialized knowledge in the medical psycho-social aspects of disability as it relates to work. Currently, she uses this knowledge to assess individuals and place them in the workforce with appropriate reasonable accommodations in place that she, her clients and her team identifies as a need.
Tonya Ridley, LPC, CRC, CWIC
Program Manager for Supported Employment
Board of Directors
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|Michael Allen is a partner in the civil rights law firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC where his practice focuses on litigation under the Fair Housing Act and related civil rights laws. He joined the firm in June 2006, after 11 years of litigation and other advocacy on behalf of poor people and people with disabilities at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and a decade at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Michael has litigated and lobbied at the federal and state levels, and appeared in national print and electronic media. He is a 1979 graduate of Georgetown University, and received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Michael has written, lectured and consulted widely on civil rights and NIMBYism.|
Michael Allen, Esq.
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance is a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization with over 10,000 nonprofit and public sector agencies and corporate partners around the country. To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the nature of homelessness and successful solutions. She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over thirty years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organization. Ms. Roman received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.
Stephen Dempsey is the Director of Administration for Sidley Austin’s DC Office, overseeing a staff that supports 300 attorneys. He has been in Legal Administration for over 20 years, but started his career as an accountant. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Texas CPS, and an MBA from George Washington University. Stephen moved to Washington DC in 2000 and immediately became engaged in supporting efforts to battle the homeless epidemic in the area. He has worked with Miriam’s Kitchen for the past 15 years to help the homeless community and joined Pathways to Housing DC board in 2016.
Stephanie is a partner in Sidley’s Healthcare and Government Strategies groups. Based on Sidley’s DC office, she focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory, compliance, and legislative matters, including strategic counseling and advocacy in connection with public policy proposals and implementation issues. Stephanie has deep and broad experience in healthcare coverage and reimbursement issues, including policies under Medicare, Medicaid, and the commercial insurance market. She received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. and Master of Biomedical Ethics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie regularly engages and speaks on issues and developments relating to health policy and healthcare coverage, access, and payment issues. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in Illinois, and she joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Prior to joining the Pathways to Housing DC Board in 2009, Ed Rich provided pro-bono legal assistance to Pathways while practicing at Arent Fox LLP. A native Washingtonian and graduate of D.C. Public Schools, Ed has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University. Ed has practiced law for over 25 years in the Washington area, both in District government and in private practice. Ed has assisted numerous clients on matters concerning transactional real estate, land use and zoning, government contracts and local government affairs. While in the District Government, Ed has served as a Special Assistant to the Mayor, General Counsel of United Medical Center and Deputy General Counsel of the DC Department of Health. Ed is also a member of the Steering Committee of the DC Affairs Section of the DC Bar, Co-President of the Greater Farmland Civic Association and a member of the White Flint Implementation Committee. Ed lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Laura.
Natalie Nickens Gunn
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Capital Impact Partners
Natalie Nickens Gunn is responsible for formulating and executing Capital Impact Partners’ financial strategy, capital and investment base expansion, and investor relations. She also manages the overall direction for accounting, tax, audit, treasury and financial planning and analysis and oversees the Corporate Services, Information Technology and Human Resources departments.
Natalie has more than 25 years of corporate financing and accounting experience across the public and private sectors, including serving as Capital Impact Partners’ Controller before stepping into the Chief Financial Officer position. Prior to joining Capital Impact, she held senior positions at the Government National Mortgage Association, National Cooperative Bank, Capital Automotive REIT, Host Hotels and Resorts and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Natalie is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University with a degree in Accounting.
Natalie Nickens Gunn
How Pathways Helped Restore David's Eyesight and Hope
David was homeless in and around Bethesda for almost 30 years, living in the woods for most of that time. Constantly on the move, David survived by panhandling, dumpster diving, and selling scrap metal. David’s untreated cataracts finally caught up with him and he completely lost his eyesight. David felt his way, mostly by memory, to the panhandling and dumpster-diving spots that he knew before going blind. A homeless outreach worker connected David to a Pathways case worker, who took him to a doctor who offered to operate to restore David’s sight, for free! David was able to see again for the first time in years. In October, David moved into his own apartment. Having his sight back and a home of his own has made all the difference in David’s life.