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Board of Directors and Staff

The organization is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors who are committed to the organization’s mission.  The Board provides guidance and support to the professional staff as well as promotes the organization to funders, volunteers and the public.

Board of Directors and Staff ImagePresident
Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference

Vice President
Janis Smith, National Housing Conference

Johnnie Mae Armstrong

Debra Dillon, On Our Own of Montgomery County

Immediate Past President
Demetri Datch, Esq., Foulger-Pratt

President Emerita
Nancy Y. Cohen

Board of Directors
Cindy Elliott-Amadon, On Our Own of Montgomery County
Tat-Lin Angus, Pepco
Tania Hernandez-Andersen, Graduate Management Admissions Council
Jack Croarkin, Grossberg Company LLP
Jake Emerson, EagleBank
​Peter Kimbis
Marc Lande, NAMI Montgomery County, Volunteer
Russell Phillips, CPA, CohnReznick LLP
Robyn S. Raysor, United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Retired
Timothy Saunders, Polinger Company
Michael Smith, Wells Fargo


Chief Executive Officer
Abe M. Schuchman, Esq.

Chief Operating Officer
Aaron Fenster

Director of Property Development
Lisa Y. Cook

Director of Development
Marjorie Goldman, CFRE

Property Manager
Linda Akunwafor
Herman Knight III
Josh Neirman

Property Manager and Avodah Corps Member
Ellen Schwartz   

Program Associates

Dianne Dougherty
Kathleen Gleason
Ian Jackson                                                                                                                        
Diane Nowak
Adam Pinchuck
Reginald Rainard
Daisy Thompson


Carmela Boncore-Singer
Rosemary Dircks
Lynne Ladarola, RA, Archeus Studio
Mary Kundrat, Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County, Retired
Senator Laurence Levitan, Esq., Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan, & Silver, LLC
Edward L. Lublin, Blank Rome LLP
Brian M. McLaughlin, Bank of America
Rita Mhley, Mhley/Davis & Associates, Inc.
John R. Orrick, Jr., Esq., Linowes and Blocher LLP
Judy Ratner
Elias Rizkallah, Capital One Bank
Catherine F. Scott, Professor Emerita, Montgomey College
Lauren Spiro, M.A., National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
Miriam Yarmolinsky, Peer Wellness & Recovery Services, Inc.

Corporate Affiliations are for Purposes of Identification Only

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