Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director Mercedes Lemp has served as MSP’s Executive Director since April, 2018. Previous to MSP, she served as the Associate Director of Philanthropy at Montgomery Hospice and twice served as the Executive Director of Washington English Center, from July, 2011 to March 2015 and September 2002 through the end of 2005. In between serving as Executive Director at Washington English Center she was appointed as the Director of the Washington DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs by Mayor Adrian Fenty and served as a Cabinet member from January 2007 through December 2010. In addition to her government and non-profit experience, Mercedes was the Marketing Director at the Council of Better Business Bureau’s BBBOnLine website program, and worked as a Program Manager for Latin America sales division at Netscape Communications Corporation in Mountain View, CA and in Florida. She holds an MBA in International Marketing from George Washington University and a BA in Business and Management Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the board of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Washington, the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, and served on the DC Public Schools Joint Advisory Council from 2007-2010, and on the Mayor’s Adult Literacy Council from 2007-2009.

Administrative Staff

Lorin Kleinman, Director of HR & Administration

Email | (202) 540-1046 | Bio

Joviah Ndahayo, Grants & Finance Manager

Email | (202) 540-1048 | Bio

Angela Cavanaugh, Development and Volunteer Manager

Email | (202) 540-1049 Bio

Program Staff

Toshira Monroe, Deputy Director

Email | (202) 540-1056 | Bio

Sojonia Gordon, RISE & Community Program Manager

Email | (202) 515-6906

Abigail Singh, MSW, LGSW, Shelter Program Manager

Email | (202) 578-7746

Tiara Troxler, RISE Admissions and Aftercare Advocate

Email | (202) 770-5120 |

Khircelle Forde, Social Worker

Email | (202) 669-2311

Crismeily Maloney, Bilingual Admissions and Family Programs Manager

Email | (202) 568-1578

Sharelle Langaigne, Art Therapist and Children’s Program Manager

Email | (202) 515-6638

Leise Gergely, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-1675

Jackie Foster, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-4007

Shannon Simms, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 499-0356

Elissa Blackwell, MSW, LGSW, Community Advocate

Email | (202) 997-3521

Gabriela Deleon, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator & Community Advocate

Email | (202) 540-1054

Camesha Harris, RISE Plus Program Manager

Email | (202) 897-7884

Theresa Price, RISE Plus Community Advocate

Email | (202) 924-4286

James Hubbard, Rise Plus Community Advocate

Email | (202) 897-7749 | Bio

Residential Services Staff at Sanctuary Plus

Avril Palton, Manager of Facilities and Residential Counselors

Email | (202) 540-1064

Rachelle Wiggins, Children’s Program Coordinator

Email | (202) 540-1064

Barbara Matthews, Overnight Residential Counselor

Email | (202) 540-1064

Raymond Simmons, Jr, Chef/Kitchen Manager

Part-time Residential Counselors:

Deboria Allison

Kimberly Astorga

Tashaunya Blake

Shana Diagne

Shara Hayden

Victoria Robinson-Hines

Pascale Jeannot

LaTasha Osei

Patricia Walker

Diane Watkins