Our Staff

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Executive Director

Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director
Email | (202) 529-3328

Mercedes Lemp recently served as the Associate Director of Philanthropy at Montgomery Hospice. Prior to her role at Montgomery Hospice she 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 the Channels Program Manager for Latin America Sales 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 is 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

Catalina Talero, Director of Development and Communications
Email | (202) 540-1062 | Bio

Lorin Kleinman, Director of HR & Administration
Email | (202) 540-1046 |  Bio

Joviah Ndahayo, Grants & Finance Manager
Email | (202) 540-1048 |  Bio

Toshica Harvey, Volunteer & Operations Coordinator
Email | (202) 540-1052 |  Bio

Gabriela Deleon, Outreach Coordinator & Latino Liaison
Email | (202) 540-1054 | Bio

Program Staff

Priscila Lemos, Bilingual Community Advocate (Upcoming)
Email | (202) 540-1056 | Bio

Toshira Monroe, Director of Programs
Email | (202) 540-1056 | Bio

Elizabeth Horrigan, LICSW, Shelter Program Manager
Email | (202) 540-1045 | Bio

Lisa Scaglione, LMSW, Community Program Supervisor
Email | (202) 540-1061 | Bio

Abigail Singh, LGSW, Children’s Programs Manager, Social Worker
Email | (202) 540-1060 | Bio

Manga Asiamah, LGSW, Social Worker
Email | (202) 540-1053 |  Bio 

Crismeily Maloney, Family Care Coordinator
Email | (202) 540-1049 | Bio

LaVerne Brown, Chef/Kitchen Manager

Residential Services Staff at Sanctuary Plus

Avril Palton, Senior Residential Counselor & Facilities Manager
Email | (202) 540-1064 |  Bio

Rachel Wiggins, Evening Residential Counselor
Email | (202) 540-1064 |

Barbara Matthews, Overnight Residential Counselor
Email | (202) 540-1064 |  Bio

Part-time Residential Counselors:
Tashaunya Blake
Shana Diagne
Camesha Harris
Shara Hayden
Victoria Robison-Hines
Pascale Jeannot
Margot Kirkland
Lykeyia Lucas
LaTasha Osei
Zenobia Proctor
Porsha Taylor