Michelle McDonough Winters
Michelle joined AHS in May 2016. Prior to joining AHS, she served as Senior Visiting Fellow for Housing at the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing from 2014-2016. Michelle previously led capacity-building initiatives in sustainable communities and affordable housing preservation for NeighborWorks America and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, two of the country’s largest affordable housing organizations. Michelle worked on housing policy issues for nine years at Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation. From 2007 to 2010, she served on Arlington’s Housing Commission, chairing the Bricks and Mortar committee and serving as Commission chair in 2008. She received her BA in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and her Master in City Planning with a specialization in housing, community and economic development from MIT. An Arlington resident, Michelle currently serves on the boards of Housing Virginia and the Lee Highway Alliance and previously served as president of her local civic association.
Administrative and Events Associate
Stephanie joined AHS in March 2013. Stephanie started her non-profit career at the Foundation Fighting Blindness located in Maryland as Events Manager. She handled the registration process of the yearly Visions Conference and was also in charge of a quarter million dollar fundraiser called the Fighting Blindness League (FBL) held in conjunction with the NHL and seven teams nationwide. From her work with the FBL and the Washington Capitals, Stephanie was hired as the team's Community Relations Manager and Director of Caps Care, the non-profit entity for the team. After her time at the Washington Capitals, Stephanie wanted to spend more time with her family and decided to get back to her non-profit roots. Stephanie keeps AHS organized by providing administrative support, coordinating events and meeting venues and keeping things running smoothly. She lives in South Arlington with her family.
Bethany joined AHS in June 2018. She has worked in a variety of nonprofits over the past 15 years. That experience includes six years as director of communications and development at L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C., a community-based model for providing homes and support for adults who have intellectual disabilities. Bethany holds a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College, a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and is pursuing an additional degree in graphic design from Northern Virginia Community College. She lives in South Arlington with her family.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Margaret Whipple
Mary Margaret represented the 31st District in the Virginia State Senate from 1996 to 2012. She chaired the Senate Rules Committee and was a member of several standing committees and legislative commissions including the Virginia Housing Commission. She was both a member and chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Committee on the Environment. As a member of the Arlington County Board (1983–1995), she worked on transportation issues and served on the WMATA Board of Directors. A former instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Mrs. Whipple was appointed to the Arlington County School Board in 1976 and was Chair in 1978. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation and an Honorary Member of the Board of Scenic Virginia.
David has been managing and supporting affordable housing in the United States and abroad for 40 years. He is currently Co-Chair of Arlington County’s 10-Year Plan To End Homelessness and, for 8 years before that, was a member of the County Housing Commission. He served on the Working Group for the Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Plan and on the Working Group for the County Housing Study. Internationally, he has held senior positions with the US Agency for International Development, the US–Asia Environmental Partnership, and the Foundation for Cooperative Housing. He holds a BA in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon.
Laura is Director of Mission Integration and Congregational Care at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ. Laura's work focuses on social action and mission issues and pastoral care. She currently serves on the Potomac Association's Justice and Witness Committee and on the steering committee of the Interfaith Power and Light. She has been a member of the Alliance for Human Services. Prior to this, she was Director, Patrick Henry Family Shelter and Housing Programs, Shelter House for six years, providing leadership, direction, and budget management for four housing programs, including emergency shelter for families of 5 or more and permanent supportive housing for families where the children were at risk of abuse or neglect. Laura’s work with the homeless and at-risk began in 2002 at New Hope Housing where she began as a Volunteer/Community Outreach Coordinator, then Case Manager, Senior Case Manager, and finally Director of Programs for Chronically Homeless Adults—where she managed an emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing programs, and a “housing first” program, as well as writing annual HUD grant applications. Laura is a member of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and in 2015 she was a speaker at the HUD Educational Panel. Laura earned her BA, graduating Cum Laude, from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating with honors.
Koube Ngaaje most recently joined the District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc (DASH) as Executive Director in August 2017. Founded in 2006, DASH is the largest safe housing program for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Washington, DC. DASH works to ensure access to safe and sustainable housing for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families through emergency and long-term safe housing, and innovative homelessness prevention services. Her career in non-profit management spans over a decade with extensive experience in the delivery of high-quality social service to individuals, families, and communities. Prior to joining DASH, Ms. Ngaaje served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), an organization that provides weekly supplemental groceries to over 2,200 Arlington families. She holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Ms. Ngaaje was a 2015 Leadership Center for Excellence Top 40 Under 40 award recipient – an award that recognizes leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership in the DC metropolitan region. She most recently served as the Parish Advisory Board Chair at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (2014-2017) and was a founding member of NextGenNow, an Arlington Community Foundation initiative consisting of a group of young professionals with a goal of securing the community’s future by making it a better place today.
Member and chair of the board development committee
Martha, a native of Arlington, has worked in various organizations (primarily nonprofits) in the education and training fields. Most recently, she worked with The Reading Connection on training workshops and evaluation questions. She served with the GED Testing Service as Director of Operations, working with partners in states, provinces, and territories, and with Reading Is Fundamental as a grant manager and developer of learning resources for families and childcare providers to support language and literature development of young children. Martha also worked for the Peace Corps and volunteered with Save the Children in Nepal. Her undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College, and she earned an MEd from the University of Virginia.
Member and chair of the resource development committee
Allison works as a fundraiser for various local members of the Virginia General Assembly. Previously, Allison worked as the Senior Policy Analyst for Votetocracy.com, providing legislative analysis of U.S. Senate and House bills and weekly updates for political and public professionals on trending issues, campaign dynamics, and Congressional inner workings. She has worked as Director of Government Affairs at Alion Science and Technology and as Public Policy Manager at the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She has volunteered on national political campaigns, worked as Campaign Manager on local council and school board campaigns in Cincinnati OH, and is currently a member of Arlington County Young Democrats. Allison earned her BA from the University of Cincinnati. Allison and her family currently reside in North Arlington.
Member and chair of the outreach & education committee
Kim has worked with nonprofits in the field of community development for nearly twenty-five years. Her core competencies are in program development and management, communications, marketing, resource development, and strategic planning. Kim has worked closely with residents, foundations, bank regulators, think tanks, nonprofits of many programmatic objectives, and boards of directors – all with the mission of asset development for families and communities. Over the last several years, Kim has been consulting on projects such as managing a national NeighborWorks AmeriCorps VISTA program and developing cutting-edge roundtable discussions at The Aspen Institute Summit for Inequality and Opportunity. Previously, Kim managed a new association of very progressive foundations to create momentum for impact investing (PRI Makers Network, now Mission Investors Exchange). In addition to her consulting practice, Kim volunteers locally to create sustainable positive change for families in her own community. Kim has lived with her family in the Waverly Hills neighborhood since 1998.
C. Eugene Hubbard
Eugene has served Arlington over a span of several decades, with tenure on the Fair Housing Board, Human Rights Commission, Long Range Planning Committee, Site Plan Review Committee, Planning Commission, and Transportation Commission. Currently self-employed as a travel consultant, he served for over 30 years as Operations Research Analyst/Intelligence Analyst with the Department of Defense. He holds a MBPA from Southeastern University.
Member and chair of the policy & research committee
Takis has 25 years of experience as an economist and planner specializing in urban, regional, and environmental economics includes managing public and joint private–public (multistakeholder) investment projects in urban revitalization, housing, and environmental protection. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO). His civic volunteer work is focused on the fight against urban poverty and on the furthering of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and is a member of the Congress for a New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute. A longtime Columbia Pike resident, Takis resides in historic Arlington Village (Columbia Heights).
Jenny Denney Lawson
Jenny is President of Innovation and Corporate Thought Leadership at Points of Light. In this role she manages global partnerships and civic engagement initiatives with the private sector across 200 affiliated organizations in 42 countries. She came to Points of Light from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES). Her career began with community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Virginia where she served as the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions and as a long-time staffer of AHC, Inc., where she helped to form the resident services program. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Leadership Training program of Duke University and the Nature Conservancy.
A lifelong Arlingtonian, Pamela’s interest in joining the AHS came from her passion about contributing to a thriving and diverse community and having more than an average understanding of the issues around affordable housing. Recently retired, Pamela had a thirty-year career in the Foreign Service where she raised money, visioned and secured new legislation, managed organizations and guided leadership through change. She brings considerable organizational skills to the board, having served in a diverse array of leadership positions including the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Secretary Clinton’s Executive Secretariat, and the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. She is also a Tribeca Disruptive Innovator Fellow, which is made of a wide range of individuals who are looking for new approaches to obdurate problems across America.
Leslie is a communications professional with expertise in digital and social media; executive speechwriting and message development; event management and marketing; and public policy campaigns. She has worked as a reporter for WTOP Radio, WUSA Channel, and Washington Business Journal. More recently, Leslie has served in senior communications roles working for such organizations as NPR, Snag, Keolis North America, WWF, Special Olympics and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Leslie was the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s 2010 Silver Anvil, the most prestigious award in the field of public relations. A native Arlingtonian, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.