Our accomplishments would not be possible without the unwavering commitment, expertise, and guidance of our Board of Directors and staff.
More than half of our dedicated board members are active patients in our health centers. All of our leadership team has served at Community of Hope for more than four years, and several for more than ten years.
Andrea S. Miano | Board Chair
Andrea shares that before becoming involved with Community of Hope, she felt tackling the problem of homelessness was more than she could influence. Now that she is leading and serving here, she is thrilled to be part of the solution to one of the cruelest afflictions a family can suffer – homelessness and poverty. From board meetings to service opportunities, Andrea captures the infectious energy at Community of Hope to end homelessness and improve health outcomes.
Prior to her service at Community of Hope, Andrea worked for 20 years as a private practice attorney focused on healthcare regulatory oversight and served on the board of Family Health and Birth Center (FHBC). When Family Health and Birth Center merged with Community of Hope in 2011, she provided strategic guidance to the merger and was later invited to join the Community of Hope board. Her commitment to the mothers served at FHBC blossomed into a commitment for the whole family and their success.
Andrea chaired the Board Development Committee for two years, leading a revision of the bylaws and wrote the first Board Governance Manual. She is deeply committed to developing the leadership capacity of our new board members, especially those representing our patient community. She has served on the Resource Development Committee and, together with her husband, has chaired the Night of Hope Host Committee on multiple occasions. She connects friends, family and new partners to advance COH’s mission.
Andrea has a Bachelor’s in government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Kevin Hodges, and two amazing children.
Board of Directors
Andrea S. Miano, Chair
Patricia Branch, Vice Chair
Brigette Courtot, Secretary
Caty Poulin, Treasurer
Dr. Tabari Baker
Our Leadership Team
Kelly Sweeney McShane | President and CEO
Kelly Sweeney McShane is a well-respected and innovative nonprofit leader in Washington, DC. For over 20 years, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of homeless and low-income families through providing direct services as well as finding long-term solutions through system change. Her bold leadership in housing systems and healthcare delivery is transforming care in both fields.
Kelly has been President and CEO of Community of Hope (COH) since 2001. Her leadership and foresight have grown COH from a budget of $1.8 million to $16 million, allowing the organization to serve six times more families and individuals. Founded in 1980, COH provides housing for homeless families, affordable, quality healthcare in a family practice model, and employment services. Kelly has led the organization through successfully completing goals in three strategic plans and the fourth plan has just been launched. Kelly’s dedication to serving homeless and low-income families in the District means that the organization’s growth is driven steadily by the needs of patients and clients. In the past five years, COH has added two new health centers and increased the number of families served in a variety of housing programs. COH, in partnership with another nonprofit, provided leadership in implementing a uniform assessment system for all families experiencing homelessness, and this system is now used across the homeless continuum in DC. COH’s new strategic plan includes a bold stretch goal of increasing family sustaining income for the families we serve. In 2012, she led Community of Hope to receive the prestigious Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, recognizing a number of innovative organizational practices.
Kelly has provided leadership at a city level in transforming systems to help low-income families. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Primary Care Association, as a member of the DC Bar Pro Bono Community Economic Development Project Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Mayor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, including co-chairing the Strategic Planning Committee and on the board at Developing Families Center. Kelly has worked on developing the past two five-year Plans to End Homelessness, including most recently Homeward DC released in April 2015. She has previously served as a board member of 501cTech, Franciscan Mission Service, and the Center for Non-profit Advancement. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Greater Washington.She received a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has a Bachelor’s from Harvard University.
Kelly has won numerous awards, including the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award, which recognizes nonprofit leadership. Kelly also was recognized as a Champion of Change by the DC Primary Care Association in 2011. Most recently, she won a Washington Women of Excellence award for her dedication to improving the quality of life for low-income and underserved persons. Kelly previously served as Executive Director of Hannah House, a transitional housing program for homeless women in the District of Columbia, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is the co-author of a book entitled Winning Ways: Great Nonprofit Management Ideas. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Kevin McShane, and they are parents to three college students.
Jamey Burden | Vice President, Housing Programs and Policy
Since 2009, Jamey has served as our Vice President Housing Programs and Policy. He leads our approach to ending homelessness and is key to implementing our housing programs. He previously worked at the National Alliance to End Homelessness where he researched, wrote and edited key policy/planning papers, briefs and technical assistance toolkits. Topics included creating a plan for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, developing key partnerships, and implementing strategies to foster system change to move toward a housing stability focus. This work allowed him to be involved with some of the most innovative and results-oriented work going on in the country.
Jamey received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor’s from Wheaton College. He currently serves on several committees of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Brenda Camacho | Vice President, Finance and Operations
Brenda joined Community of Hope in 2012 and serves as the Vice President, Finance and Operations. She brings with her an extensive background in accounting and managing financial operations. She oversees the financial and administrative aspects of our operations, including preparing annual audits. She is the lead staff member for the Finance Committee of the Board. In 2015, Brenda was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a CFO of the Year awardee.
Brenda received her Master’s in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelor’s from University of Phoenix.
Leah Garrett | Vice President, Development and Communications
Leah joined the team as the Vice President, Development and Communications in 2011. Prior to working at COH, she volunteered for more than two years on COH’s Finance committee and briefly on the Board of Directors. In her current role, she oversees the fundraising, communications, community engagement, volunteerism and marketing operations. Leah brings with her years of experience in fundraising and communications, serving previously as the Director of Individual Giving at Sojourners and at other nonprofits, including a center for abused and neglected children, a retirement home, and a community health center.
Leah received her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and her Bachelor’s from Olivet Nazarene University.
Carla Henke | Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Carla Henke joined the Community of Hope in 2012. As Chief Medical Officer, she leads the medical directors at each of our health centers and our Nursing Department. She provides oversight on all clinical items, including being the lead for the staff and board Quality Management Committees. She is board certified in family medicine.
Dr. Henke received her medical degree from the University of Buffalo and completed her residency training in Lancaster, PA.
Charla Everhart Lum | Vice President, Talent Management
Since 2006, Charla has led our Talent Management initiatives. She has shaped our Human Resources department from a single individual serving 30 staff to a department of seven serving more than 200 staff. As our Vice President of Talent Management, she oversees our human resource infrastructure, including recruitment, benefits, employee relations and staff culture.
Charla received her Bachelor’s from Southern Nazarene University and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Victoria Roberts | Vice President, Health Services
Victoria joined the Community of Hope in 2007. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit field in both management and direct service positions. As Vice President of Health Services, she oversees the operations of the dental, behavioral health and patient engagement departments of Community of Hope health services. She has helped successfully lead us through the development and opening of the Conway Health and Resource Center, our newest and largest health center in Ward 8, and the merger with the Family Health and Birth Center. She has also served DC in a variety of positions including Program Director during the development of N Street Village and the Director of Client Services at Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.
Victoria received her Bachelor’s from St. Olaf College and has completed a fellowship with the Advisory Board Company.