Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC., She has been with Community Hope since March 2018. Dana received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Benedict College and her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Prior to working for Community of Hope where she is the Behavior Health Specialist, Dana has worked in a variety of community settings to provide mental health care for children and adults, from crisis mobile to District of Columbia Public Schools and Charter schools. When Dana is not working she enjoys music, dancing, outdoor activities and she found a new love for exercising for physical and mental wellness.
Leah is a new to practice Family Nurse Practitioner who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins University. She is particularly interested in women’s health, chronic care management, and social determinants of health that disproportionately effect urban communities. In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling, exploring DC and spending time with family and friends. Leah joined Community of Hope August 2016 and is excited to work among a wonderful group of professionals!
Bernice is a licensed professional counselor and a certified addictions counselor. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a masters in Addiction Counseling. Prior to COH, she worked for Providence Hospital's Seton House on the Detox and Psychiatric units as an addiction counselor. She also worked for the hospital's outpatient medication-assisted treatment program. Bernice has been with COH for about 7 months and provides individual therapy to clients with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.
Ebony joined Community of Hope as its Director of Midwifery in May 2015. Raised in southern California, Ebony attended nursing school at Georgetown University and completed her training at the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University. Her position as Director of Midwifery marks her return to Community of Hope, where she was previously a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Family Health and Birth Center. Known for her large personality, Ebony loves her pups, naps, coffee ice cream, yoga and the Caribbean Sea.
Irene received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University in White Plains, New York. She is a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia and a national certified counselor. Irene’s therapeutic foundation is in cognitive-behavioral and person centered therapy. She also incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies to create an ideal individualized treatment experience. In her free time, Irene enjoys being immersed in nature, reading, working out, gaming and spending time with friends and family.
Megan received her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University after working as a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Emergency Department. Megan joined Community of Hope in 2013 and provides health care to patients of all ages. Her interests include cardiovascular health, women’s health and health care improvement. She is fluent in Spanish. In her time off, she enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, and running.
Carmelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology cum laude, with college and departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at NIH. She obtained a dual MD-PhD degree in Medicine and Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. After her internship and residency training in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Carmelle completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She is board certified internal medicine and infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland and has been at Community of Hope since April 2017. Her core interests regarding the work and services she provides is HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Outside of work Carmelle enjoys singing in church choir, community health outreach, and reading.
Tina is a Left Coast transplant, having happily relocated to DC in 2007. Tina joined our team as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in 2009 and is very excited to be a part of the community health work that happens here. She has spent most of the past twenty years working in hospitality across the country as well as abroad. She has also become a certified yoga instructor, a skill set that she shares with the staff and clients.
Amanda received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Previously, she practiced in Seattle, WA and Charleston, SC in community and public health. Amanda believes healthcare is a fundamental human right and enjoys working for an organization rooted in the community. She provides full spectrum care to the entire family, with special interests in dermatology, pediatrics, and women's health. In her off days, Amanda enjoys eating and exploring DC with her husband and fluffy dog, as well as traveling to visit her friends and family.
Kem Saunders is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California as well as the Washington DC area. Kem has been with Community of Hope for 1 year as a clinical psychotherapist providing Behavioral Health services.He received his B.AS., and M.Ed. from Kent State University, and studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford England. Over the last several years, Kem has provided mental and behavioral health services to the following populations: Individuals, Couples, and Families seeking clinical support in the schools, home or community, refugee populations seeking Asylum from conditions in their native country, foster care adolescent females w/ children through a “Moms and Babies” program in Los Angeles, and several other individuals, groups & families from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, other North and South American countries, Armenia and Persia. Kem also provided clinical support to victims of discrimination and abuse from LGBT community, and victims of national and local gang violence. He’s been certified in (TFCBT) Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (MAP) Managing and adaptive practices and (IPT) Interpersonal Psychotherapy. When he has spare time he really enjoys reading, professional theater and traveling.