Women, Immigrants and Refugees

Tmarcus Khan is an Advocate II Team leader at Bethany Women’s Center, which is the only day center in Washington strictly for women. Khan started at N street Village as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2008. After serving the required 1,700 service hours, Khan was asked to join the team. Since then, Khan has had the pleasure of working with a host of dedicated staff and volunteers, including SCHEP interns.

Carolyn Lewis has a master’s degree in social work from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. She is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and has a range of professional experience in working with homeless and formerly incarcerated adults, elders, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. She is currently pursuing another master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in gender-based violence from the University of Colorado-Denver. She is the Program Manager of Bethany Women’s Center at N Street Village. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her rescue dog Rocco, being outdoors, and traveling.

Housing and General Social Services

Stacey Johnson, LGSW, Resource Systems Specialist has been a member of Bread for the City’s Social Services team since 2003. She created and managed the Housing Access Program from 2010-2018. Most recently, she has moved into the role of Resource Systems Specialist, where she will be working across the agency to create new and easier ways to help clients and community members move more efficiently through the internal and external systems. This is done by adjusting and impacting those systems, while working with Bread for the City’s Advocacy Department and community groups  to promote eventual systems change. We believe that more easily accessible and coordinated resource information will improve health and overall quality of life outcomes for our client community. She holds an MSW degree from Catholic University.

Legal

Blair Moore has been a Mitigation Specialist with the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Alexandria since January 2017. She previously worked as a Mitigation Specialist for the southeast regional office of the Georgia Capital Defender and as a Sentencing Advocate Intern at the Alexandria Public Defender where she is presently employed. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies at The University of Virginia in 2013 and obtained a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in 2015.

Tameka Parker has been a Mitigation Specialist with the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church since April 2018. Her previous experience includes an internship at the Office of the Federal Public Defender – Eastern District of Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at George Mason University in 2016, and obtained a Master of Social Work from the same institution in 2018.

Business and Government

Brian J. Hollar is director of Marymount’s undergraduate Economics program. Dr. Hollar’s current research involves investigating the effects of religiosity on marriage markets. His areas of research include the economics of religion, law and economics, public choice, and economic development.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Hollar worked for some of world’s largest corporations, including Mitsubishi, Westinghouse, Siemens, IBM, and DuPont. Dr. Hollar’s professional background includes working in project management, engineering, sales, and marketing roles with significant international business experience. Six of these years were spent in an intense cross-cultural Japanese-American work environment.

Dr. Hollar received a Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University, a law degree from George Mason University, an M.B.A. from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently an active member of the Virginia bar.

In additional to his academic and professional background, Dr. Hollar loves to travel. He has visited seven continents (including Antarctica), 28 countries, and all 50 states so far.

Education and Youth Outreach

Alicia Copeland began her career as a Spanish teacher and college prep program coordinator in Baltimore County, MD. She continued to teach for 10 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels and considers herself an educator for life. Alicia is currently the After-School & Summer Programs Director at the Parks & People Foundation in Baltimore, MD. She oversees the Foundation’s middle school sports program that serves over 500 youth a year, Branches, their after-school paid internship for local high school students that exposes them to environmental studies and green career options and SuperKids Camp, a nationally recognized summer literacy program  for elementary school students that, in its 22 years of its existence, has served over 30,000 Baltimore City youth and helped reduce the summer learning slide through environmental literacy and cultural enrichment. In her spare time she mentors students from her undergraduate alma mater of Goucher College, is a HS youth group advisor, mother of 2, and wedding & event planner. Alicia’s niche is providing professional development on staff culture and motivation. She has presented on the local, regional and national levels on various aspects of staff culture improvement.

Healthcare

Kim Cosgrove, LCSW-C is the Director of PACT’s Therapeutic Nursery and has been instrumental in developing an attachment based therapeutic child care and Early Head Start  program for very young homeless children.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience providing home-based services to high risk families through the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Ms. Cosgrove has been trained in a number of evidenced based and promising practices, and is a national trainer for the Fussy Baby Network’s family engagement model known as the FAN.  She is a certified instructor of Infant Massage and is also certified as research reliable for NCAST Teaching and Feeding Scales. Ms. Cosgrove has presented nationally as well as internationally.  In addition, she has coauthored articles on working with homeless families.