Our hardworking and dedicated staff members provide high-quality programs to improve outcomes for children. The Horton’s Kids staff includes members of the community and former volunteers.
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Robin Berkley, Executive Director
In her career, Robin has focused on supporting low-income, at-risk children, and she has led Horton’s Kids as its Executive Director since early 2014.
Robin has more than 10 years of program and policy experience in youth development and public education on the state and national level. Before joining Horton’s Kids, Robin spent more than six years as a Senior Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel, a practice based in Washington, DC. In this role, she provided strategic support to key education players in the city including District of Columbia Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent, and the District of Columbia School Board of Education.
Prior to her work in Washington, Robin led a division focused on new policies and programs at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), where she helped local programs engage and recover at-risk youth. At TEA, she worked collaboratively with leadership in every division of the agency as well as with the Governor’s office and key local, state, and national partners. Robin’s work experience also includes two years at the Alliance for Excellent Education as well as consulting experience at Accenture and KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint).
From 2011 to 2014, Robin took an active role in advancing the Horton’s Kids mission as a volunteer, and she tutored and mentored two participants on a weekly basis. This experience helped Robin form strong relationships in the children’s neighborhood and witness first-hand the challenges that the children face. Robin has also held volunteer and leadership roles at other youth- and animal-focused nonprofits.
Robin holds a Master’s degree from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Wake Forest University.
Jhae Thompson, Deputy Director
Jhae oversees the day to day management of all organizational programs for Horton’s Kids, including youth development, academic supports, health and basic needs. Additionally, she will lead all data and evaluation of program areas.
Jhae has worked since 2008 to enhance program design and implementation for education and youth development programs to meet the social and academic needs of students and families in under-resourced communities.
Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, Jhae served as Director of Programs for Higher Achievement – Baltimore and the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as several other youth based organizations throughout Washington, DC and Maryland to provide social-emotional and academic intervention supports to students.
Jhae holds a Master’s degree in Professional Business Communication from LaSalle University and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University.
Caroline Austin, Secondary Programs Associate
Caroline oversees mentoring programs and weekend enrichment, and also serves on the Secondary Programs team. She manages a case load of Horton’s Kids older youth by guiding the program’s participants through their personal and academic endeavors.
Originally from the coast of North Carolina, Caroline moved to Washington, DC upon graduating from the University of Alabama with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. Before joining Horton’s Kids, Caroline worked for YMCA Camp Seafarer for Girls over the course of six summers, most recently serving as the Chief Aquatic Coordinator.
Jenn Barton, Assistant Director of Development
Jenn oversees direct mail campaigns, in-kind donation drives, and planned giving initiatives at Horton’s Kids. She also manages relationships with individual and corporate donors.
In previous roles with the American Association of University Women, Alpha Phi Foundation, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, she developed a strong skill set rooted in donor relations, major gift campaigns, and project management. Jenn enjoys building relationships with donors while helping them align their philanthropic and volunteer interests with mission-based opportunities.
She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and bachelor’s in Political Science from Christopher Newport University. She is an active member of the Junior League of Washington, Daughters of the American Revolution, and respective alumni groups. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and reading.
Sarah Cannington, Health & Basic Needs Associate
Sarah oversees Horton’s Kids’ health and basic needs programs, including our afterschool meals, diaper distributions, and mental health services. She works closely with families to ensure that particpants are healthy and happy!
Sarah started at Horton’s Kids as a Volunteer Management Intern after completing a year of national service with City Year Washington DC. She is originally from Florida, and holds a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, going to concerts, and baking.
Billy Fettweis, Development Director
Billy oversees all fundraising for Horton’s Kids, including individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving. He also oversees organizational communications and event strategy.
Billy comes to Horton’s Kids with extensive experience in fundraising, communications, and volunteer management. In previous roles with Children’s Law Center, the Parkinson’s Action Network, and Greater DC Cares, Billy has raised millions of dollars from diverse sources and built organizational infrastructure to expand impact. He also has served on the board of SMYAL since 2011 and currently serves as their secretary.
Billy has a BA in sociology from The George Washington University.
Antwain Franklin, Community Center Program Assistant
Antwain Franklin joined the Horton’s Kids team in 2015, first as a volunteer at the Community Resource Center. As a Program Assistant, he works at both the Community Resource Center and our evening tutoring program. He is truly a favorite of all the children in the neighborhood, and makes sure that every child’s needs are taken care of.
He is the father of six children, three of whom are current Horton’s Kids’ participants. Antwain enjoys reading and research in his spare time.
Kevin Franklin, Community Center Program Assistant
Kevin joined the Horton’s Kids staff as a Program Assistant in 2017. He is also a very engaged father of two current and two former Horton’s Kids participants. Kevin is well-known in the community and has close relationships with many of the children we serve. In addition to working at Horton’s Kids, Kevin works a full-time job in construction and is an avid Washington Redskins fan.
Amanda Gaebelein, Operations Coordinator
Amanda works on the Operations Team to assist in overseeing accounting, human resources, IT, and facilities. Amanda’s own history of service includes the international nonprofit Invisible Children, and a Cleveland, Ohio-based water-quality organization, Drink Local, Drink Tap.
In 2016 she earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University. When she has free time Amanda loves roller skating, learning guitar, and gardening.
Bonnie Goldberg, Manager of Events & Communications
Bonnie oversees development events, including Home Runs for Horton’s Kids, Give Thanks & Give Back, and smaller donor and board events. She also leads organizational communications projects and serves as liaison to the Board of Directors. Before joining Horton’s Kids, Bonnie managed events and development operations at Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC. She has a BA in Writing Seminars and French from Johns Hopkins University.
LaToya Hackett, Food Programs Assistant
LaToya lives in Wellington Park and has a fifth-grade son and two nieces in the Horton’s Kids program. She is a very devoted mother to her son. Her calm and patient personality helps her work with the children in our middle school room at tutoring. After programs, she always makes sure that the youngest children walk home safely.
Melanie Holland, Elementary Youth Development Manager
Melanie oversees youth development strategies and curriculums in K-7 programming to support social, emotional, and academic needs, as well as implements several essential youth programs.
Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, she coordinated lunch-time literacy programs in DC, an after-school program in Brooklyn, NY, and social-emotional curriculum implementation at an after-school program in Charleston, SC. Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from College of Charleston. In her free time, Melanie loves to cook, read, hike, and go to the movies.
Larry Ingram, Community Center Program Assistant
Larry assists with operations of the Community Resource Center and with programs and services that are run out of the Center. He has worked for Horton’s Kids since 2015.
He is a Washington, DC native and has four children. His youngest, a daughter, is a Horton’s Kids participant. In his spare time, Larry enjoys playing basketball, football, and dancing.
Joh’nita Johnson, Secondary Programs Associate
As a case management associate, Joh’nita manages a case load of older youth by providing oversight and support related to life management and personal development. She also assists in facilitating older youth programs related to life skills, enrichment, and college & career prep.
She is originally from Southeast Washington, DC, and holds a BA in Sociology from UNC-Greensboro. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, Joh’nita was the 12th Grade & Postsecondary Fellow at For Love of Children, helping see a group of high school seniors through the college admissions process. She is currently perusing her Master’s of Social Work from Catholic University of America. In her spare time she enjoys attending various concerts and events in the DC area.
Rahaman Kilpatrick, Community & Family Engagement Manager
Rahaman “Kil” Kilpatrick joined the Horton’s Kids staff in August 2012 and oversees the older youth program. Rahaman is originally from Philadelphia, PA and earned his B.A. at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in telecommunications. Rahaman has worked with youth in Southeast Washington, DC for more than 10 years. Rahaman lives in Waldorf, Maryland with his wife, Tanya, and daughter, Naomi. When he’s not working with youth, Rahaman is a music producer, relationship coach, and a writer.
Julie Lonardo, Community Center & Outreach Director
Julie oversees all community-based and family engagement activities, health and basic needs services, and other activities hosted in the Community Resource Center.
Julie has worked closely with the Wellington Park community since she joined Horton’s Kids as a volunteer in 2000, before the organization had a staff. Julie rose through the ranks during her time at Horton’s Kids and previously served as a Volunteer Coordinator and a Program Director. Her dedication to seeing children and families thrive helps her maintain relationships that often span generations. With a deep understanding of the community and the children’s needs, Julie helped Horton’s Kids grow from volunteer-led enrichment activities to its current comprehensive, research-based model.
In 2010, she led the opening of the organization’s first Community Resource Center in the children’s neighborhood, and in 2012, she oversaw the Center’s renovation and expansion through a partnership with the Food Network.
Julie holds a Bachelors degree in sociology from Susquehanna University.
Randy Marsh, Operations Director
Randy oversees business operations at Horton’s Kids including accounting and finance, human resources and benefits, compliance, budgeting and board support. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids in 2016, he managed business operations for the Melanoma Research Alliance – the largest funder of melanoma research, and for Orbmedia – a nonprofit data journalism startup. Prior to moving to Washington DC, Randy managed for-profit operations for companies in the telecommunications and transportation sectors.
Randy did undergraduate studies at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, graduate studies at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo, and completed a program in Risk Management and Communication at Kings College in London.
Carmen Player, Secondary Programs Senior Manager
Carmen joined Horton’s Kids as Senior Manager of Secondary Programs after eleven years of serving as an educator and school administrator in charter schools in Southeast and Northeast DC. In Wards 7 and 8, Carmen supported children ranging in age from preschool (3 years old) to 8th grade. In each of these schools, her foci were school culture and supporting teachers in developing effective, culturally responsive classroom management practices that affirm and support children holistically, while holding students to high expectations. In addition, Carmen was responsible for supporting two charter school management organizations in implementing and applying culturally responsive and equitable practices throughout the school systems.
Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Secondary Education from Berry College and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity Washington University.
As Senior Manager of Secondary Programs, Carmen supports older youth, grades 7-12, by being a support and thought partner to all stakeholders as we provide a consistent nurturing environment that empowers our students with the tools and experiences needed to guide their own trajectory and manifest the lives they deserve.
Jodi Rosenbaum, Elementary Education Manager
Jodi oversees Horton’s Kids K-7 academic programs including homework help, tutoring, and enrichment activities. She began her career at Horton’s Kids in 2015 as a Development Intern, working her way up to a position as a Program Assistant and eventually to her current role as the Elementary Education Manager.
Initially from New York, Jodi moved to DC to study Education and Anthropology at American University. Throughout her time at school, she remained deeply committed to providing educational opportunities to at-risk youth and volunteered with many organizations throughout the city. In her free time, Jodi enjoys exploring her sense of adventure. She loves traveling, hiking, going to the beach, and even bungee jumping!
Eddie Rozynski, Elementary Programs Associate
Eddie oversees after school programs such as homework help and tutoring, as well as weekend enrichment, as a part of the Elementary Programs team. He also works closely to maintain positive relationships with students’ families and schools.
Originally from the DC area, Eddie graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Geographic Sciences and minor in Spanish. He has extensive experience working with marginalized populations including the homeless, immigrants, and refugee families. After graduation, he took a job as a primary school teacher in Spain, continuing his career in ESL education.
Upon returning to the US, he attended George Mason University, completing his MA in Global Affairs. He has since worked at education nonprofits in the area and began work at Horton’s Kids in 2017. He currently lives in the NoMa neighborhood of the District.
Katherine St. Martin, Elementary Programs Assistant
Katherine assists with afterschool programs such as homework help and tutoring. She is initially from Lanham, MD and holds a B.S. in Health Information Management.
Prior to Horton’s Kids, Katherine worked as a swim instructor. She currently works in her field at Kaiser Permanente, and aims to become a science or elementary school teacher in the near future. Katherine loves helping and seeing others around her prosper and grow. Katherine also enjoys watching movies, creating art, and going to the gym.
Patrice Stevenson, Alumni Fellow
Patrice Stevenson joins the Horton’s Kids team after being an active participant for 15 years. She graduated from Ballou STAY High School. In her free time, she likes to chill and spend time with her young son, Liam. She is excited to work alongside the Community Resource Center team to ensure participants’ safety at our Center.
Meg Stewart, Elementary Programs Director
Meg oversees all Horton’s Kids academic programming, including one-on-one tutoring for children in grades K-6, academics for youth in grades 7-12, and educational advocacy supports.
Meg has dedicated her career to empowering youth from low-income, at-risk backgrounds through education and has more than nine years of experience in urban schools. She began her career as a Teach for America corps member and spent two years working in southeast Washington, DC. After her time with Teach for America, Meg taught second and fifth grades at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School for three years.
Building on her experience as a teacher, Meg transitioned into an administrative role and served as the Program Manager for Reading Partners, a non-profit specializing in reading intervention with Title 1 schools across DC. Meg has also worked as an Assistant Principal at the Mastery Charter School network in Philadelphia. During her time with Mastery, Meg served as the founding Assistant Principal of Pastorius Elementary and helped to dramatically increase test scores in the school’s first year.
Meg holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Gallaudet University.
Ashley Weaver, Elementary Programs Assistant
Ashley joined Horton’s Kids in January of 2017, assisting with afterschool programs such as homework help and tutoring. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2013. Prior to Horton’s Kid’s, Ashley worked as a Lead Infant and Toddler Teacher at Bright Horizons and a Early Head Start home visitor in Falls Church, VA. Ashley currently works in Ward 7 and 8 as a family case manager providing prenatal and postpartum home visits. In her free time, Ashley enjoys going to the movies and shopping.
Matt Weisberg, Volunteer Coordinator
Matt oversees volunteer management and recruitment for Horton’s Kids. Before joining Horton’s Kids, he worked with the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education as a health and wellness liaison for DC Charter Schools. Originally from Florida, he moved to DC to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from The George Washington University. While a student, Matt served with the DC community organizing a Day of Service for all incoming freshmen. He was also involved with facilitating health education workshops in DC public high schools.