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.
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.
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.
Jina Simmons, Youth Development Director
In her current role as the Youth Development Director, Jina oversees the organization’s enrichment programs and character development strategies. Additionally, she leads Horton’s Kids efforts to provide targeted support for middle school and high school participants, including case management and one-one-one mentoring.
Jina has supported at-risk youth over the past 10 years in several roles, including after-school program facilitator, teacher, and program director. Prior to Horton’s Kids, Jina worked as a program director for a community-based organization in Brooklyn, New York. She also taught and ran an after-school program in a DC public charter school.
Jina’s first worked for Horton’s Kids in 2007 when she established the organization’s first-ever older youth program in addition to helping with fundraising. When she moved back to the DC area in 2012, she was thrilled to rejoin the team and manage older youth and tutoring programs.
Jina holds an MFA from Pine Minor College and a Bachelors degree from Meredith College.
Meg Stewart, Education 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.
Jodi Apps, Volunteer Coordinator
As the Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi ensures that Horton’s Kids programs are equipped with dedicated volunteers. Additionally, she provides support for all volunteers and mentors who are involved with the organization.
She graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies which focused on sustainability and poverty alleviation. She joined the Peace Corps after college and served two years in Tanzania, Africa as a community engagement specialist. After returning, she worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula in Newport News as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she served as Volunteer Coordinator.
She is an avid book worm, Packers fan, music listener, movie watcher, and laughter enthusiast.
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, Programs Coordinator
Sarah oversees K-7 homework help and tutoring, assists with delivering health and basic needs to families, and helps facilitate weekend enrichment and family engagement activities.
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.
Maggie Carroll, Case Management & Education Associate
Maggie works as a case manager and supports Horton’s Kids’ K-7 academic programming. She splits her time between homework help, tutoring, and the older youth mentoring program. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, she worked in behavioral support helping DC youth with emotional and behavioral disorders be more successful in the classroom.
Maggie is originally from California. She received a B.A. in Gender Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and loves college football. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking brunch food and reading books with her book club.
Antwain Franklin, 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, 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.
Emily Gauthier, Older Youth Education Manager
Emily oversees all aspects of the 7th-12th grade academic program, including homework help, tutoring, and creating personalized education plans for older youth.
Emily believes that all children deserve equal access to quality education and resources. For the past nine years, she has dedicated her career to empowering youth from low-income, at-risk backgrounds through education. Emily began her career as a Teach For America corps member here in Washington, DC. She taught English at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School for five years. Following her teaching career, Emily transitioned into the nonprofit sector as a program manager for the Bainum Family Foundation. As a program manager, she worked diligently to provide quality programming and resources to students from low income backgrounds in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Emily has a Master’s degree in Education from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
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. Before joining Horton’s Kids, Bonnie managed events and development operations at Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, and served as a development intern at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. She has a BA in Writing Seminars and French from Johns Hopkins University.
LaToya Hackett, Program 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.
Larry Ingram, 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, Case Management 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.
Rebecca Jolliff, Senior Development Associate
As part of Horton’s Kids’ development team, Becca writes grants and reports, helps out with events, and provides general fundraising and communications support.
Becca grew up in Oregon and received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Willamette University. She came to Horton’s Kids after spending a year teaching English to elementary school children in a small town in Spain. Rebecca loves traveling, hiking, and exploring new coffee shops and bookstores.
Rahaman Kilpatrick, Older Youth 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.
Meghan McCamis, Youth Development Manager
Meghan is responsible for managing enrichment activities and community engagement at Horton’s Kids’ onsite Community Resource Center. She also coordinates and maintains Horton’s Kids’ enrichment partnerships and serves as an older youth case manager. In fall 2015, Meghan implemented a project-based transition program for 7th graders that focuses on developing character strengths and preparing children for Horton’s Kids’ older youth program.
Meghan joined Horton’s Kids as a Community Empowerment VISTA in 2013 after graduating from George Mason University with a B.A. in education. She is originally from Massachusetts.
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!