Our Staff

Meet Our Team

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.

Erica Ahdoot
Erica Ahdoot

Executive Director

Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, Erica served as the Executive Director of the GO Project, an educational nonprofit in New York City serving over 700 children and their families though holistic, comprehensive, year-round programming. During her tenure, the organization doubled in size while expanding programming, partnerships, and even service areas. Prior to that, she worked at Groundwork, where she developed numerous programs to support academic, social, and emotional development of students and families. Erica served as both the Associate Executive Director and Acting Executive Director at Groundwork, successfully managing a founder transition. Erica is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience providing therapy to children and families in a variety of settings.

D. Brewer
D. Brewer

Manager of Older Youth Academics

D. Brewer, a native of Dayton, OH, currently pursuing his EdD in Educational Leadership from NCU, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Texas Southern University As the Secondary Academic Manager, D. oversees Academic programming for participants in grades 7-12 focusing on developing literacy programming, school advocacy and leading Department of Transportation Tutoring. Prior to his work with Horton’s Kids, D taught English and AP Literature with DCPS at Dunbar Senior High School and 6th-8th grade English with Atlanta Public Schools. In his free time, D, enjoys the gym, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Gina Burd
Gina Burd

Senior Director of Academics

Gina oversees school advocacy work, academic interventions, and youth development programming for students in grades 8-12. She joined Horton’s Kids as the Secondary Academic Manager in 2018 and focused on literacy interventions and school advocacy. Prior to her work with Horton’s Kids, Gina taught high school English and directed a Peer Mediation program for eleven years in Massachusetts. Gina has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University. She loves exploring DC, cooking for friends and family, and traveling.

Sarah Cannington
Sarah Cannington

Senior Manager, Community Centers & Outreach

Sarah oversees Horton’s Kids’ health and basic needs programs, including our afterschool meals, diaper distributions, and vision screenings. She works closely with families to ensure that participants 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
Billy Fettweis

Chief Development Officer

Billy has overseen external relations at Horton’s Kids since 2016. This includes all individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving, as well as external communications and volunteer services. During Billy’s tenure, organizational revenues have doubled, enabling Horton’s Kids to expand services and deepen our impact. From September 2019 – April 2020, he served as the organization’s Interim Executive Director, while the board searched for its next permanent leader. In addition to an unshakeable passion for empowering the children of Wellington Park to achieve all of their life goals, Billy brings more than a decade of fundraising leadership and program strategy to this role. 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
Antwain Franklin

Community Center Facilities Coordinator

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
Kevin Franklin

Youth Development 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
Amanda Gaebelein

Operations & Human Resources Manager

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.

LaToya Hackett
LaToya Hackett

Health & Basic Needs 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.

Melanie Holland-Orr
Melanie Holland-Orr

Director of Youth Development

Melanie oversees K-7 youth development curriculums & essential programs to support social, emotional, and academic needs. 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
Larry Ingram

Community Engagement 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
Joh'Nita Johnson

Senior Manager of College & Career Readiness

Joh'Nita joined the Horton’s Kids staff in 2016. She currently works as the Secondary Programs Coordinator managing outside partnerships, assisting with our college & career readiness program, and managing the data collection for the secondary team. Joh’nita 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 will complete graduate studies in Education Administration & Policy in December 2020.

Rahaman Kilpatrick
Rahaman Kilpatrick

Director of Family Engagement & Advocacy

Rahaman “Kil” Kilpatrick joined the Horton’s Kids staff in August 2012 and is the Community & Family Engagement Senior Manager. Kil is originally from Philadelphia, PA and earned his B.A. at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in telecommunications. Kil has worked with youth in Southeast Washington, DC for more than 20 years & 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 screenwriter.

Claire Levy
Claire Levy

Data & Evaluation Manager

Claire oversees all evaluation work for Horton’s Kids’ academic, youth development and health & basic needs programs. She has over 15 year of experience as a policy analyst with the RAND Corporation, conducting policy analysis and quantitative work. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids she spent 10 years working extensively with several direct service non profits in a volunteer capacity. She enjoys travel and is an avid Nationals fan. Claire has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Masters in Economics from Virginia Tech.

Julie Lonardo
Julie Lonardo

Chief Program Officer

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 Volunteer Coordinator, Program Director and Deputy 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.

Najuma Louison
Najuma Louison

Senior Coordinator, OY Youth Development

Najuma Louison is from Prince George’s County and a recent graduate from Howard University with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Human Development. She plans to continue working with under-served communities in Washington D.C. and get her Master’s in Social Work. She has previous experience serving as an AmeriCorps member working with children in both Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Most recently, she worked with homeless families in Fairfax, VA. She began working with Horton’s Kids in 2017 as the Health and Basic Needs Intern; now she has advanced to our Secondary Youth Development Coordinator role. She believes that it is vital for youth to have a strong support system to help navigate through life’s challenges. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and catching up on TV shows.

Caroline Malone
Caroline Malone

Development & Volunteer Coordinator

Caroline balances her time serving as a liaison between volunteers and the staff at Horton’s Kids to assist with volunteer recruitment, retention, training, and opportunities in addition to supporting the development team in its operations with gift processing, event support, and other needs. This is Caroline’s first role after graduating from George Washington University in May 2020 with a B.A. in Human Services and Social Justice. Caroline found her passion for supporting the dynamic community of nonprofits in DC through serving with organizations such as Miriam’s Kitchen, Little Friends for Peace, and MANNA Inc as well as working on campus at GW with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. A native of Seattle, Washington, Caroline enjoys getting outside, reading, testing out new recipes, and exploring DC’s neighborhoods by finding new restaurants to try.

Randy Marsh
Randy Marsh

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Randy Marsh serves as the Senior Director of Finance & Operations at Horton’s Kids, a role that is functionally both the COO and CFO. He oversees all business operations at Horton’s Kids including accounting, finance, human resources, IT, facilities, legal and compliance. Randy was named the DC Nonprofit CFO of the Year Rising Star in 2019. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids in 2016, he managed business operations for the Melanoma Research Alliance – the largest private funder of skin cancer 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 programs in Risk Management and Communication at Kings College in London and Global Human Resource Management at George Mason University. Randy will graduate from the Executive MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in July, 2021. Randy also serves as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair for Free Minds Book Club, a nonprofit that uses books and creative writing to empower young inmates to transform their lives.

Meghan McCamis
Meghan McCamis

Senior Manager of Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practice

Meghan is our Senior Manager of Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practice. She oversees our mental health programming as well as our organization-wide approach to trauma informed practice. Meghan holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from George Mason University. Most recently, she worked as a Project and Content Manager at the Interaction Institute for Social Change, an organization supporting clients in building collaborative capacity around social justice and racial equity. Prior to obtaining her master's in social work, Meghan spent nearly four years with Horton’s Kids working on our youth development and community engagement teams. She rejoins Horton’s Kids with extensive experience in managing and developing youth and family programs and strives to create opportunities that deepen learning, relationships, and sense of community. Meghan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Shandell Richards
Shandell Richards

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement

Shandell joined Horton’s Kids as Elementary Program Director after seven years of serving as a DC Public School elementary educator and instructional coach. Shandell began her career as a DC Teaching fellow who quickly discovered her natural talent as an educator. Throughout her time as a DCPS educator, she has coached teachers, created curriculum, and lead family engagement initiatives. As Elementary Program Director, Shandell oversees and supports the implementation of all K-7 literacy, youth development, enrichment and social-emotional programs. Shandell holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Lincoln University PA and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Education Policy and Leadership from American University.

Brad Sickels
Brad Sickels

Events & Communications Manager

Brad oversees the planning and execution of Horton’s Kids donor stewardship & cultivation events including Home Runs for Horton’s Kids and Give Thanks & Give Back. He also manages the organization’s e-communications calendar, website, and leads the writing & design of organizational collateral. Prior to joining Horton’s Kids, Brad worked at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and The Human Rights Campaign with focuses on event production, graphic design, and website management. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo. Brad has been a part of DC’s award-winning dance team Capital Funk since 2008 and regularly teaches urban dance throughout the DMV.

Nelson Suero Nin
Nelson Suero Nin

Accounting and Administrative Manager

Nelson is part of the Finance and Operations department as our Accounting and Administrative Manager. Nelson oversees the finance and accounting operations on a day-to-day basis. Originally, he is from the Dominican Republic and has been living in the States for about four years. Nelson went to school for Financial Management and is very excited to bring his years of professional and life experience to Horton’s Kids. On his free time, he enjoys playing Video Games, Watching E-Sports, Ultimate Frisbee, a few books, Swing Dancing and TV shows.