Manny Hidalgo • Executive Director

Manny joined Shepherd’s Table as Executive Director in July 2019. Prior to that Manny served as Executive Director of the Spanish Catholic Center and Latino Economic Development Center and Chief Operating Officer of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. He has also served as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the US Small Business Administration. 

As President of Hidalgo Community-Based Consulting LLC, Manny provided services to nonprofit organizations and local governments seeking to build wealth in low-income communities throughout the United States. In 2009, Manny received the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Leadership Award and the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award in 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University.

Daniella Burgos • Director of Development and Communications

Daniella joined Shepherd’s Table leadership team in January of 2022. With a background in development and communications, Daniella has experience developing communications and fundraising strategies for non-profits and community organizations. Previously Daniella created and supported public relations campaigns, as well as media outreach and logistics projects for Scott Circle Communications. Daniella first started out in her career as the development and communications associate for Suited for Change, where she supported the non-profit’s programs and execution of strategic communications campaigns, including social media, e-newsletters and traditional media outreach. Daniella holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in strategic communications from American University. 

Christina Moore • Director of Meal Services

Christina joined the Army Reserves at 17, spending 9.5 years as a Human Resources specialist, including a one-year tour in Baghdad, Iraq. From there, she enrolled in culinary school, graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in New England in the Advanced Honors Program and earning an AA in Culinary Arts, as well as a Diplome de Art Culinaire, the French equivalent of a Culinary Certificate. After completing an externship in Massachusetts, she relocated to Virginia. A series of unfortunate circumstances led to a fall into, and subsequent climb out of, a period of homelessness. After overcoming this difficult time, she became the Sous Chef of a busy restaurant in Virginia, and came to Shepherd’s Table out of a deep yearning to do something more important for the world, and a sense of wanting to “give back.” In November 2020, Christina became our Director of Special Programs and in late 2022 was promoted to Director of Meal Services.

Tinsae Adugna • Director of Social Services

Tinsae has worked in case management since earning her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Frostburg State University. She most recently served as a housing case manager for Cornerstones in Northern Virginia, honing her expertise on the intersection of mental health and homelessness. A local to the area, she grew up volunteering at Shepherd’s Table and has always appreciated its significance to the community. She’s committed to helping Shepherd’s Table continue to grow and expand services.

Sharon Flynn • Philanthropic Gifts Advisor

Sharon has over 25 years of senior nonprofit management experience including executive director positions with an emphasis on fundraising. In addition to her nonprofit work, Sharon spent 14 years as co-owner of an award-winning film and video production company that provided programs as well as collateral materials, media strategy and marketing. She is also a published writer in national magazines. Prior to her time at Shepherd’s Table, she served as the Executive Director of Suited for Change, the area’s leading nonprofit for women in need of professional attire, mentoring, and job-readiness education and then a fundraising consultant to several Washington, DC nonprofit organizations.

Brenna Olson • Advocacy Manager

Brenna began her work with Shepherd’s Table in the fall of 2022 after graduating from American University with a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. Previously interning with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, she’s focused her academic and vocational pursuits on housing justice. Personal experience with housing insecurity instilled a passion for working in this subject matter. Now, she’s eager to apply her experience and policy expertise as Shepherd’s Table develops a robust advocacy program. Additionally, she’s a big fan of coffee and cooking– making ST just the right fit.

Victoria Benesch • Communications Associate

Victoria joined the team in March of 2023 as the Communications Associate. She graduated from St Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Victoria’s previous experience includes administrative, teaching, hospitality and event planning. Growing up in a Foreign Service family, she uses her overseas experiences to adapt to and understand new environments and different cultures while serving her local community. Victoria hopes to create engaging content on all platforms that helps tell the Shepherd’s Table story and drives community action. With her passion for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and her experience living overseas, she bring a unique perspective to her work.    

Marcy Merti • Volunteer Coordinator

Marcy rejoined the Shepherd’s Table team in 2024 after a two-year absence. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and has spent over 20 years in the corporate world.

Marcy, who has lived in Silver Spring for 25 years, was an avid volunteer for many years before taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator at Shepherd’s Table. She loves connecting willing individuals with opportunities to serve our community and is an avid cyclist and hiker.

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Mindy Hofmann • Grants and Contracts Manager

Mindy joined the Development and Communications team in 2023 she was previously our Volunteer Coordinator. She’s spent the bulk of her career in the nonprofit world, working in areas such as mental health, developmental disability and abuse prevention. She brings vast experience working with volunteers, most notably managing and training volunteers to advocate on behalf of children experiencing abuse and neglect. A D.C. native, she earned her M.A. in Human Resource Development from Marymount University. Her work has always been tangental to Shepherd’s Table, and she’s eager to support our volunteers in any way possible as they serve our community. In her spare time, Mindy enjoys exploring the outdoors, yoga, curling up with a good book, and spending time with her two children.

Angely De La Rosa • Social Service Program Manager

Angely joined our organization in September 2023 as the Social Services Program Manager. She began her career as a Residential Assistant at the National Center for Children and Families and later worked as a Case Manager at N St Village.
A Silver Spring native, Angely is passionate about helping the homeless community and is dedicated to making a positive impact. She is currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Social Work, with a minor in Criminal Justice, at Trinity Washington University.
Angely’s dedication and experience make her a vital part of our team, driving meaningful change within our community.

Debbie Boger • Urban Garden Coordinator

Debbie serves Shepherd’s Table as the organization’s first Urban Food Garden Coordinator, with a passion for teaching people about caring for the earth and for transforming outdoor spaces into productive, sustainable gardens.  She has experience teaching students how to grow and harvest their own food with the Audubon Naturalist Society and has led the development of an outdoor classroom for two local public schools. Previously, she worked in environmental advocacy in both the government and nonprofit sectors, most recently directing a U.S. Climate Policy program at a think tank in Washington, DC.  Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pomona College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Paola Ortiz • Chef

Paola has 12 years of experience in the culinary field, having graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute of Arizona in 2009. She’s lived in Maryland for the past eight years, working as the Head Chef and Facility Manager at The Cottage at Curry Manor in Bethesda before joining the Shepherd’s Table staff. She initially joined to assist the then-newly established Beyond the Table program, but was promoted to the kitchen’s Lead Chef in late 2021. She leads the team with passion and excellence as we serve our clients the very best curated meals.   

Gary Bullock - Chef

Gary Bullock • Chef

Gary has been cooking and working in the hospitality industry since he was a teenager. He has a wealth of experience having worked in many different restaurants and food related capacities. Gary has a passion for our mission and understands how critical it is for disadvantaged individuals to receive nourishing meals, as well as basic services. Prior to joining Shepherd’s Table in 2018, Gary has worked among some of the most notable restaurants within the DC area. He was the Assistant Kitchen Director at DC Central Kitchen, which aims to fight hunger and poverty.

Willie Thompson • Chef

Originally from Massachusetts, Willie joined our staff at the beginning of 2023. He comes to Shepherd’s Table with decades of knowledge and experience in the culinary and hospitality world. Before attending culinary school, Willie applied his Bachelors in Hotel Management in a hospitality role. His work experience also includes being a Chef Manager at a Catholic charity, a retirement home as well as dabbling in the world of catering. Willie enjoys expressing himself through cooking and experimenting with different cuisines.

Chelsea Jones • Chef

Chelsea hails from Florida, where her passion for food blossomed from a fascination with rich flavors and aromas, especially those found in Jamaican cuisine prepared by her parents and grandparents. A decade ago, Chelsea earned her Culinary Arts degree from Manatee Technical College, marking the beginning of her journey as a professional chef. Throughout her career, Chelsea has honed her culinary skills in diverse kitchen environments, from upscale Asian dining establishments to a local Italian restaurant. Her culinary philosophy centers on crafting dishes that elevate traditional flavors while providing the familiar warmth and comfort that everyone seeks. Chelsea joined Shepherd’s Table in 2024, because she understands and believes that food is medicine, and everyone deserves access to it.

Teshema Nelson • Chef

Sonji Owens - Bookkeeper​

Sonji Owens • Business Manager

Mohammad Banya - Senior Program Assistant​

Mohamed Banya • Senior Operations Assistant

Mohamed started as a part-time program assistant at Shepherd’s Table, and when an opportunity presented itself, he became our full-time staff in 2016. Mohamed has extensive experience in managing security, both domestically and internationally. He started his career as a police officer, and worked his way up to working as Secret Service for the Vice President of Sierra Leone for many years. He moved to the US and worked at Discovery Communications headquarters as a Security Officer.
Robert Savoy - Program Assistant​

Robert Savoy • Operations Assistant

Robert has worked in the security industry for over 15 years, ranging from sport bars, the Redskins stadium, to the federal government, which then brought him here to Shepherd’s Table. He is skilled at building relationships with clientele, de-escalating issues, and working in partnership with police officers.
Roberto Maravilla - Program Assistant, Security and Facilities Maintenance​

Roberto Maravilla • Operations Assistant

Roberto joined Shepherd’s Table in April of 2018 and serves as one of our Program Assistants. Roberto wanted to work at Shepherd’s Table’s because it provides critical services to people who would otherwise not have access to them. Originally from El Salvador, before joining Shepherd’s Table Roberto has also been a maintenance and warehouse supervisor.
Nancy Martinez - Receptionist​

Nancy Martinez • Operations Assistant & Receptionist

Nancy joined the Shepherd’s Table team with years of experience as a GNA. Poised at the front of our building, Nancy is the first staff member many of our clients ever meet. Her experience caring for patients has equipped her to empathetically engage our guests and meet them wherever they are. She plays a crucial role in building relationships with clients, and works to ensure all of our on-site programs run smoothly and safely.

Elise Stigliano • Urban Garden Club

We are very excited to announce that we are adding Elise Stigliano to our Urban Garden team for a few hours per week. Elise’s gardening company is Go Gardening-Garden Coaching, and she teaches mindfulness along with gardening.

Elise explains that while learning gardening skills can later prepare clients for possible employment, it also improves their quality of life. Gardening can help someone find calm, joy, self-value, and self-nurture. Elise will reboot our gardening program with meal guests and provide consultation and help with our garden as needed.