Staff & Board of Directors

Manuel Hidalgo

Manuel Hidalgo

Executive Director, x5
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Manny Hidalgo joined Shepherd’s Table in July 2019. Prior to that, he was President of Hidalgo Community-Based Consulting LLC, which provided services to nonprofit organizations and local governments seeking to build wealth in low-income communities. In addition, Manny has served as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Chief Operating Officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center, Director of Operations for the Spanish Catholic Center and Development Director for CASA of Maryland. In 2009, he received the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL Leadership Award and in 2011 the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award. He has degrees from Georgetown University and Florida International University.

Haile Gebregziabher

Haile Gebregziabher

Director of Operations, x1
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Haile has been a key member of Shepherd’s Table’s staff since May 2009. Prior to that, Haile served at Shepherd's Table as a dinner volunteer for 4 years, and worked as a Manager of The Army Navy Club’s dining services in Washington DC. He also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as an administrative field officer for cross border operations for 5 years. Haile has 10+ years of experience in restaurant operations and management, and also brings a strong commitment and passion to serving our clientele. Haile manages the day to day operations of Shepherd's Table, coordinates volunteer service, and effectively builds partnerships with local businesses and organizations.

Jilna Kothary

Jilna Kothary

Director of Development & Communications, x6
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Jilna joined Shepherd’s Table in February 2015, after serving on Shepherd’s Table’s Board of Directors. Jilna heads our social media and communications outreach, along with foundation writing and other key development responsibilities. She graduated from New York University with a B. S. in Culture and Communication, and has worked at ABC’s The View, Discovery Communications, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation prior to joining Shepherd’s Table. She also completed the American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. Jilna was promoted to Senior Development and Communications Associate in February of 2016.

Evert Vargas

Evert Vargas

Resource Center Director, x3
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Evert joined Shepherd's Table 11 years ago, bringing extensive experience in serving the needs of the Spanish-speaking community through his work with Neighbor’s Consejo, Clinica del Pueblo, Casa of Maryland and Identity Inc. Evert received training in HIV/Aids testing and counseling and has served as a case manager, counselor and health educator. Evert has also worked with the homeless population in Montgomery County as an outreach emergency worker and assisted clients in housing, employment, social services, legal, medical and immigration services. Evert coordinated the Eye Clinic Program at Shepherd’s Table for 10 years, and provided services as the Bilingual Counselor. He was promoted to Resource Center Director in April 2018.

Chante Leverette

Chante Leverette

Volunteer Cordinator, x9
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Chanté has a background in fundraising and communication for various nonprofits to include Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation and Adventure Theatre & ATMTC Academy. She is a mother to a middle school aged daughter; current Board Member for Social Services with the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County Maryland; a member of the Vision Zero Task Force in Montgomery County Maryland; an advocate for those under-served and ALL children.

Sharon Flynn

Sharon Flynn

Donor Relations Associate, x8
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Sharon Flynn 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 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.

Keith White

Keith White

Lead Chef, x4
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Keith developed a passion for cooking from the weekends and summers he spent with his grandmother. He graduated from the Washington Culinary School and has experience cooking in hotels, country clubs, restaurants, and has also helped a friend start a catering business. Keith was a Chef at Shepherd’s Table from 2012-2014, and returned in November 2016 to join the team for the food program expansion.

Christina Moore

Christina Moore

Chef, x4
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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”.

Gary Bullock

Gary Bullock

Chef, x4
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Gary has been cooking and working within the restaurant industry since he was a teenager. He has a wealth of experience having worked in many different restaurant/food related capacities. Gary has worked among some of the most notable restaurants within the DC area and before joining Shepherd’s Table in March of 2018, he was the Assistant Kitchen Director at DC Central Kitchen, which aims to fight hunger and poverty.
Gary has a passion for our mission and understands how critical it is for disadvantaged individuals to receive nourishing meals and basic services which they otherwise might not have access to.

Penlope Kwarikunda

Penlope Kwarikunda

Resource Center Associate/Eye Clinic Coordinator, x2
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Penlope is a Human Rights Advocate, who graduated from American University (WCL), and began her career by working with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Polaris Project) as an Anti- Human trafficking Advocate. She was also a local expert of Rwanda for the World Bank Group, conducting a survey on protecting women from violence, and has worked with American Red Cross as a Humanitarian Law Intern. With her passion for Human Rights causes and being a part of solutions to the community, we are delighted to have her on the team.

Mohamed Banya

Mohamed Banya

Senior Program Assistant
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Mohamed started as a part-time program assistant at Shepherd’s Table, and when an opportunity presented itself, he joined full time 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.

Sonji Owens

Sonji Owens

Receptionist/Bookkeeper
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Roberto Maravilla

Roberto Maravilla

Program Assistant-Security and Facilities/Maintenance
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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.

Robert Savoy

Robert Savoy

Program Assistant
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Rob has worked in the security industry for over 15 years, ranging from sport bars, the Redskins stadium, the federal government, and Shepherd’s Table. He is skilled at building relationships with clientele, de-escalating issues, and working in partnership with police officers. He enjoys working at Shepherd’s Table, and considers it his “family”.

Board of Directors

Since 1983, Shepherd’s Table has been governed by dynamic community volunteers who tirelessly share their time, talents, and treasure to fulfill our mission of ending and preventing homelessness.

Susan Collet, Chair

Susan Collet, Chair

Jeremy Rosner, Vice-Chair

Jeremy Rosner, Vice-Chair

Rachel Schaffer, Vice-Chair

Rachel Schaffer, Vice-Chair

Adele Chazin, Treasurer

Adele Chazin, Treasurer

David Coriale, Secretary

David Coriale, Secretary

Jon Alterman, Board Representative

Jon Alterman, Board Representative

Board Members at Large

Michael Balderrama
Deborah Boger
Karen Garnett
JoAnn Goedert
Allan Gray
Laura Henderson
Paul Kaplun
Aaron Lichtig
Tracy Mabbitt-Boone
Deborah Magidson
Farah Nageer-Kanthor
Doreen Cantor Paster
Edward Phoebus
Helaine Resnick
Min Shin
Heidi Weber
Tesia Williams