Manny Hidalgo • Executive Director
Haile Gebregziabher • Director of Operations
Jilna Kothary • Director of Development and Communications
Jilna joined Shepherd’s Table in February 2015, after serving on our Board of Directors. She leads our development and communications team, handling all aspects of fundraising, communications and event planning. Prior to her time at Shepherd’s Table, Jilna worked at ABC’s The View, Discovery Communications, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Culture & Communications and also completed the American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India.
Evert Vargas • Director of Resource Center
Evert has been with Shepherd’s Table for over 11 years, 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. In the past, Evert received training in HIV/Aids testing and counseling. He has served as a case manager, counselor, and health educator. Additionally, he 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. At Shepherd’s Table, in addition to ensuring a smooth operation at the Resource Center, Evert also coordinates the Eye Clinic Program and provides services as the Bilingual Counselor.
Christina Moore • Director of Special Programs
Penelope Kwarikunda • Resource Center Associate and Eye Clinic Coordinator
Sibyl Brown • Development Associate
XuanThy Nguyen • Communications Associate
Sharon Flynn • Donor Relations Associate
Marcy Merti • Volunteer Coordinator
Keith White • Lead Chef
Gary Bullock • Chef
Jose Armando • Chef
Jose became our new chef in October, 2020. Before coming to Shepherd’s Table, Jose was a chef at E.J’s Provision Co. Restaurant in Laurel, Maryland. He volunteered a couple of times with us in the beginning of the year throughout the pandemic. When an opportunity to become a full-time chef opened up, he applied and was hired for his extensive experience in the culinary field. Jose has been cooking for over 25 years, and now at Shepherd’s Table, he is excited that he can cook for a great cause.
Paola Ortiz • Special Programs Assistant
Paola graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute of Arizona in 2009, then started working as a private chef for a family. When the family moved to Maryland in 2012, Paola decided to follow them with the initial thought of only staying for a year. Unexpectedly, she fell in love with the place and has stayed in Maryland for eight years since. Before coming to Shepherd’s Table, Paola was the Head Chef and Facility Manager at The Cottage at Curry Manor in Bethesda, Maryland. She has over 12 years of experience in the culinary field and she will be assisting with the Beyond the Table program.