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Manny Hidalgo - Executive Director

Manny Hidalgo • Executive Director

Manny joined Shepherd’s Table as our new Executive Director in July 2019. Prior to joining us, Manny has also served in the leadership role for different organizations. He was also the 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 2009, Manny received the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Leadership Award and the Meyer Foundation’s Exponent Award in 2011. 
Haile Gebregziabher - Director of Operations​

Haile Gebregziabher • Director of Operations

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Haile has been a key member of Shepherd’s Table’s staff since May 2009. He first started out as a regular volunteer at Shepherd’s Table while working as the Manager of Dining Services for The Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. When the opportunity came, Haile joined us as our full-time team member. Before Shepherd’s Table, Haile worked for the International Committee of Red Cross in Sudan as their Administrator for five years. He went to the University of Cincinnati for his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. At Shepherd’s Table, Haile oversees our daily operations and builds partnerships with local businesses and organizations. In addition to bringing over 10 years of experience in restaurant operations and management, he also shares a strong commitment and passion to serving our clientele in our day to day operations.
Jilna Kothary - Director of Development and Communications​

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.

Jerome Chambers • Director of Social Services

Jerome joined the team in May of 2021. He leads our Social Service Department, handling all aspects of case management, the Resource Center, the Eye Clinic and our Weekend Day Program. Prior to his time at Shepherd’s Table, Jerome worked as the Director of Social Services for various long-term care facilities for the elderly throughout Maryland and South Florida. He holds both a Master of Divinity degree from Morehouse Scool of Religion and a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University. Jerome grew up in Silver Spring and excited to serve his community.

Evert Vargas - Director of Resource Center

Evert Vargas • Program Manager, Social Services

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 - Chef

Christina Moore • Director of Special Programs

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.
Sibyl Brown - Development Associate​

Sibyl Brown • Development Associate

Sibyl joined Shepherd’s Table in February 2020 and assists with fundraising, events, grant writing, as well as other key development roles. She has an undergraduate degree in American Government & Spanish from Smith College and a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. Sibyl grew up in Silver Spring and moved back to the area after spending 5 years working in South Florida. She has worked in development at several non-profits, including Feeding South Florida.
Sharon Flynn - Donor Relations Associate

Sharon Flynn • Donor Relations Associate

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.

Holly Harris • Communications Associate

Holly joined the team in 2021 as the Communications Associate to create written and designed collateral for the organization. She interviews clients and volunteers, writes our Shepherd’s Table stories, and manages our social media. She is passionate about human rights work and elevating both justice and compassion. In the non-profit sector, she is experienced in multi-media communications projects, branding, and project management. She is interested in ensuring dignifying and ethical communications define the marketing strategies of good work. 

Marcy Merti - Volunteer Coordinator​

Marcy Merti • Volunteer Coordinator

Marcy joined our staff in January of 2020 after volunteering with us for many years. She has worked in manufacturing, transportation, and consulting services.  A Silver Spring resident for 20 years, she is thrilled to serve her local community.
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.
Jose Armando - Chef

Jose Armando • Chef

Jose joined the team 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.

Russell Smoot • Chef

Russell, known as Ruggz, has extensive experience working as an Executive Chef across a variety of restaurants. Constantly driven to learn new things, he’s mastered an array of cuisines and techniques. For the past several years, he’s focused his practice on healthy, plant-based foods and loves to show clients how delicious healthy-eating can be. He began volunteering at Shepherd’s Table during the pandemic and was asked to join the team six months later. He’s passionate about serving the public and enjoys utilizing his gifts to do so. 

Paola Ortiz - Staff Picture

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.

Sonji Owens - Bookkeeper​

Sonji Owens • Business Manager

Mohammad Banya - Senior Program Assistant​

Mohamed Banya • Senior Program 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 • Program 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 • Program Assistant, Security and Facilities Maintenance

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 • 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.

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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.
Jeremy Rosner, Chair

Jeremy Rosner, Chair

Jon Alterman, Vice-Chair

Jon Alterman, Vice-Chair

Debbie Boger, Vice-Chair

Debbie Boger, Vice-Chair

Torey Carter-Conneen, Vice-Chair

Torey Carter-Conneen, Vice-Chair

Gary Phoebus, Treasurer

Gary Phoebus, Treasurer

Debra Magidson, Secretary

Debra Magidson, Secretary

Paul Kaplun, Board Representative

Paul Kaplun, Board Representative

Board Members at Large

Dean Cooper
Ken Farber
Amber Harris
Laura Henderson
Steven Jacobs
Tracy Mabbitt-Boone
Heather Tinsley
Andres Gomez
Chasmin Brooks
Farah Nageer-Kanthor
Helaine Resnick
Sonya Snedecor
Heidi Weber
Tesia Williams
Lowell Aplebaum
Suzanne Mintz
Jessica Leslie