Shelter House, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization serving homeless families in Fairfax County, Virginia. Our organization was formed in 1981, when several ecumenical groups came together to better serve Fairfax County’s low-income population. In 1985, Shelter House’s facility was moved to its current location in Falls Church. In 2007, Shelter House was awarded Fairfax County’s contract to operate the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax. In 2010, Shelter House became the first non-profit to operate Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24 hour Domestic Violence Shelter.
to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services.
Shelter House envisions a community free of homelessness and domestic violence.
Shelter House C.A.R.E.s
Our Core Values are: Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Empowerment.
Strategic Plan Executive Summary
FYE 2016 Shelter House Audit
Joe Meyer – Executive Director & CEO
Jamie Ergas – Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Dalessio – Director of Development
Stephanie White – Director of Human Resources
Danielle Colon – Director, Domestic Violence Services
David Maloney – Controller
Raven Dickerson – Director, Artemis House
Laura Woody – Director, Programs and Services Region 2
Position Available – Director, Programs and Services Region 4
Thomas Goodwin is a public affairs and marketing communications strategist, writer and coach with 23 years of experience working across a broad range of endeavors in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, government and profressional and trade socieities and associations.
Mr. Goodwin is the founder and president of Thomas Goodwin Communications, Inc., a firm focused on helping organizations and individuals create effective communications strategies in the areas of public affairs and marketing communications. Previously, as senior vice president and a member of the Executive Committee of Porter Novelli’s Washington, D.C. office, Tom founded the Public Affairs practice. He also held senior management positions at Powell Tate and The Hawthorn Group. He is a former congressional press assistant, trade journalist and spokesperson for two national trade associations.
As chair (now emeritus) of the Board of Directors of the education foundation that supports Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, he developed the foundation’s communications strategy and materials, and during his three-year tenure as Board chair, contributions to the school exceeed $1.2 million. He also provided pro bono communications services to the Arlington (Virginia) Food Assistance Center.
Tom holds a B.A. in Communications from American University.
John G. Kelly
John G. Kelly is Partner at Bean, Kinney and Korman, PC, and focuses his practice on real property law.
Mr. Kelly has regularly contributed to Virginia Builder magazine and has published numerous articles.
John is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Bean, Kinney & Korman, Mr. Kelly practiced at Reed Smith, LLP and Holland & Knight. Mr. Kelly holds an L.L.M. in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Virginia Tech.
Scott Covino is currently a founding partner of Red Rock Business Advisors (“Red Rock”). Red Rock is a business consulting firm that specializes in the areas of outsourced EFO, outsourced COO, outsourced accounting, IT consulting and tax. Mr. Covino has assisted clients with acquisitions, strategic planning, process re-engineering, workflows and general business guidance.
Prior to founding Red Rock, Scott served as the Director of Operations/Finance for a Reston-based IT outsourcing company focused on the small business maket. His responsibilities included establishing the strategic vision, management of all service offerings and management of accounting, HR and operations functions.
Scott has served as co-founder of a web-based rental housing company, serving as its Chief Financial Offier and Operations Director. Prior to that, he was in public accounting where he provided tax, assurance and business advisory services to business of all sizes.
Scott and his wife live in Leesburg, VA, and have a nine-year-old daughter.
Tonya Cridland Gunnarson
Tonya Cridland Gunnarson has served on the Shelter House Board of Directors since 2006. She resided in the Tidewater area for many years before coming to Fairfax County and considers Virginia her home. She feels a strong connection to her community and is grateful that she can do her part to help with the needs of the homeless and abused population in Fairfax County. She is employed as a medical software implementation coordinator. She also holds a broker’s license with Weichert Realtors.
Vanessa Godshalk is a Managing Director at Accenture where she leads the Talent & Organization offering area for the Federal Government practice. Ms. Godshalk brings close to 17 years of experience across the Talent Management spectrum, helping Federal government clients with human capital planning, leadership development, change management, communications, organizational readiness, stakeholder alignment and complex program management.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond. She resides in Reston, VA, with her husband and two children.
Jason LaTourette is a Senior Director at Acumen Solutions. He is a seasoned business leader and executive with extensive experience managing large-scale projects in the Information Technology Consulting Industry. He currently acts as the Engagement Lead for a large account within Acumen’s Public Sector Practice. As the Engagement Lead, Mr. LaTourette manages multiple initiatives addressing complex IT and business challenges while focusing on successful delivery of solutions based services.
Originally from Walton, NY, Jason graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.B. in Management Systems and Technology and dual concentrations in Management Information Systems and Finance. He currently resides in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife, Lisa, and his children.
The Honorable Kim Kendrick is of Counsel with Leftwich & Ludaway LLC, and Senior Vice President of L&L Consulting LLC, a division of the firm that specializes in management consulting, executive coaching and diversity consulting.
Ms. Kendrick has spent more than 20 years engaged in the practice of law and in public service. In 2005, she was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as an Assistant Secretary for HUD, with responsibility for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Ms. Kendrick previously served as General Counsel for the District of Columbia Housing Authority and as General Counsel for Covenant House Washington, a non-profit organization that houses, protects and educates homeless and run-away youth.
Stacey Piper is a marketing executive with ICF International. Ms. Piper has been with the company since 2001 and has been an active part of its evolution–from 500 employees to nearly 5,000 employees–in that time. As an intergral member of the firms Corporate Growth Group, Stacey leads the marketing strategy for the Federal Sector and serves as an internal coach, facilitator and trainer with regard to business development and strategic planning. Stacey manages a team responsible for conceiving of, planning and implementing integrated marketing communications campaigns to successfully position the firm to win federal procurements across the US Department of Health & Human Services, US Department of Housing & Urban Development, US Department of Justice, US Department of Education, US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency and US Agency for International Development.
Stacey moved to Fairfax County upon graduating from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She earned her Masters of Science as Johns Hopkins University and served as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University. Maintaining ties to her community is paramount for Stacey, and she was an active community leader and volunteer through the Fairfax Jaycees for more than a decade. She currently lives in Fairfax with her husband and daughter.
As a member of AXA Advisors’ Paramount Planning Group, Mark Dolfis works with successful business owners and affluent individual clients to help them achieve their financial objectives. Mr. Dolfis is dedicated to guiding clients through the process of defining their goals, devising a strategy to achieve those goals and assisting in the execution and management of that strategy over time. Working as part of a multi-disciplined team, Mark provides comprehensive private wealth management services to business owners, individuals and families. Mark moved to Northern Virginia upon graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1994. Maintaining strong ties to his community is extremely important to Mark. He lives in Fairfax County with his wife and two daughters.
Mary Chapin is an experienced corporate and litigation counsel with more than 20 years of experience advising private and publicly-held corporations, domestic and international companies and non-profit organizations, including as a chief legal officer of nonprofit organizations, a general counsel of professional services companies, an intellectual property partner in an Am Law 100 firm and director and officer of non-profit organizations. She currently is the Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, nonprofit organizations whose missions are to serve the education community by facilitating the exchange and understanding of student enrollment, performance and related information to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, Mary was the General Counsel of Direct Response Consulting Services and affiliates Euro DM Ltd. and Washington Lists, Inc and a litigation partner in the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Department of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP where she represented Fortune 100 companies to emerging growth companies in a broad range of litigated and transaction matters. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia. Mary resides in Oak Hill with her husband and two daughters.
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Senior Vice President, Nonprofit Banking
Marcia is Senior Vice President for Nonprofit Banking at Chain Bridge Bank in McLean, VA. With over thirty years of banking experience, Marcia has a broad background in banking including specializing in working with tax-exempt organizations for the past 23 years. She is active in the not-for profit community, most recently as a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Finance & Business Operations Section Council, as well as a past member of the ASAE International Section Council. Previous volunteer positions include the Board of Directors of the Finance and Administration Roundtable (FAR) and Jubilee Support Alliance.
Jeanine Montgomery is SVP – Finance and Worldwide Controller at MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, where she is responsible for managing the global accounting operations, SEC reporting, audit coordination and compliance, tax, financial systems, and statutory reporting. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, she served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for several publicly-held companies, including comScore, Inc., Beacon Roofing Supply and GeoEye, Inc. Jeanine received her B.S. in Commerce from University of Virginia and is a Certified Public Accountant. She started her career in the audit group of Ernst & Young. Jeanine resides in Fairfax with her husband and has 3 grown children.
Valisha currently serves as a Management and Program Analyst with the U.S. General Services Administration. With just over eight years of federal communications and business management experience, she has had the opportunity to gain and hone skills in human resource management, federal contracting, event planning, web communication and organizational design.
Valisha recently returned to school to continue her studies in forensic science by enrolling in the University of Maryland University College, to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Investigative Forensics. Her plan is to complete by the summer of 2017. Valisha is looking forward to begin the Mortuary Science Program at the University of D.C. in the fall of 2017, with the goal of becoming a licensed mortician.
Volunteering her time and service has been a lifelong commitment within Fairfax County and beyond. Valisha has trained and served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Prince George’s County Maryland Fire Department from 2008 to 2013. In addition, she is very active throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area with animal adoption and rescue efforts that focus primarily on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts for community cats.
David L. Ginsberg
David L. Ginsberg is a founding partner at Cooper Ginsberg Gray, a Northern Virginia firm specializing in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, visitation agreements, support and alimony cases, negotiated settlements and adoptions.
Mr. Ginsberg has been appointed to serve as a Substitute Judge in Virginia’s District Courts. He previously served as a Board Member of the Fairfax Law Foundation, Past-President of the George Mason School of Law Alumni Association Board, and as the Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Ginsberg has taught as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School of Law since 2012.
Mr. Ginsberg has been honored with the Fairfax Law Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Fairfax Bar Association President’s Award. Mr. Ginsberg has been named as a top divorce lawyer on multiple occasions in the Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine, and included in the The Best Lawyers in America.
Additionally, Mr. Ginsberg organizes the annual Chipping in to End Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament, which has benefited a local domestic violence shelter since 2000. In his free time, Mr. Ginsberg enjoys coaching youth basketball teams and photography.
Mr. Ginsberg received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law.