Meet Our Staff

Fekadu Adbeb

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

Fekadu is a recent immigrant to the United States from Ethiopia, where he worked as an accountant for two decades. His accounting experience includes processing payroll, banking, billings, account receivables/payables & preparing financial statements. Fekadu has been working with IMPACT since the spring of 2015 to support with accounting duties and is now a part time employee.

Keren Cabral

CULTURE STEWARD

Keren began working with IMPACT Silver Spring as a volunteer and officially joined the team in January, 2018. She comes to the position with nearly two decades of Special Events coordination and Development experience in the non-profit sector.

Victor Carcamo

IMPACT SPORTS SOCCER DIRECTOR

Victor Carcamo has been with IMPACT since the Spring of 2016. Victor played soccer at the professional level in El Salvador and has been coaching soccer for 25 years at the youth, high school and professional levels throughout his career in El Salvador, California, and Maryland.

Daniel Centeno

IMPACT SPORTS LONG BRANCH MANAGER

Daniel Centeno, a native from El Salvador, has lived in Maryland, since 2005. Since 2015, Daniel has been Assistant Sports Director at IMPACT Silver Spring and is responsible for the soccer program at IMPACT. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of opportunities and community leadership roles. Daniel received his Associates degree in Culinary Arts at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg; is CPR and First Aid certified; has completed the course for the” F” Soccer and Referee licenses with the U.S Soccer Federation; and has over 15 years of sports experience and has work with kids of all ages and demographic groups and continues to build a safe environment where kids can have fun and learn how to work together to create a better community.

Michelle Faulkner-Forson

COMMUNITY ARTS COORDINATOR/NETWORK BUILDER

Michelle Faulkner-Forson is the newest addition to the Impact Silver Spring team. She is the Community Arts Coordinator and a Network Builder. Her work will consist of cultivating inclusive and community-led arts projects.

Carmen Hernandez

SENIOR NETWORK BUILDER

Carmen Hernandez is without doubt the most seasoned community builder ever to serve on the IMPACT Staff. She is originally from El Salvador, where she worked with the administration and faculty at the Central American University on various community building/engagement projects. Carmen has been in the United States for ten years, and worked for three years as a lead organizer with Tenants & Workers United in Virginia. She has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring for five years.

Carolyn Lowery

SENIOR NETWORK ORGANIZER, RACIAL EQUITY

Carolyn comes to us having most recently been in Villa de Leyva, Colombia where she taught English for two years. Prior to moving to Colombia, Carolyn worked in The Human Resources Research Organization in Alexandria, VA, where she led several subtask groups related to equity, parity, and mental health. Carolyn has a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University and a MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She originally connected with IMPACT as a volunteer English teacher in the fall of 2015 and became a staff member in the beginning of 2016.

Sara Mussie

SENIOR NETWORK BUILDER

Sara has more than seven years of experience in community development work at IMPACT. She began her work as a facilitator working with immigrant parents through the IMPACT in the Schools program. She became the lead organizer of IMPACT’s Parent Educator Program before moving to her current work with the Family Asset Building Network. Sara is a native of Ethiopia and, in addition to English, speaks Amharic and German. Sara has just stepped into her role as Bel Pre Network Builder.

Jayne Park

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jayne Park became IMPACT’s Executive Director in the fall of 2014. For 17 years, she has held various leadership positions in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the greater Washington, D.C., area, including serving as Senior Strategic Advisor to IMPACT Silver Spring during 2011-2012. She has been a long-time active member of the IMPACT network, and supported key organizational work such as the development of IMPACT’s role in the initial formation of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network. Jayne co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), a community-based legal services and advocacy nonprofit serving low-income Asian Americans in the D.C. metro area. Her philanthropic background includes serving as the Deputy Director for the Community Foundation for Montgomery County (CFMC) where she led the Nonprofit Advancement Fund. Jayne has also served as a member of the Consumer Health Foundation’s Health Equity and Racial Equity Advisory Committee, and worked as a consultant to the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

Michael Rubin

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michael came to IMPACT in the spring of 2014. He was most previously employed with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes as their Director of Operations. Michael has an MBA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. In 2010, he participated in the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Fellowship. Michael has served on the board of Jews United for Justice for four years and is the current board treasurer. In his role as Managing Director, Michael has demonstrated a capacity for strategic financial management, contracts management, and program management. Additionally, Michael works with the Senior Leadership Team and the entire staff to ensure organizational and program fidelity, and oversees IMPACT sports operations.

Valerie Salazar

ECONOMIC EQUITY NETWORK BUILDER

Valerie, originally from Peru, is the newest addition to IMPACT’s staff, beginning in Winter 2018. She was introduced to IMPACT’s work through an IMPACT Network Night in 2017, where she became a member of Montgomery Community Investment Cooperative (MCIC) and began volunteering on their finance council, and currently is MCIC’s Administrative Manager. In 2017, she also assumed the role of Youth Leader at Getsemani Church where she leads about 30 young adults. Valerie was previously employed at the Consulate General of Peru, and has previous experience as an office administrator. Valerie is currently in school working towards her Business Administration major and Theology minor, and has earned certificates in Business Information Technology and Leadership and Management, and holds an AA in Business Management.

Lanita Whitehurst

SENIOR ORGANIZER, SPECIAL PROJECTS

Lanita has worked as a fundraiser, project manager, and event planner for non-profits for more than 9 years. Before coming to IMPACT, she worked for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) as Director of Special Projects and worked as a consultant on projects including the national AIDS/HIV Youth Summit, the NASBE New State Board Member Institute, and several State Superintendent of Education searches. Lanita has a BA in English from North Carolina State University. Lanita has been involved in the IMPACT Network since 2009, initially working as a community builder with the Thriving Multicultural Schools Project. She was Director of Development from 2012-2013. In spring 2014, Lanita rejoined the staff as a consultant and now serves as IMPACT’s Senior Network Coach.