About IMPACT Silver Spring

Fekadu Adbeb

Fekadu A

Accounting Associate

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Fekadu Adbeb

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.

Victor Carcamo

Victor

Soccer Coordinator

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Victor Carcamo

Victor Carcamo is one of the soccer coordinators for IMPACT Sports. In July 2017, he transitioned from being a coach in the program to a part-time staff member.

Daniel Centeno

Daniel

Soccer Coordinator

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Daniel Centeno

Daniel Centeno native from El Salvador and has lived in Maryland, since 2005. Sense 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 La Academy De Cuisine in Gaithersburg, he is also CPR and first Aid certified, he has completed the course for the” F” Soccer license and Referee license 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.

Carmen Hernandez

Carmen Hernandez - Network Leader

Senior Wheaton Network Builder

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Carmen Hernandez

Carmen 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 of the Jose Simeon Cañas Central American University for 24 years. In El Salvador, Carmen also worked on various community building projects with cooperatives and syndicates, where she was able to strengthen her leadership work with young people and women. Carmen has been in the United States for 9 years, and worked for three years as a lead organizer for day laborers in the Culmore area at Tenants and Workers United in Virginia. Additionally, she has participated in various programs that support young people and women in Maryland and DC, and has helped to found nonprofit organizations that support education initiatives in El Salvador. She has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring since 2011 in her role as a community organizer, where she has worked as part of a team to develop work around Opportunity Circles and organize leadership workshops, among other things. Her involvement with and commitment to the community led her to be recognized through a proclamation by Montgomery County in 2014 as an outstanding Hispanic resident.

Carlos Iglesias

Carlos Iglesias, Long Branch Network Organizer

Long Branch Network Builder

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Carlos Iglesias

Carlos hails from El Salvador. He holds a degree in legal sciences and was a lawyer in El Salvador. In addition to his law practice, he worked at the Salvadorean Lutheran Synod in the areas of development and leadership development. Carlos is a former resident of Long Branch, where he serves as the primary face and point person for our work there. He has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring since 2011.

Carolyn Lowery

Carolyn

Wheaton Network Builder

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Carolyn Lowery

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. Additionally, Carolyn was also employed at Commonhealth Action as a manager of health initiatives in port towns in Maryland. 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

Sara Mussie, Community Organizer

Bel Pre Network Builder

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Sara Mussie

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

Jayne

Executive Director

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Jayne Park

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.

Damian Popkin

Damian

IMPACT Sports Director

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Damian Popkin

Damian comes to us from La Clinica del Pueblo where he served as a medical and freelance interpreter. From this work, he gained a sensitivity to the challenges that language presents to struggling families and isolated families who desire to connect to resources and to be involved with community life in their neighborhoods. Damian began his tenure at IMPACT in the fall of 2013 as the IMPACT Sports Wheaton Coordinator and is now leading all sports and recreation activities in the IMPACT Network.

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

Managing Director

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Michael Rubin

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.

Tammy Shepherd

Tammy

East County Network Builder

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Tammy Shepherd

Tammy Shepherd supports IMPACT’s network building work in East County. Tammy has worked as a Social Entrepreneur & Community Health Coach and has 15 years of experience in Public Health Equity with a focus on community based health education and outreach in chronic disease prevention. Tammy first became involved in civic engagement as the member at large in her local civic association and was a member of the steering committee to construct her neighborhood community center. She is currently a member of the Montgomery County Executive's Health and Wellness Advisory Group. Tammy served as a Network Guide for IMPACT in 2014 and became a staff member in the fall of 2015.

Lanita Whitehurst

Lanita Whitehurst - Director of Development

Senior Network Coach

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Lanita Whitehurst

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.