Meet our Board of Directors

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Sesheida Danielle Young, Chair

Sesheida is a dedicated entertainer and instructor, providing social conscious awareness through artistic performance, spiritual enlightenment, education and community betterment via inclusivism. She is an honored member of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI); currently the Young Ambassador Fellow of Special Programs. Sesheida, is contracted with the Howard University Chapel Choir, teaches at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and is a past background vocalist for several Stellar Award winners and nationally-televised shows. She continues to perform solo with her own band receiving recognition by numerous music venues and hosts. As a lyricist, she writes her own music & publications. She aspires to be a successful entertainer, enlightened educator, and dedicated philanthropist.  Sesheida, has received degrees from Virginia State University in Vocal Performance and Choral Education as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Studies Degree from Howard University School of Divinity, concentrating in Social Justice and Ethics. She is on the Pan African Young Adult committee with Bread for the World (BREAD).

Lois Fingerhut, Secretary

Lois serves as the chair of the Adas Israel Congregation’s gun violence prevention team whose focus is to bring communities together both within the congregation and across the city in order to make a difference in the epidemic of gun violence primarily facing our neighbors in Wards 7 and 8.  She is a tutor and board member of Reading Partners, DC an evidence-based and community-driven organization in which volunteers tutor DC children who are reading below grade level. Lois is a past board member of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center and has been a member of the Theater J Council since 2003. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Lois was an injury epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics with a significant part of her career writing about the impact of firearm violence on the youth in this country. She holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. 

Darrick "Andre" Early, Treasurer

Darrick, is the Deputy Regional Commissioner for the National Capital Region/Federal Acquisition Service  (NCR/FAS) within the General Services Administration (GSA).  Currently, Darrick oversees GSA's largest regional Federal Acquisition Service operation with a client base of approximately 800,000 users supported by Assisted Acquisition Services, Contracting Operating Division, and Personal Property Management business lines along with business development and policy support offices of Customer Accounts and Stakeholder Engagement (CASE) and the Acquisition Oversight Division. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Life from East Tennessee State University and was apart of the class of 1801 Senior Executive Fellows at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. In addition to his work with General Services Administration, he is an Adjunct Professor at University Maryland University College where he teaches general contract management and federal contract management. He is a native of Galax, VA and commit to serving others.

Courtney Hanna, Esq.

 

Courtney is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. She graduated from Boston College, where she majored in Psychology and Communications. She later moved to DC to attend The George Washington University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). During her time at NNEDV, she worked directly with Congress Members to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, (VAWA.) She also studied at Oxford University in England, where she obtained a certificate in International Human Rights Law.

After law school, Courtney worked with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) where she assisted many local women and children. She worked at Greenberg & Bederman for two years, where she negotiated settlements and prepared cases for trial. Afterward, she worked at Regan Associates, Chartered, where she handled many different cases, including divorces, custody, child support, personal injury, landlord-tenant law, breach of contract and criminal defense. She continues to volunteer with DCVLP as a Guardian Ad Litem, where she loves working with local children.

Meg van Achterberg, MD

Meg is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC. She also is a consultant psychiatrist to the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. She is a graduate of Brown University and Brown University School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry training in New Haven, CT, and Providence, RI. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with her husband and two children. Meg is co chair of the Temple Micah Gun Violence Prevention Committee.

Cynthia Pugh, Esq.

  

Cynthia graduated from the College of William and Mary and earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and then came to Washington, D.C., to practice law first at a private firm and then in the Federal Government. Currently taking a break from the law to raise her family, Ms. Pugh serves as the co-chair of National United Methodist Church’s Serving Team, where she works on service and advocacy efforts related to gun violence prevention and other social issues affecting the D.C. region.  She is a member of the Finance Committee of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and was active in the PTA of her children’s elementary school, serving as PTA Secretary and as a Vice President, as a member of the PTA’s Planetarium Committee, and as a volunteer teacher in the school’s PTA-run Planetarium. Cynthia is a past board member of the Brighter Day Enrichment Academy, an educational nonprofit providing expanded learning opportunities for children in Ward 8. She also volunteers at the Smithsonian Institution.