Meet our Board of Directors

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.

Janice Dean

Janice is a native of Washington, DC who was raised in Ward 7 and now resides in Ward 8. She is committed to helping mothers heal from the trauma of loss of a child to murder, an experience she is intimately familiar with due to the murder of her son. Janice is a member of Brighter Day United Methodist Church in Ward 8. She enjoys singing and being present for those in need. 

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.