Traci Hughes (Board Chair)

Traci L. Hughes is a journalist-turned-attorney with more than a decade of experience working in government.  Ms. Hughes is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, and of Howard University.   She joined the Beacon House Board on March 24, 2015.


Beth Harrison (Vice-Chair)

Ms. Harrison is a Supervising Attorney in the Housing Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC. She represents tenants in affirmative and defensive suits in DC Superior Court and in administrative claims at the DC Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. She graduated Harvard Law School magna cum laude and has devoted her career to advocating for the rights of disadvantaged people. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, a long time supporter of Beacon House.


Shannan Herbert (Treasurer)

Shannan Herbert has nearly 20 years of commercial credit and financial service experience.  Throughout her career, she has developed expertise across multiple industries both domestic and internationally.  She currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at City First Bank of DC.  Previously, Shannan served as Senior Vice President and Director of Loan Review for United Bank, where she was responsible for the oversight of a $13-billion loan portfolio.  In a previous role with United Bank, she served as Vice President and Credit Officer, where she improved the quality of underwriting and was responsible for reviewing and analyzing transactions ranging from $2 million to $50 million. Ms. Herbert graduated cum laude with a BBA in Finance from Howard University, and she also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a Finance concentration from Loyola University Maryland.

Kimberly Smith (Secretary)

Kimberly Smith is the Executive Director of the League of Innovative Schools at Digital Promise leading a national network of forward-thinking education leaders in implementing innovative technologies and practices. Previously, Ms. Smith worked in senior leadership roles developing digital initiatives at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, PBS, Discovery Education, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is an Aspen-Pahara Institute Fellow and co-founder of the National Charter Collaborative, an initiative to support single-site charter leaders of color in creating quality schools. She received her MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Jill Barrett

Jill Barrett is Director of Individual Giving at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, where she is leads the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising campaigns and related programmatic activities that connect individual donors to Ashoka’s “Everyone A Changemaker” vision. She is the founder of Evolve Impact, LLC an innovation and collaboration consultancy. A serial intrapreneur, Ms. Barrett has more than a decade of multi-sector experience launching social good initiatives, having worked in state and national politics, local government administration, nonprofit communications and fundraising, C-suite innovation cultivation, global CSR and social impact investing. She is passionate about human development, social and economic inclusion, workers' rights, the protection of vulnerable populations and the modern social contract. Ms. Barrett earned a MPP from the College of William & Mary and is a DC area native, the eighth generation in her family born and raised in the Washington region.


Tony Elachkar

Tony is a Managing Director at Guidehouse (Formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP) working in the areas of financial management, internal control, risk and compliance. He leads projects across the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, and at several Civilian Agencies.  Tony has over 43 years of experience in accounting, auditing, risk management and control assessment, and he earned his CPA in 1991. Prior to joining Guidehouse in 2005, Tony worked as a financial auditor and financial manager at three federal government organizations and practiced auditing serving clients in various industries.  Tony holds a BA equivalent degree in Accounting and Auditing from the College du Sacre-Coeur in Lebanon and has taken certain classes at George Mason University to qualify to sit for the CPA Uniform Examination.  He has been married for 32 years and has two grown children.


Candice Gayl

Candice Gayl is an independent consultant, providing operational and fundraising expertise to clients in the education sector. An Air Force veteran, Candice has a track record of success across multiple domains, including as a software engineer, in for-profit sales and marketing, and throughout the education sector. Candice specializes in program development and capacity-building, and works with organizations to create and execute fundraising plans, establish and manage relationships with key stakeholders and funders, and craft location-based strategies for effective program implementation. Candice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University.  Candice resides in Washington, DC with her family and actively participates in local education-related initiatives.

Linda Gustitus

Linda Gustitus is a lawyer who served in the Senate for 24 years as an aide to Senator Carl Levin, Democrat from Michigan.  For most of her time in the Senate she was Senator Levin’s Staff Director and Chief Counsel on his Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee. She retired from the Senate in January 2003.  She currently serves as the Washington Co-Director, Levin Center at Wayne Law (Wayne State University Law School).   Ms. Gustitus received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1969 from Oberlin College, Ohio.  Ms. Gustitus was a member of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, Maryland, for over 20 years.  She is married with two children and three grandchildren and permanently resides in Washington, D.C.

Glenda Lee

A passionate hospitality and marketing professional, Glenda currently works to funnel emerging work-ready, high-performing talent from underserved communities into today's workforce. Glenda has dedicated 20+ years in relationship management for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and, most recently, as lead instructor with the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Ballou Senior High School in Washington DC. She is a third generation Washingtonian, fully committed to "be[ing] the change we wish to see in our world." 

Melvin Ward

Melvin is a Provider Management Representative at Medical Transportation Management Inc. (MTM). Previously, he served as a Customer Service Representative for Pearson Education in the District of Columbia. Melvin lived in the Edgewood Commons affordable housing community in which Beacon House is based for more than 17 years, and two of his sons grew up in Beacon House programs. Mr. Ward remains a very active volunteer with Beacon House’s athletic programs.


Kevin Hinton (ex officio)            

Beacon House’s board of directors appointed Kevin Hinton as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director in February 2017 after Kevin served for five months as Interim Executive Director.  Kevin possesses more than 25 years of professional experience in strategic leadership, partnership building, financial analysis, and team leadership in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors.  Prior to joining Beacon House, Kevin served as a Senior Portfolio Director and a member of the staff leadership team of DC Public Education Fund.  Kevin has also held management positions with market-leading organizations including Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive and Discovery Education.  Kevin holds an MBA degree from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA degree from Williams College.  Kevin has lived in Washington, DC for 20 years and is a proud father of two daughters.