Beacon House Board of Directors
Dean D’Angelo (Audit and Finance Committees)
Mr. D’Angelo is a Partner at Stellus Capital Management. He is one of the founders of the Capital for Children investor group. He holds dual masters degrees in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and in Finance (MBA) from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, and has served on boards of various businesses and non-profit organizations.
Linda Gustitus (Fundraising and Marketing Committee)
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.
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.
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.
Pamela Lyons (Education Committee)
Ms. Lyons is a native Washingtonian. She currently serves as Vice President and Director of Community Development Programs for Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), the owners of the Edgewood property where Beacon House resides. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from American University and taught for a time, before going into organizational/administrative work. She is an active participant in the communities where CPDC owns property.
Jill Barrett Melnicki (Fundraising and Marketing Committee)
Jill Barrett Melnicki 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. Melnicki 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. Melnicki 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.
Ravi Ohri (Treasurer, Audit and Finance Committees)
Mr. Ohri is a Financial Analysis Director –Performance and Risk Reporting at Freddie Mac in McLean, VA. He received a Masters in Business Administration-Finance from George Washington University, is a long time resident of the greater DC area and brings much-needed accounting expertise to the Beacon House Board.
Tod Preston (Secretary)
Mr. Preston is a Senior Vice President at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications and government affairs firm based in Washington, DC. He works with corporate, non-profit and government clients particularly in the foreign affairs and global development arenas. He is a long time resident of Washington, DC and is a member of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, which has a long history of supporting Beacon House.
Melvin Ward (Fundraising and Marketing Committee)
Mr. Ward is a Customer Service Representative for Pearson Education in the District of Columbia. He lived on the Edgewood property for 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.
Bernhard W. Witter (Audit and Finance Committees)
Bernhard (Bernie) W. Witter is an independent financial services professional who served previously as Chief Operating Officer of Dechert, LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Witter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bernie has also been certified as a CPA in the state of Illinois.