Beacon House Board of Directors
Dean D’Angelo (Audi 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.
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 River Road Unitarian Universalist Church, a long time supporter of Beacon House.
Michael Henderson (Education and Fundraising/Marketing Committees)
Mr. Henderson is a teacher and Arts Department Chair of the arts department of Sidwell Friends School. He is the Founding Chair of Friends of Edgewood, a civic group that advocates for public resources devoted to the Edgewood neighborhood. He is a Community Liaison between the Metropolitan Police Department and the Edgewood neighborhood.
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.
Howard Liberman (Nominating and Governance Committee)
Mr. Liberman is a long time resident of Washington, D.C., having raised two daughters here who are both now well into their careers, one as a lawyer and one as a social worker. Mr. Liberman is a Partner with the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. His practice is in the telecommunications and mass media fields, and he has a wealth of experience with day-to-day legal business issues.
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.
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.
Reverend Donald Robinson (President and Founder)
Rev. Robinson is the President and Founder of Beacon House. Prior to starting Beacon House, Rev. Robinson was a case worker for D.C. Human Services. After retiring from the government and attending Howard University Divinity School, Rev. turned his attention to Edgewood Terrace, where he saw a need to help families and children in the neighborhood. He rallied volunteers, started helping with homework, and served snacks. Through the years, Rev. Robinson presided over the growth of Beacon House, which today serves over 450 children per year.
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.