Beacon House Full-Time Staff

Kevin Hinton

CEO/Executive Director


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 brings to Beacon House over 20 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.  Previously, Kevin served as a Senior Portfolio Director with DC Public Education Fund.  Kevin has also held management positions with 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 over 17 years and is a proud father of two teenage daughters.


Abisola Akinkuowo

Programs & Operations Associate


Abisola joined the Beacon House team in September 2017 after graduating from University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics. While at the University of Maryland, Abisola had internships with NASA's Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Public Affairs, and Maryland General Assembly. She also worked in the University of Maryland President's Office throughout her entire college career. Through the organization Bethel Campus Fellowship, Abisola has served as the high school department director mentoring high school students and organizing events that promote academic success.


Rodney Cephas

Athletic & Mentoring Programs Director


Rodney Cephas has served as Beacon House's Athletic Director since 1997. Rodney is a lifelong resident of the District of Columbia and graduated from Spingarn Senior High School. Rodney grew Beacon House's athletic program from a one man, one team operation to today managing multiple football teams, boys and girls basketball teams, and boys and girls baseball teams and cheerleading teams.  Rodney's programs engage over 300 children and youth in physically and emotionally healthy exercise. The athletic program relies on roughly 90 volunteers coaches, including fathers, mothers uncles, cousins, siblings and friends. He is committed to teaching not only physical education, but sportsmanship, discipline, and team building as well. He serves as a positive male role model to hundreds of youth. Outside of Beacon House, he is the doting of father of two girls.


Charles Robinson

Program Assistant


Charlie grew up in the Edgewood community.  With a strong desire to give back to his community, he joined Beacon House in 1991.  During his time with Beacon House, he served as a counselor at the Beacon House summer camp for many years, as a sports coach, and as a nutrition program assistant.  He is passionate about improving the educational level of our youth.


Danielle Schmutz

Director of Programs & Operations


Danielle joined Beacon House in August 2014. She brings strong program and organizational management skills, as well as a broad perspective of community engagement, to her work to develop and evolve programs and operations to ultimately increase student educational opportunities and success.  Danielle hails from Michigan, where she attended college at Central Michigan University obtaining a dual major in Sociology and Child Development. She also has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied Management of Human Services and Social Policy & Evaluation. While working with universities and community-based nonprofit organizations, Danielle has managed programs centered on youth mentoring and tutoring, Service-Learning, and college student development.


Shiree Skinner

Director of Development


Shiree started her career in nonprofit fundraising in 1991.  She previously held consulting  senior development positions with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, Easter Seals DC MD VA, National Jewish Health and the Police Athletic League. The breadth of her experience includes strategic planning; development fund planning; major gifts; annual giving; foundation and corporate grants; corporate sponsorships; special events; Board recruitment and training; and development operations and systems. Shiree has led dozens of workshops and education sessions including as a presenter at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference; AFP Chapters in DC, NJ, San Antonio, and Delaware; Maryland Nonprofits, Johns Hopkins and many others. Shiree currently serves on the Board of Montgomery Community Media and on a fundraising committee for the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; and previously served on the Boards of Capital Hill Group Ministry and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, DC Chapter. Shiree is an adjunct professor with The Fund Raising School within The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Standards for Excellence© Licensed trainer. In addition to an MBA, she holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management and is a Certified Meeting Planner.