Beacon House Full-Time Staff

Kevin Hinton

CEO/Executive Director

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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.


Rodney Cephas

Athletic & Mentoring Programs Director

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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.


Danielle Schmutz

Director of Programs & Operations

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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

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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 sponsorship; 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.


Katherine Wiley                                

Education Programs Director  

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Katherine (Kate) is a strong advocate for under-served youth and has dedicated her career to their educational development. Before coming to Beacon House in April 2018, Kate served on the executive team of The Learning Together Company, an organization which develops reading and math remediation programs for students in grades K-12, as its Director of Professional Development. Earlier in her career, she developed curricula for and implemented after-school programs serving students ages 5-18 as a Resident Services Manager at AHC, Inc. in Arlington, VA.  Kate has over 15 years of professional experience in areas including program management, team-building, curriculum development, professional development and volunteer management. She has a BA degree in American Studies from George Washington University and an MPA degree in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University. Additionally, she serves on several local and multi-national boards dedicated to youth development and clean water initiatives. Originally from Albany, NY, she has lived in the Washington DC area for over 17 years.


Charles Robinson

Program Assistant

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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.


Esther Rodriguez

Programs & Operations Associate

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Esther joined the Beacon House team in August 2018, after graduating from University of Maryland College Park with a BA in Public Policy. While at UMD, Esther interned at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program and also became a Rawlings Leadership Fellow. Rawlings Fellows participate in rigorous leadership and public policy training program that is dedicated to championing the causes of those most under-served and under-represented. Previous to her time at UMD, she had a career in the private sector but wanted to work for her community. Esther is native Washingtonian, currently lives in Montgomery County with her family. She speaks fluent Spanish.