Board of Directors

Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer

Maria S. Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization providing health care, education and social services in the DC metropolitan region. The goal of Mary’s Center is to provide healthcare early and throughout the individuals’ lifecycle, support families and individuals in their own community and guide individuals to move up the economic ladder through education and training opportunities.

Under Maria’s leadership, Mary’s Center has grown from an initial budget of $250,000 serving 200 participants at a basement in 1988 to an annual budget of $42 million serving close to 40,000 individuals at six locations and a mobile unit in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Prior to establishing Mary’s Center, Maria was a public health nurse with the D.C. Department of Health. She also worked for the Red Cross and the Visiting Nurses Association.

Maria has been the recipient of numerous local and national important recognitions, including the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. Originally from Colombia, South America, Maria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Don
Blanchon
Board Chairman
Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker on May 1, 2006. Before that, he spent nine years READ MORE
Alicia
Wilson
Board Vice Chairman
Alicia Wilson received her BA in Religion and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College and began working in the social services field READ MORE
Zeynep
Orhan, CPA
Board Treasurer
Zeynep Orhan, CPA is a senior manager at Hertzbach & Company, P.A. Zeynep’s experience is in assurance services and outsourced READ MORE
Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary
Rhonique Shields-Harris is a board certified pediatrician who previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical READ MORE
George
Jones
Immediate Past Board Chairman
George A. Jones became Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City (BFTC) on January 2, 1996. BFTC’s mission is READ MORE
Julie
Chapman
Julie's two passions — growing technology organizations and making the world a better place. She began her career working with READ MORE
Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
Maria S. Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization providing health care, education and social services READ MORE
Flora Terrell
Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Flora Terrell Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director, is a founder of Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS), incorporated READ MORE
Vincent A.
Keane
Vincent A. Keane is currently President/CEO of Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity), Washington, D.C.  Unity, a Federally Qualified Health Center READ MORE
Ed
Lazere
Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI READ MORE
Kelly
Sweeney McShane
Kelly Sweeney McShane is a well-respected and innovative nonprofit leader in Washington, DC. For over 20 years, she has worked tirelessly READ MORE
Marsha
Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor
Marsha Lillie-Blanton is a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience working on health and health care READ MORE
Robert
Berenson
Institute Fellow
Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care READ MORE