An accomplished manager with over 29 years of experience in the areas of grant administration, and supportive housing management. Lynn became our executive director in January of 2014. She is a certified housing counselor and holds a Master’s of Human Services from Lincoln University, PA. In addition, she is an active member of the Governing Board of the Alexandria Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. In what free time she has, Lynn prepares and serves dinner to low-income seniors, takes care of her teenaged nephew and her many friends, and occasionally indulges in handbag and shoe shopping while rooting for Washington sports teams.
Director of Operations
Karina has been with us for 18 years and is the glue that holds Community Lodgings together. Her main responsibilities include financial management, overseeing data entry, payroll and HR functions. She also develops and manages the organizational budget in conjunction with the executive director; helps develop and implement organizational strategies, policies and practices; and monitors and maintains the computer systems and network. Karina is a certified housing counselor, bookkeeper and translator between our staff and our clients. She holds a BA in computer networking from Strayer University. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her eight-year-old son.
Transitional Housing Manager
Charlyne is our tough-love case manager for our Transitional Housing Program clients, coming to us from a transitional shelter that served women and their children. Charlyne’s work with various organizations has allowed her to motivate and assist needy clientele through job placement, social service referrals, substance abuse services, court advocacy, reunifying mothers and their children, and community outreach and collaboration. She has also helped educate the DC metropolitan community of the plight of people in need. She holds Associate’s Degrees in Human Services and Criminal Justice and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. When she is not working, Charlyne can be found at the nearest spa.
As site coordinator at Fifer Learning Center, Gwen oversees the planning and implementation of learning center activities and collaborates with school personnel and community partners. She plans and develops after school curriculum to meet the individual needs of participating students and monitors and assesses student progress. Gwen also heads up our girls’ and boys’ mentoring program. Gwen is a former classroom teacher who has over seven years of experience working in non-profit educational programming. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.
Family Support Liason
Joseph is originally from New Mexico, where he previously worked at a mental health hospital. He has been working with youth for the past 4 years and before joining us full-time, he served Community Lodgings as an Americorps service member with Public Allies. He works directly with our youth and their families as part of the Youth Education Program, and also leads the Boys’ Mentoring program. Joseph enjoys playing guitar in his free time and jamming with his brother when he gets the chance.