Candice Bennett

Candice Bennett

Director of Development

Candice joined GSH in September 2015 as the Director of Development. She has been developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies for corporations, political candidates and not–for–profit organizations since 1998, having started her career at Penn, Schoen and Berland. As a small business owner she has consulted for companies like Microsoft, Ruder Finn and the Consumer Technology Association. She is a past President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia where she continues to volunteer. In 2017, Candice was appointed to the Virginia Fair Housing Board.

Candice currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and the Lorton Station Community Association. Candice received her M.A. in Security Policy Studies and B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Candice resides in Lorton with her husband Tom and their two cats, Simon and Zoe, and enjoys quilting in her spare time.

Betsy Damitz

Betsy Damitz

Children’s Resource & Operations Coordinator

Betsy became a member of GSH in 2010, bringing some 40 years’ experience in the Administrative and Public Relations fields, nine of which were in the local non-profit sector where she previously served as the Volunteer and Outreach Community Coordinator at UCM. As the Children’s Resource Coordinator, Betsy connects children in our ABC and HTP programs to educational, recreational, social opportunities. As Operations Manager, she assists the executive staff with funding grant proposals and reports.

Betsy enjoys time spent with her husband Mike and golden retriever Briscoe in their mid-century modern neighborhood of Hollin Hills. She especially enjoys time spent with her three grown daughters, son in-laws and being Nana to her grandson.

Lesley Hatch

Lesley Hatch

Vice President/COO

Lesley joined GSH as Vice President/COO in 2015, combining her business and volunteer experiences to contribute to our mission to end homelessness. Her primary responsibility is the overall operations of the owned and leased GSH housing units in the community. She is also active in the strategic direction and growth aspects of the organization. She firmly believes that families who are given the right opportunities and support such as that provided by GSH can become self-sufficient.

Lesley has over 30 years of experience, primarily in healthcare business planning, and also commercial real estate. Her volunteer experience includes working with a team at her church that provides funding and support for those moving from homelessness to housing. Lesley received her undergraduate business degree from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree from Northwestern University. Lesley and her husband, Kurt, are new “empty-nesters” and enjoy hikes in the Shenandoah.

David Levine

David Levine

President/CEO

As the President/CEO of GSH, David embraces our housing mission and service in the community, working to make affordable housing a reality for low-income families and individuals in our service area. Before joining GSH, David was the Deputy Director of Operations for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless based in Rockville, Maryland.  Prior to that, David worked for many years in the financial sector at E*Trade Financial, Fannie Mae, CoreStates Capital Markets and Salomon Smith Barney in New York City.

David served as the co-convener of Ventures in Community for 2014-16 and as the appointee to the Old Mount Vernon High School Re-utilization Taskforce. He also serves on the South County Leadership Council, the Advisory Council of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, and the board of the Fairfax County-based Alliance for Human Services. David earned his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Master’s in Economics and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pamela Pineros

Pamela Pineros

Housing Services Coordinator

Pamela joined GSH in February 2017 as the Housing Services Coordinator. In her role, she works to provide struggling families a little peace of mind by getting them into affordable housing in the area. Pamela uses her Spanish fluency to make connections with clients from the large Hispanic community throughout the Richmond Highway Corridor. She enjoys being able to make a positive change in the community by carrying out GSH’s mission.

Pamela received her B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies with a minor in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has begun her M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning as well. She has had a passion for urban planning and design since she was young and hopes that her education can help bring new ideas and a different perspective to the organization. In her free time Pamela likes listening to podcasts, spending time with family and friends, and hopes that she can slowly fulfill her dream of traveling the world.

Jessica Seckman

Jessica Seckman

Financial Assistance Coordinator

Jessica joined GSH as a community case manager in 2015. As a Community Case Manager, she is committed to helping her clients who are facing challenges to achieve significant long-term outcomes. Her approach is to strengthen and empower families for their future successes.

Jessica was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia. She received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from West Virginia University. While attending, she studied abroad and completed an internship in London where she worked with refugee children of war. After college, she volunteered and worked directly with the homeless populations in shelters. Jessica is completing her Master’s in Public Health. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and being the proud owner of her special Dachshunds, Jagger and Finn.

Danielle Silas

Danielle Silas

Database and Events Associate

Danielle began serving as the Database and Special Events Associate for GSH in February 2016. In her role, she oversees the development database and supports the planning and execution of fundraising events. Prior to GSH, Danielle was the Administrative Assistant at a human services non-profit in Dumfries, and later entered direct services as a Case Manager at an area homeless shelter. With her direct services experience, she is able to bring a unique perspective to the Development office.

Danielle received a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog Serjy, and practicing yoga.

Susan Virostek

Susan Virostek

Director of Finance

Susan returned to GSH in 2016 as the Finance Manager, bringing over 17 years of experience in non-profit accounting. Before returning to GSH, she worked for New Hope Housing as a staff accountant overseeing grant and contract expenditures, and as the former Account Manager for GSH. Prior to that, Susan was a budget support contractor for the US Navy and NASA. She is the bookkeeper for No Greater Sacrifice, a non-profit foundation providing scholarships to children of fallen and wounded soldiers, a mission which she is proud to support.

Susan has a passion for volunteering. She is active in her church and has served on numerous auction committees and PTA’s. Susan received her Bachelor of Accountancy and MBA from the University of Mississippi. Susan and her husband, Paul, are the parents of 4 children. She enjoys spending family time at the lake and watching her youngest swim and play volleyball, and cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Aleisha Wilhite

Aleisha Wilhite

Community Case Manager

Aleisha joined GSH in May of 2017 as the Community Case Manager. She has experience in case management and direct social work that allows her to work with many different types of clients and their families. Aleisha believes that through rapport building and providing a variety of supportive services, she will empower her clients to set and reach their housing goals!
 
Aleisha is from the Northern Virginia area and is an alumna from Virginia Commonwealth University. Aleisha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies in 2014 with a focus in African American Studies and Education. This year she plans to enroll in the Master’s of Social Work program at George Mason University. In Aleisha’s free time, she likes to spend time with her cat, Daisy, listen to music, and explore different cities with her friends. 

GSH Staff

Candice Bennett – Director of Development (Ext.113)
Betsy Damitz – Children’s Resource & Operations Coordinator (Ext.110)
Lesley Hatch – Vice President/COO (Ext. 114)
David Levine – President/CEO (Ext.116)
Pamela Pineros – Housing Services Coordinator (Ext. 120)
Jessica Seckman – Financial Assistance Coordinator (Ext.121)
Danielle Silas – Database and Events Associate (Ext. 125)
Susan Virostek – Director of Finance (Ext. 112)
Aleisha Wilhite – Community Case Manager (Ext. 114)

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