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.
Candice currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and the Lorton Station Homeowners 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.
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 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.
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.
Community Case Manager
Ryan has over 10 years’ experience in direct social work and has been employed as a Community Case Manager with Good Shepherd Housing since 2014. He manages the ABC Housing Program where he works with over 80 families, utilizing a permanent housing model offering supportive services such as budgeting, healthcare access, and transportation.
Ryan is a native of Northern Virginia and an alumni of West Virginia University where he obtained his Bachelors in Social Work. He received his Master’s in Clinical Social work from the University of New England; with a special focus on behavioral and bio-psychosocial issues and disorders. When he’s not working, Ryan spends time with his cat Tida, and enjoys watching Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and is an avid board game player.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Jessica Seckman – Financial Assistance Coordinator (Ext.121)
Ryan Nibblins, MSW – Community Case Manager (Ext.118)
Danielle Silas – Database and Events Associate (Ext. 125)
Susan Virostek – Director of Finance (Ext. 112)