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STAFF

Executive Director

Dr. Estelle-Marie Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery started her career in academic and research and brings almost 20 years of executive leadership experience, specializing in strategic planning and operations, organizational transformation and portfolio development. She holds a BA in Psychology from Rollins College, where she was a Martin Luther King Jr Scholar and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis - focused on developmental Neurosciences/ Neuropsychology - where she was a Chancellor Fellow. As a postdoctoral fellow, she was awarded an NIH National Research Service Award. During her corporate years, Dr. Montgomery also acquired a Masters in Organizational Leadership Capability from Huddersfield University, UK.

Dr. Montgomery’s experience will be valuable during this transformational moment, as the Center focuses on realizing blended programming (virtual and in-person), expansion of its academic, health and social programming, and implementation of the first Resilience Hub in Ward 7. She will oversee all management, funding strategies and operations at the Center.

Lanette Bradford Preston
Director of Operations

Lanette Bradford Preston

Ms. Lannette Bradford Preston, Director of Operations: Ms. Preston brings nearly 20 years of professional experience in education, workforce development, non-profits, and youth programming. She oversees the FCEC operations related to program design, strategy, & implementation, partner management, resilience hub, and personnel recruitment. Ms. Preston works to create an inviting, stimulating, safe, and nurturing learning environment for school-age children, supporting their growth and development during out-of-school times. She secures and supervises staff, facilitators, and interns. Additionally, she oversees the design of partner-led original programming, which includes the monitoring of budgets and tracking of spending for all programming. As a native DC resident, she has an in-depth understanding of the landscape of DCPS and under-resourced communities. Her passion lies in uplifting the community by addressing root causes and providing enriching opportunities to enable personal success.
Office Manager

Kathryn Bryant

Kat serves as Program Coordinator at the FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center. She supports the Planning and design of the FCEC programs for Ward 7 residents, which includes programs for youth, adults, and seniors. She also manages the logistics for our face mask production initiative. Kat has been a team member of the Faunteroy Center for 3 years. She has extensive experience working with challenging populations through her work with Ward 7 & 8 DC Prevention Center. Kat has a great desire to support her community and provide guidance to our youth participants. She displays tremendous work ethic and consistently goes beyond her scope of work to provide the absolute best to all patrons that interact with the center.
Workforce Development Specialist

TyJuan Brown

TyJuan Brown brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the realm of program recruitment and retention, marked by a distinguished background in community outreach and grassroots campaigns. His extensive career as a Community Organizer has seen him actively contribute to numerous political and ballot initiative campaigns, showcasing his commitment to community engagement and mobilization.
Finance & Compliance

DeAndre Washington

After School Support Staffer

Laniya Norville

I'm Laniya Norville, I'm a youth counselor after school Monday through Friday. I was born in DC and as a child, I was involved in many programs much like ours. I'm honored to pour into the development of young minds. My goal is to provide structure and new experiences to the youth in a comfortable familiar environment.
Community Support Worker

Tianna Thompson

Tianna hails from Durham, North Carolina but has made the district her home since the age of seven. She is currently the Community Support Worker (CSW) for the Center and with each passing day, continues to gain experience and enjoys developing bonds with the community she serves. Ms. Thompson’s life experiences over the last 10 years, she has seen what can happen with supportive case management. She currently uses these experiences and understandings to support workforce development trainees and community members through the challenges that can hinder upward mobility. Ms. Thompson will be the first point of contact for assistance with TANF, Social Security, food pantries, food stamps, and other support services available in the district. Tianna will be located at our front desk to greet every new and returning face to the Center and assist with the computer tasks that our beloved Kat used to carry out. Taking on the duties of Administrative Assistant, along with CSW, Tianna will also be available for tech support including copy, print, and fax services at the Center.

BOARD MEMBERS

Interim Chair

Warner H. Session

Board Member

Warner H. Session, Treasurer, is the founder of the Session Law Firm, which offers its clients legal, government relations, and business consulting services in such matters as corporate transactions, government procurement, small business development, regulatory compliance and real estate. Mr. Session is former Counsel to the House Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee where he handled aviation, procurement and telecommunications issues. He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD), and is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Session is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and Co-Chair of the Business Administration Committee and serves on the Dulles Corridor, Executive and Governance, Finance, Nominations, and Strategic Development Committees.
Founder

Anthony L. Wash

Board Member

Anthony L. Wash “Tony”, Chair, is a proud 3rd generation Washingtonian, whose life’s story is a testament to the power of when talent, creative intellect and passion met. In the early 90’s Tony started a two-person business that has grown in the past twenty-five years into an enterprise of thirty-five employees. About six-years ago Tony was motivated to expanded his reach and influence as a developer/general contractor after watching the city change but leaving the people of the communities behind. Next to his business successes, Tony, remains firmly embedded and committed to the community that nurtured and supported him through his growth as a business and community leader. Some of his most noteworthy community contributions and projects include sponsoring 40 seniors to President’s Obama’s inaugural brunch; development of the award winning 70-Unit mix-use 100% affordable building at 4800 NHB Ave NE, Founder/Chair of the Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center
located in the Deanwood neighborhood focused on health and education programs; volunteering as the “Leadership Coach’ at Wilson and Dunbar HS; support of
youth organizations and athletics in DC and bringing holiday cheer to those in public housing through gifts and monetary contributions; furthermore, he was the first and is a premier sponsor of DC’s classic Goodman League Basketball Tournament.
LaKendra McNair
Member

LaKendra McNair

Board Member

LaKendra McNair is an experienced banking professional, thought leader, diversity and inclusion advocate, and curator of equitable engagement in the community. LaKendra is committed to being a change agent for bridging the gaps of “access to information, advocacy, social capital” in diverse, underrepresented, and economically evolving sustainable communities. LaKendra is a thought leader in corporate social governance, intersectional talent development, and consumer experience-led transformation.
LaKendra is enthusiastic about building communities of practice with community stakeholders to scale, activate, and sustain equitable community-centric ecosystems. LaKendra has over 25 years of retail, business, government banking, and marketing activation experience in the banking industry. LaKendra is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Climate Resilient Communities at M&T Bank with a focus on understanding the bank communities’ climate risks, opportunities and needs; while partnering with stakeholders across the enterprise to address these issues through our products, services, and support.
LaKendra has led and transformed many DEI employee resource groups across the bank. LaKendra has served on numerous boards and committees across the metropolitan area; and is currently Co-Chair of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking DC REACh Initiative Credit Counseling and Repair Workstream. LaKendra is a facilitator and curator of community conversations on social economic disparities, diverse business empowerment, and inclusionary community activation.
Member

Thomas Penny III

Board Member

Thomas Penny III, Member, is President of Donohoe Hospitality Services LLC (DHS). As the senior leader of Donohoe Hospitality, Thomas guides the operation of a portfolio of 11 business class hotels, which are affiliated with the Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group. Thomas’ leadership responsibilities for DHS include strategic planning, overall operational direction, development and acquisition of properties, and long-term financial and capital planning. Thomas joined The Donohoe Companies in 1996 and he has shared a successful 21+ year career with the company in both a developmental and hands-on operational capacity. During his nine year tenure as General Manager, the property achieved the 2nd highest RevPAR of any Marriott brand in the city for four consecutive years (Ritz Carlton excluded). Additionally, the hotel maintained the highest guest satisfaction score of any Courtyard in the city two of the last three years. Prior to his role as CMCC General Manager, Thomas served as Assistant General Manager at DHS’ Holiday Inn Capitol where he shared responsibility for 250 employees and $40 million in annual operating revenues.
Member

Pastor Donald L. Isaac

Board Member

Pastor Donald L. Isaac, Sr., Member, Rev. Isaac is currently the Pastor of the S.E. Tabernacle Baptist Church (SETBC).) Rev. Isaac was called, licensed and ordained at SETBC which was founded by his great grandfather 90 years ago and where his uncle Rev. W.W. Flood served as Pastor for over 50 years. We For the past 20+ years Rev. Isaac has served as the Co-founder and Senior Advisor at the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership, Inc (ERCPCP) a community based effort that is designed to prevent violence and empower youth and their families. Rev. Isaac has been appointed by several Mayors’ serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Office for Religious Affairs, a member of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) and as Executive Director for the Corrections Information Council (CIC.) In addition he has served on numerous Boards and is currently on the Board of Jubille Housing. Rev. Isaac is a native Washingtonian, who resided in Ward 7 for more than 30 years and currently resides in Ward 6 in the house where he grew
Member Emeritus

David Wilmot

Board Member

David Wilmot, Member, is an attorney, businessman, lobbyist and activist. He’s an expert in local government, corporate and commercial real estate development, and promotion of minority and small businesses. He came to New York at 17 from St. Martin. He joined the military, choosing the United States Air Force for the educational benefits. David went through the Air Force’s Bootstrap program and graduated from the University of Arkansas. David didn’t experience segregation until moving to
Arkansas. While there, however, he became one of the first African American’s to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock as an undergrad, and to be hired in a major administrative position in the city of Little Rock. Another highlight of his time spent in Arkansas came when, at a social event, he unexpectedly met legendary civil rights leaders that influenced his decision to go on to law school. He continued civil rights activism while at Georgetown Law School and continues it today in Our Town’s
community. David Wilmot has been the Dean of Georgetown Law School and General Counsel for the Washington Convention Center, among other things.