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 Board of Directors for 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, their two cats, Simon and Zoe, their chihuahua, Riley, 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 program 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 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 Alexander and Olivia.
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.
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.
Latoisha G. Smith
Emergency Services Coordinator
Latoisha joined GSH in September 2018 as the Emergency Services Coordinator, serving in a part-time capacity. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning which is the foundation of her educational background. Her previous positions include working in the local government sector as a neighborhood planner, where she advocated on behalf of people from various socioeconomic levels. Her background and experience has fostered Latoisha’s passion in creating sustainable neighborhoods and helping at-risk families.
Latoisha recently moved to Northern Virginia from South Carolina, and is looking forward to learning more about the region. In her free time, Latoisha likes to spend time with her husband and explore the DC area.
Tamsin Van Hoozer
Tamsin first joined GSH in February of 2017 as our Events Intern, and then as our part-time Events Associate. In February of 2018, she came on as our full-time Development Associate. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management in 2017, with a concentration in Meeting and Event Planning. She helps support the mission of GSH by overseeing the development database, and supporting the planning and execution of our numerous fundraising events throughout the year.
Tamsin grew up in South Africa and has moved around the United States (and Europe) with her military husband, Adam, and 11-year old son, Kayleb, for the past 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys watching her Netflix shows, running, cycling, and cuddling with her tuxedo kitty, Nelson, and Border Terrier mix, Daisy.
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.
Community Case Manager
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)
Latoisha G. Smith – Emergency Services Coordinator (Ext. 121)
Tamsin Van Hoozer – Development Associate (Ext. 125)
Susan Virostek – Director of Finance (Ext. 112)
Aleisha Wilhite – Community Case Manager (Ext. 114)