Maureen Acheampong

Maureen Acheampong

Case Manager

Maureen recently joined the GSH team in July 2021 as a Case Manager. She has previous case management and social work experience in both healthcare and in non-profit organizations. Maureen is passionate about advocating for equality and providing access to services within communities to help bring about change to her clients’ situations.

Maureen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys getting creative in the kitchen, adding to her record collection and spending time with her dog, Chloe.

Candice Bennett

Candice Bennett

Director of Development and Communications

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. In 2020, she was appointed to the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

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.

Emma Burchett

Emma Burchett

Accounting Assistant

Emma joined GSH in March 2021 as an Accounting Assistant. A native of the northern Virginia area, Emma had been working in bookkeeping and office management for several years before deciding to move to the non-profit sector. She graduated from James Madison University and enjoys using her skills to support GSH and its mission to provide affordable housing solutions in the community.

Emma lives in National Harbor, Maryland with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and enjoys gardening. In her spare time, she freelances as an audio engineer at local area theatres.

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 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 Hatch

Lesley Hatch

Grants Manager

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.

Brian Kelleher

Brian Kelleher

Database and Events Assistant

Brian first joined Good Shepherd Housing in October of 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from George Mason University. He helps support the mission of GSH by assisting with the Development database, and supporting the planning and execution of our numerous fundraising events throughout the year.

Brian grew up locally in Fairfax County. In his free time he enjoys watching old Star Trek episodes, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, and keeping current with international news.

Tracy Leary

Tracy Leary

Vice President/COO

In September 2021, Tracy Leary joined Good Shepherd Housing as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the organization’s core housing, property management, budgeting, financial reporting, housing services, and case management activities. Tracy also supports the CEO, helping translate strategies into action plans and building collaborative relationships to support Good Shepherd’s housing and programmatic work.

With more than 30 years in the community and economic development field, Tracy has a varied professional background and passion for helping engage and change the world. Before Good Shepherd Housing, Tracy managed LISC VA’s Community Development efforts, served as Executive Director of the sports-based youth development organization, Ice Hockey in Harlem, and worked for several nonprofit, community, and social justice organizations, including the Gamaliel Foundation, National People’s Action, and Abyssinian Development Corporation. Rhode Island-born and Richmond raised, Tracy currently resides in Alexandria. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Niger), a graduate of Spelman College (Economics) and Rutgers University (Policy).

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

Property Administrator

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.

Shannon Stockton

Shannon Stockton

Development Associate

Shannon joined GSH in May 2021 as the Development Coordinator. She has been in the DC-metro area since she moved here after college graduation and has worked in many government offices and nonprofits over those 20+ years. Over that time, she discovered through her work and volunteer experiences her passion for raising money for worthy causes.

Shannon has a Masters Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from George Mason University and a Bachelors Degree (BA) in Politics from Wake Forest University.

She is a member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, her local elementary school’s PTA, served as a leader for her first daughter’s Girl Scout troop for many years and is involved in local politics.

Shannon resides in Chantilly with her husband, Bryan, their 2 girls, their orange tabby cat and black lab dog. She enjoys watching her children’s dance performances and having peace and quiet in what little free time she has between work, kids and other adult responsibilities.

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

Senior 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. In 2019, Aleisha was accepted into an online Masters of Science in Social Work program at the University of Louisville. In Aleisha’s free time, she likes to read and post book reviews, spend time with her cat, Daisy, attend concerts, and explore eateries in different cities with her friends.

GSH Staff

Maureen Acheampong – Case Manager (Ext.121)
Candice Bennett – Director of Development and Communications (Ext.113)
Emma Burchett – Accounting Assistant (Ext. 112)
Betsy Damitz – Children’s Resource & Operations Coordinator (Ext.110)
Lesley Hatch – Grants Manager
Brian Kelleher – Database and Events Assistant (Ext. 125)
Tracy Leary – Vice President/COO (Ext.118)
David Levine – President/CEO (Ext.116)
Pamela Pineros – Property Administrator (Ext. 120)
Shannon Stockton – Development Associate (Ext.125)
Susan Virostek – Director of Finance (Ext. 112)
Charkenia Walker – Emergency Services Coordinator (Ext.119)
Aleisha Wilhite – Senior Case Manager (Ext. 114)