DC127 is truly a group effort.
While we can’t list everyone here, there are many people that have dedicated time, energy, and talents to make our work possible.
We recognize that we would not exist without these volunteers and consider them a core part of the DC127 team.
Chelsea is the founding Executive Director of DC127. She is originally from Aurora, Colorado where she learned about foster care at an early age when she gained three siblings from foster care and adoption. Before DC127, she worked with a center for vulnerable children in Swaziland, and at The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative on their LRA Crisis Tracker, a map and database that tracked and analyzed the movements and child abductions of a rebel army in Central Africa. These experiences further motivated Chelsea to work and advocate for the needs of children in vulnerable situations.
Chelsea launched DC127 in 2013 alongside Amy and Aaron Graham at The District Church and considers it an honor to lead this network. Chelsea has a bachelor's degree in English from Nyack College and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown University.
Dana joins the DC127 team with an extensive background in youth and program development, working for various nonprofits. Prior to DC127, she was the Program Director at BEST Kids, Inc., a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that provides mentoring for youth in the District of Columbia foster care system. Before moving to DC, Dana and her husband Jamie lived in Boston. There, she acted as the Boston Regional Director at Horizons for Homeless Children, where she worked with youth and families residing in the shelter system. She is also an AmeriCorps alumni, having served as a youth worker focusing on teen employment and urban agriculture. Dana is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.
Weelay grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and is of Liberian descent. She obtained a Social Work degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Weelay transitioned to Atlanta, Georgia to attend graduate school at Clark Atlanta University receiving her MSW in 2015. She moved back to the DMV area and worked for a non profit mental health agency. Her love from children and service took her to College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors to serve as Manager. She is excited to start her new role as a Family Support Coordinator with DC127.
Chrissy spent her formative years moving all over the U.S. as the daughter of a military pilot. She studied musical theatre in college and after leaving, pursued a call to mission work. She worked with Serge in Dublin, Ireland, where she lived for many years. Chrissy was introduced long-distance to the man who would be her husband, Justin, while still living overseas. They ended up together in St. Louis, Missouri, where they both attended Covenant Theological Seminary. In seminary, they actively supported friends who were fostering and got to see that practical love in action. Chrissy is happy to be settling in D.C. with Justin and their two children, Audrey and Judah.
Aaron and Amy Graham
What started in Aaron and Amy's home just a few years ago has now grown into a church reaching hundreds and hundreds of people in two locations in our nations capital. They first fostered a teenage boy in Boston and are now parents to Elijah and Natalie who are both adopted from South Carolina. Before working at The District Church Amy served as a foster care social worker in DC. She has degrees from Boston University’s School of Social Work and Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Aaron has a background in community organizing around issues of poverty and injustice, and has a masters in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a doctorate in missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron and Amy have a heart to see churches in DC unite and dream of the day when families are waiting for children, rather than children waiting for families.