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.
Cynthia is an experienced nonprofit professional. As the former executive director of several organizations committed to serving vulnerable populations of children, Cynthia is well prepared to advance the mission of DC127. Throughout her career, she has championed programs which provide affordable housing for single parents, inspired adolescent girls to prevent multi-generational cycles of teen pregnancy, and most recently developed programs to assist youth aging-out of foster care to build independent lives using education as the catalyst for change. Her passion is to minimize the negative systemic effects of poverty and isolation from opportunity for God’s most precious gift, our children.
Cynthia works successfully with community leaders, church congregations, corporate partners, private foundations, government agencies and individuals to establish and exceed organizational goals. An experienced fundraiser, Cynthia also builds relationships to assist philanthropic partners to meet their goals. She develops programs with measurable outcomes showing lasting impact in the lives of the families served.
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.
Matt oversees operational logistics and contributes to fundraising and communications at DC127. Before joining DC127 he worked at Family Equality advocating for non-discrimination policies in foster-care and adoption. Prior to that, he worked at the Franciscan Action Network, a faith-based progressive group, where he advocated for environmental justice and immigration reform. Matt is passionate about American social movements and faith-based advocacy. He received his bachelor’s and a master's degree in Sports Management from Ithaca College where he studied the Civil Rights Movement as part of his master’s thesis. He received a second master’s degree in American Studies from Lehigh University. For this master’s thesis, he created a documentary film based on the oral histories of former steelworkers at Bethlehem Steel. Matt grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and currently lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, with his partner Shilpa and their infant son Surya.
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.