DC127 Staff

DC127 Staff

Cynthia Moreland

Executive Director
202.670.1145 ext. 4

I am the former executive director of several organizations committed to serving vulnerable populations of children. I hold a B.A. in Political Science from Antioch College.  Throughout my career, I have developed, implemented and measured programs which provide affordable housing for single parents, inspired adolescent girls

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Kelsie Johnson

Director of Programs
202.670.1145 ext. 3

I believe in meeting people where they are and providing them with something they need and want. The call of Micah 6:8, ‘to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God’ has led me to hold roles advocating for women, children and families. I have invested my time, energy and effort to come alongside survivors of sex trafficking, abuse, addiction and trauma.

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Shanell Cooper, LGSW

Family Support Coordinator
202.670.1145 ext. 1

I am passionate about serving as an advocate, providing support to children and families, and enhancing the mental health of the youth. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from Bowie State University and an MSW degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Children and Families.

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Matthew Carolan

Development and Communications Manager


202-670-1145 ext. 5

Prior to DC127 I worked as a Policy Assistant for Family Equality and as an Advocacy and Communication’s Fellow at the Franciscan Action Network. I also have a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Ithaca College and a second Master’s degree from Lehigh University.

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Aaron Graham

Aaron and Amy



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.

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DC127 Board

Eduardo Ferrer

Board Chair
Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic Policy Director, Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative

“No youth should be without a loving family, and no family should be without the support and resources they need to thrive.  DC127 seeks to mobilize followers of Christ in DC to make this dream a reality for the youth and families of the District.”

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Yolanda Jones

Professor, University of the District of Columbia

“I am a DC127 board member because we use wholistic measures to strengthen vulnerable families and help them move from despair to hope and from hope to a brighter future.”

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Aaron Graham

Lead Pastor, The District Church 

"I believe healthy churches are known by their active engagement in the community; that mature disciples of Jesus are known by their sacrificial service; and that healthy cities are known by the unity among churches working together to alleviate poverty and suffering. Not for our own glory, but for God's."


Emily Bloomfield

Senior Fellow at When We All Vote.
Co-founder and board member of Monument Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

"I love and believe deeply in the mission of engaging churches to care for all of God's family and to actively support DC's children and caregivers through challenging circumstances."

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Rev. Donald L. Isaac Sr.

 Pastor, SE Tabernacle Baptist Church
University of the District of Columbia

"I am answering DC127's call to connect people of faith with families in the District."

DC127 Church Partners

Since our founding, DC127’s goal has been to see the church fully committed to and engaged in caring for children and families whose lives have been impacted by the foster care system in Washington, D.C. Partnering with churches is strategic: Communities of support that seek to love and serve one another already exist within congregations and the church is called to “care for orphans and widows in their distress.” The church is uniquely positioned to make sustainable change in the lives of children and families in our city. DC127 provides outreach volunteer opportunities through the Communities for Families and Foster Care Support programs. We also recruit and support new foster parents who welcome a youth into their homes. Volunteers work within their own congregations and across churches to unify the body of Christ in the greater D.C. metro area. Click on the location to see where our church advocates are from.