Leadership

David Daniels
CEO and President
As CEO and President, David Daniels leads the Foundation’s philanthropic investments in programs and services that align with its mission, while increasing internal organizational effectiveness in the areas of strategic planning, finance and administration.

Before joining the Foundation in 2012, Daniels was Principal at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland, and School Administrator at Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Liberty Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from Franklin University and a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.
Clara Northington
Vice President, Human Resources
As Vice President, Human Resources, Clara Northington leads all Foundation efforts in attracting, hiring and retaining an engaged and effective workforce through services, programs and communications that drive a healthy culture, support employee development and reinforce the organization’s mission, vision, values and overall brand.

Before joining the Foundation in 2011, Northington was Director of Human Resources for GP Strategies Corporation. She was also a home-school teacher for her two children — developing and tailoring curriculum from early childhood through elementary grade levels. Northington completed studies for the Master of Science in Human Resources Development (ABT) at University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University Bloomington. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Noel Bravo
Senior Director, Strategic Research and Partnerships
As Senior Director, Strategic Research and Partnerships, Noel Bravo supports the development of organizational-level strategies, primarily through researching, writing and serving as a strategic thought partner to internal and external stakeholders.

Before joining the Foundation in 2012, Bravo served in the Obama Administration as Director of Performance Management for the U.S. Department of Education, leading performance reviews of all divisions in the Department and analyzing grant programs to align them with key policy priorities. Prior to that, he was Deputy/Interim Chief Financial Officer for DC Public Schools, leader of the Policy Matters project at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Senior Advisor for Budget and Finance for D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and a Senior Consultant at KPMG. Bravo holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Mae Cheung
General Counsel and Senior Director, Compliance
As General Counsel and Senior Director, Compliance, Mae Cheung develops, implements and monitors Foundation policies and procedures and also provides comprehensive legal oversight and guidance to mitigate risk and ensure the integrity of all Foundation activities.

Before joining the Foundation in 2018, she was Senior Director, General Counsel for The Optical Society in the District of Columbia for more than six years. There, she served as a one-person legal department for a global scientific professional society and managed all legal and regulatory affairs. Cheung holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts, Program of Liberal Studies, both from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.
Rebecca Cisek, EdD
Senior Director, Talent and Organizational Development
As Senior Director, Talent and Organizational Development, Rebecca Cisek, EdD, oversees the health and development of the overall work culture and provides one-on-one coaching to leaders and staff to further enhance team and individual growth.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, she worked in field leadership roles in human resources, training and development for Target Corporation, and before that worked as a sports medicine clinician and educator for eight years, culminating in a Director of Sports Medicine position at the University of San Francisco. Cisek holds a Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Education from University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from West Virginia University.
Angela Deeds
Senior Director, Finance
As Senior Director, Finance, Angela Deeds manages the Foundation's financial policies, oversees internal and external financial reporting and analysis, safeguards company assets and leads the annual budgeting process.

Before joining the Foundation in 2015, she was Senior Financial Advisor for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Chief Financial Officer and Management Consultant for National Children’s Center, Inc., and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Navy Mutual Aid Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The George Washington University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Ann Egan
Senior Director, Communications
As Senior Director, Communications, Ann Egan leads the Communications team and oversees all brand and communications activities to help the Foundation accomplish its mission. Since joining the Foundation in 2015, she has developed and implemented its communications strategy and infrastructure (channels, tools, standards and protocols); raised its profile through a coordinated media relations, social media and thought leadership effort; and supported the launch and ongoing operation of all Foundation initiatives.

Previously, Egan held a variety of marketing and media relations roles over 22 years at Mercer, culminating as Principal/Global Content Development Leader for the global consulting firm. She also worked in public relations at Fleishman-Hillard and as a newspaper reporter and editor. Egan holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University.
Brenda Henry, PhD
Senior Director, Programs
As Senior Director, Programs, Brenda Henry leads and manages an array of program initiatives to support the Foundation’s mission.

Before joining the Foundation, Henry was Chief Operating Officer for the Division of Child and Family Well-Being at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, where she developed, coordinated and administered comprehensive performance improvement and capacity-building strategies. Previously, she was Director of Research for Special Projects at the Foundation Center and Senior Program Officer, Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Henry holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Health Education and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from State University of New York College at Cortland.
Sara Watson, PhD
Senior Director, Policy
As Senior Director, Policy, Sara Watson leads the creation and implementation of policy advocacy initiatives — ensuring alignment with the Foundation’s mission, vision and strategy and coordination with external partners.

Before joining the Foundation, Watson was Co-founder and Global Director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International at the Council for a Strong America. Previously, she was Vice President for Partnerships at America’s Promise Alliance and Senior Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she directed Pew’s national campaign for quality pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds and also created both its home visiting campaign and its Results First initiative. She holds PhD and Master of Public Policy degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College.
Marica Cox Mitchell
Director, Early Learning
As Director, Early Learning, Marica Cox Mitchell leads the Foundation’s efforts to build quality, comprehensive early childhood services in the District of Columbia and in other communities throughout the country.

Before joining the Foundation, Cox Mitchell worked for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), where she most recently served as Deputy Executive Director, Early Learning Systems. Previously, she worked for the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education — serving as Director, School Preparedness Division and Supervisor, Professional Development Unit. She began her career as a teacher — working in various early learning settings as well as with young children birth through age 8. Cox Mitchell holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia.
Virginia Gentilcore
Director, Family Philanthropy
As Director, Family Philanthropy and Events for the Bainum Family Foundation. Virginia “Virg” Gentilcore serves as the Foundation’s primary liaison to the family members — engaging all four generations in philanthropy, managing their giving strategies and perpetuating our Founders’ legacy. She also oversees the strategy, planning, coordination and execution of Foundation meetings and special events.

Gentilcore joined the Foundation in 2009 and previously served as Director, Grants. Prior, she was Manager of Meetings and Events for Choice Hotels International and an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for other for-profit businesses in the Bainum family portfolio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University.
Ben Hilliard
Controller
As Controller, Ben Hilliard is responsible for the Foundation’s financial plans and policies, accounting practices, maintenance of fiscal records and preparation of financial reports.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Hilliard was Vice President of Finance for Diversified Site Works, Senior Accountant for Smartlink and Financial Director for Chesapeake Research Consortium. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Salisbury University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kasia Hlavaty
Director, Program Accounting Services
As Director, Program Accounting Services, Kasia Hlavaty provides consulting, training and technical assistance to the Foundation’s program staff and partners in the areas of finance basics, financial management and operations. She also oversees financial due-diligence of partner organizations as well as the financial aspects of the Foundation’s program-related investment portfolio.

Hlavaty has been with the Foundation since 2007 and, prior to her current role, she served as Controller for more than 10 years. Previously, she worked in a variety of finance-related positions for Discovery Communications, Inc. She holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics both from Warsaw School of Economics.
Katie Jones
Director, Food Security Initiative
As Director, Food Security Initiative, Katie Jones oversees the Bainum Foundation Farm and the Foundation’s multiple efforts — which include program-related investments and nonprofit partnerships — to enhance food access and quality in the District of Columbia’s Wards 7 and 8.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jones worked in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and Accenture. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Georgetown University.
Amanda Smith
Director, Operations
As Director, Operations, Amanda Smith maximizes operational efficiency for the organization — leading the creation, maintenance and analysis of systems, polices and procedures.

Smith has been with the Foundation since 2010 and previously served as Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Program Operations and Senior Manager, After-School Program. Prior, she was a high school English teacher in the DC Public School system. Smith holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Teaching from American University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is also a certified Project Management Professional and has a certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Amy Soper
Director, Seventh-day Adventist Initiative
As Director, Seventh-day Adventist Initiative, Amy Soper develops and oversees our faith-based strategy in alignment with the organization’s broader strategy, mission and vision.

Soper joined the Foundation in 2012, and prior to her current role, served as Senior Program Manager, Seventh-day Adventist Initiative. Before the Foundation, she was Vice Principal of Academics at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland, and Curriculum Coordinator at Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where she was also an English Instructor. Soper holds a Master of Education in Literacy and Learning from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Research, Assessment and Evaluation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.