MEET OUR TEAM
Glenda Fu | Executive Director
Glenda took over as the Executive Director of Dreams for Kids DC in September 2011. Over the past two years, she has developed new corporate partnerships, engaged hundreds of new volunteers and created hope and memories for thousands of at-risk youth in the DC-metro area. Besides helping to plan new events and involving more children in DFK’s programs, she is excited to meet and hear the stories and dreams of every single child. Glenda has also created Elpis Experience, her own consultancy business to help local nonprofits (such as UrbanLight, Falling Whistles) fundraise. Over the last few years, she has raised over $50,000 on behalf of other nonprofits and has rarely charged a fee for her services.
Rachel Merritt | Board Chair
Rachel is the co-Chair of the Executive Board for Dreams For Kids DC. She was introduced to the organization in 2009 and volunteered at various events. In 2010, Rachel began consulting for Dreams For Kids DC, assisting with grant writing, leadership transition, board development, strategic planning and financial management. Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, Rachel received her BA at the University of South Florida, and her Joint MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from the Hornstein Program at Brandies University in 2004. Following graduation, Rachel moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning in the areas of Informal Education and Professional Development. After several years, she transitioned to the philanthropic side of non-profit work as a Program Manager for the Samberg Family Foundation. Rachel is currently a Program Analyst for Madison Government Solutions.
Andrew Horn | Founder, Honorary Board Member
Andrew Horn is the Founder and Honorary Board Chair of Dreams For Kids DC. He began operations in 2009 and stepped down from his operational role in 2011. Andrew went on to found another 501 c -3 non profit organization serving people with disabilities called AbilityList (ww.AbilityList.org) and his most recent venture Tribute (www.Tribute.co)is set to become “Hallmark for the Digital Age.”
Attie Poirier | Board Member
Attie Poirier is a Dreams for Kids DC board member and long-time volunteer since first being introduced to the organization by Founder Andrew Horn in December 2009. Originally involved in DFK DC’s legacy Holiday for Hope program, Attie has expanded her non-profit support to include public relations, event planning, fundraising and volunteering at many of DFK’s cornerstone Extreme Recess events. Professionally, Attie is a management consultant at Attain, LLC where she supports organizational strategy, business intelligence and business process improvement projects for federal clients. An innovative problem solver, she partners with her clients to evaluate their business at the intersection of people, processes and technology to help develop holistic solutions that further agency missions and achieve remarkable results. Prior to joining Attain, Attie worked in the communications department at American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in business administration and marketing.
Chloe Stewart | Board Member
Chloe joined Dreams for Kids DC in early 2016 after donating product and volunteering at the 2015 Holiday event. Aside from her passions for kids and sports, she loves being creative and bringing people together. In addition to DFKDC, Chloe is on the Advisory Board for the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Chloe is the Marketing Asset Manager for The Coca-Cola Company, implementing creative sponsorship strategy for Coke’s Sport and Entertainment Partners in the Northeast. A Georgia Tech graduate and native Atlantan, Chloe’s began her career in Special Events at Radio City Music Hall, later transitioning into sponsorship for Madison Square Garden and then making the move to DC for the Washington Redskins and finally Coca-Cola. Chloe enjoys exploring DC, traveling, going to concerts, watching football and listening to Outkast.
Christi Main | Board Member
Christi, a native Washingtonian, has been involved with Dreams for Kids DC and joined the Board of Directors in 2011. A graduate of Salisbury University, she grew up as a competitive swimmer and competitively swam through her junior year of college, earning a degree in Communications Media Studies & Marketing. Christi is the Director of Recruitment with Northwestern Mutual DC, focusing on the growth of the firm in the DC Metro area where they focus on in becoming the center of their clients’ financial lives; providing comprehensive and holistic financial planning. Not only does she support DFKDC, she also partners and fundraises with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Capital Area chapter, nominated as a Man & Woman of the Year candidate in 2013 (thank you Glenda!), currently serves on the Leadership Team for Man & Woman of the Year campaign, and is also involved in their Light the Night campaign. Her passions are not only limited to making an impact within the community, but loves sports, going to live music events, and traveling.
Kiel Chesley | Board Member
Kiel Chesley is the Director of Business Development at Cradle System, a DC-Basement information technology firm with specialization in Cyber Security. Kiel has worked in the technology space for nearly a decade, cofounding an online auction platform for nonprofits while in college and later placing focus in the consulting arena with expertise in data management, analytics, and cyber security. Kiel is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, has been a longtime volunteer with Dreams for Kids DC, and a Board Member since 2015.
Seye Iwarere | Board Member
Seye joined Dreams For Kids DC in the fall of 2015 as its first ever General Counsel, to provide legal advice and guidance. He initially expressed interest because he was made aware of Dreams For Kids DC from attending various fundraising events and happy hours. He came to admire the cause and wanted to get involved in a way that could add value. Seye recieved his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his B.A. in Economics from The University of Maryland at College Park. He received his J.D. from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law and is currently an Attorney working for The United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Tom Prather | Board Member
Tom Prather is an award-winning Director and Editor and founded The Blue Wave Media Company to pursue creative ideas and produce compelling content. Tom has created, produced, and edited national television ads, feature length films, television series, and innovative online web programming. After attending a Dreams for Kids event at The Gibson Showroom, Prather saw an opportunity to use his talents to give back by producing original video content for the organization.
Teresa Fox | Board Member
Teresa Fox was born and raised in Maryland with her two brothers, Roger and Brian. Brian, her younger brother, has Down syndrome and Teresa has always played a very active role in his life. Her mother started their family’s relationship with the Down syndrome community by attending Parents Of Down Syndrome (P.O.D.S.) events such as annual Christmas parties. In 2010, Teresa joined the Air Force as an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst and spent the first five years of her career away from her family. In 2015, she was assigned to Fort George G. Meade in Maryland and has resumed her role as the active big sister in Brian’s life. She spends much of her free time volunteering with various organizations within the special needs community, in addition to Dreams for Kids DC. She first got involved with DFKDC in 2015, shortly after arriving to her childhood home. She brings to the team a perspective of someone who understands the unique challenges caring for someone with special needs can present. She also has first-aid training, speaks two other languages, and has been frequently involved in the military’s booster clubs which are responsible for organizing morale events for military units and their families.
Madison West | Board Member
Madison served as a volunteer for several years before joining the DFKDC Board in 2017. She is the Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility and the MAXIMUS Foundation for MAXIMUS, a health and human services provider, located in Northern Virginia. Madison additionally serves on the Board of Trustees for Mooreland Hill School and as a class agent for the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. She brings to the Board experience in grant writing, corporate and nonprofit partnerships, event coordination, and corporate social responsibility best practices. Madison is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she served as captain of the varsity crew team and president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
Lia Assimakopoulos | Social Media Intern
Lia is the 2016 social media intern for DFKDC. She is a student at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and is from Bethesda, MD. She first heard about Dreams For Kids DC through her brother, William, who has participated at various DFKDC events. This sparked her interest in volunteering for the first time in 2015, later leading her to become the social media intern for the year! Lia helped gather volunteers for our DFKDC 2015 basketball clinic, where her and her Sidwell basketball team colleagues made an impact on many children that day!
Nicole Bedanova | Grants Intern
Nicole is our 2016 grants intern, who is currently a sophomore at Thomas Wootton High School. She first heard about DFKDC when her brother, Mark, was volunteering with DFKDC. She joined him at one of the clinics and had a great time getting to know the kids and encouraging them to have fun. Volunteering was a great experience and she realized that it was something that she really enjoyed doing. She wanted to be an intern for DFKDC because she believes the mission is amazing and impacts the lives of many