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Joel Dillon

Joel Dillon, President and CEO

Joel is responsible for the overall operations of Jill’s House, including fundraising and building an outstanding customer experience. Joel’s experience caring for “at risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago, IL), living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany, and raising money for Trinity International University (Bannockburn, IL) has equipped him well to serve at Jill’s House.

Joel is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton College (IL), where he studied German. He is working toward an MA in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Joel enjoys anything outdoors, especially golfing and running. But even those do not compare to the value he places on time spent with his family. He and his wife Hannah are raising two young children, Lucy (4) and Jonah (2).

Mary O. Leidy, MSW, Intern Director and Family Support

Mary came to her position at Jill’s House with over 25 years of experience in the field of Social Work. She is managing the programs and services offered for children and their parents through Jill’s House, including staff, contract employees and consultants. Her vast expertise in child and family services covers a wide population in need to include foster care and adoption, public- and private-sector mental health and family services, school guidance counseling, and medical social work through Capital Hospice of Northern Virginia. Mary managed a non-profit child placing agency in Virginia for eight years and opened a short-term (90 day) diagnostic residential facility for children ages 6-12. Her passion is to advocate for children and families in need to ensure that the quality of life of each individual is reaching its full potential.

Denise Daffron, Vice President of Advancement

Denise’s 20 years of marketing and fundraising experience in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors uniquely equips her to lead the Jill’s House marketing, communications, and fundraising team. Denise moved to the nonprofit world after an overwhelmingly successful career in marketing for national and international brands including Snapple, Chick-Fil-A, and Procter & Gamble, among others. As Senior Director of Corporate Relations at the American Heart Association (Greater Washington Region), Events Director with The American Red Cross (National Capital Region), and as a corporate development official with Special Olympics, she was responsible for building strong resourcing for high-profile organizations. She now lives out her passion for helping others as a key leader on the Jill’s House team.

Melanie Davis, LPC, Chief Administrative Officer

Melanie has a Master’s degree in counseling and has worked with children and families in crisis for the past 10 years. Through her work in foster care and through outpatient mental health/behavioral counseling, Melanie has had the opportunity to provide leadership, develop programs, and provide direct care to people in need. She has learned the importance of working with the family system as a whole to help guide them through challenging phases of life.

Dana Hecht, Director of Family Relations

Dana, a former litigator, has been an active community and volunteer leader for many years. As Director of Family Relations for Jill’s House, she works with neighborhood associations, local corporations, public schools, police departments, townships, and city/county officials to ensure good communications and relationships are maintained for Jill’s House. Dana and her husband, Herb, live in Vienna and are the parents of four children (elementary through college age).

Tranitra Joyner, Weekend Supervisor

Tranitra joined Jill’s House in October of 2010 as a Childcare Specialist and became the Weekend Supervisor in May 2011. She has an extensive background working with children with special needs in various capacities with the Navy and Marine’s Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program, Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services, and Fairfax Counties Public Schools Before/After Care SACC Program. Tranitra feels very blessed to be able to work with children with special needs and their families at Jill’s House.

Jessica Oakley, Family Relations Coordinator

Jessica joined the Jill’s House team in August 2010 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her passion for serving children with special needs evolved throughout college when she served with Young Life Capernaum (a ministry for children and young adults with disabilities) and Special Olympics. She is thrilled to be a part of our team and continues to be a vital part of our organization as she works to serve the families of Jill’s House, both by working with families upon intake and hands-on with the children.

Andrea Perdomo, Weekday Program Supervisor

Andrea started her Jill’s House career as a childcare specialist. She is from Maryland and is pursuing a degree in International Relations through the American Military University as well as a minor in Arabic. Have studied for two years at Liberty University, she was actively involved in the Student Leadership program. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Andrea has been a faithful translator for a fast-growing bilingual congregation in Germantown, Maryland (Centro Cristiano Internacional). Andrea has a deep passion for working with children with disabilities and draws from her own personal experience with her younger brother who has an intellectual disability.

Megan Reynolds, Web Development

Megan helped launch the Jill’s House website in 2010 and served as the webmaster, developing Jill’s House online Facebook community along the way. A senior at Harvard University, Megan first became connected with Jill’s House when she was growing up and was a part of the McLean Bible Church family. Because Megan has a cousin who was born deaf, her life experiences have fostered a passion for helping children with special needs.

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