Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes a variety of local Casa Chirilagua supporters from the Washington, D.C. metro area. The board meets four times per year and attends one board retreat annually.

 

The Board oversees the formation and approval of the annual budget and annual development/fundraising plans; organizational financial oversight and strategic planning; hiring decisions concerning the President/Executive Director; approving major partnerships and purchases; creating and operating Board Committees.

Jim Vandehei

Board member since 2014; CEO, Axios; former President and CEO, POLITICO

Isaac Simerly

Board chair, board member since 2015; Government Service-U.S. Navy Support

Joanna Bopp

M. Ed, Development Committee chair, board member since 2015; Educational Instructional Supervisor

Andrea Duvall

JD, Board Secretary, Development Committee member, board member since 2015; Attorney, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Dawnielle Miller

President, founding board member since 2011; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Casa Chirilagua

Sergio A. Chavez

Strategic Direction Committee Chair, board member since 2015; Executive Pastor & Youth Development Specialist, Mizpa

Dan Batlle

MBA, Finance Committee member, board member since 2015; Director of Business Development, Latin America, CG/LA Infrastructure

Fernanda MontaƱo

JD, LLM, Strategic Direction Committee member, board member since 2016; Liaison to the Senate, Embassy of Mexico

Dorian Belz

Finance Committee Chair, Community Action Working Group lead, board member since 2016; Global Operations Briefer, Chief of Naval Operations Staff

Josie Ortega

Development Committee Chair, board member since 2017; Fundraising Professional

Cheryl Walters

Prayer Committee Chair, board member since 2017; accountant, PRAXIS, Inc.

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Board member since 2017; Vice President, Global Strategies for Christian Engagement, International Justice Mission

Damola Togun

Board member since 2017; Business Management Analyst, Northrup Grumman Corporation