• Jean-Michel Giraud,

    President/CEO Administration 202.503.2961

    Since joining Friendship Place in 2006, Jean-Michel has drawn on his 25 years of clinical experience in human services, training in psychiatric rehabilitation, expertise in recovery and a commitment to person-centered programming. This tool kit has allowed him to pioneer innovative program models that have moved DC’s entire homeless services system forward. In 2009 he was named to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness and the board of the Coalition of Housing and Homeless Organizations (2009-2013). In 2010 he received the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award for visionary nonprofit leadership.

    Jean-Michel’s focus on cost-effective, permanent and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the DC government, the Department of Veterans Affairs and homeless service advocates. He also authors a blog on Huffington Post, you can connect with here.

  • Dan Fishkin,

    VP of Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer Administration 202.503.2965

    Dan has worked in nonprofit program and financial management positions for more than 20 years at the national and local level. Dan began his nonprofit career at the American Red Cross national headquarters. He held various positions there, including Division Director for Health and Safety Services. He also was responsible for financial management and program management of a $7 million Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Disease Control for HIV/AIDS education. He worked as a Director of Finance and Administration for a national membership society and for a local community based organization before joining Friendship Place in January 2009.  Dan has a B.A. from Lynchburg College and a MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

  • Theresa Mckillop, MSW, LGSW,

    Chief Program Officer Administration 202.204.6016

    Theresa McKillop oversees program operations at Friendship Place, working alongside her colleagues to empower people who are homeless—or at risk of homelessness—to rebuild their lives, and to ultimately end homelessness in Washington, DC.

    Prior to joining Friendship Place in 2018, Theresa had accumulated nearly two decades of local- and national-level social work experience, helping her to understand the challenges surrounding homelessness from several vantage points. Most recently, she worked in the Office of Work Opportunity at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services to help lead its family rapid re-housing program, which provided housing and wrap-around services to vulnerable families. She has also held leadership positions at The National Council for Behavioral Health and The Salvation Army.

    Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science pre-law from Michigan State University and a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in the District of Columbia.

  • Janice Essien,

    Director of Human Resources Administration 202.503.2960

    Janice joined the Friendship Team in 2014. She has over 8 years of human resources experience in the areas of benefits management, compliance, employee relations and engagement, performance management, developing policies and procedures, and acquisition due diligence activities. Prior to joining the Friendship Place team, Janice held positions with a number of businesses in Maryland, the Washington, DC metro area, and Nigeria. In 2009 Janice spent almost 2 years as an expatriate staff in Nigeria for Olam International, a leading agricultural supply chain company based out of Singapore. While there, Janice gained significant experience managing expatriate benefits, union based employee relations, developing international policies and procedures and performance improvement and management. Janice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Morgan State University and her Masters of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Towson University. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR and SHRM-CP) and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA).

    In addition to her role as Director of Human Resources, Janice serves as Friendship Place’s Compliance Officer and ADA Liaison.

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