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Executive Director

Dr. E.M. Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery started her career in academic and research and brings almost 20 years of executive leadership experience, specializing in strategic planning and operations, organizational transformation and portfolio development. She holds a BA in Psychology from Rollins College, where she was a Martin Luther King Jr Scholar and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis - focused on developmental Neurosciences/ Neuropsychology - where she was a Chancellor Fellow. As a postdoctoral fellow, she was awarded an NIH National Research Service Award. During her corporate years, Dr. Montgomery also acquired a Masters in Organizational Leadership Capability from Huddersfield University, UK.

Dr. Montgomery’s experience will be valuable during this transformational moment, as the Center focuses on realizing blended programming (virtual and in-person), expansion of its academic, health and social programming, and implementation of the first Resilience Hub in Ward 7. She will oversee all management, funding strategies and operations at the Center.

Lanette Bradford Preston
Office & Logistics Manager

Lanette Bradford Preston

Ms. Lannette Bradford Preston, Director of Operations: Ms. Preston brings nearly 20 years of professional experience in education, workforce development, non-profits, and youth programming. She oversees the FCEC operations related to program design, strategy, & implementation, partner management, resilience hub, and personnel recruitment. Ms. Preston works to create an inviting, stimulating, safe, and nurturing learning environment for school-age children, supporting their growth and development during out-of-school times. She secures and supervises staff, facilitators, and interns. Additionally, she oversees the design of partner-led original programming, which includes the monitoring of budgets and tracking of spending for all programming. As a native DC resident, she has an in-depth understanding of the landscape of DCPS and under-resourced communities. Her passion lies in uplifting the community by addressing root causes and providing enriching opportunities to enable personal success.
Youth Program Support

Tyrek Powell

Tyrek Powell is one of our after-school program facilitators dedicated to providing enrichment to students Monday through Friday. As a graduate of Norfolk State University with a bachelor's in sociology/criminal justice, he is passionate about providing safe spaces for our youth and the community.
Social Media

Laniya Norville

I'm Laniya Norville, I'm a youth counselor after school Monday through Friday. I was born in DC and as a child, I was involved in many programs much like ours. I'm honored to pour into the development of young minds. My goal is to provide structure and new experiences to the youth in a comfortable familiar environment.
Tech and media support


Bashir is an audio/ visual professional with over 20 collective years of experience. Bashir has supported and managed several large and small event managers, event coordinators, and many other event technology customers to bring their visions to life. Previously, Bashir worked as a recording and mix engineer and did audio-visual installations for several organizations. Now currently working with the FCEC with audio-visual and other technical programs and network solutions.

Anthony L. Wash

Board Member

Anthony L. Wash “Tony”, Chair, is a proud 3rd generation Washingtonian, whose life’s story is a testament to the power of when talent, creative intellect and passion met. In the early 90’s Tony started a two-person business that has grown in the past twenty-five years into an enterprise of thirty-five employees. About six-years ago Tony was motivated to expanded his reach and influence as a developer/general contractor after watching the city change but leaving the people of the communities behind. Next to his business successes, Tony, remains firmly embedded and committed to the community that nurtured and supported him through his growth as a business and community leader. Some of his most noteworthy community contributions and projects include sponsoring 40 seniors to President’s Obama’s inaugural brunch; development of the award winning 70-Unit mix-use 100% affordable building at 4800 NHB Ave NE, Founder/Chair of the Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center
located in the Deanwood neighborhood focused on health and education programs; volunteering as the “Leadership Coach’ at Wilson and Dunbar HS; support of
youth organizations and athletics in DC and bringing holiday cheer to those in public housing through gifts and monetary contributions; furthermore, he was the first and is a premier sponsor of DC’s classic Goodman League Basketball Tournament.
Interim Chair

Warner H. Session

Board Member

Warner H. Session, Treasurer, is the founder of the Session Law Firm, which offers its clients legal, government relations, and business consulting services in such matters as corporate transactions, government procurement, small business development, regulatory compliance and real estate. Mr. Session is former Counsel to the House Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee where he handled aviation, procurement and telecommunications issues. He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD), and is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Session is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and Co-Chair of the Business Administration Committee and serves on the Dulles Corridor, Executive and Governance, Finance, Nominations, and Strategic Development Committees.

Thomas Penny III

Board Member

Thomas Penny III, Member, is President of Donohoe Hospitality Services LLC (DHS). As the senior leader of Donohoe Hospitality, Thomas guides the operation of a portfolio of 11 business class hotels, which are affiliated with the Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group. Thomas’ leadership responsibilities for DHS include strategic planning, overall operational direction, development and acquisition of properties, and long-term financial and capital planning. Thomas joined The Donohoe Companies in 1996 and he has shared a successful 21+ year career with the company in both a developmental and hands-on operational capacity. During his nine year tenure as General Manager, the property achieved the 2nd highest RevPAR of any Marriott brand in the city for four consecutive years (Ritz Carlton excluded). Additionally, the hotel maintained the highest guest satisfaction score of any Courtyard in the city two of the last three years. Prior to his role as CMCC General Manager, Thomas served as Assistant General Manager at DHS’ Holiday Inn Capitol where he shared responsibility for 250 employees and $40 million in annual operating revenues.

David Wilmont

Board Member

David Wimont, Member, is an attorney, businessman, lobbyist and activist. He’s an expert in local government, corporate and commercial real estate development, and promotion of minority and small businesses. He came to New York at 17 from St. Martin. He joined the military, choosing the United States Air Force for the educational benefits. David went through the Air Force’s Bootstrap program and graduated from the University of Arkansas. David didn’t experience segregation until moving to
Arkansas. While there, however, he became one of the first African American’s to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock as an undergrad, and to be hired in a major administrative position in the city of Little Rock. Another highlight of his time spent in Arkansas came when, at a social event, he unexpectedly met legendary civil rights leaders that influenced his decision to go on to law school. He continued civil rights activism while at Georgetown Law School and continues it today in Our Town’s
community. David Wilmot has been the Dean of Georgetown Law School and General Counsel for the Washington Convention Center, among other things. Take a listen and learn more about one of Our Town’s well-known influencers.

Pastor Donald L. Isaac

Board Member

Pastor Donald L. Isaac, Sr., Member, Rev. Isaac is currently the Pastor of the S.E. Tabernacle Baptist Church (SETBC).) Rev. Isaac was called, licensed and ordained at SETBC which was founded by his great grandfather 90 years ago and where his uncle Rev. W.W. Flood served as Pastor for over 50 years. We For the past 20+ years Rev. Isaac has served as the Co-founder and Senior Advisor at the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership, Inc (ERCPCP) a community based effort that is designed to prevent violence and empower youth and their families. Rev. Isaac has been appointed by several Mayors’ serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Office for Religious Affairs, a member of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) and as Executive Director for the Corrections Information Council (CIC.) In addition he has served on numerous Boards and is currently on the Board of Jubille Housing. Rev. Isaac is a native Washingtonian, who resided in Ward 7 for more than 30 years and currently resides in Ward 6 in the house where he grew