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Our Team

We are blessed with a staff dedicated to serving Jesus Christ, helping families receive rest and providing children with intellectual disabilities a safe, loving place to stay overnight.

Joel DillonPresident and CEO
Joel serves as President & CEO at Jill’s House, a role he has played since early 2015. Prior to his service at Jill’s House, he served “at risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago, IL), lived alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in a L’Arche community in Germany, and helped advance the mission of Trinity International University (Bannockburn, IL) as a member of the Advancement team.

Joel is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton College (IL), where he studied German. He enjoys pretty much anything outdoors, particularly golfing and running. He and his wife Hannah live in Northern Virginia, where they are raising two children, Lucy and Jonah.

Melanie DavisChief Administrative Officer
Melanie is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Jill’s House programs and has been a part of the Jill’s House team since 2010. Her love for working with children and families combined with advocating for their needs is what brought her to Jill’s House.

Melanie is a graduate of Virginia Tech, has a master’s degree in Counseling, and is a licensed professional counselor. She enjoys the outdoors, being active, and showing her young children the simple things in life. She and her husband Jimmy live in Ashburn with their two children.

Dana HechtVice President of Family Support
As the Vice-President of Family Support Services at Jill’s House, Dana and her team create opportunities for families to connect with each other outside of respite. Believing that all people are created to thrive within community, Dana and her team host dinners, support groups, seminars, book clubs and small group Bible studies for people of all faith so that families can connect and share the unique joys and challenges of loving a child with special needs. As a former litigator, Dana uses her legal background to assist families navigating the complicated maze of benefits and services available through both public and private resources. She has been with Jill’s House since it’s very beginning and is honored to serve and advocate for families raising children with special needs.

Dana is a graduate of James Madison University and the William and Mary School of Law. She and her husband Herb live in Vienna. They have 4 children, two of whom are adults, one son at the United States Military Academy and one son at home attending James Madison High School.

Elizabeth HaVice President of Advancement
Liz leads a team of dedicated development, marketing, and communications professionals who strive to draw Jill’s House supporters more deeply into the ministry of respite care. She and the Advancement team are responsible for raising all of the funding that makes the work of Jill’s House possible. Prior to joining Jill’s House, Liz worked at several non-profit organizations in fund development roles, including PBS Chicago, King’s College, and the China Institute.

Liz is a graduate of Northwestern University, and loves all things Chicago. She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, three children, and their dog Jack.

Andy KrispinDirector of Communications
Andy leads communication and marketing efforts for Jill’s House. He joined the team in August 2015 after serving for 4 years on staff at Trinity International University (Bannockburn, IL), where he also studied Communications (BA, 2011). Andy loves all things Chicago just a little bit more than Liz Ha, and when asked to describe how much Chicago Cubs World Series merchandise he owns, Andy simply said, “all the merchandise.” Andy lives in Alexandria with his wife, Brynne, and their son.
Kjersten WhitingOperations Director
Kjersten is the Jill’s House Operations Director and has been with us since 2013. Along with her team, she oversees the Human Resources, Building & Grounds, and Billing operations at Jill’s House. Originally from New York and a graduate of Grove City College, Kjersten currently lives in McLean, VA.
Amy HatawayProgram Director
Amy oversees direct care at Jill’s House including program development, staffing, and quality of care. Prior to Jill’s House, Amy earned a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Virginia, worked with women, families, and students on a wide range of personal and career issues, and taught undergraduate courses in psychology and personal development. Amy lives in Reston, VA with her husband Scott and their four children. She loves to read and travel, and recently spent a week as a real-life castaway on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean.
Mary Rachel RobbinsVolunteer and Internship Program Manager
Mary Rachel manages both the volunteer and summer internship programs at Jill’s House Tysons. She was hired in 2012 as an intern through the Capital Fellows Program at McLean Presbyterian Church. Mary Rachel began her work at Jill’s House as a Client Care Specialist and eventually transitioned into her current role of overseeing the volunteers and interns. She is passionate about running, hiking, and rock climbing and enjoys exploring in the D.C. area.
Kayla SlagterDonor Relations Manager
Kayla loves working with a community of donors who are passionate about changing the face of disability ministry in America. She leads the strategic engagement of current donors through online giving, donor communications, and gift processing. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys traveling for experiences like getting chased by baboons, climbing through waterfalls, and paddle boarding through schools of jelly fish.
Jo Anne CopperAdvancement Coordinator
Jo Anne is responsible for coordinating posts for our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She has her Bachelors in Science from Hollins University and is currently working on her Masters, in the MALS program, from Hollins as well.
Kerry LooperIntake Manager
Kerry began working at Jill’s House in December 2015 and has truly loved being a part of the Jill’s House family. In her role, she gets to walk through the intake process with new clients, assist with scheduling respite, and maintain support-plans and paperwork for current attendees. She has enjoyed getting to know the families that we provide respite for and exploring the DC area with her husband. Kerry and her husband enjoy participating in activities with their church, taking their dogs hiking, and finding fun places to eat. They are forever Texans, but are really enjoying their jobs and new friends here in northern Virginia!
Tranitra JoynerWeekend Program Manager
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.
Collita RichardsonWeekday Program Manager
Collita began her Jill’s House career as a Client Care Specialist in 2011. In her current role as Weekday Program Manager, she oversees all assigned direct care staff and volunteers for our Weekday program, and maintains communication with parents and school partnerships to ensure that our clients have an exceptional experience. Collita came to Jill’s House with 7 years’ experience working in direct care of adults and children with special needs in residential and educational settings and continues to enjoy serving the families and staff of Jill’s House. Collita is currently pursuing her degree in Education/Liberal Arts at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD.
Stefani MuellerDirector of National Programs
Stefani Mueller oversees our program supervisors who are helping to bring rest and rejuvenation to families across the United States. Her role with Jill’s House includes starting up new camp locations, managing our current locations, and everything in between. Stefani enjoys spending time with her family, drinking lots of coffee, finding the best deals shopping, and killing calories while exercising. She lives in Manahawkin, New Jersey with her husband Nick, their first child, and their dog Mokka.
Elizabeth AndrewsManager of National Programs
The most important thing you need to know about Elizabeth is that she is from Tennessee – her words. Elizabeth graduated with her degree in Special Education from Tennessee Tech University (unleash your awesomeness). She currently works as the Manager of National Programs where she oversees Jill’s House Blue Ridge and helps families nationally. Elizabeth is about all things camp!