At Carrie Simon House, we are providing transitional housing, counseling and mentoring in basic life skills.
Aderonke K. Adelekan
Addie Adelekan was most recently Director of Technology Services at AVF Consulting/Jitasa. Professionally, she has also served in various technology, operations leadership, and project management roles at Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, and Lincoln Financial. In addition to Carrie Simon House, Addie spends time volunteering in orphanages around the world. She earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University and her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Our Leadership: Board of Directors
Jamie Hanenbaum Groban
Jamie Hanenbaum Groban is a licensed clinical social worker whose mother helped found the Carrie Simon House. Mrs. Groban served as the Director of Development at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and she serves in various volunteer positions at her children’s schools, including the PTA. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Sociology and from University of Pennsylvania with a M.S.W.
Nicole Goodman is a full-time law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She currently serves as the Social Worker with Carrie Simon House. She previously served as the House Manager with Carrie Simon House, and also as Director of Alive! House, a transitional housing program for women and families in Alexandria, VA. Ms. Goodman was a member of the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in Alexandria, Virginia, where she co-authored policies and procedures for the City of Alexandria Homeless Services Assessment Center. She was also elected Vice Chair of the Interagency Workgroup, which is comprised of professionals who aim to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of homeless service provision in the city. Ms. Goodman has volunteered at Rachel’s Women’s Center and serves as a mentor with the Space of her Own program in Alexandria, VA, for girls at risk of placement in the juvenile justice system. A first-generation college graduate, Ms. Goodman earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S.W. from Howard University.
Janet Katz is the current Chair of the Carrie Simon House Committee and a former Board member for the regional B’nai Brith Youth Organization. She is an active member of Washington Hebrew Congregation where she has served in leadership roles for Mitzvah Day, the Early Childhood Center and the Religious School. For the past 20 years, she has developed educational programs and consulted on strategic leadership and management issues in the public and private sector. Early in her career, she worked in the social service sector with women and teens. Ms. Katz is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Deborah G. Astrove
Deborah G. Astrove is a Partner with the law firm, Friedlander Misler, PLLC. In addition to the Carrie Simon House, she sits on the executive committee of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Tufts University.
Cortney Weinbaum is a national security policy researcher at RAND Corporation specializing in Intelligence Community policies, practices, and technologies. She has improved analytic and collection tradecraft, identified emerging technologies, and facilitated strategic planning for intelligence and defense agencies. She has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan.
Melinda Halpert is a marketing professional with more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles at prominent nonprofits, including AARP and First Book. Her early career in advertising included account work on United Airlines and Procter & Gamble. She is also a freelance writer and consultant who serves as a senior marketing advisor to Management Leadership for Tomorrow (ml4t.org). For more than 15 years, Ms. Halpert has been a volunteer mentor with Carrie Simon House. Ms. Halpert has a B.A. in English from Skidmore College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has her MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Mia Kogan, MD
Mia Kogan is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is board-certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Recently she was awarded “Superdoctor” and “Patients' Choice.” Dr. Kogan was named in Washingtonian magazine as a "Top Doctor" and has been honored by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of "America's Top Psychiatrists." Since 2002, she has been on the Georgetown University faculty, where she teaches medical students and residents in mood disorders. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and the Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kogan recently served on the Board of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and is active with the board of Butterfly Bash that promotes education for disadvantaged youth.
Lissa Levin has Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Master of Business Administration in Finance from the American University.She worked in financial analysis and software consulting for fifteen years and is currently a principal with NextGen LED, a full-service lighting retrofit company offering managed service contracts. Lissa has served as the Treasurer for the Parents Committee of the EarlyChildhood Center Washington Hebrew Congregation for five years.
James W. Smith, III
James W. Smith is the Portfolio Manager for Artemis Real Estate Partners’ separate account with the New York State Common Retirement Fund. This separate account is focused on identifying and making real estate investments alongside emerging mangers in major markets across the U.S. Mr. Smith has 25 years of real estate industry experience. Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Smith was a Managing Director of JER Partners and served on the Management Committee. Prior to joining JER Partners, Mr. Smith was a Director at Jamestown. Mr. Smith began his career at LaSalle Partners in New York City. Mr. Smith has a B.A. in economics from Hobart College and an M.B.A. in finance from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.