Jennie Lucca, Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Lucca is a seasoned human service professional with more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She previously served as The Inn’s Chief Program and Services Officer, where she oversaw the daily management of resident services, family programs and facility operations.
Jennie’s career began in Anchorage, Alaska working for The Arc of Anchorage, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities. Since that time her focus has primarily been on developing and managing family support programs in community and health care settings. She is passionate about supporting families during times of significant stress and has been acknowledged for her compassion, dedication and strategic leadership.
Jennie has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Policy, Planning and Administration from The Catholic University of America. Contact Jennie at [email protected].
Cathy Morales, Chief Programs & Services Officer
Cathy Morales is a committed public health professional, experienced in non-profit management, stakeholder engagement, and program and project development and management. She previously served as the National Program Director for the National REACH Coalition, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of organizational and programmatic goals.
Cathy earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Boston University’s School of Public Health. Contact Cathy at [email protected].
Tammy Pinson, Chief Operating Officer
Since joining The Children’s Inn at NIH in 2005, Tammy Pinson has played an integral role in the growth of the organization. As the Chief Operating Officer, Tammy is primarily responsible for leading business operations as well as all administrative functions of the organization, including finance, human resources, and information technology.
Tammy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a minor in Spanish, from The University of Maryland in College Park, and a Masters of Science in Clinical & Community Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and served as a board member (Treasurer) for the Montgomery Country Society of Human Resources Management. Contact Tammy at [email protected].
Fern Jennifer Stone, Chief Development & Communications Officer
Fern J. Stone is a seasoned development and communications professional with over three decades of experience in fundraising, planned giving, endowment, and major gifts campaigns. Prior to joining The Children’s Inn at NIH in 2007, Fern had several leadership roles at Sibley Memorial Hospital in development and communications administration.
Fern is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. At The Inn, Fern is integral in the growth and development of the organization, overseeing all of the communications, public relations, special events, and fundraising functions. Contact fern at [email protected].
Jean Buergler, Senior Director of Finance
Jean Buergler joined The Children’s Inn staff in 1990, shortly after The Inn opened. She has led the finance department through 25 years of growth, from a budget of $500,000 to the current $8.4 million budget. Jean is responsible for finance policy compliance, financial reporting, budgeting, audit, and tax returns.
Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a minor in Accounting and Business Administration, from The University of Michigan. Prior to joining The Inn, she managed a number of accounting offices in Michigan, Florida, and Arkansas. Jean has served as Treasurer and other officer positions on the board of directors for numerous non-profit organizations. Contact Jean at [email protected].
Laura King, Senior Director of Volunteers & Community Outreach
Laura King joined The Children’s Inn more than18 years ago, beginning her journey at The Inn as a volunteer. As Senior Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach, Laura is responsible for the development and management of a cadre of 175 volunteers that help to maintain the daily operations of The Inn. She also oversees the outreach efforts in the local community to obtain in-kind donations of goods and services.
While serving on The Inn’s Leadership Team, the Volunteer Program has been awarded and recognized year after year by the President’s Corporation for National and Community Service and the Governor’s Office for the State of Maryland. Prior to joining The Inn, Laura worked as a Human Resources Manager for Marriott International Headquarters. Contact Laura at [email protected].
Rick Saunders, Senior Director of Information Systems
Rick Saunders provides leadership and strategic direction for information systems and technology for The Children’s Inn. He is responsible for the overall management of the use of IT to support the needs of staff, volunteers and residents of The Inn.
Rick has worked in the IT field for the past 27 years, first as computer technician, field engineer, network engineer, IT specialist and IT Director. Prior to The Children’s Inn, Rick was an IT administrator for the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute at NIH, and as a network engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his training in computer electronics, basic electricity and computer repair from the Temple School in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia. Contact Rick at [email protected].
Jerome C. Perry, Director of Facilities and Construction Management
Jerome Perry joined The Inn’s leadership team in 2017 with many years of facilities operations, life safety and emergency management experience at area hospitals, NRG Energy and, most recently, as a consultant.
At The Inn, Jerome is responsible for leading, planning, coordinating and managing the 70,000-squre-foot building’s facility and construction functions.
Prior to his civilian career, Jerome served for 22 years in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, retiring in 2003 as special forces engineer sergeant major. He holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and mechanical engineering from American Military University.
Board of Directors
Timothy J. Atkin, Chair
Beth Maloney, Vice Chair
Cokie Roberts, Secretary
Matt Bell, PhD, Treasurer
Robert J. Filippone, Ph.D.
Christine Grady, MSN, Ph.D.
Lee J. Helman, MD
Ryan A. Riel
Constantine Stratakis, M.D.
Daniel L. Weaver, CPA
Kelvin K. Womack
Jennie Lucca, Chief Executive Officer