Dedicated Professionals

The Father McKenna Center has a lead staff team of dedicated professionals. Each member of our team has a deep commitment to our guests and our community, and considers their work an act of prayer and service. While each person has a defined area of responsibility, we are a highly collaborative, cross-functional team, helping out wherever necessary to ensure the Center functions well.

Our team is supplemented by dozens of regular volunteers – many of them giving multiple hours of their time every week – and hundreds of visiting volunteers over the course of the year. We could not operate without them, and are grateful for their generosity.

I consider it a great privilege to follow Dr. Kim Cox as the Executive Director of The Father McKenna Center.  Her visionary leadership has placed the Center on firm footing as we fulfill the legacy and carry on the important work of Father McKenna.

Dan Kerns

Executive Director

Executive Director Dan Kerns comes to The Father McKenna Center following a long tenure as a leader in Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Washington, most notably as the Head of School at Georgetown Visitation for 33 years before retiring from that position in 2019.

A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Dan has a JD from the Scalia School of Law, George Mason University.  While at Visitation, he spearheaded an increase in enrollment and innovative programming.  In 2018, under his leadership, the school successfully completed its largest capital campaign to date and secured funds for new construction and financial assistance to build the school’s endowment.

Following retirement, Dan was active in a number of non-profit boards and served as the Service Engagement Director for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, which has placed several service corps members at the Center, and as Coordinator of the North American Salesian Network.  A longtime volunteer at The Father McKenna Center, Dan and his wife Alice are also proud that each of their children (Gonzaga College High School grads Matt ’15, and Danny ’18; Tom, St. John’s College High School ’19; and Katie, Visitation ’22) have also logged service hours at the Center.

Meet the Team

Michael Broughton

Case Manager

After a year of service as part of the Franciscan Mission Service, Michael was offered a full-time position on The Father McKenna Center team. He is working alongside Cortez McDaniel to better serve the men who seek guidance and support of the Case Managers here at the Center. Part of Michael’s work is the Center’s new initiative the McKenna Academy that provides intensive support to men seeking housing or employment.

Michael recently finished a Master of Social Work program through The University of Southern California and received his MSW degree in May 2022. He is a 2019 graduate of St. Bonaventure University (Olean, NY). Michael’s family is originally from Westchester, NY and they now reside in Rochester. “The Father McKenna Center has provided me with an incredible experience of serving and empowering others. I cherish the opportunity to carry out the lifelong mission of Fr. Horace McKenna alongside our amazing team.

David Bukowski

Full-Time Volunteer

David began serving at The Father McKenna Center in August 2022 and will be spending a year in service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is originally from Huntingdon, PA and graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an A.B. in Russian and East European Studies.

After this year of service, he hopes to work as a transportation engineer, an urban planner, or a social worker. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and practicing the harpsichord, organ, and piano. “I am thrilled to be a member of the McKenna team. This community exudes such kindness, care, and solidarity in the spirit of Father McKenna.``

Russell Byrd

Kitchen Manager

Russell joined the Father McKenna Center team in 2017. He is a former guest at the Center, having struggled with addiction and homelessness. Born in Louisville, KY, Russell came to DC and worked for DC Government. Russell credits the Clean and Sober program and The Father McKenna Center for helping him reclaim his life over the past five years. Russell loves to cook and when the Kitchen Manager position at the Father McKenna Center became available he applied because he wants to give back, and help others who now walk the path he has walked. Russell comes to work early each morning because he finds peace here at the Center. “The McKenna Center is filled with loving people,’ he says. “I’ve never worked in an environment like this where my Christian values are supported. I am uplifted when one of the guests graduates from our Program and moves to a better life.”

Arianna Cicchinelli

Director of Operations

Arianna joined the Father McKenna Center as the Director of Operation in March 2022. In this role, she is responsible for bookkeeping, IT, human resources, and facilities management in addition to acting as a liaison to many of the Center’s outside vendors. Prior to joining the Center, Arianna served on the Operations team for Miriam’s Kitchen and the National Governors Association, in addition to managing restaurants and rental properties.

Arianna holds a Project Management Professional certificate, a Master of Public Administration from American University School of Public Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Florida. She is thrilled to join the Father McKenna Center to support a mission that is so close to her heart in a community that she has called home since 2013.

Liz Daley

Director of Development

Liz Daley joined The Father McKenna Center in January of 2022. As a fundraising and communication professional with more than 25 years of experience, Liz has worked for a variety of nonprofits including Bikes for the World and Conservation International.

As an experienced Director of Development, she has extensive experience in building systems and processes that allow small nonprofits to function efficiently and collaboratively. As a mission-driven professional and resident of Ward 6, Liz is thrilled to join the McKenna Team and support people in the neighborhood.

Liz also does pro bono fundraising work for Title One public schools in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Cincinnati in Communication. Liz and her husband reside on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and have three sons.

Jhonny Daza

Janitor

Jhonny came to the Father McKenna Center as one of our guests and was a member of the 2016-17 Hypothermia / Transition Program community. Originally from Bolivia, Jhonny came to the US with a job in 2003. When that job ended, despite a degree in Economics from San Francisco Xavier University, Jhonny could not find work and became homeless. During the Hypothermia / Transition Program he distinguished himself as a hard worker and someone who paid attention to the details of keeping the Center clean and welcoming for others. He was hired as the Janitor in April 2017 and has done a super job of keeping the Center neat and clean. He has a special way with volunteers, getting them to work with him to sweep, mop, collect trash and some of the many little tasks that make up the work of the Janitor at the Father McKenna Center. “The environment at the Center is wonderfully supportive. I find a lot of kindness here, among the staff, volunteers and always for the men we serve.”

Emily Dold

Volunteer and Food Pantry Manager

Emily began as the Volunteer & Food Pantry Manager at the Center in September 2021. After receiving her B.A. in Psychological Sciences from William & Mary, she decided to take on a year of service with Franciscan Mission Service. Through this volunteer organization, she was placed at the Center in August 2020. During her service year, she worked in many areas of the Center, from washing dishes to coordinating volunteers. “I am really grateful to be a part of a team focused on helping people move forward. This Center is a special place. You can see the legacy of care in our community; our patrons, guests, students, volunteers … everyone collaborates in the mission.”

Fr. Harry Geib, SJ

Jesuit Liaison

Fr. Harry Geib, SJ was born in Philadelphia, PA and attended St. Joseph’s University where he majored in biology and sociology. He pursued graduate studies in sociology and gerontology at Duke University. He joined the Jesuits in 1981.

During Jesuit formation he taught science at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Thailand (with refugees from Cambodia). Following his time in Thailand, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and was ordained in 1992. He then continued his time with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malaysia (with refugees from Vietnam) and Uganda (with refugees from Sudan).

On his return to the US, he pursued a Master’s in Social Work from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He has served as the Health Care Coordinator for the Maryland Province Jesuits and was Director of Manresa Hall (a Jesuit health care center). He then served in Campus Ministry and as a member of the Residence Life staff at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Fr. Geib served as Jesuit superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore and is currently the Jesuit superior of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Jesuit Community in Washington, D.C., and assists with vocation promotion for the Jesuits.

James Jones

Shower Monitor

A DC native, and proud to be one, James Jones is a story of the power of the Center to change lives. James spent 16 ½ years in prison, and when he was released, he was required to establish residency in the District. He had no place to go, but someone suggested that he visit The Father McKenna Center. Cortez McDaniel invited him into the Hypothermia / Transition Program in January 2020. When COVID shut many things down, James remained at the Center, working on projects around the Center. He was offered a job in June at a local apartment complex as part of their janitorial team. He saw it as a good opportunity to rebuild a life, so he took that offer. But he found that many of those with whom he worked took advantage of his willingness to work hard. In September 2020 Cortez called James with a job offer that offered better salary and shorter hours. “I like working here because the team helps me stay focused and I like helping others who come to the Center in need.”

Cortez McDaniel

Director of Services

Cortez has provided leadership for direct services to men struggling with homelessness for the past thirteen years. He was trained as an addictions counselor at Second Genesis and has written a manual on Recidivism Prevention. His street sense and commitment to the men makes him the right choice to lead the program here. Much of his credibility comes from life experience. He has successfully reclaimed his life and dedicated himself to helping others who struggle with homelessness. Cortez is a co-founder of the DC Homecomers Academy, an organization that serves men recently released from prison, and is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team, a group that works with youth and adults to offer non-violent approaches to ending confrontational situations in society. He currently serves on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. Cortez is delighted to work at the Center. “It is a chance for my ministry and work to intersect. I get to serve God every day when I am at the Center.”

Christina Shifflette

Transportation Coordinator

Christina joined the Father McKenna Center in May 2022. She was born at Columbia Hospital for Women and grew up in both the District of Columbia and Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the latter parts of her teenage years.

Christina has spent the last 20 years working as a transportation coordinator, house manager, and even sometimes as a cook at Regional Addiction Prevention of Washington D.C. while pursuing her CAC certification.

She has been the perfect partner in assisting and supporting her husband Cortez McDaniel in his vision at the Father McKenna Center. Christina has dedicated her life to service and is delighted to join the team at the Center.

Leila Wynnyckyj

Development Associate

Leila Wynnyckyj joined The Father McKenna Center in May of 2022. She is grateful to join the team after volunteering for several months prior with Little Friends for Peace. Leila has many years of experience interning/working for a variety of nonprofits both in the DC and Pittsburgh regions specifically focusing on development.

As a recent graduate from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Leila is eager to begin her professional career in the nonprofit sector. She is thrilled to support a mission that focuses on giving individuals the tools to help themselves and advocate for the eradication of poverty, a mission Leila is very passionate about.

Christopher Zaragoza

Bilingual Case Manager, Part-time

Christopher served at The Father McKenna Center from 2021-2022 as a full-time volunteer through Franciscan Mission Service. During his time at the Center, he held multiple positions such as Case Management Assistant, Clothing Closet Coordinator, and assisted with the Food Pantry program. He is originally from the Chicago area and obtained his B.A in Psychology from Loras College.

Christopher began his new role as a part-time Bilingual Case Manager in September 2022. He is also a full-time graduate student at The Catholic University of America working for his master’s in social work. “I am excited to be back and continue to work with the men who are part of our day program with any challenges they might have and assist them in achieving their own personal goals following in the footsteps of Father McKenna.``