Thomas L. Johnson, President & CEO

Coming off a tenure of seven years as Chair of the Board for Family Matters of Greater Washington, Thomas Johnson is now serving as the President and CEO of the organization, since November 2017.  Mr. Johnson is also Senior Advisor at Gorman Health Group (GHG). In this role, he offers guidance on compliance issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the funding of institutional and non-institutional healthcare. He models costs for healthcare delivery in the healthcare market and serves as expert witness on healthcare delivery and health reform.  Thomas brings GHG clients more than a decade of operational and regulatory expertise as an experienced Medicare, Medicaid, and, most recently, both federally-facilitated and state-based marketplace professional.  Thomas also spent nine years serving as President & CEO of the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) from 2004 to 2013. MHPA is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing Medicaid health plans. He represented the interests of the Medicaid health plan industry before Congress, the Executive Branch, and state governments. Thomas was actively involved with getting Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act, and led a coalition of national provider groups called the Partnership for Medicaid. During his tenure at MHPA, the organization grew in revenue by 600 percent. He also served as Founder and President of the MHPA Center for Best Practices.  Prior to his tenure with MHPA, he served as Vice President of Compliance and External Affairs for DC Chartered Health Plan, a Medicaid health plan located in DC, where he served as its lobbyist and legislative liaison with the federal and state executive and legislative branches of government. Thomas created, monitored, and implemented Chartered’s compliance program, where he enforced compliance with federal and state regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Balanced Budget Act (BBA), and contract compliance. During his tenure at Chartered, Thomas also served as Chair for two terms of the DC Association of Health Maintenance Organizations, winning the 2003 Leadership Award. His healthcare lobbying experience also includes serving as President of the DC Hospital Association, and representing the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, which serves as the DC Chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA).  Thomas has advised Medicaid health plans, small healthcare associations, as well as health technology and business processing companies. He currently serves on Board of Directors of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.  Thomas has also served on other boards in the region, including the DC Association of Health Maintenance Organizations; the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club; the DC Prisoners Legal Services Project; and the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council.  Thomas earned his BA from Tufts University and JD from Howard University Law Center.

Shiria Anderson, Chief Administrative Officer

Shiria Anderson, Chief Administrative Officer, has more than 19 years of strategic Human Resources and Organizational Management experience.  Shiria is a proven strategic partner, change agent, and human resources leader who has honed her skills working with various NGOs, governmental, and corporate entities.  Shira brings with her, extensive experience, both strategic and tactical, in organizational development, negotiation and conflict resolution, employee relations, performance management, training and development, project management, change management, risk mitigation and compliance. She believes in cultivating and sustaining a high performing, high morale work environment.  Shiria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore. Shiria is a SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRMCP), holds a PHR Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. (CSSGB).


Lisa A. EmmiSenior Director of Policy and Programs

Lisa Emmi was promoted from Family Matters’ Director of Child Welfare Services to Senior Director of Policy and Programs in November 2018.  She brings more than 17 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families in varying capacities; including direct care, clinical, supervisory, and administrative roles. Her primary areas of expertise include foster care and adoption, kinship care, trauma informed treatment, attachment and bonding, child development, and program development and administration of youth and family based initiatives.  Lisa’s leadership in the agency’s child welfare programs combines her comprehensive understanding of complex issues facing today’s youth, her passion for client centered policy and practice, and years of experience in leveraging evidenced informed practices and team strengths to produce measurable and lasting outcomes for our most vulnerable families.  A native of Detroit and long-time Washington, DC transplant, Lisa earned her Master of Social Work degree at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  She is licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.


Rashida Ellis WinslowSenior Clinical Director

Rashida Ellis Winslow has more than 15 years’ experience treating individuals with mental health issues, and has a special interest in mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, self-care practices and resolving the underlying issues that lead to maladaptive behaviors. Rashida has a history of working with high-risk and vulnerable populations both through community-based treatment as well as in outpatient and residential settings. She also has experience working with individuals with co-occurring diagnosis to include mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance misuse and addiction. Rashida’s training includes several evidence-based treatment approaches, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Multisystemic Therapy (MST). In addition to her tenure as a clinical practitioner, Rashida has held leadership positions within a large managed care organization, focusing her work on improving cross systems collaboration to advance positive outcomes for youth and adults.  Rashida is passionate about utilizing her extensive knowledge of best practices within mental health systems of care to promote the reduction of stigma associated with seeking and receiving mental health services, and is continually seeking new ways to eliminate barriers to accessing needed services. Rashida joined the team at Family Matters in 2014, working to advance the clinical services provided at the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, located in Oxon Hill, Maryland, which serves as a compassionate solutions center in the community.  Rashida is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has her Masters of Arts from Drexel University and Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, both located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

feltonFelton Magee, Jr., Strategic Advisor

Felton Magee is Family Matters of Greater Washington’s Strategic Advisor.  His role as strategic advisor is focused on new program development and vetting, business acquisitions and finance operations advisory services.  He has more than 20 years of progressive experience managing Projects and Accounting & Finance Operations: A/R, A/P, Billing, Collections, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Purchasing, General Ledger, Closing the books, managing annual financial statement audits and producing monthly financial statements.  Felton has extensive experience in strategic and tactical planning, budget preparation, management of accounting operations, policy and procedure development, IT asset management and performing as a Fiduciary Agent over Federal grant funds.  He has been successful in developing organizational strategy, facilitating organizational development and managing projects with rapid deployment, complex event sequencing, software selection, technology integration, and training. Felton is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a BS in Banking & Finance from Bowie State University, and an MBA. from Loyola University in Maryland.


Tanesha Anderson, Operations Coordinator

Tanesha Anderson serves as Operations Coordinator for the organization.  She first joined Family Matters of Greater Washington in 2017 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, and has taken an active role with many programs, including Dresses for Dreams, Seniors Night Out, Children of Promise and our Maryland Mental Health Community events. As well as overseeing the day-to-day operations, she also provides administrative support to the Board of Directors.  Prior to coming joining Family Matters, Tanesha was the Executive Assistant to the Associate Administrator and Chief Safety Office of the Federal Railroad Office of Safety.




Christopher Pugsley, Chairman

Doug DamronVice Chairman

John OberdorferSecretary

Kathryn ClayTreasurer

Dawn TaylorBoard Member

Jim EisenmannBoard Member

Miriam MarkowitzBoard Member

Del. Kris ValderramaBoard Member

Robin PrestonBoard Member

Thomas HamptonBoard Member

Walter KirklandBoard Member

Thomas L. Johnson, President



Robert Levey

Sheila S. Lanahan

Wesley Williams, Jr.