Board of Directors


Hazel Broadnax, President

Hazel, a long-time resident of the Brightwood community is very active in the Emory United Methodist Church and local civic-events.Hazel, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), retired from the Federal government in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Following retirement, she worked as a consultant for KPMG to NASA and currently serves on the Goodyear VEBA as a member overseeing health coverage for retirees.  She is also a member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) Strategy team and serves on the Board of Urban Matters a development firm that is co-owned by WIN.

Dian Lammy, Treasurer

Dian, a resident of Ward 4, is a Vice-President of Capitol One Bank.  She has twenty-seven years of progressive banking experience and an extensive background in finance as well as an outstanding track record in the area of retail banking, management, and supervision of overall expense profit performance at Capital One Bank and Sun Trust.

Marcia Mendenhall, Secretary

Marcia, a life-long resident of the Brightwood community is the coordinator the Emory Transitional Housing Program, President of the United Methodist Women for Emory United Methodist Church and a very active member of the congregation. She also serves a vital role in EBOL’s mentoring programs for youth and senior citizens. Marcia who has worked in education for more than twenty years is a teacher at a private school in Brightwood.

Lillette Campbell, Director

Lillette has owned and operated Bridges Academy located in the 6100 Block of Georgia Avenue, NW for the last 25 years. She represents the Board with other businesses on the Avenue, as well as leading our business and economic team on the Board.

Joseph W. Daniels, Director

Pastor Daniels is the Senior Pastor of Emory United Methodist Church (EUMC) at 6100 Georgia Avenue where he has served for the past 20 years. He is very active in community affairs serving as one of the founders and co-chairs of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) and the board of directors of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. He also served on the advisory board of the Fannie Mae Foundation. From 2004 to 2005, he participated in the Rockefeller Fellows Program which chose only 24 persons nationwide. The depth and breath of his community contacts a wide range of resources to the EBOL. He is also a professor of Urban Studies at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Marlena Edwards, Director

Marlena is a management analyst for the Department of Health Care Finance in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the DC Democratic State Committee and the Shepherd Park Citizens Association. She is very active in organizations that promote and strengthen mental health services for families. She is a social worker and is also affiliated with the national Association of Social Workers, the United Planning Organization, and Developing Families Center.

Jonathan Alfred Green, Director

Jonathan is a senior consultant in finance for the Capital Search Consultants, LLC. He has a broad and varied background in financial management, planning, and analysis. He has served in many capacities in private and corporate firms. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in manufacturing, global sourcing, and expertise in consumer products and telecommunications. Jonathan is a part of the Lead Team of Emory UMC and is very active in church and community affairs.

 Mattie Jones, Director

Mattie is an Analyst for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation where she has managed major corporate projects for over 20 years. She lives in DC and grew up in the Brightwood neighborhood where her family still resides. Mattie runs a small events planning business in her spare time and will support the Board in a number of activities.

Jennifer E. Loud, Director

Jennifer is an attorney and a principal in the law firm of Loud & Loud located in the District of Columbia adjacent to Georgia Avenue in the Shepherd Park area. Jennifer provides pro bono work to the Beacon of Light and serves as our general counsel. Jennifer resides in Ward 4 in the Shepherd Park area. She is an active member of the Emory United Methodist Church serving in various capacities.

Belva E. Milson, Director

Belva is an accountant for the National Association of Manufacturers. She is one of the founding members of the Beacon of Light. She is very active and supportive of the transitional housing ministry. She serves in various capacities at the Emory United Methodist Church.

James Waller, Vice President

James holds a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Virginia and currently serves as Deputy Chief of School Excellence for Friendship Public Charter Schools.  James, a former Chief of Staff for US Congressman John Lewis, has a strong record of organizational design and development in the areas of youth mentoring programs and education and is particularly interested in working with organizations that will enable him to have a direct impact on youth development.  James was one of the co-founders of 100 Black Men of Washington and previously held leadership roles as National Executive Director of Everybody Wins! USA, and Senior VP, Public Policy and State Affairs with Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership.

Kamili Anderson

Kamili is a Public Affairs & Communications Specialist for the Howard University Library System. She is also the Ward 4 Representative for the DC State Board of Education (SBOE).  She serves as a member of the Community Advisory Group to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Local Redevelopment Authority (by Mayoral Appointment). She has been an active board member of the Beacon Brightwood Business Alliance since its inception.  Kamili is very active in the Brightwood Community serving on numerous committees representing the community members and an advocate for safe, vibrant and livable diverse neighborhoods. She is a published author on articles and books about education.  She has a BS degree from Howard University, magna cum laude.

Henry A. Steward, Director

Henry is a senior public affairs and communications executive with more than 15 years of experience providing counsel to Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations.  Henry is currently a vice president at Powell Tate Weber Shandwick providing strategic communications, media relations and consultations to both government and private corporations. Henry has a BA Degree from Morehouse College and is also an active member of Emory Church.