Strong Leadership and Compassionate Values

Northwest Neighbors Village is a volunteer-based, community-first non-profit.

Our Team
Stephanie Chong, LICSW
Executive Director

For years Stephanie was attracted to the grassroots Village model for its effectiveness in championing positive aging and fostering a community that values older adults. In 2016, she jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the growing Village movement. Stephanie found a natural fit between the Villages’ culture of empowerment and her professional commitment to improve the aging experience. Stephanie has been working in the field of aging for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience that began with work as a certified home health aide. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Stockton University and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Having dedicated her career to aging services in the District of Columbia, Stephanie previously ran a local non-profit care management program and has worked in all areas of senior living.

Stephanie Chong, LICSW
Executive Director
Heather Hill, LICSW
Volunteer and Member Services Coordinator

Heather Hill is a licensed social worker by training and has been the Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator at NNV since 2019. Heather previously worked as a Money Management Program social worker at Iona Senior Services where she helped older adults with memory loss with their finances, and as a clinical social worker at the National Institutes of Health. Heather has a Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Master's in Social Work from Catholic University. Heather's partner, Carey Smith, has been providing weekly solo jazz guitar concerts via Zoom during the pandemic. Heather brings experience and empathy to her role here at NNV.

Heather Hill, LICSW
Volunteer and Member Services Coordinator
Leslie Pace
Communications Coordinator

Leslie Pace joined the NNV office in 2019. She has a varied background including librarianship, information management, web design, and retail sales. As a native of Northwest DC, she has been delighted to come back into contact with NNV members whose children she knew in school. Leslie has a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management from the University of New South Wales.

Leslie Pace
Communications Coordinator
Barbara Scott, LICSW
Village Social Worker

Barbara Scott grew up in rural Appalachia and received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. She earned her MSW from Howard University with a concentration in geriatrics. Barbara has been greatly influenced by her rural upbringing and has focused her social work on at-risk populations such as marginalized groups in rural populations and the elderly. Professionally, she has worked with older adults at a DC homeless shelter, a nursing facility, and a lead agency for seniors in Ward 7. Since 2017, Barbara has worked as a case manager for Northwest Neighbors Village, as well as several other Villages in DC. In her current role, Barbara shares her knowledge, empathy, and compassion to work with members who need more help than the scope of volunteer services can provide. She visits members in their homes, assesses their needs, and identifies resources to help members remain safe and engaged in the community. Barbara also visits members in the hospital and helps to navigate discharge planning.

Barbara Scott, LICSW
Village Social Worker
Mustafa Bahar
Programming Coordinator

Originally from Turkey, Mustafa Bahar first began volunteering for NNV in 2019 shortly after moving to Washington, DC with his wife. He has extensive and varied experience organizing events and activities for community organizations, especially those that promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue. In addition to his work for NNV, he offers social media marketing and home IT services through his company, Baharson Consulting.

Mustafa Bahar
Programming Coordinator
Board Officers
Morgan Gopnik
President
Sam Smith
Vice President and Treasurer
Merilee Janssen
Secretary
Board Members
Richard Avidon
Jessica Berenson
Shanti Conly
Judith Fien-Helfman
Monica Knorr
Lenore Lucey
Gene Sofer
Jan Solomon
Ann Van Dusen
Karen Zuckerstein
Emeritus Board Members
Frances Mahncke
Janean Mann
Robert Parker
Stewart Reuter
Jo Ann Tanner