Our Team

Senior Leadership

President/Chief Executive Officer: Joseph J. Mettimano

Mr. Mettimano has more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, including leadership roles with organizations such as Global Impact, Prison Fellowship, World Vision, UNICEF USA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. With these and other organizations, he has served causes as varied as global poverty, prisoner transformation, malaria, child sex trafficking and the environment through his advocacy, communications, fundraising and marketing roles. His personal involvement with the homeless community spans over 20 years, including serving for more than 10 years as a pastor on the streets in Washington, DC, where he preaches every Wednesday night and leads a weekly outreach with food distribution and a time of fellowship. His Christian faith and ministry commitments have allowed him to serve in a variety of ministry roles during the past 25+ years. He is an ordained associate pastor and elder at The Orchard Church, in Arlington, VA. Mr. Mettimano graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication, and he received additional training at The George Washington University School of Continuing Studies.

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer: Sally Cox

Ms. Cox oversees the Mission’s financial affairs, including regulatory, banking and real estate transactions. She is also responsible for operational and administrative duties including human resources, information technology and facilities management. Ms. Cox joined the Mission in 2014 with over 25 years of senior corporate finance experience including her role with the North American Service Division for Compaq. She has served on the board of a variety of nonprofit organizations, including with the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council at Virginia Tech and as an elder at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC). Ms. Cox has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from The George Washington University. She is a certified public accountant.

Vice President, Development and Partnerships: Rev. Deborah J. Chambers

Rev. Chambers is responsible for the overall administration of activities and operations related to partnership building, communications, development, community engagement and relationship management. She joined the Mission in May 2008 with over 25 years’ experience in financial planning, sales and strategy development. She previously served as executive director and campaign manager for two multimillion-dollar capital campaigns in which she helped to raise over $30 million. Prior to that she was a financial planner with American Express Financial Services where she marketed and negotiated financial planning packages, securities and insurance policies. She is an ordained associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Glenarden, MD) where she has served in a variety of ministry roles during the last 20 years. She also serves as a clergy ambassador with the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

Vice President, Men’s Ministry: Ron Stanley

A native of Washington, DC, Rev. Stanley brings 30 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience to the Mission’s Men’s Ministry, which includes the Spiritual Transformation and Overnight Guest Programs. Rev. Stanley earned a masters of theology concentrating in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in biblical education focusing on curriculum development and design from Columbia International University (Columbia, SC). He is completing his dissertation for Dallas Theological Seminary. Rev. Stanley completed clinical pastoral education to serve as a chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center. Rev. Stanley serves as pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church (Washington, DC.) He is also professor at Washington Baptist Seminary and adjunct professor of Bible and theology at Lancaster Bible College. Rev. Stanley served on the STEP Foundation/Bridge Builders Ministry as the South Dallas Liaison to North Dallas Churches under Harv Oodstyk and Michael Fechner of Prestonwood Baptist Church (Dallas, TX.) Under Dr. Tony Evans, Rev. Stanley served as director of missions and of the Center for Christian Growth at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dallas, TX.) Locally, he has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Suitland (Forestville, MD) and director of evangelism for Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Fairfax, VA.)

Senior Director, Social Work: Shirley Johnson

At the Mission since 2004, Ms. Johnson promotes a holistic approach to transforming men from dependency to independency through a comprehensive service delivery support system that meets both spiritual and natural needs. A licensed independent clinical social worker, she holds a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University and has obtained over 5,000 professional development training hours. She has over 30 years of government experience in social work in working for the DC Department of Child and Family Services for 24 years and for the Florida Department of Children and Families for seven years. She also has well over 14 years of non-profit, faith-based experience. She is a 29-year member of From the Heart Church Ministries (Camp Springs, MD) and volunteers in several capacities, including the deaconess and altar ministries. She has served on several community boards of non-profit organizations and is currently the board chair for House of Divine Guidance, a women’s and children’s hypothermia shelter in Takoma Park, MD.

Senior Director, Workforce Development and Education: Dr. Cheryl Cook-Posley

Dr. Cook-Posley leads PATHWAYS: Innovations in Employment and Education, the Mission’s workforce development initiative for guests experiencing homelessness. She earned a doctor of ministry in urban ministry from the Wesley Theological Seminary, a master of divinity from Howard University School of Divinity, a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on policy and evaluation from L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the Mission, she was a research analyst with the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, senior technical specialist within the family self-sufficiency group at ICF International and director at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Office of Policy and Evaluation. Cheryl is a licensed minister of the Gospel, an ordained minister through the American Baptist Churches, USA and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Mclean, Virginia.

Senior Director, Family Ministry: Tracy Duncan

Ms. Duncan helps the city’s most vulnerable, low-income population by providing food, clothing, special outreach distributions, senior programming, educational classes, Bible studies, community resources, summer camp and supplies for children. Tracy joined Central Union Mission in 2009. Her years of experience in foreign missions, church leadership and local outreach result from spending a year in East Asia with Cru and leading young adult ministries at The Chapel (Akron, OH) and at Cherrydale Baptist Church (Arlington, VA), where she also led mission trips as well as the local outreach ministry. Ms. Duncan is a graduate of Kent State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, and Trinity International University, with a Master of Arts in religion. She worships at McLean Bible Church.

Senior Director, Donor Engagement: William J. Brown

With an extensive focus on strategic planning and non-profit fundraising, William J. Brown brings over 30 years of knowledge and expertise to the Mission as the Sr. Director of Donor Engagement. Brown has held a myriad of leadership roles in the non-profit sector and while serving as the Sr. Director of Philanthropy for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Brown had a major impact on fundraising efforts by generating over $4.3M in annual support within his first year on duty and increasing planned gift levels by more than 50% from $2.5M to $5.6M. Brown is responsible for researching, identifying, soliciting and strengthening relationships between the Mission and select major donors who have the ability to make a gift of $10,000 or more. He leads a systematic program for this portfolio of over 125 donors. Brown’s goal is to positively impact the Mission by securing millions of charitable dollars to meet the needs of those the Mission serves. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Public Relations, and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and also a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Director, Camp Bennett: Michael Tate

Mr. Tate administrates the Mission’s Camp Bennett facility and directs the children’s summer camp program. Michael served for 4 years as the director of youth and Christian education at Emmanual Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, VA. In addition to his youth ministry, Michael also ran a Mathnasium franchise teaching supplementary math to first grade through college-age students. Before that, he served as a director of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program for the Department of the Navy in Norfolk, VA, for 10 years. We welcome Michael and his family as they move to the DC area to renovate Camp Bennett’s programs.

Board of Directors

Board Chair: Deedee Collins

Vice-Chair: D.C. Washington

Secretary: Pamela Roylance

Treasurer: David Leach

Assistant Treasurer: Michael J. Dennis

Board Members

Serge Duss
René Fonseca
David Hazelton
Senator Don Nickles
John Yun



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