Our Team…

Jennifer Mellon, Interim Executive Director

Jennifer Mellon is the Interim Executive Director at Joint Council on International Children’s Services.  Jennifer has a long history in the child welfare field, serving as Executive Director and Membership Manager of Joint Council from 2005-2008.  Prior to serving as Interim ED, Jennifer functioned as Chief Development Officer when she returned to the staff in 2014.  During her hiatus from the organization, Jennifer founded two start-up companies and served on the Board of The Campagna Center, which provides critical educational services to children and families in the DC Metro region.

Jennifer first moved to DC over a decade ago to work for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as Corporate Communications & Special Events Program Manager, eventually serving as their International Program Director before joining Joint Council.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in International Relations and Religion with concentrations in East Asia Studies and Mandarin. She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling and Development focusing on global children issues. Jennifer resides in Washington, DC with her husband and children.

Marie Blum-Capizzi, MA, Director of Programs and Services

Marie Blum-Capizzi is the Director of Programs & Services for Joint Council on International Children’s Services. Marie comes to Joint Council with years of administrative experience, two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Dance and Sociology, a Master of Arts Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a passion for seeing every child grow up in a loving home. Marie is also interested in researching international conflicts and discovering peaceful and lasting solutions. Marie currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their rescue cats, Hootie and Boh Boh.

Brandy Simpson, Partnership Coordinator

Brandy Simpson is the Partnership and Administrative Coordinator for Joint Council on International Children’s Services. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs. Prior to Joint Council, Brandy worked in marketing and event planning with Biologics Consulting Group, the Marine Corps Marathon, the New Dominion Project, and CiaoDC.

Dean Loizou, CPA, Finance Director

Dean Loizou graduated in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1982. For the last twenty-five years Dean has worked closely with large and small companies, including non-profit organizations.

Abigail Miller, Conference Intern 

Abigail Miller is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is majoring in both Global Studies and Communication Studies and minoring in Hispanic Studies. Prior to Joint Council, Abigail has worked as a Leasing Consultant with Campus Apartments and has been a Summer Fellow with Organization for Action. Abigail spent the Fall semester of 2014 living in Seville, Spain, where she took classes and volunteered teaching English at the high-school level.

Alissa Fernandez, Social Media and Communications Intern

Alissa Fernandez is a rising junior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is majoring in Culture and Politics with a concentration in the intersections of race and gender in Latin American development. Prior to Joint Council, Alissa has worked as a research assistant at Georgetown’s Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and as building manager for the Office of Campus Activity Facilities. She looks forward to honing her Spanish skills while studying abroad in Latin America in Spring 2016. 

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