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 and Administrative 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.

Katie Robinson, Intern

Katie is a recent graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Human Security. She has participated in development work in Ecuador, which has enabled her to understand the needs of vulnerable populations in developing countries. Katie has also had experience in the non-profit sector with her past internship focusing on vulnerable immigrant women and children refusing to be victims of domestic violence.

 Edgar Soria Lopez, Intern

Edgar comes to Joint Council from Xaltocan, Tlaxcala, Mexico where he is studying at the Universidad Tecnologica de Tlaxcala (UTT). This semester, Edgar is a participant in the Washington Center’s Mexico 100 Program, which is a 15-week professional development program for youth focused on learning about and developing cross-sector partnerships to strengthen civil society and address social challenges. Specifically, he is interested in working to end domestic violence and helping young people succeed as productive members of society.

Carolina Alvarado, Intern

Carolina is a junior at Taylor University with an undergraduate background in Political Science and International Studies. She has participated in mission work in Russia and the Philippines which has enabled her to relate and to serve people from different cultures. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity to assist the administration of a team in which they cooperated in building several houses.

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