Our Board of Directors
The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, MD Board of Directors is made up of leaders in their fields who advocate for improved education and, most importantly, prevention of child abuse. Through their leadership, guidance, and support, we strive to end the cycle of child abuse.
Samantha Bender, PhD
is a psychologist in private practice in Bethesda MD who has extensive experience with cases of child abuse and neglect, both here and in New York. Her relevant experience includes working at the Lourie Center and serving as a member of the Citizens Review Board for Children. Recommended by Debbie Feinstein, SAO and nominated by Ms. Hale, she will provide the board with valuable insight on the programs being offered by the Tree House.
is Chief Insight Officer at Spring Insight, a company that provides websites and outsourced marketing services for organizations that are too busy to handle those tasks internally. She believes in giving back to the community and has The Tree House mission at heart.
is the owner of Hale Accounting Services, which specializes in tax preparation and tax returns. For the past thirty years, her company has provided services in the county. In addition, Ms. Hale remains very active in the Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club, and has served as President (3 years) and Treasurer (6 years).
A former Assistant State’s Attorney, Rebecca is currently the legal counsel for Newstore, Inc. an “Omnichannel-as-a-Service” platform that allows brands to run their retail stores on iPhone and turn store associates into a point of sale, living website, and instant customer support, enabling them to deliver the seamless experiences that today’s mobile-first shoppers demand. Rebacca’s experience and familiarity with Montgomery County investigation and prosecution of child abusers brings a unique insider’s perspective to the board.
is the Chief Administrator of the Damamli and Family Ties Foster Care programs at Hearts and Homes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, mental health issues, homelessness, and other trauma, to make positive life choices and build brighter futures. Roma’s experience working with foster care children and families and the enthusiasm she has for helping disadvantaged children shows in her dedication to the Tree House and its mission.
is the founder of Pitch Consulting, helping nonprofit professionals work smarter, raise more money, stay inspired. Lauren has served on the boards of several nonprofits and has volunteered extensively in the community, including eight years as a weekly volunteer at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She also was a certified foster parent before adopting a child from the foster care system.
Earlene Wood Reynolds
is a Project Manager at National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and a dedicated member of the Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club. Earlene is tireless in her support for the Tree House and the most vulnerable children of Montgomery County.
is the owner of Market Street Studio, a photography studio that captures the very best in modern style portraits. In addition to business headshots, personal branding, maternity and newborn, and family photography; Julie has extensive experience developing promotional campaigns designed to bring awareness to women’s issues as well as underserved minorities and youth.
is an insurance agent and registered representative with New York Life servicing residents of the Greater Washington Area. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she has worked closely with customers in the financial services field for 20 years. Because of Lourdes’s deep passion for this field, she strives to make financial education available within the DC public school systems.