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Our Board of Directors

My Own Place Inc.
Formerly known as the Arc of the DIstrict of Columbia Residential Support Services 
A Life of Independence and Dignity
Board of Directors
Kim Scott-Hopkins -
Chief Executive Officer
Donna Nuttal Joe  -
President
Vice President
Panchita Bello -
Treasurer
Pierre Boehler -
Pierre Boehler is a life-long resident of the Washington, DC area and currently lives in College Park, MD.  He is the legal guardian for his brother Paul, a man whom receives ongoing supports and lives under the auspices of My Own Place, Inc.  Growing up with Paul gave Pierre an acute awareness of the special needs of people with disabilities, as well as their potential when provided with the proper resources. Pierre received his BS in engineering from Cornell University and MS in engineering management from Catholic University in DC.  He is the technical specialist for gas turbine technology with the Mirant Corporation, with 30 years of experience in his field.  Mirant generates electricity for the DC Metropolitan area and parts of New England and California.  As the corporate expert for his field, Pierre addresses “cradle to grave” issues from purchase and operation of new equipment through retirement.  Pierre serves on the steering committee for the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force and the ASME IGTI Electric Power committee.  He has also volunteered in various capacities for the local Boys & Girls club.
Darryl Swinson -
 Director
Mr. Swinson was born on March 20, 1979, to Elaine and Charles Swinson in Washington DC.  
Mr. Swinson attended Avalon and Oxon Hill Elementary, Junior High and High School  in Fort Washington, MD.  After graduating from High School, Mr. Swinson started vocational training at Capitol Hill Supportive Employment Program.   He soon began working for CHIMES at Andrews Air Force Base and has been employed with this company for about 4 years.  He is known as a hard working, dedicated employee.
Mr. Swinson, in his spare time, enjoys playing video games on Play Station 3, bowling, driving Go Karts, going to clubs, playing basketball on several teams in the Metropolitan area and traveling the world. 
Mr. Swinson is single and lives in College Park Maryland, where he has many friends and associates.  He has been an active member of My Own Place Inc. Board of Directors since 2007.
Arlene Thompson -
Director
Carolyn Walton - Director
Dr. Wilfred Johnson - Director
Lita Datlow - Director
William Dawkins - Director
My Own Place, Inc.  |  6495  New Hampshire Avenue  |  Suite 201  |  Hyattsville, MD 20783  |  Telephone 202-580-6700   Kim Scott-Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Scott-Hopkins is the Chief Executive Officer, Board Member  and founder of My Own Place, Inc. She has over twenty five  years experience supporting individuals with intellectual and  developmental disabilities in the District of Columbia and  Maryland.    Prior to the establishment of My Own Place, Inc., Ms. Scott- Hopkins spent fifteen years working with The Arc of the District of  Columbia as the Director of Residential Services. In 2003, the  Board of Directors of The Arc of the District of Columbia made  her dream come true and she was asked to begin the work of  establishing a new non-profit organization. The goal was to  transfer and support the individuals currently receiving  community living services from The Arc of DC.       A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Ms. Scott-Hopkins graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1980.   She came to Washington, DC to attend College at Mt. Vernon College for Women and graduated in  1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development.       Ms. Scott-Hopkins has served as a Board Member for the Friends of High Point High School for four  years and has volunteered at Mt. Vernon College with various activities.  She also spent many years  volunteering at various schools, St. Marks School in Hyattsville, Maryland, St. Johns College High  School in Washington, DC and High Point High School in Beltsville, MD.  In her spare time, she  enjoys “social activities” and traveling.  
Ms. Joe is an attorney with more than 18 years of experience in  corporate transactional, regulatory compliance and civil litigation  matters.  For the last 12 years, she has worked primarily as in- house counsel for private and public companies in the  telecommunications, radio broadcast and healthcare industries.   Currently, she is a Senior Business Attorney for the Corporation for  Pubic Broadcasting.    A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Joe graduated high  school from the Academy of the Holy Cross in 1981.  She went on to  attend Princeton University, graduating in 1986 with a B.A. degree in  Sociology. Ms. Joe continued her studies at the Georgetown  University Law Center, graduating in 1990 with a J.D. degree.    In addition to her volunteer activities with My Own Place, Ms. Joe  (along with her husband) is active in youth sports, coaching both  recreation and AAU girls basketball teams for several years.   Ms. Joe has been an active member of the Board of Directors of My Own Place since the spring of  2006, serving as a Board member and Vice President/Secretary.  She was elected President of the  Board in September 2008.  
Arlene is an African American female who joined the Board of  Directors of My Own Place, Inc. in 2009.   In 2001 Arlene moved to  a two bedroom apartment with My Own Place, Inc.    Arlene enjoys completing word puzzles, hook rugs, and decorating pillow ases that she would one day like to sell.  She is an active  member of her community church and in her spare time likes to  travel via ground transportation    Arlene currently works for Aramark at Georgetown University Conference Center.  She has held this job for over 15 years and has received several awards for excellence and years of service.
Panchita Bello is Vice President and one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of My Own Place, Inc. transitioning from the Board of Directors for the ARC of the District of Columbia where she served for 28 years and was Chairperson of the Residential Services Committee.   Panchita is a native of Washington, DC though she has lived in other parts of the US and also in Mexico and Ghana, West Africa during a career in training and development in the public and private sectors as well as in foreign service.  For the last 30 years, Panchita has pursued her second career as an independent real estate broker and owner of Sherlocke Homes, licensed in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia and providing full brokerage services and consumer real estate education for first time homebuyers and rental property owners.  Panchita participates in community service as a member of League of United Latin American Citizens, the American G I Forum and is an active volunteer collecting children's shoes for the Walk in My Shoes Global Project.  She completed her Master of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from George Washington University.
Dr. Wilfred Johnson, Ph.D., was an Associate Proessor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), at Howard University in the School of Eduction.   He was also a member and served as the Chair of the Department of Psychoeducation Studies. Will has also served as the Chair of the C&I Department. His research interests include teaching students with specific learning needs and social behavior strategies.  His primary focus in that regard has been to prepare highly qualified and certified teachers and other service providers for that population of student who require special services. He is certified in the use of technology by the Howard University Center for Education, Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA).  He has professionally been a lifelong member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); as such he has served on several committees that agency in the past.  Dr. Johnson has served on many committees and boards at Howard University and has served several terms as a Faculty Senator.  Will Johnson has taught masters and docturate students for over thirty years, and served on many thesis and dissertation committees, spanning the areas of School Psychology, School Administration, Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Education, and specifically, Special Education strategies and law.  He has served as “Co-Pi” on a number of Federal grants, and grants funded by the  DC Department of Youth Services, which provided academic enhancement and summer employment for deserving youths,