Sara is a South Arlington resident and fell in love with the Nauck neighborhood as soon as she moved in. Her desire to see Nauck flourish and grow in a positive direction propelled her to seek non-profit work in the neighborhood. BAJCDC provided a perfect opportunity to meet and help the neighborhood through the Nauck Community Services Center (NCSC). Not only is it important to be of service to neighbors, but seeing the relief on the faces of clients when they realize we will help them is inspiring. Sara works for the Department of Justice specializing in process improvement and employee engagement, skills she utilizes as Chair of the BAJCDC board. You can usually see Sara walking the neighborhood with her dog, Joy, or gathering with her friends and family together for a good game of Improv!
Joyce is a program director for Arlington County’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to moving to Arlington in 1993, Joyce worked at United Way and INOVA Health Systems Foundation. These employment opportunities made her aware that her gift of helping others could be utilized. Her educational opportunities, a BS in Applied Social Science from Hofstra University, have enhanced her knowledge and understanding in several areas covered in the non-profit arena, especially in the field of proposal development and social work. It is because of this expertise that Joyce was asked to join the BAJCDC Board of Directors. Joyce enjoys the challenge & fulfillment that non-profit work gives her. She feels that BAJCDC gives her the opportunity to help someone along the way. During her free time, Joyce enjoys reading, writing poetry/memoirs, sewing and creative art.
Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. currently serves as the Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. A concern for human welfare that reaches beyond the interpersonal to the systemic has consistently shaped his foundation for ministry. In support of those ideologies, Dr. Hamlin founded the BAJCDC in 1999. Dr. Hamlin has been on a personal mission to transform lives and the community through faith. Dr. Hamlin has served on numerous community, faith based and governmental boards, commissions, agencies and is currently Chair of the Arlington County Affordable Housing Study Working Group as well as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair for the Prince George’s County Maryland Housing Authority. As Chair Emeritus of the BAJCDC Board of Directors, he finds it his mission to encourage the Board in its mission and activities that will transform the community. Whenever Dr. Hamlin has a moment to spare, he enjoys reading, golfing, spending time with family and his two dogs.
Jayne discovered BAJCDC through the Office of the Public Defender’s outreach efforts. Most recently, she worked at the Public Defender’s Office as a Healthcare Advocate where she connected people with healthcare services, like the Affordable Care Act. A Canadian native and a lawyer by trade, Jayne moved to the United States in 2012. Growing up in a single-parent household, Jayne’s personal upbringing reminds her how a little assistance can go a long way. She loves the chance to give back. Jayne strongly believes that you can learn something from every person that you meet. She has lived and worked all over the world, supporting a variety of projects and programs – from Adult Education to post-apartheid reparation. Jayne and her husband, Teddy, recently had their first child, Baired. Their dog, Wilson, is still adjusting to becoming a big brother.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, C.C. Jenkins found himself making Arlington his home decades ago. C.C.’s extensive service record precedes him. C.C., a retired police sergeant, is an active member of the Arlington community, especially the Nauck neighborhood where he has served as the Facilities Manager at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Treasurer of the Nauck Revitalization Organization, and as an Arlington Housing Corporation Board member. His versatility and resourcefulness, as well as a personal commitment to the development, growth and stability of the neighborhood, drew him to BAJCDC several years ago. If he is not in Arlington serving the community, you can find Mr. Jenkins and his wife in the air – on their way to their next travel destination!
Erica firmly believes the nonprofit sector and philanthropy are integral to American democracy. With a deep interest in social justice and community-based organizations, she is grateful to have been introduced to BAJCDC through her friend and now fellow board member, Nicole Lewis. Erica is a professional fundraiser, and enjoys connecting worthy causes with people who want to invest in them. She is currently a development associate at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the only public foundation in the region committed to eliminating the persistent economic barriers that disproportionately affect women and girls. Previously, Erica served as development coordinator at the nation’s first think-tank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In that role, she supported initiatives related to institutional donors. Erica holds a BA in history with a minor in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. An aficionado of arts and humanities, she enjoys going to museums and concerts, and is thankful for all the wonderful low-cost activities in the Washington metropolitan area.
Dr. Taylor is has been a Nauck resident for the majority of his life. His love for this neighborhood is transparent through his involvement in many community activities, boards and organizations in Arlington County and beyond. His love for BAJCDC is a personal commitment as Bonder & Amanda Johnson were his wife’s grandparents. To keep their name and spirit alive in this rapidly diversifying community is his goal, for if we don’t tell their story, it will fade off into nothingness. The BAJCDC in its entirety is a tribute, not only in name, but in its efforts to be that helping hand to the Nauck and surrounding communities. His biggest personal joy is seeing the Nauck community as a viable link to the history, growth and success of Arlington. Having the Nauck community seated at the table in planning its future is exactly what he’s been working towards for years, and he is not stopping. He’s still challenged that not enough Nauck residents are convinced that they do have a voice in the growth and direction of their neighborhood. His book titled “Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present” features stories of residents of the community and the local and national contribution they have made. In Dr. Taylor’s free time, which is rare, you can find him traveling and enjoying the company of his wife of 63 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.