Little Lights has recently added new staff members to our team to further our mission of serving under-resourced children, adults, and families in Washington, DC. Get to know more about them below!

David Lee, Grants & Development Coordinator 

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Fun fact: I love sports, especially golf. One goal I have is to set up a golf scramble fundraiser for Little Lights.

Before working at Little Lights, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I used to be an information security consultant, but pivoted to a completely new career several years back. I developed a new product line of cold brew coffees for Ceremony Coffee Roasters. Coffee is more complex than most people realize, so it was amazing to be able to learn about coffee from inside the industry.

How does your faith connect to the work you’re doing at Little Lights?

My faith connected me to Little Lights at an early age. Steve is good friends with my old youth group pastor. I remember when he came and shared his testimony with my youth group over 20 years ago. His words and actions were especially impactful to me because he was serving our neighbors right in our backyard. It opened my eyes to the opportunities to serve God’s people without having to be a missionary to some far away country.

Mary Daniel Cheek, Volunteer & Development Coordinator

Hometown: Falls Church, VA

Fun fact: I was the mascot for my high school – we were the bulldogs – and I showed off my school spirit at home football and basketball games.

How did you come to know about Little Lights? In learning about Little Lights, what part of its mission caused you to want to work there?

I learned about Little Lights through a volunteer opportunity with my church. What drew me to Little Lights was their dedication to being embedded in the communities where they serve. Little Lights knows and cares for their families deeply, and I wanted to be a part of that.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?

If I could change one thing in the world, I would change access to education. One’s gender, social class, or network should not be a determining factor in whether or not they receive a quality education.

Kristy Wallace, Family Center Program Coordinator

Hometown: This question is always a complicated one for me.  I grew up as a military kid, so our family lived in a number of different places during my childhood including Texas, Spain, England, Massachusetts, and a couple of other places.  What that means for my family is that we all respond to the question of “home” differently; for my parents Talladega, AL is home, for my sister Bourne, MA is home, and for me my parents are home.

Fun fact:  The most beautiful things to see are sunrises and sunsets; no two are ever the same and they all have a marvelous beauty about them. Whenever I travel, I try to catch either a sunset or a sunrise before I leave that place.

How long have you been with Little Lights, and what’s your favorite part about working here?  

My first point of connection with Little Lights was in the Race Literacy 101 class when it was being offered in person during the Fall of 2019.  I later began serving as a tutor at our Hilltop site which gave me an opportunity to meet a number of the great kids who attended Homework Club there.  Since February 2020, I have worked as the Coordinator for the Little Lights Family Center which provides computer access, job announcements, and diaper distribution for families living in the public housing apartments on Capitol Hill East.  There are many things I really like about working at Little Lights, and one of my favorite things is that it is the expectation that in all aspects of the work, there will be a spiritual component (i.e. prayer, Bible study, Spiritual Development, etc.).

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?

Wow, that’s a big question.  Maybe one change I would like to see is that people would lead with love, particularly those who say they follow Jesus.  When we decide to lead with love, to choose love instead of hate, we can collectively dismantle the -isms and phobias (i.e. sexism, racism, nationalism, xenophobia, etc.), the systems of domination that poison our society.