Staff

Interfaith Hospitality Network is run by a small group of dedicated staff.
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Emma Justice

Executive Director

Emma has been the Executive Director of IHN since 2014.  Prior to joining IHN, Emma was the Program Analyst at Essex County Citizen Services, Division of Community Action (2011-2014), where she managed and monitored Social Service grants that were  distributed to over 27 Essex County community nonprofits and townships.  From 2005-2010 Emma served as the Program Manager and Marketing Director of Senior Care and Activities Center in Montclair, a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s Medical Day care center.

Prior to working for the nonprofit and government sector, Emma spent 15 years in the corporate communications and marketing industry, operating her own firm, Global Strategies Marketing and Communications.  She produced numerous large scale trade shows, international marketing videos and press events for Volkswagen, Ford, Kraft Foods, Bugatti, and Mediterranean Shipping as well as, health care and government entities.

Emma is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers and Pace University where she teaches Strategic Planning and Public Relations. She holds a Masters in Science and Administration and Masters Certificate in International Business with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Cinematic Arts and Political Science. She studied German in Berlin in 1998 at the Goethe Institute, and Mandarin at the Confucius Institute in 2011, in NYC.

Since 2011, Emma has been an active member of the Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System, (CEAS) of Essex County, and the Housing and Planning Committee.  She was an active Board member of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey (2000-2015). Over her tenure with the Red Cross she was elected to Chair of the Public Relations, Fundraising and Government Relations Committees respectively. She was also the Public Relations Chair of the Montclair Ambulance Unit in 2011. She was awarded a Special Service Award by the American Red Cross in 2005 and 2010. She’s the Past President of the International Chapter of the Media Communications Association (MCAI) 2004.  Previously she served as President of the New York and Detroit Chapters of the MCAI. She was awarded the MCAI Chuck Webb Leadership Award in 2005, the highest award given by the organization.

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Brenda Myrick, MPA, MSW

Director of Social Services

Brenda joined Interfaith Hospitality Network in September 2009 after spending 11 years working with the homeless population at various organizations. As director of social services, Brenda is responsible for our intake process which includes screening, assessing, and interviewing potential clients. She also provides our families with case management, referrals and advocacy services, manages our 14-bed shelter network and transitional housing program and more.

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Devinka Peiris

Development Associate

As development associate, Devinka is responsible for coordinating programs to increase the organization’s support base among individuals. This includes communications to donors in person, and via print and online media. Devinka holds a MA in Non-Profit Management, and spent over a decade in Washington, DC advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of international development issues.  Devinka has traveled extensively working on development issues with NGOs, UN agencies, government agencies and media entities around the world.

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Sidney Edwards

Van Driver

Sidney handles the transportation of clients in our network. Each evening he drives them from the IHN Family Day Center to the hosting congregation where they are staying for the week. In the morning he returns them to the IHN Family Day Center from where children are brought to school and parents leave for work. Sidney also pitches in where needed with various errands to assist the office and our clients.

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Danita Hinnant

Case Manager

As a case manager, Danita Hinnnant works with homeless families and those in IHN’s permanent housing programs to help them become self-sufficient.

Danita is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and upcoming plans to work toward her master’s degree. Her choice of majors was driven by personal experience that gave her a strong desire to help other families get through the struggles her own family faced.

Equipped with an outgoing personality and a gentle spirit, Danita believes in making a difference in the world even if it’s a small one, one day at a time.

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Angie Benedict

Volunteer Manager

Angie works with volunteers in the Emergency Shelter Program and the community at large to help connect them with IHN in various ways. Whether it’s cooking a meal for shelter families, running a drive, or educating a group about homelessness, Angie facilitates their involvement. Angie has a B.A. from Villanova University and has prior experience working in corporate as well as non-profit positions.