Team Members

Mario Berninzoni

Executive director

Born in California, Mario brings over 20 years of experience aiding people experiencing homelessness in Maryland. As the Executive Director since 1999, Mario leads all facets of the organization and its programs. His prior tenure at Catholic Charities in Baltimore City spanned 7 years, focusing on emergency, transitional, and permanent housing initiatives. Mario holds a master’s in nonprofit management from the College of Notre Dame.

Charity Cummings

Director

Charity joined Arundel House of Hope 2017. She currently directs the Resource and Day Center, overseeing the Winter Relief emergency shelter program. With over a decade dedicated to humanitarian work, focusing on women’s rights and counseling, Charity holds associate degrees in drug and addiction counseling, human services, a bachelor’s in humanitarian studies and psychology, and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. Currently pursuing a PhD, Charity’s dedication lies in treating others with dignity, empathy, and respect.

Charles Robinson

director

Charles’s journey with the Arundel House of Hope began in 2001, as a Loyola College student intern at the Fouse Center. In 2012, he assumed a management role overseeing the inception of The Patriot House, a transitional housing program for Veterans. Charles is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College.  

Bob Starkey

Director

Joining Arundel House of Hope in 2017, Bob progressed from program assistant to the Community Recovery Center Director. His human services career began in 2008, focusing on job readiness with the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. With a background in the United States Air Force, specializing in human relations and counseling, Bob brings 30 years of management experience in the paper packaging industry. He’s certified in Job Readiness Training and serves as a Certified Lay Servant at Mt. Zion Magothy United Methodist Church.

Asia Wood

Director

In 2008 Asia became part of the Arundel House of Hope team, starting as an intern. Since then, she’s taken on numerous roles and is currently over sees the Family Project. No matter her role, her unwavering dedication centers on empowering those facing challenges. Her favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Niki O’Herlihy

Program Manager

Niki joined Arundel House of Hope in 2016, initially contributing to the Winter Relief program after volunteering as a site coordinator for several years. She currently coordinates the Micah 6 Project. An Annapolis native, she graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College and the University of Baltimore School of Law. For 25 years she was an attorney, her experience included coordinating Legal Services to the Elderly, a program providing pro bono legal services to older, low-income Baltimore City residents. 

Debra Dilworth

case worker

Debra joined the Arundel House of Hope team in 2020. She is a case manager for the WISH program and the Resource and Day Center. Debra is currently pursuing an associate degree in human services and addiction counseling at Anne Arundel Community College. She combines her education with practical experience to provide compassionate and effective case management.  Debra’s commitment to empowering clients and making a positive impact is invaluable to the Arundel House of Hope team. 

Justin Pacek

case worker

Justin began his journey at Arundel House of Hope in 2017 as an intern from Anne Arundel Community College. His dedication led him to the role of case manager for the Community Housing program. Known for his unwavering advocacy and commitment, Justin stands as a pillar of support for his clients.

Iffat Rehman

case worker

Iffat became a part of the Arundel House of Hope team in 2020. She is a case manager for Safe Haven and the Resource and Day Center. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Iffat’s empathetic nature, combined with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enables her to build strong relationships and create meaningful connections with others. Beyond her professional commitments, she actively engages in advocacy and volunteer work within the community.  

Dawn Baskin

Community engagement associate

Dawn joined Arundel House of Hope in 2023 as a Community Engagement Associate. In this role, she oversees volunteer coordination, communication strategies, event planning, and various initiatives aimed at expanding organizational capacity. She has a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in community action and social policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dawn is a licensed social worker (LMSW) and holds a Community Practice Certificate from ACOSA. She is passionate about housing policy and is a community organizer with an affordable housing coalition.  

Don Johnson

Program assistant

Don, a U.S. Army Veteran with over two decades of experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, currently serves as the program assistant at the Community Recovery Center. He is pursuing studies at the University of Baltimore Coppin State and is an active member of the Security Ministry at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Naveen Joshi 

program assistant

Naveen arrived at House of Hope seeking support and shelter while experiencing homelessness. Showing dedication and commitment, he became a program assistant for Safe Haven. He oversees the operations of a Safe Haven house and fosters a nurturing environment. Naveen also assists at the Resource and Day Center and the Warming Center.

Darren Money

program assistant

Darren arrived at Arundel House of Hope as a client of the Fouse Center in 2018, seeking support to rebuild his life after becoming homeless. Darren quickly became a dedicated volunteer, and in 2021, he joined the Winter Relief team. In 2022, Darren assumed the role of the Fouse Center’s house manager. He also assists with the Warming Center. Darren says, “My daughter and two sons saved my life, but Charity, Mario, and Arundel House of Hope changed my life…I am now working at AHOH and giving back. This is a calling that I truly embrace.” 

Kevin Murray

Program assistant

Kevin joined House of Hope in 2021 as a Fouse Center client, later becoming a team member in 2023. He is a program assistant for Safe Haven and assists with various initiatives like the Winter Relief Program, the Warming Center, and the Resource and Day Center. Kevin is known for his unwavering dedication and reliability. 

Emma Spencer

program assistant

Emma joined Arundel House of Hope in 2012 as a medical coordinator at the medical clinic before becoming a program assistant at the Resource and Day Center. During the pandemic, she managed a hotel for people experiencing homelessness, provided case management, and supported the Rental Assistance Program. Emma is a hardworking and knowledgeable team member.

TJ

program assistant

TJ began volunteering at Arundel House of Hope in 2022, quickly accumulating 1,000 hours within six months. By 2023, he transitioned to a program assistant role, managing diverse client needs and ensuring smooth operations. His prior experience in restaurant management in Washington, D.C., equipped him with hospitality skills that enable him to connect with people from all backgrounds. TJ’s passion, combined with his patience, drives his valuable contributions to the organization.

Michael

program assistant

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