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.

Devinka Peiris

Devinka Peiris

Development Officer

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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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.

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Housing Stabilization Case Manager

Stephanie is part of the IHN Social Services team and is responsible for providing case management and support services to homeless families, and families at risk of homelessness. She provides rapid re-housing and prevention services through IHN’s CDBG, ESG, EFSP, and SSH grants with the overall goal of helping families and individuals maintain and obtain affordable housing, and achieve economic and family stability and overall well-being. Prior to joining IHN permanently, Stephanie functioned as Volunteer Social Service Aide. Stephanie has worked in the social services field since 2010 serving in various capacities with a variety of human services organizations. She has a BA in Social Sciences and Human Services from Ramapo College in NJ.