Management & Board

Management Staff

Marla Lahat, Executive Director

Marla Lahat, MSW, LICSW, is the Executive Director of Home Care Partners. Prior to becoming Executive Director in 1999, Marla developed and managed the Alzheimer’s home care programs at Home Care Partners since 1986. She has published articles and presented seminars on working with clients with Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving and other home care topics. She serves on several community based committees. Marla was honored with the EXCEL award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership in 2013. Marla is a dog lover and particularly enjoys having dog boarders “vacation” with her family while their owners are away. 

Roxanne Ando, Deputy Director

Roxanne Ando, JD, is the Deputy Director of Home Care Partners and serves as the Secretary for the agency. A lawyer by training, she has worked in the senior services field for over 25 years. Roxanne heads up quality improvement and is the HIPAA Compliance Officer for the agency. She also leads the agency’s grant writing activities to raise support for the Training Institute and aide services. Roxanne loves to take classes at her local senior center, currently painting, singing and Senior Fit.

Nancy Chipman, Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Chipman, CPA, has been the Chief Financial Officer at Home Care Partners since 1999.  She is responsible for all the financial and accounting practices of the agency, in addition to supervising the work of the accounting staff.  She serves as Treasurer of the agency and meets regularly with the Finance Committee as well as the full Board of Directors.  She has been in the accounting management field for over twenty five years.

Sharon Forrest, Manager, Operations and Services

Sharon Forrest, LSWA, is a Manager, Operations & Services, and has worked at Home Care Partners for more than 30 years. She supervises aides and program services in DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, and for the Veteran’s Administration. Sharon likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.  

Chris Lockett, Manager, Operations and Services

Chris Lockett, LICSW, is a Manager, Operations & Services, at Home Care Partners. He supervises aides and program services primarily in Arlington County. He also chairs the agency’s Ethics Committee. Chris enjoys reading, music and sports.

Mary Ellen Zook, Nurse Manager

Mary Ellen Zook, RN, Nurse Manager, came to Home Care Partners in 2013.   As Nurse Manager, she has multiple roles:  providing nurse case management to clients in Arlington, overseeing the agency’s Infection Control responsibilities, and leading our Training Institute which provides in-service training for our home care aides.   Ms. Zook has a background in anthropology and sociology and enjoys learning about other cultures.  Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, theater and movies. 



Our Board of Directors

Home Care Partners' all volunteer Board of Directors won recognition in the first Board Leadership competition of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. It includes leaders in the community, professionals in long term care and senior services, and citizen advocates

Chair, Terri Lynch


Vice Chair, Tim Nanof


Alexandria Division of Aging and Adult Services 


Director of Health Care Policy & Advocacy
American Speech-Language Hearing Association


Ralph Allen

Independent Marketing/Business Consultant

Emilie Deady

Registered Nurse

Patricia Bevis


Sandra Crewe

Dean, School of Social Work
Howard University

Debbie Elgot


Judy Levy

Registered Nurse, Health Administrator
D.C. Long Term Care Coalition Coordinator

 Jim Nathanson

Fomer DC Council Member 

Barbara Strother

Social Worker (Retired)

John Robertson

Past Chair

Attorney, Accountantast