safety. education. opportunity.

Get to Know Us


The idea for Heart House was conceived by founders Suzanne Kiefer and Anna Land, while volunteering in the Vickery Meadow community in the late 1990’s. They recognized a significant need for a program to help the children, living in this difficult neighborhood, who often did not have a parent at home after school, or a safe place to study and continue learning. They created Heart House to fill this void by providing a safe haven and academic programs where children would be encouraged to grow, to meet their potential and fulfill their dreams.

Heart House is blessed with a skilled and dedicated staff, a talented and determined board, and caring and committed volunteers. They serve because they see the potential in the students and understand the importance of creating a safe environment, educational enrichment, and opportunity for children to explore the world. They do it as if the children of Heart House are their own.

Letter from our CEO

What do you do for a child who has to learn a new language, a new culture, and a new way of life? I face this challenge every day as the executive director of this organization, and believe me: there are no easy answers. Each child comes to us with a unique level of knowledge, from a unique part of the world, with a unique set of gifts. In response, we treat them just as they are: unique, gifted, and precious. Although our program takes lots of individualized effort, time, and resources, we know that the energy we pour into these children will bear good fruit in the years to come. They will go on to become model American citizens, or will return to their home countries with fond memories of life in the United States. Regardless of the outcome, we know it’s worth it.

We’re a local nonprofit with a global reach. Won’t you join us?

Lenita Dunlap, MPA, MA

Meet Our Team

Lenita Dunlap, MPA, MA
Chief Executive Officer

Soudary Kittivong – Greenbaum, MPS
Director, External Relations

Dominique Pettway
H3 Program Manager

Heather Bolstridge
H3 Program Manager


Robin Bruster Heart House Counseling Services Manager

Robin Bruster, MS LPC
Manager of Behavioral Health


Alexandra Gergis Research and Operations Manager

Alexandra Gergis MSW
Research and Operations Manager

Phil Querfeld Program Specialist

Phil Querfeld
Program Specialist

Kaleigh Gallant
Program Teacher


Zulena Delgado
Program Teacher

Cierra Hypolite Heart House Program Teacher

Cierra Hypolite
Program Teacher

Preeti Shrestha Program Intern

Preeti Shrestha
Program Intern

Board of Directors

Rebecca Braman 
Lockton Dunning

Amanda Cecil
US Trust

Chris Davis
Sloan Wealth Management

Lydia Epps
Leadership Coach and Consultant

Hollis Langdoc
Civic Volunteer

Richard Mills 
President Elect
Austin Bridge & Road

Shideh Sharifi 
Sharifi Law Firm

Angelique Sweeney
BSC Professional Services

Our Partners

Please click here to see a list of our corporate supporters and partnering agencies.