Meet Our Healthy Start Team


Kisha Lee

Director of Healthy Start

Dr. Kisha Lee is the Director of Healthy Start at Martha’s Table, where she leads the organization’s early childhood, out of school time, elementary, and parent engagement and education programs, including home visiting. She is committed to fostering a nurturing environment and excellent educational experiences for every child at Martha’s Table.

Key Staff


Beatriz Barros

Beatriz Barros is the Assistant Director of Healthy Start. Beatriz has over 15 years of experience working in the education field. She has previously worked at the Latin American Youth Center, with DC Public Schools, charter schools, and various local non-profit organizations focused on education. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Boston College and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Trinity College.

Patrease Hawkins

Patrease Hawkins is the Assistant Director of Parent Engagement and Education with Martha’s Table’s Healthy Start program, where she is responsible for coordinating and managing all engagement and education programming, including: Parents as Teachers (Home Visiting Program) and the Parenting Journey. Previously, Patrease worked at Sasha Bruce as a Case Manager, where she supported teens who were transitioning through homeless. She holds her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bowie University.

Simone Johnson

Simone Johnson is the Assistant Director of Enrollment & Certification Services for Martha’s Table’s Healthy Start program, for which she guides families through the enrollment and subsidy process to ensure the success of children.  Simone has been working for Martha’s Table for 18 years, during which she has acquired vast experience working directly with children, as well as with early childhood administration and compliance.  She attended Central Texas College, and is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Trinity Washington University.

Thanh Pham

Thanh Pham is the Academic Coach for Martha’s Table’s Healthy Start program, where she provides instructional support of the Early Childhood and Out-Of-School Time teachers. Her experiences in education range from working as an Early Childhood Teacher to Program Designer, Program Manager, and Center Director. Thanh earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescence Development and her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University.