Meet Our Management & Administration Team


Amy Kurz

Chief Administrative Officer

Amy Kurz serves as CAO at Martha’s Table, where she is responsible for the infrastructure and systems that allow Martha’s Table to best support strong children, strong families and strong communities. Amy has dedicated her professional career to nonprofit work, and she brings extensive experience in nonprofit management. Prior to joining Martha’s Table, she served as the Managing Executive Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable, which aims to unite non-profit leaders in order to address our community’s most pressing social and economic challenges. In this role, Amy oversaw the organization’s strategic and operational plans, and led its financial management. Prior to joining the Nonprofit Roundtable staff in 2009, Amy served as the Assistant Director of the Neighbors Project at George Washington University’s Office of Community Service, where she worked to connect students, staff, and faculty with community service opportunities.

Key Staff


Jemila Morrison, Special Assistant to the CAO 

Bhumip Patel

Bhumip Patel is the Chief Financial Officer at Martha’s Table, where he oversees all aspects of accounting and finance for the organization. Bhumip has over 10 years of experience in finance, accounting, and consulting. He has worked for a number of companies and nonprofits, including IBM and Bread for the City. He received his Bachelor’s in Finance and his Master’s in Business Administration from George Mason University.

Darren Phelps, Director of People Operations


Johnathaan Pannell, People Operations Manager

Johnathaan Pannell is the People Operations Manager where he is responsible for the overall coordination of all functions of the Human Resources Department, including Full cycle recruitment and hiring, Benefits Administration, Compliance, Payroll, etc. Prior to working at Martha’s Table, he spent time working as a Director at KinderCare Education, LLC a national early childhood development center. He was responsible for hiring, engaging and developing a team of “best in class” educators at every site, cultivating positive relationships with parents, students, and staff; and leveraging his business and marketing skills to grow the networks education framework in the community. Prior to that, Johnathaan was the Operations & Recruitment Manager at a local charter school in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for the overall coordination and oversight of the school’s operations and staff/student recruitment systems.  Johnathaan has held several positions in the Operations Management field to include; Office Manager, Operations Manager and school-based Administrator; to name a few. Because of Johnathaan’s commitment and love to the community, he was named one of the top 30 professionals under 30 in 2017 by WKYS KissFM; an honor that Johnathaan says is truly humbling. Johnathaan received his Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University.