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. 

Eric Behna, Deputy Director

Eric Behna is the Deputy Director of Home Care Partners. Eric comes to HCP after working in policy, government relations, and communications for anti-poverty programs at the federal level. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics and political science and is currently pursuing a Master's of Social Work (MSW). Eric heads up the agency's quality improvement committee and leads HCP’s grant writing and fundraising activities. Outside the office, you will find Eric running, cycling, or volunteering as part of his local neighborhood commission. 

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.

Maya-Wood Plunkett, Nurse Manager

Maya-Wood Plunkett, RN, Nurse Manager, came to Home Care Partners in 2021.   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. Plunkett began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Delaware State University in 2009, and received a Master’s in Nursing Education from Towson University in 2018. Maya enjoys event planning, listening to Go-Go music (Washingtonian Pride!), cooking, and being involved in her children’s PTA.



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, Tim Nanof


Vice Chair, Emily Deady


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

Registered Nurse



Patricia Bevis


Laurie Blackman


Sandra Crewe

Dean, School of Social Work

Howard University 

Debbie Elgot


Denise Fraction

Volunteer Recruitment Specialist
AARP Foundation 

Deborah Greer


Customer Service


Judy Levy

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

Terri Lynch


Divsion of Aging & Adult Services

Patricia Morris

Social Worker, LICSW

 Jim Nathanson

Fomer DC Council Member 

Barbara Strother

Social Worker (Retired)