Our Staff

Joe joined NVHC in September of 2019 as our Development Manager, working primarily on the Nitzavim Capital Campaign. In August of 2020, he took on the position of Executive Director.

Joe was born and raised in Wisconsin, spent 10 years in New York City, and then did a long and hot stint in sunny Arizona. In New York, he worked for the American Red Cross, and then at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, first as the Business Manager in the Development Office, and then as Director of the Office of Student Activities. In Arizona, Joe served for 10+ years as the Executive Director of Temple Chai, a 700-family Reform synagogue, which is the largest temple in Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin.

Joe and his wife, Martha, who is an attorney, have two teenage children, and are loving their new home in tree-filled Reston.

Elizabeth Knowlton

Administrative Coordinator

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Elizabeth grew up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and played an active role in local temples by participating and organizing Yom HaShoah services and Remembrance events since middle school. She graduated from Appalachian State University with bachelor’s degrees in both International Politics and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, with a specialization in Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

When not at NVHC, Elizabeth is working to open a non-profit ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ Cafe in Pittsboro, NC, as a co-founder with her family.

The first friendly voice you may hear (or face you might see) when you call NVHC, Mozelle Karnette Stanton, the Administrative Assistant, has been employed with NVHC since August, 2007. A longtime member of NVHC, with both children attending the Preschool and Religious School, and a member of Kol Shirah (our adult choir) since 2001, Mozelle has many diverse interests and commitments to NVHC. She also teaches ballet at a local area dance school, as her greatest passion in life is dance.

Emily Hummel

Assistant Director of Congregational Learning

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Emily joined NVHC in July, 2017 as the Education Administrative Assistant. In addition to that role, she was a teacher’s aide in the pre-K classroom of our preschool in the 2017-2018 school year and the Communications Coordinator from 2018-2022, before becoming the Assistant Director of Congregational Learning. She holds a master’s degree in Religion from Temple University and bachelor’s degrees in History and Religion from the University of Mary Washington.

When not at NVHC, Emily can be found playing tabletop games, finding ways to lower her carbon footprint, and trying to keep up with her two rambunctious kittens.

Sam was born and raised in South Salem, New York. He has been involved in Jewish education at local synagogues from his Bar Mitzvah onwards, most recently teaching at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown, CT. Sam is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied English, Film, and Jewish & Israel Studies. Sam has spent eleven summers at URJ Camp Harlam and loves nothing more than finding new avenues of joy and Judaism along the way each year. When not engaged with the brilliant young minds of NVHC, you can find Sam listening to hockey podcasts, nourishing his sweet tooth, or catching a flick at the local cineplex.

Anibal Blanco

Building Manager

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Michael Langlois

Choir Director/Accompanist

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Mike Langlois joined the music staff of NVHC in 2017; he is also Director of Music at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg and pianist at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park. Mike has previously been associated with several other DC-area congregations, including Temple Sinai, Temple Micah, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Temple Isaiah. Mike earned his BM in Piano Performance from Indiana University before receiving his MM and DMA in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland. He and his wife Tanya make their home in Ashburn with their two cats, Iggy and Isabelle.