Our Team

Chief Executive Officer  Shane Rock joined Interfaith Works following an extensive career in the nonprofit, social service and advocacy worlds. After graduating from law school, he became executive director of Good Neighbor Mission, a homeless shelter in rural Tennessee helping people living in extreme poverty. In the two decades that have followed, Shane’s career has encompassed a range of social justice concerns while remaining focused on helping people who lack economic opportunity. Most recently, Shane was director of operations for senior services for the Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville. He has a bachelor of arts degree in government and philosophy from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Senior Staff

Chief Operating Officer – Lynn Arndt is responsible for managing and overseeing Interfaith Works’ daily operations, including facilities, information technology, human resources and programs. Prior to joining Interfaith Works, she served as Deputy Director at Community Ministries of Rockville. There, she was responsible for the management of four safety net programs including language outreach, emergency assistance, elderly services and housing , as well as overseeing all communications and fundraising efforts, including events and grant writing. She made the transition to the non-profit world after a career as a government contracts consultant, attorney and lobbyist. Lynn has balanced her professional career with volunteerism and advocacy, serving on numerous committees and boards. She currently serves on the Board of Leadership Montgomery. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and Syracuse University Law School.

Director of Emergency Assistance Coalition – Rev. Dr. Rosetta Robinson oversees the Emergency Assistance Coalition.  Rosetta has her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from Howard University (ordained November 1995), MS degree in education (community service) from Cornell University, and BS in social studies education from New York University. She has worked at Interfaith Works since October 1995.

Director of Development and Community Outreach Suzanne Lofhjelm came to Interfaith Works after serving as a Constituent Services and Community Outreach specialist for US Senator Chris Van Hollen, where she managed affordable housing, social services, public safety, and public school- related constituent matters. As a Senior Policy Analyst for the Government Accountability Office, she worked on income security and workforce issues. She has also been a strong advocate for gun violence prevention, has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children and as a volunteer mentor for the Housing Opportunities Commission’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Suzanne brings a wealth of experience in community engagement and has played an active role with IW for many years as a volunteer at several IW programs. Suzanne graduated from Dickinson College and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

Director of Family ServicesMonica Barberis-Young oversees Interfaith Works’ Friends in Action program, Interfaith Housing Coalition, and the Interfaith Clothing Center. Monica, who has been with Interfaith Works for 20 years, brings a wealth of social service outreach experience to IW. She has held positions with Rockville Senior Center providing crisis assistance to low-income seniors, and, overseas, has worked for US Uniformed Services, counseling members of the Armed Forces and their families in areas of substance and domestic abuse, as well as creating and implementing education and social programs focused on meeting the resettlement needs of diverse international communities. She is fluent in Spanish, French and German.

Director of Homeless Services – Christine Hong joined Interfaith Works in 2005 as a residential coordinator at the IW Women’s Center, and since then has taken on progressively expanding roles and responsibilities in the realm of providing services to men and women experiencing homelessness. Most recently, Christine  has served as deputy director of Homeless Services programs. She graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. Christine is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical in the state of Maryland.