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Susan Gallucci, LICSW

Executive Director

Susan joined The Northwest Center as its Executive Director and Maternity Home Director in 2006.  Susan works individually with each woman to assist her in achieving her goals, including creating a strong, healthy family and a brighter future for herself and her baby.

Previously, Susan worked for Montgomery County Maryland’s Child Welfare services for six years as an Assessment Worker. She provided investigations for child abuse and neglect. Susan obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America. In 2016, she was named Catholic Social Worker of the Year by the Catholic Social Workers’ National Association.


Isabel Hechinger

Pregnancy Center Program Assistant

Isabel joined NWC as the Pregnancy Center Program Assistant in August 2022. A Maryland native, she graduated from from Salisbury University with a degree in Public Health. During her senior year of college in the fall of 2021, Isabel was the NWC Pregnancy Center Intern. She brings experience in health education and child care and a deep passion for supporting mothers and children. She is excited to be back at NWC on staff! 

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Norma Cindy Canedo

Bilingual Family Support Worker

Norma is Bolivian-American, born in Maryland, and has lived most of her life in DC. Norma graduated from Catholic University of America with a BA in Psychology. She was previously volunteering with The Northwest Center as a Spanish counselor for six years before joining the staff in September 2020. Norma also works for a social justice ministry at a local church, which includes services for families in need, the homeless community, and a pro-life ministry. She is grateful to be able to serve the Hispanic community as the Center’s Bilingual Family Support Worker.