Photo by Renata Grzan Wieczorek/

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.

Maria Meli, LICSW

Maria Meli, LGSW

Pregnancy Center Director

Maria joined The Northwest Center in January 2018. She interned with us while pursuing her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the Catholic University of America (CUA).

Previously, Maria worked as a case manager at Medstar Washington  Hospital Center and interned at George Washington University Hospital. Maria is a licensed  graduate social worker in the District of Columbia and received her Masters of Social Work degrees from CUA. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at CUA.

Kelly Marcum

Kelly Marcum

Development Director

Kelly joined The Northwest Center in July 2018. A volunteer at the Center since 2012, she worked as a lobbyist for pro-life legislation on Capitol Hill and as a journalist based in Boston. Her writing has been featured in The Federalist, The Washington Examiner, The National Catholic Register, and The American Conservative. 

Kelly received her B.S. from Georgetown University and her M.A. from King’s College London. She lives with her husband and two sons in Northern Virginia.

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Norma Cindy Canedo

Bilingual Family Support Worker


Taylor Hackel

Resident Live-In Manager

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.

Taylor is a recent graduate in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She has spent the past year as a research assistant in structural biology, but her real passion lies in serving others and has volunteered for homeless shelters, food banks, a resource center for former inmates, as well as leading a campus chapter of Food Recovery Network. She is excited to help new moms reach their fullest potential both for themselves and their baby. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology from the John Paul II Institute concentrating on the person, family, and theology of the body and hopes to integrate this knowledge and her experience at the Northwest Center to serve the community in the future as a pro life family medicine physician.

 Staff Photos Courtesy of Renata Grzan Wieczorek/*

*Excluding Norma Cindy Canedo's and Taylor Hackel's photos.


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