Senior Management Staff

Ford T. Johnson, Jr., J.D.
Founder, President and CEO

Ford Johnson, Koba’s founder, president, and CEO, has more than 25 years of experience in the conceptualization, design and implementation of policy, management-related research, and demonstration projects for public and private sector clients in the United States and abroad. He also has over 20 years of experience specializing in residential and educational services to emotionally needy children in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area. A description of some of the projects he has overseen can be found here.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Johnson has founded and organized several corporations, including firms specializing in soft goods manufacturing, real estate, computer analysis, and publishing. His example has inspired several former employees to create successful business of their own. He has also authored or co-authored over fifty major reports and published two books.

Mr. Johnson holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School and was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court civil rights case Johnson v. Virginia, which eliminated racial segregation from the nation’s courtrooms. He was also one of the earliest Peace Corps volunteers, serving for two years as a teacher and curriculum developer in Ghana, West Africa.



David Hackney, M.D.
Director of Clinical and Therapeutic Residential Services

Dr. David Hackney oversees all clinical services and operations for residents of Koba’s Mansion at Focus Point residential program. He directly supervises psychotherapists and youth counselors who provide counseling in the MFP homes, as well as providing training for the managerial and counseling staff. He also oversees the operations of the residences (including administrative, fiscal, staffing, and maintenance aspects) as both physical homes and centers from which therapeutic services are provided.

Dr. Hackney has more than 20 years of experience in providing mental health services in the Washington, D.C. metro area. For 15 of those years, he has focused on working with members of at-risk populations at all levels – children, adults, and families. He has led over a dozen seminars and workshops covering such matters as addiction, substance abuse, and family therapy.

Dr. Hackney received his B.A. in biology from Harvard University and his M.D., with honors in psychiatry, from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed his psychiatric residency training at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he served as administrative chief resident and the Area III representative to the American Psychiatric Association Committee of Residents and Fellows.