Leadership

Board and Staff Impact


board of directors
1,382
hours were contributed by board members, valued at nearly $70,000


Volunteer Team
4,745
volunteers were recruited and managed by the NVFS Volunteer Team

Staff
450+
staff members help provide the breadth and depth of services that our community needs

Board of Directors

Officers

Barbara Janofsky Rudin, Ph.D. Chair

Barbara Janofsky Rudin, Ph.D. Chair

Dr. Rudin is an Executive Vice President and Group Leader at ICF International. She oversees more than $300 million in annual revenues in the technology, health, education and social programs arena. Serving the federal sector, Dr. Rudin’s clients include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to serving as the Group Leader, Dr. Rudin served as the Director of Business Development and the Director of Operations for the Group.

With a background in early education, Dr. Rudin has significant expertise in the Head Start area and other programs serving at-risk children and families. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and organizations.

Dr. Rudin holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Development and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

My-Chau Nguyen Vice Chair

My-Chau Nguyen Vice Chair

My-Chau Nguyen is a senior sales and marketing executive with 30 years of business experience, including 20 years in high tech/telecommunications. She is currently the Sr. Vice President, Customer Relationship Marketing at SiriusXM Radio, the leader in audio entertainment. In her current role, Ms. Nguyen is responsible for acquisition and re-acquisition marketing. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining SiriusXM in 2006, Ms. Nguyen held senior marketing and sales roles at Nextel, Earthlink, AOL, Cable & Wireless, Sprint and Xerox. Her background covers all aspects of marketing/sales in Consumer and Business to Business (Enterprise, General Business and Public Sector).

She is a graduate of the American University (Washington, D.C.) and received a Strategic Business Leadership certificate from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Ms. Nguyen lives with her husband, Thong Nguyen, in Great Falls, Va., and has two grown daughters. In her spare time, she works with various nonprofit organizations on marketing projects and special events. She also enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time at her weekend retreat in nearby Annapolis, Md.

Warrenetta Baker Treasurer

Warrenetta Baker Treasurer

Warrenetta Baker is Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Tax for Capital One Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company. Ms. Baker serves as head of Capital One’s income tax group with responsibility for all corporate income tax matters, including accounting, reporting, compliance, planning, international, audits, appeals, litigation, and risk management.

Ms. Baker has more than 20 years of corporate income tax experience. Prior to joining Capital One in January 2004, Ms. Baker was a senior tax leader at General Electric Company, serving first as head of tax for GE’s E-Commerce division and then with GE’s European Equipment Leasing division. At GE she specialized in the tax aspects of structuring global funding arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Prior to her service with GE, Ms. Baker held positions as director of tax planning for Thiokol Corporation and head of tax for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area.

Ms. Baker joined the board of Northern Virginia Family Service in 2010. Prior to her work with NVFS, she served on the board and as treasurer of the YWCA of the National Capital Area.

Ms. Baker received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her juris doctor from the Washington College of Law at the American University.

Timothy F. Kenny Secretary

Timothy F. Kenny Secretary

Timothy F. Kenny became Freddie Mac’s senior vice president and general auditor in July 2008. He reports directly to the audit committee of Freddie Mac’s board of directors and administratively to CEO Donald Layton.

In this position, Mr. Kenny supervises the Internal Audit Department, which is responsible for all internal audit activities and coordinating audit practices and procedures with Freddie Mac’s external auditor and regulator. Prior to this, Mr. Kenny served as the company’s vice president and interim general auditor. He joined Freddie Mac in September 2007.

From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Kenny was a managing director with BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), where he directed a large team of financial professionals on a variety of financial risk-management projects with private sector mortgage bankers, Ginnie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration, the Dept. of the Treasury, and other federal credit agencies. He joined KPMG, the predecessor organization to KPMG Consulting, in 1986, was promoted to a KPMG audit partner in 1997, and served in that position until the separation of KPMG Consulting from KPMG in 2001.

Mr. Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah. He completed the Leadership and Strategic Impact program offered by Freddie Mac, in conjunction with Darthmouth’s Tuck School of Business, in June 2011.

Mr. Kenny is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance from the Institute of Internal Auditors and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Mr. Kenny currently serves on the NVFS Board and The University of Utah School of Accounting Advisory Board. From 2004 to 2008, he was a member of the board of directors of Farmer Mac, a government-sponsored enterprise that has established a secondary market for agricultural loans, serving on its audit and corporate governance committees. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

Members

Steven B. Alloy Stanley Martin

Steven B. Alloy Stanley Martin

Steven Alloy is president of Stanley Martin. Stanley Martin is one of the largest homebuilding companies in the mid-Atlantic region and engages in residential development, new home construction, mortgage banking, and title and settlement services in the Washington D.C., Charlottesville, Richmond and Raleigh metro areas. Mr. Alloy joined Stanley Martin in 1991 and has been its President since 1998. He is also a principal and founder of Duball, a developer of urban apartments, condominiums and hotels in the Washington area.

Outside of Stanley Martin, Mr. Alloy works to combat homelessness in the D.C. region. He is a current Board member and Past President of HomeAid Northern Virginia, the local chapter of HomeAid America. Mr. Alloy serves on the Board of Directors and is an officer of Alternative House, which manages Fairfax County’s teenage homeless shelter, assists homeless Fairfax County high school students, provides services to single young mothers, and more. Annually, Stanley Martin’s employees and trade partners perform a renovation project for a Northern Virginia homeless shelter or group home.

Mr. Alloy is also engaged in the education arena. He serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, which fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills for youth. He is a long term member of the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. Mr. Alloy also serves on the Advisory Board of George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

Within his industry, Mr. Alloy has been a leader in his trade association, both as a Past President and a Life Director of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. He is also an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization. He is a tennis enthusiast and is married with three children.

Jennifer Aument Transurban Group

Jennifer Aument Transurban Group

Jennifer Aument joined Transurban in 2006 and now leads the Group’s North American business. Prior to that, she served as vice president public affairs for Transurban, with responsibility for the U.S. market. Ms. Aument, who came to Transurban from Bechtel Infrastructure, is also a commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees one of the largest shipping enterprises in the United States. She is the incoming chairman of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Weetie Beyer Hill Beyer Auto Group

Weetie Beyer Hill Beyer Auto Group

Weetie Beyer Hill is a vice president and CFO of The Beyer Auto Group, which currently comprises five car dealerships, one body shop and one independent repair shop. Her office is located in Falls Church, where she has consolidated all accounting and human resources functions for all their operating companies and a multitude of other LLCs. She returned to this position in 2001 after working at American Management Systems (AMS) for 11 years. At AMS, she was the business manager for the College & University Systems Group and the Consumer Banking Group.

Ms. Hill most recently served on the Board of Community Residences, Inc., from 2001-2008. She served on the Executive Committee from 2002- 2007, and was Chairman of the Board from 2006-2007. Ms. Hill is also an actively engaged alumna of Leadership Fairfax, Inc, and served on the Board and Executive Committee from 2001-2003.

Susann Bresnahan Accenture

Susann Bresnahan Accenture

Sue Bresnahan is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture, a Fortune 500 company. AFS serves clients across the U.S. federal government’s civilian, defense, intelligence and public safety agencies.

Ms. Bresnahan has responsibility for AFS’ human capital strategy and the full employee lifecycle for all AFS people — including talent/resource planning, recruitment, onboarding, professional development and training, staffing and deployment, performance management, engagement and retention, succession planning, and transitions.

Ms. Bresnahan is a member of the AFS Leadership Team and Accenture’s Global HR Management Team.

Prior to assuming her current role in November 2012, Ms. Bresnahan served as Managing Director – Human Resources for Accenture’s Global Operating Groups, where she led HR strategy and operations, and served as lead for Global HR Compliance Matters.

Previously, Ms. Bresnahan held global HR leadership roles across industries, specifically for Accenture’s Consumer Products, Financial Services, and Telecommunications Business Operating Groups.

Prior to her HR leadership roles, Ms. Bresnahan spent seven years in Accenture’s systems integration and consulting practice where she served clients in the Consumer Products, Government and Financial Services industries.

Ms. Bresnahan joined Accenture in 1979 and became a partner in 2001. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Trinity College. She lives in McLean, Va., where she and her husband, Mark, have raised four sons.

Angie Casper LMI

Angie Casper LMI

Ms. Casper has more than 25 years of experience as a human resources (HR) leader, aligning HR and business strategy and managing transformation and change. She came to LMI from Cobham: Advanced Electronic Solutions, where she served as the senior vice president, human resources. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at Lockheed Martin, most recently as vice president of human resources for the defense business. Prior to joining Lockheed, she had a variety of leadership positions in human resources in aerospace- and technology-based organizations. Ms. Casper has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in management from Antioch University, and a master’s degree in international human resources leadership from Rutgers University.

Alfredo Casta, MS Cascades Technologies, inc.

Alfredo Casta, MS Cascades Technologies, inc.

Alfredo Casta is CEO and founder of Cascades Technologies, inc. (CTi), which delivers IT governance services, technical solutions and project management to key cabinet agencies such as the Dept. of Labor, GSA, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Justice and Dept. of the Treasury. CTi has been listed on Inc. 500/5000 magazine’s fastest-growing companies for seven consecutive years.

Prior to CTi, Mr. Casta served in a variety of information technology roles in the U.S. Department of Labor. As Division Chief, Mr. Casta led his organization in the development of many systems and mission critical applications of the Office of Systems Development.

Mr. Casta obtained his master’s of science degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of the Sacred Heart.

In addition to his service with NVFS, Mr. Casta serves on the boards of advisors of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and is vice chair of the board of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Carrie Dooher Ogilvy PR

Carrie Dooher Ogilvy PR

Carrie Dooher brings a broad range of skills in social marketing, communications, law and public health to Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) as its Senior Vice President of Social Change. She has worked for more than 13 years as a public health advocate, particularly in the food, agriculture and health industries, implementing and managing strategy and messaging in areas including food, nutrition, health and wellness, and food safety and security.

At Ogilvy, Ms. Dooher has led work on behalf of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s Physical Education initiative as well as an adult obesity prevention campaign to increase risk awareness and prevention support. She has also provided strategic counsel on a number of reputation and food-related issues, including on behalf of DuPont’s food security and nutrition initiatives.

Prior to joining Ogilvy, Ms. Dooher served as the Director of Trends and Consumer Insights for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and International Food Information Council Foundation, a fast-paced, exciting nonprofit in Washington D.C. that leads nutrition and food safety science, agriculture, public health, and evidence-based communications. Before IFIC, Ms. Dooher practiced law for nearly 10 years — primarily policy and regulatory law for food, drugs, and environmental issues.

At Ogilvy, IFIC and the Foundation, Ms. Dooher has worked closely with food, beverage and agricultural companies, as well as with established partners from a wide range of professional organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. She provides first-look information on upcoming food, nutrition, and health trends, and monitors these trends in both media coverage and consumer behavior. Ms. Dooher has led consumer research both at Ogilvy and IFIC, including the IFIC annual Food & Health Survey, which provided valuable consumer insights about beliefs, behaviors, motivations, and barriers regarding food preferences, nutrition, physical activity, and functional foods.

Michael Dudzik IQMRI

Michael Dudzik IQMRI

Michael Dudzik is senior business professional experienced with Corporate Leadership, P&L operations, advanced technology, product development and manufacturing within the aerospace and commercial industry business sectors. Currently, Mr. Dudzik is currently serving as president of IQMRI, a nonprofit R&D organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Solace Corp and Lingua Franca Group and a former Air Force Reserve Brigadier General, having served with Air Force Space Command in policy, space acquisition and operational space assignments.

Mr. Dudzik graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and from the Ohio State University with a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas and attended advanced courses at the Northwestern Kellogg Business School

Mr. Dudzik’s Advisory Board service includes: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Research Institute, and the University of Detroit-Mercy College of Engineering & Sciences. He is a recent Governing Board member for the Flex Tech Alliance (nonprofit). He was elected as Fellow of SAE (Aerospace) in 2010, was appointed a Technical Fellow of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and serves on the NDIA Science & Technology Division Committee. He has published more than 25 technical articles, book chapters, holds three US patents and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Michael is the current District Chairman and Council Board member of the Boy Scouts in the National Capital Area.

Mr. Dudzik began his professional career at Texas Instruments with assignments of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing and profit & loss management operations. He later joined the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM)/later Veridian, serving as Managing Director/Vice President, leading development of advanced technology, technology transition, and prototype creation with multiple industry sectors, including the automotive and aerospace. Mr. Dudzik was recruited by the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Director of Advanced Technology Programs. At GTRI, Mr. Dudzik focused on the transition/translation of basic University research to government and commercial industry applications. Mr. Dudzik joined to the Lockheed Martin Corporation as Director of Research & Technology, Missiles & Fire Control, and was later promoted to Vice President of Science & Technology, Washington Operations. At Lockheed Martin, Mr. Dudzik led an engineering organization responsible for the development of evolutionary and revolutionary technologies for aerospace applications.

Michael Dudzik is married to the former Lynn Marie Louwsma, and they reside with their children in Great Falls, Va.

Steve Gladis, Ph.D. Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

Steve Gladis, Ph.D. Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

An executive coach, author, and speaker, Dr. Steve Gladis is an authority on the subject of leadership. CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners — a leadership development company — he is the author of 19 books on leadership and a professor at George Mason University. His company works with businesses, associations and U.S. government agencies, and he speaks regularly at conferences and corporate gatherings. A former faculty member at the University of Virginia, Dr. Gladis also served as an FBI special agent and was a decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His company donates a significant portion of corporate profits back to the community. His newest book, Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work, was released in 2013 and is available on Amazon.

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Axiom

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Axiom

With 25 years of professional experience as a management consultant and corporate executive, Juan Pablo Gonzalez is well regarded for his work advising leading organizations. His experience spans a range of critical issues including strategic planning, organization restructuring and post-merger integration, employee and executive compensation program design, performance measurement and management and human resources strategy. He has developed high-impact solutions for Boards of Directors, management, and professional and hourly employees in private, public and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Gonzalez’s clients have included leading employers in the fields of technology, government contracting, consumer products, manufacturing, professional services and pharmaceuticals, as well as some of the world’s most well known trade and membership associations.

Prior to joining Axiom, Mr. Gonzalez led consulting practices for Mercer and for RSM McGladrey. His senior corporate roles included combining and leading the compensation, benefits and human resources information systems functions for Constellation Energy and Baan Company. Juan has also been a consultant with Sibson & Company and held corporate human resources positions with Alexander and Alexander Services, Inc., (now AON), Philip Morris Companies Inc., and Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Gonzalez is a frequent speaker on aligning strategy, organization and talent. He is a co-author of Shockproof – How to Hardwire Your Business for Lasting Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), and his articles have appeared in the International Human Resource Journal, workspan and the American Management Association’s Compensation and Benefits Review. Mr. Gonzalez serves on Cornell University’s Organizational Effectiveness Advisory Committee, the Leadership Board of the Human Resources Leadership Awards of Greater Washington and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Gonzalez earned a Master of Arts (Honors) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Lynne M. Halbrooks Holland & Knight

Lynne M. Halbrooks Holland & Knight

Lynne M. Halbrooks is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices. A former federal prosecutor and acting inspector general (IG) of the Department of Defense, she is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and White Collar Defense Investigations Teams.

Ms. Halbrooks has extensive experience in civil and criminal investigations and enforcement litigation. Her focus is on advising corporations and individuals who are responding to Inspector General audits and investigations. Her recent engagements include investigations relating to the False Claims Act, the federal bribery and gratuities statutes, and related suspension and debarment proceedings. Ms. Halbrooks also provides advice and counseling to corporations who are anticipating or undergoing an IG audit, or seeking to enhance their risk management and compliance programs. She has an in-depth knowledge of IG practices, internal investigations, and mandatory disclosure requirements.

In addition, Ms. Halbrooks has held a number of senior positions in the federal government. From 2009 through April 2015, she was general counsel and then principal deputy inspector general at the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General. During this time, she served as the acting inspector general for 21 months. She was previously the general counsel for the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, and spent four years with the U.S. Senate sergeant at arms, first as general counsel and then as deputy sergeant at arms.

Her experience also includes serving as a deputy director in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice and as an assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She held a top secret security clearance throughout her federal service.

Ms. Halbrooks is not currently licensed in Virginia, as her practice is limited to federal practice.

John Heltzel John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C.

John Heltzel John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C.

John F. Heltzel is president of John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C., an architectural design firm with offices in McLean, Manassas and Lynchburg. Mr. Heltzel is a registered architect in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. He established Heltzel AIA in 1991, after spending four years as a project architect for Karl E. Kohler Associates. Mr. Heltzel has more than 25 years of experience in residential and commercial design and construction projects.

Mr. Heltzel is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Code Council (ICC), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Mr. Heltzel is firmly committed to the community. Inspired by his experience designing homes, not just houses, John is especially motivated to help reduce homelessness in Northern Virginia. In addition to his current involvement with NVFS, Mr. Heltzel has served as vice president of the SERVE, Inc. board of directors. Mr. Heltzel has volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Club of Manassas. He is currently active in the Manassas Rotary Club, Historic Manassas, Inc., the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Soccer Club and the Sudley Swim and Tennis Club.

Mr. Heltzel and his wife, Jeanine, have four sons. He enjoys playing and coaching soccer, hitting the ski slopes in the winter and experimenting in the kitchen.

Brian K. Jackson Westway Development Services

Brian K. Jackson Westway Development Services

Beginning in real estate in the mid 1980s, Brian K. Jackson has, over the last 25 years, established a career based on excellent service, teamwork and integrity.

During his 25 years in the real estate arena (11 with The Peterson Companies), Mr. Jackson has managed more than 4 million square feet of diverse real estate holdings in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Jackson has experience in managing office, retail, medical, industrial/flex and residential properties. In 1993, he received the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), a leading commercial real estate trade organization. He is currently senior director of operations at Westway Development Services. He is also a licensed real estate professional in the state of Virginia.

Though a native of North Carolina, Mr. Jackson is a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, moving to the area in 1972 and making Reston his home town in 1974. He is a product of Fairfax County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College.

In his spare time, Mr. Jackson is an active member of his church, playing in the church band. He also is a freelance musician. In addition, Mr. Jackson is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, teaching the JA curriculum to first graders.

Mr. Jackson resides in South Riding, Va., with his wife, Connie, and their two daughters.

Marc Katz CustomInk

Marc Katz CustomInk

Marc Katz co-founded CustomInk in 2000 and serves as its chairman and CEO. Mr. Katz has led CustomInk from inception to become a $200+ million community commerce innovator, recognized for marketplace and workplace excellence, with a strong board and leadership team.

Prior to founding CustomInk, Mr. Katz served as a financial analyst in the M&A group of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown (formerly James D. Wolfensohn, Inc.), where he advised telecommunications companies with respect to their strategic transactions. Mr. Katz graduated from Harvard in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Cathy Lange Human Capital Advisors

Cathy Lange Human Capital Advisors

Catherine A. Lange is a partner with Human Capital Advisors, LLC. HCA is a strategic human capital consulting firm that assists executives in recruiting, growing and retaining the talent they need to achieve success. She was the founder and president of BusinessWorks of America, Inc., a management consulting and leadership development firm formed in 1995, and accepted the invitation to join HCA in 2015 to expand the platform she and her colleagues could offer to clients. She has more than 40 years of business experience with more than 20 years at two Fortune 500 companies in the high tech industry, and 20 years as a business owner.

Ms. Lange serves on a number of boards. She serves as a board member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is co-chair of the recently launched Non Profit Executive Roundtable. In 2009 she was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, where she currently serves as chairman. She is the chair and board member of Fairfax Futures, which helps pre-K children prepare for school and career success. She served for nine years on the board of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia and was chair of the Marketing Communications Committee. She is a co-founder and former president of the Angels Network, a charity focused on women helping others. Ms Lange was inducted into the 2011 class of the Women Who Mean Business, the prestigious Washington Business Journal program for top women in the greater Washington region. Ms. Lange is a graduate of Corporate Coach University, with certifications and training in broad range of leadership development and assessment programs. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University. She and her husband are longtime residents of Fairfax County. They have three grown children, a college senior at the College of William and Mary, and seven grandchildren.

Derek Ligeikis Ernst & Young

Derek Ligeikis Ernst & Young

Derek Ligeikis is an assurance partner in Ernst & Young’s financial services practice, responsible for managing some of the firm’s larger and complex accounts and relationships. He joined Ernst & Young in 2002 from Arthur Andersen and has served a variety of public and private financial institutions including banks, asset managers, mortgage REITs, government sponsored entities and real estate companies. Mr. Ligeikis has worked collaboratively with clients on the resolution of complex business issues, private and public debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and technical accounting and SEC matters. Mr. Ligeikis is involved with and leads multiple people initiatives within Ernst & Young, including active participation in career watch programs, performance review committees, and firm education, training and recruiting.

Mr. Ligeikis received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a certified public accountant in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is also a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants.

Jennifer H. Lindsey, MD, FAAP, FACC

Jennifer H. Lindsey, MD, FAAP, FACC

Jennifer H. Lindsey, MD, FAAP, FACC is a pediatric cardiologist working with fetal to young adult patients in the Northern Virginia area to manage their congenital heart defects and help them get on with the more important aspects of living. Born and raised locally, Dr. Lindsey has lived in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and the Mclean/Tyson’s Corner neighborhoods. As an early teen, her parents sent her to the Madeira School, where she met her accomplished friend, Misti Mukherjee (who would later introduce her NVFS).

In 1984, Dr. Lindsey matriculated to Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she pursued a major in mathematics (B.S. Mathematics, 1988). While at Haverford, Dr. Lindsey had the great opportunity to play soccer and lacrosse for four years, where she co-captained both of these teams in her senior year, went to NCAA competition twice, and received various boring athletic awards (MVP, National College Athletes Hall of Fame, All Conference, All American). From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Lindsey attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she met Charlie Lindsey, whom she married in 1995. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Lindsey completed her residency in Pediatrics (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1992-1994; University of Virginia 1994-1995). During residency, exposure to patients living at/below the poverty line led to Dr. Lindsey’s work as a general Pediatrician in rural South Carolina for a year, while her husband completed his fellowship training. In 1996, she returned to the University of Virginia for two years of research on the renin-angiotensin system, followed by completion of a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology.

Dr. Lindsey has presented at national and international scientific meetings, is published in peer reviewed medical journals, authored a textbook chapter, and has received teaching awards (Andy Ford Award; Resident Teaching Award). Her love, however, is her patients. Desiring to return to her roots, Dr. Lindsey returned to the Northern Virginia area to join a private practice pediatric cardiology group in 2000 She is on the staff of numerous hospitals (Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Reston Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Medstar Montgomery General Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital) in the Northern Virginia and nearby regions. Somewhere amid fellowship training and early career, Dr. Lindsey had two children (Wyatt Lindsey, now a freshman at the University of Richmond; Julia Lindsey, in 10th grade at the Dominion Christian School). Career and life were arrested mid-stride nearly 8 years ago when Julia was diagnosed with a brain tumor and subsequently had two recurrences. Today, Julia is 3.5 years cancer-free and healthy, and celebration is a daily occurrence in the Lindsey household.

Amid the chaos, Dr. Lindsey spends her time with her husband, children, family and friends, volunteering at a local homeless shelter (TLC), donating and raising funds (schools, LoVE Orphanage, TLC, Feed the Hungry & others), and trying to get in the daily 30 minutes on the exercise bike.

Casey Veatch Veatch Commercial Real Estate

Casey Veatch Veatch Commercial Real Estate

Casey Veatch is a native of Northern Virginia, having grown up in Reston. He has spent his entire career in the commercial real estate industry, beginning with the Irving Group and Trammell Crow Company before starting his own company, Veatch Commercial Real Estate. He helps companies and organizations with their facilities procurement and dispositions locally and across the country. He has developed, owned and operated a car wash as well as invested in a variety of companies.

Mr. Veatch is a licensed broker in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He serves in various capacities with a number of organizations in the area including the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun CEO Cabinet, High Tech Prayer Breakfast, Cornerstones and Leadership Fairfax.

Bill White Apple Federal Credit Union

Bill White Apple Federal Credit Union

Bill White studied accounting and computer science at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. While attending university he worked at the IBM Credit Union as a programmer, operator and loan officer. During his tenure with the credit union, Mr. White worked his way up to president and CEO and remained president until November 2011, at which time the credit union merged with Apple Federal Credit Union, where he serves as regional president of Prince William County. Mr. White is responsible for increasing commercial lending business and deposits.

Mr. White is the past chairman of the Prince William Chamber, and currently serves on the finance committee and the board of directors. He is the past president of the Center of the Arts and presently serves as its treasurer. He is an active in the Manassas Rotary Club, serving as chairman of the membership committee and a vice president of its foundation.

Derek Whitwer EagleBank

Derek Whitwer EagleBank

Derek Whitwer is responsible for the management of commercial banking for the State of Maryland for EagleBank, a publicly traded community bank headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Previously, Mr. Whitwer served as BB&T’s Market President in Loudoun County, Va., and his background includes large corporate and middle market banking, loan workouts, merger and acquisition finance and government contract finance.

Prior to his banking career, Derek founded and owned Elysian Fields Collectibles, a company specializing in the retail sale of pre-WWII baseball memorabilia, for nine years. Mr. Whitwer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College (Jackson, Miss.) and lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife, Maureen.

Judy Wine Wine Energy

Judy Wine Wine Energy

Judy Wine joined the board of Northern Virginia Family Service in 2010. Ms. Wine is the vice president of Wine Energy, a family-owned business located in Manassas with retail locations in Prince William and Fauquier counties that serves nearly 2,500 residential and commercial customers throughout Northern Virginia.

Ms. Wine also serves on the board of Rainbow Riding and has chaired or co-chaired the March of Dimes Walk for Prince William for several years. She was part of Leadership Prince William’s Class of 2015, joining an alumni group of key decision makers well-versed in local issues and opportunities.

Ms. Wine lives in Manassas and, in her spare time, enjoys reading and running.

Wayne M. Zell

Wayne M. Zell Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.

Wayne M. Zell Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.

Wayne Zell’s extensive background as an attorney, CPA, and entrepreneur provide him a wealth of insight to his clients’ business operations and challenges. For more than 30 years, Wayne has counseled clients as an attorney, accountant, and business advisor in a wide range of industries, including technology, government contracting, real estate, retailing, and wealth management, with a special emphasis on tax and business planning. His clients also include for-profit and non-profit executives, service providers, and high-net worth individuals.

He has extensive experience in representing clients in complex estate planning, tax, and business planning transactions and matters. On estate planning matters, Wayne routinely advises clients in structuring and preparing intricate revocable and irrevocable trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, life insurance vehicles, charitable giving arrangements including charitable lead and remainder trusts, private and public foundations and grant making programs, asset protection planning, joint ventures with tax-exempt organizations, and compensation and equity incentive plans for executives.

On tax and business planning matters, Wayne represents closely-held businesses and their owners on general business operations, tax and business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation and operation, equity and debt investments, and executive compensation matters. He also represents key employees of publicly traded and privately held entities in planning for the receipt and disposition of stock options, restricted stock, and synthetic equity, including phantom stock and stock appreciation rights.

Prior to joining Odin, Feldman & Pittleman P.C., Wayne was the founder and president of Zell Law, an estate and business planning boutique firm and was partner with several prominent law firms. Wayne also was a Senior Manager in the Washington National Tax Service Office of Price Waterhouse, specializing in tax-exempt organizations and flow-through entities, including partnerships, limited liability companies, and trusts.

Wayne has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for his legal ability and general ethical standards. In 2013-2017 Wayne was honored by being selected as one of the The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law. In 2010, Wayne was recognized among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Virginia Business magazine, and in 2006 he was named one of the Washington, D.C. area’s “Legal Elite” by SmartCEO Magazine. He is a frequent lecturer on estate and business planning topics, hosted a popular educational radio talk show Blueprint for Wealth from 2007 to 2013, and now hosts podcasts featuring special guests and tax, business planning and estate planning topics. He also has been a guest columnist for the Washington Business Journal and guest blogger for Washington Business Journal WBJ BizBeat writing bi-monthly posts on tax, business, and estate planning topics of interest.

Wayne is actively involved in charitable activities in the community, currently serving as a member of the Cornerstone Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Senior Team

Stephanie Berkowitz, NVFS president and CEO

Stephanie Berkowitz President and CEO

Stephanie Berkowitz President and CEO

Stephanie Berkowitz is President & CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service, a leading organization working to ensure low-income children and families in Northern Virginia reach their fullest potential. NVFS utilizes a unique wraparound service approach, and is recognized locally and nationally as a leader and innovator of social impact.

Stephanie has spent over 20 years working in the nonprofit sector building public and private partnerships and innovative responses to community needs. Previously, she served as the Director of the Survivors’ Fund Project, a $25 million long-term recovery program for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Survivors’ Fund became recognized nationally as a model program for community response following a disaster. The Survivors’ Fund also developed a successful partnership model with the American Red Cross which was replicated nationwide.

Stephanie has served on numerous nonprofit boards focused on improving opportunities for children and families, and strengthening communities. She currently serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board, HomeAid Northern Virginia, Leadership Fairfax, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council. Stephanie is also a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Advisory Council.

Stephanie holds a BA in Psychology from Lafayette College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. She loves spending time with her family, enjoys the theater, and is a lifelong tennis enthusiast.

Contact: sberkowitz@nvfs.org, 571.748.2506

Jacqueline Dendievel Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Jacqueline Dendievel Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Jacqueline Dendievel, SPHR, joined Northern Virginia Family Service in September 2013 as its Vice President of Human Resources.

Most recently, Jacqueline was a Senior Human Resource Manager at Leidos (formerly SAIC), part of a team supporting the company’s national security sector. Prior to SAIC she was a Senior Consultant with Helios HR, working with a variety of clients in the nonprofit and for-profit arenas, including healthcare, professional services, technology, higher education and international development. While at Helios, Jacqueline volunteered with NVFS, offering job preparation training for Training Futures trainees. Her career also includes positions with International Data Group (IDG), Georgetown University Medical Center, American University Career Center, and Cable Publications, Inc.

Jacqueline earned an M.B.A. from the Babson Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, Mass., and her B.S. in Public Relations from Boston University’s College of Communication. She holds a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University, Certificate in Employee Relations from Cornell University, eCornell, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She also earned a “Cours de Civilisation Francaise” certificate and diploma from La Sorbonne in Paris. She is an avid runner, with numerous marathons and other competitive races to her credit.

Contact: jdendievel@nvfs.org, 571.748.2525

Andrea Eck Executive Vice President, Programs

Andrea Eck Executive Vice President, Programs

Andrea Eck has worked in the nonprofit human service field for 18 years and has been an employee of Northern Virginia Family Service since 2001. She has held a number of positions from direct service to management, providing services and administering programs for low-income individuals and families.

As the Client Services Manager for the Survivors’ Fund Project from 2004-2008, she provided direct supervision to a team of case managers working with victims and survivors of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the distribution of over 20 million dollars in direct assistance to aid in clients return to self-sufficiency. As the Director of Quality Improvement, Andrea was responsible for consistency in service delivery, strategic planning and evaluation across the agency. From March 2013 until June 2015 Andrea was the Director of Housing Services, overseeing agency Homeless and Housing Programs including the full continuum of financial assistance, shelter, rapid re-housing, transitional, permanent supportive, affordable rentals, homelessness prevention, and community based housing and subsidy programs across Northern Virginia.

During her time as the Director of Housing, Andrea helped to provide leadership as that division grew from one shelter, located on the SERVE campus in Manassas, to include two additional shelters: the Hilda Barg Homelessness Prevention Center in Prince William County and the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter in Fairfax County. In her current role as the Senior Vice President of Programs, Andrea provides leadership across multiple services areas including Workforce Development, Housing and Homeless Services, and the Multicultural and Youth Initiatives Programs.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from George Mason in Fairfax, Va.

Contact: aeck@nvfs.org, 571.748.2601

Jen McCollum Executive Vice President, Development

Jen McCollum Executive Vice President, Development

Jen McCollum joined Northern Virginia Service in August 2015 as its Vice President of Development.

Prior to joining NVFS, Jen served as the Vice President of Donor Relations at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, where she served as primary liaison for the Foundation’s portfolio of donor advised, committee advised, designated and field of interested funds. She also managed the Community Foundation’s young professionals giving circle of more than 160 members, the Future Fund. With more than 12 years of experience in fundraising and donor relations experience, Jen has worked for some of the nation’s leading nonprofits — the American Cancer Society, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Michigan State University and a Masters in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also earned an Event Management Certificate from the George Washington University and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax’s Emerging Leaders Institute.

Jen has served as the Co-Chair of the Reston Chamber of Commerce Community Engagement Committee, and as a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton Nonprofit Conference Series Committee and the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Nonprofit Nova Steering Committee. As an avid runner, Jen has completed multiple marathons, coaches for Girls on the Run and serves on the race committee and board for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Contact: jmccollum@nvfs.org, 571.748.2535

Malinda Langford Senior Vice President, Programs

Malinda Langford Senior Vice President, Programs

Malinda Langford serves as the Senior Vice President of Child, Family and Youth Services for Northern Virginia Family Service. Malinda manages the child, family, and youth umbrella of services, which includes: Early Head Start, Head Start, Healthy Families, Intervention and Prevention Education, Violence Intervention and Prevention Education, Therapeutic Foster Care and Reunification Programming for youth who are uniting with families living in the United States. Malinda previously served as the director of the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs for two and a half years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human relations from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., and has worked in the field of early childhood education for the past 35 years. She has one daughter who is a stage actress and resides in Chicago.

Contact: mlangford@nvfs.org, 571.748.2555

Lorena McDowell Vice President, Programs

Lorena McDowell Vice President, Programs

Lorena McDowell came to NVFS in 2016, as Director of Homeless Services. In this role, she is responsible for the operation of NVFS’ three homeless shelters and for multiple homelessness prevention projects, aimed at stabilizing clients experiencing a housing crisis and diverting them from needing shelter.

Prior to coming to NVFS, Lorena worked with the Atlanta Mayor’s Office on Homelessness, as Deputy Director of the Atlanta Continuum of Care. Working together with the City’s homeless services providers, Lorena successfully designed and developed the fledgling Continuum. While in this position, she was also responsible for maintaining the City’s 7 million dollar HUD portfolio and consulting on 25 million in City managed community funding.

Lorena has spent the last 14 years working throughout the U.S. in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, focusing on homelessness, at-risk youth and community-wide strategic planning. Through her experience, Lorena has gained extensive knowledge of community housing needs and of the federal and state initiatives working to solve housing crises in communities across the nation. She has utilized this knowledge to help various communities and nonprofits gain a deeper understanding of the underlying issues they face and gaps in services, as well as best practices to help them overcome obstacles. She is committed to helping communities solve housing issues through strong advocacy, system-wide analysis and innovative ideas.

Lorena holds bachelor’s degrees in both Social Psychology and Ethnic Studies as well as a master’s in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minn. She enjoys traveling, culture and spending time with her husband and five children.

Contact: lmcdowell@nvfs.org, 571.748.2585

Laurent Poirot Vice President, IT

Laurent Poirot Vice President, IT

Laurent has worked at NVFS for more than three years and has helped deliver new technologies that continue to enable the staff to better achieve the core mission of the organization. Laurent is a result-oriented technology professional bringing more than 15 years of experience in the technology field.

Contact: lpoirot@nvfs.org, 571.748.2523

Shereen Ali, director of early childhood education

Shereen Ali Director, Early Childhood Education

Shereen Ali Director, Early Childhood Education

Shereen Ali, MHM, MA Ed., is NVFS’ director of early childhood education. The NVFS programs that she oversees include Head Start and Early Head Start, which serve children from birth to five years old as well as their families.

Shereen joined NVFS in 2009 as a Family Educator serving children and families enrolled in NVFS’ Early Head Start program. She was promoted to Education and Disabilities Coordinator in 2011 and now serves as Director of Early Childhood Education.

Contact: sali@nvfs.org

Tori Andrea Babington Director, Legal Services

Tori Andrea Babington Director, Legal Services

Tori Andrea Babington is the Director of Legal Services at Northern Virginia Family Service. She oversees the Immigration Legal Services program, which works in tandem with other NVFS providers to offer holistic, wraparound services at multiple locations. Tori is instrumental in designing innovative models to meet legal needs across NVFS’ client base and within the larger Northern Virginia community.

Before becoming a director, Tori was the chief immigration attorney at NVFS’ Multicultural Human Services, where she represented refugees, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable immigrant populations. In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Tori continues to assist NVFS clients in humanitarian and family-based immigration cases.

Prior to NVFS, Tori was a fellow in the Refugee Protection Program at Human Rights First. She was a Public Interest Law Scholar at Georgetown Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor and a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Tori is fluent in English and Spanish. She and her husband, Matt, are raising their family in Fauquier County, Va.

Contact: tandrea@nvfs.org

Kathy Bridgeman Director, Community Housing

Kathy Bridgeman Director, Community Housing

Kathy Bridgeman has managed housing programs at NVFS since 2013 and is the Deputy Director of Housing.

Kathy holds Certified Housing Counselor (CHC) holds a Housing Specialist – Rental Counseling Certification (HSRCC) certifications from the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors.

Contact: Kathy Bridgeman, 571.748.2575

Amrong Chey Director, Operations & Facilities Management

Amrong Chey Director, Operations & Facilities Management

Amrong Chey joined NVFS in November 2016 as the Director of Operations and Facilities Management. Before coming to NVFS, she worked at American University as an Operations Coordinator for a number of facilities, vendors, tenants and activities. She has over 20 years of experience with facilities management/operations in a number of settings, including Aramark, Chartwells and Sodexo.

Amrong is an effective manager with hands-on experience in negotiating contracts, financial reports, client relations and vendor management. Amrong enjoys working with people and providing services that are dependable, efficient and serve customer needs.

Amrong received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and a Master of Science in Real Estate from American University. She enjoys learning, walking and spending time with her family.

Contact: achey@nvfs.org, 571.748.2509

Beth Dargatis Director, Finance

Beth Dargatis Director, Finance

Beth has more than 23 years of accounting experience, with more than 15 of those years working with and for nonprofits. She joined Northern Virginia Family Service in 1998. Beth manages the financial operations of the agency, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, monthly close, financial reporting, and grants management, as well as overseeing and managing audits by the agency’s independent auditors and numerous grant funders. She ensures that NVFS’ financial records are in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Federal compliance requirements. Beth is also responsible for the development and completion of the Finance Department’s goals and objectives. Beth provides leadership, planning, and project coordination to the staff in the Finance Department, while concurrently facilitating efficient operations to meet both agency and staff needs.

Beth’s work experience prior to NVFS was as an auditor with Deloitte, where she worked primarily with nonprofit clients. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Muhlenberg College. She and her husband, David, live in Vienna, Va.

Contact: bdargatis@nvfs.org, 571.748.2511

Sharon Frost Director, Child Placement Services

Sharon Frost Director, Child Placement Services

Sharon Frost has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2001 and serves as the Director of Child Placement Services for NVFS, which includes therapeutic foster care, therapeutic respite care, adoption and family reunification.

Prior to NVFS, Sharon worked for The Pressley Ridge Schools in Pittsburgh helping develop and lead the Home Places Program, an innovative treatment program for children and young adults with dual mental health, mental retardation diagnoses and severely challenging behaviors. She served as Assistant Director and later as Director of the Home Places Program and PRISM Program. Before her leadership roles, she worked as a Parent Supervisor/Community Liaison and Senior Program Supervisor for the PRYDE Therapeutic Foster Care Program and Program Supervisor for the Home Places Program.

Sharon graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Sharon completed her Behavior Therapist/Student Practicum role at the May Institute in Cape Cod, Mass., which serves children with autism. She holds a Professional License from Pennsylvania in Psychology.

Contact: sfrost@nvfs.org, 571.748.2507

Karen Horowitz Director, Community & Volunteer Engagement

Karen Horowitz Director, Community & Volunteer Engagement

Karen Horowitz is the Director of Volunteer & Internship Engagement for Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) and has been with the agency in volunteer management and fundraising roles for nearly six years. In her current role, Karen has implemented best practices in volunteer administration throughout the agency by streamlining the volunteer onboarding process, significantly increasing volunteer involvement and engaging volunteers more strategically to increase the agency’s capacity and impact.

She has spent her career in the nonprofit sector focusing on volunteer management, building community partnerships and fundraising. Prior to joining NVFS, she worked for Alternative House and the Northern Virginia Chapter of MADD. Karen is a northern Virginia native and graduate of George Mason University and the Leadership Fairfax class of 2010. She is currently pursuing her CVA (Certificate in Volunteer Administration).

Contact: khorowitz@nvfs.org, 571.748.2626

Lindsey Kearney Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Lindsey Kearney Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Lindsey Kearney joined Northern Virginia Family Service in October 2016 as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Prior to joining NVFS, Lindsey served as the Director of Research and Prospect Management at Odell, Simms, and Lynch, a premier nonprofit consulting firm serving the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to this role, Lindsey held multiple fundraising positions, including: Major Gifts Officer, Annual Giving and Donor Relations Manager, Executive Director, and Events Director. She brings over 10 years of broad-based development experience to NVFS.

A native to Southern California, Lindsey received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from San Diego State University. She is currently pursuing her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certificate.

Contact: lkearney@nvfs.org, 571.748.2560

Meredith McKeen Director, Multicultural Center & Youth Initiatives

Meredith McKeen Director, Multicultural Center & Youth Initiatives

Meredith McKeen, MSW, is a social worker with more than 18 years of experience administering, managing, and providing the following: services to at-risk youth; trauma recovery and disaster response services; and services to domestic violence survivors and child witnesses to violence.

Throughout her career in violence prevention and trauma recovery, Meredith has specialized in providing services to Spanish-speaking and Latino populations, with the goal of ensuring that immigrants and their family members have access to appropriate and effective services.

Meredith, who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin, began her social work career with the Victim Services Unit of the Austin Texas Police Department, providing services in English and Spanish for children and adults experiencing family violence and then worked in a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Washington, D.C. For the past 15 years her work with Northern Virginia Family Service has included: providing and managing youth violence prevention services; managing several trauma-recovery programs including the 9-11 Survivors’ Fund Project and the Hurricane Katrina Project; and providing training to staff of NVFS and other organizations.

Meredith is currently the director of the Multicultural Center and Youth Initiatives, managing NVFS’ array of holistic language- and culture-specific trauma-recovery, mental health, case management, intervention, and prevention services for youth and adults.

Contact: mmckeen@nvfs.org, 571.748.2574

Julie Mullen Director, Workforce Development

Julie Mullen Director, Workforce Development

Julie Mullen joined the NVFS team in January 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Workforce Development. In her role, she sets strategic vision and manages NVFS’ spectrum of workforce development solutions including Training Futures, Escala, Small Business Program, and LinkUp Fairfax, a pilot program in partnership with Fairfax County.

Julie’s passion for community and workforce development is evident in her 10 years’ experience working to build strong partnerships and fostering environments where individuals dedicated to improving their lives will succeed. Past experience includes three years in the Peace Corps, two years supporting entrepreneurial development in rural Oregon and two years at Year Up, closing the opportunity divide, and building a strong IT youth talent pipeline.

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in International Affairs with minors in Economics and Spanish and her Master’s in Business Administration from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Contact: jmullen@nvfs.org, 571.748.2628

Nanci Pedulla Director, Healthy Families

Nanci Pedulla Director, Healthy Families

Nanci Pedulla, Director of the regional Healthy Families program, has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2006. Nanci has more than 25 years of experience with a range of international and domestic agencies serving families in need.

Throughout her career, Nanci has focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes among marginalized populations in the US and abroad. In her current position, Nanci directs 40 Healthy Families staff serving over 700 vulnerable families each year in Alexandria city and Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Under her leadership, the Healthy Families program provides intensive and comprehensive home visiting services to expectant and new parents, successfully mitigating children’s risk for poor childhood outcomes including child maltreatment. Most recently, the Healthy Families program added a team of mental health therapists to provide in-home, bilingual counseling services to mothers who screen at risk for depression.

Previously, Nanci managed reproductive health programs in Latin America for Pathfinder International and INTRAH and provided a variety of health education services to immigrant and low income populations in New York City and Washington, DC. Nanci lived nearly 10 years in Latin America and Europe, including a four-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She received a Bachelors degree in American Culture from Vassar College and a Masters in Public Health in the area of Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact: npedulla@nvfs.org, 571.748.2841

Whitney Richardson Director, Agency Communications

Whitney Richardson Director, Agency Communications

Whitney Richardson began serving as Director of Agency Communications for Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) in February 2016.

Prior to joining NVFS, she spent more than 10 years in publishing, including: developing and executing content marketing initiatives for major brands, producing a national bimonthly home and design magazine, and writing content and designing publications for a host of newsletter publishers. She has also been active in her local community, including her experience as past president of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and associate board member for Girls on the Run Northern Virginia.

A Northern Virginia native, Whitney received bachelor’s degrees in magazine editing and design and in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Arlington.

Contact: wrichardson@nvfs.org, 571.748.2533

Jackie Sims Director, Individual Giving

Jackie Sims Director, Individual Giving

Jackie joined NVFS in March 2017, bringing with her more than 10 years of nonprofit development experience. She previously worked at Children’s National Health System and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in a variety of roles that focused on Major Gifts fundraising, Annual Giving and Donor Communications.

A proud “Navy Kid” who was fortunate to grow up in several places, Jackie is grateful to now call Virginia home. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Graduate Certificate in PR & Marketing, and Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University. Jackie is also a graduate of Leadership Arlington’s Young Professional program.

Sharon Steele Director, Contracts

Sharon Steele Director, Contracts

Sharon O. Steele joined NVFS as director of contracts in March 2017, and brings more than 15 years of experience in contract administration and legal compliance. Most recently, Sharon managed her own law practice focused on non-profit, government contracting and employment law. Prior roles included volunteering as President, Board of Directors at the non-profit organization, BalletNova. Prior to engaging in her own law practice, Sharon served for more than 15 years in leading legal and contract administration roles with corporations such as Lockheed Martin, SAIC, University of Mary Washington and KBR. Sharon holds a Juris Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Political Science from James Madison University. Sharon enjoys cycling, dancing and engaging as a volunteer in various community-based initiatives.

Contact: ssteele@nvfs.org, 571.748.2551