Leadership

Board and Staff Impact


board of directors
1,357
hours were contributed by board members, valued at nearly $90,000


Volunteer Team
6,327
volunteers were recruited and managed by the NVFS Volunteer Team

Staff
400+
staff members help provide the breadth and depth of services that our community needs

Board of Directors

Officers

Steven Alloy
Chair

Stanley Martin

Steven Alloy
Chair

Stanley Martin

Steven Alloy is the President and CEO of Stanley Martin Homes. Stanley Martin is one of the largest homebuilding companies on the East Coast and engages in residential development, new home construction, mortgage banking, and title and settlement services in 11 metro areas from Maryland to Georgia.  Mr. Alloy joined Stanley Martin in 1991 and has been its President since 1998.  In 2017, Stanley Martin became a subsidiary of the Daiwa House Group, a global real estate development and construction firm with annual revenues in excess of $40 billion.

Mr. Alloy is also a principal and founder of Duball, a developer of urban apartments, condominiums, and hotels in the Washington area. 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 also serves on the Advisory Board of George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

Outside of Stanley Martin, Mr. Alloy works to combat homelessness in the D.C. region. He is a Past President and Life Director Emeritus of HomeAid Northern Virginia, the local chapter of HomeAid America.  Mr. Alloy also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Northern Virginia Family Service, one of the largest service organizations in Virginia.

Mr. Alloy is also a past member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and a current member of YPO-Gold.  He is a tennis enthusiast and is married with three children.

Jennifer Lindsey, M.D., FAAP, FACC Vice Chair

Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Jennifer Lindsey, M.D., FAAP, FACC Vice Chair

Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Dr. Jennifer Lindsey is a pediatric cardiologist and the Associate Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology Associates.  Pediatric Cardiology Associates is a single-specialty group caring for fetal to young adult patients with congenital heart disease throughout northern Virginia and Maryland.

Born and raised locally, Dr. Lindsey has worked as a pediatric cardiologist in our region for more than 21 years.  She attended the Madeira School (fellow Madeira alumna Misti Mukherjee introduced her to NVFS!), Haverford College (B.S., Mathematics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Pediatric Internship and Residency), and the University of Virginia (Pediatric Residency, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship).  During her pediatric residency, exposure to patients living at/below the poverty line led Dr. Lindsey to work as a general Pediatrician in rural South Carolina for a year before pursuing Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Lindsey has presented at national and international scientific meetings, is published in peer-reviewed medical journals, authored a textbook chapter, and has received both teaching awards (Andy Ford Award; Resident Teaching Award), and professional awards (Washingtonian Top Doctor 2010 and 2012; SuperDoctor 2011, SuperDoctor.com; Patients Choice Award 2015, Vitals.com; Patients Top Choice Award – US News & World Report, current).

As a former athlete (Co-Captain, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse teams, Haverford College; All-American in women’s lacrosse; National College Athletes Hall of Fame inductee), Dr. Lindsey has a special interest in heart disease in athletes and athletic participation for children with congenital heart disease. She spends her free time with her husband, two grown children, family and friends, volunteering at a local homeless shelter (The Lamb Center), donating time and raising funds (schools, church, LoVE Orphanage, The Lamb Center, Feed the Hungry, NVFS), and trying to get in 30 minutes of daily exercise.

 

Xenia Garofalo, J.D. Secretary

Eversheds Sutherland

Xenia Garofalo, J.D. Secretary

Eversheds Sutherland

Xenia Garofalo is a partner at a global top 10 law firm, Eversheds Sutherland, as well as a former adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, where she routinely serves as a guest speaker. Ms. Garofalo’s practice is focused on federal income taxation, with particular emphasis on providing tax and structuring advice for a wide range of clients (including institutional and global investors, fund sponsors, and multinational companies) on US tax matters related to their structuring, operation, investment activities, and transactions.

In addition, Ms. Garofalo has extensive experience providing tax advice to issuers, underwriters, financial institution on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions, particularly in connection with mortgage-backed securitization, real estate finance and structured finance. She has advised sponsors, issuers and underwriters on the issuance of mortgage-backed securities issued by real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs) and grantor trusts and provided ongoing advice with respect to REMIC structuring and continued compliance with the REMIC rules. She has counseled clients on the tax-efficient use of special purpose vehicles and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Ms. Garofalo also advises charities, on a pro bono basis, regarding various formational, international, and operational issues. Ms. Garofalo has been recognized as “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Washington, DC chapter for her longstanding work with human services organizations that address the causes of social and systemic inequities. She has been honored multiple times by The National Black Lawyers as one of its “Top 40 Under 40.” She has previously participated in NVFS’ Village of Impact service activities.

Kevin DeSanto Treasurer

KippsDeSanto & Co.

Kevin DeSanto Treasurer

KippsDeSanto & Co.

Mr. DeSanto is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of KippsDeSanto & Co., a premier investment banking firm headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC.

Mr. DeSanto has a broad base of experience in providing corporate transaction advisory services. He has been personally involved in advising shareholders, boards of directors and management teams of over 100 companies in connection with strategic alternatives assessments, acquisitions, sales and divestitures, going-private transactions, raising of private debt and equity financing, fairness opinions, solvency opinions and general corporate planning.

In 2012, Mr. DeSanto was recognized as a finalist at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards (Emerging Influential of the Year) and as a “40 under 40” award winner by The M&A Advisor. He was recognized in 2011 on Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of outstanding regional business leaders and as the Dealmaker of the Year – Investment Banker by the Association for Corporate Growth’s National Capital Chapter.

Throughout his career, Mr. DeSanto has been instrumental in transaction execution, business development, operational and recruiting efforts. Mr. DeSanto received a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has remained engaged in campus activities, including participating in the Alumni Admissions Program, MSB Young Alumni Mentor program and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Hoyas Unlimited and the Baseball program. In addition, Mr. DeSanto is a member of the Fundraising Committee for the non-profit NextStep Fitness.

Steve Gladis, Ph.D. Immediate Past Chair

Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

Steve Gladis, Ph.D. Immediate Past Chair

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.

Members

Lynda Boggs Deloitte Consulting

Lynda Boggs Deloitte Consulting

Lynda is a leader in Deloitte’s Government Public Services practice. She serves as the Lead Consulting Partner for Deloitte’s work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Lynda leads a portfolio of transformational projects within the VA to help modernize their operations and improve care to the Veteran and their families such as modernizing the supply chain, improving health care operations and transitioning to a new financial management system.

Lynda also serves as a champion of our Human Capital offering for the Federal Health sector. In this role she aligns market needs to internal capabilities in the areas of organizational, workforce and human resource transformation. She also supports the development of talent aligned to the offering and the deployment of resources to fulfill market needs. She coaches and provides mentoring to staff and clients to achieve their program and other professional objectives through facilitated sessions in our Greenhouse Lab and by serving as co-dean for leadership programs such as Life Science and Health Care Manager Success.

Lynda formerly worked at U.S. Department of State as well as U.S. Health & Human Services.

El Brown, Ph.D. KinderJam

El Brown, Ph.D. KinderJam

Dr. El Brown is the Founder of KinderJam and host of the podcast “Straight Talk with Dr. El.” She is also a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the American University, School of Education, in Washington DC.

Dr. El began her career as an Early Childhood educator in Atlanta Public Schools (APS). After which, she relocated to Asia and taught 2nd grade in Japan and South Korea with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Upon her return to the United States, Dr. El founded KinderJam, which grew to serve Military and State Department Families in 11 countries and 16 states. Dr. El founded the program in response to her experience as a mother parenting a young child with disabilities and its purpose was to promote Early Intervention and Family Engagement in military communities.

To further develop KinderJam and ensure the professional integrity of the program, she earned an M.S in Early Childhood Education. Later, Dr. El earned her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education with a secondary emphasis on Educational Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Dr. El’s current research focuses on re-conceptualizing what it means to support families of young children with disabilities within the military community.

Presently, Dr. El operates a preschool for Fairfax County and provides trainings in the areas of Family Engagement, Family Support, and Cultural Competence to service providers, who work and interact with young children and their families.

Dr. El has authored two books and created music and curriculum for young children. Above all, she is the proud mother of a son on the autism spectrum, affectionately known as SuperDuperYoungMan (SDYM).

Jessica (Jessie) Clark Carefree Boat Club

Jessica (Jessie) Clark Carefree Boat Club

Jessie Clark is the Owner of Carefree Boat Club, a members-only boat club with 80 locations around the world. She also serves as the company’s Vice President of Marketing and Member Relations. She joined forces with her husband 12 years ago to engage fully with the business. Prior to that, she worked in international marketing and has expertise in strategic marketing and branding, product life-cycle management, cross-cultural communications, customer retention, research and project management. She held senior positions at VeriSign, Iridium and Global One/Sprint International.

Jessie is an active, hands-on volunteer. She is TESOL-certified and teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and volunteers as a pro-bono business consultant for nonprofits through COMPASS. She has been a board member of the Reston YMCA since 2018. Her history with NVFS goes back to 2012 when she began serving on the Marketing Committee and she made the transition to the NVFS board of directors in February 2020.

Jessie is a graduate of Ohio State University with degrees in Japanese and German and has a Master’s of International Management from Thunderbird (American Graduate School of International Management).

Lucas Collazo, M.D. Inova

Lucas Collazo, M.D. Inova

Dr. Lucas Collazo is a board certified cardiac, thoracic, and congenital heart surgeon. He joined Inova Medical Group with more than 20 years of clinical experience. He has a special interest in the surgical management of congenital heart disease in children and adults.

Dr. Collazo is the Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery and serves as the Co- Director of the Inova Pediatric Heart Center. He became interested in congenital cardiac and thoracic surgery during medical school after rotating on the pediatric cardiothoracic surgery service. As a congenital cardiac surgeon, he is able to care for children, teenagers, and adults who have congenital heart disease.

In addition to his clinical leadership at Inova, Dr. Collazo has been very active in medical staff governance serving as medical staff president at Inova Fairfax Medical campus and most recently serving as the chair of Inova Health System’s Medical Affairs Council.

A native of New York, Dr. Collazo currently resides in Northern Virginia with his family. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and tennis.

 

Carrie Dooher, J.D. Crosby Marketing Communications

Carrie Dooher, J.D. Crosby Marketing Communications

Carrie Dooher brings a broad range of skills in marketing; communications; public relations and affairs; law; and public health. As a Senior Vice President and Senior Strategist at Crosby Marketing, she leads national marketing and outreach programs for federal agencies, companies, and nonprofit organizations. Her clients throughout her career, both at Crosby and in her previous roles at Ogilvy and as the Director of Trends and Consumer Insights for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and International Food Information Council Foundation, include the Peace Corps, CDC, HHS, DHS, and food, beverage, and agricultural companies, such as DuPont, Unilever, and Sara Lee. She has worked for more than 20 years as an advocate for public health and consumer awareness and education, leading best-in-class and award-winning branding, recruitment, and integrated marketing campaigns for clients and implementing and managing strategy and messaging.

Carrie began her career practicing regulatory law for nearly 10 years at two major Washington, D.C., law firms after earning her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. Carrie received her honors degree from the University of Michigan. Carrie is a fellow of the German Marshall Fund and she has served as a Board Member of numerous local nonprofit organizations in addition to NVFS, including the Y (YMCA) and Children’s International Art Outreach. Carrie resides in Arlington with her husband, two boys, and dog.

 

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Korn Ferry

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Korn Ferry

Juan Pablo González is a Senior Client Partner & Sector Leader for Professional Services with Korn Ferry. A seasoned consultant, corporate executive and board member, he is known for helping leading organizations address their highest growth and execution-focused priorities. Juan’s more than 30 years of experience spans a range of critical issues including strategic and operational planning, organization restructuring and transformation, human resources strategy, rewards strategy and program design, and performance measurement.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Juan was a partner and senior client leader with several professional services firms including EY, Mercer, RSM and Axiom Consulting Partners. As a corporate executive, he was responsible for combining and leading the compensation, benefits and human resources information systems functions for Constellation Energy and Baan Company.

Juan is a frequent speaker and author on strategy and talent related topics. He is a co-author of Shockproof – How to Hardwire Your Business for Lasting Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2010) and The Talent Management Handbook, Third Edition (McGraw Hill, 2018). His articles have appeared in publications including CFO magazine, WorldatWork’s Workspan and those of the American Society of Association Executives.

In addition to NVFS, Juan is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Cornell University’s ILR School and is an appointed member of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee of Fairfax County Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in the United States.

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

Luanne Gutermuth LSG Solutions LLC & Co-Owner, Good Spirit Farm

Luanne Gutermuth LSG Solutions LLC & Co-Owner, Good Spirit Farm

Luanne Gutermuth is a senior executive with broad functional experience and over 20 years in the energy industry.  She brings particular expertise in the areas of talent, strategy and governance.  Luanne’s career reflects a demonstrated track record of developing and implementing strategies that improved corporate performance and effectively addressed talent needs.  She successfully led multiple enterprise-wide transformation initiatives, including M&A integration, business process outsourcing, large-scale system implementations, and organizational culture change.

Luanne recently retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of WGL, a $4.5B energy solutions company, and its primary subsidiary, Washington Gas, a local gas distribution company serving 1.2 million customers in the Greater Washington, DC area.  She was responsible for key corporate functions including Human Resources, Information Technology and Supply Chain as well as all customer-facing activities for the utility, including Consumer Services and Sales & Marketing.  Previously she served as Chief Human Resource Officer where she created and implemented talent strategies that improved leadership capability, delivered a skilled, engaged workforce and drove an inclusive culture.

Luanne is a member of the Washington Performing Arts Board, its Governance Committee and serves as Vice Chair of its Equity Committee.  She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.  She also serves on the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Board, and is affiliated with several community organizations and industry associations.

Luanne received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from William & Mary, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University.

Lynne Halbrooks, Esq. Nichols Liu

Lynne Halbrooks, Esq. Nichols Liu

Lynne Halbrooks has served in multiple legal and leadership roles in government and industry. She was the General Counsel at three agencies: the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, and the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Defense. In 2019 she became the Chief Compliance Officer at a 6,000+-employee government contracts company in Reston, Virginia. Lynne is currently a partner at Nichols Liu law firm in Washington, DC, serving government contractors.

Sam Hill, Ed.D. Retired

Sam Hill, Ed.D. Retired

Dr. Sam Hill is retired after serving as the provost for the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, a position he held since 2005.  Prior to joining the Woodbridge Campus of NOVA, Dr. Hill served at community colleges in Texas and Illinois.

Dr. Hill has a history of community involvement.  He served as a commissioner on the Prince William County Future 2030 Commission, the Board of Directors for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, and the Greater Manassas/Prince William Center for the Arts.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Manassas Ballet Theater, and the Potomac Health Foundation.  He is also a member of the Lake Ridge Rotary Club, a 2007 FBI Citizens Academy graduate at Quantico, a 2013 graduate of the Lead Virginia program, and most recently, a 2016 graduate of the Prince William County Citizens Police Academy.

Dr. Hill’s educational background includes a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University (Lubbock), master degree in counseling the deaf and hearing impaired from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor degree in economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  He attended elementary and high school in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa).

Dr. Hill is married to Lillian who is also a graduate of Gallaudet University, and Spellman College (Atlanta, Ga). Lillian is a retired pre-school teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. They have one daughter, Lisa, who works as a massage therapist in Kankakee, IL.

Marc Katz Custom Ink

Marc Katz Custom Ink

Marc Katz co-founded Custom Ink 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 Custom Ink, 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.

Derek Ligeikis, CPA EY

Derek Ligeikis, CPA EY

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.

Kris Manning Clark Construction

Kris Manning Clark Construction

Kris Manning is a Senior Vice President at Clark Construction. Kris has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business and Lean Enterprise Certificate from San Diego State University.

Over the past 24 years, Kris has worked with Clark Construction in various roles across the country. He currently leads Clark’s corporate safety program focusing on achieving an injury- and incident-free workplace. Kris is responsible for planning for safety throughout all aspects of Clark’s business, enhancing the safety climate on our projects, and providing a deeper level of safety training nationally.

Kris has held various leadership roles in both industry and charitable organizations, most recently serving on the board of Taller San Jose Hope Builders headquartered in Anaheim and the Chair for the Lean Construction Community of Practice in Los Angeles/Orange County.

Kris and his wife, Stacey, currently live in Oakton, VA with their two children.

 

 

Sonia McCormick PNC Financial Services Group

Sonia McCormick PNC Financial Services Group

Sonia McCormick is senior vice president, director of client and community relations for PNC Financial Services Group.

Her experience as the public relations manager for the American Bankers Association landed her a vice president of corporate communications role at Riggs Bank, which was, at the time, one of the most recognizable banking organizations in D.C. After Riggs was sold to PNC in 2005, McCormick was one of the lucky few selected to remain on board to carry out PNC’s ambitious undertaking of cultivating a presence in a new market.

In the past 13 years, the Arlington native and her small team have been able to do just that, forming corporate and philanthropic relationships with partners that include the Washington Nationals — which fortuitously in 2005 also began establishing a presence in the region — Georgetown University, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

McCormick’s role has evolved over the years, moving from corporate communications in 2012 to director of client and community relations, where she’s responsible for marketing, philanthropic and business development initiatives in the region. She now oversees and manages the company’s signature philanthropic program, “Grow Up Great,” a multiyear, multimillion-dollar program to help young children with school and life preparedness.

L. Alexander McDonald, J.D. Momentus Capital

L. Alexander McDonald, J.D. Momentus Capital

Alexander McDonald is the Director of Lending Operations at Momentus Capital, formerly Capital Impact Partners (CIP). CIP is an Aeris-rated and Department of Treasury certified non-profit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).CIP provides lending and investment capital to low-wealth communities for socially impactful commercial real estate projects across a spectrum of sectors, through a variety of programs and initiatives.

In his present role, Alexander directs the strategy and daily operations across four internal business teams: Funds & Programs, Loan Servicing, Closing, and Construction.

Alexander is from Chicago and has spent time living in Los Angeles. He enjoys lifting weights and devouring Indian cuisine.

Alexander holds a JD from the Howard University School of Law, an MBA from La Sierra University, and a BBA from Oakwood University.

Lauren Peterson The Peterson Companies

Lauren Peterson The Peterson Companies

Lauren was born in Alexandria and has been a lifetime resident of Northern Virginia.  A lifelong Equestrian, she currently lives in Middleburg, Virginia with 6 horses, 4 dogs and 4 cats.  She has two daughters, Megan Fellows and Jillian Dill.

Most of her professional career has been in the real estate industry and philanthropy.  At The Peterson Companies Lauren has primarily been involved with Human Resources, Marketing and The Peterson Family Foundation, of which she is President.

Following the family philosophy that we need to give back to the communities where we live and work, Lauren has consistently been involved with major charities in the Metropolitan area.   Her current charitable activities include: Chairman, Rainbow Therapeutic Riding; Vice Chairman, Washington International Horse Show; Board Member, Inova Foundation; Committee Member, Inova Cancer Services; Trustee, Shenandoah University: Member, Middleburg Economic Council; Board Member, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Board Member, Northern Virginia Family Services. Her equestrian affiliations include: USEF, USHJA, VHSA . Lauren previously served on the Board of Teach for America.

Deborah Rosenberg Transurban

Deborah Rosenberg Transurban

Deborah Rosenberg leads Transurban’s People and Culture team in North America, where she is responsible for advancing the business in the areas of organization development and change; talent management and succession planning; diversity, equity and inclusion; and HR operational management.

Deborah has over 20 years of experience working in HR strategy, change management and organization development. Prior to joining Transurban, Deborah held HR leadership positions at Fannie Mae and Robert Half, where she partnered with executives to leverage workforce management to drive business value, increase productivity, and engagement. Earlier in her career, she worked with BearingPoint/ KPMG in strategic change consulting, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients on transformation efforts related to mergers/acquisitions and technology initiatives.

Debbie holds a Master of Science in Organization Development and Human Resources.

Rene Salas, CPA Retired

Rene Salas, CPA Retired

Rene Salas joined the NVFS Board in September 2022.

Jennifer Siciliano UVA Health

Jennifer Siciliano UVA Health

Jennifer Siciliano currently serves as Chief External Affairs Officer for UVA Health where she oversees all aspects of UVA’s relationships with external stakeholders for the organization.

Prior to her appointment at UVA Health, Jennifer spent 14 years as Chief External Affairs Officer at Inova Health System.  During that time, she oversaw all Government, Community Affairs, Marketing and Communications functions. With almost two decades of experience on and around Capitol Hill, Jennifer has served Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate. After leaving the Hill, she represented many high-profile clients as a consultant with a bipartisan government relations/public relations firm. Jennifer’s career began in the U.S. House of Representatives where she held numerous positions with the Congressman from Alaska. She continued in the House as Director of Communications to the House Science Committee. Following her service in the House, she was asked to join the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee staffs Director of Communications where she was the official spokesperson and single point of contact for all media inquiries relating to the activities of the Committee, its thirteen subcommittees and the Chairman.

She is a board member and executive committee member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Health Care Industry Council and holds board seats with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and LEAD Virginia. She is also a founding member of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle. Jennifer’s prior community leadership positions include: Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary); Medical Care for Children Partnership Board of Directors; Fairfax County Economic Development Commission, and member of the George Mason University Honors College Advisory Board. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations from Marymount University and a Master of Arts in Public Communications/Government Relations from American University in Washington, DC.

Vandana Sinha Washington Business Journal

Vandana Sinha Washington Business Journal

Vandana Sinha is editor-in-chief for the Washington Business Journal, where she oversees the digital and print operations for the publication. She joined the newsroom in 2006 and had covered biotech, health and energy before moving into editing roles. Before the WBJ, Sinha was an associate editor at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the American Press Institute, helping develop content for business journalism training programs around the country. She has worked at The Virginian-Pilot, the daily newspaper in Hampton Roads, as well as at technology publications formerly owned by The Washington Post Co. She is a past board member of the Maryland Media Inc. Alumni Association and the South Asian Journalists Association.

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, working with Real Asset Management, the Irving Group, and Trammell Crow Company before starting his own company, Veatch Commercial Real Estate. He represents companies and organizations concerning 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 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.  He is a licensed broker in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Wayne Zell

Wayne Zell, Esq. Zell Law

Wayne Zell, Esq. Zell Law

Wayne M. Zell, Esq. is the President and founding member of Zell Law. He has spent his legal, public accounting and business advisory career counseling clients in a broad range of industries, including technology companies of all types and investor groups, as well as non-profit organizations. His clients also include for-profit and non-profit executives, service providers and high-net worth individuals.

Mr. Zell has extensive experience in representing clients in complex estate planning and business planning matters. In estate planning matters, Mr. Zell routinely advises clients in structuring and preparing intricate revocable and irrevocable trusts, basic estate planning (i.w., wills, medical directives and powers of attorney), 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, and joint ventures with tax-exempt organizations, and compensation and equity incentive plans for executives.

In business planning matters, Mr. Zell represents the owners of closely-held businesses and non-profits on general business formation and operations, tax and succession planning matters, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation and CEO/founder issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zell has practiced as an attorney and as a CPA with a variety of law firms and public accounting firms. He also served as General Counsel and CFO of YellowBrix, Inc., an internet content provider and enterprise software developer. He 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, and has practiced as a certified public accountant since 1980.

Mr. Zell is admitted to practice as an attorney in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Zell currently serves on the Board of Directors, Governance Committee and Executive Committee of Northern Virginia Family Service. He also serves as a member of the Cornerstone Board at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Zell is an active speaker and writer on estate planning, business planning, and tax planning topics. For more detailed content authored by Mr. Zell, please visit www.blueprintforwealth.org. He has received an AV rating, the highest rating granted by Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent law directory and attorney rating service. Since 2013, Mr. Zell has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Taxation. Mr. Zell lives in Reston, Virginia, with his beautiful wife, Lorri, and their four dogs (his four amazing kids are grown up and launching).

Leadership Team

Stephanie Berkowitz President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Berkowitz President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Berkowitz is President & CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service, a human services organization recognized locally and nationally as a leader and innovator of social impact.  NVFS delivers responsive programs that address evolving community needs, providing over 35,000 individuals and families in need each year with the essential building blocks for financial, emotional, and physical wellbeing and economic independence.

Stephanie has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector building public and private partnerships, and architecting innovative responses to community needs. Stephanie’s keen business acumen coupled with her strategic leadership and focus on impact have been instrumental in NVFS’ growth and development. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Stephanie served as the Director of the Survivors’ Fund Project, a $25 million long-term recovery program for victims of the attacks. The Survivors’ Fund became recognized nationally as a model program for community response following a disaster.

Stephanie has served on numerous boards focused on strengthening the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan region, and improving opportunities for children and families. Stephanie currently serves on the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council, and Leadership Fairfax Board. Stephanie also serves on the Northern Virginia Chamber’s DE&I Advisory Board, and was appointed as an inaugural member of the Leadership Fairfax Equity Council.

In 2019, Stephanie was selected as a Women Who Mean Business award winner by the Washington Business Journal.  Stephanie earned 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.

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Jacqueline Dendievel, SPHR Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Jacqueline Dendievel, SPHR Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Jacqueline Dendievel, SPHR, joined Northern Virginia Family Service as its Vice President of Human Resources in September 2013 and has served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources since 2017.

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 MBA from the Babson Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, Mass., and her BS 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 25 years and has been an employee of Northern Virginia Family Service for 20 of those years. She has held several positions from direct service to executive leadership, administering programs for individuals and families with low incomes in  Northern Virginia.  As the executive vice president of programs, Andrea provides critical leadership in the key areas of strategic planning, program development, quality assurance, and grants administration.  Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA., and a Masters in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.   

Contact: aeck@nvfs.org, 571.748.2601

Kathleen McMahon Executive Vice President, Development & Communications

Kathleen McMahon Executive Vice President, Development & Communications

Kathleen McMahon joined Northern Virginia Family Service in 2019 as the Executive Vice President of Development and Communications. As a professional and a volunteer, Kathleen has worked tirelessly to build capacity for organizations focused on youth development, volunteer service, dropout prevention, workforce development, education, and mentoring. She has held leadership roles at a number of nonprofits and social enterprises, including the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the policy research firm Civic, where she served as the Chief of Staff and COO. Earlier in her career, Kathleen led teams at Capital Partners for Education, WAVE, and the Points of Light Foundation to develop programs and generate individual, foundation, corporate, and government support.

Kathleen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2022. Kathleen lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and three daughters. She loves to travel, practice yoga, and explore new restaurants.

kmcmahon@nvfs.org, 571.748.2535

Cliff Yee

Clifford Yee Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Clifford Yee Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Cliff YeeClifford Yee joined Northern Virginia Family Service in March 2018 as its Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the Agency’s Finance, Information Technology, Risk Management, Procurement, Facilities Management, and NVFS Ventures social enterprise functions.

Cliff brings over two decades of professional experience gained in the consulting, financial services, and nonprofit sectors delivering business results and social value. Prior to NVFS, Cliff was the Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility consulting services at Raffa-Marcum where he advised organizations on assessing, improving, and implementing their social impact and partnership strategies. Earlier in his career, Cliff was the SVP/Senior Director of Community Affairs & Market President Network at Capital One, a strategy consultant with CAST Management Consultants, the Associate Executive Director of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity & Foundation, and an information technology consultant with Broughton Systems.

Cliff earned an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and a BS in Business Administration cum laude from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He also holds a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from the University of California – Berkeley, a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Certified ScrumMaster with the Scrum Alliance.

Additionally, Cliff is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, Virginia Business magazine’s 2021 CFO of the Year (Large Nonprofit) award winner, a 2020 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award winner, a DCA Live Star Nonprofit CFO honoree, a NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient, and an Adjunct Professor in Nonprofit Studies at George Mason University.  In July 2020, then-Virginia Governor Northam appointed Cliff to serve on the Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism for the Commonwealth. Cliff also serves on the Virginia Service Foundation (Chair), Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission, Leadership Greater Washington Board of Directors  as well as the MPA Advisory Council at GMU’s Schar School of Policy & Government. His previous civic engagement includes volunteer roles with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa (National Treasurer), Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (Treasurer), Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tahirih Justice Center, Points of Light Civic Accelerator, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and both his alma maters. Cliff and his wife reside in Fairfax, Virginia.

Contact: cyee@nvfs.org, 571.748.2510

Malinda Langford Senior Vice President, Programs

Malinda Langford Senior Vice President, Programs

Malinda Langford serves as the Senior Vice President of Child and Family 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

Glenda Blake

Glenda Blake Vice President, Programs

Glenda Blake Vice President, Programs

Glenda M. Blake is currently the Vice President of Programs at Northern Virginia Family Service.  She provides leadership for the agency’s Community Housing, Homeless Services and Workforce Development service delivery areas.  Glenda has over 30 years of human service experience and has spent a significant part of her career as an executive leader in public service, including as the Division Chief of Arlington County’s Aging & Disability Services and most recently as the Department Director of Loudoun County Family Services.

Glenda holds a MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in NYC and a MPA from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  She also holds a BSW from Norfolk State University and is proud to have attended a Virginia HBCU.  She has practiced in urban areas such as Harlem NYC and the New York Urban League and in suburban and rural areas of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.  Her work includes policy development, strategic planning, human services administration and direct care practice.  She still cherishes her early days in supporting individuals at the end of life in a home environment and those who were survivors of tragic circumstances needing support at a Level One Trauma Center.

Glenda is committed to community and neighborhood-based service delivery that supports lifting up whole families – mothers, fathers, grandparents and children – in the right way, at the right time and in the right place.  She believes all individuals, families and communities have strengths and gifts.  She supports interventions that use a racial equity lens, are trauma-informed and ensures that individuals and families make decisions about their own lives.  She also cares deeply about the development and wellness of the human services workforce and has been an advocate for additional resources that support this effort.

She has participated in a number of local and regional conversations and workgroups regarding critical human service issues, housing needs for vulnerable community members and human service strategic planning.  She also recently participated on the Council of Government’s Alliance on Race and Equity, is a graduate of Leadership Arlington and served on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.  She also worked as an Adjunct Instructor and Field Liaison at GMU’s School of Social Work.

She continues to support service delivery to those in need of resources, assistance – and most of all – our compassion and understanding during these challenging times.  She is especially proud of the many hardworking, dedicated human services professionals who selflessly serve the community every day. In addition to her human services heart, Glenda is also passionate about the arts, textiles, travel, interior design, culture and African American history and genealogy.  Years ago, she had an opportunity to travel to Cuba on a study tour for architecture and culture and to Paris and England to source fun vintage pieces at international markets.

Contact: gblake@nvfs.org, 571.748.2575

Kendra Dunbar Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Kendra Dunbar Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Kendra is the vice president of equity, diversity, and inclusion and joined the NVFS community in August 2022. Previously, Kendra served as the assistant director for equity and inclusion at Fordham University, where she worked alongside the chief diversity officer to deepen Fordham’s institutional commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus environment.  Kendra focused on strengthening students’ sense of belonging, enhancing campus discourse, and advancing the development of a university-wide strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 Kendra is a Maryland native, committed to equity, peacebuilding, racial justice, and the transformation of communities through education, engagement, and leadership formation. She brings approximately 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, human rights, social justice education, and strategic planning to her role. Kendra has extensive domestic and international experience, having worked with communities and institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. Kendra received a bachelor of arts degree from Williams College, a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a master’s of science degree in clinical mental health counseling from Loyola University Maryland. 

Jay Liverman Vice President, Technology & Workplace Solutions

Jay Liverman Vice President, Technology & Workplace Solutions

James (Jay) Liverman joined Northern Virginia Family Service in March 2022 as the Vice President of Technology & Workplace Solutions with responsibility  for all aspects of technology and facilities management.

Jay brings a wealth of experience in technology, operations, and process management gained from previous roles with Freddie Mac, Capital One, and several small business and nonprofit organizations.  His depth and breadth of technology knowledge comes from more than 25 years of mission critical operational experience in strategic roles spanning planning, vendor, risk management, and project solutions delivery.  His facilities background includes lease management, space planning, capital budgeting, and corrective and preventative maintenance.

Jay is particularly passionate about the work that nonprofits do to help uplift communities  and the role technology can play as an enabling and scaling function. As the founder of Capital One’s Technology Corps, he was a respected community leader in helping to connect skilled technology volunteers with nonprofits on pro bono projects. Jay is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and served on the 501cTech board of Directors for  from 2008 to 2014 culminating with his service as Board Chair.

Jay is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance and is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Green Belt. He lives in Falls Church with his wife and family.

 

Contact: jliverman@nvfs.org, 571.748.2532

Meredith McKeen Vice President, Programs

Meredith McKeen Vice President, Programs

Meredith McKeen, MSW, is a social worker with more than 20 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.

A graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Meredith currently serves as NVFS’ Vice President, Programs overseeing the Multicultural Center, Youth Initiatives, and Healthy Families service delivery areas ensuring the Agency provides an 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

Sarah Crosley

Sarah Crosley Director, Events & Stewardship

Sarah Crosley Director, Events & Stewardship

Sarah joined Northern Virginia Family Service in 2015 and oversees the many events and drives that generate funds for NVFS throughout the year, including NVFS’ largest annual fundraiser, the Road to Independence Gala. As a former executive coordinator for both NVFS and The Heart of America Foundation, Sarah possesses years of experience in providing executive, research and logistical support to boards of directors, chief executives and senior leadership teams.

Sarah’s work at NVFS is complemented by her volunteer experiences with Hogar Hispano, where she taught English as a Second Language and helped immigrants prepare for citizenship interviews, and with Habitat for Humanity DC, where she conducted income and credit report analyses and co-partnered with a Salvadorean family to assist them through the home-buying and building process.

Sarah earned a Bachelor Art degree from the University of Georgia in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Contact: scrosley@nvfs.org, 571.748.2502

Beth Dargatis Director, Finance

Beth Dargatis Director, Finance

Beth has over 25 years of accounting experience, with more than 20 of those years in the nonprofit sector. She joined Northern Virginia Family Service in 1998 and 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 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

Lane Falcon Director, Individual Giving

Lane Falcon Director, Individual Giving

Lane Falcon joined Northern Virginia Family Service in 2021 as the Director, Individual Giving. Over the course of her career, Lane has led initiatives to build capacity for direct service organizations and healthcare associations in New York City and the DC Metro region. She is passionate about engaging individual donors in efforts to address disparities, strengthen communities, and ensure opportunities for all families and children.

Lane received her BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Alexandria with her two children. She loves reading and writing, jogging, and watching movies with her kids.

Contact: lfalcon@nvfs.org, 571.748.2901

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 since 2009. 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 holds a Certificate in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Contact: khorowitz@nvfs.org, 571.748.2626

Sara Kreitzer, NVFS director of corporate and foundation relations

Sara Kreitzer Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Sara Kreitzer Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Sara joined Northern Virginia Family Service as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in December 2018.

Sara has spent her career in the nonprofit sector focusing on corporate fundraising, establishing and enhancing employee volunteer programs and cause marketing campaigns for corporations across the globe. Most recently, Sara worked for First Book, facilitating a variety of corporate partnerships aimed at providing access to educational resources for children in need. Prior to First Book, Sara worked for Volunteer Fairfax, focusing on engaging with corporate and individual fundraisers to support volunteerism in Northern Virginia.

Sara is originally from Madison, WI, but has called Northern Virginia home since 2011. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Sara is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Fairfax and a 2022 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 Award recipient. In her free time, she likes to run, cook, bake, and spend time with her family.

Contact: skreitzer@nvfs.org, 571.748.2560

Nita Lescher Acting Director, Therapeutic Foster Care

Nita Lescher Acting Director, Therapeutic Foster Care

Nita Lescher is the acting director of the therapeutic foster care program and has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2014. A licensed clinical social worker, she has more than 25 years of experience serving children and families involved in the public child welfare systems in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Vermont, and Virginia.  

Since earning her master’s degree in social work (MSW) at Catholic University in 1995, Nita has focused on improving the lives of underserved populations, including adults living with AIDS and children orphaned by the disease. In her current position, she leads a team of clinical case managers, foster parent trainers and recruiters who are committed to helping children/teens heal from trauma, abuse and neglect and, when it is safe and appropriate, return to live with their biological families.  

Before joining NVFS, Nita did direct service work and held leadership positions at Whitman-Walker Clinic, The Consortium for Child Welfare, and Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC, and Maryland. As director of program planning for Children Services at American Humane Association (Denver, CO) in the early 2000s, Nita evaluated child welfare systems throughout the US. From 2004 through 2013, she served as director of the Annie E. Casey Foundations’ Casey Family Services division in Vermont.  

Nita earned a bachelor’s degree in German from The College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture and Art.  

Contact: nlescher@nvfs.org, 571.748.2505 

Jackie Maldonado Director, Work, Life, and Innovation

Jackie Maldonado Director, Work, Life, and Innovation

Jackie Maldonado joined NVFS in June 2022, as the director of work, life, and innovation. Jackie brings more than 19 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector focusing on health and human services.  

 Most recently, Jackie worked at Greater Prince William Health Center (FQHC) in Prince William County, where she held multiple positions, and most recently served as the director of public relations and community partnerships.  

 Jackie is a powerful advocate for communities.  Her focus has been increasing awareness of all social determinants of health and ensuring communities have access to comprehensive services that lift and support individuals and families.   

 Jackie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Mayor de San Simon. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and her fur babies.  

Nanci Pedulla Director, Healthy Families

Nanci Pedulla Director, Healthy Families

Nanci Pedulla is the director of the regional Healthy Families program and has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2006. Nanci has more than 35 years of experience in 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 U.S. and abroad. In her current position, Nanci leads a team of 41 Healthy Families staff, serving more than 800 vulnerable families each year in Alexandria city and Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties. 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.  

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 populations with low incomes in New York City and Washington, D.C. Nanci lived in Latin America and Europe for nearly 10 years, including a four-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She received a Bachelor’s degree in American Culture from Vassar College and a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Contact: npedulla@nvfs.org, 571.462.7219

Crystal Pitt Director, Homeless Services

Crystal Pitt Director, Homeless Services

Crystal Pitt joined Northern Virginia Family Service in September 2019 as the Director of Homeless Services. Crystal brings over 5 years of experience working with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in assessing their needs and providing the most suitable and effective services. She joins NVFS most recently from the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, where she held multiple positions, and lastly served as the Assistant Program Director.

Throughout her career, she has focused on policy and program development, data analysis, and researching evidence-based models in order to improve the overall well-being of individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the emergency shelter. Her primary focus has been reducing the length of stay within an emergency shelter setting for individuals and families and ensuring that they are provided with safe and affordable housing solutions.

Crystal earned her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Urban Children, Youth, and Families from Morgan State University and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Delaware State University. She holds a Professional License from Maryland in Clinical Social Work.

Contact: cpitt@nvfs.org, 571.748.2575

Kate Reen Director, Youth Initiatives

Kate Reen Director, Youth Initiatives

Kate Reen has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Youth Initiatives, which provides mental health, therapeutic case management, and groups services to youth exposed to violence, youth at risk of gang involvement, and recently immigrated youth reunifying with family.

A common theme in her work is strengthening families for children who have experienced trauma with an international component. Prior to coming to NVFS, Kate worked in intercountry adoption, providing education to prospective adoptive parents and managing programs for adoptions from Eastern Europe. Kate joined NVFS as part of the therapeutic foster care program, providing therapeutic support to children in foster care, recruiting, and training foster parents.  Simultaneously, Kate provided case management services for unaccompanied minors and their families in the reunification process, eventually moving to manage and develop the Family Reunification Program as well as case management programs for adult immigrants and refugees. In 2013, Kate joined the Youth Initiatives team uniting the Family Reunification Program with the Intervention, Prevention, and Education and Violence Prevention and Intervention Program.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University in Social Work and her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Services from Roberts Wesleyan University.

Contact: kreen@nvfs.org, 571.748.2808

 

Madeline Robison Director, Human Resources

Madeline Robison Director, Human Resources

Madeline Robison is the human resources director and joined NVFS in November 2017. Madi enjoys managing employee benefits and wellbeing programs. Prior to joining NVFS, Madi worked in employee benefits for nearly five years and spent a majority of that time in the role of population health management director, developing customized wellness programs with employers she supported.  

 As a champion of NVFS’ five-dimensional wellbeing model, Madeline enjoys facilitating NVFS’ internal Wellbeing Committee, a group of employees from across programs and departments. This group of well-being champions develops and communicates activities that will best support health and wellness across the agency.  

Madi earned her bachelor of arts degree in integrative studies from George Mason University and her master of arts in human resource management from Marymount University. She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, hiking the great outdoors, and trying new activities with her husband and two daughters.

Contact: mrobison@nvfs.org  

Paola Sandoval-Moshenberg Director, Multicultural Center

Paola Sandoval-Moshenberg Director, Multicultural Center

Paola is the Director of the Multicultural Center where she leads an impressive group of mental health, social work, and legal professionals. Prior to becoming director, Paola served as Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center (MC) and, from 2009-2014, as a mental health therapist for survivors of torture, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Paola has over ten years of direct service experience with immigrant survivors of violence and a background in program management and supervision at a local nonprofit for under-resourced immigrant youth. Paola brings extensive expertise in the field of accessible, culturally specific mental health services and a commitment to supporting the staff and clients of the MC. She is a passionate advocate for immigrant and underserved populations, and she considers cultural awareness and validation the foundation for any successful working relationship.

Paola is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, where she graduated as a Psychologist and worked primarily with children exposed to violence. After immigrating to the United States, she graduated from George Mason University with an M.Ed. with emphasis in Community Counseling in 2009. She has been licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia since 2013, and she is also a registered supervisor with the Board of Counseling.

Contact: psandoval@nvfs.org, 571.748.2827

Charlene Sarmiento Director, Marketing & Communications

Charlene Sarmiento Director, Marketing & Communications

Charlene joined Northern Virginia Family Service as Director of Marketing and Communications in March 2022.