The intent for our Board of Directors is to ensure that all areas of our community are represented and include various thought leaders who will help to create an organization that is committed to education, awareness and program growth.
Donna has lived in Loudoun County for the past 13 years. While she was Director of Community Affairs and Mobile Health services at Inova Loudoun Hospital, she became aware of the issue surrounding our precariously housed and at risk children and started the Mobile Hope Program. She lives in Broadlands and is the proud parent of 2 children: Lauren, who is a Junior at JMU and her son Jared, who is a Sophomore at Briar Woods High School.
James is the lead driver for Mobile Hope and takes pride in building relationships with the children who need services through Mobile Hope. While being a member of our team, he greets each family and child with a warm welcome. James has been a part of the Mobile Hope program since it started and is always happy to lend a helping hand.
Allyson Ruscitella is a sales and marketing specialist who has focused on helping small and medium sized businesses grow in the Loudoun market for the last 15 years. Allyson’s career began as a social worker; she received her BSW from George Mason University in 1992, and her MSW from Catholic University in 1995. Helping others–either at the family or organizational level, has been a consistent passion for Allyson throughout her career. The potential to be an agent of change drew her to social work, and is what enticed her to join Hibu–a top digital company and Premier Parter of Google–as a Digital Marketing Strategist in 2013. Allyson lives with her husband Bill and three children Sarah, Ryan, and Will in Purcellville.
Melissa runs Land Build Live, a real estate development and sales group. Working with land owners, builders and engineering firms to create new homes, and communities. Melissa’s success is due to her determination, and never say quit attitude. Having 4 boys, she opens her home to anyone who enters. Know as “Momma Larson”, Melissa requires hugs, and a quick conversation from every guest. Melissa’s home is filled with teen boys and girls who want a home cooked meal, a place to sleep, or just a hug. Working with Children has always been her passion. For the last 5 years, Melissa has helped her husband organize, and run In Between The Lines. This non profit helps at risk youth through Football programs, and summer camps. Melissa’s open door policy has allowed her to personal help several homeless teens, throughout the past 15 year. Melissa has a deep love of children, and a true calling, to apply her life skills to enhance the lives of children.
Lynn Scott is the McKinney-Vento Liaison for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. She is responsible for LCPS’ compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act through the accurate identification of students, appropriate school site selection, training of staff and the initiation of all relevant school based services for eligible students; while compiling and submitting all required program data. Previously, she has served as a human resources professional and organizational design consultant in the Pharmaceutical and IT industries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has completed course work toward a second Master’s Degree in Organizational Design from Pepperdine University. Lynn is married and has two sons. She enjoys spending her summers with extended family at the beach.
Wendall T. Fisher is currently the Supervisor of the Office of Outreach Programs for Loudoun County Public Schools.
A 1977 graduate of Delaware State University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, Mr. Fisher has spent the last 29 years in positions of progressive responsibility in education, management training, logistical planning, program strategies and Human Resource Management.
Mr. Fisher’s career includes 20 years as the Executive Director of the Loudoun County YMCA, highlighted by being selected as Citizen of the Year by The Loudoun Times Mirror in 1996, by the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club in 1997 and by the NAACP in 1999.
Mr. Fisher’s service to his community includes serving on the Loudoun County School Board as the at-large member from 1995-1999 and as the host of the cable show “Community Spotlight” from 2000-2006. Thousands of students in Loudoun County and the region have benefited from Mr. Fisher’s presentations on the importance of goal setting, mediation and life skills.
Mr. Fisher and his wife have raised two children, both successful Park View High School graduates.
Allison Alison teaches A.P.U.S. History and Academic Government this year at Stone Bridge. She graduated from Radford University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Political Science. After college, she attended Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California and received her J.D. Upon graduation, she was a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County. Several years later, she became an attorney for Dependency Court Legal Services representing children and adults in the Child Abuse Court.
She moved back to Virginia with her family in 1994 and became a Guardian Ad Litem in Loudoun County representing minors. She went to Marymount University and obtained her Masters in Education. She has been teaching at Stone Bridge since 2001. In addition to teaching, this year she is sponsor of PEER. She also heads the Character Education Committee and sponsors the Bulldogs Don’t Bully Assembly put on by juniors and seniors.
She is a licensed attorney in Virginia, California and Washington D.C. She is married and has three children that have attended Lowdown County Schools. Allison also received the Teacher of the year award from LCPS for her dedication to the students of Loudoun County.
Chad D. Runfola is currently the principal of J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, Virginia. He is a fifteen year veteran of Loudoun County Public Schools and has served public education for the last twenty-one years. A majority of his life has been spent in Virginia. He holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University and is a dedicated father, husband and educator. It is an honor for him to serve Leesburg and Loudoun County.
Rev. Early is a native of Portsmouth, VA. He began his education at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School in Portsmouth, VA and graduated from I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA (Celebrated 100th anniversary 2013). He received his Master of Divinity ( M.Div.) Degree in theology, Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Communication, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Journalism, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA.
Rev. Early is strongly involved in his community. He server as former mentor Youth Detention Center, Leesburg, VA, and is currently reading to youth at the homeless shelter in Leesburg, VA with Loudoun Literacy Council. He also serves meals to residents at the homeless shelter in Leesburg, VA through Volunteers of America as well as President Loudoun County NAACP.
Rev. Early is currently the Senior Pastor of Willisville Chapel UMC, Upperville, VA (Thirteen years) and Mt. Zion UMC in Hamilton, VA, (Seven years). Prior to that he served as Senior Pastor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial UMC, Portsmouth, VA (Seven years).
He has traveled to Egypt, Ethiopia, and Kenya to study the Coptic Church which is the oldest Christian Church in the world. Other travels include Rome, Italy and Dominican Republic to observe the mission work of World Vision.
Fr. Daniel’s passion is creating community with the people and for the people. At Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg he is committed to nourishing and strengthening communities by raising multigenerational and multiethnic leaders to be Christ’s ambassadors inside and outside the walls of the church. However, his ministry is not defined exclusively by the Episcopalians he serves, it is also defined by the geographic community where his community is located – Leesburg in Loudoun County and beyond.
Fr. Daniel’s first vocation was an engineering, he worked in the telecommunications software and hardware industry prior to ordination. He pursued a dual master’s degree in Divinity and Social Work from Boston University and was ordained in 2006. His Social Work background has influenced his pastoral ministry by incorporating public health and spiritual health and his public health concern drives his passion for precariously housed and homeless teens.
In his free time Fr. Daniel enjoys being with friends and his family; he enjoys cooking and eating, yoga, running, playing golf, listening to music, and learning. Contact information - Office: 703-293-0070, Cell: 571-293-0070, Email: Fr.Daniel@saintgabriels.net, Twitter: @PadreDVR.
Mary Beth Greason is a busy mother of three and the wife of State DelegateTag Greason. She has been involved with Mobile Hope for several years and has been an ambassador for the program in the local community. Over the time Mobile Hope has been active, Mary Beth has introduced many schools
and Scout troops to it’s mission. Her extensive network of moms, school officials and community leaders uniquely positions her to help Mobile Hope touch more people – those willing to give and the many in need.
Reneé Brohard, APR, has a winning 20+ year track record in the communications industry. She has successfully managed the PR and advertising campaigns of some of the most recognized brands in the D.C. area, including the Virginia Gold Cup Association; Loudoun County, VA; Salamander Resort & Spa; and Inova Loudoun Hospital. While the public relations director for the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, she worked on the team that attracted AOL, MCI WorldCom, Smithsonian’s Naturalist Center, and Telos to Loudoun County. Reneé has worked with national, regional and local print and broadcast media, including The Washington Post, Washingtonian, FOX5, WTTG, WJLA, WUSA, Southern Living, Washington Business Journal, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Leesburg Today, Sports Illustrated, and the Oprah Show. Reneé has the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation and bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shepherd University.
Brigitta Toruño’s love of her native Spanish fueled her desire to work with languages and launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC (UNO). Her personal experience seeing her parents struggle in learning another language and culture gives Brigitta a true passion for her work and has formed the basis for her company’s philosophy and mission.
Brigitta is a much sought-after speaker, sharing her expertise in Hispanic culture, the importance of language translation, cross-cultural competence, cultural awareness and international business etiquette. She writes for Owners and Modern DC Business magazines on these subjects.
Brigitta is a lifelong Washingtonian, where the heart of the city is made up of every country in the world. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Averett College and successfully completed the Minority Business Executive Program from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She currently serves on the board of directors for Mobile Hope , Loudoun Interfaith Relief, and Devotion to Children. Brigitta also is on a meditation and yoga journey that is a lifetime quest that brings her much joy.
Dr. David Goodfriend is Director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Loudoun Health District, which provides local public health services for the residents, businesses and officials of Loudoun County, Virginia and its visitors. He provides strategic leadership for District staff and serves as a resource for community stakeholders in the Commonwealth’s fastest growing county. Since beginning his current position in 2001, Dr. Goodfriend has addressed such diverse issues in Loudoun County as groundwater contamination, anthrax, SARS, an outbreak of malaria, increasing gaps in access to medical, and the recent H1N1 influenza pandemic. Current focus of activities includes improving the District’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, improving the capacity of the private medical and dental communities to provide services to low income residents, and improving the efficiency and quality of the District’s business operations.
Immediately before joining the Loudoun Health District, Dr. Goodfriend served as Health Director for Virginia’s Piedmont Health District from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, he served four years in the United States Navy as a medical officer at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and at the Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Dr. Goodfriend has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland. He is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Goodfriend has served on numerous Boards and committees, some of the current ones include the Loudoun Health Council, Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Infection Control committee, the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) Steering Committee, and the INMED-MotherNet/Healthy Families Advisory Board.
Dr. Goodfriend resides in Leesburg, Virginia, with his wife Lynda, an Emergency Department Nurse, and his children Gabriela, Emma and Julia.
Rhonda Lough is employed by Loudoun County Public Schools as the Parent Liaison at the Douglass Alternative School in Leesburg. She has been there since 2010 and prior to that was working as Parent Liaison at Harmony Middle School for 8 years and Kenneth Culbert Elementary School for 3 years. As Parent Liaison, Rhonda is the connection between school and home. She ensures that students have what they need to be successful at school and provides support at home such as clothing and food if necessary. Rhonda also runs a Young Mothers’ Support Group at school for students who are either pregnant or already have a child.
In 2004, Rhonda started Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville, VA. This Food Pantry was started to provide food needed by families who live in the western part of the County who are not able to travel the distance to other food pantries.
Rhonda and her husband, Steve, have lived in Lovettsville, VA for 12 years with their two children. Her daughter, Amanda, is a junior at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville and son, Brandon, is a freshman at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
David Galen has always been interested in motivating, inspiring and helping others. Dave started his photography business in 1991 by covering publicity events for associations. Early on, he made a strategic decision to focus on helping businesses as a corporate photographer and avoided the consumer market. Everyone wanted good photography but consumers usually had high expectations and low budgets. Every product and service on the other hand had a story to tell. He began working with general contractors where he perfected his skills in architectural photography. That experience led to working with engineering firms, designers, and commercial real estate developers. In addition to showing off their projects, these same firms also sponsored events and were led by people needing executive portraits. His experience in editorial and product photography led him to capturing photos in the aviation, health care, hospitality, IT, and transportation industries. The Galen Group has evolved into a business that helps other businesses create still and motion images that tell their story.
In 2004, Dave followed up on something he hadn’t done since his college days—he began volunteering with the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. With his wife’s blessing, he ventured on to becoming an EMT and currently runs 12 hour shifts on Saturdays rendering aid to the sick and injured of Loudoun County. His PR experience comes in handy coordinating special events and promoting the squad to the local business community. This led to fund raising and business development where he currently holds the title of Public Information Officer and serves as spokesperson and community outreach liaison.
His work with local hospitals led to working with Mobile Hope and their special mission of helping homeless children in Loudoun. “I didn’t realize how serious homelessness was in our affluent community until I learned that these kids go to school with my kids. It doesn’t hit home any closer than that. There are many different ways you can help your community, but helping kids gives them hope and a future to believe in.”