The intent for our Board of Directors and staff 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 Junior at Briar Woods High School.
Donna has been an active member of the community for many years. She currently is engaged in many areas of Loudoun County. She is the Vice Chair of the School Business Partnership Council, and is a proud Board member for the Loudoun First Responders Foundation. She is a member of the Loudoun Health Council (which is BOS appointed) and chairs the Safety Net Subcommittee. She has been a mentor and advisor to many non-profits and enjoys her membership and involvement with many community organizations.
She was also awarded the Make a Difference Award from the School Business Partnership. She received the Leesburg Rotarys “Citizen of the Year” and was named the Paul Harris Fellow for her leadership with Mobile Hope. She also received the Purple and Gold Community Service Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Donna also received the Alleys in Prevention award from SCAN (Stop child abuse now), and was voted one of the “Top 100 women” in the Loudoun Business Journal.
Under her direction, Mobile Hope received the Community Steward Award honorable mention from the Town of Leesburg, and Mobile Hope was nominated as the Best Non Profit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bud Elliott: Treasurer
Bonnie is the Director of Philanthropy for Mobile Hope. Bonnie has been devoted to helping those in need throughout her life. Giving back to one’s community has always been a vital part of her life. Before joining Mobile Hope, Bonnie was the Executive Director for Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR). Bonnie worked for LIR for ten years. While at LIR, Bonnie was awarded the Nonprofit Executive of the Year award by Leesburg Today. LIR was awarded the Nonprofit of the Year award fromt he Chamber of Commerce for two years and LIR was a nominee for the Best Small Business of the Year award under her leadership. Her passion and experience was the perfect fit for Mobile Hope.
Bonnie lives in Purcellville with her husband Tom and three children. Bonnie is excited to be a part of the Mobile Hope team and raising funds to support such a significant and crucial organization for our community.
We would like to thank our previous 2014 board and team members for the engagement and dedication they brought to Mobile Hope. We wish each of them the best and thank them for the time they served.
James Hill: Driver, Bridgett Turono, Allison Alison, Renee Brohard, Dave Galen, David GoodFriend, MD, Father Daniel Rivera, Melissa Larson