Donna has lived in Loudoun County for the past 15 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, homeless 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 graduate of James Madison University and her son Jared, who is proudly serving in the US Army.
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 proud to be on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, she is also a Board Member for the Loudoun First Responders Foundation. She is a member of the Loudoun Health Council and is the chair of the Safety Net Subcommittee. Donna was recently asked to join the Dominion Power Board of Directors focusing on their “Energy Share” program. She has been a mentor and adviser to many non-profits and young people and enjoys her membership and involvement with many community organizations.
Donna was awarded the Make a Difference Award from the School Business Partnership. She received the Leesburg Rotary Club “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 Allies in Prevention award from SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), and was voted one of the “Top 100 women” in the Loudoun Business Journal. Donna was also featured in Posh 7 magazine. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority also honored Donna with the Heart of Service Community Impact Award.
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 in 2015 from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 Mobile Hope received the very distinguished Peoples Choice Award from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the Best Non Profit of the year.
Allyson Ruscitella is the President of Mobile Hope’s Board of Directors. Helping others has been a consistent passion throughout Allyson’s career. She began as a social worker and received degrees from George Mason and Catholic University. The opportunity to become an agent of change is what drew her to social work, keeps her committed to supporting youth and families, and inspired her to start Blue Studios, LLC. As Blue Studios President, Allyson positions businesses strategically and develops web content that resonates with key audiences. Allyson lives with her husband and three children in Purcellville.
Vice – President
Donna Torraca has been employed with Loudoun County Public Schools in the Planning and Legislative Services as a Planning Assistant since 2008. Prior to her employment with LCPS she worked as a Paralegal for Reed Smith LLP for 18 years. She has served on numerous PTO and PTA boards as either President or Vice President between the years of 2001-2014 and most recently as President of the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts since 2013. In 2008 she received the Virginia PTA Volunteer of the Year Award. Volunteering and giving back to the community is a priority and she has been volunteering with Mobile Hope since 2012. Donna has been a resident of Virginia since 1985 and has resided in Leesburg since 1992 with her husband David. They have one son.
Rhonda Lough is the Secretary of Mobile Hope. Rhonda has been a Parent Liaison for Loudoun County Public Schools for 12 years. As a Parent Liaison, Rhonda is the link between school and home. She is there to ensure that students have all that they need to be successful at school. Rhonda also runs a Young Mothers’ Support Group at Douglass Alternative School for students who are pregnant or have a child. Rhonda founded the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville to provide food to at-risk families in the western part of the County who are not able to travel to other food pantries.
Rhonda lives in Lovettsville with her family.
Bud Elliott is the Treasurer for Mobile Hope. Bud is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. Bud and his wife Joan have lived in Loudoun County for 20 years.. They have three children and six grandchildren. Bud is a graduate of Virginia Tech. Bud was the co-owner of an independent insurance, and retired in 2004. Bud was also a college football official for the ACC for 31 years.
Bud has been active in community as a volunteer. Bud has been affiliated with Loudoun Interfaith Relief for more than 15 years. He served on the Board of Directors and later as the President of the Board.
Sharon Ackerman has volunteered at Mobile Hope since her retirement in 2014. In her 42 years in Loudoun County Public Schools she served as a teacher, principal, director, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. Sharon became familiar with the mission and activities of Mobile Hope through the school system’s parent liaison program. She identified Mobile Hope as the perfect volunteer opportunity in retirement because the focus enabled her to continue to support the health and welfare of children. Sharon is a member of the board at the George C. Marshall International Center and participates in the community efforts of the Loudoun Retired Educator Association. Sharon has lived in Sterling with her husband for 35 years.
Ashley is a Senior at Douglass School. She has been volunteering at Mobile Hope for about a year. She is spent most of summer leading a hand at Mobile Hope and comes almost everyday after school too. Ashley has also volunteered with Sprout. She plans to attend NOVA in the fall. Ashley has had a love of horses while growing up. She has a standard poodle – Jackson and an iguana.
Colleen Duffy serves as Volunteer Operations Coordinator for Mobile Hope. In this role, she works to cultivate an ongoing dialogue between volunteers and staff to improve client support processes. Colleen credits her two-plus decades of military service in the U.S. and abroad for her skills in fostering mutually respectful personal interaction and methods of efficient coordination. She also worked in the corporate arena for several years post-service. Colleen has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College, a Master of Science degree from University of Colorado, and a doctorate in Executive Leadership from The George Washington University. She lives in Purcellville.
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 Bachelor’s 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.
The Reverend Holly Hanback
Holly Hanback is the Deacon at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg. In that role, Holly coordinates volunteer crews for various mission and outreach ministries, including Backpack Buddies, Grace to Go, and the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter.
Colleen works at Leesburg Today as the Advertising Consultant. Colleen is very active in her church – Holy and Whole. Colleen first started her volunteer service several years ago making the meal for our bus distribution site in Leesburg with her church.
Dave Herlihy joins the Board of Directors of Mobile Hope with an incredible passion to support the needs of homeless and struggling youth. Dave is retired from Target where is he worked for 40 years. He was responsible for the opening and remodeling of stores in 5 states. When he initially retired he was introduced to Douglass School and began volunteering as a mentor with their students. Today, Dave and the former Principal at Douglass School have started an employement program for youth. In his spare time – Dave is a golf enthusiast!
Tony Howard is the President and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, a 1,300-member business organization that is Northern Virginia’s largest chamber of commerce.
Howard began his tenure as the Chief Executive of Loudoun’s premier business networking and advocacy organization on August 1, 2006, after seven years at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, where he last served as Chief Operating Officer and as Vice President of Membership and Communications.
Before joining the Fairfax County Chamber, Howard served as the chief spokesman for Congressman Michael P. Forbes of New York, where he handled all media relations, working with major news outlets in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the East End of Long Island.
A graduate of the State University of New York, Howard is an award-winning journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island. Howard’s journalism career earned him numerous awards for in-depth reporting, feature writing and sports coverage from his peers in the New York Press Association.
Howard currently serves on a number of non-profit and professional boards, including the Board of Directors for Visit Loudoun, the Loudoun Small Business Development Center, the Loudoun First Responders Foundation, the Loudoun County Economic Development Authority and Mobile Hope. He also is a member of the Ashburn Rotary Club.
A resident of Leesburg, Howard and his wife Alison have one son, Jake.
Chad D. Runfola is currently the principal of J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, Virginia. He began working for Loudoun County Public Schools in 1999 and has served public education since 1993. His work in public education began in alternative schools helping to support at-risk youth. This work began in Culpeper County and continued in Fauquier County. 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, Loudoun County, and now, Mobile Hope.
Lynn Scott is currently the McKinney-Vento Liaison for Loudoun County Public Schools. She is responsible for LCPS’ compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act through the accurate certification of students, training of staff, and the initiation of all relevant school-based services for eligible students. 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.
Daryl Smith, Sr.
Darryl has had a long and involved public service career. Darryl retired in 2004 after over 31 years with the Town of Herndon, Virginia Police Department as a Police Captain. During a short retirement period, Darryl was elected too, and served a 2 year term on the Town of Herndon Town Council as Vice Mayor. In 2006 Darryl was selected to serve as Chief of Police for the Town of Purcellville, Virginia Police Department. He led the Department for nine years retiring in March of 2015. During his time there the Purcellville Police where recognized by the Virginia Municipal League, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for community policing programs. Darryl is married. He and his wife Maria live in Herndon where they enjoy visits from their 5 grandchildren.
Director of Philanthropy
Bonnie Inman 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. Loudoun Interfaith Relief is an emergency food pantry whose mission is to the feed the hungry in Loudoun County. Bonnie worked for Loudoun Interfaith Relief for ten years. While at Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Bonnie was awarded the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award by Leesburg Today. Loudoun Interfaith Relief was awarded the Nonprofit of Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce for two years and Loudoun Interfaith Relief 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 serves on the COC Committee. She also serves on the Gaps Committee for the COC. Mobile Hope as a member of the Loudoun Human Services Network. Bonnie is also a member of the Purcellville Rotary Club.
Bonnie lives in Purcellville, Virginia. She and her husband Tom have three children.
Bonnie is excited to be a part of the Mobile Hope team and raising awareness and funds to support such a significant and crucial organization for our community.
Director of Client Support Services
KC LeBlanc is Mobile Hope’s Director of Client Support Services. KC is a registered nurse and worked as a nurse for more than 25 year. KC worked at Inova Loudoun Hospital for 20 years. KC helped start the Mobile Health program and later helped to establish Mobile Hope with Donna. KC has volunteered for Mobile Hope over the past several years. KC and her husband live in Leesburg. KC has three grown children and three grandchildren. Mobile Hope is thrilled that KC has returned to Mobile Hope to add her vitality and expertise. KC is excited to be a part of Mobile Hope, once again, and is looking forward to be able to provide Case Management for our children. KC will also be responsible for establishing a medical program for Mobile Hope soon.
Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Marta Castillo and Cinthia Reyes
Marta Castillo is the Office Manager for Mobile Hope. Marta recently graduated from Loudoun County Public Schools. Marta has served as a volunteer at Mobile Hope for many years. Her organizational skills PLUS her ability to speak spanish has been a huge addition to Mobile Hope. Marta will be sharing her job with Cinthia Reyes. Cinthia has recently graduated from high school, but will officially be receiving her diploma from Loudoun Valley High School in May 2017. You may be familar with Cinithia as she is our Ambassador! Cinthia plans to begin NOVA this fall. Cinthia also speaks spanish. She will be managing our volunteer program.