Board of Directors

It takes a great deal of dedication, passion, compassion, and yes – time to lead a nonprofit organization.  Through their service and sacrifice, a Board of Directors oversees the governance of the organization, guided by and united in the mission.  We are grateful for the dedication of the following men and women, and recognize them for their work to represent and serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Board Officers

Elizabeth (Lissy) John
Senior Vice President, Moth+Flame
Term ends: 2022


1st Vice President
Mark Albert
Term ends: 2022


2nd Vice President
Michael Thomas
Term ends: 2021


Peter Dressel
Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Term ends: 2021


Craig Heizer
Senior Director, Creedence Management Solutions, LLC
Term ends: 2022


Board Members

Kenneth  Black
President & CEO, KLB & Associates
Term ends: 2022


Sunny Blanco
Commercial Services Officer, United Bank
Term ends: 2021


Doug Church
Chairman, Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia
Term ends: 2021


Brian Creswick
Chief Operations Officer, Chartis Federal
Term ends: 2022


Sharon Cummings
President, SLC, Inc.
Term ends: 2022


Nicci Dowd
Adjunct Faculty, Regent University
Term ends: 2022


Chris Ferenschak
Research Technology Assistant, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Term ends: 2021


Mary Campbell Ford
Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia
Term ends: 2021


Elizabeth Gray
Attorney, McCandlish Lillard, P.C.
Term ends: 2022


Donalda Jones
Vice President of Programming, Community Concepts and Community Visions
Term ends: 2022


Chuck Kettenacker
Senior Vice President, Capital Bank N.A.
Term ends: 2021


Marisa Laios
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation , Volunteer
Term ends: 2021


Matt Leland
Attorney, King & Spalding, LLP
Term ends: 2021


Serving as a board member can enrich your life and make a difference in the lives of others.  If you want to get involved in a variety of projects and help our organization grow over time, this is the opportunity for you.  While it will require a good deal of responsibility, you’ll reap a ton of rewards: In addition to strengthening various skills that are beneficial regardless of your field—such as fundraising and project management—you can grow your network by connecting with and through your fellow board members.  If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to join our Board of Directors,  please contact our Executive Director, Rikki Epstein, via email.



(List updated 1/4/2021)