Board of Directors

The Alliance is governed by community service providers from across the Prince William area. The board meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.

Board Members

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Birmingham Green

DENISE CHADWICK WRIGHT

Denise Chadwick Wright serves as the CEO of Birmingham Green, a financially accessible senior living facility. Denise is a dedicated advocate for the senior members in communities to have access to quality care that respects and protects personal dignity. This life-long passion has led to a successful career as a respected leader of over 25 years within the senior healthcare sector.

She developed a deep expertise and invaluable insights from a formative career as a licensed nursing home administrator working across multiple States. Extensive experiences gained from leading business agendas spanning the organizational lifecycle, from start- up through to delivering successful turnaround, have equipped Denise with a sharp eye for what it takes to embed operational excellence and create a culture of high performance; led a 42% plus profit in first year, surpassing a 18% projected loss for fledgling startup.

Denise is recognized by her peers as a tenacious leader who marries the strength of strategic thinking with proven business acumen to build healthy and effective teams and sustainably successful organizations; she was awarded the prestigious American College of Health Care Administrators Facility Leadership Award in recognition of organizational leadership. Most recently received the Women of Distinction Award from McKnight’s Senior Living and has been inducted into the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor 2021. She is committed to the continued sustainability of healthcare sector and serves as an advisory board member for the University of Richmond Customer Service program; and has served as an adjunct faculty member for health care and business administration undergraduate students at Stratford University Falls Church campus. Denise holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Administration from Eastern University and a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Individual Member

CAROLYN DESAI

Carolyn Desai is an experienced legal professional who has served with Prince William County Attorney's Office as an Assistant County Attorney.

 

Carolyn graduated from The University of Virginia in Charlottesville and The Regent University School of Law. Carolyn earned a certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers from Harvard University.

Carolyn is an active member of the community and has served with The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William as a member of the Grant Proposal Review Committee. She is the secretary on the board of directors for the New Bristow Village Homeowner’s Association. Carolyn also serves on the leadership team of the Park Valley Church's Mothers of Preschoolers group.

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St. Thomas United Methodist Church

ABI FOERSTER

Rev. Abi Foerster is the Senior Pastor of St. Thomas United Methodist Church and is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Wesley Seminary, and most recently George Mason.  She brings a wealth of experience across a range of fields, including church planter, crisis counselor, early childhood educator, foster parent, coach, program developer, and co-founder of two non-profits, the Jeremiah Project and Phoenix Rising.  Abi has been married to her husband and fellow wahoo, Lacy, for nearly 18 years and they have an adopted teenage daughter, Sophia. 

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The House, Inc.

TODD MCCORMICK

Todd McCormick is Executive Director and founding partner of The House, Inc. a Woodbridge, VA based non-profit. He works closely with The House, Inc.'s Board of Directors and senior staff to accelerate progress and direct out-of-school time initiatives and research in such areas as education, community college prep, low-income parent engagement and long-term poverty tracking, that can have profound effects improving the lives of Greater Washington, DC students in need.

 

Under his leadership, The House, Inc. was recognized by the 2021-2022 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as "One of the Best" nonprofits of the year. Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, was the Honorary Chair of The House Student Leadership Center’s 2014, 2015, and 2016 anniversaries.

Todd has a Business Administration degree from The University of Arkansas, an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He also has an education from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizen’s Academy.

A few of Todd's many professional accomplishments are listed below:

- Voted 2021 Best Non-Profit Civic Support Worker by the readers of InsideNoVa "Best of Price William" for the eighth consecutive year.

- Joined Stratford University as Adjunct Faculty in its School of Business in 2016.

- Named 2015 Advisory Board member of Stratford University’s School of Business.

- Named 2014 “Forty Under 40,” young professionals to watch by Potomac Local.

- September 2014, named stakeholder member of The White House My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Initiative.

- September 2014, named stakeholder to The White House Let’s Move Initiative: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.

- Serves as a committee member of The Clinton Foundation 20/30.

- Tapped by Assistant Director in Charge, Washington Field Office FBI to coordinate and develop summer internship program for students at the Bureau through the Center’s Job Core.

- Tapped by Deputy Associate Director, Headquarters, U.S. Army Contracting Command to choose the Center’s students as interns at Headquarters.

- Inaugurated National Capital A Cinderella Ball, a free prom, dinner and Ball for Washington, DC area middle and high school students with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses annually at The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty recognized this work and gave the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award for best practices to The Willard for its collaboration with the Center’s philanthropic platform.

- Conceived and managed disaster recovery efforts included generating 200,000 meals for earthquake victims through

the Center.

- Designed system which provides the safety net in the creation of The House Student Leadership Center’s Non-Traditional School. First site in the nation to contract with GradPoint for credit accrual and credit recovery for students expelled or suspended for various infractions and crisis situations.

- Board member of Prince William County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY)

- November 2012, named Innovative Award Winner from The Potomac Health Foundation Board of Directors for the fully developed and manage creation of Fitting In, a childhood obesity initiative for students and families.

- SUCCESS Magazine featured The House Student Leadership Center, while CNN, The Washington Post, Washington Times, NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC have also featured the work of the Center.

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Professionals By Design

JINNAE MONROE

Professor Jinnae Monroe is an Air Force veteran and CEO of Professionals by Design, LLC and founder of HireGround (501c3) nonprofit, which provides students with workforce development, and post high school support/life skills.   She has over 25 years of experience leading Human Resource workplace challenges, Resiliency & Inclusion (onboarding Vets), and Leadership Development for fortune 500 companies. Jinnae teaches Human Resource Staffing, Ethics and Public Speaking courses for Graduate students, for the past 14 years. She also teaches public speaking/presentation skills to Sr. Executives.  Jinnae is a keynote speaker to government, education, nonprofit, law firms, and corporate on the topic of Talent Management, Generations in the Workplace, Change Management and Women’s leadership initiatives.

 

Jinnae has coached the transitional careers for countless veterans, military leaders and spouses across the U.S. Blending best practices in OD concepts, Adult Learning Theories and Change Management, Jinnae has designed and implemented customized curriculum for companies to start succession programs. She has been recognized for saving millions in company’s human resources and retention budgets. Also, recognized for her facilitation work on a Presidential level and ranked #1 lead facilitator among 100+ peers, in a company of 50k employees.

 

Jinnae is certified in the following Personality Assessments: CPP: FIRO B,  360 Feedback, John Maxwell Coach and Certified International Speaker, Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Workplace DiSC facilitator, Five Behaviors, MBTI, PROSCI Change Management, Behavioral Based Interview Structure (BBSI), Generations in the Workplace, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a Foster/Adoptive parent trainer.

 

She is a member of the National and Prince William Society for Human Resources, American Training & Development, American Businesswomen, and Leadership Prince William class of 2020. Jinnae serves on several Chamber of Commerce councils, VP of Membership-ToastMasters International, board member- American Red Cross, Ambassador- SpouseLink, Board member- MCPS Education Foundation, and member-Human Trafficking Task Force. Awarded, Nonprofit of the Year, recognized for Emerging Small Business, and Excellence in Business. Jinnae has garnered several 1st Place awards for Toastmasters International.

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Park Valley Church

STEVE PIERCE

Steve Pierce has served as the Pastor of the Open Arms, Outreach and Women's Ministries at Park Valley Church since 2018. 

In addition to his human services work, Steve has had a successful career in hospitality. He served as the Vice President of Thompson Hospitality's Development division as well as their Director of Joint Ventures. He served as the Marketing and Operations Manager at Skyscraper and the District Manger, General Manager and Chef Manager at The Compass Group.

Steve earned his BS in Journalism from Texas Christian University, his Masters of Divinity from Liberty University and his Culinary Masterworks Certification I and II from The Culinary Institute of America. 

In addition to serving as a board member for The Human Service Alliance of Greater Prince William, Steve has worked with Serve our Willing Warriors and SERVE.

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Carried To Full Term

FRANCES ROBIN

Frances Robin is a trauma and crisis counselor. She is the founder of Carried To Full Term, a long-term housing program for women who are pregnant and homelessness.

 

Frances is a native of Dominica, in the Caribbean. She graduated from Regent University with a Masters in Human Services: Crisis and Trauma Counseling. Her life's work is to help women understand that healing from trauma is an option. Specifically, childhood, family of origin, historical,

generational, and religious trauma. Franie, as she is widely known, is committed to helping people heal and explore a life of joy and authenticity.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography, mentoring high school students and helping women through her initiative, Awakening The Warriors. She lives by the belief that we become the answer when we accept the invitation to walk in the transformational trenches of another person’s life!

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The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT

KAREN SMITH

Karen Smith has served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT since 1967. Karen is the chief administrator for the services and programs operated by The Arc/INSIGHT that includes developmental child care centers, residential services, respite care, vocational training, adult day support programs, recreational programs, family support and a specialized transportation system.  During FY 2019 the agency served more than 2,200 children and adults with developmental disabilities with a budget over 13.7 million dollars.

 

In addition to serving as The Alliance's Treasurer, Karen also serves the community with The Disability Services Board, The Prince William County Housing Board, ACTS, The Arc of Virginia and St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Karen and her husband enjoy three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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NAMI Prince William

MARK VICTORSON

Mark Victorson serves as the treasurer for NAMI Prince William and is also a co-facilitator of the chapter's family support group. Mark also gives back to the community through his work as a volunteer on the ACTS Helpline and with Capital Caring Hospice. He is also serves as the Social Ministry chair at St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

Mark served 30 years in the US Army Transportation Corps and as Army Attache in the US Embassy in Paris and as Defense and Army Attache in the US Embassy in Cairo. He then served in an organization, dealing with Defense logistics issues.

Past Alliance board members include Will Archer from Potomac Valley Church; Andrea Eck from Northern Virginia Family Service; Steve Liga from ACTS; Marty Nohe as an Individual Member; and Dr. Terry Tinsley from Youth For Tomorrow.

Staff

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CHELSI CONAWAY

Executive Director

Chelsi Howard Conaway has worked in community engagement at a grassroots level since 2000 and worked in community engagement professionally since 2009 for county government and nonprofit human services organizations. She has worked with The Alliance since 2019.

 

Chelsi grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations and Speech Communication.

 

Chelsi currently serves on the board of People Incorporated. Chelsi is a nationally certified Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Trainer and a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP).

 

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REGINALD THOMAS

Operations Manager

Reggie Thomas has an extensive background in business solutions as the owner of Thomas Brand LLC. He's a certified accountant and bookkeeper specializing in nonprofits. He also has a history of grant management.

Reggie is from Columbia, SC.