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Our Leadership

Board of Directors

President:
Phillip J. Gardner, Franklin Maxwell Group

Vice President:
Bill Hudson, Nonprofit Executive

Secretary:
Danelle Springer, Arbonne International

Treasurer:
Michael Martin, LitCon Group, LLC

David Brunori, George Washington University

Robert Z. LaCroix, Amtrak (retired)

Bethany Letiecq, George Mason University

Linda Shilts, George Mason University

Lori Wood, Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund

James Mansfield, Attorney

 

President: Phillip Gardner

Phillip J. Gardner, a retired Deloitte LLP Principal, has over 30 years of program management and consulting experience with commercial, federal and state government agencies. He currently serves as Executive Vice President for Franklin Maxwell Group, where he is responsible for operations, business development, and service delivery. Mr. Gardner also served with the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and retired from the Naval Reserves in 1998 at the rank of Commander.

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Vice President: Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson is an nonprofit professional with over twenty years of experience in various leadership positions. Most recently he was the administrator for one of Pennsylvania’s largest public library systems. Over the years, while working on, for and with dozens of boards, he developed a passion for board governance and an appreciation for the effect great boards can have on their respective organizations. He is a native of southeastern North Carolina and has a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently enjoys living in Reston with his partner Juli.

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Secretary: Danelle Springer

Danelle Springer is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Fairfax since 1990. Danelle’s interest in early childhood education, and specifically reading, was sparked when her own daughters were young. Danelle has served as PTA President at Oak View Elementary, and as a county-wide reading curriculum review board member specializing in grades K-2. She lives in Fairfax with her husband Steve and holds a degree in Philosophy with a special concentration in Religion from George Mason University.

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Treasurer: Michael Martin

Michael R. Martin, Jr. is a senior manager at LitCon Group, LLC. Michael has more than 20 years of experience specializing in the preparation and defense of damage claims, litigation support, and forensic accounting for clients in the construction and government contracting industries.  Michael has been qualified as and testified as an expert related to cost and damages issues. He has also lectured on many topics related to government contracting and construction claims. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia, and graduated from American University in Washington, DC. Michael volunteers for several non-profit organizations, lives in Fairfax with his wife and two children and coaches several children’s sports teams.

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Board Member: David Brunori

David Brunori is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He is a partner at the law firm of Quarles and Brady where his practice is focused on tax and regulatory issues. He is also a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University where he teaches courses in state and local public finance and fiscal federalism. He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School. He has published numerous books and articles on state and local tax policy. He served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington DC law firm.

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Board Member: Bob LaCroix

Bob LaCroix retired in January, 2016 after a career spanning more than 45 years in such well known enterprises as Amtrak, Disney, and Bank of America as well as mid-sized companies and the US Air Force. Along the way, Bob served in a variety of roles, including CEO of a travel technology company and CFO of a staffing company. He finished out his career as VP Asset and Real Estate Development at Amtrak. Bob received his MBA from George Mason University and currently lives in Fairfax with his wife Brenda.

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Board Member: Bethany Letiecq

Bethany Letiecq is associate professor and director of the Human Development and Family Science program at George Mason University. She teaches courses in family law and public policy, individual and family development, and service delivery systems. Dr. Letiecq also conducts community-based research in partnership with immigrant, refugee and asylee families with young children, with a keen interest in how immigrant families navigate education as well as other social systems and how systems foster family resilience, health and well-being.  Dr. Letiecq grew up  in Rhode Island and moved to the DC area to complete her graduate education at the University of Maryland. After working for the US Government Accountability Office, she traveled extensively for about a year and then ventured west to join the faculty of Montana State University and explore Big Sky country. In 2013, she returned to the east coast with her daughter Betsy Lyn and now resides in Fairfax. She is passionate about working for social justice and human rights, particularly among undocumented immigrants.

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Board Member: Linda Shilts

Linda Shilts is a retired administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools’ Early Childhood Special Education Resource Program, a program in which she spent her entire career. Her love of quality Early Childhood programs led her to Main Street. Currently she serves as a University Supervisor for George Mason University, supervising student teachers in the area of Early Childhood Special Education. She is also president of Assistance League of Northern Virginia. Linda has a MA degree in Speech Pathology from Northern Illinois University, a BA in Speech Pathology from the University of Akron, and 30 hours post graduate in Early Childhood Special Education from Marymount University. Linda and her husband, Rick live in Fairfax. They have three children.

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Board Member: Lori Wood

Lori Wood is the Executive Director of the Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund located in Fairfax, Va. The Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund is a $4 billion, labor-management defined benefit pension plan with approximately 140,000 participants nationwide.  Lori has 24 years of experience in working with Taft-Hartley benefit plans, plan sponsors and organized labor.  She grew up in the Washington, DC area.   After graduating from Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration, she joined the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where, throughout her career, she served in a variety of senior management roles for SEIU and its funds, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Lori also worked from 2013 to 2015 at the Children’s Defense Fund where she served as Vice President for Field and acting Chief Operating Officer.  Working side by side with the organization’s founder, Marian Wright Edelman, Lori was responsible for the day to day operations of CDF as well as overseeing seven state offices across the country providing guidance and counsel to tireless child advocates serving as Executive Directors in the field.

In addition to her degree from Marymount University, Lori holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and the Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) designations from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lori lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, Joe, and their three sons, Jake, Jared, and Justin.

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Board Member: James Mansfield

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