Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Robert Z. LaCroix, Amtrak (retired)

Vice President:
Lori Wood, Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund

Hani Almadhoun, American Near-East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

Michael Martin, LitCon Group, LLC

Phillip J. Gardner, Franklin Maxwell Group

Bill Hudson, Nonprofit Executive

Vipin Kuckreja

Leslie LaCroix

Linda Shilts, George Mason University

President: Robert (Bob) Z. 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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Vice President: 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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Secretary: Hani Almadhoun

Hani is the development officer at the American Near-East Refugee Aid (ANERA) in Washington, From distributing millions of dollars worth of medical and humanitarian relief in Palestine to opening school doors to refugees from Syria, Hani works every day to help donors do the great things they want to do. Before joining ANERA, Hani worked at the Jerusalem Fund / Palestine Center and the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee (ADC) For six years he served as grants and accounting officer at the Jerusalem Fund. Hani’s career in development began as he earned a bachelor’s in international studies and Spanish from Brigham Young University. He holds a master’s in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. A frequent contributor at the Huffington Post and other news sites. Hani serves on the education committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the treasurer for The American Muslim Health Professionals. Hani lives in Washington, DC and is the proud father of two adorable girls.

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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: 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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Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson is a 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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Board Member: Vipin Kuckreja

Vipin Kuckreja is a Chemical Engineer and holds a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri. He retired from Calgon Carbon Corporation at the end of 2012 after serving in a variety of positions in sales, business development, and business management in the Americas as well as Asia Pacific. After retirement, he consulted for and continues to consult for activated carbon companies to develop business with a focus on Asia Pacific.

Vipin lives in Potomac Shores, Virginia with his wife Meera.

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Board Member: Leslie LaCroix

Dr. Leslie La Croix is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the College of Education and Human Development in the Early Childhood Education Program. Dr. La Croix’s areas of expertise are grounded in curriculum and instruction for young learners, birth through age 8, and in teacher education and professional development for early childhood educators. She is focused on supporting preservice and inservice teachers’ understandings of meaningful assessment practices, rich literature experiences, and developmentally appropriate practices that honor diverse young children and their families.

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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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