Rae Stone, President
Dr. Rae Stone is a marine mammal veterinarian best known for pioneering the use of diagnostic ultrasound in dolphins. She co-founded Dolphin Quest in 1988, creating a new standard for the public display of dolphins. Dolphin Quest, now with three locations worldwide, is a recognized leader in veterinary care, and reproductive success. They successfully strive toward creating natural enriching environments, interactive educational programming, in fostering ocean conservation and stewardship. Last year alone, Dolphin Quest supported 16 University level research projects and Dolphin Quest employees donated over 2600 hours to research projects and community service.
Rae and her family have known Tom Sweitzer for many years through his work at The Hill School. Their relationship took on a whole new meaning in 2011 when Rae’s youngest son, Forrest, sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident.
Through the winding road of Forrest’s recovery and the highs and the many setbacks he has experienced, his involvement with Tom and music therapy has been nothing short of a miracle. When Forrest couldn’t speak, Tom helped him breathe. When Forrest couldn’t sing, Tom helped him hum. Through a year and a half of incredibly hard work and dedication, Tom helped Forrest find his voice again, a gift that can never be repaid. Rae’s commitment to Tom and A Place To Be is to help others faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, have the same opportunity to heal that Forrest has experienced through the restorative power of music therapy.
Rae lives in The Plains, VA with sons, Austin and Forrest and her husband, Kent Allen.
Maite Dougherty, Acting Secretary
A Florida native of Cuban parents and a resident of the Middleburg area, Maite is the mother of three girls. Her youngest, Veronica, has Down syndrome and is a regular participant at A Place To Be. Maite graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and later moved to England where her children were born. There she became involved with Down’s Ed, an educational foundation in Portsmouth solely dedicated to the cognitive research and development of the potential of children living with Down Syndrome. Maite co-founded a playgroup in her town to promote their methods, which encouraged signing as early form of communication. Later, as an advocate for inclusion, she successfully integrated Veronica at the local private school in Wellington, Florida where she enjoyed an education equal to her peers through the 6th grade. Maite is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in History at George Mason University while continuing to promote more opportunities for inclusion and awareness of children with differences.
Donna Hickman, Treasurer
Donna Hickman is the newest addition to A Place To Be's Board of Directors. She currently serves as the acting Treasurer. Donna brings to the table a wide range of experiences acquired over years of working within the banking world. She has served as a Market Leader and Vice President for BB&T Bank, as well as a Vice President of Commercial Lending for Middleburg Bank.
Donna's excellent track record in lending and financial expertise makes her an excellent Treasurer of the Board for A Place To Be. Her son Noah has participated in several A Place To Be Summer Camps and Social Groups.
Doug Meeker, Former Treasurer
Doug Meeker is an accomplished technology executive with a broad range of experience in digital media and software. As a senior leader for AOL, Best Software, Examiner and Gannett, he has built and managed P/L responsibility for a variety of sales, marketing and operations organizations from start-ups to $100M divisions.
As the Founder/CEO of 3R Behavioral Solutions, the developers of the Life Sherpa platform, Doug is channeling his technology start-up experience and his passion to help children with executive functioning challenges (typically caused by ADHD and Autism) to become self-reliant and lead more independent lives.
Doug has been involved in a number of disability related initiatives over the last 10 years since his son was diagnosed with Autism at age 4. Leveraging his experience running the digital Yellow Pages for AOL, Doug created a local search engine for the parents of children with Autism called the Autism Help Network.
In addition, he has served the last 6 years on Verizon's Consumer Advisory Board where he advocates for the expansion of intellectual diversity in the workplace.
Rob Lowry, Former President
Rob is a Senior Vice President and Team Leader for Rutherfoord, a leading risk management, employee benefits and surety bonding broker based in the Mid-Atlantic. Rob is an active member of several trade associations serving the insurance, construction, moving storage & logistics, and real estate industries, including AGC, ABC, AMSA, NAIOP, NAREIT, and WBC, and has participated in a variety of roles for many civic & charitable organizations.
Rob successfully served as the Board President for A Place To Be for several years, and still resides on the Board as a General Member. He currently resides in Leesburg, VA with his wife Tracy and their children, Madison, Ryan, and Carson.
Harold Frederick Boardman Jr., known to his friends as "Rick,” believes that A Place To Be is a vital component of our community. He sees it as an invaluable asset by providing innovative and effective approaches using the arts to help people of all ages meet special challenges in their lives.
Rick is an attorney who has spent most of his legal career involved in various aspects of healthcare in the United States. He graduated from Trinity College in 1961 with a B.S. degree in interdepartmental sciences. Having developed an interest in governmental processes, he then went to George Washington University Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree with Honors in 1964.
With his background in science, Rick decided to join the U.S. pharmaceutical, diagnostics and chemicals company of a world leading Swiss corporate group as an attorney. His career was rewarding and successful there, later becoming its Vice President and General Counsel and a member of its Board of Directors.
He continued in the corporate world by becoming Executive Vice President and General Counsel and member of the U.S. Leadership team of a U.S. chemicals company of a major French group of companies. Later, he became Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the worldwide life sciences company of the same French group. Rick also has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Rick and his wife Martha live on a farm in Middleburg, VA where they are raising their adopted grandchildren, Kyle and Ashley and share the farm with their daughter Leslie VanSant, her husband Wayne, and daughter Beatrice. Rick and Martha came to appreciate all the good APTB does because their Kyle and Ashley have benefited from the resources of the Center and the mentorship and guidance Tom Sweitzer and Kim Tapper of APTB.
Bob is a resident of Middleburg, Virginia and very active in the community. Bob is the father of Nellie who recently graduated from the “U” of Miami and is now attending George Washington University Law School on a merit scholarship. Bob has three grandchildren
Bob spent twenty years at the FCC representing the United States overseas and regulating wireless communications. He was a partner at the law firm of Jones Day, in charge of its telecommunications practice. Bob represented Nextel from its inception and was its Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. Bob served on The Hill School Board, and was a member of PCIA’s Board Cellular Tower companies and served on several other boards including the Leukemia Society and Washington International Horse Show. Currently, Bob is now President emeritus of the Middleburg Tennis Club and serves on the Advisory Board to the Dean of GW Law School.
After growing up the New Jersey in a small town, Linda went to Gettysburg College, where she graduated with an English major and was certified for secondary teaching. After twenty nine moves in the United States and countries around the world, Linda happily moved to Middleburg in 2001. Moving to Asia changed how she and her husband, Alan, wanted to live, and for the next fifteen years, they lived in Africa. Although she had first worked as a journalist, she taught English in the American embassy and in overseas American schools.
When their family moved back to California in 1994, she began taking classes for a Master’s of Education degree, which she finally completed at the University of Virginia in 2000 and worked as a Fairfax County Public Schools teacher and French and English tutor. Linda still teaches in Loudoun County Public Schools and is a French tutor.
She serves on the boards of the Pink Box, the Middleburg Garden Club and her antiques group. In her free time, she still loves to travel with Alan and their children, Joshua and Amy. Taking piano lessons and cooking some of the recipes she collected from other countries are her other favorites.
She has known Tom through his performances over the past twelve years and supported some of his students during the years in which he headed Creative Youth. A Place To Be now fills a large hole of creative services in our surrounding communities. It is a real pleasure to serve on the board to nurture Tom and Kim’s vision.
Judy was born and brought up in California but moved to Washington, DC after University to be an Administrative Assistant to General Lucius Clay at the State Department and later at the Republican National Finance Committee. While working there she met her husband. For many years they were very much involved in the early days and development of The Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts.
After moving to Middleburg, Judy served on The Hill School Board, the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation and the Windy Hill Foundation Board which she has served on almost since its inception in the early 1980’s, Judy is thrilled to now be serving on the Board of A Place To Be.
Teresa Wheeler is a Northern Virginia native. She attended Robinson Secondary School and George Mason University. She has been a Loudoun County resident for 20 years.
Teresa has been a friend of A Place To Be since 2011. Teresa is a trustee at INOVA Loudoun Hospital, a member of 100 Women Strong, and an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. She currently lives in Leesburg, VA with her husband, Mike; and her daughters, Tess, Maddy and Grace.
A lifelong consumer and devotee of classical music and myriad additional genres from jazz, to pops, to country and contemporary Christian, Shannon studied piano for many years before realizing the arts world was better served by her fundraising skills. Shannon is currently serving as a director for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC as a member of the Development Committee and Director Recruitment. As well, for the past nineteen years, Shannon has served as a trustee for the Washington Bach Consort and served as Board Chair from 2008 - 2011. Shannon currently serves as Co-Chair of the Development Committee of the Consort and is Chair of the Planned Giving Committee. A zealous supporter of children’s music and arts education, Shannon co-founded the The Community Music School in Upperville, Virginia in 1994, and served as Board President until 2002. Shannon also served as Trustee for the The Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia (2013 - 2017) as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. As a former nurse, community healthcare, particularly combating addiction and homelessness, is a keen interest; Shannon currently serves on the The Samaritan Inns’s Campaign for Hope of which husband Jim is Co-Chair. An amateur sports photographer, Shannon’s latest subject is her first grandson, Edwin James Davis, born in November2015. Shannon is mother to three daughters, Meg, Kara and Charlotte Davis all avid concert attendees and former students of the piano, flute, violin and ‘cello. An avid fox hunter, Shannon will hang up her spurs for any concert, any time. As well, her husband’s general contracting firm also brings Shannon frequently to the District and she is proud to state that his firm has renovated and constructed the following arts supportive organizations: The National Theater, Constitution Hall, the headquarters and studio of National Public Radio, Arena Stage, the Round House Theater, Wooly Mammoth Theatre, Avalon Theater, the Media Campus of BET, the Performance Hall of Georgetown Visitation, and the most exciting to date, the expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Kristin is an accredited public relations counselor whose background encompasses all aspects of professional communications, with particular expertise in strategic planning, media relations, campaign development, reputation and crisis management. Her experience includes over 25 years of extensive work with non-profit organizations, fortune 500 companies, and government agencies specializing in scientific, medical, environmental, and public health issues.
As Vice President of Communications and Patient Information for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), she provides organizational oversight for external communications, media relations/public affairs, social media, patient information, advocate relations, and corporate communications for both ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Her contributions to public education include the creation and launch of Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net), an award winning consumer cancer website with more than 120 cancer types, medical illustrations, podcasts, Spanish translations, and patient response center. Under her guidance, the department has won dozens of awards for excellence in association publications, videos, PR campaigns and social media, and over 40 website content, design and marketing awards.
Prior to joining ASCO, Ms. Ludwig served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and as a Senior Account Executive for John Adams Associates, a Washington, DC public affairs firm. In addition, Ms. Ludwig has experience in broadcast advertising and television production, and has worked in the newsrooms of WMJR and WBAL radio stations.
Darrel has 20 years experience in the IT staffing industry. In 2002 he helped start Convergenz as an Account Executive / Business Development Manager. His role was to identify and break/develop accounts. During that time Convergenz grew to $38m in revenue annually.
In August of 2009 Darrel started Agensys Corporation. As Founder, President and CEO they have grown organically by creating a strict budget and training program. Agensys currently services 38 states with 36 internal employees and 180 indirect employees.
Benjamin H. Graham is President and the founder of The Graham Companies, LTD., which provides real estate asset management advisory services for independent schools, corporate and private investors throughout the United States and abroad. He has also managed troubled real estate portfolio assets.
Mr.Graham is a Life Director of the National Home Builders Association where he served in a host of volunteer leadership positions. He is on the Board of Trustees of George Mason University Foundation. He was Chairman of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and the United States Olympic Committee in metropolitan Washington DC. Mr. Graham holds a BA from George Mason University and a Masters of Public Administration from the George Washington University of America.
Benjamin H. Graham also was a Co-founding board member of A Place To Be. He and his wife KC were the first two people to believe that A Place To be needed a home and that the concept should become a reality.
Huntington Lyman grew up in New York City and Connecticut, and graduated from Yale in 1983. He then moved to Middleburg and taught English at Hill School, Foxcroft, and Notre Dame Academy. He is currently a teacher and the Academic Dean at Hill School. Hunt earned a Masters degree at Wesleyan University and a doctorate from the University of Virginia, and he has published many articles and given many presentations about teaching. Over the past fifteen years, Hunt has appeared in many Tom Sweitzer productions, including Porches, Of Mice and Men, Working, Little Shop of Horrors, and Into the Woods. Hunt resides in Middleburg with his wife Sue and their son Christian.
Tom was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, PA and went on to earn his BA in American Civilization and his MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania. He was captain of Penn’s varsity basketball team during the 1967-68 school year. From 1968 to 1981 he taught and coached at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, and was the Middle School Head for nine years before becoming Headmaster of Hill School in 1981. After his twenty-nine year tenure as Headmaster, Tom was named Headmaster Emeritus in 2010. In this position his responsibilities include Development, primarily Major Gifts and Planned Giving, as well as assisting the Trustees and Head of School with strategic planning. In 2011-12, Tom served as the Interim Director of the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. His interests include reading, travel, and athletics, and he currently serves as a Board Member for The Piedmont Community Foundation and on the Advisory Board at The Hill School (PA). Tom and his wife, Ann, live in Middleburg and are the parents of two sons, Alex and Drew and have two grandchildren, Harper and Emma.
Carla O'Brien is the founder of Coach Carla LLC, a Life Coaching Company that offers coaching and work with horses to help People, Corporations, and Organizations to find their happiness and success.
Carla is a Mom of 4 kids all with a large variety of "D's," including ADD, OCD, ASD, LD, Dyslexia, and Lyme Disease. She dedicates her life to helping those who are "different" to thrive and be happy in their lives, and their work.
Carla was a valuable Board Member who brought insights born from actual personal experiences in her own different life, in her family, and in the corporate world. Her children have personally been profoundly impacted from being a part of this incredible organization, and she hopes to be of great support in bringing the work and the message of A Place To Be, to all who need it.
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