Our People

Our people—staff, board members, coaches and volunteers—are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for every participant and family. Learn more about the individuals who bring our mission and vision to life.

Our Staff

Ellen Carver

Executive Director

Hayley Beckner

Mission Advancement Director

Ali Bowen

Program Director - Suffolk & Western Tidewater

Kay Dawson

Program Director - Peninsula

Erin Highton

Program Director - Virginia Beach

Emily Matisko

Program Director - Chesapeake, Norfolk, & Portsmouth

Liz Neely

Director of Operations

Work With Us

Do you share a passion for our mission and want to join the team? Learn more about open staff and board positions.

Work With Us

Our Board

Hobie Ritzel

Marblelife of Hampton Roads

Stephanie DeWald

Cox Communications

Lei Dunn

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Paula Bannatt

Orange Theory - Ghent

Jeanne Busch

Gynecology Specialists

Heather Campbell

Virginia Wesleyan University

Beth Campion

Hilton Hotels

Lisa Ehrich

Pender & Coward, P.C.

Van Haislip

Edward Jones

Kim Hammer

Carter Advanced Philanthropy Worldwide

Cindi Hechinger

Dollar Bank

Aline Landy

Eastern VA Medical School

Alexis Majied

Hampton Roads Transit

Radlyn Mendoza

Gardner and Mendoza, P.C.

Janet Mercadante

Davenport & Company

Barbara Patterson Oden

Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Marissa Ross

Capital Group

Maddi Zingraff

Virginia Supportive Housing

Our Culture

Our mission, vision and core values are at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about our organization, our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and how you can join our team.