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

Liz Neely

Director of Operations

Erin Highton

Program Director - Virginia Beach

Emily Matisko

Program Director - Chesapeake, Norfolk, & Portsmouth

Ali Reynolds

Program Director - Western Tidewater & Peninsula

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

Janet Mercadante

Board Chair

Hobie Ritzel

Vice Chair

Lei Dunn


Maddi Zingraff


Jeanne Busch

Board Member

Beth Campion

Board Member

Stephanie DeWald

Board Member

Lisa Ehrich

Board Member

Kim Hammer

Board Member

Leilani Lawrence

Board Member

Alexis Majied

Board Member

Radlyn Mendoza

Board Member

Barbara Patterson Oden

Board Member

Emily Robbins

Board Member

Caitlin Stojanovich

Board Member

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.