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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

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Suzie Bartel

Chair

Suzie is the co-founder of the Ryan Bartel Foundation and mother of Ryan. After losing Ryan to suicide in the fall of 2014, Suzie felt the need to turn their tragedy into something positive by helping other teens and young adults from spiraling into depression and suicidal behavior when times get tough. In a short space of time, what started as a peer-led support group for teens at the high school Ryan attended, has grown into a non-profit whose teen and parent programs touch all corners of the Loudoun community.  ​ Suzie has 30+ years of experience as a senior marketing and business executive, running her own design and marketing business in London and then working in senior marketing positions for private and public companies in the US after moving to Loudoun County in 1999. Today she juggles her professional life with advocating and working in her spare time for the Foundation. She is an active speaker in the community and an advocate for mental health and youth suicide awareness and prevention through the empowerment of youth.  ​ Suzie has been recognized for her community leadership with several awards that include Public Citizen of the year from the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Leadership Award by the Women’s Center; Loudoun County Sheriff’s Community Leadership Award; a finalist for the Loudoun Chamber Community Leadership Award; and Honoree for the ‘Loudoun 100’.

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Tom Julia

Vice Chair

Tom Julia is vice chair of the Ryan Bartel Foundation and chair of its Governance Committee. He has served on the Board since 2018 after meeting Suzie and Ben Bartel and learning of their loss and the life-saving purpose of the Foundation. Tom has been involved in Loudoun County community affairs for more than 30 years as a communications and management professional and volunteer. He currently serves as Director, Media Relations and Communications, for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Tom previously served on the Board of the Middleburg Community Charter School and chair of its Governance Committee, chaired the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission, chaired the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and is past president of the Lansdowne Office Park Owners Association. Tom also spent 20 years as an executive of a North American trade association for the building products industry, the last 13 as its president. Tom earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He also earned graduate certificates from Leadership Fairfax and the ASAE School of Association Management. Tom’s oldest son is a graduate of Loudoun County public schools and writes and performs music as the artist Lucidious, with a focus on combating depression and promoting resilience among young people worldwide.

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Joni Siker

Secretary

Joni was the school counselor at the Waterford Elementary School when Ryan was in the 5th grade. She remembers Ryan as an intelligent and enthusiastic student, with an impish grin and a kind heart. For Joni, Ryan’s death highlighted the need for both community education around youth mental health issues and personal involvement to forge relationships with teens that feel different, alone, stressed, and despondent. By participating in the Fort and other RBF community events, Joni is committed to offering teens kindness, acceptance, and support as they develop important resiliency and coping skills in the workshops offered. ​ Joni has over 25 years of specialized elementary education experience in both clinical and public school settings. With a BA in Elementary/Special Education and a MA in Psychological Services, Joni has taught and counseled students with learning and emotional disabilities in acute inpatient psychiatric care settings, and therapeutic day treatment programs in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, and most recently in LCPS, as a school counselor. Joni has been trained to administer the C-SSRS Suicide Assessment, and to respond to and de-escalate situations using MANDT principles.  ​ Having lived in Loudoun County with her husband, Paul, since 1988, Joni is meaningfully engaged with a variety of organizations. These include Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Mobile Hope, and the Arc of Loudoun. Joni is a member of 100 Women Strong and the Loudoun Impact Fund. As a member of Catoctin Presbyterian Church, Joni has served in leadership roles with youth, seniors, and various mission projects. Within the community, Joni seeks to build relationships, improve quality of life, and foster resilience and problem-solving skills in those she serves.

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Ben Bartel

Treasurer

Co-founder of the Ryan Bartel Foundation and father of Ryan, Ben’s goal for the Foundation is to honor Ryan’s memory by ensuring it provides programs that are based on listening to the audience it serves and fostering a culture where everyone matters. The Heart of Humanity Award is a scholarship close to his heart because it most closely reflects Ryan’s unique qualities of reaching out to those who feel like they don’t belong and are therefore struggling emotionally. Ben is a business entrepreneur, experienced in mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, and management both domestically and internationally. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University and an MBA in finance from New York University. Ben started his career in banking and in 1992 after the German reunification, he formed Kabelmedia Holdings, a cable TV company in Frankfurt, Germany, growing the customer base seven-fold. Returning to the United States after its public offering, Ben founded Flock Management LLC, a financial and management consulting company providing alternative financings to small, well-managed businesses and alternative investments to private individuals. Flock Management also provides aircraft management and worldwide aircraft ferry services.

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Denisha Hamilton, LCSW, CCATP

Director

Denisha was honored to be elected to the Ryan Bartel Foundation Board of Directors because helping teens build connections, providing a safe space for them to be themselves, and affirming that they matter are at the heart of her professional work. She joined the Board to be a part of a new wave of approaching the challenges that teens experience, through workshops directly aimed at building resilience in teens, support groups to help parents better understand and communicate with their teens, and helping our community with improving how we support our teenagers. As a Board member, she hopes to strengthen the Foundation's community involvement, improve the workshops delivered to teens and their parents, and be a resource to families who are struggling with loss or mental health concerns. Denisha entered the world of entrepreneurship and opened Journey to Wellness, a mental health private practice in 2017. Denisha has worked as a clinical director for a group mental health practice, as well as working for 11 years with Loudoun County Mental Health in a variety of positions. Starting as a residential counselor, she obtained her Masters in Social Work and her LCSW and transitioned to become an Outpatient Clinician specializing in adolescent treatment. In that role, she provided individual, group, and family therapy, as well as crisis intervention to children, adolescents, and adults. Denisha is well versed in dealing with issues of trauma, attachment disorder, anxiety and depression, gender, as well as a variety of other issues that impact children, teenagers, and adults. Denisha is a well-known therapist in Loudoun County. In 2016, she won Loudoun’s Best Counselor for Kids due to the excellent service she provides to local teenagers. In 2021, Denisha became one of Loudoun’s 40 under 40, honoring her business endeavors, community involvement, and professional development in the area of mental health. Denisha also attends conferences, and workshops, and engages in public speaking events, all with the goal of making taking care of our mental health a normal part of conversation.

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Shane Langdon

Director

Shane has been an advocate for raising awareness and funds to help support Mental Health Needs and Suicide Prevention since the loss of his Sister-In Law, Katie Marr. He is honored to serve on the Board of the Ryan Bartel Foundation.  Shane supports the Foundation in helping to build a stronger community by providing the much-needed support to help build better resiliency in Teens and providing Parents support with better comprehension and communication with their Teens.  Shane has over 20 years of experience working in the DC/Metro area and has expertise in sales, marketing, and training in the residential remodeling industry.  He is currently a Training and Development Manager for Masco focusing on developing, communicating, and executing training initiatives.  He leads learning initiatives in product knowledge and training, new hire onboarding, sales process, and presentation skills.  Shane, along with his wife Jessie, grew up in Loudoun County and currently lives in Western Loudoun with their 3 children.   He has been recognized by his company Masco with the Volunteer Award, nominated by his peers for his collaborative work with the Ryan Bartel Foundation and for organizing their golf tournament, Fairways for Hope. Shane also serves on the committee of a local golf society as the Charity Organizer, as well as the Development Committee for the Ryan Bartel Foundation.

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Cameron Caswell, PhD

Director

Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD, “The Teen Translator,” is an adolescent psychologist, parent coach, and Director of Parent Education for the Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program she co-founded to improve student, educator, and parent well-being within the school system. Dr. Cam is on a mission to change the trajectory of youth mental health by helping parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, deeper understanding, and mutual respect. She has been working with the Ryan Bartel Foundation for the past several years to help them develop teen workshops and provide support and education to parents. She is honored to continue her partnership as a member of the Board of Directors and hopes to use this position to expand awareness and equip more parents and educators to better support teenagers and ultimately prevent mental health issues from arising in the first place. Dr. Cam received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, where she was mentored by Dr. Susanne Denham and recognized for her superb teaching as a professor of Adolescent Psychology. She has been working with teens and parents for over two decades and launched her private practice in 2019, which was recognized as a Best of Loudoun Finalist. Since then, she has established herself as a TEDx speaker, host of the Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam podcast, author of Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition, and co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution. Dr. Cam speaks around the world at schools, national organizations, and conferences to inspire, encourage, and educate parents and educators on teen development and communication. After her presentation at the Nysmith School for the Gifted, the coordinator described it as, “The best Parent Education event the school has ever had.” She has also been featured as a parenting expert on television, radio, podcasts, and in publications including Newsweek, Grown & Flown, and HerMoney. Most importantly, Dr. Cam is a mom of a teen daughter, whom she adopted from Guatemala as a single parent. Together they love to travel to NYC to see Broadway shows and stage door; binge watch competitive “reality” shows; go to the gym; play board games with the family; and cuddle with their two cats, Dorothy and Oz.

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Vito John Germinario

Director

Vito John Germinario is the CEO and Co-Owner of GPR, Inc., a commercial glazing company and Managing Principal of the LGV Group LLC, a commercial real estate development company. He is first generation Italian-American. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the oldest of four children. His parents stressed education from an early age. He was taught by the sisters of Saint Francis in grammar school and by the Jesuits at St. Peter’s Prep and St. Peter’s University. Vito arrived in Washington from New York in 1994, to be part of the team that built the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Since then, Vito has been involved with such notable projects as the National Museum of the American Indian, The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse and most recently, the GSA Headquarters Building, all in Washington D.C. He is very proud to have been associated with the building of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Vito’s passion is helping children. He believes that all children should be given every opportunity to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He dedicates much of his time, energy and resources to several non-profit organizations, all to benefit children. Vito has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years. He was the honored recipient of the CFF Hitchcock Humanitarian Award in 2014 for his philanthropy. He serves on the Breath for Life gala committee and is fully committed to help find the cure. After six (6) years as Board Chairman, Vito is Chairman Emeritus at Excel Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. Vito is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic. In 2017, the ALS Association presented Vito with their Achievement Award for his philanthropy. Vito serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Vito is a founding member and board chair at Feathers from Devon, a New York based 501 c3 that gives children with developmental challenges the opportunity to engage in non-traditional therapies, to increase their quality of life. Vito is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Science Center. In 2019, Vito joined the Board of Directors at the Middleburg Community Charter. He serves as Board Chair. He is past Board Chair of the Lily Fund and past board vice chair of the Friends of Jaclyn. Both foundations worked to raise the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors. The Lido Club of Washington named Vito Man of the Year in 2018. He serves on the Executive Committee and has recently been named Chairman to the Lido Civic Charities Board. Most recently, Vito was named to the national board of Shelters to Shutters, a non-profit working to better the lives of the homeless. A Life Member of the NRA, Vito proudly serves on the Youth Services Committee Vito has been married to Kristi since 1997. They live in Bluemont, Virginia.

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Jim Bonfils

Director

Jim Bonfils is a Principal Information Technology Specialist with IBM Federal with more than 30 years of experience as an IT and data center specialist and local community leader. Jim has been actively involved in youth based community efforts over the past 30 years with the goal of empowering young people to be their best selves. He is a founding board member and Treasurer of Loudoun Youth, Inc.; and one of two Loudoun County representatives on NOVA Parks Board of Directors. Jim is also a past member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and continues to serve on Loudoun Water’s Board of Directors. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and is a member of IEEE and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, among other professional groups. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family of three grown daughters and their five grandchildren.

Ex-Officio Director

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Dominique A. Callins

As a former Board Member of the Ryan Bartel Foundation, I want to continue supporting the emotional health and well-being of our future—our kids and our teens and support a community in which our children know that they are valued as unique individuals, that their lives are valued, and that they have something of value to contribute to the community and to the world. Dominique has been a member of the Virginia State Bar for 17 years, including 14 years as a family law attorney and guardian ad litem for children in Northern Virginia. She graduated from Florida A&M University (B.A., summa cum laude), and William & Mary Law School (J.D.), where, among other accomplishments, she was an Oliver Hill scholar, a Notes Editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and an inductee to the Order of Barristers. Among many associations, she has previously served as an executive board member of the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and on the board of the George Mason University School of Business, Women in Business Initiative (WIBI). Dominique is presently a member of the Old Dominion Bar Association, and the Fairfax Bar Association and serves on the board of 1st Stage Theater, a not-for-profit professional theatre located in McLean, Virginia. Prior to her legal career, she taught middle school dramatic arts. Dominique is the author of “Focusing on the Things That Matter,” published in Stress-Free Divorce, Vol. 2. She has also been a featured speaker on radio and other media outlets.

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