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Suzie Bartel


Co-founder of the Ryan Bartel Foundation and mother of Ryan.  Suzie has 30 years experience as a marketing and business executive, running her own design and marketing business in London and then working for private and public companies in the US after moving to Loudoun County in 1999. After losing Ryan to suicide, Suzie felt the need to turn their tragedy into something positive by helping other teens and young adults from wanting to end it all when times get tough. Having seen how Ryan had helped his own friends in need and from talking with many other teens, she knew teens look to their peers first when they struggle. Partnering therefore with a small, diverse group of teens the first We’re All Human Committee started, a student led, peer-to-peer movement that promotes awareness, compassion, support and self-help seeking attitudes for those dealing with anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviors. Suzie works part-time for the Foundation while juggling a marketing job,  is an active speaker in the community and an advocate for youth suicide awareness and prevention through the empowerment of youth. 

Ben Bartel


Co-founder of the Ryan Bartel Foundation and father of Ryan. 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 as an assistant vice president at First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1992 after the German reunification, he formed Kabelmedia Holdings, a cable TV company in Frankfurt, Germany, growing the customer base seven-fold to over 420,000 subscribers. Ben left the company in 1999 after its public offering and returned to the United States to become the CEO of AvCraft Aviation, an aircraft service firm with an international client base. In 2006, Ben Bartel founded V1 Leasing in Virginia, a company that acquires, finances, and leases aircraft. In 2010, he 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.

Jeffrey Huber


Jeff is a principal of Walton & Adams, where he has practiced law since graduating from the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1992. He has represented a variety of clients in various matters throughout the state courts in Northern Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and appellate matters in the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Huber’s practice currently focuses on land and business-related civil litigation, and on advising various business clients.  He represents multiple state and local government agencies in eminent domain matters. Mr. Huber earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in Government, and then studied toward a Master’s degree in English. Before law school, he worked as a land use planner and in the management of a seafood business.  He grew up in Fairfax County and has lived in Loudoun County since 1993, where he has been active in Rotary, coaching youth sports, and other activities.

Dr Suzanne Nixon

Suzanne Nixon, EdD, LPC, LMFT, a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage & therapist and wellness specialist, has been in the field of mental health, wellness and education for over 35 years. She is the founder of the Northern Virginia Integrative Therapy Center, in Lansdowne, where she maintains a private practice in counseling and wellness. Dr. Nixon specializes in working with teens, adults, couples and families experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, stress disorders, chronic illness, Lyme disease, and those recovering from sexual abuse, domestic violence and relationship dysfunction. She received her academic training from Springfield College (BS), Boston University (MEd) and Virginia Tech (EdD). Her professional career began as a special education teacher working in private and public schools in Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.  Dr. Nixon entered the field of mind-body therapy in the 1980’s, and her progressive doctoral research investigating mind-body techniques with women who had experienced incest, won 3rd place in Common Boundary’s National Dissertation Competition. A mental health professional and natural teacher, in the 1990’s she began presenting her original work in behavioral health and mind-body therapy at professional conferences throughout the United States and in the UK.  Passionate about the relationship between psychological well-being, physical well-being and stress disorders, Dr. Nixon pursued professional training in holistic health (Scripp’s Integrative Medicine), integrative health coaching (Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center), and mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn (UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness).  In 2009, she founded a second company, Inspirational Journeys, LLC, specializing in wellness travel retreats. Her life work has been helping people achieve mental, emotional, physical health and relational well-being. She is passionate about, educational pursuits, nutrition, meditation, hiking, functional medicine, theater and travel.  Dr. Nixon is the mother of two adult children, who attended Loudoun County Public Schools, and the grandmother, “Gigi”, of twin granddaughters. 

Stacey Miller Metcalfe

Stacey Miller Metcalfe has 30+ years of both corporate and non-profit leadership experience and currently serves as the Director of Government & Community Relations for Inova Loudoun Hospital.


The Inova System positions Stacey has held prior to this role include; Growth Officer for Inova Loudoun Hospital and Executive Director of Development for the West Region where she supervised senior foundation leaders providing strategic direction and management for all major gift development activities at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Cancer and Research for the Inova Health System.


Stacey began her career in sales and account management, working for Legent, AGFA and Frame Technology, spearheading the growth of their direct and indirect sales divisions. She joined AOL, Inc. in June 1995, where she managed key launches of the company’s service and products around the world, including Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia.


In 2003, she became the co-founder and president of Esprit Events Inc., which led to an increased interest in the non-profit sector. She then took on the roles of Development and Capital Campaign Director for the See Forever Foundation, Director of External Affairs at the Washington Ballet and Vice-President, Development and Communications at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation before joining Inova Health System.


Through her range of experiences, Stacey has developed a keen interest in community relations, entrepreneurship, education, and creating increased opportunities for young adults. She serves on the boards of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (2018 Second Vice Chair), the Executive Council of the Loudoun School-Business Partnership, The Ryan Bartel Foundation and works in an advisory role for the Friends of Loudoun Mental Health. She is a member of the development committee for the Commission on Women and Girls and Vice Chair of the Loudoun Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Leadership Loudoun Class of 2017 She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Penn State University and a Business Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. Stacey is an avid runner and lives in Leesburg, VA with her daughter and husband.

Neil McNerney M.ED, LPC

Neil McNerney is a Licensed Counselor, Professional Trainer, Community Speaker, & Author of the books: Homework – A Parent’s Guide to Helping Out without Freaking Out!and co-author of The Don’t Freak Out Guide to Parenting Kids with Asperger’s.


He has worked with children and families for 30 years in private practice in Reston and Leesburg, VA. In addition, Neil serves on the faculty of the Virginia Tech Graduate School of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Neil is a member of the Loudoun County Community Services Board, which advises the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services.


Neil has been selected to provide keynotes and workshops at many state and national conferences, including The Smart Marriages National Conference and the American School Counselors Association National Conference.


In addition, Neil consults with organizations about increasing employee retention and decreasing burnout, especially in high stress careers such as mental health, education, and public safety.


Neil lives in Loudoun County with his wife and children, Max 20 and Shannon 18. 

Thomas A. Julia, Sr.

Tom Julia is a Loudoun County-based business consultant who has been involved in local community and governmental affairs for nearly 30 years. Tom’s volunteer work includes serving as Chairman of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and President of the Lansdowne Office Park Owners Association. Prior to his current work, Tom spent two decades as an executive of the Composite Panel Association, a North American trade association for the building products industry, the last 13 as its President. 

He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 1980. Tom also earned graduate certificates from Leadership Fairfax and the ASAE School of Association Management. He also served for many years as a youth lacrosse coach and was a league director in North Virginia.


Tom has had a longstanding interest in mental health and in promoting positive opportunities and role models. He has four children, two of whom graduated from Loudoun County public schools. His older son is one of them and is also the artist known as Lucidious, whose songs, music videos and self-help efforts are focused around combatting depression and feelings of hopelessness, and from whom Tom continues to gain a greater understanding of these issues and the challenges faced by those seeking to offer assistance and support.

Tony Nerantzis

Tony began his career 30 years ago as a Financial Advisor in 1987. Over the years, Tony has provided Corporate Institutions, Foundations, Endowments and affluent families with investment strategy, asset allocation advice, asset liability models, investment policy creation and adoption, along with investment plan implementation. Throughout this time he has helped clients navigate some of the most difficult economic conditions and opportunistic market environments in history. In 2014, he joined the independent firm of Raymond James Financial because of their Wall Street “Independence,” business principles, strength, stability, and their ability to recognize clients' needs come first. As an experienced Advisor, Tony collaborates in the disciplined investment process, and manages a branch of experienced and credentialed investment professionals who provide a collaborative approach to planning and investments. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Business Finance. He received his degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Tony is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport; helped with our next generation to make an impact on America's future by mentoring local youth on the choices they make as they prepare for adulthood via his leadership in Cub and Boy Scout’s while overseeing his own son becoming an Eagle. Tony also is a designated Merit badge advisor in Scouting and teaches Scouts about economics, finance, and investment portfolio management. Tony acted as Treasurer in the inaugural campaign in 2010 to then newly elected 10th District Virginia House of Delegates, Randy Minchew. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife, Stephanie who is a CPA, and their two children, Kristen and Michael.

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