WATERFORD, VA – Ryan Bartel Foundation, a Loudoun County based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent youth suicide, is experiencing rapid growth and therefore expanding the Foundation’s leadership team. A search for a seasoned Executive Director for the Foundation is underway and the Foundation’s Board of Directors added three new members this month.
New Board members are:
· Wallace H. Owings, CPA, managing principal of the firm Owings & Company PLLC, has a long history of community involvement, including serving as President of the Committee for Dulles, Dulles Rotary and the Virginia Jaycees. Owings was also appointed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to the Loudoun Water Authority where he chaired the Finance Committee. Owings has served in local government as an Assistant Town Manager, Assistant County Executive and Administrator of Special Tax District. He formerly served as the CEO of a not for profit and owned a printing and graphics company. Owings is a licensed CPA in Virginia.
· Margaret L. Brown is a strategic communications and public relations consultant with more than three decades of experience in public relations and internal communications for companies in the technology and channel sectors, as well as retail, nonprofit and finance verticals. Her current clients include 100WomenStrong, Wize Solutions, InterGrid, SWaN & Legend, Hill Top House Hotel, Quidne Press and Altor Locks. Brown is a freelance blog writer for Strategic Communications Group. She previously served on the Board of All Ages Read Together and is a member of, and Immediate Past Chair of, the Board of the Loudoun Literacy Council.
· Christina (Chris) Croll has spent 25 years leading strategic communications projects for media, education, tech, legal and healthcare companies. Croll’s clients and employers have included America Online, Gartner, The Walt Disney Company, Network Solutions, Qwest Communications, Total Document Solutions and several startups. Most recently, Croll served on the Loudoun County School Board which governs one of the state’s largest school divisions with an annual operating budget of $1.3B. In 2018, Croll founded the National Center for Gifted Services, a parent resource center which sprang out of her nonprofit, Loudoun County Parents of Gifted Students (LoCoPOGS), which today serves more than 1,000 families.
In addition to joining the Board of Directors, Croll is serving as interim Executive Director for the Ryan Bartel Foundation while the staff search is underway. Suzie Bartel continues to serve as Board Chair.