Our Leadership Team
Dorothy Keenan has been the GrandInvolve Champion since it's inception in the Fall of 2014. She networks within the Fairfax community to market and promote the program, interviews new volunteers, coordinates the Action Teams, develops policy and ensures the expansion of GrandInvolve throughout the County. Dorothy serves on the Board of several other organizations and is active in the development of an Encore organization for Northern Virginia. She is a Fairfax County retiree, having served with NCS as the Supervisor the County's 13 senior centers. In her limited spare time, Dorothy is a birder and doll collector but her favorite activity is spending time with her 5 grandchildren.
Cheryl Laferty has been with GrandInvolve since it began in Fairfax County in 2014. She assists with policy and program development, marketing and outreach, strategic planning and outcome based initiatives. Also a Fairfax County Government retiree from Neighborhood and Community Services, she brings over 40 years experience in public service supporting community based programs and services to all age groups. Cheryl hosted the Fairfax County Channel 16 program “Parktakes” and still enjoys public speaking and Emceeing various community events. Cheryl has taught 'Next Chapter ' classes for 50+ individuals transitioning to retirement through Fairfax County and GMU. In her spare time, she enjoys Yoga, tin-cup golf, and spending time at the beach.
Marcy Stennes has been working with GrandInvolve 2 1/2 years, serving as a member of the GrandInvolve Leadership Team and volunteering at Crestwood Elementary in the classroom and at special events such as International Night and the Stitchery Club. She also serves as a volunteer tutor at her church. Marcy worked in the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program and is now a happily retired Army civilian. In addition to volunteering she enjoys knitting, reading and traveling.
Cindy Nothom started volunteering with GrandInvolve on 2015 as an Action Team volunteer, as well as a Parklawn ES volunteer. She has volunteered making no-sew blankets for Snowball Express and Blanket Hearts, as a Board member to Fairfax Area Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and as helper at community fund raising events. She worked as RN for 47 years in various health care settings and recently retired after 22 years as an Administrator for a Retirement Community and Hospice. Her years of working with our elders taught her to never stop learning, and to live her life with purpose.
Judy Seiff has served as a member of the GrandInvolve Future Planning Team since 2015. She brings a career in education and administration with many community connections to her role of helping to expand GrandInvolve. Judy’s goal in retirement volunteer work is based upon helping to create a senior friendly atmosphere in our County for the ever growing older adult population. GrandInvolve is a perfect way in which to engage older adults while enriching the lives of young children. Judy serves on the Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council. She is a past President and current Board member of Chesterbrook Residences, an affordable assisted living community, Past Chair and current Board member of McLean Community: A Village for all Ages and works on the N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) initiative of the Fairfax County 50+ program. When not volunteering, Judy is an involved Grandma to her five grandsons, an avid knitter and a lover of travel and new adventures.
Lanita Thweatt started volunteering with Grandinvolve in 2016. Ms. Thweatt serves as Grandinvolve liaison for Lorton Station and Mount Vernon Woods Elementary schools. She has served as a volunteer in Fairfax County community for over 25 years.
Linda Neves began working with GrandInvolve in September 2016. She volunteers weekly for a kindergarten class at Crestwood Elementary in Springfield, VA. She is retired after a 15-year employment with Freddie Mac. She currently works part-time as an emergency facility attendant for Fairfax County. The 28 children I tutor each week are such a joy. They make my week!
Joan Makurat started volunteering with GI in 2013. Currently she is serving on the Future Planning Team, but has served as a classroom volunteer and an Action Team Member. She does 'friendly visits' for homebound elders with the Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke, and she is a financial mentor for Britepath. She is a retired casualty/property claim adjuster with The Hartford after a career of 30 years. Her favorite activities are gardening, camping, walking and reading fiction.
Shelley Prince started volunteering with GrandInvolve in Spring 2016. She serves on the Future Planning Team. She currently mentors a student in FCPS and serves on the board of Potomac Hills Women’s Club. She is retired from FCPS where she worked as a School Counselor for 14 years and as MentorWorks Specialist for 8 years. Her role was to help initiate and coordinate student mentor programs in all schools. Shelley is the mother of two married sons and grandmother to one granddaughter. Her professional experience confirmed the importance of a positive role model in the life of a child.
Eleanor Rebollar started volunteering with GrandInvolve in August 2015. She was a classroom volunteer at Parklawn Elementary and has served on the Future Planning Committee. She continues to support GrandInvolve on special initiatives and enjoys applying her writing skills to help prepare articles and reports. Eleanor spent some thirty years in international development, primarily in East Asia and Africa and continues her interest in human resource management and development through coaching and mentoring. Her favorite part of the GrandInvolve experience is working with non-English speakers in their first immersion in the US education system, using her bilingual skills and international background to benefit these children. She also enjoys supporting her adult daughter's dance company in Washington, DC.
Mary Thompson started volunteering with GrandInvolve in Spring 2017 as part of the Future Action Team. Mary also serves as the Chair of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island, volunteers at Friends of Homeless Animals, and is active in the development of an Encore organization for Northern Virginia. She retired as a Senior Executive from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2009 and from Deloitte Consulting LLP in 2014. Mary enjoys being active outdoors, whether hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, running, or walking her rescue pups.
Nancy Morrison has been a member of the GrandInvolve Action Team for Parklawn Elementary School since 2015. She helps recruit volunteers for Parklawn and volunteers at various events at the school. Nancy retired from Fairfax County Public Schools as a special education teacher and mentor coach in 2013 and continues to work with special educators as adjunct faculty for George Mason University. She volunteers in many activities at her church where she also does weekly tutoring. Nancy loves spending time with her two grown sons and her grandchildren who live in the DC area.
Kay Larmer has been the Commission on Aging (COA) Advocate for GrandInvolve since its beginning, providing ongoing support, assistance and encouragement in its development and implementation. She has been the Dranesville Representative to the COA for the past five years and currently serves as the Chair.
She worked for the Fairfax County Health Department for over 28 years developing, managing and expanding long term care services including the County’s six Adult Day Health Care Centers, Bathing/Respite Program, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Early Intervention Program and the Medicaid Pre-Admission Screening Program. She also served as the Program Manager for the Long Term Care Coordinating Council. In retirement, she continues to advocate for services and programs that promote independence for seniors enabling them to remain in their homes and community, active and involved. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, golf, swimming, sailing and anything outdoors but her favorite activity is spending time with her five grandchildren. She is very proud that her oldest grandchild developed the logo for GrandInvolve.
Caroline Valentine graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Dental Hygiene and worked in the private sector for 24 years, as well as serving as an adjunct instructor at Northern Virginia Community College.
She began a career with Fairfax County Government as an intern with the Office for Women and began employment with the Financial Education Center after receiving her Master's degree in Community Agency Counselling from George Mason University.
She became the Director of the Financial Education Center and followed with positions as a Management Analyst and Assistant to the Deputy County Executive for Human Services. She retired after 22 years of service.
Caroline lives in Fairfax Station with her husband, a retired District Court judge. She has one son and one daughter, both members of the Virginia Bar, and three grandchildren.