Allegra received her BA in Counseling and AA in Biblical Studies from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She serves on the Long Term Care Coordinated Council for Fairfax and also the Steering Committee for the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Alliance. She serves in the following roles:
Allegra is passionate about older adult advocacy, drowning prevention, foster care, and human trafficking prevention. She previously ran a group home where she fostered 14 teenagers over the course of 3+ years. For fun, Allegra enjoys singing, dancing, and swimming.
Farah is a native of Northern Virginia and earned a BS in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University. She worked as an Information Technology Consultant for one of the Top 5 Accounting firms for many years.
Farah has always had a keen interest in cooking and especially baking from a very young age. She is self-taught and runs a home-based baking business called, “Sweet Endings by Farah” and has also taught cooking classes locally. She loves to give back to her community through her love of the culinary arts.
Farah is a wife and mother of one very brave and adventurous daughter who is in remission from a pediatric form of eye cancer. Farah feels tremendously blessed and is looking forward to connecting with others through a friendly conversation in English or Urdu/Hindi.
Maryann was born in New York City where she attended the High School of Performing Arts. She worked professionally on Broadway, in film, and on television, winning an international Emmy for the Children’s TV series Kidstuff. She also served as a co-director and choreographer for an international touring theatre company.
Maryann has taught acting and dance throughout the United States and Canada. She is currently working with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Maryann has two adult children, one with disabilities, and proudly serves as a caregiver for her husband and 98-year-old father.
Esther is a Florida native who thoroughly enjoys nature’s gifts of sun and sand. She is a full-time caregiver for her 89-year-old grandmother while also pursuing a degree in Political Science from Florida International University.
Esther is an empathetic listener and is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversational in Spanish. She’s been on several mission trips to Haiti, enjoys volunteering for community civic engagement initiatives, and especially values the wisdom and life experience of older adults.
Esther expresses her creativity through sewing, gardening, and teaching. She has been playing the alto saxophone for over 10 years and teaches music theory and instrumentation.
John has a BS in Accounting from Robert Morris University and is an ordained chaplain. He ministers regularly with 1st Responders and the families of Loudoun County, including officiating weddings and funerals. He currently serves as a public safety chaplain for the following:
Prior to his work in ministry and nonprofit, John spent over 25 years in accounting with Freddie Mac. He has been married to Elsa for 26 years, and together, they manage the books for Hope to Walk, a nonprofit company that provides prosthetic legs to underserved countries. John also sits on the Board of Directors for Virginia Regional Transit.
Elsa has a BA in Finance from the University of Maryland, University College, and is also fluent in Spanish. She currently serves as a volunteer for two local nonprofits. She manages the accounting and banking functions for Hope to Walk and provides administrative support to Good Shepherd Alliance.
Elsa has over 25 years of experience in the Financial sector, specializing in planning, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and management. She spent 24 years with Freddie Mac supporting various Finance departments. She is proficient in Microsoft suite, QuickBooks, and Donor Perfect.
Elsa has been married to her husband John for 26 years and they reside in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.”
- Helen Keller