2018 - 2019 Board of Directors

Laura Lawler, SunTrust Bank

Vice Chairman
Andrew F. Palmieri, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

Frank Jolly IV, Tech Marine Business, Inc.

Peter T. McElwain, CPA, Baker Tilly

David D. Hudgins, Hudgins Law Firm, P.C.

Chair, Audit Committee
Paula G. Lettice, Gal Friday Associates

Chair, Public Relations & Communications Committee
Sarah Martin, KM Systems Group

Chair, Development Committee
Sue Goodhart, The Goodhart Group

Chair, Finance & Investment Committee
Peter T. McElwain, CPA, Baker Tilly

Chair, Human Capital Committee
Shaara Roman, The Silverene Group

Chair, Program Committee
Robin Blair

Janice Abraham, United Educators 

Eby Aka, Global Caravan for Education and Cultural Exchange 

Montez Jacques Anderson, Constella Solutions, LLC

Denise Borland, TCMA 

Tyrone Bradley, Bradley/Parker & Associates P.C.

Christopher Campagna, Braddock Commercial Real Estate Services 

William E. DePuy, Jr., The SeaMarsh Group, Inc. 

Jennifer Gale, JFSG Consulting

Kim Gess

Sue Goodhart, The Goodhart Group

Damien Hammond, Windjammer Environmental, LLC

Paula Lettice, Gal Friday Associates

Walter Lukens, The Lukens Company

Sarah Martin, KM Systems Group

Jimmie McClellan, Northern Virginia Community College

Richard Morton

Clay Perfall

John Porter

Shaara Roman, The Silverene Group

Deborah Warren

Stephanie Wiggins

Chryssa Zizos

Tammy L. Mann, President & CEO, The Campagna Center
Brittany Patterson Hill, Chair, Junior Friends
Bridget Weaver, Co-Chair, Supporting Friends


Senior Management Team

President and CEO – Dr. Tammy L. Mann

Dr. Mann has been involved in work at the national, state and local levels for the past 25 years focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in economic and socially challenged environments. A practitioner at heart, Dr. Mann has had a longstanding interest in effectively translating research to practice. Prior to her work at The Campagna Center, she served as Executive Director of the Frederick Patterson Research Institute and as Deputy Executive Director at ZERO TO THREE. Dr. Mann has played an active role in the field of early childhood development through numerous service and professional endeavors. She has served on numerous national committees and authored articles and books on issues that address the emotional well-being of young children and the role of culture in development.  Dr. Mann currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Children Development, the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, and as a former Chairman and Commissioner for Alexandria’s Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.  She was elected as an at-large member to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2012. In 2016, she was appointed President of the NAEYC Governing Board for a two-year term. A former Public Policy Fellow with the American Psychological Association, Dr. Mann has also held adjunct and affiliate appointments at Howard University and George Mason University, respectively.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Infant Studies, at Michigan State University.  

Chief Financial Officer - Richard Galanis

Richard Galanis is the Chief Financial Officer of The Campagna Center, responsible for leading financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, compliance, internal controls and IT.  Mr. Galanis brings over 35 years of accounting and financial leadership experience to The Campagna Center.  Most recently, Richard served as CFO of Engineering Solutions & Products (ESP), Inc. in Eatontown, NJ.  Prior to ESP, Mr. Galanis was the Vice President of Finance for Exelis Electronic Systems Division during their spin-out from the legacy ITT Corporation.   Richard was a recipient of the “CFO of the Year” award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council during his tenure as Executive Vice President and CFO of Serco N.A.  Additionally, Mr. Galanis was Vice President of Finance for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems during a time of significant organic growth and acquisition.  Mr. Galanis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston University-School of Management as well as a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Babson College-Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Chief Program Officer - Edith Hawkins

Edith Hawkins joins The Campagna Center with nearly 15 years of experience working with programs to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for students and their families. She has directed evaluations of local, regional and national education programs with the purpose of refining implementation and identifying successful strategies that can be replicated in similar settings.  Prior to joining The Campagna Center, Ms. Hawkins held positions at The McKenzie Group, Inc., National Alliance of Business, and the Government Accounting Office, all of which had similar missions to promote and sustain the delivery of high-quality educational and community-based initiatives.  Most recently, she served as a Senior Manager at ICF International, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of evaluation and technical assistance projects for district, state and federal clients.  Her clients have included the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Smithsonian Institution, the Maryland State Department of Education, Chicago Public Schools and New York City Public Schools.  During her tenure at ICF International, she played an integral role in setting the direction of the organization by serving on strategic planning teams, contributing to the organization's market expansion through business development, and building organizational capacity to serve its clients through effective staff management, development and mentoring.  Ms. Hawkins earned her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and completed her Master's degree in Public Policy at Duke University. 

Chief Development Officer - Joy Myers

Joy Myers joined The Campagna Center in April 2017 as the Chief Development Officer. Since beginning her career 17 years ago as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Appalachia, Joy has devoted her career to human services nonprofits, working  on issues ranging from economic development, to housing, to hunger. But it was her experience as the Executive Director at Borromeo Housing, a small transitional housing program for teen moms and their young children, that brought about her passion for early learning and led her to The Campagna Center.

Joy has been a nonprofit fundraiser for the majority of her career, leading organizations in vital economic stability and growth initiatives. Most recently, Joy served as the Chief Development Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Joy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, with double-majors in English and Political Science, and double-minors in Biology and Chemistry. Joy also serves as the Outreach Chair for the Giving Circle of HOPE, a women’s giving collective, and she serves on the selection committee for the Reston Scholarship Fund.

Director, Human Resources – Gayle C. Todd

Gayle Todd joined The Campagna Center in December 2016 as the Director of Human Resources.  She brings well over a decade of work experience in the world of Human Resources.  Gayle has several years of experience at the mission-driven non-profit, KaBOOM!, and at a company deeply committed to global improvement through their issue-driven business practices, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.  Gayle excels at supporting short- and long-term business goals at the strategic level as well as performing the crucial day-to-day tasks of the HR function.  She enjoys volunteering at her local elementary school and for a youth group where she helps participants develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership.

Gayle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Minors in Health Science and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego.  In addition, she has held her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute for more than ten years.  Gayle is also certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Senior Director, Eary Childhood Programs – Cidney Brunson

Cidney Brunson joined The Campagna Center as the Senior Director of Early Childhood Programs after relocating from NYC. Ms. Brunson earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and over the last 18 years, has spent her professional career focusing on early childhood leadership and elementary operations, specializing in non-profit leadership, organizational management, strategic planning, and professional development.  Ms. Brunson is responsible for the oversight and leadership of The Campagna Center's Early Childhood Programs, which includes curriculum implementation, staff development and supervision, and analyzing data outcomes. Ms. Brunson also works to strengthen our Early Childhood Program’s mission by focusing on child-centered learning and implementing measures to ensure continuous quality. Wanting to continue to serve in the field of early childhood on a broader level within a city, Ms. Brunson felt that The Campagna Center was an established organization with a rich history and fully met her goals of serving families and children by providing high-quality programs that support education.

Senior Director, Out-of-School Time Programs – Randy Gore

As Senior Director, Randy Gore is responsible of driving the development and implementation of educational enrichment, family engagement and the camp programming components of Campagna Kids, as well as overseeing operational readiness, continuous improvement and regulatory compliance. Over the past 11 years, Mr. Gore has served the Campagna Kids program in various capacities, including direct service positions as Site Director and Director of Operations, which honed his experience in youth development programming and childcare management. His youth work experiences outside of Campagna Kids include service as a volunteer teen group mentor and a consultant and trainer to religious organizations seeking to expand and increase the quality of youth services and para-church community based programming. He also serves on various community advisory groups and professional associations including the Alexandria Youth Coordinating Council, Virginia Partnership on Out-of-School Time, and the Zion Seminary Accreditation Work Group.

Program Directors & Managers

Director, Alexandria Family Child Care Partnership Project (Early Childhood) – Rashanda Jenkins

Director, St. James Early Learning Center ( Early Childhood) – Paulette Shannon

Director, Quality Assurance (Early Childhood) – Christine Mitchell

Associate Director, Early Head Start (Early Childhood) – Barbara Hlavacek

Director of Operations, Campagna Kids – Chanel McKeithan

Director, Wright to Read – Luisa Reyes

Director, Building Better Futures – Dana Taylor, MSW

Director, New Neighbors Family Literacy Program – Lizzie Liu

Controller – Michael Liburd