Our Board

President: David Chamowitz, Partner, Chamowitz and Chamowitz, P.C.
Vice President: Peter MichelOperating Partner of Seguin Partners
Secretary: Allen Lomax, Independent Consultant
Treasurer: Lindsay Sollers, Senior Manager, Renner and Company, CPA
 
Members:
Marcy Anderson
, President and Founder, Federal Professional Solutions (FPS)
Carrie Apfel, Partner, Jenner & Block, LLP
Nikki Clifford, Volunteer and Operations Manager, Food for Others
Meredith Cole, Teacher
Bill Euille, Director, America's Future Workforce
Charade Estes, Project Manager, Engility Corporation
Matt Megary, Senior Vice President–Investments of Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Bill RauschPolitical Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Emily Schell Jones, Senior Consultants, Changing Our World 
Lindsay Sollers, Senior Manager, Renner and Company, CPA
 


Marcy Anderson 
is President and Founder of Federal Professional Solutions (FPS) based in Alexandria, Virginia. Beginning in 2006 Marcy grew FPS into a successful Technical Recruiting and HR Consulting firm. In early 2012, in response to the growing telecommunication wireless demand, she transitioned FPS to provide network and low voltage infrastructure services.

Today FPS works with National Service Providers, Telecommunication Companies, and OEM’s upgrading and maintaining networks Nationwide. Marcy’s expertise in startup and small businesses began in her early 20’s, most notably as the 2nd employee at Northchurch Communications, a startup which developed one of the first Telecommunication Switch-Routers. The organization grew to over 200 engineers and was ultimately acquired by Alcatel. Since that time Marcy has been involved in the successful start and management of several thriving businesses.

In an effort to give back to the community as well as support economic development activities within the city, Marcy has been involved in many community based organizations. In 2009, she was nominated as Chairman of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, a position she held for 3 years. She also served on the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 4 years and is currently serving on the Board of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, and since July 2014 joined Volunteer Alexandria’s board. Marcy and her husband live and work in Old Town Alexandria.
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Carrie Apfel is a Partner at Jenner & Block, LLP and is a member of the firm's Government Contract Practice. She concentrates on government contracts litigation and has significant experience litigating a range of matters for major government contracts clients, including a number of complex commercial disputes. She also counsels clients on a variety of government contract issues. She also keeps an active pro bono practice and has participated in briefing on the merits and in an amicus capacity on civil rights and First Amendment issues, and has assisted clients in the areas of human trafficking, disability rights, and landlord-tenant disputes.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Carrie served as the Acting Program Director at Greater DC Cares where she ran the organization's Board Leadership Program, matching corporate executives with nonprofit boards of directors throughout the Washington, D.C. region.   Carrie holds a Bachelors of Arts from Duke University and earned her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.  She currently lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter and joined the Board of Directors in July 2014.
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Nikki Clifford has been a City of Alexandria resident, with her husband John, for over 13 years, but has enjoyed taking advantage of its sites and eateries for over 30 years. 

She has been working with volunteers since 1997 when she joined Single Volunteers of DC (SVDC). While there she worked with numerous area non-profits and provided them with volunteers to assist in completing projects and carrying out their missions. 
 
For the last 6 years Nikki has been coordinating 500 to 600 volunteers per month at Food for Others, a food pantry serving the Northern Virginia area. She witnesses the power of volunteerism on a daily basis and cannot imagine a more fulfilling line of work.
 
Nikki enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, good books, knitting, and the occasional The Ohio State University football game, John’s alma mater.
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Meredith Cole is a former educator and the Founder and Executive Director of Exceptional Gifts, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that provides educational and cultural enrichment experiences that are aligned with the Virginia SOL requirements.  The programs are geared towards underprivileged and special needs students here in the Northern Virginia area. As ED Meredith has partnered with corporations such as: The Washington Redskins, Cirque Du Soleil, SunTrust Mortgage, The University of Maryland, Rock Creek Park, Little Theatre of Alexandria and The Washington Wizards to name a few.

Meredith easily connects with children on a personal level due in large to her outgoing and lively personality.  She knows God's purpose for her is to educate children.  She is a servant and knows the importance of giving back and volunteering to improve the community and the lives of others. Meredith has volunteered with a number of national organizations such as: Girls Inc., Red Cross, Volunteers of America, Meals on Wheels and numerous outreach programs and ministries at her church.

She has served on the Alexandria City Public Schools Special Education Advisory Board and the Alexandria United Way of the National Capital Area Board. Meredith is dedicated to being a community builder in Alexandria. Meredith completed her undergraduate work at Grambling State University and attended graduate school at the University of Memphis. She is currently working with a publishing company in New York City on a children's book series. She is the proud mother of one son, Dallas Thomas.
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David Chamowitz is a partner in the law firm of Chamowitz and Chamowitz, P.C., in Old Town, Alexandria, focusing on land-use and property law, residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters, and various other areas of civil litigation.  Previously, David worked as an attorney with the firm of Hart, Calley, Gibbs and Karp, also in Alexandria. 

David was born and raised in Alexandria, and is a proud alumnus of the Alexandria City Public Schools, the University of Virginia, and the George Mason University School of Law. He now lives in Arlington. David is on the boards of the Eisenhower Avenue Public-Private Partnership and the Alexandria Law Library. Previously he served on the board of the New Neighbors Education Center and as a member of the Habitat for Humanity Land Committee. David joined the Board of Directors in July 2013. 
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Bill Euille  Mayor Emeritus
William D. Euille is the Managing Director for Government Relations and Business Development with America's Future Workforce. Euille began his business career as an accountant with an Alexandria construction company in 1972, and within eight years, he advanced to Vice President/Controller, ultimately having responsibility for all contracting, financial and administrative functions. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mayor Euille graduated from T.C. Williams High School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 1972.

The former Mayor is active in community affairs in Alexandria and Washington, DC. His dedicated involvement includes the William D. Euille Foundation, which he founded in 1994; many agencies in Alexandria.  e is also active in business and construction industry organizations such as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; the US Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Minority Contractors; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc; and the NOVA Building Industry Association. Euille has received many major awards and honors over the past 20 years. 

Euille was elected as the Mayor to a three-year term on the Alexandria City Council in May, 1994. He was re-elected in May, 1997 (Vice Mayor) and in May, 2000. He was elected the City's first African-American Mayor in May, 2003 and was re-elected Mayor in May, 2006, 2009 and in November 2012. He served on many Board of Directors as member and chairman.
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  Charade Estes
Charade Estes believes in a strong work ethic, being a team player, community, elegance in execution and collaboration. She considers herself a “proud and passionate volunteer”.  Charade currently serves on the Development Committee, Volunteer Alexandria, and is a co-facilitator for Alexandria’s New Hope Housing’s Out of Poverty program. She is the President and Fundraiser Chair for Washington, DC Chapter of Chums, Incorporated – a national non-profit, whose mission is “Listen to the Children…Enriching their lives”, volunteers at Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center, Washington, DC, and she serves in the Children and Hospitality Ministries at her Church.

In addition, Charade is a Project Manager at Engility Corporation, providing Advisory and Assistance support to a Defense Agency at Ft. Belvoir. Charade received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Sweet Briar College and is presently working on a Certification in Non Profit Leadership and Administration at Northern Virginia Community College. In her spare time, she enjoys thrifting, collecting vintage brooches, and spending time with family.
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Allen Lomax an independent consultant after retiring from the federal government. Most of his federal service was with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he led studies on such issues as performance measurement, strategic planning, national and community indicator systems, and pandemic influenza preparedness and response. Allen’s consulting work focuses on government management, community engagement, community indicators, and performance measurement. He co-edited the book Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government, co-authored a chapter in the book titled, Performance-Oriented Government:  An Agenda for Practice and Research.  He participated in a National Academy of Public Administration/American Society for Public Administration project called Memos to National Leaders and authored the memo on Reorganizing the Federal Government.

Locally, Allen chairs the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria and is a member of the Governing Board of the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in the City of Alexandria. For several years, he served as a member of, and chaired, Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission. Allen is a former member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the National Capital Area and a former chair of the United Way’s Alexandria Regional Council.  He holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He joined the Volunteer Alexandria’s Board of Directors in July 2014.
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 Matt Megary
Matt is a Senior Vice President–Investments of Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. With more than 20 years of financial investment experience, Matt advises clients on strategies designed to grow and preserve their assets through investment planning and personalized investment management. 

He received his BA in Economics from Rutgers University, where he also served as Team Captain of the Men’s Cross-Country and Track and Field teams. In addition, he received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University.
Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Matt was the Director and Regional Executive of Deutsche Bank's Washington, DC region. He was responsible for the region's regulatory supervision as well as its financial success. Prior to taking over Regional Management responsibilities, Matt headed various Product and Services groups at Deutsche Bank including Investment Analytics, Mutual Funds and Retirement Plan Services.  In addition, he served on Deutsche Bank's Global Third Party Investment Committee and Recommended Mutual Funds Committee.

Matt and his wife, Betsy are active in the community and stay busy keeping up with their two sets of twins, Emma and Jackson and Kate and Tess. 
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Peter A. Michel is an accomplished senior executive with a career distinguished by achievement in both business and government. Mr. Michel has led several technology-based service companies as Chief Executive Officer. He is a recognized leader in the security services industry, including twelve years as CEO of Brink's Home Security.
He has a served as CEO of iSECURETrac Corp., NEP Broadcasting, LLC and the Penn Central Technical Security Company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Michel refined his skills in general management, strategy and marketing as a strategic planner for Penn Central, American Standard and Gulf Oil. Mr. Michel has chaired five not-for-profit boards including The Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, Texas, The Community Council of Greater Dallas, and The Greater Dallas Crime Commission. He oversaw the building of a low income housing project while Chairman of the Darien, Connecticut Housing Authority. He also served as Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the Security Industry Association. His public sector experience includes serving as a policy-level executive in the Federal government, including time on the White House Staff. Earlier he served as a seagoing naval officer. Mr. Michel earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Colgate University.
He currently serves as an Operating Partner of Seguin Partners, a private equity group, and as a member of the boards of directors of Syscon Justice Systems in Vancouver, B.C. and Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.  
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 Bill Rausch A graduate of West Point, Bill Rausch has dedicated his career to serving his country through tireless advocacy, government relations, and community engagement. He is the executive director of the national campaign Got Your 6, overseeing efforts to shift the public’s perception of veterans as broken heroes to one of veterans as civic assets. Under the leadership of Bill Rausch, Got Your 6 received the prestigious Social Good Award presented by Cynopsis for the best Awareness Campaign of 2016.

​Previously, Mr. Rausch was the political director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, where he mobilized more than 40 veterans and mental health organizations and 250,000 veterans in signing petitions supporting the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The act passed into law in February 2015. Prior to his advocacy work, he was a Senior Consultant providing products and services to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense while assigned to the Pentagon. Bill regularly testifies in front of Congress and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and MSNBC’s coverage of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Bill is a former Army Major with over ten years of service including 17 months in Iraq serving under Generals Casey and Petraeus. Bill is an active community leader and volunteer serving as Chapter Captain for Team Red, White and Blue in his local community of Alexandria, VA. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Vets' Community Connections (VCC), a community-based initiative designed to involve a greater number of individuals in veteran reintegration efforts. 
 
Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and son.
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 Emily Schell Jones has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors, specializing in major donor fundraising, corporate partnership building, client relations management and donor and board member relations. For the past decade Emily has worked with Changing Our World overseeing a variety of fundraising related projects for local, national and international nonprofits. 
 
Prior to her work at Changing Our World, Emily managed a corporate philanthropy program for Time Warner and New York Cares and also served as Corporate Relations Manager for Greater DC Cares. In that capacity she worked to build corporate partnerships and raise corporate funds for the organization within the Washington DC region. 
 
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and German from the University of Puget Sound. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband Brian and their two children. Emily was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2013.
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Lindsay Sollers
Sollers joined Renner and Company in 2013 after gaining seven years of audit experience in public accounting.  Passionate about serving the non-profit community, her non-profit experience includes audits of trade associations, public charities, private foundations, labor unions, schools and other tax exempt organizations.

In addition, she has extensive experience auditing federal award programs and grants in accordance with the Uniform Guidance (formerly, OMB Circular A-133).  Currently, Ms. Sollers manages many of the firm’s non-profit audit engagements, including federal award recipients, as well as many of the firm’s Form 990 returns. Ms. Sollers holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Her hobbies include travelling, boating, playing flag football and softball, and taking in sporting events of the local teams.  She is actively involved in the non-profit community by participating in events to raise awareness and contributions for charities she is passionate about.
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