Penny Bladich is an Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending for Old Dominion National Bank. She focuses on growing Old Dominion’s commercial loan and deposit relationships in the Northern Virginia and Metro D.C. Region, specifically in the healthcare, nonprofit and professional services industries.
Most recently, Penny served as a Senior Vice President and Market Executive for Cardinal Bank. In that position, she was responsible for the business development efforts of a team of commercial lenders, business development officers and branch managers, while managing a sizable commercial loan portfolio.
Prior to Cardinal Bank, Penny’s banking career has included positions as a Vice President and Commercial Lender for BB&T and a Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Lender for TIB Bank. Before entering the banking industry 16+ years ago, she worked for a leading global alternative investment management firm with a focus on high net worth families and for one of Florida’s largest privately owned development companies. Penny has been a resident of Northern Virginia since 2007, after relocating to the area from Naples, Florida.
Committed to the community, Penny currently serves as the Board President for Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation (MCCP). She is also active in the community through her participation in various chamber events and volunteering with Boy Scouts of America. She is one of the Founders and served as Vice President of the Healthcare Business Alliance and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Class of 2012.
Penny holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University and is a graduate of The Virginia Banker’s Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
Penny resides in Oakton with her husband and one son.
Heather Pressler, PhD, is the Managing Director and Co-Founder for a digital marketing firm based in the Mid-Atlantic, Capital Practice Consulting. She is a highly respected marketing, sales and consulting professional known for her competitive drive, persistence, hard-work ethic, and great customer service. Together with her team, she works one-on-one with small businesses to revamp their marketing in the digital age to increase their visibility online and produce marketing materials for highly-technical fields. The client portfolio includes plastic surgery, dermatology, wellness centers, primary care, practice management, accounting, IT, financial planning, law, and real estate. Heather has an extensive background in scientific research with many years of research experience, a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded grants from NSF, DOD and NIH. She is also an experienced sales trainer for pharmaceutical companies and in-office staffing coach. At MIT she was a competitive division I athlete, speared-headed changes as a sorority leader, volunteered with several local and international organizations and has lived & worked on three different continents.
Caroline is the Vice President, Loan Accounting Operations at Fannie Mae. A versatile senior finance executive, Caroline brings extensive experience in accounting, operations, and financial management. She has spent the past five years with Fannie Mae, where she is responsible for accurate and timely accounting of all principal and interest payments for more than 18 million loans nationwide.
Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Chung graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Dr. Chung is also a graduate of the world renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies division of Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction. He is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as well as the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Korean American Dental Association.
Dr. Chung maintains a full-time practice dedicated to premier Fairfax cosmetic dentistry and comprehensive restorative dentistry. He is committed to providing exceptional cosmetic creations, while exceeding expectations with impeccable five-star service. Dr. Chung understands that his guests want to look and feel their best, and have a healthy mouth as well.
Isa Farhat is a partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP. Isa has 21 years of experience in providing audit and assurance, and risk and financial advisory services to a range of complex, multinational clients, with a focus on the aerospace, defense contracting, heavy industrial manufacturing, and technology industries, including:
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. She served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years (1997-2011) and chaired that body three times. During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board’s leading advocate for children, youth and families, and her contributions to the community include establishing mental health services in the public schools. Throughout her public life she has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights. In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, social services, foster children and domestic violence issues. Senator Favola serves on Virginia’s Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee. She is now the Senate Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus and Vice Chair of Virginia’s Commission on Youth. She was recently appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. For three years in a row, Senator Favola was given a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for her efforts during the legislative session to support the environment and women’s rights, respectively. In 2012, she received the Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend of the Year Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). Additionally, the Virginia Education Association has named Senator Favola a Legislative Champion and a Legislative Hero. Senator Favola and her husband Douglas Weik have been residents of Arlington and the 31st district since 1982. Their son, Donald P. Weik, is a graduate of George Mason University.
Eduardo Fox is board certified in pediatrics. He currently practices with Children’s Health Center at Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Fox completed his pediatric residency at the University of Florida in 1999 and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1995. His undergraduate studies were completed in 1991 at Brown University. A fluent Spanish speaker, his special interests include general pediatrics, public health and policy. Dr. Fox enjoys running, hiking, reading, travelling and tennis.
Kimberly Fox is the director of Direct Community Benefit Investment, Finance and Compliance for Kaiser-Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. As a regional leader in Direct Community Benefit Investments, Fox’s main focus is on Charitable Health Progams, which includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation and membership to the Fairfax County Virginia Liaison Committee. In addition, Ms. Fox serves on the standing Consumer Assistance and Outreach Advisory Committee for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Board.
She oversees the strategy and development of Charitable Health programming in DC, MD, and VA and is responsible for the overall financial portfolio management of investments that benefit the community, which will exceed $70million in 2014.
Fox holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a Children’s Developmental Certification from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University.
Alan Harbitter is currently a consultant operating under Harbitter Consulting, LLC. In 1985, he co-founded an information technology (IT) services company, PEC Solutions Inc., and was jointly responsible for its growth to a publicly traded company with over 1700 employees. He served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer of that company. In 2005, Dr. Harbitter and his partners negotiated the sale of PEC to Nortel Networks, Inc. Dr. Harbitter’s areas of technical expertise include: information system performance, security, and architecture. His areas of business expertise include small/medium company development and operation.
Dr. Harbitter has over 30 years of diversified experience in IT system analysis, and implementation. Recently, he has been active in homeland security-motivated initiatives to improve information-sharing among state, local, regional, and Federal justice organizations. To that end, he has played a leading role on the Department of Justice “Global” committee that is working to improve the secure sharing of enforcement, investigative, and intelligence information on a nationwide basis.
Dr. Harbitter received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland (UMD), and his doctorate in computer science from George Mason University (GMU). At GMU, his research concerned information security and, specifically, authentication in large and wireless networks. He is well published in the area.
Susan E. Kohn is board certified in pediatrics and has been with the Sleepy Hollow Pediatrics office of Capital Area Pediatrics since 1989.
Dr. Kohn’s received her medical training from the Medical College of Virginia, where she completed her pediatric residency in 1987 and graduated from Medical School in 1984. She also received her undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia in 1980.
Her interests include behavioral concerns such as ADD and common developmental issues, and she enjoys caring for premature infants and foreign adoptees. She has served as a consultant/editor of Preemie magazine and has served on the Fairfax County Healthy Advisory Board for Head Start.
Dr. Kohn lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a rabbit. Her son is attending college. They are very involved with their synagogue, where Dr. Kohn teaches the youth choir and plays piano. She also helps out with the marching band at Woodson High School.
Barry Meil is a resident of Potomac, Maryland, who develops commercial real estate in the Washington,
D.C. metropolitan area, after recently selling a chain of child care centers. He also heads the Meil Family Foundation. Meil has been involved with MCCP for 11 years, including serving as chair of the MCCP advisory council. Meil currently chairs the Adult Congenital Heart Association and serves on a Montgomery Hospice development committee.
A Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in IT services, Sid is the CEO and Co-Founder of Clarabridge. Sid provides executive leadership and strategic direction and is a well-known expert in customer experience, business intelligence, and text mining. Prior to Clarabridge, he co-founded Claraview, a leading BI strategy and technology consultancy firm. Under Sid’s leadership, Claraview grew into a thriving services firm with over 130 employees without any outside funding. Claraview was acquired by Teradata, a leading data warehousing and business intelligence company, in March 2008. Over his career, Sid has amassed nearly 20 years of business intelligence leadership experience.
A founding employee at MicroStrategy, he held Vice President-level positions in both product marketing and worldwide services. During his tenure leading MicroStrategy’s worldwide services division, he grew the organization to a 500+ person organization supporting enterprise deployments of BI solutions. Before joining MicroStrategy, Sid held management positions at Ernst & Young and Sprint International. Sid has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Lavoie most recently served as Director of the Survivors’ Fund, an LLC of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. This $25 million disaster recovery program was the largest fund in the country designed for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Upon closing its doors in May, 2008, Survivors’ Fund was widely recognized for its effective program approach by many media outlets including: The Washington Post; The Wall Street Journal; TIME Magazine; Salon.com; News Channel 8; and more. Ms. Lavoie has spent the majority of her 20-year career in philanthropy engaging funders on a broad range of topics and initiatives.
She held positions at the Council on Foundations and Washington Grantmakers before establishing TOHL House, LLC, which specialized in philanthropy, advocacy and volunteerism. Ms. Lavoie has been an active volunteer in Fairfax County Virginia, which has included serving as a tutor in the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, in leadership roles with the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP).
Ms Lavoie was instrumental in MCCP’s efforts with State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation and is a founding Steering Committee member of the Bailey’s Crossroads Health Access Partnership (BxHAP). In 2007, BxHAP secured funding to open the Culmore Clinic, a primary care provider for the poor and working poor in the Bailey’s Crossroads Community. Ms. Lavoie has continued her service to the Medical Care for Children Partnership, serving on its Advisory Council Executive Committee since 1995 and Chair from 1999 to 2000. Ms Lavoie has led the MCCP Advocacy Committee throughout her tenure, and more recently served on the MCCP Foundation Transition Committee and co-chairs the Foundation Board’s Nominating Committee. Ms. Lavoie lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children and manages TOHL House LLC, a consulting practice specializing in philanthropy, advocacy, and volunteerism. She serves on Head of School Advisory Committees of the Congressional Schools of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America and a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University.
Mr. Lincoln’s academic and career success began when he received a B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Southeast Missouri State University in 1984. Mr. Lincoln then served for three years as Legislative Assistant to Governor James R. Thompson before attending law school. He later received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991 where he served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review and where he was a member of the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. Following law school, Mr. Lincoln clerked for the Honorable Joel Flaum on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Lincoln was a partner with Hunton & Williams in the Tysons Corner office and an associate with Latham & Watkins in the Washington, D.C. office prior to joining Cooley. Then, in 1999, Mr. Lincoln co-founded the Reston office. Michael Lincoln is a now partner in the Venture Capital and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups and head of the East Coast Business & Technology Group at Cooley Godward Kronish.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where he teaches a course on emerging growth companies and venture capital. His practice focuses on venture capital, public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions and the representation of technology and emerging growth companies. In addition, Mr. Lincoln represents a number of leading venture capital firms, angel investors and investment banking companies. He also has significant experience with licensing, marketing and distribution agreements and related intellectual property transactions.
Sean McDermott has spent over 20 years helping hundreds of global clients better manage their IT environments with proven solutions and strategic consulting. As Chairman and Founder of Windward IT Solutions, Mr. McDermott, together with the Windward executive team, sets and manages the overall direction of the company, including service offerings, strategic partnerships, and overall Company performance. Sean started the company in 1997 and has since grown the company organically to $30M in annual revenue with over 120 employees. In addition to running Windward, Mr. McDermott was the Founder and CEO of RealOps, Inc., the pioneer in enterprise management Run Book Automation solutions started in 2004 as a spin-out of Windward.
After BMC Software acquired RealOps in July 2007, Sean continued on at BMC as the VP of Service Automation Solutions where he was responsible for the global roll-out of BMC’s runbook automation and configuration management portfolio. In the past, he has also held senior positions with Predictive Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. McDermott has a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a Masters degree in engineering from The Catholic University of America. While chief executive, RealOps was named as a finalist in the Northern Virginia Technology Counsel Hot Ticket Awards: Hottest VC Deal (2005), Hottest Management Team (2006), and Hottest Exit (2007). Under Sean’s leadership, Windward IT Solutions has received numerous awards, including being named to the Washington Technology Fast 50 (2 years in a row), Washington Business Journal Fastest Growing Companies, and the Inc. 5000. Sean currently resides in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and three daughters.
Diane Naughton has been involved with MCCP in its various iterations since 2000, when she interviewed Sandy Lowe for a Washington Post feature article on MCCP. After being invited to join the MCCP Advisory Board in 2001, Diane served as Co-chair and worked with Emily Bryant when MCCP was brought under the Fairfax County Office of Partnerships. She helped with the transition to becoming a private non-profit organization, and sat on the search committee that recommended the hiring of the first MCCP Foundation Executive Director, Margery Sher. Diane has remained active as an MCCP supporter since that time, producing several videos for Galas and physician recruitment purposes and chairing the Resource Development Committee.
Equal access to health care is a goal that Diane has worked toward in many of her other roles. She also serves as a Board member at the Arlington Free Clinic, chairing their Development Committee and sits on their Executive Committee. She and her husband, Tim, headed the 20th Anniversary fundraising effort for the Clinic, where they raised over $1 Million. She also served as Interrim Executive Director of the clinic during its transition from Founding Director Nancy Pallesen to current ED Nancy White.
Diane holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She attended JEB Stuart High School, in the same community as the Bailey’s Elementary School pilot program for MCCP’s new dental initiative.
Ann Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI), a woman-owned company that provides government relations and business development services to corporate and non-profit clients. She brings many years of government relations experience in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, serving in key advisory roles. Ms. Sullivan works with the United States Congress, Executive Office, and government agencies to garner national attention for clients’ issues. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development,
and tax issues affecting small businesses. She currently represents the largest national association of women business owners and women in business, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as the national voice for microbusiness, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO). MSGI specializes in outreach to the small business community with an emphasis on women-owned and minority businesses. Ms. Sullivan is part of the MCCC GovConNet Council and also serves on the James Madison University College of Integrated Science and Technology Executive Advisory Council. In 2010, she received the Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women Magazine Award.