Board Members

Northern Virginia is home to some of the brightest and innovative working and retired professionals in the country, a blessing for institutions like the NOVA Foundation. As a College dedicated to generating new opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders, our Board is composed of outstanding local public and private sector representatives.

Member Selection

All new Board members are nominated by sitting Board members and vetted by the Nominating Committee. Board members hold their positions for up to 3 years; the Board Chair presides for a maximum of 2 years.

This regular turnover ensures the Foundation remains rejuvenated with fresh ideas and perspectives – crucial for ensuring our students, faculty, and staff maintain access to the finest resources.

Current Board Members

Debi Alexander
SPecially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC)

Gaston Araoz
Dominion Energy

John Clarke
Elm Street Development

David Farajollahi
Federal Government Employee

Michael Forehand, Chair
Inova Health System

Anne M. Kress, PhD
President, Northern Virginia Community College

Julia Lafferty
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.S.

Victoria Leone

Jennifer C. McGarey
Northrup Grumman

Thomas W. Minnick

Jennifer Mulchandani
Arlington Strategy

Rosaelena "Rosie" O'Neil 
Georgetown University 

Kelly Persons
Executive Director, NOVA Foundation

John Porter

Donna Shaw, RN, BSN, LNHA
Woodbine Rehab and Healthcare Center

Zuzana Steen
Micron Technology

Joe Teipe
Independent Consultant


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