Our Staff

Kelly L. Persons

Kelly PersonsKelly Persons is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, where she is responsible for initiating, cultivating and maximizing philanthropic support for Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Reporting to both the NOVA President and the Foundation’s Board of Directors, her responsibilities fall into three broad categories: fundraising, Board relations, and Foundation administration. She is accountable for developing and implementing strategic, long-term plans to generate philanthropic support for priorities identified by NOVA and the Foundation Board which align with the College’s strategic plan. Ms. Persons also oversees all scholarship and emergency aid programs for NOVA students.

Most recently, prior to joining NOVA, she served as the Executive Director of the Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center Foundation, where she managed day-to-day operations, the Foundation’s budget and administration as well as all aspects of fundraising, donor stewardship and Board relations. At a similar role at SkillsUSA, Ms. Persons led a team that raised $3.8 million annually, and was responsible for a robust donor portfolio that included Toyota North America, Snap-on Tools, NCCER, 3M, GE and Newell Rubbermaid.  She effectively managed and motivated the SkillsUSA Foundation, a volunteer board composed of industry partners/c-suite level leaders.

For nearly seven years, Ms. Persons served as administrator of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) and led the company’s corporate social responsibility. During her tenure, the LCEF grew from a $3 million private foundation awarding grants to 80 recipients to an impactful public foundation providing grants in excess of $19 million. 

Ms. Persons attended Wells College in Aurora, NY where she received her B.A., in American Studies (History & Literature). She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Rebekah Ball

Rebekah BallRebekah Ball is currently the Foundation’s Director of Operations. She brings a wealth of knowledge about both the College and the Foundation, having started working at the Foundation in 2007. Rebekah also spent five years supporting NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program and recently returned to the Foundation full-time. In her role as Director of Operations, Ms. Ball oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s financial management, information management, donor relations, scholarship administration, prospect research and general business administration. She oversees the development and implementation of both long-term and short-term operational and financial plans, including administration of the budget.

Prior to coming to the Foundation, Ms. Ball worked in a variety of roles in non-profit organization, administration and accounting management. She continues to be passionate about putting her skills to use for organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. Rebekah holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Western Illinois University. In addition to her career in finance, Rebekah is also a licensed real estate agent and enjoys interior design. She lives with her family in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Lynne Morton-O’Neill

Lynne Morton-O'NeillLynne works as a Donor Gift Assistant supporting the Director of Foundation Operations in recording, tracking and maintaining the organization’s financial records and donor correspondence.She has worked at Northern Virginia Community College for 16 years, first serving as the assistant to the Budget Director. Upon his retirement, Ms. Morton-O'Neill joined the NOVA Foundation staff to work on receiving and processing Foundation donations and gifts. She is a life-long Virginia resident and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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