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Elise Sweeney

Elise Sweeney   Founder/Advisory Board/Retired  

Owner Manager- Retail / Fundraising events / Volunteer Nar Anon    
Associate Liberal Arts - Certificate Interior Design   

"My son was 14 when he started drinking and using drugs and is now 32 in recovery.  He has two children that both mothers are in addiction.  It wasn't until I went  to visited Thistle Farms and listening to the residents stories just touched my heart and thats when God put it on my heart that I needed to do more to help women in Loudoun County. Safe Haven Recovery / Dandelion Meadow started in Feb. of 2017."


Freddi Donner

President, Chair

Certified Coach, Team and executive coach, helping teams to work better together.  Coaching since 2004. Volunteer on several boards in the past in all roles, from president, to programs, fundraising, and more.  


BA degree - St. Mays College of Southern Maryland and the University of London. International Coach Federation Certification of Professional Certified Coach.     

"I believe that everyone has been impacted by a loved one who faces or faced addiction. In light of that, when we help serve some women in recovery, support them, set them up for long term success, we will make a big difference. My role on the board is for the board's success. We are all volunteers, and I saw an opportunity to help this board get organized, stand on solid footing, and move forward. I am honored to serve in this role."


Stephanie R Gumm   
Vice Chair    

Financial planner and advisor with MassMutual-Capitol District. The majority of my practice is working with business owners helping them thrive as well as individual families.     
BA - Randolph-Macon Woman's College    

"I learned early on from my father that "As you look back upon your life you will find your greatest moments are when you have done things for others." I have found many of my greatest joys in life serving others. The last decade I have done so professionally as a financial advisor and planner serving women, families and small business owners."

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Rebecca E. Argabrite Grove

Rebecca is a licensed occupational therapist having worked with children with disabilities and their families in direct service and administrative roles in public schools. She currently oversees governance, ethics, and international issues for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Rebecca has a history of volunteer service in a variety of local, state, and national boards and governance bodies. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and an Award of Merit recipient of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.

Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Shenandoah University. Rebecca combines her passion for helping individuals discover and utilize their strengths to engage and participate in meaningful activities with her acumen for strategic thinking and systems level change. 

Supporting women in recovery to re-establish healthy routines and relationships in a safe environment provides a foundation for personal growth, empowerment, and improved quality of life allowing them to reconnect and participate fully as members of the community.

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Geneva B. Payne

Geneva Payne has an extensive background in executive administration and office management. She has been a volunteer and served as the volunteer coordinator for Dandelion Meadow since its inception, working closely with its Founder, Elise Sweeney. Geneva also serves on the regional service board for Nar-Anon Family Groups whose members are the loved ones and friends of people with substance use addiction.

“I firmly believe that we are all exactly where we are supposed to be. I am here at Dandelion Meadow
for a reason, and I pray that reason is to continue to find ways to help women in their recovery.”



  • Ashley Allen, Associate Pastor, Floris United Methodist Church​

  • Joshua Cagney, MA

  • Kelly Decker, MA, LPC-R, Mental Health & Substance Use Professional

  • Nick Guglielmo, Finance Expert with operations experience

  • Sahar Givpour, PhD, LPC, NCC, CSAC
    Psychotherapist - Chief Program Officer at Friendship Place

  • Courtney Phillips. As Miss Virginia for America 2020, she views the crown and banner as instruments to empower women and girls to further their efforts in their communities

  • Brooke Vaughn, CPRW Career Coach

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