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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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."

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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 Unviersity 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, suppport 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."

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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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Megan McClellan
Director

Megan McClellan is the Sales Leader for the Southeast region of Marsh. In this capacity, she is responsible for growth, retention, and overall sales strategy for the region. Megan advises her clients in all areas of risk and insurance with a focus on Directors & Officers Liability risk and insurance issues.

Prior to joining Marsh, Megan practiced as an attorney, primarily focused on Directors & Officers insurance coverage law and insurance coverage litigation more broadly.

 

Megan is passionate about women in recovery having seen it up close and personally. She is a strategic thinker and will help in the capacity of Secretary on the board in addition to other volunteer duties.

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Rebecca E. Argabrite Grove
Director

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.

She 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.

Nicole Dixon, MBA
Director

Finance Supervisor with GDIT and Owner/Senior Bookkeeping Consultant with Wright Accounting Solutions LLC. My work involves helping entrepreneurs and small businesses confidently grow their businesses without the worries of accounting.

MBA and BS in Business/Accounting – University of Phoenix
 

I live and thrive off woman empowerment because together as a tribe there are no limits to what can be accomplished. It is inspiring to be part of an organization that provides not only a safe place but also skills and a support system for women to rebuild themselves and acknowledge their purpose on earth. I find that as a woman it is important to help the next woman succeed in life because we create and shape the future of our nation.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women”. ~ Maya Angelou

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Yvonne Holland
Director

Native Washingtonian realtor who knows the Northern Virginia home market. Background in corporate Finance and IT. Member of the Board of Directors for Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) and board member of Purcellivlle Business Association.      

 

"I had an alcoholic mother and a heroin addicted daughter. Most addiction I have witnessed has an underlying mental illness or truama attached that doesn't always get addressed.  My belief is that a comprehensive recovery program will ensure success and I believe that Dandelion Meadow has that vision and approach."

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Craig James
Director

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSATP), 

Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP), 

Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)    

 

• Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, and Therapist for Insight Into Action Therapy & Insight Recovery Centers. Also serve on the board for the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals and Loudoun County Community Services Board.  I have worked in the field of Mental Health and Substance Us since 1995.  I have worked in settings ranging from detention to residenital to courts to home-based services and currently in an outpatient private practice setting.     

• BS in Psychology from GMU, Masters in Social Work from VCU         

 

"Too often with in the field of substance use and addiction, I have seen individuals and families struggling only to be given misinformation about treatment.  I have seen the clinical element of treatment get minimized, overshadowed, and hijacked by the concept of recovery, often defined in the context of 12-Step facilitation.  Ultimately leaving everyone frustrated, angry, and alone.  I joined Dandelion Meadow to both educate and bring a comprehensive approach and a level of integrity to substance use care.  By combining the elements of treatment, therapy, diagnosis, and support we can help the women of the program get the appropriate level of care they require."

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Sophia Munson
Director

Sophia Munson is Of Counsel with The Geller Law Group, PLLC, where she practices estate planning. Sophia wanted to join the Dandelion Meadow Board because she has personal experience with a close family member who suffers from addiction. Sophia knows how important it is for women who are in recovery or who have been victims of sex trafficking and abuse to have a safe, supportive home, and it is her goal to help as many of those individuals as possible.  As a long-time employee of a woman-owned and -operated law firm, Sophia also recognizes the importance of helping women find a cause, learn new skills, and become entrepreneurs in their own right. Sophia's goal is to help the clients of Dandelion Meadows find and realize their dreams. 

Michael Callahan
Treasurer

Michaell brings his years of experience in managing small businesses to help Dandelion Meadow stay financially responsiblible. As Treasurer he reviews our monthly reports and handles our banking issues, while we grow the bottom line for the sake of the women we will be serving. 

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Christene Starin
Director

Christene Starin is the CEO of Starin Strategies, a woman-owned small business serving as the brand identity and integrated marketing partner for organizations that make a significant impact for good in their respective communities.

Throughout her career, Christene has focused on advocating for those who do not have a voice. Her ambition to curate a meaningful impact both individually and through her organization has included providing public relations for recovery programs surrounding substance use, managing campaigns seeking justice for survivors of sexual abuse, leading training for USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program in Honduras, coordinating fundraising events on behalf of human trafficking advocacy, guiding strategic marketing initiatives for organizations that powered the distribution of food to millions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and leading a new initiative to raise awareness to the mental health crisis among youth nationwide.

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ADVISORY BOARD

  • 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