BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elise Sweeney Founder/Director
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 35 in recovery. He has three children and both mothers are in recovery. It wasn't until I went to visited Thistle Farms and listening to the residents stories just touched my heart and that's 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."
Ruth Marshall is a career teacher with almost 40 years experience teaching middle and high school English, US Government, and US History. An avid runner and supporter of girls' sports, she has also coached field hockey, basketball, and girls' lacrosse. Ruth has two master’s degrees, one in Education from George Mason University, and one in Political Science from American Public University. Currently, she lives in Loudoun County with her husband and enjoys officiating high school girls’ field hockey and lacrosse during their appropriate seasons. Ruth is honored to work with Dandelion Meadow where she hopes she can make a difference because, like many others, she has been impacted by addiction.
"Let us make a commitment to care for the needy, to teach our children the values and the virtues handed down to us by our families, to have the courage to defend those values and the willingness to sacrifice for them." Ronald Reagan
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.
Lauren Wood is a Health Program Manager at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) where she oversees their health portfolio, with a focus on substance use disorder (SUD), for the 26 million people that call Appalachia home. Prior to ARC, Lauren worked for the National Governors Association where she collaborated closely with Governors offices to analyze state and federal substance use and opioid use policies. Prior to D.C. Lauren worked at a federally qualified health center in Boulder, CO, specializing in homelessness, serious mental illness, and SUD. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development, a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics, and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Public Policy.
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius
Rachael Jetten is a Senior Accounting Manager for a local accounting firm - Intentional Accounting and is currently working towards her CPA . She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Shenandoah University. She is also a former business owner and a proud mother of three daughters.
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." Princess Diana
Natalie is a Human Resources Business Partner for a fortune 500 company, with years of experience in different facets of Human Resources. Natalie holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational and Strategic Communications from the University of Colorado. Natalie is excited to be a part of the Dandelion Meadow Board to bring her passion of helping others, fighting the stigma of addiction and showing women there is compassion and kindness in the world.
"Let us be kind. Let us be generous. Let us be full of grace. Let us see the light in all your people and be guided by that light for all our days," Vice President Harris