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OUR BOARD

2023-24 BOARD MEMBERS

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LINDSAY
HARPER

PRESIDENT

Lindsay joined The Women's Club in 2021 having recently moved back to the area with her family and looking for ways to get to know her new community. She enjoys being a member of the Scholarship Fund and its incredible purpose, helping to make a difference in the lives of local college-level students.

 
She grew up in Northern Virginia, where she attended and graduated from James Madison University. Lindsay's career has given her the opportunity to work in PR and events for some well known brands including; NASA, Whole Foods Market, national laboratories, government contracting companies, economic development groups, and education-based non profits.

Intrigued by the many avenues of participation within The Women’s Club, the Scholarship Fund is the perfect combination of her happy place - working with people and education, helping and caring. It is a privilege to be a part of the scholarship recipients academic journeys.

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SUZANNE
CHARLESTON

VICE PRESIDENT

Suzanne joined the Women’s Club in 2021 and jumped in to volunteer for the Scholarship Fund. Professionally, she has served in various roles on boards and brings a passion for investing where we live. 

She works in the government contacting industry with a focus on healthcare and has a background in regulatory and legislative organizations.  She also serves as a mentor for students for the Health Information and Management Systems Society National Capital Area Chapter where she has seen the value of scholarships in supporting student goals and financial needs regionally.  She has a passion for STEM programs and looks forward to expanded support for the Scholarship Fund.

Suzanne has been involved in healthcare and government contracting for 20 years, supports Veteran Organizations like BurnPits360 and believes in the investment required to help students achieve success in our community. 

Suzanne graduated from the University of Maryland and lives in Great Falls with a few dogs. She looks forward to maintaining and growing the success of the Scholarship Fund with her fellow board members.  To quote Winston Churchill, ‘the price of greatness is responsibility’ and together this board will continue the success of previous efforts.

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DYNNE SUNG

TREASURER

Dynne Sung joined the Women's Club in 2021 and brings her passion for education to the Scholarship Fund's mission. Dynne works for a tech company, but focuses her time on her three young children. 

 

She is a strong advocate for higher education due to her experience as both a student and teacher.  Dynne has not only earned her JD/MBA/MSc, but was also an adjunct professor for the Master's in Technology Management Program at Georgetown University.

Dynne has dedicated significant time to giving back to the community through her volunteer work. Her past nonprofit board positions include the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and a local dance company. Over the years, her other volunteer work includes interviewing prospective students for Carnegie Mellon University and sitting on the Fulbright Scholarship Panel for Georgetown University.

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JACKIE HARDING

DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING

Jackie joined The Women's Club in 2020 and is excited to be a part of the Scholarship Fund. She has a passion for education and looks forward to supporting students pursuing their educational goals. 

 

Jackie has over 16 years experience in the Government Contracting industry.  In her current role she enjoys working across the company to drive effective change and improve business processes that assist with the successful implementation of the corporate strategy and vision.

 

Jackie completed her undergraduate degree in finance and obtained a Master’s at George Washington University, where she currently sits on an advisory board for one of the Executive Programs.  She lives in Great Falls with her children. 

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JENNY STEPHENS

DIRECTOR OF GRANTS

Jenny is a working mom and 14-year resident of Great Falls. She has a passion for helping others through education and mentoring, and strongly believes the Scholarship Fund helps fill an unmet need in the community for women looking to take that big step to go back to school and improve their lives.

With a background in clinical pharmacy, Jenny followed a non-traditional career path in health economics and outcomes research, eventually starting a consulting business with colleagues. She loves getting involved to provide opportunities to students interested in taking a non-traditional route to their career. At home she enjoys a busy life with her husband, two kids, and many pets.

 

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LAURYN NASHI

SECRETARY

Lauryn has been a Great Falls resident since 2021 and quickly got involved with the Women's Club of Great Falls and the Scholarship fund. She believes strongly in the mission of the Scholarship fund and its purpose. Lauryn and her husband support several civic and charitable organizations that have an Education focus.  

A native of the Philadelphia area, Lauryn's background includes fundraising for Charter Schools as well as tutoring and teaching students in various after school and instructional programs. Additionally, she worked several years in Human Resources in various financial firms.  

With a heart for global travel, Lauryn enjoys visiting various countries but is happy to call Great Falls home with her husband and daughter. She is thrilled to serve on the board to expand Education, opportunity and hope to non traditional students.   

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CONNIE COLABATISTTO

DIRECTOR OF PR

Connie joined the Women’s Club of Great Falls in 2019. Since then, she has served on committees in support roles until joining the Scholarship Fund Board in 2023.  

Connie has always been passionate about the importance of education.  She is a United States Air Force veteran.  After leaving the active duty force, Connie joined the West Virginia Air National Guard where she served as the manager of the Education & Training Office.  This is where she fell in love with education and helping others.  As manager, Connie was able to help numerous fellow service members complete their college degrees.  In 2020, Connie continued her strong support for education by endowing a named scholarship for Military Women at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.  

Connie brings a wide range of volunteer experience to her new board position.  She was an active member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia for 8 years, supporting Women and Children initiatives, and has continued to support the league as a sustaining member for the last 17 years.  Most recently, Connie completed a 4 year volunteer commitment with the Parent Teacher Student Association at Langley High School as the Lead Class Parent for the Class of 2023.  There, she was involved in faculty-parent engagement events as well as fundraising for student events.  
 
Connie is a native of Cumberland, Maryland and has lived in Great Falls since 2005 with her husband, 3 college-age children and two dogs.  She enjoys tennis, pilates and travel.  Connie loves the small town feel and community of Great Falls. 

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MISSY PERKINS

DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIPS

Missy has been an active member of the Women’s Club of Great Falls for the past 9 years. She has served on the board for 7 of those years, including past President, which allowed her to work closely with and support the Scholarship Fund. Missy is now excited to be bringing her talents and enthusiasm for philanthropy to the Scholarship Fund Board.

 

Missy has extensive professional experiences in real estate, marketing, and sales.  Outside of her professional responsibilities, she has been an active volunteer in many fundraising organizations, including the Spreckels Union Education Foundation on the central coast of California, where she was responsible for fundraising up to $120k per year to support music, arts and library programs.  She has been a fundraising and auction chairperson for the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation golf tournament, supporting our local elementary schools. Most recently, she has been the two time chairperson of the All Night Graduation Party at Langley High School, raising funds and coordinating events for a safe graduation night for our graduating seniors.  

 

Missy and her husband have lived in Great Falls since 2013 and have 3 adult children. 

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SUMAIRA
MALIK

DIRECTOR OF EVENTS

Sumaira has been a resident of Great Falls since 2015, and prior to that, she has lived in 5 other states. She has been a part of the women’s club since 2021, and she was the Event lead for the successful Miami Vice themed Scholarship fundraiser in 2023.

 

Sumaira grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated with a Degree in MIS and Organizational Management. She has held several positions with General Electric in program management, six-sigma, and international trade.

 

Sumaira is dedicated to giving back to the community. She and her family have been heavily involved supporters of the Best Buddies organization. She is excited to be a part of the Great Falls Women’s Scholarship fund and to giving back to the education of youth in the greater VA community.

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SALLY ANNE
ANDREW PYNE

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Sally Anne has been a member of the Women's Club of Great Falls for over 15 years and served as the marketing board member in 2008, the Foodies, Lettuce Munch, Sip n' Sup Club activity leader, as well as the coordinator of the 4th July parade for many years and has additionally produced numerous holiday parties for the club.

 

She served as the Fundraising Executive for the Scholarship Fund in 2016/2017 and returned to the board for a two year tenure as co-president  in 2021/2022 and president in 2022/2023. She will now serve as an advisor to the current board and is president emeritus.

"Our mission is to provide scholarships to local students attending
George Mason University."

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