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Louise McNamee, Chair

Ms. McNamee is the former President and Partner of MVBMS Euro RSCG, a $1Billion plus advertising agency, based in New York City.  Ms. McNamee's career expertise is in strategic planning, brand development and product innovation.  Among her agency's clients were Nestle, Danon, JP Morgan Chase, and Schering-Plough.  She has been a frequent speaker at marketing conferences and was recognized for her work by being named "A Leader and Legend" by Advertising Age Magazine and "Advertising Woman of the Year" by the Advertising Women of New York.  She is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College and former trustee of the Museum of the City of New York.  She and her husband, Peter McHugh, moved to Charlottesville in 2008.

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Carolyn Schuyler, LCSW, Vice-chair

Carolyn Schuyler served as The Women's Initiative's first program director.  She provided therapy to women, forged partnerships with community partners, and launched outreach programs. Now in private practice, her current passion is providing EMDR therapyto help people recover from post traumatic stress disorder.  She has recently been involved in collaborating with other local therapists to provide psychoeducational programs to underserved members of the community. She is delighted to reconnect with The Women's Initiative.


Katherine Brooks,
Secretary / Treasurer

Kakie Brooks hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, but she has lived on the East Coast since she began college in 1977.  She attended Smith College, where she earned her BA in English.  She taught high school English in Massachusetts, then moved to Charlottesville in 1986 to pursue graduate work in UVa's English Literature.  While raising her two young daughters, she worked as a consultant to families of wealth helping them navigate the emotional and social issues pertaining to financial inheritance.  Along with two other women, she established a small firm called "The Inheritance Project." In the past 15 years, she has served on numerous local boards, developing special interests in strategic planning and organizational culture. 

Kakie's daughters are now 17 and 20, and her husband, Dr. George Beller, has retired from his long tenure as UVa's Chief of Cardiology. They live in Ivy and enjoy hiking, traveling, music and reading. 

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Bebe Heiner, LPC, Founder & Past chair

Ms. Heiner is a licensed professional counselor with fourteen years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. She is the former Director of Counseling Services at FOCUS Women’s Resource Center, where she also developed and facilitated the Single Mothers’ Support Group and the Assertiveness Skills Training Workshop.  Her community service includes board and committee membership at Mary Baldwin College, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Virginia Institute of Autism, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at Sweetbriar College, and Planned Parenthood.


Beverly Adams is an Assistant Dean in UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor in UVA’s Department of Psychology. Her current research interests include continuing basic science research in the psychology of language (syntactic ambiguity), examining factors that contribute to the decline of physical and mental health in strong black women, and exploring how ubiquitous electronic computing has changed face-to-face communication. Beverly is a member of the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA), serving two terms as secretary of the statewide executive board, and also an executive board member of the Virginia Social Sciences Association (VSSA).

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

Ms. Alhusen is an associate professor and assistant dean of research for the UVA School of Nursing. Her research is focused on improving maternal mental health and, consequently, improving early childhood outcomes in mothers experiencing perinatal intimate partner violence. She received a K23 from NINR which focused on understanding the biological and psychological underpinnings of maternal attachment and maternal depression.

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Dorothy Batten, PPsyd

Ms. Batten Is the Founder of iThrive Games and serves on the boards of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation, the Amazon Conservation Association, the Alumni Board of Trustees and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.  She served for 10 years as a Director of Landmark Media Enterprises LLC.  Previous board experience includes involvement with the University of Virginia Arts Council, University of Virginia Art Museum, Norfolk Academy, Peabody School, and the Paramount Theater. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Capella University, her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and her B.A. in Economics and Business from Hollins University. 

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Marge Connelly, Finance Committee Chair

Marge is a former financial services executive, having held senior roles here in Virginia with Capital One (Executive Vice President of Operations), and Wachovia Securities (Chief Operating Officer) as well with Barclays in London, UK (Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclaycard).  In these roles, Marge has led large, complex organizations through many transformation and integration efforts, and developed the strategies and operational capabilities needed for these companies to innovate and grow.

As a strong advocate for education, Marge has also served on the University of Richmond Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council,  the VCU Business School Foundation Board, as Chair of the Virginia Workforce Council, Rector of the Board of Visitors for Longwood University and most recently as Longwood’s Interim President.

Marge as well has served on the boards of several other organizations including the Council for Virginia’s Future, the Greater Richmond Partnership (former Chair), the Greater Richmond YMCA, the Central Virginia Food Bank (former Chair), the Visa USA Executive Advisory Committee, the Visa International Risk Advisors Group, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Operations Council and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets (SIFMA) Operations Committee. She has received numerous accolades for her work in both business and the community and has spoken at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics, including leadership, corporate citizenship, digital engagement, diversity and the millennial workforce.

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Kathleen Ford

Ms. Ford is a short story writer and teacher. Her stories have appeared in commercial magazines such as Redbook, Yankee, Ladies Home Journal, and in quarterlies such as The Southern Review, The North American Review,  The Sewanee Review and elsewhere. Kathleen’s first novel was published by St. Martin’s Press. Two of her stories won PEN awards for syndicated fiction and another story was anthologized in Cabbage and Bones (Henry Holt). She was awarded a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for 2011. “Man on the Run,” a story first printed in The New England Review, was published in Best American Mystery Stories 2012 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Kathleen is currently writing stories about the Irish soldiers in World War I, and is completing a novel about the Great War.  Kathleen is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Columbia University. She has taught writing, history and social studies, and has been a homebound teacher for Charlottesville City Schools. For the past ten years she has taught adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for Albemarle County Schools.

Cecile Forte, PhD

Ms. Forte had a career for 34 years in higher education in New York prior to retiring to Charlottesville. She was a teacher, administrator and consultant to public schools, colleges and universities. She served as the Central Academic Dean of Suffolk Community College from 1996-2001. She is an author and specialist in Developmental Education and an expert in university accreditation. She has a distinguished career in board and civic engagement, including being the first African-American female Town Supervisor for Brookhaven, New York. She is the author of three textbooks and other works, including: Wise Women Don’t Have Hot Flashes They Have Power Surges! She currently serves on the PACE board.

Marcela Foshay, Development Committee Chair

Marcela Foshay has a Masters of Social Work from Comenius University in Slovakia. Marcela worked at the United Nations in New York City and internationally for 10 years. Her work at the UN focused on program management and administration management, honing her natural multi-tasking and organizational strengths. Prior to joining the UN, Marcela worked in marketing and public relations at a global corporation. Marcela moved to Charlottesville from New York City in 2008 to follow her husband. Since 2013 she has been a Realtor with Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates. On the nonprofit front, Marcela has distinguished herself in the Charlottesville community. She graduated from the Board Development Academy at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and has devoted many hours to The Free Clinic and The Women’s Initiative. Additionally, she is one of the founding members of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Future Fund, where she has served as a Co-chair of the Resource and Development Committee and a member of the Grants and Steering Committees. She is also helping several local nonprofits with their fundraising efforts, namely Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, The Women’s Initiative and St. Anne’s Belfield School. She serves on the Board of Directors in her neighborhood; on Green Fields committee of Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors; and several other committees. She fluently speaks four languages and easily understands several others.

Juan Manuel Granados

Juan Manuel Granados was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has a background in Advertising in Argentina and in New York City, working first with the Vidal Partnership as Creative Director and then with Reynardus & Moya; both agencies specializing in Spanish language advertising and marketing in the United States. Juan handled and was responsible for many accounts, including Heineken, Cingular Wireless, Wendy’s, McDonalds and Time Warner Cable. For the past several years, Juan has been developing his own label of Argentine wines called "Dogo". Juan has also been involved in the LGBT civil rights movement in the US, including serving on the committee and co-hosting, for many years, the Empire State Pride Agenda’s premier summer event. He currently also serves on the board of Lighthouse here in Charlottesville.

Jim Haden

Jim Haden was president and chief executive officer of Martha Jefferson Health Services from 1993-2015. Mr. Haden received a master’s degree in Public Health/Health Services Management from UCLA in 1971. He completed his administrative residency at Scripps Hospital in LaJolla, California. Mr. Haden served as a board member on the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond from (1998-2003). He is a former board member of the Charlottesville United Way, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation and Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Haden is a member of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. In 2003 Mr. Haden was the recipient of the American Heart Association, Charlottesville Chapter, “Billy” Gitchell Award. In 2006 Mr. Haden was the recipient of the National Multiple Schlerosis Society Blue Ridge Chapter Silver Hope Award. Mr. Haden is the 2008 recipient of the Beta Kappa Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, UVa School of Nursing Community Service Award. Mr. Haden is married to Sue Haden and they have three children.


Bruce Murray was born and raised in Albemarle County.  She returned here in 1974 after a ten year career in Hospital Administration in Washington, DC. A mother of two, in l980 she began a second career in commercial real estate management. She has overseen the construction and rental of warehouse, office and residential properties for over 30 years.

Bruce’s community interests have included many years of service on the Boards of St. Anne’s Belfield School and the Charlottesville Free Clinic, where she served as Chairman of both Boards.  She has also served on Boards of Martha Jefferson Hospital, where she co-chaired the most recent Capital Campaign; on the Blue Ridge PACE Board; The Virginia Healthcare Foundation; The Emily Couric Leadership Forum; and the Praxis Foundation. She and her husband Jim were honored by the MS Society and given The Silver Hope Award and Bruce was awarded The American Heart Association William Gitchell award, recognizing her commitment to Health and Wellness for the community.

Bruce recently helped launch the James River Boys and Girls Club in Scottsville. She has held a lifelong passion for the wellbeing and health care of the underserved, and has been a strong supporter of higher education aid for deserving merit scholars.

Chris Noland, JD

Chris Noland, JD, is a Principal and Client Strategist at Signature. Chris entered the financial services industry in 1999. Active in community organizations, Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, and is actively involved with the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Chris has also served as Co-Chair of the Center for Non-Profit Excellence Philanthropy Day Lunch. Chris was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Hampton Roads by Inside Business in 2011.


Gloria Maria Rockhold joined Albemarle County Public Schools in 2004 and is currently a Manager in the Office of Community Engagement. A native of Asunción Paraguay, Gloria's bi-cultural roots allow her to look at issues and opportunities from different perspectives in designing and implementing solutions for educational settings. Gloria holds degrees in Marketing, Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Leadership and Foundations in Education at UVA. Executive Board Member of Creciendo Juntos since 2005, Charlottesville Free Clinic Board Member, Member of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Board Member of Citizens Advisory Committee for the Public Defender’s Office, 2010 Fellow of the Sorensen Political Leadership Class and Board Development Class of 2011 Graduate at the Center for Non-Profit Excellence.

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Charles Rotgin, Jr.

Mr. Rotgin is President and CEO of Great Eastern Management Company.  Established in 1972, Great Eastern and its related entities develop, construct and manage income-producing real estate properties and engage in other business ventures and investments.  A representative list of Mr. Rotgin’s board and committee involvement includes:  Martha Jefferson Health Services Corporation, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Blue Ridge Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle.  In 2007, he received the Small Business Person of the Year Award. Mr. Rotgin is one of the founding board members of The Women's Initiative.

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Sue Winslow, DNP, RN, Board Governance Chair

Ms. Winslow is the System Director of Practical Nursing for Sentara Healthcare. She is currently responsible for designing, implementing, standardizing and sustaining system structures and processes to ensure excellence in professional practice. She has been involved at the board level with numerous local nonprofits including the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, the Virginia Nurses Association, the Senior Center, Inc., and the Jefferson Area Board of Aging. Her articles have been published in numerous professional journals, and she has been a featured speaker at regional healthcare conferences. She is an appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.