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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.


Carolyn Schuyler, LCSW, Vice-chair, Program Operations Committee 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.


Kakie 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, PHD, Cultural Humility Committee Chair

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).

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Amy Black, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Amy Black, DNP, RN, NEA-BC has been the Chief Operating Officer at Sentara Martha Jefferson for the past three years. Prior to that she was the Chief Nurse Executive for thirteen years. In 2006 under her leadership, Martha Jefferson achieved and has since maintained Magnet designation, the highest award for nursing excellence, from the American Nurses Association. Ms. Black has over 30 years of experience in the field of hospital administration, nursing, and information services, holding various leadership positions at several academic children's medical centers including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Since joining Sentara she has been very active in system-wide nursing, quality and safety initiatives.

She has presented numerous podium presentations at local, regional and national conferences including the annual national Magnet Conference and the Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference. She holds board certification as an Advanced Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctoral degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Virginia.

Ms. Black is the past Chair and continues to serve on the Charlottesville Free Clinic Board of Directors and is on the Board of Directors for PT @ ACAC. She has also served on the Board of the Virginia Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Foundation. She is currently a Magnet appraiser with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Amy has been married to her one and only husband Rich for 30 years and has two wonderful sons and a new granddaughter. In her free time Amy enjoys tennis, gardening, art collecting, and selecting new recipes for her husband to try.

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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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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Susan Cabell Mains

Susan has over 45 years of experience in the Human Resource, Organizational Development field. She held the position of Vice President, Human Resource and Compliance at Martha Jefferson Hospital from 1987-2011, and again at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital from 2011-2012. In 2013 she took on a new role as System Director of Physician Leadership Development for the Sentara Healthcare System. Susan semi-retired in 2017, but continues to serve as an internal consultant for Sentara in the Organizational Development area.

Susan has served on a wide variety of community and state boards. She is a past Chair of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the State Chamber of Commerce Board, past President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Human Resource Association and former Campaign Chair for the Thomas Jefferson United Way in 1986. She has also served as a member of the Charlottesville Planning Commission, a director on the SunTrust Advisory Board, a director on the Board of Queens College, a board member of the Virginia Institute on Political Leadership and as an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. She is currently on the Perry Foundation Board where she served as Vice Chair for the past 10 years.

Susan has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the 1997 National Award for Professional Excellence by the National Society of Human Resources and Outstanding Alumni Award at Queens College in 1996. She has a BA from Queens College and MBA from Averett University. Susan has been married to Dana Mains for 16 years.  She cherishes her family-which includes her two children and three grandchildren–over all things. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, reading murder mysteries and travel.

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.

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Ginger Graham

Ginger Graham is a Charlottesville native, and graduate of James Madison University, where she earned a BBA in Finance. After a brief career in accounting, Ginger decided to change course, and immerse herself in the world of visual art, taking on a management role at an established local art gallery. Her interest in the arts has now evolved to support of various local arts organizations, including educational programs which focus on ensuring that all local children are exposed to the visual and performing arts from an early age. Ginger’s primary philanthropic interests are those that support the health and wellbeing of mothers and children in our community. Long-enamored of French language and culture, Ginger is delighted to serve on the board of The Alliance Francaise of Charlottesville.

In addition to raising a young family and supporting the efforts of her children’s school, Ginger enjoys practicing photography, reading and swimming, as well as the study of foreign language, interior decorating and landscape design. 

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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Karen Totten White

Karen Totten White is the CEO of Emerge New Unlimited, LLC. Karen’s expertise is in the areas of financial savviness, leadership development, and personal development. She has served as a panelist, keynote and breakout speaker at conferences on the themes of financial services, effective communication, leadership and personal development. Karen is the Assistant Vice President and Managing Officer at Carter Bank and Trust in Charlottesville. In this role, she effectively manages the operations of the branch, contributes to the growth of the office, and the developmental training of the staff. Also, she currently serves as a Board Member of the SJAC Boy Scouts of America, Coalition for Economic Opportunity; acts as a Steering Committee member of the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Task Force and the Charlottesville Back-2-School Bash.  

Karen partners with small businesses, corporations, spiritual, and civic organizations to inspire individuals and teams to maximize their potential. She received her BBA from Averett University in Danville, VA, MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. The thesis for her Doctoral Project is entitled “Unlocking the Potential in Your Strategic Leadership Team.” Karen’s publications are “Ten Financial Tips for Women” and “A Self-Exam to become Financially Fit.” She enjoys golf, museums, writing, traveling, and spending time with family.