BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Formerly known as VSA-Loudoun, ARTS FOR ALL is an organization for the arts working in partnership with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center. Arts for All is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1989 to create a community where all people with (and without) disabilities can come together in an inclusive environment to learn, participate in and enjoy the arts. We're proud to present quality, family-friendly entertainment while providing opportunities for grow.
Jody Rodgers, a mom to a special young adult named Ian Rodgers, joined the board as a small thank you for all the years of joy the organization has given to her son. She is also Vice President of Marketing for Lifetime Tool and Building Products and provides invaluable marketing assistance and experience to our organization as well as occasional and much appreciated comic relief.
Joannie Satterfield became an Arts for All Loudoun enthusiast after watching its magic come to life in Winnie the Pooh, when her son was in his first musical production. Joannie says, “Imagine a world where each individual gets to use his or her own unique strength, something specific only to him or her, to enrich not only self but the lives of others. That is what AFA is all about.”
Lynn Jarman became involved when her nephew Allen appeared in Winnie the Pooh. She was so touched with the performance that she continued to follow all of the programs. Lynn started volunteering by working on the playbills a few years ago, then joined the board in 2016 and was elected to Vice President in 2017. A teacher with over twenty years experience - 15 in Loudoun - Lynn is currently a 3rd grade teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools. In recent years, she's also worked in an inclusive classroom setting and enjoys helping all children be successful.
Karen Brown is a solutions engineer who brings invaluable federal and corporate commercial experience and expertise to our Board with sound business guidance. We are ever so grateful she has taken on the role of Treasurer as we search for an accountant who would enjoy this role on an ongoing basis. Karen’s true joy in involvement in AFA started with performing on stage alongside her son, and she has since had a supporting role in many of our shows.
Maureen Blake, JD, Marketing, a mother of six, first heard of VSA when bringing her oldest drama queens to their first audition ever - a production of Sleeping Beauty - over fifteen years ago, in an effort to find an outlet for her family’s seemingly endless high energy.
She is currently working at Fannie Mae in business operations and technology, and brings business guidance to our leadership team and updates to our web pages.
Tammy Gilmer became interested in Arts For All after her daughter was in her first performance: Arts for All's Treasures. She volunteered her time as much as she could during the show. She instantly developed a love for the organization after she realized it was a safe place for her daughter to be anything she wanted to be despite her circumstances.
Tammy has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years and has worked with adults with disabilities and special needs for almost 3 years. She became passionate about working with this population of people and wanted to do more, so she and her family started volunteering with the Special Olympics.
At the end of 2019, Tammy decided to retire from nursing and become a small business owner. However, her passion for working with a special population of kids and adults was extremely important, and so she jumped at the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors. She is excited to see her daughter, Kimberly, grow more as she is cast in the upcoming Arts For All, Seussical, Jr.
Robby Gilmer saw an amazing transformation in his daughter Kim during the production of Arts For All, Treasures. He is excited to volunteer this year as his daughter is cast in the Arts For All, Seussical, Jr. The joy and happiness of the cast and parents caused him to join the Board to become more involved with Arts for All. He serves alongside his wife Tammy.
He retired in 2010 from Meridian Mississippi Fire and Rescue where he was a firefighter for 25 years. He later retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard in 2014 after 20 years where he served in the Army and Army National Guard collectively. He arrived in Virginia through his military service in 2008 and has lived in Northern Virginia since 2011.
DaVINCI ART DIRECTOR
VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE
Huyen MacMichael came to VSA Loudoun in 2017 with a wonderful energy and enthusiasm for our DaVinci Arts program. An art therapist with over ten years of professional experience, Huyen has nurtured our artists to see what emerges from their creative process, and, as a result, has expanded the students' horizons tremendously,
Huyen herself is a wonderful artist and writer. For just one example of the creative inspiration she's providing visit the DaVinci Page and look into her Coloring Book !