2019 Class Bios

IMG_3269.jpg Mary Beth Aungier

Associate, Silent Partner Management / Lockn’ Management 

marybeth@silentpartnermanagement.com / (434) 245-9000

Mary Beth is an Associate at Silent Partner Management, a music management and live event management firm that is the co-founder of Lockn’ Music Festival and manages the intellectual property for The Ramones.  Mary Beth has worked in the music industry for 35 years, first as Studio Manager at Bias Recording in the Washington DC area, Tour Manager for Mary Chapin Carpenter for 18 years and has worked with a variety of other artists on the road. She became the Dir. Of Facilities and Production Manager at The Paramount Theater in 2006 followed by General Manager in 2008 and served in that role until 2012.  She is starting to work on live event programs in Lynchburg Virginia with City Auditorium, LLC, programming the newly opened Academy Center for The Arts. She has served on the board of the League of Historic American Theatres and currently serves on the board at The Front Porch, Charlottesville, VA. Mary Beth firmly believes that access to the arts can help heal and grow communities.


Nicole Brown

Product Owner, Silverchair

nlbrown@silverchair.com / (434) 220-8307

Nicole currently works as a Product Owner at Silverchair in downtown Charlottesville. Nicole works with scholarly and professional publishers to achieve their goals, define solutions, and develop creative products.

Nicole is married to her husband of almost five years and they share a 2 year old daughter. Nicole believes that each person has core values and those values are what they can contribute and teach to others, by sharing the values people grow and therefore communities can grow. Nicole’s values are: act with integrity, deliver passionately, and listen with compassion.


Laura Burgos

District Support Chief, Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education

Laura Burgos, Ed.L.D., currently serves as a District Support Chief for the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education. A former school principal and New York City public school teacher, Laura has spent 18 years leading change efforts in traditional public, nonprofit, and private education settings.

Laura recently received her doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During this time, she served as a resident at the Center for Educational Leadership in Seattle, WA. Her work focused on understanding the relationship between mission, strategy, and impact in meeting the needs of school and district leaders. Prior to her doctoral work, Laura served as the Managing Director of Program for Citizen Schools, where she oversaw expanded learning time programs in public middle schools and ensured access to rigorous, career-based apprenticeships.

mburrowspink.PNG Miriam Donald Burrows

Program Manager, Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

mburrows@cfcbr.org / (540) 213-2150

Miriam Donald Burrows is the Program Manager for the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and Projects and Program Manager for the Staunton Innovation Hub. She teaches a Shakespeare and Leadership program with the American Shakespeare Center where she is also a proud member of its Board of Trustees. Miriam hails from NJ and first came to Staunton Virginia in 1999 as an actor with the ASC (then SSE) where she has performed in approximately 50 productions. Miriam also works as a visiting guest artist for Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program. She is currently finishing her debut album in Dogbark Studios with her band, John & Miriam. This summer she will be directing Romeo & Juliet for the ASC’s Young Company Theatre Camp. She is a proud wife and mother of two. She has a BA in Theater from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.

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Selena D. Cozart

Facilitator and Project Manager, Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia

Selena D. Cozart, Ph.D.is an educator, trainer, and facilitator. She has taught on the secondary and collegiate levels and has served as an academic advisor on the college level. She continued her career by transitioning to facilitation and training with diversity and equity as her area of focus. She currently works as a facilitator and project manager with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. Selena has lived in Charlottesville for over 30 years and has been consistently working to remove the racial disparities and barriers to access. She has served on the board of the African American Teaching Fellows, as a member of the Human Rights Commission in the city of Charlottesville, and currently is on the Steering Committee for University Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE). You can see her most days with Indigo, her Cockapoo who serves as her service dog and greeter to the world. On a personal level, Selena enjoys cooking (and eating), working out (cycle and yoga are her favorites), knitting, and reading. Travel rounds out her top five and she is scoping out options for a fun, new destination for this year.

Kelly Cramer

Director, Program Management, GreenBlue

kelly.cramer@greenblue.org / (434) 202-4814

Kelly leads the How2Recycle http://how2recycle.info/ program as a Director at GreenBlue, a Charlottesville nonprofit that helps businesses be more sustainable. How2Recycle is the next generation recycling label for packaging on tens of thousands of products in the marketplace that helps people recycle more, and recycle better. Kelly also manages and works on other projects at GreenBlue, such as the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging. Kelly loves the challenge and fun in managing change in an accelerating, complex world―and she is driven to empower people with the right insights so they can make real impact. Kelly holds a J.D. in Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and an undergraduate degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Tennessee.

IMG_0588.jpgFrank M. Curbeira

Strategic Housing Officer, Underserved Markets, Virginia Housing Development Authority

frank.curbeira@vhda.com / (804) 343-5818

Frank currently serves as a Strategic Housing Officer for Underserved Markets in Virginia for the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). In this role he assists first-time homebuyers by teaching Homebuyer Education classes in both English and Spanish. He also conducts outreach to Virginia’s Communities to raise awareness of programs, grants and partnerships that may be available for agencies and individuals.

On a personal note, Frank was born in Cuba. After residing in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he has lived for the past 20 years with his wife Terri and daughters Jessica and Amanda. He is currently pursuing his masters from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership (Servant Leadership).


Kimberlee Daniels

Service Line Administrator, Ophthalmology and Surgical Subspecialties, University of Virginia Medical Center

Kimberlee Daniels is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She has spent most of her 25 year career as an Administrator in the Health Care field in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Kimberlee earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA and her MBA in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Kimberlee relocated to the Charlottesville area in 2017 to work for University of Virginia Medical Center as the Service Line Administrator for Ophthalmology and Surgical Subspecialties. In her role as Service Line Administrator, Kimberlee is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the operational, financial, and clinical outcomes in both the inpatient and ambulatory areas under her purview. Additionally, Kimberlee serves as a board member for City Schoolyard Gardens. She saw CSG has the perfect opportunity to marry her love of business and health care with her passion group of young people.

Liz DeFreitas

Society Relations Manager, CFA Institute

liz.defreitas@cfainstitute.org / (434) 951-5684

Liz is a Society Relations Manager with CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals supporting 160,000+ members worldwide in 163 markets and 152 local member societies.  She currently supports 24 societies within the Americas region, providing consultative services focused on nonprofit governance.  She joined CFA Institute in February 2008 and has been a member of the Society Relations Department since 2012.  Liz earned her BA in Communications and Sociology from Stetson University and received a Certificate for Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource in December 2015.


Jolene Esposito

Freelance Photographer

Jolene has an eclectic background. She was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania (aka Coal Country) and is a proud graduate of Penn State University where she was awarded a BS degree in Biological/Evolutionary Psychology. After working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, she left to attend the Savannah College of Art Design where she was awarded an MFA in Photography. She joined the Charlottesville community in 2014 to continue working in clinical research. Most recently, she managed projects designed to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.

Jolene is intensely creative in her approach to science, art, and other endeavors. She has great interest in leadership of nonprofit organizations and taking a grass roots, bottom-up view of how the leadership paradigm is shifting from hierarchical, top-down model to a leadership model that is relational and inclusive. She is a member of the the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019 sponsored by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, video games, pinball, and yoga.

IMG_4160.JPGKelly Gentry

Chef, Chef Kelly Gentry                                                         

chefkellyg@gmail.com / (434) 242-3540

Kelly is a native Madisonian and graduate of Saint Anne’s-Belfield School, Roanoke College and The New England Culinary Institute. She spent her early culinary career in Dallas, Texas and Napa, California before returning home. Currently, owns and operates a personal chef and culinary instruction business.

Her mission driven work is feeding the hungry through the Madison Food Pantry (Madison Emergency Services Agency), actively leading monthly food drives through her church as well as volunteering support, food deliveries and nutritional education with the Madison Food Pantry. Other non-profit support includes The Madison County Library and advocating for animal rights/welfare. Recent participation in CNE/PATH Foundation seminars have broaden her passion for pursuing a career in non-profit.

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Jeffrey C. Gleason

Photographer, Jeffrey C. Gleason Photography 

fotosbyjeff@gmail.com / (707) 815-8787

Jeff is a self employed photographer. He and his wife, Jessica, are in the process of creating a Board and gaining non-profit status for Josephine’s Village, an organization formed in honor of their late daughter, Josephine Marie Gleason.

Josephine was born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) and an incredible warrior spirit. After two open heart surgeries and two and half months of fighting to recover in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UVA Medical, she passed away on Christmas Day 2017, just four and half months after joining this world. She continues to bring joy, love and hope to all those she came in contact with. This led to an amazing village of support that her mother turned into a force for continued good. Josephine’s Village 5K was formed in 2018 and all funds were donated to two local support services for children and families that are battling CHDs: Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville, and the UVA Heart Family Fund.

Jeff has a B.S. in photography from Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA and also attended University of Hawaii where he was part of the National Championship winning NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball Team in 2002. He has lived in CONN, MA, VA, CA, OR, HI, CA (again) and then back to VA.

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Molly Hurt

Capital Giving Coordinator, Peabody School

Molly supports fundraising efforts at Peabody School, an independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school that educates academically advanced students in Charlottesville. Prior to her current position, Molly worked at a private, grant-making foundation in the DC area, managing a team focused on project management, grant evaluation, and operational excellence. She moved to Charlottesville with her husband and daughter in the summer of 2018. Molly is originally from Seattle, WA and graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in psychology. Outside of work, Molly enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, and learning to play guitar.


Lindsay Jacobik

Product Owner, Silverchair

Lindsay Jacobik is a Product Owner for Silverchair, a Charlottesville-based company that supports professional and academic publishers deliver a quality and distinctive digital experience to their users. In her work, she bridges the initial vision to the implementation and eventual delivery through a combination of creativity, communication and empathy. Prior to joining Silverchair, she’s held positions in both the virtual education and government spaces. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a M.A. in Secondary Education.

Lindsay currently serves on the board of the Cristina M. Weir Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit that strives to provide financial awards for small-scale educational or enrichment opportunities to students in need.


Jenny Koster

English Professor and Writing Center Coordinator, Piedmont Virginia Community College

For the past 13 years, Jenny has taught at PVCC. Before that, she taught writing and American literature at VCU. She has also worked as marketing coordinator at a local architecture firm and a high school English and Journalism teacher. She has B.A. in English, with a concentration in American Studies, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary English Education from the University of Virginia. She holds an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry and fiction) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently serves as the director of the Virginia Writing Center Association and is the Virginia representative to the Southeastern Virginia Writing Center Association, which serves four and two-year colleges and high schools in nine states. She also serves a board member at Fry’s Spring Beach Club, where her family enjoys spending much of their summer.


Jeff Lucas

Director, Be Safe Program, University of Virginia Health System

Jeff is currently the Director for the Be Safe Program at the University of Virginia Health System. Be Safe is UVA’s signature performance improvement program designed to make it the safest place to work and receive care through the implementation of a Lean Management System. Prior to joining UVA, Jeff spent 12 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, primarily as the Deputy Director of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively in K-12 education at the state level, focusing on high school reform and career and technical education. Jeff is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation from the Claremont Graduate University. He has recently joined the board of a local nonprofit Partner for Mental Health and the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia.

Monica L. Luna

Certified Spanish Interpreter , International Rescue Committee and the University of Virginia Health System

Monica was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She moved to the United States in 2005 with her husband and three children and has lived in Charlottesville since 2008. She has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and the University of Virginia. She is currently a volunteer and close collaborator for the Women’s Initiative and for the Latino Health Initiative of UVA. She is developing knowledge and skills to better serve these organizations and her community. Monica enjoys traveling, cooking, community engagement, and helping others.



Jack Roberts

Board of Trustees, Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation

Jack recently moved to the Charlottesville area after a career in local government law. He was the Loudoun County Attorney from 1989 to 2014. Since retiring in 2014 he has been serving on the Board of Trustees of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation. The Foundation maintains Morven Park, a 1000 acre estate in Leesburg that was the home of Governor Westmoreland Davis. The park and mansion is open to the public. The Foundation also operates a civics program in conjunction with area school systems, has an active historic preservation and interpretation program, maintains and leases fields for local athletic leagues, and hosts equestrian events and activities, including a local therapeutic riding program. Jack also serves on an advisory group for the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. The Moore Foundation provides grants for various charitable purposes, centered on health services education.

Nicole Robinson

Faculty Search Advisor, University Human Resources Recruitment Team, University of Virginia

Nicole has over 20 years of a broad-based background in Education, Non-profit, Marketing and Publishing.  She currently works jointly with university leadership, and hiring officials to identify, source and hire world-class diverse and highly qualified faculty for the University of Virginia.  She especially enjoys helping other people and collaborating in teams.  Prior to working in Human Resources, Nicole has worked as an elementary school teacher, a grant writer, fundraiser and developed community outreach programs.

She moved from the Spotsylvania, Virginia area to Charlottesville with her husband and twin daughters in the Fall of 2015. Nicole is originally from Jamaica W.I. and grew up in New York. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Hartford and her Masters of Education from the University of Mary Washington.  Nicole is a firm believer in community service work that makes a positive impact on the lives of others and considers herself a life- long learner.  She is a recent graduate of Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2018. Nicole is excited for this new learning opportunity and hopes to gain more knowledge from the CNE Board Academy and to be of service in her community.

Jeremy Sechler

Information Technology, Application Development Director, Crutchfield Corporation
jeremys@crutchfield.com / (434) 466-3395

Jeremy has worked around software since his graduation from Carnegie Mellon and has had the fortune to be a member of the IT Department with Crutchfield Corporation for the last 23 years.  Most of his work there has been software development, database development, architecture or project management related.  He has recently retired from the US Army as a Reserve / Virginia National Guard officer who focused on work in the Ordnance field.  With his wife and their two children, he has made a rewarding journey through public schools and he is passionate about quality education and opportunities for young people to learn and excel.  For the last 5 years, he has been the treasurer for a small non-profit, the Fluvanna Education Foundation, which focuses on supporting district schools and teachers.  His wife and children love animals and he says he lives on “Noah’s Ark” near Zion Crossroads where he has a small menagerie to care for including horses, dogs, cats, chickens, lizards, turtles, rabbits…  you get the picture.  He participates in several technology focused groups and meetups in Charlottesville and UVA to stay current and because he enjoys the craft and fellowship of the local software community.

Dana Tornabene

Vice President, Board of Directors, Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville Albemarle

Dana grew up in Missoula, MT and graduated from Georgetown University, majoring in international relations.  She worked in the Human Resources field for start-up and bio-tech companies for 17 years, mainly in VA but also in MT and CA.  She now volunteers for Literacy Volunteers where she tutors and holds a position on the board.  She also volunteers with Transition, an environmental group that encourages sustainability and community resilience.  She keeps bees and chickens, and enjoys outdoor fitness, gardening, travel, and spending time with her husband, Paul.

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