Board of Directors
OAR is a community-managed agency operated by a staff of dedicated professionals who are advised by a volunteer board of directors. The board is comprised of individuals representing the various communities that OAR serves.
Susan Olson, Chair
Susan Olson is the Managing Regional Director for Natixis Global Asset Management. She joined the OAR Board in July 2014. She currently serves on the Executive and Development Committees.
Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr., Vice Chair
Dr. Taylor, Jr. was born in Arlington, Virginia and lived most of his life in the Nauck neighborhood of Arlington where he currently resides. He completed his Ed.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Administration of Higher Education. His love for education, especially vocational/technical, has allowed him to pursue classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Universityy of Pittsburgh, Universityy of California at Berkeley, and others. In 1979, after the establishment of the Universityy of the District of Columbia, he was appointed the Associate Dean of the College of Physical Science, Engineering and Technology. He was later appointed the Assistant Dean for the College of Professional Studies and served in that position until being named the Acting Dean in 1997. He retired from the University in 1999 after 31 years of service. He is very active in his community, serving as the immediate past President of the Nauck Civic Association; Chair of the Juvenile Detention Center Commission for Northern Virginia; Board of Directors member of the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation; Board of Directors member the Nauck Revitalization Organization; member of the Advisory Committee for Arlington Career Center; Arlington Police Chief’s Advisory Committee member; past President and Executive Board member of the Arlington Branch of the NAACP; Past Chairperson of the Arlington County Local Human Rights Committee; Past member of the Northern Virginia Health Systems Agency Board of Directors; Past Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Chair of the Deacons Ministry of the Macedonia Baptist Church. Dr. Taylor, Jr. joined the OAR Board of Directors in September 2013.
Kate Miner, Treasurer
Kate Miner is currently the Director of Finance for the Academy of the Holy Cross. She previously served as Director of Finance and Administrative Services for Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School where she had served since 1997 overseeing all financial operations, managing an endowment portfolio of $16 million, and overseeing plan operations. Prior to her career at GVP, she was the Director of Program Budgeting for Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Federal Employee Program, with a $12 billion annual contract with the US Government to provide health insurance to 2.1 million federal workers and their families. She joined the OAR Board in January 2014 as a concerned citizen who now has time to be active in helping the community understand their role in reducing mass incarceration. Kate is a proud resident of Alexandria, Virginia and serves on the Executive Committee and Organizational Development Taskforce.
Rev. Dr. Kathy Dwyer, Secretary
Rev. Dr. Kathryn Nystrand Dwyer (Kathy) is the Senior Pastor of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to coming to Rock Spring and Arlington in 2010, Kathy served churches in the central Ohio area and also spent several years working as a development officer. She is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and has a Masters of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary. Kathy has two grown children and lives with her husband, Dale Dwyer. She joined the OAR board in 2015 and currently serves on the Executive and Development Committees.
Sheila Berry is part of the Human Resources Transformation – Change Management team with Accenture Federal Services based in Arlington, Virginia. She is proud to participate in Accenture’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which are vibrant communities enabling employees to strengthen networks, grow skills, celebrate heritage, and give back to the community where we all live and work. Accenture has 17 ERGs actively supporting inclusion and diversity in Metro DC. Sheila is also the Founder and Executive Director of Living Vicky, an Arlington-based non-profit which develops and delivers workplace and entrepreneurial mentoring to women. Sheila is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Arlington Signature program; and in addition to serving on the OAR Board of Directors, she also chairs their Technology Taskforce. Sheila holds a BA in Business Administration/Management from Strayer University (summa cum laude).
Alejandra Santaolalla is currently the Grants Manager & Compliance Liaison at the League of Conservation Voters. She has previous experience as a grant writer and working for nonprofit organizations advocating for women’s reproductive health and increasing the number of women in elected office who support reproductive health choices for all. Alejandra is a Commissioner on the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women. Alejandra graduated from Trinity Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, graduated from the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership, and is a member of Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program (Class of 2013). She joined the OAR board in July 2016 and currently serves on the Development Committee and Organizational Development Taskforce.
Ann D. Springer is Associate General Counsel at the American Psychological Association, a large 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Washington, DC. There she focuses on counseling and policy guidance on a range of corporate governance and risk management issues, as well as non-profit tax, employment, education, ethics and accreditation. Previously she served as General Counsel to the American Association of University Professors and on the faculty of the Washington College of Law at American University. Ms Springer previously practiced law at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen in San Francisco, where she joined the ACLU and other team members in bringing impact class action litigation against the State of California regarding Constitutional violations in the provision of health care in women’s prisons. She joined the OAR Board in September 2016 and chairs the Governance Committee and Organizational Development Taskforce.
Ex-Officio, Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, MA, CVA, Executive Director
Elizabeth Jones Valderrama was selected as Executive Director of OAR after a nationwide search in December 2015. She has been an integral member of the OAR team for more than eleven years and has held several positions including Associate Director of Volunteer and Education Services, Director of Volunteer and Education Services, Director of Development and Special Projects, and Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs. In July 2015, Elizabeth was chosen by the OAR Board of Directors as Acting Executive Director. Elizabeth was born in Costa Rica and moved to Arlington, Virginia with her family when she was nine years old. She attended Arlington Public Schools and graduated from Washington – Lee High School as the school’s first Hispanic/Latina valedictorian. She also holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Elizabeth is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) and graduate of Leadership Arlington Signature Program (Class of 2009.) In 2014, Elizabeth was honored to be named one of the 40 Emerging Community Leaders Under 40 in Arlington County. Elizabeth currently serves on the Alexandria Community Criminal Justice Board, the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, the Arlington County Community Criminal Justice Board and Leadership Arlington’s Programs Committee. For the past three years, she has worked to shape statewide reentry programs in Virginia through the Pre and Post Incarceration Services Coalition (PAPIS).