Board of Directors
OAR is a community-based nonprofit operated by a staff of dedicated professionals who are advised by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members represent the various communities that OAR serves.
Alejandra Santaolalla, Chair | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Alejandra Santaolalla is currently the Grants Manager and Compliance Liaison at the League of Conservation Voters. She has previous experience as a grant writer and has worked for nonprofit organizations advocating for women’s reproductive health and for 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. She graduated from Trinity Washington University with an M.A. in Nonprofit Management. She is also a graduate of the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership and was a member of the Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program Class of 2013. She joined the OAR Board in 2016 and is currently serving as OAR’s Board Chair since September 2020. Alejandra also serves on the Executive, Development, and Governance Committees.
Wendy Webb, Vice Chair | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Wendy Webb previously served 30 years with the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office, from 1986 through her retirement in December 2016, in positions that included Chief Deputy (2013-2016), Captain (2009-2013), and Division Chief (2007-2009). Her responsibilities ranged from managing administrative and inmate support services to directing the operations of the Alexandria Adult Detention Center. Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Virginia and completed Master’s level courses in Psychology and Human Resources Management at George Mason University. A life-long resident of Northern Virginia, Wendy lives in Alexandria and volunteers at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in programs to help the needy. Her volunteer service in the past included work with Rising Hope Mission Church, the Capital Area Food Bank, and a community center in southeast Washington, D.C. She joined OAR’s Board of Directors in November 2017, served as Treasurer of the Board from 2018 to 2020, and is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the OAR Board since September 2020.
Don Hayes, Secretary | Pronouns: he, him, his
Don Hayes currently serves as Captain and Chaplain for the City of Alexandria Police Department, where he has been employed since 1981. During his tenure with the Department, he has received numerous awards, including being named Officer of the Year. Don is also the Pastor of the Oakland Baptist Church in Alexandria, a position he has held since 2006. He is only the 9th individual to serve in this capacity for this 120-year-old faith community. A native of Washington, D.C., Don now lives in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. An advocate of education and life-long learning, Don most recently earned a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He joined OAR’s Board of Directors in September 2018, was elected Secretary of the Board in September 2020 and serves on the Development Committee.
Robert Roudik, Treasurer | Pronouns: he, him, his
Robert Roudik is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. As a Supervisor at the firm Tate and Tryon in Washington DC, he provides accounting, financial reporting, budget development, and business advisory services to nonprofit organizations. His interest in the criminal justice system dates back to his volunteer work with a teen diversion program in high school. A native of North Potomac, Maryland, Robert graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Accounting and earned a Masters in that discipline from American University in Washington, D.C. In previous positions, he served as staff accountant for two Northern Virginia-based organizations, the Air Line Pilots Association and the National Parent Teacher Association. A resident of Alexandria, Robert is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. In September 2020, Robert was elected as Treasurer of OAR’s Board and also serves as the Chair of OAR Board’s Finance Committee.
Shakir Cannon-Moye | Pronouns: he, him, his
Shakir Cannon-Moye is a Senior Consultant at Community Wealth Partners, a social sector consulting firm, where he leads client relationships and engagements by facilitating diverse leadership teams in bold decision-making and supporting the execution of transformational new ideas. Shakir has significant experience in strategy design, implementation, service delivery transformation, business process re-engineering, and organizational design. Prior to joining Community Wealth Partners, Shakir was a Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he led teams in program design, organizational design, governance, and implementing large-scale service delivery transformations. While at Deloitte, Shakir provided strategic consulting focused on capacity building for nonprofits, such as the Bosnian-based Mozaik Foundation, to successfully align their talent strategy to the organization’s mission. He also worked closely with senior leaders of multiple government agencies to help implement a large-scale transformation of their operating model through business process re-engineering and human-centered design to improve how services are being delivered to their respective customers. Shakir received his B.B.A in Finance and M.B.A in Strategic Management from the George Washington School of Business where he was a Presidential Fellow. He is also a certified Project Management Professional. Shakir joined the OAR Board in 2019 and serves on the Development Committee.
Brett Covington | Pronouns: he, him, his
Brett Covington joined the OAR Board of Directors in November 2017 after providing pro bono legal services for the organization over a two-year period. He is a Senior Associate with Hollingsworth LLP in Washington D.C., where he manages complex civil litigation for corporate clients. He was an Associate with Saul Ewing LLP from 2011 to April 2017 and worked for two years as a Law Clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge in Tennessee, a position in which he dealt extensively with criminal sentencing issues. Brett earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009. He is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and New York, serves as a mentor with Big Brothers, and is active with Leadership Arlington. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religion from Wake Forest University. He currently lives in Alexandria and has also been a resident of Arlington. Brett is the Co-Chair of the OAR Board’s Governance Committee.
Mara D’Amico | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Mara D’Amico is a Training Administrator with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C. From 2014-2016, she served as a Communications Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Mara earned a Master’s of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. A resident of Arlington, she is an alumni Board member for the Clinton School and Central Michigan’s Volunteer Center and volunteers with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia and the Crisis Text Line. She joined OAR’s Board of Directors in November 2017 and serves as the Chair of OAR’s Development Committee.
Parisa Dehghani-Tafti | Pronouns: she, her, hers
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Andres Marquez-Lara | Pronouns: he, him, his
Andres Marquez-Lara is co-founder and CEO of UFacilitate, a company that helps organizations plan and conduct dynamic conferences, retreats, training programs, and workshops. He previously founded Promethean Community LLC, a social enterprise focused on improving social and environmental impact projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Andres is on the faculty of the Executive Master in Policy Leadership program at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy; he is also adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformative Leadership, a guest lecturer for Georgetown’s Latin America Leadership Program, and a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. He has collaborated with such organizations as the Inter-American Development Bank, Global Giving, Organization of American States, Feedback Labs, INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and D.C. Department of Mental Health. In 2014, he was named an emerging social innovator of the year in North America by Ashoka and American Express and was recognized by the American Academy of Certified Public Managers in 2011. Andres earned a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and a graduate degree in clinical-community psychology from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. He joined the OAR Board in 2019 and serves on the Development Committee.
Ex-Officio, Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, MA, CVA, Executive Director | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Elizabeth Jones Valderrama has been an integral member of the OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church team for more than 16 years, including the last five years as OAR’s Executive Director. At nine years old, Elizabeth moved with her family from Costa Rica to Arlington, Virginia, where she graduated from Washington-Liberty High School in 1998 as the high school’s first Hispanic/Latina Valedictorian. She earned a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a minor in History from the University of Virginia in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development from the University of Phoenix in 2005. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Center for Excellence Leadership Arlington Signature Program, was honored in 2014 as one of the 40 Emerging Community Leaders under 40 years old in Arlington County and 2019 in the City of Alexandria. Elizabeth Jones Valderrama currently serves on the Alexandria Community Criminal Justice Board, Arlington County Community Criminal Justice Board, and the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Board of Regents. Elizabeth is a facilitator for Encore Learning’s class Crime, Public Safety, Justice, and Reentry in Arlington. For the last seven years, she has worked to shape statewide reentry programs through the Pre and Post Incarceration Services Coalition (PAPIS: Virginia Reentry Coalition).
Previous OAR Board Members
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Jay E. Burkholder
Rev. Dr. Kathy Dwyer
Amy B. Edwards
Alfred O. Taylor Jr.
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