Christine Gleckner has served on the Waterford Foundation Board on and off for a period of 20 years, first joining the Board in 2001. During her time with the Foundation, Chris has served as Chair of the Land Use Committee, Vice President, and now serves as President of the Board. Now retired, Chris was a land use planner in Loudoun County for many years, spending the first 15 years working for the county government in various capacities in planning and zoning. Her time with Loudoun County government was followed by work with the McGuire Woods law firm, for Terrabrook, the developer of Reston Town Center and the Broadlands and Village of Red Cedar projects in Loudoun County. Her last position before retirement was at the Leesburg office of the Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich and Walsh law firm. Christine is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her community activities have included the Purcellville Preservation Association, the Loudoun Museum Board of Directors, the Girl Scouts, and she was a member of the Leadership Loudoun Class of 1996.
J. Forest HayesVice President
James Forest Hayes serves as Senior Housing Executive in Washington D.C., responsible for the realignment and redevelopment of all forms of publicly funded affordable and workforce housing. Most recently, he was appointed to the Virginia Housing Commission by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. In addition, he is the current Vice Chairman and the At Large appointee to the Loudoun County Planning Commission.
Mr. Hayes has worked in every aspect of real estate development, including site assemblage, design, project financing, and project management. As a public official, he has successfully worked on complex development issues involving entitlements, historic preservation, Low- Income Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits (public subsidies), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and mixed-use development. He excels at navigating and solving municipal and political issues that impact development projects. He has built a career on his ability to create and implement public/private partnerships for the purpose of financing and completing economic development projects.
Mr. Hayes spent more than 8 years on Capitol Hill, serving in a variety of leadership roles for Members of Congress. As a state and local government official, he served in the administrations of Washington, DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Forest and his wife Nicole have lived in Waterford, Virginia since 2011 with their two children. Forest joined the Board of the Waterford Foundation in April 2020.
Dave has been supporting the Waterford Fair for 40 years as a crafter, a volunteer and running a concession stand with the boy scouts. He and his wife Gail have renovated two historic buildings in Loudoun County. They moved to Waterford 25 years ago because they love the community, the history and the natural beauty here. Dave has served as a member of the Waterford Foundation property committee, joined the board in 2019 and now serves as Treasurer. Dave is a business graduate of Virginia Tech and President of Homeland Security Consulting, LLC, providing crisis management planning, training, and exercises for universities, corporations and government agencies. He is a life member of the Leesburg Fire Company, and a national subject matter expert on active shooter and workplace violence preparedness. He recently revised the DHS active shooter preparedness training program and the national standard on workplace violence prevention and intervention.
Susanne Hale joined the Waterford Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2018. Long-time Leesburg residents, Susanne and her family attended the Waterford Fair and visited the town often. In 2017, Susanne took one of the early classes at the Waterford Craft School, and loved it. She got to know staff members Margaret Good and Stephanie Thompson, and then started helping with the Craft School in 2018. She led the Ad Hoc Craft School Committee from 2018 to 2021. Susanne was appointed Secretary of the Board in 2019.
Professionally, Susanne has been a technology marketer for companies including Adobe, Oracle, IBM and Red Hat, as well as smaller local technology companies. Susanne and Bob’s son Rob and wife Stefanie have two kids; daughter Emma, Rob, Stef and the grandkids all live in Colorado. Susanne and Bob enjoy sailing their boat on the Chesapeake Bay and whitewater boating.
Sharyn FranckChairperson, Education Committee
Sharyn Franck has assisted multiple communities over her many decades of community development and volunteer work. In 2008, she was a co-founder of the nonprofit Arlington Boulevard Community Development organization (ABCD), established to improve the quality of life for residents of Kingsley Commons and Kingsley Park, low income communities in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. While at ABCD, Sharyn created programs through a public/private partnership to distribute laptops to families who could otherwise not afford them, provide English language and citizenship classes to residents, and even help create a soccer team for children in the community. Since moving to Waterford in 2012 and retiring from ABCD in 2015, Sharyn has been a member of the Waterford Foundation and serves on the Education committee and Archives subcommittee. For the past two years she has volunteered with the Second Street School Living History Program as one of the docents portraying 1880’s school teacher, Miss Nickens. Sharyn has also been an active member of the Waterford Citizens Association, serving as vice-president for two years. She is currently on that organization’s traffic committee. Sharyn is currently serving as chairperson of the Foundation’s Education Committee.
Annie GoodeChairperson, Preservation Committee
Annie Goode is a graduate of Northwestern University and received her Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of her professional career, she was a senior manager in the Community Planning Division of the Loudoun County Planning Department, where she was responsible for the administration of the Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee (HDRC). She has been active in land use issues throughout the state as a Board member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Her professional experience has made her a valuable volunteer and staff member at the Waterford Foundation. She has served in many volunteer capacities, including as chair of the Land Use Committee and the Phillips Farm Committee and as an area chair during the Fair. As Director, Development Programs, she was instrumental in guiding the Foundation through the early days of fundraising for the Old School and auditorium. She and her husband, Joe, have two children. The Goodes have established a small horse farm on property they acquired from the Waterford Foundation, which was eased to preserve the agricultural land in the Waterford National Historic Landmark.
Sarah HolwayChairperson, Development Committee
Sarah is cofounder of DC Greens. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher with 10 years of public elementary school teaching experience. Formerly at Bancroft Elementary, she coordinated garden and farm to school activities and participated in their partnership with the White House garden. Sarah serves as Co-Chair of the DCEEC’s Schoolyard Greening Committee and is a strong advocate for making gardens fully staffed components of all public schools.
Emily Houston lives on a small horse farm on Old Waterford Road, where she has maintained a modest horse boarding and riding lesson business for the past 17 years. She was the editor of Horse Times magazine for 10 years, and worked in both the editorial and marketing sides of publishing previously. Emily is currently working with the publishers of the new magazine WANDER, which encourages appreciation of the “beauty, bounty and byways of the Loudoun County countryside” (to borrow the magazine’s tag line). Emily is on the board of the Loudoun County Equine Alliance, is a member of the Rural Roads Committee, the Waterford Citizens’ Association Traffic Committee, and is a founding member of America’s Routes, a nonprofit enterprise working to preserve Loudoun’s unpaved road network.
Paul LawrenceChairperson, Land Use Subcommittee
Paul Lawrence is a lawyer who represents whistlebowers in fraud cases involving healthcare and government contracting. He also owns Potomac Mitigation Bank LLC, a company engaged in nutrient, stream and wetlands banking. Paul and his wife Lee moved to Loudoun County from Austin, Texas, in 2009 and have been actively involved in local history, land conservation and historic preservation. Preservation and restoration is a trade that Paul and Lee are very passionate about. Their preservation and restoration projects include historic structures such as Mountville Methodist Espicopal Church, their home “Montevideo” and they are currently in the process of restoring an 18th or earth 19th century slave quarter in Upperville. Paul has purchased and preserved, or is in the process of preserving, through conservation easements approximately 463 acres of land in rural Loudoun. including the 264-acre Brookdale Farms on Milltown Creek between Waterford and Lovettsville, where Potomac Mitigation is converting farmland to forest and preserving streams and wetlands. They are also looking forward to restoring an 18th or 19th century log house on that property. Paul has served on the boards of the Goose Creek Association, the Loudoun Preservation Society, and the Lincoln Preservation Foundation. In 2016, Paul and Lee were named Preservationists of the Year by the Loudoun Preservation Society. In 2017, Paul and Lee were recognized, along with their contractor David Logan, by the Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence program for their restoration of the Mountville Church. Since joining the Waterford Foundation Board in 2020, Paul has served on the Preservation Committee and its Land Use subcommittee.
Anna began serving the Waterford Foundation in 2016 as a member of the Development Committee. In her professional work, she is expanding and protecting natural habitats in Southern Africa as the Director of the Great Plains Foundation. The Great Plains Foundation identifies and implements sustainable wildlife, land, and community conservation initiatives throughout Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Ms. Rathmann began her career in conservation as a Park Ranger in Yellowstone National Park and later spent more than a decade with the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. She and her family live in Waterford and are honored to help preserve the legacy of such a special community.
Cristen Parks is a stay-at-home mom to three boys (12,9,6), two big dogs, and 19 chickens! She and her family moved to Waterford four years ago from Ashburn. Before kids, she was an elementary school special education teacher, and she has also worked as a preschool teacher and photographer. Cristen is also a devoted volunteer at her boys’ school.
Both Cristen and her husband Dave are originally from Western Loudoun; Dave is from Lincoln, and Cristen is from Lovettsville. They both grew up going to the Waterford Fair, and Dave’s mother taught at Waterford Elementary years ago! When looking for a family home they were drawn to the Western Loudoun open spaces and views of their youth, and they eventually purchased one of the Carr farm properties just outside the village. The Parks share their views with participants of the Historic Waterford Trail Run, who pass through the Parks’s property on the 10k route. Cristen served on the Foundation’s General Nominating Committee in 2020, and she is looking forward to more volunteering with the Foundation.
Armand Balboni grew up in Western Massachusetts and now lives in Waterford, VA with his wife Tracy and daughter Maya. He graduated from Skidmore College and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Army Reserve. Armand attended Brooklyn Law School and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Balboni has more than 18 years of military service on active duty and in the reserves. In the private sector, Armand is a founding partner, senior advisor and member of the Board of Directors of Bloom Burton & Co, a Toronto based health-care investment bank. Since 2019, Dr. Balboni has served as the CEO of Appili Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly listed company working on late clinical stage therapeutic drugs for infectious diseases including COVID19. His experience as an Army medical officer includes positions with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Balboni has held numerous leadership positions across the public and private biotechnology sector. He has won national academic and educational awards, competitive research funding grants and has published widely. In addition to his faculty position at West Point, he has held academic appointments at University of Maryland, University College, Westfield State University, and Marlboro College. His extensive contributions in the military have been recognized with numerous military decorations.