AART Management Staff

Michelle Sullivan, Executive Director
Ms. Sullivan oversees the operations of the entire organization and is responsible for fundraising and outreach. Ms. Sullivan has over 21 years of experience in nonprofit management, relationship building, and fundraising. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. Her favorite children’s book is Chrysanthemum.

Patricia White, Development Director
Ms. White has 28 years of experience as a grant, proposal, and technical writer. She is also an experienced project manager and fundraiser. Ms. White is responsible for researching, preparing, and tracking grant submissions and awards; identifying corporate sponsors; preparing AART’s newsletter and other promotional materials; and maintaining AART’s social media presence. She has a B.A. in English and has completed professional development courses in grant writing and fundraising. Her favorite children’s book is The Napping House.

Julie Brunson, Program Director
Ms. Brunson oversees program operations at all AART locations and sessions. Ms. Brunson has 28 years of experience in early childhood development, social work, and working with low-income families. She is well versed in initiating and maintaining collaborative relationships with schools and community groups and has experience as a director of several non-profits and children’s centers. She holds a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in early childhood education. Her favorite children’s book is Caps for Sale.

Lauren Wilczynski, Office Manager
Ms. Wilcyznski has over 25 years’ experience as an analyst and manager. She is responsible for office operations. Ms. Wilczynski speaks both English and French and has a B.S. in Psychology. Her favorite children’s book is The Little Prince.

AART Board of Directors

Chair, Tamar Datan, Senior Advisor, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group; U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Vice Chair, TrueSpark Board of Directors; Upstream, Advisory Board

Co-founder, Karen Schaufeld, Lehigh University Board of Trustees, Lehigh University College of Arts and Science Advisory Council Member; Venture Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors and Investor; CEO, Altor Locks LLC; Founder, Powered by Facts; 100 Women Strong Founder and Member

Co-founder, Sandra Shihadeh, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, Board of Directors; Vice President, Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun; Volunteer, Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, Loudoun Animal Shelter

Secretary, Leigh Shields, Principal, Leigh Shields and Associates

Treasurer, Mariana Ippolito, Co-owner, AIC

Director, Christopher D’Arcy, Peter Knapp Realty Group

Director, Penny Desper, ACC Tech Consulting

Director, Peter Knapp, Peter Knapp Realty Group

Director, Lara Major, Educational Consultant; Vice Rector, James Madison University Board of Visitors; James Madison University College of Education Executive Advisory Council; Trustee, Willowcroft Foundation

Director, David McComber, QTS Data Centers; Loudoun Hunger Relief Board of Directors

Director, Bobbi Schaufeld, Equine Rescue League Board of Directors; 100 Women Strong Executive Committee; Loudoun Impact; INOVA Foundation Board

Director, Cindy Schaufeld, 100 Women Strong member