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.

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.

Jennifer Stecklow, Business Development & Communication Director
Ms. Stecklow has over 20-years experience creating and supporting educational programs. She develops operational and technological solutions that help organizations grow. She will also be focusing on identifying strategic partnerships and grants for the organization. She has a B.A in Visual and Performing Arts and a M.S in Instructional Technology and Design. Her favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are.

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; 100WomenStrong 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

Treasurer, Mariana Ippolito, Co-owner, AIC

Director, Christopher D’Arcy, Peter Knapp Realty Group

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, 100WomenStrong member

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

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

Director, Cindy Schaufeld, 100WomenStrong member

Director, Debbie White