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NOVA Foundation Announces New Board Members

Community leaders to help increase funding for student scholarships, emergency aid, and critical college programs

ANNANDALE, VA, July 1, 2020: The NOVA Educational Foundation (NOVA Foundation) is proud to announce eight new Board members, effective June 10, 2020. Through its donors, the NOVA Foundation funds more than 350 scholarships, emergency aid, and a range of academic programs and student services throughout the College's six campuses and NOVA Online.

Founded in 1979, the NOVA Foundation supports Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA’s) goal of providing all students with a high-quality, life-changing education. By connecting donors to NOVA programs, the Foundation raises private funds, increases visibility, and strengthens partnerships among the College, individual donors, businesses, and state and local communities.

“We are beginning our new fiscal year on an exceptional note by welcoming a dynamic group of new Board members who bring substantial expertise and a genuine passion for NOVA students to the Foundation’s important work. The primary responsibility of Directors is to aid in the raising of funds for and to build awareness of NOVA throughout our community. We are fortunate that our newest members will engage diverse professional networks in our work.” said Kelly Persons, executive director, NOVA Foundation.

New Board members include:

Michael W. Graff, Jr., partner at McGuireWoods. Mike has extensive experience in tax-exempt financing, including small manufacturing companies; private, nonprofit elementary and secondary schools; nonprofit association headquarters; college and university student housing facilities; and hospitals and healthcare facilities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-graff-b6374419/

Debra C. Howe, managing partner and president of Airamid Health Services and Kane Financial Services. Debra has over 40 years of experience in healthcare, including large for-profit organizations such as HRC Manor Care, and she spent the last 30 years in key leadership positions in long-term care. Debra is a proud alumna of NOVA’s Nursing program.

Esther C. Lee, president, and CEO of Refraction, a technology innovation hub in Northern Virginia. Esther has an extensive career in economic development, marketing, thought leadership, and new business strategies. Esther also serves in various roles focused on advancing community interests in Northern Virginia. https://www.linkedin.com/in/eeclee/

John Morgan, counsel with Rees Broome practicing taxation, estate planning wills and trusts, and corporate law, among other specializations in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. John is also a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-morgan-68953119/

John Porter, an educational consultant after a distinguished 40-year career in the Alexandria City Public school system from which he retired in 2009. Since retirement, John has remained active as a volunteer for ACT for Alexandria, The Campagna Center, and NOVA.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-porter-b2b75b16/

Mary E. Power, president and founder of M-Powering Leaders, LLC, provides executive coaching, organizational consulting, and serves as an advisor to not-for-profit boards. Mary is an accomplished business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and strategic vision have carried multiple organizations through rapid growth and change. https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryepower/

Scott Alfred Price, regional policy director at Dominion Energy. Before joining Dominion Energy in 2019, Scott was regional director for the office of Senator Mark R. Warner and was executive director of the Virginia High Tech Partnership. Scott has extensive leadership and volunteer experience on various regional boards and organizations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-price-ab6725177/

Joseph E. Teipe, Jr., executive vice president at The Washington Times. A seasoned media professional, Joe previously served as vice president for media research firm Coda Ventures and spent nearly 19 years at The Washington Post in various leadership and management roles. Currently, Joe serves as a Board member for Maryland Media, Inc. at The University of Maryland and dedicated 12 years of service as a Board member for the Better Business Bureau in Washington, DC.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-e-teipe-jr-joe-9033262a/


For additional information about the NOVA Foundation, visit https://www.nvcc.edu/foundation/.

Media inquiries:
Hoang Nguyen
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.


Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.