Lynn O’Connell, Executive Director
Lynn came to CORE in January 2008, bringing more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Physician Assistant Foundation, where she directed grant programs, established a new grants management system and launched a national healthcare adherence project. She is on the adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America and The Graduate School, where she teaches nonprofit management courses. Outside of the nonprofit sector, she has served as a Foreign Service Officer and a business instructor. She is a past Fulbright Scholar and holds a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
Diana Katz is co-founder of the Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a grassroots philanthropic and service organization serving Northern Virginia. Her passion is engaged philanthropy. Her goals are to demystify and promote philanthropy and to empower people to take responsibility for alleviating social problems by engaging in the community using all their skills and abilities. Ms. Katz led the grant-making branch of the GCH from its inception in 2004 through 2008, leading the grants committee and helping to design and establish the grant-making process. During her tenure as grants chair, the GCH awarded $265,000 in grants to human service nonprofits in Northern Virginia.
Currently, Ms. Katz is focused on outreach for the GCH. She actively builds connections throughout the community by educating her peers about the community’s needs and the nonprofits that serve them. She introduces new opportunities for members of the community to get involved with nonprofits and for those same nonprofits to build networks among themselves. These connections serve to improve effectiveness in the social sector and create the conditions that facilitate social innovation and collaboration.
Kathy Jankowski, Director of Business Partnerships
Kathy has worked with nonprofits, focusing on business partnerships for more than two decades. Additional experience includes corporate development, community partnerships, strengthening infrastructure, fund-raising, and advocating for strong community-based nonprofits.
Shante Johnson, Student Recruitment/Classroom Operations Manager
Shante recently graduated from George Mason University in May 2016 with a Masters in Social Work with a Social Change concentration. Previously, at the City of Alexandria Department of Community & Human Services, she conducted research on Disproportionality in Child Welfare, and provided an analysis and recommendations for service delivery to improve outcomes for children in child welfare. She also has a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Purchase College. She currently serves on George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services Alumni Board, and the George Mason University Department of Social Work Program Advisory Council.
Wade Stewart, Operations Manager
Wade graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 with a BA in International Studies, with a concentration in International/Global Issues focused on Social Justice. His minors include Asian Studies, Chinese Language, and Religious Studies. Wade worked in marketing for a Washington, DC based music company before seeking his degree in Richmond, VA. While completing his degree, he worked in a management capacity for two Richmond, VA contracting and distribution companies.