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.
Nora comes to the CORE from APAH, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, where she served as Resident Services Coordinator in the Columbia Pike Corridor, Arlington, VA. She has eleven plus years of case management experience working with youth, adults, and families, including as a court appointed child advocate. During her role as a Family Self-sufficiency Coordinator, she has served as Chair of the Regional Family Self-sufficiency Roundtable Group and as Chair for the group’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. A Veteran of the U.S. Army, Nora has a background as a personnel management specialist, and as a TQM, (Total Quality Management), facilitator. Other experiences in the military include special assignments and accelerated promotions. She became the first female to qualify for the Texas Army National Guard Marathon Team. She has been a mentor for young girls since the beginning of her career. She received the Academic Excellence Award “Honor Graduate”, from the U.S. Army Training Center, Ft. Jackson, S.C. Nora has lived overseas and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds a B.S. Degree in Social Psychology and sits on the board of SEEC, (Shirlington Employment and Education Center). Nora has a passion for empowering others to reach their full potential.
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.
Jenny Martinez, Student Recruitment & Classroom Operations Manager (Falls Church/Fairfax/Alexandria)
Jenny is one of our newest team members at Computer Core. She was born in Washington, DC but raised in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently working towards her BA in Early Childhood Education. She has worked as an Administrative assistant at Alexandria City Public Schools before coming to CORE. Jenny is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her spare time, she loves to be with her family and to travel to tropical places. She hopes in the near future she will be able to go to a new country every year! She is excited to be part of such a great organization because she loves being able to help individuals get the skills they need in order to further their personal and professional growth.
Joe graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a BA in Religion. He interned as a Liaison for Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and as the Assistant Director of Local Outreach for McLean Bible Church while pursuing his degree in Hanover, NH. Joe also worked as an administrative assistant at Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists of Northern Virginia before coming to CORE as the Office Manager. Joe likes to exercise and talk to his friends and family in his spare time, has written two books that he hopes one day to publish, and has a long term dream of going back to school and becoming a licensed marriage and family counselor.
Nhi Huynh is currently a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. She has been doing volunteer services in the past five years, serving as a teacher in a Vietnamese School. Nhi is currently doing her internship at Computer CORE, a organization that give low income adults an opportunity to have a better career. With high academic achievements, she was able to join six different honor societies in school and earned All A’s student certificates throughout the years. Last year, she was requested to join the FBLA competition from her Network Administration teacher, and she received the bronze medal, placing third out of 55 students as the result.
Mauricio Rojas is a sophomore attending Thomas A. Edison High school. In his after school activities he has united himself with a club called Key Club. Key club helps communities by providing community service and by spreading awareness. He is in a class called Cyber: Oracle which allowed him to apply for Computer CORE. He intends to move into the career of Computer Science. He will use Computer CORE to help guide himself towards his future.