As a founding Director of The Safe Children Foundation, Denise Balzano continues her more than 20 years of volunteer activities in support of child abuse treatment and prevention programs in Virginia. Professionally, she has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at Balzano Associates, Inc. She has served on Board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers for the past 5 years.
Bruce Bowen founded ePlus, an information technology company, in 1990 and served as its Executive Vice President, as well as President of ePlus Group, Inc., its leasing company subsidiary until March 28, 2014, at which time he transitioned to a business development position. Bruce continues to serve on the Board of Directors of ePlus. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a Masters of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He has been involved in charities that benefit children for the past twenty years.
For more than 20 years, Liz Bowen has been active in Fairfax County providing support and expertise to nonprofits that benefit children, in particular those that provide care and treatment for victims of child abuse. Her efforts to raise funds and raise awareness have resulted in both corporate and individual involvement in the fight against child abuse.
Jim Burns has over thirty years of technology and business process strategy, design and governance experience in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience interacting with Board of Directors, and executive management across a spectrum of subject matters including; accounting, information technology, enterprise and operational risk, audit, information security and enterprise transformational initiatives.
Deborah D. Cochran has over 25 years of experience assisting individuals, families and small business owners with all of their estate planning needs. Her practice includes designing custom estate plans for each client, as well as tax planning and trust and estate administration. Debby’s personable approach quickly puts her clients at ease and comfortable discussing their family situation and helps them focus on what is most important to them.
Bootsie Humenansky is a founding Director of SafeSpot and is currently serving on the state Board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia, a member of the Fairfax County Blue Ribbon Committee and Allies in Prevention. She has been a long-time community advocate for children, especially those who have been abused or neglected
Annette’s interest and charities have always been in support of women and children’s causes. Part of her 35 years in technology culminated as Director of Philanthropy for Cisco Systems where she researched the challenges in getting more girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career paths. In addition, she supported a project establishing 340 plus Cisco Networking Academies in Sub-Saharan Africa where a 30% female enrollment was a critical component in approval of an academy. From 2006 to 2016 Annette was a member of the INOVA Health Foundation where her interest was in the Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. She currently owns and runs Kerlin’ s Mid-Atlantic Dist. Inc. a certified Woman Owned Business.
Michelle Kingsley graduated George Washington University in 1981 with a degree in marketing. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband Todd. Michelle & Todd have been married for thirty two years and have raised three wonderful children: Sammy 27, Becca 25, and Jack 21. Over the years Michelle has been involved in both school and community events in different volunteer capacities. Michelle has had the privilege of being involved with SafeSpot since it’s inception and has Co-Chaired SafeSpot Champions4Children for the last two years.
Dan Malks is an experienced technologist, leader and innovator with extensive background in both the large Enterprise as a Principal Engineer as well as in a small startup, leading Product definition, Roadmap, and Engineering. A pragmatic practitioner, Dan has a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, is the author of a best-selling book on Software Patterns and Design Strategies and holds 9 US Patents. He led the definition and delivery of a technology solution for Bono and his ONE.org campaign to end extreme poverty in Africa. The solution was integrated into the U2 Vertigo concert tour, for which Dan received the Technology Innovator of the Year award in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak is currently associate faculty at the University of Phoenix, School of Business, holds an independent practice as InnerSight® Guide, and is a small family business owner. She was a candidate At-Large in the Fairfax County 2011 General Elections for the nonpartisan Fairfax County School Board. Dr. Mancheno has a long history of advocacy in Northern Virginia on child abuse prevention, closing the achievement gap, and Latino community engagement. She has been serving Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect (H.A.C.A.N.) since 2005 and is its immediate past Board President. In addition to her work with HACAN, she serves on the Boards of Childhelp, SafeSpot and ReadyNation; is Honorary Chairman of Casa Hispana De Virginia; and is a Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Coalition of the Silence. She was elected Board Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and elected 3rd Vice Chairman, Community Engagement for the Fairfax County Republican Committee in 2013 and also currently serves on the RNC’s Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council.
In addition to her community activism, Dr. Mancheno has held executive leadership positions in for profit, non-profit, and government organizations. She has worked in quality management/lean 6-sigma consulting, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning, policy deployment, process re-engineering, and organizational transformation both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Mancheno holds a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia University, a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Miami, and a doctorate in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration from Nova Southeastern University.
Claudia Manoogian has lived in Fairfax County since 1978. She was active at all levels of her children’s schools serving on the PTA. She worked as a Recruiting/Hiring director for Capitol Office Solutions for 10 years before retiring and moving to McLean. She became a member of a local charity that worked to raise funds for primarily DC schools and Military families. Over the years the charity raised over 1M dollars. She continues to support children’s issues by serving on the SafeSpot Board.
Described as an “outstanding member of the Northern Virginia community,” Marge Odeen is a founding member of CharityWorks that provides money for education and child-related causes. Her endeavors on behalf of the Women’s Center, Fairfax Inova Foundation and child abuse treatment and prevention programs are marked by her desire to “give something back” to the community and to get others involved
Phil Odeen is the retired CEO of TRW and has served on a number of corporate boards. He has been active with several Northern Virginia charitable and cultural organizations and currently chairs the Henry M Jackson Foundation and the Lost Tree Village Foundation. Phil and his wife Marge actively supported the Virginia Childhelp village and the Northern Virginia advocacy center. Phil also served on the national Childhelp Board.
Dr. Clishia Taylor is the President/CEO of American Health Care Professional of Virginia. A co-founder of Bless My People Foundation that meets health care needs in the US and around the world, she has a commitment to making a difference in the lives of children who have suffered from abuse.